Focus Areas

The International Studies degree candidate chooses an area of focus for his or her courses of study. This allows candidates to pursue their area of particular interest in more depth.

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1. International Business and Economic Relations

This focus helps students to understand business dynamics and managerial decision making within the international business environment. It is appropriate for students preparing for business careers in marketing, management or finance in companies with import/export activity or other global ventures. Candidates choose 912 credit hours from the following:

BADM 5613 External Environment of Business
ECON 5603 Global Economics
EEE 5113 Entrepreneurship and Venture Management
FIN 4213* International Financial Management
FIN 5213 International Business Finance
GEOG 5123 International Resource Management
MGMT 5113 Management and Organizational Theory
MGMT 5713 Negotiation and Third-Party Dispute Resolution
MGMT 5743 International Negotiations
MKTG 5553 International Marketing Strategy

* FIN 4213 should be taken under FIN 5550 with approval of instructor and advisor.

Recommended Open Electives:

FIN 5013 Business Finance
INTL 5043 Politics of the Global Economy
POLS 5133 Politics and Political Economy in the EU

Recommended Statistics (Methods) Courses:

ECON 5243 Econometrics
SOC 5273 Qualitative Research Methods
STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
STAT 5023 Statistics for Experimenters II
STAT 5043 Sample Survey Design
REMS 5013 Research, Design and Methodology

* When focused on business topics, students are restricted to not more than 15 credit hours of Business-related courses including INTL 5233, INTL 5110, and courses under the following course designations: ACCT, BADM, BCOM, BHON, BUSAD, FIN, LSB, MGMT, MSIS, TCOM. Economic courses are excluded from the business course restrictions.

2. International Trade and Development

This focus area helps the student understand the interactions of trade policy, macroeconomic policy, political structures and social systems on economic development and international trade. This focus area is appropriate for students wishing to enter careers in government, public service, institutional development, consulting, trade development, policy analysis and economic development. Candidates choose 912 credit hours from the following:

AGEC 5343 Int’l Agricultural Markets, Trade & Development
AGEC 5713 Rural Regional Analysis
AGEC 5723 Rural Development Planning
AGEC 5733 International Agricultural Policy and Development
DHM 4993 Textiles and Apparel in the International Economy
ECON 5603 Global Economics
ECON 5623 Economic Development I
ECON 5633 International Trade
ECON 5643 Economic Development II
INTL 5020 Global Business Professional
LSB 5203 Foundations of Issue and Conflict Management
MKTG 5553 International Marketing Strategy
PLNT 5863 International Agricultural Research Systems
POLS 4013 American Foreign Policy
POLS 4113 International Institutions
POLS 5410 Seminar in Comparative Politics
SOC 5323 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
SOC 5333 Global Population & Social Problems

Recommended Methods Courses:

SOC 5273 Qualitative Research Methods
STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
STAT 5043 Sample Survey Design
REMS 5013 Research, Design and Methodology

3. International Human Development, Society, and Education

This focus concentrates on courses that will help the student understand humanitarian and social issues in diverse cultural settings. Depending on their interests, students may select courses that address: human rights, nutritional problems, health care, housing and clothing or human capital development, educational needs and occupational training. Students completing this area prepare for careers in international service agencies, humanitarian groups, educational and research institutions and consulting firms. Candidates choose 912 credit hours from the following:

AGED 5123 Adult Programs in Agricultural & Extension Education
AGED 5733 International Agricultural Policy & Development
AGED 5863 Methods of Technological Change
AGED 6223 Program Evaluation in Agriculture & Extension
ANTH 5243 Globalization and Culture
GEOG 5243 Geography of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
MC 5253 International Mass Communications
NSCI 5363 Maternal & Infant Nutrition
NSCI 5553 International Nutrition and World Hunger
NSCI 5563 Nutritional Assessment
OCED 5133 International Workplace Education
OCED 5673 Principles and Practices of Distance Learning in Occupational Education
POLS 4113 International Institutions
POLS 5303 Introduction to Disasters and Hazards
POLS 5373 Populations at Risk
POLS 5383 Disaster Recovery
POLS 5663 Community Relations & Emergency Management
POLS 5673 Understanding and Responding to Terrorism
POLS 5693 Emergency Management in the International Setting
POLS 6203 Comparative and Int’l Dimensions of Fire of Emergency Mgmt
SCFD 5883 Educational Sociology
SCFD 6023 Comparative Education
SOC 6493 Sociology of Disaster

