Languages, Cultures, and International Studies Requirements

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Learning another language will enrich your life and expand your opportunities. Develop a high level of fluency in a specific language and culture by specializing in one of our language and culture areas ClassicsEast Asian Languages & CultureFrenchGerman, or Spanish. For international business, try our Foreign Language & International Trade program, and complement your language study with courses in economics and business and an internship abroad. Or combine your language study with classes on global and regional issues in our International Studies program.

Languages and Cultures Specializations

These specializations provide a humanistic education that deepens students’ knowledge of their chosen language and culture. Students may specialize in:

  • Classics
  • East Asian Language and Culture
  • Foreign Language and International Trade
  • French, German, or Spanish
  • International Studies

Teacher Education Program. French, German, or Spanish students may choose to enter the Teacher Education Program and pursue a license to teach in Illinois. They may secure a K-12 teaching license in French, German, or Spanish while earning either a B.A. in the College of Liberal Arts or a B.S. in the College of Education and Human Services.

We also offer language and culture minors in the following areas:

  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese
  • Classical Civilization
  • East Asian Civilization
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Ancient)
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Foreign Language And International Trade Specialization (FLIT)

FLIT students add additional language and cultural proficiency to the core foreign language courses, while also completing an extensive suite of courses in business and economics. They complete their education with an internship. This area consists of a single specialization, Foreign Language and International Trade, though students will select language study in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish.

International Studies Specializations

Students in this area earn the major in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies (LCIS) with one of the following specializations:

  • African and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Asian and South Pacific Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies

In addition to coursework in their region, students study global and comparative issues and gain fluency in a language relevant to their chosen region. We also offer a minor in International Studies.

Departmental Procedures

Advising, Assessment, and Graduation

All department majors must meet with the relevant area advisor before registering for classes. No course with a grade below C can be counted toward fulfillment of any departmental major or minor.

The department strongly recommends study abroad. Students interested in studying abroad should speak with their departmental advisor to ensure they will be able to transfer credit upon their return to SIUC.

Students in the Foreign Language and International Trade specialization must pass oral and written proficiency exams before doing internships, and students preparing for teacher education must pass oral and written proficiency exams before student teaching is begun. During the course of their study, department majors may be asked to gather materials for assessment portfolios and to ensure oral assessments are completed in a timely manner. Majors should check with the relevant advisor to confirm that they are completing all required assessment work. Failure to submit all materials in a timely manner may result in a delay in graduation.

Program Flexibility and Interdisciplinary Work

The department’s flexible programs are designed to encourage interdisciplinary work. Numerous courses required for our specializations also meet Core Curriculum or College of Liberal Arts requirements; details are spelled out below. Students in our language and culture specializations can readily accommodate a second major, if they so choose. Our International Studies and Foreign Language and International Trade programs incorporate coursework from other departments by design and are thus interdisciplinary by their very nature.

Writing Intensive Courses

In pursuit of proficiency in writing, and in keeping with the College of Liberal Arts Writing Across the Curriculum requirement, most departmental programs require an upper-level writing intensive class, as outlined below. Such courses will require students to write a minimum of 3500 words (counting revisions) in the target language, at least half of which must be in formal writing, such as reports, critical analyses, and research papers.

Departmental Minors

Students wishing to complete a minor must apply for approval of their program of study with the department; without this approval the minor will not be officially listed on the student’s transcript at the time of graduation. Interested students should contact the department office for details. Minors in modern foreign languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish) must complete at least one regularly scheduled 300 or 400 level language course at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. See the individual area listings below for specific requirements.

Placement Policy

Students with expertise in a language should take a placement test to help them sign up for the proper class. A free online placement test is available for French, German, or Spanish; students interested in other languages offered by the department should contact the department office for guidance on placement. Students who have successfully completed one year of language study in high school should normally start at the second semester level at SIUC; students who have completed two years should normally start at the third semester. Those with three or more years in high school should contact the department office for guidance. For details please see the departmental webpage (languages.siu.edu).

Proficiency Credit Policy

Unit credit (without grade) on the basis of proficiency may be obtained in American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. This may be accomplished by taking a validating course or by examination. Credit through examination may be given for first and second year basic skills courses only.

