Why International Studies?

An International Studies degree at St. Stephen’s University will introduce you to political, social, environmental and economic perspectives from across the world. If you’re interested in learning about other cultures, globalization and its impacts, opportunities and challenges of different models of international development, and your own role as a global citizen, this program will challenge you in the best ways possible. During the program, you will participate in two travel terms (one in Asia and one in Europe) with your whole class. These travel experiences, along with your IS classes in St. Stephen, will provide insight into such issues as poverty, population growth, disease, human migration, climate change, war, gender inequality, community dynamics, pop culture, world religions, mass communications, strategic development, water issues, cultural heritage and human rights.

Major in IS

A degree in International Studies requires 12 credit hours of core courses: IS 1000, 2000, and 3000 (or their equivalent).┬áIS 2050 Macroeconomics (or its equivalent). A grade of C or better in each core course is required. Students majoring in IS must also complete 6 credit hours in modern languages including 3 credit hours in French or German. The other 3 credit hours could also be in French or German, or students may take TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) or Language, Culture and Identity. A minimum of 21 additional credit hours must be taken at the upper level (3000 or 4000) and this must include IS 3090 – Field Experience (or equivalent). Electives in International Studies are often interdisciplinary, reflecting the nature of this broad field of study. Students must successfully complete both study abroad terms (GPA of 2.0 or better).

Minor in IS

A minor in International Studies requires the cores courses: IS 1000, 2000, and 3000 or their equivalent, plus an additional 15 credit hours in International Studies, of which 12 credit hours must be at the upper level. A grade of C or better in each core course is required for the minor.