Total credit hours required in INTS: 44 minimum/60 maximum. All courses must be completed with a C- or better in order to count towards and satisfy requirements for the major.
Required International Studies Core
Three courses: INTS 1500 - Contemporary Issues in the Global Economy; INTS 1700 - Introduction to International Politics; and INTS 2975 - 21st Century Global Governance. (Nte: students must complete 1500 and 1700 as pre-requisites for INTS 2975, and must complete all core courses before moving forward in the major).
Foreign Language Requirement
The two-year foreign language proficiency requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways: (a) if a student successfully completes the intermediate sequence of courses in one foreign language at the University of Denver with a C- or better, or (b) if a student successfully tests-out of the intermediate level of a foreign language offered at DU, via the undergraduate placement exam (administered by the Department of Languages and Literatures). This is not a credit bearing requirement and may require additional coursework beyond the required INTS curriculum. For further information regarding foreign languages at the University of Denver, please visit the Department of Languages and Literatures website.
Study Abroad Requirement
Students are required to study abroad and are limited to applying a maximum of 13.5 quarter credit hours toward the INTS major. Courses must be pre-approved by the BA Program office prior to the start of the study abroad program. Please refer to the Study Abroad section for more information.
Students must choose at least one area of specialization and must successfully complete at least three upper-division INTS courses (12 credit hours) within that area. This allows students the opportunity to add depth to their studies and to develop an area of focus within the field of international studies. Specialization areas include:
- Global Political Economy & International Politics
- International Development & Health
- International Organizations, Security & Human Rights
In addition to core courses, study abroad, and specialization courses, students must fulfill the remainder of the credit requirement with INTS courses of their choosing. Though these are structured as electives, students are free to choose a second specialization area in order to satisfy the credit requirement. Coursework from other departments is not eligible to be applied toward the INTS major.
Departmental Distinction Program
Students in the University Honors Program and/or students who wish to graduate with Distinction in International Studies are required to complete INTS 3000 - Research Methodologies in International Studies (4 credits, taken in Spring Quarter of junior year), and INTS 3990 - Thesis (4 credits, students register for and write an INTS thesis in Fall Quarter of senior year).
Minor or Second Major
Students pursuing a BA degree at the University of Denver must also declare a minor or a second major.
INTS majors are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. INTS 3980 - Internships
in International Studies can be taken for 0-4 credits. If you have questions, please
contact the BA Internship Coordinator for information.