Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.) Major in International Studies (Interamerican Studies Concentration)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.) degree with a major in International Studies requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  Information about the program admissions can be found at:
  2. All degree programs in the Center for International Studies are required to have at least a sophomore standing.
  3. Students must have successfully completed ENG 1310ENG 1320HIST 1310HIST 1320POSI 2310 and POSI 2320, or approved equivalents.
  4. Students will generally be accepted under pre-major status.  To gain acceptance into the International Studies major, students are required to have completed at least 30 hours, have a 2.75 Texas State GPA and a 3.00 major GPA, which must be maintained through graduation.
  5. Eligible students should schedule an advising appointment with the Liberal Arts Advising Center to declare the major in International Studies.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.) degree requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, and six hours of 2000-level modern language courses.

  3. Students are required to complete a global academic experience that can be fulfilled by a study abroad course or the IS 4387, if it entails international work, service, or group research. Consult with the academic program coordinator in the Center for International Studies for options.
  4. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  6. Students choose 9 courses (27 hours) from the list of prescribed electives for the Inter-american Studies Concentration. No more than 3 courses (9 hours) can be taken from a single discipline. The list of electives is available on the Center for International Studies website at

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
Modern Language 14104POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
MATH 1315 (Mathematics Component Code 020)3Modern Language 14204
GEO 1310 (Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
US 11001 
 17 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3ECO 23153
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
PS 33513PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
Modern Language 231013HIST 2310 or 23113
ECO 23143Modern Language 232013
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
HIST 2312 or 23203BAIS ENG Literature3
Modern Language Advanced13BAIS Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science3
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303GEO 33033
Inter-american Studies Elective23Inter-american Studies Elective26
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Inter-american Studies Elective212IS 43803
Elective3Inter-american Studies Elective26
 15 12
Total Hours: 120