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

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

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.

Available Concentrations

Concentration in Childhood Studies (CHDS)

Students complete the following coursework:

Seven Required Courses (minimum of 22 credits)
INTS 312 Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film 3-6
INTS 316 Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core) 4
INTS 317 Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core) 3-4
or INTS 321 Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 313 Child Development 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or SOCI 313 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)
Total Credits 22-27
Additional Courses
Select three courses from the following: 9-18
Children and Media
Youth and Conflict
Critical Study of Children's Literature
HEAL 350
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Violence and Gender
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Youth, Music, Social Change
Youth Resistance and Advocacy
NUTR 295
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)
NUTR 420
Strategies for Nutrition Education
NUTR 421
Community Nutrition
NUTR 422
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
NUTR 423
Nutrition and Chronic Illnesses
NUTR 466
Nutrition and Weight Management: Obesity, Anorexia, and Bulimia
PHED 360
Sport Based Youth Development
Adolescent Development
Personality Theory
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Child and Family Welfare
Sociology of Delinquency
Youth Culture and Society (Mason Core)
Oher relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits 9-18

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
Geography
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
Globalization
Select one course from the following: 3
Civilizations
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
Sustainability
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
Politics
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
Electives
Select three electives 1 9-12
Total Credits 9-12

Concentration in Leadership and Organizational Development (LODV)

Required Courses

Understanding the interdisciplinary nature of leadership and its application to personal, organizational and societal development

INTS 204 Leadership Theory and Practice 4
Choose one of the following: 3-4
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving
Total Credits 7-8
Additional Course

Developing a heightened sense of self, including: inner knowledge, core values, intersecting identities, well-being, and impact on others

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Women and Leadership
Mindfulness, Meaning Well-Being
Science of Well Being
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Understanding ethical approaches to leadership and change, and applying ethics in personal and organizational processes

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Ethics and Leadership
Business Ethics
Ethics and Economics
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Understanding team and organizational learning

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Work Effectiveness Skills
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Demonstrating competence in personal and professional communication

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)
Small Group Communication
Issues in Intercultural Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Courses
Select four courses from the following that have not already been taken to fulfill a core concentration requirement. 12-18
Survey of Accounting
Accounting for Decision Making
Legal Environment of Business
Business Analytics I
Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements
Business Analytics II
Financial Management
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving
Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Work Effectiveness Skills
Principles of Fund Raising
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Principles of Marketing
Operations Management
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
The Future of Work
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits 12-18

Concentration in Legal Studies (LGLS)

Required Courses
PHIL 173 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
INTS 300 Law and Justice (Mason Core) 3
CRIM 423 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 3
or GOVT 423 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
CRIM 424 Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights 3
or CRIM 430 Criminal Law
Total Credits 12
Advanced Writing or Research Course
Select one course from the following: 3
Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric
Writing Nonfiction Genres
Professional and Technical Writing
Forms of Nonfiction
Research for Social Change
GOVT 300
Research Methods and Analysis
Qualitative Research Methods
Total Credits 3
Additional Courses 
Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following: 15
Legal Environment of Business
Roman Law and Society
Case Studies in Persuasion
Persuasion
Journalism Law
Mediating Conflict
Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core)
Introduction to Law and Society
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Controversial Legal Issues
Public Law and the Judicial Process
or GOVT 301
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Law and Economics
GOVT 103
Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)
GOVT 407
Law and Society
GOVT 443
Law and Ethics of War
GOVT 446
International Law and Organization
GOVT 452
Administrative Law and Procedures
Healthcare Law
HDFS 401
Family Law and Public Policy
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Sport and Recreation Law
Philosophy of Law
Religion and Law in the United States
Criminology
Sociology of Delinquency
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits 15

Concentration in Education Studies (ESTU)

Examines the foundations of formal education, the nature of learning, and contemporary issues & opportunities in education. This concentration prepares students for:

  • post-baccalaureate or graduate teacher licensure programs (including accelerated master’s programs)
  • graduate studies in fields such as higher education, educational psychology, school psychology, guidance counseling
  • careers in educational policy & funding
  • nonprofit leadership (museums, child-care centers, environmental centers, recreational centers, Boys & Girls Club)
Core Courses
Choose two courses from the following: 6-7
Teacher: A Historical Perspective
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Education in Contemporary Society
Total Credits 6-7
Emphasis

Students complete one of the following emphases (pre-licensure or non-licensure).

