student studying abroadThe curriculum provides a strong foundation in world history and political science with coursework in areas related to language, culture, and religion; policy and practice; and conflict and cooperation. This program will prepare professionals for successful careers in business, education, government, the diplomatic corps, military service, or in positions within community affairs.

The B.A. in International Studies is a 4-year major built upon the foundations of world history and political science with coursework in areas related to language, culture, and religion. This breadth of coverage will give majors knowledge and skills for a variety of professional settings within an international context. Students are required to add a second major or a minor to this degree program to ensure that they have a broad knowledge-base for many different careers.

 

Who would be interested in the International Studies Major?

Earning a bachelor’s degree is an excellent option for anyone wishing for a successful career in a professional international context in a number of fields: business, law, relief and disaster work, diplomacy, etc. The major prepares professionals for successful careers in business, education, government (many areas such as the diplomatic corps, economic development, and military service), or in positions within community affairs.

The major is well-suited for students who plan to take advantage of Lander’s Study Abroad Program as well as those that are interested in pursuing a major or minor in a modern language, such as Spanish.

 

Why is there a need for the International Studies Major?

A changing world of business: Both within South Carolina and beyond it, employment needs for International Studies major grow due to the rising economic development across South Carolina, much of it driven by foreign investment and global trade as the state’s business community continues to be internationalized.

A changing world of politics: Globalization has made more parts of the government at all levels (local, state, and national) affected by international issues, thereby increasing the benefits of academic preparation in international studies.

The continuing world of international relief and development: With natural disasters and human conflicts continuing across the world, there continues to be a need for those who want to serve the poor, the hungry, and the homeless and for those who can do so with an empathetic understanding of diverse cultures, peoples, faiths, and systems of economy and governance.

 

What kinds of jobs can a major in International Studies major prepare me for?

The state’s global companies include BMW, Volvo, and Michelin as well as the many U.S. multinational corporations that call South Carolina home, such as Fluor and Sonoco.  Employees with knowledge of others countries’ culture, history, politics, and economic systems can be of benefit to these organizations. The International Studies major provides the research and critical thinking skills that would allow graduates to be prepared for this kind of workplace.

Within government agencies at local, state, and national levels, international studies is good preparation for a career because globalization now impacts law and law enforcement, tourism and economic development, as well as public health and environmental protection.  The International Studies major provides the research and critical thinking skills that would allow graduates to be prepared for this kind of workplace.

International organizations, non-governmental organizations (humanitarian or advocacy), and non-profit organizations are always in short supply of individuals who understand the contextual nature of aid and advocacy.  The International Studies major through its coursework and international experiential requirement provides the research and critical thinking skills that would allow graduates to be prepared for this kind of workplace.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 211

Introduction to Statistical Methods I

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science/Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877

OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600 3
HIST 122 World Civilizations since 1600 3
POLS 103 Introduction to World Politics 3
INTL 390 The Politics of Globalization 3
INTL 499 Senior Seminar 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM AREA REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS

Students must take one course in each of the three categories for a total of 9 hours, and three additional courses within one category for an additional 9 hours.

 
Language, Culture, & Religion
(only one lower-level course can count within this category)
ART 312ART 314ENGL 214ENGL 221FR 203FR 301FR 330FR 340FR 355
FR 360HIST 101HIST 102HIST 306HIST 307HIST 322HIST 343HIST 370
HIST 371HIST 375HIST 376HIST 377MUSI 333PHIL 312POLS 305POLS 361
RELI 101, RELI 301RELI 330RELI 371SPAN 203SPAN 205SPAN 207SPAN 217,
SPAN 305SPAN 320SPAN 327SPAN 330SPAN 340SPAN 350SPAN 355
SPAN 357SPAN 360SPAN 367SOCI 301SOCI 302SOCI 321SOCI 351
SOCI 363SOCI 389SOCI 397
 
Policy & Practice
BA 390CHEM 381EDUC 309ES 314ES 390NURS 310PHIL 325POLS 303
POLS 325POLS 361POLS 366POLS 391POLS 445
 
Conflict & Cooperation
HIST 307HIST 346HIST 347HIST 365HIST 383HIST 391HIST 392POLS 325
POLS 366POLS 391POLS 445
 

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
1 semester studying abroad in a university-approved program  
an overseas study tour led by a Lander faculty member  
1 internship focusing on international studies
(either HIST 490 or POLS 490)
 
200-level foreign language fluency  
   
Total Major Program Requirements 33
Additional Electives 45
TOTAL FOR BA DEGREE 120
  • Students are required to add a second major or a minor to this program of study.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • Recommended courses not listed above include ECON 101, GEOG 101, and POLS 101.  Introductory courses are required to take upper-level courses in most disciplines, so students should check a course’s pre-requisites before making choices in the Major Program Area Requirements.​
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses