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Social & International Studies
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International Studies Major

Basic Structure of the Degree

The International Studies degree at Southern Polytechnic has three major components:

  • The Core Curriculum--these general education requirements give every student the basic skills and knowledge to be a life-long learner, ready to adapt to and succeed in a world of changing opportunities
  • The International Studies Curriculum--extending the Core (Area F) with foundational courses specific to thriving in a global environment and building on that foundation with a strong interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • The Minor--Every student is required to complete at least one minor, and the degree is structured to allow this to be done within the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor's degree. Including a minor allows every student to tailor their program of study to his or her individual strengths and interests while developing additional skills and knowledge directly applicable to pursuing career opportunities.


General Core: Opportunities to satisfy all requirements offered fall, spring, and summer terms.

Core Area
Course Title Credit Hours
A ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
 A ENGL 1102 English Composition 11 3
 A MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
 B COMM 2401 Public Speaking 2
 B STS 2400 Science, Technology, and Society--any topic
(satisfies critical thinking requirement)
C ENGL 2XXX Any Literature Course 3

CHOOSE 1: Language strongly recommended for IS majors

ARTS 2001 Art Appreciation
ARTS 2002 Drama Appreciation
ARTS 2003 Music Appreciation
ARTS 2004 History of Contemporary American Music
FREN 1002, 2001, or 2002 Elementary or Intermediate French (NOT FREN 1001)
SPAN 1002, 2001, or 2002 Elementary or Intermediate Spanish (NOT SPAN 1001)



ASTR 1000K Introduction to the Universe
BIOL 2107K Biological Principles I
BIOL 2108K Biological Principles II
CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1212K Principles of Chemistry II
ENVS 2202K Environmental Science (NOT ENVS 2202--3 hrs)
PHYS 1111K Introductory Physics I
PHYS 1112K Introductory Physics II
PHYS 2211K Principles of Physics I
PHYS 2212K Principles of Physics II
4 x 2 = 8
D MATH 1113 Pre-calculus 4

CHOOSE 1: (satisfies American Perspectives requirement and Georgia Legislative Requirement IF taken at SPSU; if satisfied with transfer credit, consult your adviser)

HIST 2111 US History to 1877
HIST 2112 US History since 1877
POLS 1101 American Government


HIST 1111 Survey of World Civilization to 1500
HIST 1112 Survey of World Civilization since 1500



SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology

CHOOSE 1: (satisfies Global Perspectives requirement)

ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology
ES 1100 Ethnic Studies
GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography
RELG 1200 World Religions


International Studies Core: All courses offered fall, spring, and summer terms unless otherwise noted.

Core Area
Course Title Credit Hours

Language at the 2001-2002 level
2001--Fall Only; 2002--Spring Only

F COMM 2030 Research for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Fall  Only
F ECON 1101 Introduction to Economics 3
F POLS 2100 Introduction to Research Methods
Spring Only
 F POLS 2401 Global Issues 3

Total Hours in Core A-F: 60 hours

International Studies Required Courses: 30 hours
(must be passed with grade of C or better)

Course Title Credit Hours

IS 1000 Orientation to International Studies 

SPSU 1001 Orientation to SPSU 1
Language at the 2001-2001 level 1
HIST 3801 World History since 1945 3
IS 400X Regional Studies (any region) 3
POLS 3001 Comparative Politics 3
POLS 3009 Foundations of Public Policy 3
POLS 4009 Comparative Public Policy 3
POLS 4301 International Political Economy 3
PSYC 3101 International Social Psychology 3
STS 4000 International Issues in Science and Technology 3
IS 4800 International Capstone 3

International Studies Electives: Choose Any 9 hours
(must be passed with grade of C or better)

Course Title Credit Hours

ECON 2106 Micro Economics (3)

GEOG 3101 World Regional Geography (3)

HIST 3200 History of Science Survey (3)

HIST 3301 Diplomatic and Military History since 1815 (3)

HIST 3401 Modern Social and Cultural History (3)

HIST 3501 Colonization & Rebellion in the Trans-Atlantic World (3)

HIST 3601 History of the Pacific Rim (3)

IS 3600 Comparative Culture (3)

IS 3901-3903 Special Topics in International Studies (3)

IS 400X Regional Studies (3; region(s) not already used to satisfy Upper Division Requirement for SIS 400X)

IS 4600 International Studies Internship (3)

POLS 3301 Modern Political Theory (3)

POLS 3601 Contemporary World Politics (3)

POLS 4063 Political Issues in Electronic Government (3)

POLS 4101 Political Economy of Post-Communist Transformation (3)

POLS 4201 International Relations of the Americas (3)

PSYC 4000 International Psychology (3)

PSYC 4600 Conflict Resolution (3)

RELG 1200 World Religions (3)

SPAN 300X or SPAN 400X Upper-Division Spanish (3)

STS 4400 Topical Studies in Science and Technology (3)

HIST 3903, HIST 4903, POLS 2903, POLS 4903, PSYC 3903, PSYC 4903 (only with topic-specific departmental approval) 


 Additional Requirements: 21 hours

Any minor offered at SPSU

15-18 hours
Free electives to total 120 hours 3-6 hours

Additional Information

Minors offered in the SIS department--listed in the navigation bar on the left of this page.

Planning Schedule for the International Studies Curriculum

Example 4-year Plan

Language Policy for IS majors who are international students

Questions? Want more information? Contact the International Studies Coordinator: Dr. Tom Rotnem