The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (IS) is a unique interdisciplinary program that prepares students to collaborate and contribute successfully in our increasingly interdependent world.

The IS program prepares students to:

  • Analyze complex global and interdisciplinary issues
  • Understand other cultures and traditions
  • Engage in rigorous interdisciplinary research
  • Synthesize complex information from very diverse sources
  • Understand transnational issues affecting our world today, e.g. terrorism, sustainable environmental management, HIV/AIDs, etc.
  • Identify opportunities to work and/or volunteer abroad

The IS curriculum combines courses in the social sciences, humanities, arts and the sciences.  The goal of the program is to prepare students to solve global problems through the application of interdisciplinary skills.

The IS program focuses on the increasingly transnational, globalized world in which we live and the knowledge and experiences needed to function effectively.  Students examine transnational issues that impact their environment as well as the need to develop solutions to such issues.

The IS major prepares students for careers in government, international organizations, international commerce, and academic institutions that require an understanding of the cultures, economics, and politics of our global economy.

Ask a question:

Mary Lewellen
Associate Professor
775-831-1314 x7447



The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Studies
Lower Division International Studies Foundation Credits
ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
INTL 221 Political and Economic Geography 3
INTL 252 International Environmental Issues 3
HUMN 110 Introduction to Humanities 3
Total Lower Division International Studies CORE Credits 18
Upper Division International Studies Core Credits
GBUS 291 Business Communication 3
INTL 350 Formation and Implementation of Foreign Policy 3
INTB 365 International Affairs 3
INTB 301 Development Economics 3
INTL 390/490 International Travel/Internship 3
INTL 415 International Organizations 3
INTL 420 International Terrorism and the Peace Process 3
INTL 470 Great Leaders of the 20th Century 3
INTL 480-486 Regional Studies (see list) 3-6
INTL 455 Capstone Seminar in International Studies 3
Total Upper Division International Studies CORE Credits 30
Upper Division International Studies Electives Credits
Choose3 – 6 Credits of Upper Division Electives from the following list
INTB 320 Global Business Environment
INTB 325 Cross Cultural Management
INTB 376 International Law
HUMN 437 World Indigenous People
Students may also choose, subject to program chair approval, from any arts science or humanities course that has a global, international, or cross-cultural focus.
Total Upper Division International Elective Credits 6
Total Upper Division International Studies Credits 36
Total International Studies Credits 54
SNC CORE Curriculum 30
General Electives 36
Total Degree Requirements 120