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

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All degree programs in the Center for International Studies are required to have at least a sophomore standing.
  2. Students must have successfully completed ENG 1310ENG 1320HIST 1310HIST 1320POSI 2310 and POSI 2320, or approved equivalents.
  3. Students must have a minimum 2.75 Texas State GPA to officially declare the major.
  4. Eligible students should schedule an advising appointment with the Liberal Arts Advising Center to declare the major in International Studies.

General Requirements

  1. This degree program requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  Information about the program admissions can be found at:
  2. Required Courses:
    ECO 3317International Economics3
    GEO 3340Political Geography3
    HIST 3357History of U.S. Foreign Relations3
    POSI 4356International Law3
    POSI 4359Politics of International Economic Relations3
    Select two of the following:6
    Diversity and Communication
    Intercultural Communication in the Americas
    Intercultural Communication
    Comparative Economic Systems
    Population Geography
    Population Dynamics
    Environmental Health Issues
    Prevention of Disease
    International Advertising
    Professional Ethics
    Issues in World Politics
    Theories of International Politics
    American Foreign Policy
    International Organization
    International Conflict and Security
    International Psychology
    Complex Organizations
    Select one of the following:3
    Renaissance and Reformation
    Europe During the Old Regime, 1600-1760
    Colonial History of Latin America to 1828
    Medieval European History, 300-1400
    Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1689
    Origins of Christianity
    Islamic History to 1798
    The History of Russia and Eurasia to 1917
    Select one of the following:3
    History of Europe Since 1919
    Revolutionary Europe, 1760-1815
    Latin America from Independence to Present
    The Modern Middle East
    The History of Russia and Eurasia from 1917 to Present
    Germany from 1815 to Present
    Modern China, 1600 to the Present
    Modern Japan, 1600-Present
    Origins of the Modern Global Economic System
    Economic and Social History of the Americas
  3. All 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.

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 13103HIST 13103
POSI 23103ENG 13203
Modern Language 14104POSI 23203
MATH 13153Modern Language 14204
GEO 13103COMM 13103
US 11001 
 17 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
HIST 13203ECO 23153
English Literature3Life and Physical Sciences3
POSI 33223PHIL 1305 or 13203
Modern Language 23103HIST 2310 or 23113
ECO 23143Modern Language 23203
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
HIST 2312 or 23203English Literature3
Modern Language Advanced13BA Science3
Life and Physical Sciences3GEO 33033
International Studies Focus23International Studies Focus26
Select one of the following:3 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
International Studies Focus212IS 43803
Elective3International Studies Focus26
 15 12
Total Hours: 120

The 3 hour advanced language course requirement must be completed from the same language that was completed for the additional B.A. requirements (2310 and 2320).


Students are required to select courses from a list of prescribed (preapproved) electives specific to each International Studies Focus. For a complete list of course options that will satisfy the International Studies Focus, please visit the Center for International Studies website at