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School of International Studies
209.946.2650
DirectorSIS@Pacific.edu
George Wilson Hall
Mary-Lou Tyler
Academic Advisor
School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211
mtyler@pacific.edu

Undergraduate Degree Program

The majors in the School of International Studies are designed to prepare students for careers in government, business, public service, law, journalism, education and other international professions.

Majors 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Relations / Departmental Honors Track

Int'l Flags

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Studies / Departmental Honors Track

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Affairs and Commerce / Departmental Honors Track

The core courses in the majors, which are co-taught by faculty from economics, politics, history, geography and anthropology, includes a four-course introductory sequence which explores issues of economic and cultural globalization, war and peace, the problems of the global environment and other factors that shape the world. Seniors take a Capstone course that synthesizes the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary core curriculum with the experiential learning of study abroad.  SIS students are encouraged to complete an Independent Research project during their junior or senior year. Departmental Honors are awarded to SIS Seniors with a 3.5 Pacific cumulative and major/program GPA who undertake an independent research project or Capstone research project and earn a minimum grade of B+.

All students are required to complete the University General Education requirements as well as their major requirements. Students are also required to study abroad and take a cross cultural orientation course before they go (Cross Cultural Training I) and a reentry course when they return, (Cross Cultural Training II). Additionally, all students study a foreign language, choosing from French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German*, and Arabic**. Many students learn other languages abroad.See a typical 4-year plan.

*Pacific currently offers two semesters of this language. Advanced courses may be taken during study abroad and as independent study.

**Arabic language courses are available during the summer at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. SIS students interested in learning Arabic should consult with their advisor about scholarship opportunities. 

The core learning outcomes common to all SIS majors are:

  • The ability to think and communicate critically and clearly in both written and oral forms.
  • The ability to understand and apply economic, social, and political theory in the analysis of historical events and contemporary international issues.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations and to relate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts.
  • The ability to understand, evaluate, and apply quantitative and qualitative research methods.

For information on the way SIS assesses student learning, click here>>