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4-Year Plan

The typical program for an SIS student will look something like this:

First semester

  • Director’s Seminar, introducing the School of International Studies to you and focusing on building your academic skills by finding your best learning style.
  • Contemporary World Issues, putting global issues (terrorism, environment, globalization, nationalism and identity crises, etc.) into context by examining the history of the 20th century around the world.
  • Modern foreign language, of your choosing, with the level of the course dependent on your prior skill level.
  • Pacific Seminar I, an examination of deep questions which people and societies have been asking themselves for thousands of years.
  • Introductory course in the social science discipline (economics, political science, cultural anthropology).

Second semester

  • Perspectives on World History, looking at the history of five major world civilizations, but each from several different viewpoints so that you can understand why serious disagreements exist in the world.
  • Modern foreign language, the next sequential course in the language of your choosing.
  • Pacific Seminar II, practice in developing and advocating your personal position on several current issues of social or political importance.
  • Introductory course in a second of the social science disciplines (economics, political science, cultural anthropology).

Third semester

  • Introductory course in the social science disciplines (economics, political science or anthropology).
  • Modern foreign language, the third course appropriate for you in your foreign language.
  • Introductory course in the social science disciplines (economics, political science or anthropology).
  • Specific major requirement (Statistics, Finite Math & Calculus or Calculus I) - not required for Global Studies Majors
  • Specific major requirement

Fourth semester

  • International Research Methods, training you on how research is done in the social sciences, with a focus on research questions related to international issues.
  • General Education Requirement  or Course for a 2nd major or minor
  • Modern foreign language, a fourth course in your foreign language.
  • Specific major requirement
  • Cross Cultural Training I, helping you get oriented for your Study Abroad program which most of you will enter in the next semester, at the start of your junior year.

Fifth semester

  • A semester of Study Abroad in one of over 100 academic programs around the world which we have selected as appropriate for our students’ education. You will choose your particular program in consultation with your faculty advisor and the study abroad advisor. Courses may include: GE2C - Visual and Performing Arts, One Upper Division Major Requirement, Advanced Foreign Language courses, electives.

Sixth semester

  • Cross Cultural Training II, helping you make sense of the life changing experiences you will have gained during the Study Abroad semester (or two) from which you will have just returned.
  • Specific major requirement
  • Specific major requirement
  • Course for 2nd major or minor or elective

Seventh semester

  • Pacific Seminar III, asking you to consider thoughtfully the basic ethics and morals which have guided you so far in your life.
  • A laboratory science course, which you choose from a list of introductory courses in the natural sciences which have been developed for non-science students.
  • Specific major requirement
  • Specific Major Requirement or course for a 2nd major or minor

Eighth semester

  • SIS Senior Capstone
  • Specific major requirement
  • Specific major requirement or course for a 2nd major or minor
  • Specific major requirement or course for a 2nd major or minor