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International Studies (INTS)

Major in International Studies

The University of North Carolina Asheville offers both a major and minor in International Studies, allowing undergraduates to pursue an interdisciplinary understanding of global affairs. The goal of the International Studies major is to provide students with a deeper knowledge of and appreciation for the diverse cultures, economies and politics of the world. The International Studies major is of value to students seeking careers in a number of fields, such as government, business, environmental studies, law, journalism and teaching. It provides an excellent background for those interested in working for government agencies, non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations, and private voluntary and humanitarian organizations.

International Studies at UNC Asheville emphasizes global awareness and global citizenship as essential aspects of a liberal arts education. Students select from many courses and disciplines that complement the university's liberal arts mission. Faculty participating in the International Studies major teach courses from a wide range of disciplines. They are engaged in undergraduate research and scholarship, as well as in service-learning both locally and internationally.

The International Studies major allows students to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the contemporary world from different disciplinary perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach is designed to provide students with a broad range of ideas and intellectual skills to analyze and respond to the diverse and complex mix of cultural, economic, and political forces that shape the global community. The International Studies major provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of changing dynamics and forces that transcend national and regional boundaries.

Requirements for the International Studies Major:

I. Required Core Course - choose one course from the following list:

AFST 130 Introduction to Africana Studies

ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ECON 250 Economic Globalization

ESI 101 Introduction to Ethics and Social Institutions

HIST 152 World Civilizations Since 1500

IST 290 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

POLS 281 Principles of International Relations

RELS 280 Asian Religious Traditions


II. Elective Interdisciplinary Courses - 18 hours of international studies related coursework from the courses listed below. These 18 credit hours must be chosen from at least three disciplines, with at least 12 hours at the 300-level of above. Other appropriate courses with an international focus may be used to satisfy this requirement with the approval of the Director of International Studies.

III. International Experience - students must select one of the following international experience options: a. 6 credit hours earned in a UNC Asheville-approved study abroad experience. These credits may be from foreign language courses or other culture-based courses and must be approved by the Director of International Studies; or b. 6 credit hours from INTS 365: International Experiential Learning Project.

IV. Undergraduate Research - INTS 499 & INTS 495 - In INTS 499, students produce original research, under the supervision of the Director of International Studies, on a topic related to international studies. In INTS 495, students formally present and discuss their research findings and/or international experiential learning projects.   

Elective courses for the International Studies Major (choose six courses from at least three disciplines from the list below to satisfy requirement II above)

AFST 273 Africa in the Global Context

AFST 373 North African Women & Political and Social Change

AFST 373 Cultural Diversity: A Critical Study of Difference

ANTH 373 America and the Middle East

ANTH 373 Cultural Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean

ANTH 325 Culture and Mind

ANTH 350 Body, Disability and Culture

ANTH 361 Writing Gender

ANTH 365 Death & Dying

ARTH 360 Modern Art and Modernism

ARTH 373 Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas

ARTH 380 Art and Architecture in Asia

ARTH 381 Art in Latin America

ARTH 385 African Art

ARTH 386 Arts of the African Diaspora

ARTH 410 Modern Art of Brazil and Mexico

ECON 314 Economic Growth and Development

ECON 350 International Trade and Finance

ECON 355 Open Economy Macroeconomics

ENVR 273 Sustainability, Development, and Poverty

ENVR 324 Environmental Ethics

HWP 250 Health Parity: Domestic and Global Contexts

HIST 311 Foreign Relations of the United States

HIST 330 World War II

HIST 350 Britain Since 1688

HIST 357 Women and Imperialism

HIST 358 European Feminism

HIST 362 The French Revolution: History and Historiography

HIST 364 Europe: 1848 - 1918

HIST 367 Tsarist Russia

HIST 368 20th Century Russia

HIST 373 The Medieval Middle East

HIST 380 Imperial China

HIST 381 Revolutionary China

HIST 383 Women in China

HIST 384 History of Japan

HIST 388 Introduction to Islam (RELS 388)

HIST 389 The Modern Middle East

INTS 354 The Nuclear Dilemma

LIT 349 Studies in Contemporary Literature: Introduction to Postcolonial Literature

