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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Students at the Josef Korbel School travel abroad to locations around the globe

Academic Programs

BA Program

Undregraduate students at the Josef Korbel School of International StudiesFrom controlling weapons of mass destruction to arresting the spread infectious diseases, from finding solutions to climate change to managing borderless trade and investment, modern issues require international cooperation and collective solutions. The world in the 21st century is truly globalized. Both the sheer volume and the speed of trans-border movement of people, products and data mean that no country or individual exists as an island isolated from international trends and challenges. The interdependence of nations, and of people, is a fact of life.

The BA Program in International Studies offers undergraduate students at the University of Denver critical knowledge and skills for succeeding in a world that has gone global. Whether your interests lie in business, law, environmental studies, social work, political science, or information technology, every student today needs to adapt to global issues, to grasp how the world works, and to have an international approach to their professional development. DU's International Studies curriculum encourages students to learn about international events that directly affect their lives, and it gives them a foundation to enable their success in a rapidly changing world.

International Studies Major

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.

Note: 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 Center for World Languages and Cultures). This is not a credit bearing requirement and may require additional coursework beyond the required INTS curriculum. For further information regarding foreign languages offered at the University of Denver, please visit the Department of Languages and Literature's 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.

Specialization Requirement

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:

Electives

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 Methods and Design (4 credits, taken in Spring Quarter of junior year), and INTS 3990 - Thesis (4 credits, students register for and write an INTS thesis during their 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.

Optional Internships

INTS majors are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. INTS 3980 - Internships in International Studies may be taken for 0-4 credits. If you have questions, please contact the BA Internship Coordinator for information.

International Studies Minor

Total credit hours required in INTS: 20 minimum. All courses must be completed with a C- or better in order to count towards and satisfy requirements for the minor.

International Studies Core (8 credits)

Students must complete the following core courses:

  • INTS 1500 - Contemporary Issues in the Global Economy;
  • INTS 1700 - Introduction to International Politics;

INTS 2975 - 21st Century Global Governance is optional for minors who have already completed INTS 1500 and INTS 1700.

Additional Coursework (12 credits)

INTS minors may satisfy remaining requirements via INTS courses of their choosing (note: coursework from other departments is not eligible to be applied toward the INTS minor).

INTS minors are not required to take courses in a single specialization area. Instead, courses may be chosen from any of the following specialization areas:

Study Abroad (maximum of 4.5 credits)

Study abroad is optional for INTS minors. Students are limited to transferring and applying a maximum of 4.5 quarter credit hours toward the INTS minor. Courses must be pre-approved by the BA Program office prior to the start of the study abroad program. In the event that approved courses exceed the total maximum credit allowed for transfer, credits may not be split or divided. Please refer to the Study Abroad section for more information.

Foreign Language Requirement

No additional foreign language requirement, beyond the general University requirement, is needed for a minor in INTS.

Declare a Minor

Students may declare a minor by submitting this form to the Office of the Registrar located in University Hall.

Graduation

Completion of INTS minor requirements is verified by the Office of the Registrar at the time of graduation. The credentials evaluator will look for at least 20 credits in the INTS minor.