Recommended Open Electives:

REMS 5013 Research, Design and Methodology
REMS 5953 Statistical Methods in Education
SOC 5273 Qualitative Research Methods
STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
STAT 5043 Sample Survey Design

4. Cultural Heritage and Tourism Development

This focus area explore the ideas, philosophies and religions of the world’s cultures through their monuments of art, architecture, literature, music and theater. Students can focus on cultural heritage for its own sake or use their knowledge to develop international tourism as a source of economic development. Depending on their interests, students may select courses in cultural history, historical preservation, and travel and tourism policy management. Students prepare for careers in world cultural and heritage projects, museum and architectural site management, tourism development, and education. Candidates choose 912 credit hours from the following:

ARCH 5100 Special Topics in Architecture
ART* 4653 History of Indian Art
ART* 4663 History of Chinese Art
ART* 4673 History of Japanese Art
ANTH 5243 Globalization and Culture
DHM 4993 Textiles, Apparel, Interiors and Related Products in the

International Economy

*Any ART courses should be taken under ART 5910.

**Any 4000 level HIST course in the Dept. of History may be taken under the HIST 6120 course number with the approval of the student’s advisor.

Recommended Methods Courses:

GEOG 4113 Cultural Ecology
GEOG 4143 Geography of Travel and Tourism
GEOG 4203 Fundamentals of GIS
GEOG 5113 Landscape Ecology
GEOG 5123 International Resource Management
GEOG 5140 Cultural and Historical Geography Seminar
GEOG 5233 Global Environmental Change
GEOG 6110 Seminar in Cultural Ecology
GEOG 6130 Seminar in Political Geography
HIST** 6120 Seminar in Historic Preservation
LA 4433 Land Use and Community Planning
LA 4573 Recreation Planning
LA 5110 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture
RMTR 4553 Tourism in Recreation Settings
RMTR 5403 Interpretation of Leisure Studies
MUSI 5583 World Music
PHIL 5343 Seminar: East/West Comparative
GEOG 4323 Computer Cartography
GEOG 4333 Remote Sensing
GEOG 4353 GIS: Socio-economic Applications
SOC 5273 Qualitative Research Methods
STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
STAT 5023 Statistics for Experimenters II
REMS 5013 Research, Design and Methodology

5. Preservation of Environmental and Ecological Resources

This focus area teaches students how to plan and manage environmental and ecological resources for both global preservation of natural resources and eco-tourism. Depending on their interests, students may select courses in the areas of remote sensing, environmental economics, ecological planning, environmental law and policy, NGO development, landscape architecture, as well as tourism policy and promotion. Students prepare for careers in preservation management, national park planning and maintenance and eco-tourism site development. Candidates choose 912 credit hours from the following:

AGEC 4503 Environmental Economics and Resource Development
AGEC 5503 Economics of Natural and Environmental Resource Policy
GEOG 5113 Landscape Ecology
GEOG 5123 International Resource Management
GEOG 5233 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
GEOL 4663 Global Geological Resources
LA 4433 Land Use and Community Planning
LA 4573 Recreation Planning
LA 4583 Environmental Planning
LA 4990 Sustainable Planning & Design
LA 5110 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture
SOC 5333 Global Population and Social Problems
SOC 5463 Seminar in Environmental Sociology
SOC 6460 Advanced Studies in Environmental Sociology

Recommended Methods Courses:

GEOG 4333 Remote Sensing
GEOG 4343 GIS: Res Management Applications
STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
STAT 5043 Sample Survey Design
REMS 5013 Research, Design and Methodology