International Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies combines foreign language and cultural studies with a thorough grounding in a professional area such as business and management, economics, computer information science, communication, or political science. The major is designed to prepare students for careers in international relations and business or other fields with an international dimension.

The major consists of three components at the upper level:

  1. Foreign Language and Cultural Concentration (18 credit hours upper level plus lower level prerequisites) devoted to foreign language, culture, and civilization (including optional study abroad). Languages: Arabic, French, German, Spanish.
  2. Professional Concentration (generally 15 credit hours upper level plus lower level prerequisites) devoted to the basic skills of art administration (museum studies), business and management, communications, computer and information science, economics, engineering, environmental studies, history, journalism and screen studies, natural sciences, or political science (international affairs).
  3. Cognates (9 credit hours upper level) devoted to studies (and optional internship experiences) which will provide the larger international context and additional useful skills to coordinate the subjects of Concentrations I and II.

This program is also eminently suitable as a second major for students who want to add a strong international component to their major field of interest. In this case, courses taken for their first major may also fulfill "Professional Concentration" requirements in International Studies; e.g., students majoring in art history, business and management, communications, computer information science, economics, engineering, environmental studies, history, natural sciences, or political science (international affairs) can add International Studies as a second  major by fulfilling requirements of Concentration I (Foreign Languages and Culture) and III ( Cognates ) and counting their first major as Concentration II (Professional).


International Studies  majors are urged to consult with a faculty mentor in the foreign languages and the other professional areas before the beginning of each semester.

Students with a high school background of three to four years study of Arabic, French, German or Spanish would be able to begin their studies of the same foreign language at UM-Dearborn with the 201, 202, or even 301 foreign language class. The curriculum for such students would be more flexible than that previously described. Students with a high school foreign language background would have an additional 8-11 hours for electives in areas of their special interests.

Please visit the International Studies webpage for more information.

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Ancient Greek I and II MCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and II MCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102
Chinese I and II CHIN 101 and CHIN 102

Pre-Major Requirements

See Concentration I and II for requirements.

Major Requirements

Concentration I. Foreign Language and Culture

( Select one language: Arabic, French, German or Spanish)

Pre-Major Requirements
Fourth-semester proficiency (202 level) or equivalent in Arabic, French, German or Spanish
Required courses
Language 301Advanced Conversation and Composition I3
Language 302Advanced Conversation and Composition II3
Twelve credits of additional upper-level courses in the chosen language12
Total Credit Hours18

A literature course in the chosen language is highly encouraged.

Students are encouraged to spend a semester or year in one of the many approved study-abroad programs.

Students who wish to study two foreign languages within the framework of the International Studies Program should see the International Studies Director to design an acceptable balanced curriculum.

Normally students will not be permitted to count the Humanities Internship (HUM 485) as a part of the concentration requirements. They are encouraged to elect an internship as part of their Cognates.

Concentration II. Professional Studies 

Select one Professional Studies concentration from:

Option A. Business and Management

ACC 298Financial Accounting3
ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Prin: Microeconomics3
ISM 310Info Systems in Management3
MATH 104College Algebra4
or MATH 105 Pre-Calculus
Required Courses
BE 401Managerial Economics3
MKT 352Mktg Principles and Policies3
OB 354Behavior in Organization3
Select two courses from (CAIB):6
Managerial Communication
Corporate Responsibility
Professional Communication
International Communications
Seminar: International Bus
Glbl Mrkting&Consumr Cultre
Total Credit Hours31

Option B. Computer and Information Science

MATH 115Calculus I4
CIS/CCM 150Computer Science I4
CIS 200Computer Science II4
CIS 275Discrete Structures I4
Required Courses
CIS 350Data Struc and Algorithm Anlys4
Select three additional CIS upper-level courses (300-level or above excluding CIS 399 and CIS 499)12
Total Credit Hours32

Option C. Economics

ACC 298Financial Accounting3
ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Prin: Microeconomics3
MATH 104College Algebra 14
or MATH 105 Pre-Calculus
Required Courses
ECON 447International Finance3
ECON 448International Trade3
Select one additional course from the following:3
Eur and Intl Economic Hist
Economic Development
Economies of the Middle East
Select two additional courses from the following (CAIE): 6
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Economic Statistics
Money and Banking
Environmental Economics
Eur and Intl Economic Hist
Behavioral Public Policy
Economic Development
Economies of the Middle East
Introduction to Econometrics
Total Credit Hours28