LIT 355 Modern Drama

LIT 358 Black Literature

MCOM 482 International Mass Communication

MGMT 398 International Management

MGMT 401 International Marketing

NM 342 History of New Media

NM 344 History of Design

MUSC 357 Jazz History

MUSC 360 Music and the Human Organism

PHIL 214 Philosophy of Human Rights

POLS 331 Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy

POLS 363 The Political Economy of Development

POLS 380 Globalization and its Critics

POLS 384 Liberal Universalism and its Critics

POLS 387 International Organizations

POLS 388 Human Rights and International Politics

POLS 389 International Law

RELS 381 Religions of South Asia

RELS 386 Buddhism

RELS 387 Judaism

SOC 359 Women of Color and Feminism

SOC 364 Population and the Environment: An International Perspective

SOC 480: Sociology of Law


Minor in International Studies 

The minor in International Studies gives students the opportunity to pursue a self-designed interdisciplinary program of study in world affairs. It gives students an opportunity to enhance and enrich their major field of study by incorporating a global and interdisciplinary perspective into their intellectual repertoire. Students majoring in any discipline may choose to minor in International Studies. Students pursuing a Minor in International Studies may select courses with substantial international content from a variety of disciplines from the list of elective courses above. The program of study for the International Studies Minor must be approved by the Director of International Studies.

Students participating in UNC Asheville-approved study abroad programs may apply appropriate overseas study credits to the minor with the approval of the Director of International Studies. The study abroad program must be incorporated into the approved study plan prior to the student’s participation.

Requirements for the International Studies Minor:

Students seeking a minor in International Studies must take 21 semester hours which satisfy the requirements outlined below. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 grade-point-average on all minor courses taken at UNC Asheville. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 semester hours of 300-400 level courses.

I. Six of the required 21 hours must come from modern foreign language study beyond the 100-level.

II. Courses must be taken from at least four disciplines, as approved by the Director of International Studies, and include an introductory course and a capstone course. The introductory course requirement for the international Studies minor may be met by ANTH 100, ECON 250, HIST 152 or POLS 281.

The senior capstone requirement for the international studies minor can be met by a 400-level course approved by the Director of International Studies. Nine of the required hours must be taken at the 300 level or higher. No more than 6 hours from the student’s major may be applied toward the completion of the requirements for an International Studies minor.

III. Courses included in a student’s program of study must include significant international content relating to the modern era, as approved by the Director of International Studies.


Course Listing in International Studies (INTS)

354 The Nuclear Dilemma (3)

Students explore the technological, economic, social, political, and legal challenges posed by the proliferation of nuclear technology and weapons over the last fifty years, and examine the historical and contemporary efforts of the international community to address these challenges. Spring. 

361 Contemporary Issues in World Affairs (3)

A seminar facilitating discussion of current international issues. Students are required to attend public presentations or activities addressing contemporary world affairs, pursue additional independent research on selected topics, followed by directed discussions in a seminar setting. Fall and Spring.

362 Participatory Learning in World Affairs (3) 

Students learn about world affairs through participation in significant internationally- oriented conferences, competitions (like Model United Nations), internships, and/or study-travel programs. See program director.

365 International Experiential Learning Project (3-6)

Students participate in an experiential learning project or internship with an international focus in the U.S. The project or internship must be approved by the International Studies director. An IP grade may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: permission of International Studies director.

495 Senior Colloquium (1)

Students formally present and discuss their research findings and/or service learning projects. Students are required to demonstrate mastery in their work and its significance. Prerequisite: INTS 499; or appropriate research seminar in another discipline with approval of International Studies director. Spring.

499 Undergraduate Research in International Studies (1-6) 

Independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. An IP grade may be awarded at discretion of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit. See International Studies director.

171-6, 271-6, 371-6, 471-6 Special Topics in International Studies (1-6)

Courses with significant international content that do not fall within the traditional subject matter of one academic department but for which there may be special needs. May be repeated for credit as often as permitted and as subject matter changes. See International Studies director.

179, 379, 479 Liberal Studies Colloquia (LS 179, 379, 479) (3)

Colloquia offered to fulfill ILS requirements. See Liberal Studies for course descriptions. May not be used to fulfill major or minor requirements. INTS 479 may not be used by students with a concentration in International Studies.

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