International and Cultural Studies Major
For Undergraduates Interested in World Affairs
The forces of globalization impact virtually every community on this planet.
Today's world is one of exciting opportunities and challenges. Whether
your future plans call for you to be actively engaged beyond your home
country's borders or simply to be a participant in your local
community, you must have the necessary global skills, knowledge and
attitudes to function effectively in this newly globalized world.
To meet these challenges, UT offers the international and cultural studies (ICS) major.
STEP ONE: Declare the international and cultural studies major.
To select the ICS major, students must visit UT's Academic Advising Office in Plant Hall, Room 308.
STEP TWO: Build your international and cultural foundation by completing requirements in the following four domains:
International and Cultural Studies Core Courses (23 credits)
HIS 103 World History 1500 to present
GWA 201 World Affairs
COM 401 Intercultural Communication
REL 205 World Religions
ENG 312 Contemporary World Literature
IST 470 Senior Research Seminar in International Studies
Global Knowledge Courses (20 credits)
To better understand the world, students are instructed to complete a wide-array of global knowledge courses.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by passing
an examination or by completing the Intermediate II course in the
language with a grade of "C" or better.
Live, learn, study and experience exciting cultures abroad.
Students may choose to:
Study abroad for a semester or year*
Enroll in a faculty-led travel/study course
Complete an internship abroad
Fulfill community-based service learning abroad
At least one education-abroad experience for academic credit is
required and must be approved by the International Programs Office. For
more information, please visit the International Programs Office in
Plant Hall, Room 302.
Before being admitted into an
education-abroad experience, students must complete all essential
documentation in the International Programs Office.
deadlines for semester, year or summer study abroad programs are: May
15 for the following spring semester; December 15 for the following
fall semester; and February 15 for the following summer. There are no
exceptions, so plan early. For more information, visit Plant Hall, Room
STEP THREE: Show the world what international competency can achieve.
Upon completion of these requirements, undergraduate ICS majors will
earn a Bachelors of Arts in International and Cultural Studies