Option D. Museum Studies

ARTH 101Understand Art-Ancient to 14003
ARTH 102Understanding Art 1400 to Now3
ARTH 103Arts of Asia3
or ARTH 106 Architecture & Society
Required Courses
Select four courses from four different areas: 12
Asian/Non-Western (CAAS):
Art of China
Art of Japan
Chinese Painting
Early Chinese Art and Archaeol
Islamic Architecture
Islamic Decorative Arts
Earl Mod Jpn Paint&Wood Prnts
Ancient and Classical (CAAC):
Egyptian Art
Greek Art
Roman Art
Gods, Myth and Worship
Women in Classical Antiquity
City of Ancient Rome
Greek Architecture
Roman Art and Memory
Medieval (CAME):
Erly Christian Byzan Art
Early Med and Romanesque Art
Gothic Art and Architecture
The 14th Century
Women in Medieval Art
Renaissance & Baroque (CARB):
Art&Arch in Early Ren Florence
High Renaissance and Mannerism
Renaissance & Reformation Art
Italian Renaissance Sculpture
Southern Baroque Art
Northern Baroque Art
Renaissance and Baroque Rome
Modern (CAMA):
The Arts & Culture of Detroit
Art of Glass
American Art
Impressionism and Post-Impress
Arts of the Twentieth Century
Modern Architecture
The Modern Print
Contemporary Art
American Photography
Urban Design Perspectives
Collage, Montage, Assemblage
Also Required
Museum Practice Seminar I
Total Credit Hours21

Option E. Political Science (International Affairs)

POL 201Politics Around the World3
ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Prin: Microeconomics3
Select one of the following courses (CAIM):3
Computer Science I
Political Analysis
Prin of Stat and Exper Design
Introduction to Statistics
Required Courses
Select five of the following 3 credit hour courses (CAIP):15
The European Union
Canadian Politics
Pol of the Developing Areas
Religion and Politics
American Foreign Policy
Problems in Intl Politics
Great Pwrs Comp and Conflict
Middle East Politics
Peace and War
American Foreign Policy I
American Foreign Policy II
International Security Affairs
Terrorism & US Natl Security
Total Credit Hours27

Note: Normally, students will not be permitted to count a Political Science Internship (POL 494 POL 495 POL 496 POL 497) as part of the above concentration requirements. They are encouraged to elect an internship as part of their Cognates.

Option F. Environmental Studies


3 courses to be chosen from at least two of the following areas:

Area A. ESCI 275 or ESCI 301 (CAPS)

Area B. ENST 201, ENST 203, ENST 204; GEOL 118 (CAPB)

Area C. CIS 150; CIS 112 (CAPU)

Required Courses
ENST/STS 301Concepts of Environmentalism3
ENST 305Env Instrumentation and Analys3
Select three additional courses from the following (CAIV):9
Urban Geography
Environmental Politics
Land Use Planning and Mgmt
Remote Sensing
Environmental Economics
Environmental Psychology
Environmental Internship
Topics in Environmental Stds
Environmental Education
Environmental Interpretation
Total Credit Hours15

Note:  Environmental Science (ESCI) courses (some of which have additional prerequisites) may be substituted by Petition.

Option G. Natural Sciences

Required courses
Select one of the following:15
A minimum of 15 hours 300-4999 level in any one Dept. of Natural Science discipline from: ASTR, BIOL, BCHM, CHEM, ESCI, GEOL, MICR, PHYS (plus all lower level prerequisites).
Fulfillment of all major requirements in any natural science discipline.
Total Credit Hours15

Option H. Engineering

Required Courses

Fulfillment of all requirements for a degree in any of the Engineering disciplines will satisfy all Component II (Professional) requirements for the International Studies major.

Due to the high number of prerequisites needed to get into upper-level engineering classes, there is no regular 15-hour(professional) component for the various engineering disciplines.