Credit by Examination: Credit through examination may be given for first and second year basic skills courses. Students who desire credit must not have earned college credit in the language they wish to proficiency. See Proficiency Examinations and CLEP for University guidelines. CLEP examinations in French, German, or Spanish are offered by the SIU Testing Services Office; credit is given by the year. The department offers proficiency credit by the semester (up to four semesters worth) in American Sign Language, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Latin. Proficiency credit may also be available for languages not taught by the department. Contact the department office for details on the exams, or to arrange an examination. There is a $100 fee for taking a departmental proficiency exam.

Credit by Validating Course: Basic language skills courses taken at SIUC, up to and including 320B, may serve as validating courses. Upon receiving a grade of A or B in a validating course, students who file the appropriate paperwork with the department will be granted validating credit for up to two of the immediately preceding basic skills courses. Contact the department for specific list of courses.

Language And Culture

Classics

Classics is the study of Ancient Greece and Rome, civilizations which have had a deep impact on our world. Classics is a strongly interdisciplinary field, and Classics students will study the language, literature, culture, history, and material remains of these civilizations in courses taught by Classics faculty and a range of cooperating faculty from other departments. Classics students receive a liberal arts education which gives them the analytical tools to pursue a wide range of careers. Our program is flexible, allowing students to pursue their own interests within Classics and, should they so wish, a second major or degree in another field. Our interdisciplinary program requires only two years of language study, but we strongly advise students interested in pursuing graduate study in Classics or a related field to take as much Greek and Latin as they can.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Languages, Cultures, and International Studies, Specialization in Classics Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
All students specializing in Classics will also receive three hours in humanities Core credit for their first semester in these languages.
College of Liberal Arts Requirements 12
Students specializing in Classics will meet the College of Liberal Arts language requirement via their language study (six credit hours), and will require only the six hours in international coursework required by the College.
Classics courses and courses from related disciplines
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of their coursework at SIUC.
Classics Cultural Competencies:
A) Myth: One of the following: CLAS 230, ENGL 445, THEA 354A 3
B) Greek: One of the following: CLAS 270, CLAS 310, HIST 311, PHIL 304, PHIL 470A, PHIL 470B 1 3
C) Roman: One of the following: CLAS 271, CLAS 310, HIST 311, HIST 412A, HIST 412B, HIST 413, PHIL 469 2 3
Classics Language Competency: Two years of Greek or Latin 3
Classics specialists need to complete two years (twelve credit hours) in Latin or Greek, but of these twelve hours six are counted above toward the College of Liberal Arts language requirement and three are counted toward Core Curriculum humanities credit, leaving only three additional hours to list here.
Classics Electives: Courses at the 300 or 400 level approved by advisor 9
Classics Capstone: Capstone seminar (CLAS 491). We strongly recommend that students fulfill most of other Classics requirements before taking CLAS 491. 3
General Electives 43
Depending on their choices of Classics Cultural Competency courses and their Core Curriculum courses, students may need up to 30 additional hours in 300 and 400 level coursework to complete the 42 hour senior institution requirement.
Total 120

1 CLAS 310 may count for Greek or Roman culture, but not both, unless taken twice; HIST 311 may count for Greek or Roman culture, but not both.

2 CLAS 310 may count for Greek or Roman culture, but not both, unless taken twice; HIST 311 may count for Greek or Roman culture, but not both.

Classical Civilization Minor

A minor in Classical Civilization requires 18 credit hours in Classics courses (CLAS) or related courses approved by the Classics advisor. These courses must include cultural competency courses in Myth, Greek culture, and Roman culture. The capstone seminar (CLAS 491) is also required. At least nine of these hours must be completed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Greek Minor

The Greek minor requires 18 credit hours. Students will complete two years of Greek, three hours of coursework in Greek culture, and CLAS 491 (Classics capstone seminar). Students in the College of Liberal Arts can count the first six hours of the minor toward the College language requirement. At least nine of the hours counted toward the minor must be completed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Greek Minor Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Linguistic Competency:
Two years of Greek 12
Cultural Competency:
One of the following: CLAS 270, CLAS 310, HIST 311, PHIL 304, PHIL 470A, PHIL 470B, POLS 304 3
Capstone Seminar CLAS 491 3
We strongly recommend that students fulfill most other Classics requirements before taking CLAS 491.

