Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in international studies. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all international studies courses. For one possible breakdown of the international studies major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 International Studies  15
      IS 101. Introduction to International Studies
      IS 102. Global Catholicism
      IS 201. International Studies and Globalization
      IS 350. World Cinema
      IS 491. Senior Thesis
3
3
3
3
3
 Foundational Courses (choose three courses)
9
Choose three courses from at least two disciplines. See Foundational Courses.  
 World Regional Concentration  12
Four courses selected from at least two disciplines. See World Regional Concentrations.  
 Foreign Language  3
The foreign language must be taken at the 202 level or higher and must align with the student's World Regional Concentration.   
 Interdisciplinary Methods – choose one course  3
      FIN 312. Economics for Finance
      HIST 200. Historical Methods and Historiography
      SOC 206. Qualitative Research Methods
      SOC 207. Quantitative Research Methods
      THEO 430. Theological Methods 
      POLS 307. Research Methods in Political Science (with instructor's consent)
 
 Quantitative Reasoning 3
      One mathematics course 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World and CLRL 302 (Lab)
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum 
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  39
 Total  120

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. International studies majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

NOTE: IS 496. Independent Study (1-3 credits) and IS 494. Special Studies on International Topics (3 credits) can be used to substitute for any course listed above except IS 101, IS 102, and IS 491. This substitution must be approved by the adviser, the director of International Studies, and the dean.

Foundational Courses:

Choose three courses from at least two disciplines. Students are encouraged to take additional courses as general electives.

 *THEO 200 counts as either a foundational course or a concentration course, but not both.

World Regional Concentrations:

Four courses selected from at lease two of the following four disciplines. Note: Each concentration requires a certain proficiency in a foreign language, but language courses are not included in the concentration's 15 credits:

Concentration I: China

Concentration 2: Latin America 

Concentration 3: Middle East 

Concentration 4: Transatlantic 

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic advisor. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number. Our Course Descriptions page lists all international studies courses.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CLAR 101 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
IS 101 3 CLAR 111 3
CLAR 110 3 Foreign Language* 3
Foreign Language* 3 IS Foundational Course 3
IS Foundational Course 3 IS World Regional Concentration 3
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
Core Area Course (Clare) 4 Mathematics Course 3
IS 102 3 Foreign Language* 3
Foreign Language* 3 IS Foundational Course 3
IS World Regional Concentration 3 General Elective 3
General Elective 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Total 16 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
IS World Regional Concentration 3 IS World Regional Concentration 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Foreign Language* 3 Foreign Language* 3
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 IS Interdisciplinary Methods 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 IS 491 3
IS World Regional Concentration 3 CLAR 401 2
General Electives 9 General Electives 9
Total 15 Total 14

*International Studies majors need to take courses in a particular language up to the 301- or 302-level. The language and level depend on the chosen World Regional Concentration. Students not prepared to begin at the appropriate level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in International Studies

For non-majors, the following 21 credits constitute a minor in International Studies:

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's adviser.