International Studies Curriculum | LCIT | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts


International Studies students specialize in one of four geographic areas and learn a language widely spoken in that area: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific, Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean. An introductory seminar will familiarize you with SIU resources, departments, and professors as well as international opportunities and global perspectives. Additional coursework, drawn from multiple departments across campus, provides both the breadth needed for an international perspective and the opportunity to more fully explore your area of specialization.

Also offered is Introduction to International Studies, FL 105. This class provides an introduction into the interdisciplinary field of global and international studies through readings, discussions, presentations, and case studies, and exposes students to some of the principle issues and questions in the field today. 


The program requires  46-48 semester hours of coursework in global and International Studies, a regional focus, and proficiency in a world language.

Because of the program’s multidisciplinary nature, courses must be selected in close consultation with the College of Liberal Arts Academic Advisor, Thomas Price. For more program information, please contact the department ar Course descriptions are available under the appropriate academic programs, including the University Core Curriculum, in the latest edition of the University’s Undergraduate Catalog.

Besides a broad overview of comparative global issues, the program provides a specialization in a specific region.  It is thus strongly recommended that International Studies majors take part in an overseas study program, which can be arranged through the offices of Center for International Education and Study Abroad. Students may substitute study abroad for two courses in category II (regional specialties) in the appropriate region.  Regional expertise must be from one of these four broad, geographical areas: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Here is a list of the classes available for International Studies students.

Check out the following Check Sheets for requirements of each regional specialization:

Africa and the Middle East

Asia and the South Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean

For an International Studies Minor, use the International Studies Minor Check Sheet

For more information on International Studies courses, download the Languages, Cultures, and International Trade 2017-2018 catalog section here.