Option I. Communication

COMM 220Intro to Media & Culture3
SPEE 101Principles of Speech Comm3
Required Courses
Five upper-level courses in COMM/SPEE. Of the five courses, one course must be in a Speech (SPEE) upper level course.15
Total Credit Hours21

Option J. Journalism and Screen Studies

JASS 2015Fundamentals of Journalism3
or JASS 248 Introduction to Screen Studies
Required Courses
Select five courses from the following:
Media Tools (CAJB):
Select two courses from:6
Media Design & Animation
Copy Editing
Narrative Journalism
Media Performance
Media Productn for Metro Comm
Feature Writing
Online Reprting,Rsrch,Writing
Audio Production
Digital Film & Television
Advanced Reporting
Interpretive Journalism
Investigative Reporting
New and Emerging Media
Advanced Media Production
Comm Design for Web & Mobile
Script-Writing Workshop
Genres, Modes, and Contexts of Storytelling (CAJM):
Select two courses from:6
Media Law and Ethics
Creating the Graphic Novel
Sports Reporting and Writing
Science and Environmental Jour
Multimedia and Music
Film and Music
Business/Automotive Reporting
National Cinemas
Narratives of Film and Lit
History of U.S. Broadcasting
History of American Journalism
Postwar European Cinema
Black Cinema
Gender,Sex,Powr Screen Studies
Topics in JASS
Independent Study in JASS
Issues in Cyberspace
History&Theory of Documentary
Memoir and Travel Writing
American Cinema
Ethnographic Film
International Communications
The remaining one course (3 credits) may be any upper level JASS course3
Total Credit Hours18

Option K. History 

COMP 106Writing & Rhetoric II3
HIST 101The World to 1500 CE3
HIST 103The World Since 1500 CE3
Select five courses from the following. Courses must be from at least two different regions:15
Eastern Europe, Russia, Soviet Union Region (CAHU):
Russian Intellectual History
20th-C Russian Intel History
Imperial Russia
The Russian Revolutions
Polish History Since 1800
Poland - Study Abroad
Modern East-Central Europe
Armenia in the Soviet Period
Armenians in the Modern World
Europe Region (CAHE):
Modern Britain
Germany Since 1945
20th-Century Europe, 1890-1945
The European City, 1750-2000
20th c European Women's Hist
Germany Before Hitler
Modern Warfare
Modern France
Aspects of the Holocaust
Nazi Germany
Middle East Region (CAHM):
Islamic Movemnts Mid East Hist
Women&Islam Mid East to 1900
Ottoman Empire in 19th Century
Modern Middle East, 1918-1945
Modern Middle East, 1945-1991
Lebanon in Modern Middle East
The US in the Middle East
Feminism & Mod. Mid. East
Culture& Hist. in Mod. Iran
Middle Eastern Diasporas
Asia Region (CAHA):
Late Imperial China
History of Modern China
The United States and Vietnam
Africa Region (CAHF):
West Africa Since 1800
Black Intellectual History
Seminar: African Diaspora
Variable Region (CAHV):
The Study of History
History Internship
Independent Studies in History
Independent Studies in History
Senior Honors Thesis
Advanced Ind Studies in Hist
Senior Research Seminar
Total Credit Hours24

Component III. Cognates

This component is designed to enhance the international dimension of the major and to coordinate the language and culture studies with professional preparation. Students will take three courses (9 hours, 300+ level) in fields such as anthropology, art history, business and management, economics, foreign cultures, history, and political science. Courses should be selected in accordance with students' particular needs. See below for the approved list of courses.

