International and Global Studies

341 East Hall (EH)

  • B.A. in Global Studies
  • B.A. in International Development Studies
  • B.A. in Regional Studies
  • Minor
  • Certificate in African Studies
  • Certificate in Asian Studies
  • Certificate in European Studies
  • Certificate in Global Studies
  • Certificate in Latin American Studies
  • Certificate in Middle East Studies
  • Certificate in Contemporary Turkish Studies

The Department of International and Global Studies offers a B.A. degree based on an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a global perspective, and multiple tracks for students to pursue their particular interests in a theme or region. This degree offers an excellent foundation for careers that require a comprehensive understanding of international affairs, including economics, politics, development and culture. This major provides a solid foundation for graduate work in the field.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admissions Requirements

B.A. in Global Studies

B.A. in International Development Studies

B.A. in Regional Studies

Minor in International and Global Studies

International and Global Studies Certificates

Education Abroad

International and Global Studies Courses

B.A. in Regional Studies

A major in Regional Studies provides students with both a global perspective and an in-depth understanding of a geographic region of the world. Our majors develop their expertise in a world region by creating a course of study with the help of an advisor.

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 201Introduction to International Studies


Intl 2xxIntroduction to Regional Studies


Intl 296The United States and the World


Intl 407Seminar


Intl 415Global Studies Theories


Intl 471/Ling 471Understanding the International Experience


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.

Academic Advisors

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 Advisors:

CUPA Advising website; 503-725-9210

Faculty Advisors: 

Kimberley Brown,, 503-725-8194;
Evguenia Davidova,, 503-725-8992; 
Stephen Frenkel,, 503-725-5085;
Priya Kapoor,, 503-725-3543; 
Leopoldo Rodriguez,, 503-725-8245;
Shawn Smallman,, 503-725-9978;
Gerald Sussman,, 503-725-5176.