International Studies Major (BA)


International Studies (INS) is a major that helps students understand competition, conflict, and cooperation around the world today. INS majors study the politics, history, economics, languages, and cultures of countries and communities around the globe. They graduate having developed a thorough familiarity with the dominant trends and dynamics shaping the world – something that many employers prize in today’s globalized and interdependent economy.

Brockport’s INS major provides excellent preparation for a range of careers. In the public sector, INS majors’ knowledge of the world makes them competitive for positions in military service, diplomacy, intelligence, economic development, or law enforcement. In the private sector, majors are strong candidates for positions in international business, lobbying, health, journalism, and education. In the non-profit sector, INS majors can find work in global development, humanitarian assistance, human rights, and environmental conservation. Finally, the INS major helps prepare students for graduate programs in law, business, foreign affairs, and public administration.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (29-32 credits)

Foundation Courses (must take the following 9 credits)

Political Science Electives (must choose four of the following 12 credits)

**PLS 111 and 112 prerequisite. Cannot be taken as an elective if selected as the foundation requirement.

Other Electives (must choose four of the following 12 credits)***

***Students may substitute DCC 210, 215, 220, 310, or 315 for any of these electives. Any other course broadly pertaining to international studies may be substituted for these electives with the consent of the Director of International Studies.

Experience Abroad (3 credits)

INS majors are required to spend time abroad during their studies at SUNY Brockport. Acceptable experiences include study abroad, student exchange programs, Eurosim participation, faculty-supervised trips, international internships, or other activities carrying at least three course credits.

Exceptions can be granted for this requirement if the student provides documentation demonstrating that they are citizens of a foreign country, completed secondary education abroad, completed a course at a foreign university prior to their time at Brockport, or completed a study abroad program at another university prior to their time at Brockport. Other exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Coordinator of International Studies.
Students should consult with Brockport’s Center for Global Education and Engagement for details on opportunities to gain experience overseas.

Foreign Language (0-12 credits depending on student proficiency level)

Majors are required to demonstrate a proficiency at the intermediate level in a language other than English (LOTE) by successfully completing a 212 or higher level class. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in this class. Brockport currently offers French and Spanish at the intermediate level. Please note that students without prior language experience may need to complete FRN or SPN 111, 112, and 211 in order to qualify for FRN or SPN 212. Exemptions may be granted for students who can demonstrate that they have completed secondary education abroad in a foreign language. Exemptions may also be granted for students who complete a qualifying language exam in consultation with their advisor and the Coordinator for International Studies.

Electives (46-55 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Students should have a college-level understanding of international relations
  2. Students should have a fundamental understanding of the politics, economics, and/or culture of at least one country, region, or system outside of the United States
  3. Students will have a working familiarity with social science methodologies common to PLS/INS
  4. Students should have writing and speaking skills commensurate with BA/BS at SUNY Brockport