Overview

The International Studies major provides a focused educational experience aimed at familiarizing students with the key structural features and dynamics of the international system and preparing them to enter the growing international job market. Processes of globalization, in part driven by global capital flows, expanding trade and the unrelenting development of communication and information technologies, have affected virtually everyone in every country, often in ways we are just beginning to understand. These developments often pose serious problems for government and other societal institutions, while also creating a demand for individuals who understand international processes. Jobs in virtually all sectors have acquired a decidedly international dimension, whether in trade, tourism, finance, public policy, government, or education. INS Graduates have moved on to the corporate world, the public sector, started their own businesses, or have continued their studies at the graduate level (i.e. Law, Business, and International Studies).

Curriculum Requirements

Core Requirements
INS 101Global Perspectives 13
or INS 103 World in Crisis
INS 102Global Economics3
INS 201Globalization and Change in World Politics 13
or GEG 110 Introduction to Human Geography
INS 202INS Methodology3
Thematic Core
Select a total of six courses from the following listed below: 218
Global Food: A Hands-On Approach
Internship: Knowledge Partnership Civic Engagement
National Security
Drug-Trafficking in the Americas
U.S. Foreign Policy
Negotiation and Bargaining
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Transnational Social Movements
Military, State and Society
The World Before European Domination
Latin American Thought
International Development
Economics of Development and the Environment
Global Health and International Development
United Nations Seminar
Globalization and Health
Disasters, Terrorism and Global Public Health
The European Union
European Union and the World
European Topics
European Social Movements
Transfer Credit Elective
Youth Culture, Identity, and Globalization
Violence and Ritual
Population, Health, and Environment
Immigrant and Refugee Health
China in the 21st Century
Climate Change and Security
Civil Wars
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

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. Any course used to fulfill the requirements of a minor may not be used to fulfill the requirements of the INS major.
  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

Mission

The INS Program promotes, through its interdisciplinary reach, the exploration of various theoretical and analytical approaches and methodological techniques intended to offer students a broad program of study focused on the interaction between the local and the global, from the historical to the contemporary, while tracking possible alternative future scenarios and developments in the international system.

Goals

  • International Studies seeks to provide students with the ability to understand international politics within the context of interstate relations and foreign policy.
  • International Studies seeks to provide students with the ability to understand international economics and its sub-discipline international political economy, including such issues as trade and production, money and finance, and development.
  • International Studies seeks to provide students with the ability to understand social science research methods including qualitative, quantitative, comparative case study and formal modeling.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of international studies within the context of interstate relations and foreign policy.
  • Students will be encouraged to explore interdisciplinary options that further their understanding of international studies and will produce a paper project that demonstrates competencies in presenting interdisciplinary approaches to international studies. (This type of coursework can be taken in other disciplines offered at the university or taken outside the institution, either through exchange programs or other inter-institutional options provided by UM).
  • Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of international economics and its sub-discipline international political economy. Specific issues such as trade and production, money and finance, and development are categories for students to demonstrate their level of knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct social science research after an introduction to qualitative, quantitative, and comparative case study, and formal modeling methods.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to write critical essays (average 25 pages) in all classes except those emphasizing economics and methodology.