Feb 27, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, B.A.

International Studies students are curious global citizens who want to make their mark on the world. The major program provides them with the tools and guidance to focus their interests and accomplish their goals. We prepare CSULB graduates for meaningful and valued jobs in fields like non-profit work, international development, international affairs, international trade and business, education, and law.

International Studies helps students develop strong analytical abilities while teaching them how to integrate a wide variety of disciplinary methods, language competencies, and cross-cultural understandings into the study of global issues. 

Advisors work closely with students to help guide them in a ways that are mindful to their personal constraints (economic, family, visa, AB540) while also pushing students to their maximum potential. As a result, International Studies graduates are successful in job placement and graduate school admissions, and enter the workforce equipped with skill sets that employers value. 

Major Requirements

Lower Division (9 units):

Complete each of the following:

Upper Division: minimum of 27- 33 units

All upper-division courses counting towards the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. 

Core Requirements

Complete the following course:

Depth Requirement

Students must choose one of the following:

1. Complete 3 units of a second language taken at the 300-level at CSULB. 

2. Complete 3 units of a second language taken at the 300-level or equivalent at another institution. 

3. Demonstrate 3rd-year level proficiency in a second language (approved by the International Studies advisor)

4. Complete PSY 310 (Intermediate Statistics), or ECON 380 (Economic Statistics), or a comparable statistics course approved by the International Studies advisor. 

Education Abroad or Internship Requirement

All students must either study abroad or complete an internship prior to enrolling in I/ST 492. All study abroad or internship programs must be approved by an International Studies advisor in advance. 

Senior Seminar Requirement

Complete the following course (generally taken the final semester before graduation):