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International Studies Summary

The interdisciplinary programs in International Studies provide students at all levels with the opportunity to become more familiar with the social, political, cultural, and economic issues of importance in our increasingly globalized society. You can choose from a minor, a certificate program, a multidisciplinary major or a master’s degree in International Studies. International Studies courses are complemented by the availability of a wide range of supporting coursework in languages and world religions. Each of these programs is described below with links to more detailed information. To see a slideshow about these programs click here.

Multidisciplinary Major with a Concentration in International Studies

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).

Undergraduate Certificate in Global Understanding

The certificate helps students understand and appreciate the peoples, issues and ideas within the global community. Students can earn a certificate by taking courses with international content, studying a foreign language at the introductory level, and learning about people in other countries through both Internet contact and actual study in an international setting.

Requirements: A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required for admission. The student must maintain a 2.5 average in the certificate courses to receive the Certificate in Global Understanding. The certificate requires 15 s.h. of credit including a 9 s.h. core consisting of ANTH 1050 Global Understanding (3 s.h.) and 1001 and 1002 courses of the same foreign language: 6 s.h.; 6 s.h. of electives chosen from the list of International Studies Minor courses, or, other courses approved by the International Studies Executive Committee; and an approved academic study abroad program or internship of at least one summer session. (International students may substitute an equivalent period of study at ECU.)

Students who complete the basic 15 semester hour requirement and who also complete 60 semester hours of co-curricular or service activities with an international focus will be awarded the Certificate of Global Understanding with Distinction. To complete the Certificate of Global Understanding with Distinction, students may choose instead two of the three following options: 30 semester hours of co-curricular or service activities with an international focus, an additional year of a foreign language (1003 and 1004), or a semester or more of study abroad, or internship in an international setting.

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).

International Studies Minor

The International Studies Minor is designed to provide a central core of study along with a world region or international topic and is available to students in any undergraduate division of the university. The minor provides insight into social, political, cultural, and economic areas of international importance in our increasingly globalized society.

The minor program requires 24 semester hours (s.h.) credit and can be earned with or without participation in overseas opportunities or language training, but both are encouraged. No course credit counted toward a student's major may be used to fulfill the requirements of the program.

Course requirements are divided into 1) Core Courses (INTL 1000, plus a choice of two other Core Courses) 2) Concentration Courses (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Specialized Studies) and 3) INTL 5000 Senior Seminar

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).

M.A. in International Studies

The M. A. in International Studies program prepares students to interact more effectively with persons from other cultures, particularly in professional settings. Unlike other international studies programs, the M.A. in International Studies program at ECU focuses on the process and dynamics of international intercultural understanding. The M.A. in International Studies program is truly interdisciplinary and draws its strength from the cooperation of multiple departments in the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and various professional schools and colleges throughout ECU.

The program has five major components: 1) The International Studies core: A core of four 3-s.h. courses (12 s.h.); 2) Academic or professional concentration: Four 3 s.h. courses in the student's academic or professional area (12 s.h.). Students can choose from a range of concentrations, e.g., business, international public administration, Hispanic Studies, public health, international education, security studies, economic development, or design their own. 3) International Field Experience: Second culture study, practical training, internship, research, and/or employment (6 s.h.); 4) a proficiency-based foreign language requirement; 5) a thesis or a non-thesis option (6 s.h.).

For more information contact the Director of the M.A. in International Studies program, Dr. David Smith (Austin 329, 252-328-5524, or smithdav@ecu.edu).