Latin Minor

The Latin minor requires 18 credit hours. Students will complete two years of Latin, three hours of coursework in Roman culture, and CLAS 491 (Classics capstone seminar). Students in the College of Liberal Arts can count the first six hours of the Undergraduate Curricula and Faculty Language and Culture /321 minor toward the College language requirement. At least nine of the hours counted toward the minor must be completed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Latin Minor Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Linguistic Competency
Two years of Latin 12
Cultural Competency
One of the following: CLAS 271, CLAS 310, HIST 311, HIST 412A, HIST 412B, HIST 413, PHIL 469 3
Capstone seminar CLAS 491 3
We strongly recommend that students fulfill most other Classics requirements before taking CLAS 491.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Language, Cultures, and International StudiesEast Asian Language and Culture

China and Japan have rich, ancient cultures and also play an increasingly vital role in today’s world. Students pursuing the interdisciplinary East Asian Language and Culture Specialization will acquire proficiency in Chinese or Japanese, and take courses in the department and other departments on campus that introduce them to the culture of these countries. They will gain a basic knowledge of the history, culture, and literature of people who speak their chosen language, and will learn how to think critically across cultures through analysis of beliefs, media, customs, and artifacts. In the course of their language study, they will gain the ability to discuss how and why Chinese or Japanese differ from English, helping them to understand how language works in general and how English and Chinese or Japanese work in particular. Students in East Asian studies enjoy a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors, in the US or abroad. The East Asian Specialization is flexible enough to allow students to study a second field as well, widening their intellectual and career horizons still further.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Languages, Cultures, and International Studies, Specialization in East Asian Language and Culture Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Students specializing in East Asian Language and Culture will receive three credit hours of Core humanities credit for a third semester or higher in Chinese or Japanese.
College of Liberal Arts Requirements 12
East Asian specialization students will meet the six credit-hour College language requirement during the course of their language study.
East Asian Requirements
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of their coursework at SIUC, including at least one 300- or 400-level class in their chosen language.
Three years of Chinese or Japanese (through 320B) 9
East Asian specialists starting their language study at SIUC will need to complete three years (18 credit hours) in Chinese or Japanese to reach and complete 320B, but of these 18 hours six are counted above toward the College of Liberal Arts language requirement and three are counted toward Core Curriculum humanities credit, leaving only nine additional hours to list here. Students with prior experience in the language should begin at the appropriate higher level, and will require fewer total hours in language study. They will also receive up to six hours of validating credit by successfully completing an intermediate or advanced course with a grade of A or B. See the section on departmental procedures above for further information on placement and validating credit.
Additional 300- or 400- level language courses in Chinese or Japanese 12
Students must complete all the required language coursework in their single chosen language (Chinese or Japanese). Language courses include all courses taught in the target language, as well as JPN 410 or CHIN 410.
Chinese 370 or Japanese 370 3
Approved 300- or 400-level electives in Chinese/Japanese culture 6
Students are to select electives from courses taught by the department or in related fields, as approved by the area advisor.
General Electives 40
Depending on choices in their Core Curriculum coursework and East Asian electives, students may need to take up to 21 hours in 300- and 400-level courses to meet the senior institution requirement.
Total 120
Students must complete all the required coursework in their single chosen language (that is, in Chinese or Japanese). Students in the College of Liberal Arts can count the first six hours of the minor toward the College language requirement. At least three hours must be taken in a regularly scheduled 300- or 400-level course at SIUC.

East Asian Civilization Minor Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
East Asian Courses 15
A minor in East Asian Civilization consists of 15 hours of coursework in Chinese, Japanese, or East Asian studies. Courses must be approved by the area advisor. At least three hours must be taken in a regularly scheduled course at SIUC.

