SFA College of Liberal Arts: International
The world has become a "Global Village." Opportunities
are global, but so are the problems. We live in a time
of dramatic -- and unprecedented -- change, when the peoples of
the world are increasingly connected through communications and
information technologies, political institutions, financial structures,
business practices, and cultural exchange. The second major
and minor in International Studies are designed to help students
understand these complex changes. To
help create educated citizens who understand foreign cultures and
are prepared to face the global problems of tomorrow -- these are
the main goals of the International Studies program at SFA.
Whether they choose International
Studies as a second major or as a minor, students will explore global
issues from a variety of perspectives within the university.
In addition to four required classes -- Cultural Anthropology, World
Regional Geography, International Politics, and Macroeconomics --
students will choose electives from a wide variety of disciplines,
according to their own interests.
For a deeper awareness of the
cultural, social, political, and economic forces at play in the
world today, and for a learning experience that will last a
lifetime, consider the International Studies program!
In addition to the four required courses,
students who pursue a second major in International Studies will
choose four elective courses, and students who seek a minor will
choose two elective courses. The list of possible electives
||Middle East Area
||Latin American Area
||Travel and Literature
Geographic Information Systems
||U. S. Diplomatic
History, 1900 - Present
||Modern East Asia
||History of Latin
America, 1830 – Present
|Latin American Studies
||or Selected Topics
Course to be Approved by Advisor
||Major Foreign Governments
||Psychology of Aggression
||Sociology of Gender
||Population and Society
||Methods of Social
||History of Hispanic
General Restrictions and Requirements for
the IS Second Major:
1. Students may only choose two courses
from any single discipline as electives.
2. Students may
apply only two courses from their First Major to meet the IS
3. Three of the four elective courses must be
4. Students must have competence in a foreign language
through the fourth semester.
General Restrictions and Requirements for
the IS Minor:
1. Students may apply only two courses
from their First Major to meet the IS requirements.
electives must be upper-level courses.
3. Students must have competence in a foreign language
through the second semester.*
*These two lists of restrictions are not
should I care about International Studies?
Studies will help you learn more about the world by crossing the
traditional disciplines of the university. If you want to
learn more about other cultures and peoples, and to gain a deeper
understanding of the forces at play in an increasingly
interdependent world, the International Studies program is for
only students with certain majors enter the International Studies
No, any SFA
student can choose a second major or minor in International
Studies. Even if your first major does not require a second
major or minor, you can still join the International Studies
program, if you wish.
having an International Studies second major or minor change my
general education requirements?
No, your general education
requirements will remain the same. However, from time to time,
you might be able to fulfill more than one requirement with the same
course. For example, depending on your first major, one
course might fulfill a general education requirement
and count toward the International Studies program, or count
for your first major and for the I. S. program.
can I do with an International Studies second major or
International Studies is a
liberal arts program that lays a foundation for many kinds of
advanced study and careers. Above all, it is aimed at cr
habits of the mind and qualities appropriate to a lifetime of
curiosity and learning, and not for any particular type of
career. Of course, some students in the International Studies
program will go on to work in international careers, such as those
in business, communications, and foreign service, and they should
benefit from the preparation they receive from the I. S. second
major or minor at Stephen F. Austin.
Asst. Professor, Political Science
138 Liberal Arts North
Dr. Robert Allen
Asst. Professor, History
357 Liberal Arts North
SFA Box 13013
Elizabeth Rhodes, MFA
Professor, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
SFA Box 13015
Dr. Kevin West
Asst. Professor, English
SFA Box 13007