Curriculum Requirements

Core Requirements
INS 101Global Perspectives 13
INS 102Global Economics3
INS 201Globalization and Change in World Politics 13
INS 202INS Methodology3
Thematic Core
Select a total of six courses from the following listed below: 218
Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict
National Security
Drug-Trafficking in the Americas
US Foreign Policy
Negotiation and Bargaining
US-Latin American Relations
Introduction of Comparative Studies
Democratization
Transnational Social Movements
Military, State and Society
The World Before European Domination
Latin American Thought
Global Economics II
Global Political Economy
Economics of Development and the Environment
Global Trade
Microeconomics for INS
International Development and Human Welfare
United Nations Seminar
Globalization and Health
Disasters, Terrorism and Global Public Health
The European Union
European Social Movements
INS Electives and Interdisciplinary Options
Select six credit hours of electives at the 300 level or above. 36
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
UMX 100The University Of Miami Experience0
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
General Electives33
Total Credit Hours120
1

These courses must be completed before taking the Thematic Core courses.

2

Additional classes will be counted toward the elective portion of the INS major, if taken. Other courses, including classes in other disciplines, may be taken with the approval of the INS Advisor.

3

With the approval of the INS Advisor, students may take courses from other departments outside of INS such as Geography and Regional Studies, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Religion, Art History, Foreign Languages, Environmental Science, et cetera. Appropriate study abroad courses, an approved internship (INS 519), or an honors thesis (INS 418 & INS 419) may also be used to fulfill elective credit hour requirements.

Important Advising Notes for all International Studies Majors

  1. Double Counting: Of the combined courses in the INS Electives, no more than 6 credit hours may count double towards a second major. A student may not count any course used to fulfill the requirements of the INS major toward a minor requirement.
  2. Study Abroad: Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a summer, a semester, or an entire year, depending on the program. Study abroad at carefully selected institutions will complement the student’s curriculum and area of specialization, will enhance fluency in the foreign language, and will result in heightened affinity for a foreign culture. The study abroad experience need not result in credit hour overloads or extended time spent in the program.
  3. Internship Credit Hour: Students are encouraged to find a suitable internship during their undergraduate career. Upon approval by an advisor in the International Studies Undergraduate Program Office, 3 credit hours may be earned with an internship (INS 519), either toward the major or as elective credit hours (depending on the relevance of the particular internship to the INS major). The University’s Toppel Career Planning and Placement Center regularly advertises internships.
  4. Academic Standing: Only courses in which a grade of C- or better is attained, may be counted towards the International Studies major and students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better in all major requirements (30 credit hours).

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
INS 101 Global Perspectives 3
Language 101 Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
INS 103 World in Crisis 3
INS 201 Globalization and Change in World Politics 3
Language 102 Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
INS 394 European Topics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Language 201 Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
INS Elective 300 level or higher 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
INS Elective 300 level or higher 3
Minor Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Thematic Core Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
Thematic Core Course 3
Thematic Core Course 3
General Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Thematic Core Course 3
Thematic Core Course 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
Thematic Core Course 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
INS 519 Internship: Knowledge Partnership Civic Engagement 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120