French, German, or Spanish

Bachelors in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies: Specializations in French, German, or Spanish

French, German, or Spanish are among the most commonly spoken languages in the world, and knowledge of them can open the door to a variety of job opportunities both in the US and abroad. Students in each of these three specializations will gain advanced-level language proficiency and knowledge of the rich history, culture, and literature of people who speak the target language. Students will learn how to think critically across cultures through analysis of beliefs, media, customs, and artifacts. In the course of their language study, students will gain the ability to discuss how and why their chosen language differs from English, helping them to understand how language works in general and how English and the language they study work in particular. The French, German, or Spanish specializations are flexible enough to allow students to study a second field as well, widening their intellectual and career horizons still further.

French, German, or Spanish students may choose to enter the Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services and pursue a K-12 teaching license in the State of Illinois. Students doing so may chose to earn a B.A. through the College of Liberal Arts or a B.S. through the College of Education and Human Services.

Specialization in French, German, or Spanish (Without K-12 Teaching License) Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Modern language students receive three credit hours of Core humanities credit for a third semester or higher in their language.
College of Liberal Arts Requirements 12
French, German, or Spanish students will meet the six credit-hour College language requirement during the course of their language study.
Courses in French, German, or Spanish
Transfer students planning to complete the specializations in French, German, or Spanish must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of courses, including at least one 300- or 400-level language course in that language, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
French, German, or Spanish through 320B 9
French, German, or Spanish specialists starting their language study at SIUC will need to complete three years (18 credit hours) in their chosen language to reach and complete 320B, but of these 18 hours, six are counted above toward the College of Liberal Arts language requirement and three are counted toward Core Curriculum humanities credit, leaving only nine additional hours to list here. Students with prior experience in the language should begin at the appropriate higher level and will require fewer total hours in language study. They will also receive up to six hours of validating credit by successfully completing an intermediate or advanced course with a grade of A or B. See the section on departmental procedures above for further information on placement and validating credit.
Language electives at the 300- and 400-level 21
• Two of these courses must be at the 400-level. • One of these courses must be in literature. • One of these courses must be in culture (including 370A/B or another course approved by the language advisor). • One of these courses must be writing intensive (either College of Liberal Arts Writing-Across-the-Curriculum compliant or approved by the language advisor). The same 300- or 400-level class may count toward more than one of these requirements. Students must complete all the required coursework in their single chosen language (that is, in French, German, or Spanish). Departmental courses taught in English do not normally count toward these language specializations, but, with the approval of the language advisor, a student may count a departmental course taught in English or a relevant course taken in another department. In such cases, the advisor may require that assignments be done in the foreign language and may restrict this option to students with high language proficiency, such as those who have done intensive study abroad.
General Electives 37
Depending on their choices of Core Curriculum classes, students may need to complete up to 15 hours in 300- or 400-level coursework to meet the senior institution requirement of 42 such hours.
Total 120

Teacher Education Program

French, German, or Spanish

Students specializing in French, German, or Spanish and pursuing a K-12 teaching license may choose to earn a B.A. from the College of Liberal Arts or a B.S. from the College of Education and Human Services. Students completing either degree will acquire the necessary training and licensure to pursue a career in foreign language education at the secondary level. Whichever degree they pursue, students must work closely with advisors in both the Department of Languages, Cultures, and International Trade and the Teacher Education Program (TEP) to ensure that they are meeting all degree and teaching licensure requirements in a timely manner.

