At a Glance

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
120 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39
Program Credits 36-39
Elective Credits 42-45

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that permits students to complete a challenging and diverse curriculum in a variety of academic areas. The International Studies Bachelor of Arts degree program makes use of the expertise of faculty from a broad array of academic disciplines including the social sciences, history, human services, English, communications, business, and liberal studies.


  • Demonstrate understanding of the historical and structural issues underlying contemporary international issues
  • Engage with international issues at both the micro and macro levels
  • Understand the role of governments, NGOs, and other international non-state actors in response to global issues
  • Understand how to interact effectively with people of other culture
  • Foreign Language: International Studies majors need to achieve basic conversant skills in a language other than English. Basic conversant skills are defined as the equivalent of four semesters of college study at the beginning and intermediate levels. This may be gained by studying Spanish at Cazenovia College, passing a proficiency language test equivalent to four semesters of a language, being a native speaker of a foreign language, or studying foreign language at other institutions or in other countries. The language requirement may also be met through a combination of multiple languages. All credits associated with language learning are elective credits.
Students need to complete an internship. For a 6-credit internship, students must complete 240 hours. Students may choose to complete an internship through short-term intersession or summer abroad programs, the Washington Internship Institute, or a variety of organizations that have a global focus. Students may choose to complete their internships in the U.S. or abroad, through the Washington Internship Institute or in collaboration with the office of Career Services.

   Course (Credits)
   See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
   SB 375 Methods of Inquiry (3)
   Senior Capstone: SB 499 Capstone I- Applied: Senior Project (3)

Art & Sciences Courses 
   Course (Credits)
   HG 102 World Civilization Since 1550 (3)
   HG 131/132 Macroeconomics or Microeconomics (3)
   HG 261 Comparative Political Ideologies (3)
   SB 110 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
   SB 230 Introduction to International Studies (3)
   SB 250 Cultural Geography (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 18

Career Courses 
   Course (Credits)
   SB 385 Internship (6)
Total Career Program Credits - 6

Variable Program Courses
   Course (Credits)
   Study Abroad - 12 credits foreign language, 3 credits 300/400 elective
   Study Abroad Canterbury - 9 credits toward program requirements, 3 credits open elective, 3 credits 300/400 elective
   Washington Internship Institute - 6 credits toward SB 385 Internship, 3 INST credits, 3 credits 300/400 elective
Total Variable Program Credits - 12 - 15


Arts and Sciences Electives 
   Course (Credits)
   100-400 level (21-36)
Total Arts & Sciences Elective Credits - 21-36

Open Electives 
   Course (Credits)
   100-400 level (3-18)
Total Open Elective Credits - 3-18