International Studies

The College of Liberal Arts offers the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BAIS) administered through the office of the Dean by the Director of International Studies. The degree's multi-disciplinary curriculum draws upon courses in Anthropology, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Foreign Languages. Courses from these disciplines and an internship with a government agency, a non-governmental international agency, or an international corporation comprise the core requirements of the program. Students in this program complete a Business or a 24-credit hour concentration in any one of the college's four area studies (Africana Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies) or in any of the four topical themes (Diplomacy and International Organizations; Environmental Issues and Policy; Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration; and Peace & Justice Studies). Other topical themes may be developed by individual students in consultation with faculty advisors and the Director of International Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

  1. The program will prepare students for careers in Foreign Service, in non-governmental and governmental agencies, in international corporations, and in international education.
  2. Students will be familiar with the contents and methods of global studies, including world economics; international politics and governance; physical interrelatedness of the global regions and their cultural and social issues; global history; and social science methodology.
  3. Students will achieve professional working proficiency (Level 3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable [ILR] scale) in a second language.
  4. Students will obtain specialized knowledge in one of nine distinct fields within international studies, including - Asian Studies; Africana Studies; Latin American & Caribbean Studies; European Studies; Diplomacy & International Organizations; Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration; Peace & Justice Studies; Environmental Issues & Policy; or the International Business Track.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1115 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1125 or above 3  SOC 1051  3
Science    POLI 2600 or 2700  3
BIOS2 3  Arts  
BIOS or Physical Science3 6  Arts Elective3  3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
GEOG 2801 or POLI 2900 or SOC 2708 3  FORL 2001  3
ECON 1203 3  FORL 2002  3
Culture Course4 3  Literature5  3
Approved Electives9 9    
    Total 27
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
ANTH 4765  3  FORL 3000-level (language/not lit)7  3
GEOG 4310  3  FORL 3000-level (language/not lit)7  3
ECON 4261  3  POLI 4700/4800/4900 Series  6
SOC 4094 OR 4086 OR 4101 OR 4124  3  Non-Western or Diplomatic HIST Series6  6
     Area or Topical Studies8,9  24
    Total 54
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS.
  3. FTA (theatre/dance/film related course, FA or MUS)
  4. Any 2000-level or higher course in any discipline that treats culture, e.g., ANTH 2052
  5. Literature course may be in ENGL, FREN, or SPAN
  6. Non-Western History Option includes any 2000-level or higher HIST course with a non-U.S./non-European focus. (Note: Students with an area studies concentration should choose 6 hours unrelated to that area.) Diplomatic History Option includes any two of the following courses: HIST 4381, 4570, 4575, 4580, 4581 or other course by the program director.
  7. Foreign language proficiency for the BIAS must be demonstrated by passing six hours of 3000+ level non-literature courses in a language of choice, or competency to be determined by the Director of International Studies in consultation with the appropriate faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages. If a 3000-level conversation course is included in those 6 hours, it will also satisfy the College oral competency requirement. If a conversation course is not included, students should include in Electives a course that fulfills the oral competency requirement for majors in any relevant discipline.
  8. Students pursuing concentrations in Area Studies must take POLI 2600; students pursuing concentrations in Topical Themes must take POLI 2700.
  9. The 33 total hours of course work taken in the concentration and as electives must include 15 hours of social sciences and at least three but no more than six hours of internship in the appropriate area. At least 12 of the 24 hours taken in the concentration must be at the 2000-level or above. Some concentrations also require that the courses taken to fulfill the concentration be distributed among a minimum number of disciplines.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal arts
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
FORL 1001  3  FORL 1002  3
MATH 1115  3  MATH 1125 or above  3
UNIV 10011  1  POLI 2700  3
SOC 1051  3  BIOS or Physical Science  3
BIOS 1053  3    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
BIOS or Physical Science  3  Arts  3
Non-Western or Diplomatic HIST  3  FORL 2002  3
FORL 2001  3  GEOG 2801 or POLI 2900 or SOC 2708  3
ECON 1203  3  SOC 4094, 4086, 4101 or 4124  3
Culture Course 2000+  3  Area or Topical Studies  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FORL 3000+  3  FORL 3000+  3
POLI 4700, 4800, 4900 series  3  ANTH 4765  3
Area or Topical Studies  3  GEOG 4310  3
Area or Topical Studies  3  ECON 4261  3
Area or Topical Studies  3  Area or Topical Studies  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Literature  3  Literature  3
POLI 4700, 4800, 4900 series  3  Area or Topical Studies  3
Non-Western or Diplomatic HIST  3  Approved Elective  3
Area or Topical Studies  3  Approved Elective  3
Area or Topical Studies  3  Approved Elective  2
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

