Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

International Studies

Bachelor of Science in International Studies

The Faculty:

Richard Bennett, Associate Professor and Director of International Programs

Albert Churella, Associate Professor

J. LaJuana Cochrane, Associate Professor and Psychology Coordinator

Jamye Hickman, Assistant Professor

Marianne Holdzkom, Assistant Professor

Julie Newell, Professor and Chair of Department

Thomas J. Nisley, Assistant Professor

Bernice Nuhfer-Halten, Professor and Language Coordinator

Thomas E. Rotnem, Professor, International Studies Coordinator, and Political Science Coordinator

William Skutans, Lecturer

Roger Soiset, Lecturer

Carl Snook, Assistant Professor

Mark D. Vickrey, Senior Lecturer

By offering an International Studies degree with concentrations in areas of technology or applied liberal arts, SPSU seeks to produce graduates who not only understand the political and economic processes of globalization, but also possess technological skills and knowledge that will allow them to deal with the new demands of the global economy.

Companies that will employ our graduates will be global ones, so it is necessary for their employees to understand the political, economic, cultural, as well as technical contexts in which their companies function.

The International Studies degree will prepare graduates for employment in:


Graduate study


International business


Public policy

The military

The transportation industry

The travel industry

Work in the non-profit sector

Students pursuing this degree must complete:

The Core Curriculum


Required Upper Division Core in international studies


A particular area of concentration


Directed International Electives


Free Electives


Any courses taken to satisfy degree program requirements in International Studies Required Upper Division Core, the student's Concentration, and the student's Directed International Electives must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.

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