Mar 31, 2023
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Preparation for Transfer as an International Studies Major
The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as an international studies major. For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed. If you are transfering from a college or university outside of Texas, click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution.
UC listings refer to SMU’s University Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the University Curriculum Transfer Guide for a list of courses satisfying UC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website.
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B.A. in International Studies
*The second language requirement may be satisfied by (1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, (2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or (3) being literate in a native language other than English.
International and Area Studies
The International and Area Studies Major allows students to design an interdisciplinary program to study the human experience in a global perspective and develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a specific geographical area. The curricula for the program require coursework in the social sciences, business, language and humanities.
All majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester or summer in a Study Abroad program. SMU offers numerous study-abroad opportunities around the world. Most of the courses taught in the study-abroad programs may be applied to the International and Area Studies major and minors.
The John Goodwin Tower Center
The John Goodwin Tower Center provides undergraduates with unique opportunities to meet and interact with experts in international relations and comparative politics. The Center brings a distinguished diplomat to campus each year. Its primary mission is to promote the study of politics and international affairs and to stimulate an interest in ethical public service. The Center also sponsors internships and research fellowships for undergraduate students. To learn more about becoming a Tower Scholar, visit the Tower Center website.
Not only does the international studies office encourage study abroad-related internships, the program also has access to some of the best internship programs in Washington, D.C. Go to the International Studies website for more information.
Majoring or Minoring in International Studies
One major and two minors are offered by the department. A student must take 15 hours from the Basic Curriculum for either the International Studies, B.A. or International Studies Minor . This means that a total of five courses must be taken from the Basic Curriculum. The 5 courses/15 hours must include: one course from Introduction to World Cultures; one course from International Politics; one course from International Economics; and two courses from The Global Perspective. Courses in Global Perspective do not have a regional focus. Of the 15 hours required in the Basic Curriculum, at least six hours must be in courses at the 3000 level or above. Courses taken in the Basic Curriculum do not double count in the regional specialization.
A co-curricular requirement for the B.A. in International Studies is two years of college-level study of a foreign language or equivalent. Courses for the language requirement do not count toward the 33-hour requirement. The language requirement may be met through examination, the transfer of language study credit from another university, or by taking courses on campus. Latin does not count as a second language, because the intent is to prepare the student for employment in the contemporary world.
Minoring in Area Studies
For a minor in Area Studies , a student must choose between European Studies, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Asian Studies, and Africa/Middle East Studies. Each area requires 15 hours of coursework.
Preparing for a Smooth Transfer
A seamless transfer to SMU and the International Studies program requires planning. This guide is designed to assist you in planning your transition. Taking the time to prepare for your move lays the best foundation for success. The following are a few important points to remember:
- The second language requirement of the University Curriculum may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.
- The International Studies major requires two semesters of a second language beyond the introductory level.
- SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
- Work on the University Curriculum prior to transfer is highly encouraged.
- Compare Course Descriptions found in SMU’s University Catalog to course descriptions at your current institution to maximize your awarded transfer credits.
- For additional information on the International Studies major, visit the department homepage or call 214-768-2523.
- For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.
A degree from SMU is typically comprised of a minimum of 122 hours, 60 of which must be completed through SMU, 42 of which must be in courses at the 3000 and higher levels. Components of the degree include:
- Courses in your major.
- Courses required for the University Curriculum (UC).
- Elective courses. These electives may also be used to add a second major or minor.
The University Curriculum (UC)
The University Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components:
- Foundations - 6 hours of Discernment and Discourse courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Foundation courses, 2 hours of Personal Responsibility and Wellness courses, proficiency in a second language and 3 hours of a Ways of Knowing course (offered only at SMU)
- Breadth and Depth - 7 Breadth and 3 Depth courses which may double count with majors and minors
- Proficiencies and Experiences - 6 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through Breadth and Depth coursework or approved, noncredit activities.
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