International Studies


Whether your goal is to strengthen global policy, improve conditions in third world countries, or teach internationally, St. Ambrose has a program that will put the world at your fingertips.

Our graduates work at AmeriCorps VISTA, are Fulbright recipients and educators, and pursuing graduate degrees and PhDs.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Participate in the Global Community Now
  • Be An International Expert
  • Flexibility in Your Studies and Career

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You choose a plan of study, courses, projects and overseas experiences, and our expert faculty will give you a greater awareness of your place in a rapidly-changing world – and the confidence to be an active agent in that change.

See our international studies major fact sheet (pdf)


Why International Studies?
Our students will tell you.


More Information on the International Studies Program

What will I learn?

Our program is highly interdisciplinary so you will take courses in Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, International Studies, Communication, and Theology. You will be taught by top faculty from a variety of departments including Political Science, Business, History, Art, Philosophy, and English.

An important and exciting component of your education is cultural immersion. Through Study Abroad you gain sophisticated knowledge of world affairs and perfect your language skills while attending classes at a foreign university.

Your program director works closely with International Education to make sure your overseas experience fits your goals and needs.

Also, if you join the SAU chapter of Model United Nations you can start addressing global challenges now. In November, our chapter will represent Colombia at the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago. In February 2018, we will represent Germany at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference in St. Louis.

You can build on your international education by participating in the thriving, diverse Quad Cities community. From Scotland to Sweden and Vietnam to Africa, you'll find a multitude of cultural traditions to explore during annual festivals, public events, lectures, and presentations.

International corporations such as Deere & Company, HON, and Ralston Purina are headquartered here. The SAU College of Business and Career Center have deep relationships with these companies and many more. You have exceptional opportunities to network, intern, and launch your career.

What are some possible career outcomes?

International Studies majors can pursue careers in international law, foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, diplomacy, international business, journalism/communication, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, language, education, and policy.

Even better: you can dual major or minor in anything from marketing to political science to further specialize your skills and expand your job opportunities. We will help you design your education to your goals. Contact us today.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Paige Echele ‘16 is enrolled in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Iowa.
  • Natividad Hirsch ‘16 is employed with AmeriCorps VISTA at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Christopher Hollis ‘16 is in the political science PhD program at the University of Iowa.
  • Robyn Kincaide ‘16 is a 2016 Fulbright recipient and teaches English in South Korea.

Degreer Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (37 credits)

Required:
IS 103 International Experience
PSCI 130 Global Issues
IS 400/PSCI 400 International Studies Capstone

Demonstrate proficiency in any secondary language necessary for your area of emphasis - 0-6 credits

International Affairs/Global Civil Society (At least one course at 300-Level) - 6 credits
Choice of:
+PSCI 230 Global Terrorism
+PSCI 306 Model United Nations
+PSCI 309 International Politics
+PSCI 313 US Foreign Policy
+PSCI 316 International Law
+PSCI 353 Internship
+WGS 201 Women's Studies

International Arts OR International Culture - 6 credits

International Arts (At least one course at the 300-Level)

Choice of:
+AH 353 Russian Art History
+ENGL 221 Canadian Literature (ENGL 101 Prerequisite)
+ENGL 307 Romanticism (ENGL 101 Prerequisite)
+ENGL 309 Victorian Literature (ENGL 101 Prerequisite)
+ENGL 344 Modernism (ENGL 101 Prerequisite)

International Culture (At least one course at the 300-Level)

Choice of:
+IS 101 Cultures of the World
+IS 204 Selected Works of Hispanic Literature in Translation
+IS 210/+310 Special Topics in International Studies
+MUS 115 Music Culture
+SOC 210 Cultural Anthropology
+SOC 340 Race and Ethnicity
+THEO 250 Intro to Comparative Religions
+THEO 345 Intro to Religions of the West
+WGS 320 Women and Irish Film

International Communication and Commerce (At least one course at the 300-Level) - 6 credits
Choose two.
COMM 340 Global Communication
+INTL 221 Survey of International Business
INTL 322 International Marketing
INTL 372 Managing Across Cultures
INTL 374 World Regions
INTL 377 Political and Regulatory Environment of International Business

Emphasis area (At least one course at the 300-Level) - 6 credits
Choose an area: Latin America, Europe, East Asia, Africa

Europe:
+ENGL 202 British Literature
+ENGL 310 19th Century Fiction
+HIST 217 Modern Europe
+HIST 337 Northern Ireland or +HIST 338 Modern Ireland
+HIST 343 20th Century Europe and the World
+PSCI 319 Comparative Politics
+SPAN 324 Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies
+SPAN 316 Intro to Hispanic Film Studies

Latin America:
+HIST 213 Latin America
SPAN 314 Intro to Hispanic Film Studies
SPAN 316 Intro to Hispanic Film Studies
+WGS 315 Latin American Women's Issues
+WGS 210 US Latina Literature and Culture

Asia:
Individualized courses of study approved by the IS director

Africa:
Individualized courses of study approved by the IS director

Study Abroad
An approved Study Abroad experience of one semester or an approved shorter-term study abroad experience of one to six weeks with a special assignment (e.g., service project, internship, or special project approved by the IS director) is required.

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in International Studies. This plan assumes the student has not completed three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
Oral Communication 3 Foreign Language 101 3
Information Literacy 1 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3 KIN 149 1
GenEd Humanities I 3 KIN 206 OR 200 1
PSCI 130 Global Issues 3 PSCI313 International Law (or PSCI230, 306, 309, 353; WGS201) 3
NSS 101: New Student Seminar 1 International Arts** 3
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 14

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
Creative Arts 3 Humanities 3
Foreign Language 102 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3 PSCI319 Comparative Politics 3
PSCI230 (or PSCI 306, 309, 313, 353; WGS 201 3 Int'l Comm. and Commerce: COMM340; INTL 322, 372, 374, 377 3
PSCI 313 3 Int'l Arts (choose at least one at the 300-level): AH353, ENG221;307; 309; 344; OR Intl Culture (choose at least one at the 300-level): IS101; IS204; IS210/310; MUS115; SOC210, 340; THEO250; 345 (100-level THEO prerequisite); WGS320 3
IS103 International Experience 1
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
Study Abroad (Take courses in Foreign Languages to Demonstrate Proficiency or in Your Area of Emphasis) 15 Natural Science 4
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Electives 9
*Emphasis Area 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3 IS400 Senior Capstone 3
3 Electives 9 3 Electives 9
Emphasis Area* 3 ^HIST 337
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

*Europe: ENGL 310; HIST337, 343; PSCI319; SPAN314, 316. Latin America: SPAN314, 316; WGS315, 210. Asia, Africa, The Middle East (Individualized courses of study approved by the IS director).
^Requires HIST 100 or 200 level; SPAN316 requires SPAN311, 313 prerequisites
**(choose at least one at the 300-level): AH353, ENG221;307; 309; 344; OR Intl Culture (choose at least one at the 300-level): IS101; IS204; IS210/310; MUS115; SOC210, 340; THEO250; 345 (100-level THEO prerequisite); WGS320

Minor in International Studies (21 credits)

PSCI 130/IS 210 Global Issues, 3 credits
Foreign Language Proficiency through 102 (Gen Ed Requirement)
International Affairs/Global Civil Society - 3 credits
International Arts or International Culture - 3 credits
International Communication and Commerce - 3 credits
One additional course from any discipline or any area of emphasis in the IS curriculum - 3 credits

+ = satisfies a general education requirement


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Duk Kim, PhD, Chairperson

International Studies
Folwell Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6169
KimDuk@sau.edu

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