Approved Cognate Courses (CANC):
Students may not use courses in the same foreign language declared in Concentration I and may not use identical area from Professional Concentration II.
African/African-American Studies
AAAS/HIST 345West Africa Since 18003
AAAS/HUM/MHIS 388W. African Music: Trad.&Glob.3
AAAS 491Topics in African Diaspora3
Arab American Studies
AAST/ENGL 381Intro to Postcolonial Studies3
ANTH 320Culture and Int'l Business 13
ANTH/AAAS 371African Exper in the Americas3
ANTH 372Anthropology of Latin America3
ANTH 373Anth Persp on the Middle East3
ANTH 374Anthropology of Europe3
ANTH/WGST 406Culture and Sexuality3
ANTH/WGST 420Kinship and Marriage3
ANTH/LING 425Language and Society3
ANTH/RELS 440Religion and Culture3
ANTH 460Economic Anthropology3
ANTH/COMM/SOC/WGST 481Gender and Globalization3
ANTH 482Psychological Anthropology3
Art History
ARTH/HUM 311Art of China3
ARTH/HUM 312Art of Japan3
ARTH/HUM 313Chinese Painting3
ARTH/HUM 315Early Chinese Art and Archaeol3
ARTH 319Egyptian Art3
ARTH 321Greek Art3
ARTH 322Roman Art3
ARTH/RELS 331Erly Christian Byzan Art3
ARTH 332Early Med and Romanesque Art3
ARTH 333Gothic Art and Architecture3
ARTH 334The 14th Century3
ARTH/HUM/RELS/WGST 335Women in Medieval Art3
ARTH 341Art&Arch in Early Ren Florence3
ARTH 342High Renaissance and Mannerism3
ARTH 343Renaissance & Reformation Art3
ARTH 351Southern Baroque Art3
ARTH 352Northern Baroque Art3
ARTH 362Impressionism and Post-Impress3
ARTH 363Arts of the Twentieth Century3
ARTH 364Picasso3
ARTH 365Modern Architecture3
ARTH 384Islamic Architecture3
ARTH 385/RELS 384Islamic Decorative Arts3
ARTH/WGST 416Earl Mod Jpn Paint&Wood Prnts3
ARTH 426City of Ancient Rome3
ARTH/HUM 434Renaissance and Baroque Rome3
Business & Management
BA 400Corporate Responsibility3
HRM 305Human Resource Policy/Admin3
HRM 408Employment Relations3
IB 441International Financial Mgmt 13
IB 486Seminar: International Bus 13
MKT 352Mktg Principles and Policies3
MKT 382Understanding Customers3
MKT 457Glbl Mrkting&Consumr Cultre 13
OB 354Behavior in Organization3
COMM 366Public Comm and Culture Stdies3
COMM 430International Communications3
COMM/WGST 455Gender and Media Studies3
COMM/ANTH/SOC/WGST 481Gender and Globalization3
Comparative Literature (COML)
COML/HUM 355Urban Voices: France and Italy3
ECON/STS 321Labor in the American Economy3
ECON/ENST 351Environmental Economics3
ECON/HIST 362Eur and Intl Economic Hist3
ECON 442Economic Development3
ECON 444Economies of the Middle East 13
ECON 447International Finance 13
ECON 448International Trade 13
ENGL 311British Lit: Beowulf to Milton3
ENGL 312British Lit: Milton to 19003
ENGL 372Engl Lit: 1500 to 16002-3
ENGL 373English Lit 1600-16603
ENGL 377Victorian Poetry and Prose2-3
ENGL 406Studies in Medieval Lit/Cult3
ENGL 420Maj Engl 18th-Century Authors2-3
ENGL 443Anglo-Irish Literature3
Foreign Languages & Cultures
ARBC 305Language of Business3
ARBC 332Arabic Cinema3
ARBC 335Arabic Civilization3
ARBC 350Arabic Literature and Culture3
ARBC 351Contemporary Arabic Literature3
FREN 305Language of Business3
FREN 306Cult Intro to French Business3
FREN 336French Civilization of Past3
FREN 337France in the 20th Century3
FREN 338France of Today3
FREN 339Francophone Lit and Civil3
FREN 375Parisian Itineraries3
GER 305German for the Professions3
GER 306Cross-Cult Comptncy&Professns3
GER 374The History of German Cinema3
GER 377German Culture & Civilization3
MCL 353Italian Culture Civilization3
MCL/RELS 365Introduction to the Qur'an3
SPAN 305Language of Business3
SPAN 356Spanish Civilization and Cult3
SPAN 357Latin American Civiliztn Cult3
SPAN 358Spain in the Twentieth Century3
SPAN 450Hispanic Cinema3
GEOG/ENST 300/STS 308Urban Geography3
GEOG 302Mapping Our World3
GEOG 307Geography of Western Europe3
GEOG/ENST 310/STS 309Economic Geography3
GEOG 315Political Geography3
GEOG/ENST 320Global Climate Change3
