International and Comparative Studies Overview
The International and Comparative Studies major offers students opportunities to expand the multicultural awareness so essential to increased global understanding. As an interdisciplinary major, International and Comparative Studies provides a framework for understanding international and multicultural environments from cultural, political, linguistic and economic perspectives. Students select courses within the major suited to their personal educational and professional goals.
Students must complete 32 units of credit (128 semester hours) to earn a B.A. degree. The requirements for the B.A. degree fall into four categories:
- major area courses-8 units
- courses meeting general distribution requirements-17 units
- elective courses-6 units
- a “perspectives” capstone course-1 unit
Eight units in the major are required. Transfer students must take at least half the courses in their major areas and all upper-level major requirements at Clark University.
Students are required to take 17 units to meet the general distribution requirement. This requirement is designed to give students a broad liberal arts background in which they can pursue their chosen majors or specialized concentrations. A general outline of courses falling in each discipline may be found preceding the course descriptions. Students should also review all interdepartmental (IDND) courses, many of which fulfill one or more area requirements. The student’s Summer & Evening Division academic advisor can identify which courses meet particular requirements.
The 17 units must be distributed as follows:
- English/Verbal Expression- two units
- Humanities (these courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines)- six units
- Science/Mathematics (at least one course in each of these disciplines is required)- four units
- Social Sciences (these courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines)- five units
Six electives are required for the B.A. degree. These elective courses may be selected from the entire spectrum of courses, so that the student may broaden his or her knowledge. One course must be taken in computer/information science. Students who are already computer literate may have this requirement waived by the associate dean.
In the senior or graduating year, degree candidates are required to take a “perspectives” course. Since perspective courses vary from year to year, students should consult with their academic advisors. Current perspective course must be international in their focus.