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Multidisciplinary Major in International Studies

The multidisciplinary major in International Studies, catalog link, is offered through the Multidisciplinary Studies Program administered by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. "The goals of the [Multidisciplinary Studies] program are to foster multidisciplinary study among various schools and departments, enable motivated students to pursue degrees in specialized or new fields, and encourage undergraduates to pursue research interests while working closely with faculty. Honors are awarded to students who earn a 3.5 GPA in approved major courses."

The multidisciplinary major in International Studies offers courses from a range of disciplines focusing on social, cultural, economic and political areas of international importance in our increasingly globalized society. Majors are encouraged to study available modern language offerings and take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Transfer courses from study abroad programs may be used to satisfy requirements for the major, but must be approved by the director of the International Studies program. Additional courses beyond those listed may be approved by the director of international studies if they contribute significantly to the student's understanding of and appreciation for international studies.

The International Studies major is an "individual concentration" within the Multidisciplinary Studies Program. The individual concentration is "designed for the student (1) who has clear interests and objectives that overlap schools, departments, degrees, or concentrations; (2) whose interests and objectives cannot reasonably be met through existing majors, minors, and electives; and, (3) whose program is not fashioned in order to bypass a requirement of an existing program." To declare an International Studies major, a student must have completed 30 s.h. with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

For more information, contact Dr. Marie Olson Lounsbery, Department of Political Science, Brewster A105, East Carolina University; e-mail: olsonlounsberym@ecu.edu; tel: 252-328-2349.

This 30 s.h. concentration within the Multidisciplinary Major builds on the undergraduate minor in International Studies, adding the two multidisciplinary seminar:, MULT 3500 and MULT 4999. The concentration in International Studies brings together courses from a range of disciplines focusing on social, cultural, economic and political areas of international importance in our increasingly globalized society. Majors are encouraged to study available modern language offerings and take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

For more information contact the Director of the International Studies Undergraduate programs, Dr. Marie Olson Lounsbery (Brewster A-120, 252-328-2349, or olsonlounsberym@ecu.edu).

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum

    Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs) ……………................. 42 s.h.

    • English 1100, 1200 (FC:EN) ………………………………………..……… 6 s.h.   
    • Health and Exercise and Sport Science (FC:HL) (FC:EX) (Select at least one course in each area) ………………………………………………………...……………………... 3 s.h.
    • Humanities and Fine Arts (FC:HU) (FC:FA) (Select at least one course in the humanities and one course in fine arts) ……………………..……….. 10 s.h.
      • Humanities (FC:HU)
      • Literature (English or American)
      • Literature in a foreign language or in translation
      • (See Departments of English and Foreign Languages and Literatures. Foreign Languages 1001-1004 will not meet this requirement)
      • Philosophy
      • Selected Linguistics Courses
      • Fine Arts (FC:FA)
        • Art
        • Dance
        • Music
        • Speech
        • Theatre Arts

    • Mathematics (FC:MA) ………………………………………………..3 s.h.
    • Three hours of mathematics at least equivalent to MATH 1067 or MATH 1050 (not for students preparing to teach) or 1065 or 1066 or 1067 or 2127),    or

    • three hours of logic at least equivalent to PHIL 1500 (If logic is used to satisfy this requirement, it may not be used to satisfy the humanities     requirement for the baccalaureate degree.)

    • Science (FC:SC) …………………………………………………...………. 8 s.h.
      • At least one course must require laboratory work. Select one or more courses from the following departments:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Geology
      • Physics

    • Social Sciences (FC:SO) ...………………………………...…………….. 12 s.h.
    • Select courses from at least three of the following areas:
      • Anthropology
      • Communication
      • Economics
      • Geography
      • History
      • Political Science
      • Psychology
      • Sociology


    Honors and interdisciplinary courses that carry foundations curriculum credit (FC:EN = English; FC:EX = Exercise and Sport Science; FC:FA = Fine Arts;     FC:HL = Health; FC:HU = Humanities; FC:MA = Mathematics; FC:SC = Science; FC:SO = Social Science)
    1. Foreign Language through level 1004 …………………………………… 12 s.h.
    2. Core ………………………………………………………………………… 30 s.h.
      1. International Studies Required Courses (12 s.h.)
        • INTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3 s.h.))
        • INTL 5000 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)
        • Choose at least two from the following, maximum of one from any discipline (6-9 s.h.)
          • ANTH 2010 Societies Around the World
          • ECON 3353 Development Economics
          • GEOG 2100 World Geography: Developed Regions
          • GEOG 2110 World Geography: Less Developed Regions
          • HIST 1030 World Civilization to 1500
          • HIST 1031 World Civilization since 1500
          • RELI 1690 World Religions
          • POLS 2010 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
          • POLS 2020 Introduction to International Relations

      2. International Studies Concentration (12 s.h.):

        Note: This list of concentrations and courses is not exhaustive. Students should consult with the program director about other appropriate courses offered at ECU as well as appropriate courses for topical concentrations (e.g., global health, sustainable development, etc.)

Regional Concentration in African Studies:

Regional Concentration in Asian Studies:

Regional Concentration in European Studies:

Regional Concentration in Latin-American Studies:

Substantive Concentration in Global Economy:

Substantive Concentration in Global Health:

Specialized Concentration

With the advice and written approval of the coordinator and the International Studies Executive Committee, a student may develop a topical course of studies (totaling 12 s.h.) around a specific theme in international studies. The following examples are suggestive of possible themes: international     environmental problems, global communications, human rights issues, peace and world order studies, international trade/ technology, population/demographic issues, international art , comparative religions, comparative literatures, comparative gender relations, language, and civilization.

c. Research Methodology (6 s.h.)

Substantive Concentration in Global Economy:
    1. Minor or approved structured electives ………………………………… 24 s.h.
      At least 24 s.h. from the major (Sect. 3) and minor (Sect. 4) must be above 2999.

    2. Free electives to complete requirements for graduation ………………… 12 s.h.

 

For more information, contact Dr. Marie Olson Lounsbery, Department of Political Science, Brewster A105, East Carolina University; e-mail: olsonlounsberym@ecu.edu; tel: 252-328-2349.

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