Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.) Major in International Studies (Middle East/African Studies Concentration)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

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; and three hours of mathematics, science, logic, or computer science courses.

  3. Students are required to complete a global academic experience that can be fulfilled by an education abroad course or 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. Students 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. To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have at least a 2.75 Texas State GPA and a 3.00 GPA in the International Studies major.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Communication Component Code 0103Communication Component Code 0103
Mathematics Component Code 02023Creative Arts Component Code 0503
Government/Political Science Component Code 0703American History Component Code 0603
GEO 1310 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 [TCCN GEOG 1303])3Government/Political Science Component Code 0703
US 11001ARAB 1420, FR 1420, or SPAN 142014
ARAB 1410, FR 1410, or SPAN 141014 
 17 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 0403Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
American History Component Code 0603ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)33
ARAB 2310, FR 2310, or SPAN 231013ARAB 2320, FR 2320, or SPAN 232013
ANTH 13123PS 3352 or 33533
PS 33513HIST 2310 or 2311 (TCCN HIST 2311 or 2321)3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303BAIS English Literature3
Component Area Option Code 090/0913BAIS Science, Math, Computer Science, or Logic3
ARAB, FR, or SPAN Advanced13GEO 33033
HIST 2320 or 2312 (TCCN HIST 2312 or 2322)3Middle East/African Studies Electives6
Middle East/African Studies Elective3 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Middle East/African Studies Electives15IS 43803
 Middle East/African Studies Electives9
 15 12
Total Hours: 120

All five semesters of language requirements must be in the same language.


One course from the following may be chosen to satisfy the Mathematics Component Code 020: MATH 1315 (TCCN 1314), MATH 1319 (TCCN 1324), MATH 1329 (TCCN 1325), MATH 2417 (TCCN 2412), or MATH 2471 (TCCN 2413).


An ENG Literature course may be selected from the following: ENG 2310 (TCCN ENGL 2322), ENG 2320 (TCCN ENGL 2323), ENG 2330 (TCCN ENGL 2332), ENG 2340 (TCCN ENGL 2333), ENG 2359 (TCCN ENGL 2327), ENG 2360 (TCCN ENGL 2328), ENG 2371

Middle East/African Studies Electives*

International Food and Fiber Systems
Cultures Through Film
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Gender and Sexuality in Cross-cultural Perspective
Intercultural Communication
Diversity and Communication
Introduction to Global Diversity Issues
International Economics
Emerging Market Economies
Comparative Economic Systems
Studies in Global Literature
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Political Geography
World Population
History of U.S. Foreign Relations
Islamic History to 1798
The Modern Middle East
The Problem of Palestine
Gender & Militarization in the Arab World
Workers and Work in the Arab World
History of Pakistan
Development of Secularism in Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey
Military History of the United States
War and Society
International Studies Internship
International Studies Internship
World Music Cultures
African Politics
Revolution and Nationalism
Theories of International Politics
Issues in World Politics
Islamic Law and Politics
Politics of Democratization in Developing Countries
The Politics of Extremism
International Conflict and Security
International Law
International Organizations
Politics of International Economic Relations
International Psychology
Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations
Complex Organizations
Globalization and Development

No more than 3 courses may be taken from the same discipline/prefix. Prerequisites and restrictions may apply to the following courses.