Pre-Licensure Emphasis
9 credits of ENGH, including ENGH 101 or ENGH 302 and one literature course 9
3 credits of oral communication 3
9 credits of natural science (must include a lab science and coursework from at least two scientific disciplines) 9
9 credits of mathematics or statistics (only 3 credits of statistics or probability can be accepted) 9
3 credits of ECON coursework 3
3 credits of U.S. history 3
3 credits of any GGS course 3
3 credits of American government (GOVT 103 or 304) 3
3 credits of HIST 100 or HIST 125 3
3 credits of ARTH, AVT, MUSI, or THR coursework 3
3 credits of PHIL, RELI, or FRLN coursework 3
Minimum of 9 credits of EDCI, ECED, EDUC, EDLE, EDSE, EDRD, EDIT, EDEP, EDPO, or ELED coursework 9
Total Credits 60
Non-Licensure Emphasis 
Complete 24 credits chosen from the following: 24
Introduction to Design Thinking
EDIT 401
Introduction to Learning Technologies
Schools and the Law
Organization and Management of Schools
EDSE 201
Introduction to Special Education
Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools (Mason Core)
Introduction to Teaching
ELED 242
Foundations of Elementary Education
Health Promotion and Education
Leadership Theory and Practice
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Principles of Fund Raising
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Introduction to Neuroscience (Mason Core)
PHED 306
Psychomotor Learning
Experiential Education Theory and Application
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
Principles of Learning
Educational Psychology
Child Development
Adolescent Development
Cognitive Psychology
Psychological Tests and Measurements
Abnormal Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Creativity and Innovation
Human Factors Psychology
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Youth Culture and Society (Mason Core)
The Sociology of Higher Education (Mason Core)
LGBTQ Issues in Education
Coursework from core course list not used to meet that requirement
Other course with advisor approval
Total Credits 24

Concentration in Social Innovation (SINN)

Students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework.

Core Courses
INTS 203 Inquiry for Action: Facilitating Change (Mason Core) 4-6
or INTS 450 Social Innovation in Action
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment 4
Total Credits 8-10
Social Impact
Select two courses from the following: 6-8
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Youth, Music, Social Change
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Youth Resistance and Advocacy
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Problems and Solutions (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Total Credits 6-8
Enterprise Course
Select two courses from the following: 7-8
AMGT 410
The Arts and Community Engagement
GOVT 353
Social Entrepreneurship
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Total Credits 7-8
Policy Course
Select one course from the following: 3-6
GOVT 351
Administration in the Political System
GOVT 364
Public Policy Making
Digital Futures
Food Systems and Policy (Mason Core)
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Power, Politics, and Society
Total Credits 3-6
Nonprofit Course
Select one course from the following: 4
GOVT 358
Nonprofit Financial Planning
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Principles of Fund Raising
Total Credits 4
Ethics Course
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Free Speech and Ethics (Mason Core)
Health Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy
Ethics and Leadership
GOVT 448
Ethics and International Politics
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Business Ethics
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Theories of Ethics
Ethics and Economics
Total Credits 3-4

Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

Students complete the following coursework:

Core Courses
INTS 334 Environmental Justice (Mason Core) 4
INTS 362 Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core) 3
INTS 434 Research for Social Change 3
INTS 437 Critical Race Studies (Mason Core) 3
or INTS 438 Representations of Race (Mason Core)
Total Credits 13
Electives
Select 18 credits from the following: 18
Law and Justice (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Violence and Gender
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Social Justice Consciousness and Action
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (Mason Core)
Women and Leadership
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Relevant coursework from AFAM, ANTH, COMM, CONF, CRIM, CULT, EVPP, FRLN, GLOA, GOVT, PHIL, PSYC, SOCI, WMST, and other coursework with advisor approval.
Total Credits 18

Concentration in Social Science for Education (SSED)

ECON 103 Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 3
ECON 104 Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 3
GGS 103 Human Geography (Mason Core) 3
GOVT 103 Introduction to American Government (Mason Core) 3
HIST 121 Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core) 3
HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core) 3
Select one course from the following: 3
History of Virginia to 1800
History of Virginia Since 1800
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits of upper-division HIST coursework 9
Select 6 credits of GGS coursework 6
Select 15 credits from the following: 15
Law and Justice (Mason Core)
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy
Total Credits 51

Concentration in Women and Gender Studies (WGST)

WMST 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core) 3
WMST 330 Feminist Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Race 3
WMST 410 Feminist Approaches to Social Research 3
or INTS 434 Research for Social Change
Queer and Sexuality Studies
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies 1
Queer Theory
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
Transnational Sexualities
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration
Race, Class, and LGBTQ Communities
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 1
Race and Intersectionality
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism
Women During the Enslavement Era
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions
Other WMST special topics courses with advisor approval
Activism and Advocacy
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Violence and Gender
Social Justice Consciousness and Action
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States
INTS special topics courses with advisor approval
History and Culture
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
U.S. Women's History
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power
Philosophy, Race, and Gender
Women in the World's Religions
Women and Work
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism
Women During the Enslavement Era
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Other WMST special topics courses with advisor approval
Electives
Select four courses from the following: 12-14
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Topics in Communication and Gender
Topics: Women and Literature
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities
HEAL 327
Women's Health
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film
Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
Women and Leadership
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Psychology of Gender
Contemporary Gender Relations (Mason Core)
THR 424
Contemporary Women Playwrights
Courses in above areas not already taken
Special Topics 2
Feminist Approaches to Social Research 2
Feminist Theories 2
Transnational Issues of Gender and Race 2
Total Credits 33-41

Individualized Concentration (IND)

With approval of the executive director, students may construct an individualized concentration. 30
Total Credits 30

Additional Electives

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