International Studies Concentration

This concentration enables students to understand and assess society within international, human and social contexts. Students can focus on business, conflict transformation, or a specific geographical area.

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in International Studies (INST)

Students complete the following coursework:

Language Proficiency

All students must demonstrate language proficiency at the intermediate level through coursework (a Mason course numbered 202) or proficiency testing.

Foundational Courses
INTS 303 Introduction to International Studies (Mason Core) 3
INTS 362 Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core) 3
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment 3-4
or INTS 406 Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Total Credits 9-10
Religious Studies
Select one course from the following: 3
Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Healing (Mason Core)  
Religion and Politics  
Religion, Values, and Globalization  
Women in the World's Religions  
Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3
Select one course from the following: 3
GGS 302
Global Environmental Hazards  
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)  
GGS 304
Population Geography (Mason Core)  
GGS 305
Economic Geography  
Total Credits 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)  
Globalization and Culture  
Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core)  
Digital Futures  
Globalization and Society (Mason Core)  
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Sustainable World (Mason Core)  
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)  
Conservation Biology (Mason Core)  
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3-6
Select one course from the following: 3
Political Anthropology (Mason Core)  
Political Geography (Mason Core)  
GOVT 322
International Relations Theory  
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy  
Total Credits 3
Social Action and Conflict Transformation
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Law and Justice (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Conflict, Trauma and Healing  
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)  
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
Human Trafficking and Smuggling  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3-6
Creative Arts
Select one course from the following: 3-4
World Dance (Mason Core)  
Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (Mason Core)  
Global Voices (Mason Core)  
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)  
World Literatures in English  
Musics of the World (Mason Core)  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
THR 359
World Stages (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3-4
Select three electives 1 9-12
Total Credits 9-12

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.