B.A. IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: BUSINESS OPTION

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies offers a business track for students seeking a degree program combining a broad-based liberal arts core curriculum with course work in Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Management, and Business Administration. This program prepares students for careers with international corporations, government agencies, and non-governmental and non-profit agencies that seek professionals with business and financial training, proficiency in at least one foreign language, and a general education in global and cultural issues.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal arts
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies - International Business Option

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1115 or 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 2785 3  SOC 1051  3
Science    POLI 2700  3
BIOS2 3  Arts  
BIOS or Physical Science3 6  Arts Elective3  3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
BA 2780 3 FORL 2001  3
ECON 1203 and 1204 6 FORL 2002 (3)8
Culture Course4 3 Literature5  3
    Total 21
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
ANTH 4765  3  FORL 3000-level (language/not lit)  3
GEOG 4310  3  Foreign Language 3000- level (Language/not lit)  3
ECON 4261  3  POLI 4700/4800/4900 Series  6
SOC 4094 or 4086 or 4101 or 4124  3  Non-Western or Diplomatic HIST  6
    Total 30
Concentration/Option Requirements/Electives  
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
ACCT 2100  3 MANG 3401  3
ECON 4261 or 4306, HRT 2050, HRT 42507, BA 40487, ACCT 41267, IS 4998/4999 or other course approved by director of BAIS program  3 MANG 4446  3
Electives  9 MKT 3501  3
FIN 3300  3 MKT 4546  3
    Total  30
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS.
  3. FTA (theatre/dance/film related course, FA or MUS)
  4. Any 2000-level or higher course in any discipline that treats culture, e.g., ANTH 2052
  5. Literature course may be in ENGL, FREN, or SPAN
  6. Non-Western History Option includes any 2000-level or higher HIST course with a non-U.S./non-European focus. (Note: Students with an area studies concentration should choose 6 hours unrelated to that area.) Diplomatic History Option includes any two of the following courses: HIST 4381, 4570, 4575, 4580, 4581 or other course by the program director.
  7. Course has a prerequisite or requires departmental consent.
  8.  All FORL courses should be in one language only.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies - International Business Option

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
FORL 1001  3  FORL 1002  3
MATH 1115, or higher  3  MATH 2785  3
SOC 1051  3  POLI 2700  3
BIOS 1053  3  BIOS or Physical Science  3
UNIV 10012  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
BIOS or Physical Science  3  FORL 2002  3
Non-Western or Diplomatic HIST  4  Arts  3
FORL 2001  3  BA 2780  3
ECON 1203  3  ECON 1204  3
Culture Course 2000+  3  SOC 4094, 4086, 4101 or 4124  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FORL 3000+  3  FORL 3000+  3
POLI Core Course  3  ANTH 4765  3
ACCT 2200  3  GEOG 4310  3
MKT 3501  3  ECON 4261  3
FIN 3300  3  MKT 4546  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Literature  3  Literature  3
POLI Core Course  3  MANG 4446  3
Non-Western or Diplomatic HIST  3  Elective (Language recommended)  3
MANG 3401  3  Electives  5
ECON 4261 or 4262, HRT 2050, HRT42501, BA 30481, ACCT 41261, IS 4998/4999 or other approved course  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Course has a prerequisite or requires departmental consent.
  2. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Honors in International Studies

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance. The grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. To graduate with Honors in International Studies, the following requirements, in addition to the usual requirements for a major, must be fulfilled:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50, and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in Core Curriculum & Area of Concentration;
  2. Complete successfully a minimum of 3 credits of Honors Internship (IS 4999);
  3. Complete successfully 6 credits of senior honors thesis in Internationally Studies (IS 4990)
    1. The thesis project is to be determined by mutual agreement between the student, a faculty member who will supervise the project, and the Director of the Honors Program. The project must also be approved by the Director of the International Studies program. The student must satisfactorily defend the thesis or project to a committee composed of the faculty thesis advisor, the Director of the International Studies program, and the Director of the Honors Program.
    2. Students can apply a maximum of 6 hours of combined internship and thesis credit towards their concentration.
    3. For Business Option Students, the senior honors thesis will be counted as an elective.