Requirements for B.A. in Regional Studies
Five regions of concentration are available: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Majors doing a regional track must complete a core curriculum of international studies courses; an individualized curriculum of connected learning courses; and courses in their areas of geographic concentration, to include:
Core Courses (24 credits)
Intl 2xx: Students may double count Intl 2xx for the major and University Studies Sophomore Inquiry; a Mentored Inquiry section is required.
Intl 470 Intercultural Leadership and Change can substitute for Intl 471 Understanding the International Experience.
Intl 201 Intro to International Studies is a prerequisite for Intl 415 Global Studies Theories.
Connected Learning (20 credits)
At least 20 upper-division credits from advisor-approved courses. Connected Learning courses must have global/international content.
Regional Focus (20 credits)
At least 20 upper-division credits from advisor-approved, area-specific courses appropriate to the student’s regional focus. Students with a focus on European Studies are required to take Intl 452
European Union as one of the courses satisfying the regional focus requirements.
Language (0-27 credits)
Two years, or equivalent proficiency, of language study in one language appropriate to the regional focus. For students taking courses at PSU, second-year proficiency is defined by successful completion of the terminal course in the second-year language sequence, or demonstrating proficiency through the Department of World Languages and Literature.
Total Credit Hours: 64
For graduation, a minimum of 36 credit hours are required to be in Intl courses, of which at least 12 credit hours must be at the 400-level.
All courses used to satisfy the departmental major requirements (and minor or certificate requirements), whether taken in the department or elsewhere, must be graded C or above. Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling department major requirements.
The approved elective courses which may be used to complete the above curriculum are determined according to the regional focus of study that a student selects. Students must consult with the advisor for their region of focus when choosing courses.
Information on courses and major requirements is available from CUPA and faculty advisors. Students should see an advisor as soon as they declare their major and meet regularly with advisors as they pursue their degree.
CUPA Advising website; 503-725-9210
Kimberley Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-725-8194;
Evguenia Davidova, email@example.com, 503-725-8992;
Stephen Frenkel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-725-5085;
Priya Kapoor, email@example.com, 503-725-3543;
Leopoldo Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-725-8245;
Shawn Smallman, email@example.com, 503-725-9978;
Gerald Sussman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-725-5176.