Global Cultures
GLOC 301Intro to Global Cultures3
GLOC/MCL 325Political Islam3
HIST 302Russian Intellectual History3
HIST 30620th-C Russian Intel History3
HIST 307Early Russian History3
HIST 308Imperial Russia3
HIST 309The Russian Revolutions3
HIST 315Modern Britain3
HIST 321Late Imperial China3
HIST 322Traditional China3
HIST 323History of Modern China3
HIST 325Traditional Japan3
HIST 326Modern Japan3
HIST 329Medieval Society3
HIST 330The Renaissance3
HIST 331/RELS 332The Reformation Era: 1500-16483
HIST 333Europe in Age of Rev:1750-18153
HIST 334Europe in Age of Imp:1815-19143
HIST 33520th-Century Europe, 1890-1945 13
HIST 336The Contmp World, 1945-Present 13
HIST/RELS 337Islamic Movemnts Mid East Hist3
HIST/RELS/WGST 338Women&Islam Mid East to 19003
HIST 339Ottoman Empire in 19th Century3
HIST 341Hist, Lit, & 20th Century Iran3
HIST 343Germany Before Hitler3
HIST/AAAS 345West Africa Since 18003
HIST 3511Modern Middle East, 1918-19453
HIST 3520Lebanon in Modern Middle East3
HIST/ECON 362Eur and Intern'l Econ History 13
HIST 3632The US in the Middle East3
HIST 381Intell Hist of Modern Europe3
HIST 385Modern France3
HIST 387Aspects of the Holocaust3
HIST/HUM 389Nazi Germany3
HIST 465The Family in History3
HUM 485/HIST 3085Internship 13-6
Journalism and Screen Studies
JASS/HUM 357National Cinemas3
JASS/COMM/MCL 381Postwar European Cinema3
Liberal Studies
LIBS 364The European Union 13
LING/ENGL 484World Englishes3
PHIL 303Kant and the 19th Century3
PHIL 305Marxism3
PHIL 327Kierkegaard & Nietzsche3
PHIL/HUM 415Existentialism and Its Sources3
Political Science
POL 307Marxist Thought3
POL/ENST/STS 325Environmental Politics3
POL 341Canadian Politics3
POL 350Pol of the Developing Areas 13
POL 361American Foreign Policy3
POL 370Communist & Post-Communist Sys3
POL 371Problems in Intl Politics 13
POL 375Great Pwrs Comp and Conflict3
POL 385Middle East Politics3
POL 450Revolution3
POL 451Peace and War3
POL 471American Foreign Policy I3
POL 472American Foreign Policy II3
POL 473International Security Affairs 13
POL/CRJ 481Terrorism & US Natl Security3
POL/ENST 487Comparative Enviro Policy3
POL 494Internship Seminar3
POL 495Public Affairs Internship3-6
POL 496Canada Internship3,6
POL 497Washington, D.C. Internship3-6
SOC 4045/AAAS 404/WGST 404Dissed: Differ, Power, Discrim3
SOC/RELS 455Sociology of Religion3
SOC 460America in a Global Society3
Women & Gender Studies
WGST/ANTH 315Body Image and Culture3
WGST/MCL 401Images of Women in Germany3
WGST 408Sex, Gender and the Body3
WGST/HUM 433Writing Women In Renaissance3
WGST 4555/ANTH 455/CRJ 455/SOC 4555Immigrant Cultures and Gender3


  1. Students may elect the Humanities Internship (HUM 485) for a maximum of three hours and avail themselves of on-the-job experience in a business, governmental, or cultural institution. See the INST Program Director for Internship Guidelines.
  2. Students with appropriate background in political science may elect one of the various political science internships POL 494 POL 495 POL 496 POL 497) for a maximum of three hours.
  3. Students may use upper-level courses, especially culture/civilization, literature, or film courses, in another foreign language for Cognate credit. Students may not use courses in the same foreign language designated as Component I for Cognates credit.
  4. Students may not use identical areas for both Components II and III, e.g., students with Professional Studies (Component II) in Business and Management may not select Business and Management courses for Cognates (Component III) credit.
  5. Students' course choice in Components II and III must include a minimum total of two courses with a clearly international dimension; a greater number is highly desirable.
  6. Students may transfer no more than  9 upper level hours in Components I, 50% of credits in Component II and 3 credits in Component III (Cognates).