International Studies

The international studies concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in government agencies, international governmental and nongovernmental organizations, multinational firms and banks and for graduate studies in international relations or political science. Requirements for the concentration are intended to provide an understanding of international relations and comparative government, an awareness of global, social and political‐economic processes and sensitivity to foreign political systems and cultures. These objectives are met by a sequence of political science courses in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, and area studies.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may not pair the International Studies concentration with the Civic Education OR Political Science concentrations.

Core 3 Hours Required
Choose course from the following:

POS 150 Comparative Government, SB, G (3)  

POS 160 Global Politics, SB, G (3) (students who have credit for POS 160 may not enroll for POS 360)

Concentration Options 3 Hours Required
Choose course from the following:

POS 361 American Foreign Policy, SB, G (3)

POS 364 National Security, Intelligence and Terrorism, SB (3)

Concentration Options 6 Hours Required
Choose courses from the following:

POS 300 Contemporary Controversies in Global Politics, SB, G (3)  

POS 368 Ethics and Human Rights (3)

POS 465 International Organization and Law, SB, G (3)  

POS 467 International Security, SB, G (3)  

POS 486 International Political Economy, SB, G (3)

SGS 301 Principles of Global Studies (3) Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105 or 108 with C or better

SGS 303 Global Trends, SB, (3) Prerequisites: Minimum 30 hours; ENG 102 with C or better

Concentration Options 6 Hours Required
Choose courses from the following:

POS 305 Politics and Film, SB, (3) Approved topics: Latin America, Geo Politics and Cinema, Film & Politics of Human Security, Science Fiction, Zombies & International Relations, World Politics & Film

POS 350 Comparative Politics, SB, G (3)  

POS 351 Democratization, SB & G, (3) 

POS 356 European Union, SB, G (3)  

POS 357 South Asia Politics, SB, G (3)  

POS 358 Southeast Asia, SB, G (3)  

POS 359 African Politics and Society, SB, G (3)  

POS 360 World Politics, SB, G (3) (students who have credit for POS 160 may not enroll for POS 360)

POS 452 China, SB, G (3)  

POS 453 South America, SB, G (3)  

POS 454 Mexico, SB, G (3)  

POS 468 Comparative Asian Foreign Policies, SB, G (3)

SGS 360 Cultural Aspects of Globalization (3) Prerequisite(s): ENG 102, 105 or 108 with C or better; SGS 101 or 301; Minimum 30 hours; Credit is allowed for only SGS 360 or 394 (Cultural Aspects of Globalization)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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