FACULTY SENATE


Senate Document Number     8809S


Date of Senate Approval      04/30/09


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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:


APC Document 70:                   Remove “Choosing an Area of Emphasis” in INTS minor;

                                                Add ECON 250 as an introductory course option in INTS minor



Effective Date: Fall 2009



1.  Delete:         On page 177, the entire entry, Choosing an Area of Emphasis


                        Choosing an Area of Emphasis

Students choosing to minor in International Studies determine a concentration perspective through consultations with their department advisor and the Director of International Studies. The selected concentration provides a theme around which a program that best suits the student’s intellectual and career objectives is developed. A study abroad experience is recommended, but not required, for the minor.




Simplifies requirements for the INTS minor.



Prior to the creation of the INTS major, we were experimenting in the minor with mechanisms for helping students develop depth in at least one issue area, while still providing flexibility to their studies. The small number of credits required for the minor made these provisions ineffective and confusing. This effort has been fully developed in the INT major’s requirement for “areas of emphasis” where it is more appropriate and effective.



2.  Delete:         On page 177, under Requirements for the minor, in item II,


                                    ANTH 100, HIST 152 or POLS 281


    Add: On page 177, in place of deleted entry:


                                    ANTH 100, ECON 250, HIST 152 or POLS 281




This may increase enrollments in ECON 250, but any increase should be minor since we have few INTS minors and they have several options for completing this requirement.



This simply reflects the addition of ECON 250 (an introductory-level course in Econ with a modern international focus) to the curriculum for the minor. It has been an option for the major since 2005.




Requirements for Concentration in International Studies, incorporating proposed changes

  (For informational purposes--not an APC Document)


               I.      Required courses for the major— at least 16 hours, including: HIST 152; POLS 380; 3 hours chosen from ANTH 100, ECON 250, or POLS 281; 3 hours from INTS 361 or 362; INTS 495; and 3 hours from INTS 499 or another course with significant modern international focus, approved by the INTS director. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the 300-level. This may require some students to complete additional hours in a foreign language.

             II.      Focus on a specific area of international affairs, as well as international experience, are critical components of the International Studies concentration. To help students gain a broader understanding of the contemporary world, they must complete at least 21 additional hours, with 15 hours from A., and 6 hours from B. Some courses may have prerequisites that are not part of the International Studies major. Appropriate courses may be substituted with the permission of the International Studies director.

A.      Areas of Emphasis: Students are expected to pursue a focused plan of study in international

affairs by choosing at least 9 hours from a single emphasis area. The additional 6 credit hours can be chosen from the remaining courses listed, or from other courses with a modern international focus, as determined by the Director of International Studies. Students seeking a double major may count only 6 credit hours from the first major toward the INTS concentration.

1.       Society and Culture in the Global Community: ANTH 325, 350, 361, 365, 425; ARTH 360; LIT 355; INTS 325, 345; MCOM 482; SOC 359, 364.

2.       International Law and Human Rights: INTS 350, 354; PHIL 214; POLS 331, 384, 387, 388, 389; SOC 480.  

3.       Trade and Development: ECON 314, 350, 355; MGMT 398; POLS 363, 383; SOC 446.     

B.      International experience represents a critical component of international studies. Thus students must select one of the following options for six credit hours:

1.       6 hours earned in a UNCA-approved study abroad experience. These credits must be earned in courses appropriate to the theme of International Studies and must be approved by the INTS director.

2.       6 hours from INTS 365.

            III.      Other concentration requirements–Major competency is demonstrated through successful completion of INTS 499, or another course with significant modern international focus, approved by the INTS director. Oral competency is demonstrated through successful completion of INTS 495. Computer competency is demonstrated through successful completion of either INTS 361 or 362.