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BA in International Studies


The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for our increasingly interdependent and multicultural world. The 21st century speaks to rapid change and the need for an awareness and attention to a host of global issues. The International Studies major prepares students for understanding regions of the world, the global system, and complex interactions and relationships that link us together.


  • Establish knowledge of world cultures, socioeconomic systems, political arrangements, and moral foundations
  • Educate students for noble lives and responsible citizenship
  • Provide career opportunities in business, government, non-profit organizations, educational programs and other employment areas
Characteristics of International Studies Majors
  • Informed. With a generalized understanding of the world system, a specialized area study, and an on-going attention to current events, International Studies majors are prepared to think globally, locally, and contemporarily in economic, political, social, and cultural terms.
  • Job-oriented. International Studies majors are broadly trained and regionally trained who bring language and cross-cultural skills to the job world. Most students double-major in order to have a second set of specific skills for employment e.g. foreign language, business, political science or psychology. Career opportunities run the gamut from government to industry to human services to communication-type jobs. Click on jobs (link) to see a list of what our majors are doing.
  • Seasoned traveler. International Studies majors complete a residency abroad in the country of their foreign language specialty. This can be combined with foreign language study, for instance, with one of Queens foreign language immersion programs. In addition, all students at Queens have the opportunity to travel abroad on one of the John Belk International Program Study Tours.


Students must complete 39 hours in the International Studies major including 6 hours in a foreign language.


HIST 202 The West in the World
RELG 210 Introduction to World Religions
POLS 250 Comparative Politics
POLS 270 World Politics
SOCI 203 Principles of Sociology or ANTH 201 Introduction to Anthropology
POLS 346International Political Economy OR BUSN 420 International Business
INTS 450 Projects in International Studies

Language requirement:

Six credit hours in a non-native language beyond English. For Western European languages, these six credit hours need to be at the 300-level or above. All other languages need to be at the 200-level or above. In addition to courses offered through the Foreign Languages department, this requirement may be fulfilled by taking courses at another university approved by Queens University of Charlotte or through a foreign residency that focuses upon language immersion. Completing a concentration/major in a foreign language will satisfy the language requirement.

Area study:

Every student will complete a contract identifying an individualized area of focus, with the assistance of
the IS program advisor. The area of focus will consist of a coherent combination of coursework equivalent to a minimum of 12 credit hours, and should be integrated with the student's language study, and overseas residency. Students must demonstrate a rationale for combining the courses selected, as well as specific and realistic plans if a student intends to study a language not routinely offered by Queens, or seeks to complete a residency in an unusual location. Ideally, the area of focus will be negotiated after the core requirements are satisfied. Courses must be drawn from at least two departments - including both the humanities and the social sciences.


A student majoring in International Studies fulfills a residency requirement in a location appropriate to
their chosen program of study. This residency should consist of a summer or semester abroad, and may include an international internship or a language immersion program through JBIP. The program coordinator assists majors in planning for the residency and must approve all proposed residency programs. Further, the program coordinator will consult with the student during the residency, and in conjunction with the Registrar, will determine the academic credit to be transferred or awarded for the residency when the student returns. Academic credit earned in a foreign residency program may be used to satisfy other requirements in the major. Students currently resident in a country other than the U.S. are not required to fulfill a residency requirement, nor are student veterans that have served an overseas deployment.

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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