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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies Secondary Major

Bradley A. Shaw, Director
215 Eisenhower Hall
Fax: 785-532-7004
E-mail: ias@k-state.edu

The international studies program promotes understanding of the international community. The program encourages a substantial distribution of foreign and international course work under the direct, personal guidance of an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Students must enroll in another major before taking international studies as a secondary major.

Students who complete the secondary major in international studies are expected to include the following within their areas of knowledge or competency: speaking capability in a foreign language; basic geographic knowledge of the world; ability to understand and analyze cultures other than their own; some understanding  of developmental processes; some understanding of international relations and processes of interaction; and some integration of their program of study into a meaningful and coherent whole. Please check the website for any program changes or announcements.

Major degree requirements

I. Language requirement

Students must complete the equivalent of four semesters of a modern foreign language.

Students must also complete 24 hours of course work, distributed as follows:

II. Core

During the senior year, the student will write a research paper or complete a project on an international topic. The research may be an honors thesis or design project in one of the participating colleges or it may involve independent study. Students may enroll in DAS 425 or in an approved alternative course. In all cases, the student must have the permission of a faculty member to supervise and evaluate the work. All students enrolled in Senior Research in International Studies must have their topics approved by the director of the secondary major in international studies.

Geographic knowledge

International relations

At least one course marked with an asterisk in the approved course list found at this webpage

Program integration

II. Electives

The remaining 12 hours may be taken from the approved course listing. No more than 6 elective hours may be applied from a single discipline, and no more than 6 hours may be counted toward both a secondary major in an area studies program and in international studies. Students are encouraged to take courses in more than one college and are required to consult with the international studies director on the design and coherence of their international studies program.

Courses approved for the secondary major in international studies are found on  the website. The website listing is revised each semester as new courses are added and changed and hers are removed from the curriculum.

Please note that other international studies courses are offered as ‘‘special studies,’’ ‘‘topics,’’ ‘‘problems,’’ or ‘‘seminar’’ categories. Intersession offerings may sometimes be acceptable. Transfer credits from approved study abroad programs, or other institutions, may be accepted as part of the student’s program of study.

Elective offerings

Courses are generally available in the following fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture, planning and design
  • Art
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human ecology
  • Modern languages
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Speech communication
  • Women’s studies

Please see the website for a current list of courses.