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Degree Requirements

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers in the contemporary world. The program strives to recognize and understand the complexities and problems of our world, and to offer meaningful, just solutions consonant with the Christian values espoused by Thomas More College.

Thomas More offers both a bachelor's and associate's degree in International Studies. Candidates for either degree are required to choose one area of concentration from among the following: European, Developing World, or Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The choice of concentration determines the foreign language to be studied.

International Studies majors can fulfill the College's computer literacy requirement in accordance with the standards established by their second major. The Director of International Studies can advise students in this regard.

Students intending to pursue graduate work in International Studies or International Relations are encouraged to take the following courses in addition to the requirements listed: a language at the advanced (3rd year) level, ECO 215, ECO 216 and a quantitative analysis course.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE MAJOR IN
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
European Concentration

  • Required Courses (27 hours): GEO 201; ECO 105; ECO 238; INT 400; POS 105, 230, 335; SOC 105; 3 hours chosen from ART 251, ART 252, MUS 260, THR 301, THR 302; Recommended Course: NSC 214
  • European Language (6 hours in one language at the 200 level or higher)
  • Electives (6 hours) chosen from: HIS 326, 327, 328, 329, 340, 349, 431, 432, 433, 434, 442, 455
  • Study Abroad through one of the college’s affiliated programs in a geographically appropriate region
  • Students fulfill the core requirement in computer literacy by demonstrating proficiency in the use of standard word processing, as well as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, in INT 400.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE MAJOR IN
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Developing World Concentration

  • Required Courses (27 hours): GEO 201; ECO 105; ECO 238; INT 400; POS 105, 230, 335; SOC 105; 3 hours chosen from ART 251, ART 252, MUS 260, THR 301, THR 302; Recommended Course: NSC 214
  • Foreign Language (6 hours in one language at the 200 level or higher)
  • Electives (6 hours) chosen from: BUA 252, HIS 349, 435, 452, 461, 462, 465, 475-History of Africa, PHI 255 Latin American Philosophy, SOC 381
  • Study Abroad through one of the college’s affiliated programs in a geographically appropriate region
  • Students fulfill the core requirement in computer literacy by demonstrating proficiency in the use of standard word processing, as well as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, in INT 400.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE MAJOR IN
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration

  • Required Courses (27 hours): GEO 201; ECO 105; ECO 238; INT 400; POS 105, 230, 335; SOC 105; 3 hours chosen from ART 251, ART 252, MUS 260, THR 301, THR 302; Recommended Course: NSC 214
  • Spanish Language (6 hours in one language at the 200 level or higher)
  • Electives (6 hours) chosen from: HIS 435, BUA 252 - Jamaica, PHI 255 - Latin American Philosophy, SOC 381
  • Study Abroad through one of the college’s affiliated programs in a geographically appropriate region
  • Students fulfill the core requirement in computer literacy by demonstrating proficiency in the use of standard word processing, as well as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, in INT 400.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSOCIATE MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

  • Required Courses (18 credit hours): ECO 105; GEO 201; POS 105, 230; SOC 105; 3 hours chosen from ART 251, 252, MUS 260, THR 301, 302
  • Elective (3 credit hours) chosen from: Non-US History course at or above 200-level or Study Abroad