When you undertake a degree program in International Studies at Humboldt State, you develop a deep understanding of the global forces that shape our modern world. Our interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree includes a core curriculum in global issues; concentration in one of a wide range of subject areas: Chinese Studies, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Globalization Studies, Latin American Studies, or Postcolonial African Studies; proficiency in a second language; and a full semester living abroad. The result? A timely, relevant and exciting course of study in one of the fastest-growing programs at Humboldt State.
Working closely with your faculty advisor, you will plan your classroom education and time overseas based on your personal interests. Because globalization affects virtually every aspect of modern life, your coursework will lead you to different departments, disciplines and professors across campus. With your greater understanding of the economic, political and cultural forces behind globalization, you’ll be ready to pursue graduate work or a growing number of careers in teaching, journalism, international development, diplomacy and foreign relations, and virtually any field of international business, as well as work for nongovernmental organizations.
Students completing this program will have demonstrated:
- the ability to analyze complex historical and social events, and the cultural expressions of individuals and communities, from a multiple perspective of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion
- application of discipline-specific knowledge to workplace and/or post-baccalaureate environments
- understanding of complex interactions of ethnic groups in their social contexts in the United States and the world achieved in the study of language, diverse cultural expressions, and social struggles
- use of all four language skills (oral, writing, reading, and comprehension) appropriately to function in authentic linguistic and cultural contexts
- the capacity to critically reflect, adapt, and network in a non-academic space or organization in a collaborative and professional manner
- the ability to gather information and use necessary analytical skills to evaluate the impact of private and public policies on regional, national, and international environments and cultures.
The International Studies Major is an Option of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. (It is housed administratively within the Department of World Languages and Cultures.) This is a unique, faculty-designed program with four distinct components: core curriculum, area concentration, language proficiency, and residency abroad. The program provides a flexible and balanced combination between classroom instruction and direct contact with the regions and cultures of interest.
The program prepares students to enter the international labor force in the US or abroad, in the public or private sector, in for-profit or nonprofit organizations. This program also provides a basic foundation for further graduate work and scholarship in the international field.
For a detailed description of the requirements for the major, see the Major/Minor page .
See a comprehensive list (pdf) of regularly offered courses AND new or Special Topics courses approved by International Studies faculty advisors as appropriate substitutes for Concentration Area requirements. Get Adobe Reader
Faculty advisors play a larger role in International Studies than in many other disciplines. Since the major allows for a large degree of flexibility, you should meet early with your advisor to build coherence into your course of study, begin planning your residency abroad, and avoid delays in graduation. When you declare your major and concentration, you will be referred to an appropriate advisor.
- You and/or your advisor can download the International Studies Major Contract for purposes of mapping out your degree or filing for graduation.
catalog year 2009-2010 and prior INTL STUDIES major contract
catalog year 2010-2011 INTL STUDIES major contract
catalog year 2011-2012 INTL STUDIES major contract
catalog year 2012-2013 INTL STUDIES major contract
- You will also want to become acquainted with the Study Abroad Office (SH 129), which provides information and advising about study abroad options and financial aid for study abroad.
- The Advising Center (SBS 295) can help with more general advising questions not related to the International Studies major, particularly those concerning General Education.