Bachelors in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies, Specializations in French, German, or Spanish with K-12 Teaching License Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Students pursuing teaching licensure must take EDUC 211 and EDUC 214 as part of their TEP requirements; EDUC 211 meets the multicultural requirement, and EDUC 214 covers three of their six social science hours for the Core. Language students in the TEP receive three credit hours of Core humanities credit for a third semester or higher in their language.
College of Liberal Arts Requirements 12
French, German, or Spanish students will meet the six credit-hour College language requirement during the course of their language study, and will require only the six hours in international coursework required by the College. The international coursework requirement can be met by courses which also meet Core Curriculum requirements.
Language Area Requirements
French, German, or Spanish through 320B 12
French, German, or Spanish specialists starting their language study at SIUC will need to complete three years (18 credit hours) in their chosen language to reach and complete 320B, but of these 18 hours, six are counted above toward the College of Liberal Arts language requirement, leaving only twelve additional hours to list here. Students with prior experience in the language should begin at the appropriate higher level, and will require fewer total hours in language study. They will also receive up to six hours of validating credit by successfully completing an intermediate or advanced course with a grade of A or B. See the section on departmental procedures above for further information on placement and validating credit.
FL 436 (Methods in Teaching World Languages) 3
Language electives at the 300 and 400 level 18
• Two of these language elective courses must be at the 400 level. • One of these courses must be in literature. • One of these courses must be in culture (including 370A/B or another course approved by the language advisor). • One of these courses must be writing intensive (either College of Liberal Arts Writing Across the Curriculum compliant or approved by the language advisor). The same 300- or 400-level class may count toward more than one of these requirements. Students must complete all the required coursework (outside FL 436) in their single chosen language (that is, in French, German, or Spanish). Departmental courses taught in English do not normally count toward these language specializations, but, with the approval of the language advisor, a student may count a departmental course taught in English or a relevant course taken in another department. The advisor may in such cases require that assignments be done in the foreign language and may restrict this option to students with high language proficiency, such as those who have done intensive study abroad.
Teacher Education Program requirements 27
See the Teacher Education Program listing in this catalog for details on education requirements. In addition to the 27 hours listed here, EDUC 211 and EDUC 214 are also required for the TEP program, but as these classes also count toward Core Curriculum requirements, these hours are counted with the Core Curriculum hours above and not listed again here.
General Electives 17
Students who effectively double-dip by meeting TEP requirements while also meeting their Core Curriculum requirements will have seven hours to spare for electives.
Total 120

Bachelors in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies, Specializations in French, German, or Spanish With K-12 Teaching License Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Students pursuing teaching licensure must take EDUC 211 and EDUC 214 as part of their TEP requirements, and can count them toward Core requirements as well; EDUC 211 meets the multicultural requirement, and EDUC 214 covers three of their six social science hours for the Core. Language students in the TEP receive three credit hours of Core humanities credit for a third semester or higher in their language.
Language Area Requirements
Transfer students planning to complete the specializations in French, German, or Spanish must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of courses, including at least one 300- or 400-level language course in that language, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
French, German, or Spanish through 320B 18
French, German, or Spanish specialists starting their language study at SIUC will need to complete three years (18 credit hours) in their chosen language to reach and complete 320B. Students with prior experience in the language should begin at the appropriate higher level, and will require fewer total hours in language study. They will also receive up to six hours of validating credit by successfully completing an intermediate or advanced course with a grade of A or B. See the section on departmental procedures above for further information on placement and validating credit.
FL 436 (Methods in Teaching World Languages) 3
Language electives at the 300 and 400 level 18
• Two of these language elective courses must be at the 400 level. • One of these courses must be in literature. • One of these courses must be in culture (including 370A/B or another course approved by the language advisor). • One of these courses must be writing intensive (either College of Liberal Arts Writing-Across-the-Curriculum compliant or approved by the language advisor). The same 300- or 400-level class may count toward more than one of these requirements. Students must complete all the required coursework (outside FL 436) in their single chosen language (that is, in French, German, or Spanish). Departmental courses taught in English do not normally count toward these language specializations, but, with the approval of the language advisor, a student may count a departmental course taught in English or a relevant course taken in another department. The advisor may in such cases require that assignments be done in the foreign language and may restrict this option to students with high language proficiency, such as those who have done intensive study abroad.
Education Requirements 27
See the Teacher Education Program for details on education requirements. In addition to the 27 hours listed here, EDUC 211 and EDUC 214 are also required for the TEP program, but as these classes also count toward University Core Curriculum requirements, these hours are counted with the University Core Curriculum hours above and not listed again here.
General Electives 13
Students who effectively double-dip by meeting TEP requirements while also meeting their University Core Curriculum requirements will have 13 hours to spare for electives.
Total 120

Minors in French, German, or Spanish Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
French, German, or Spanish 201A and 201B 6
French, German, or Spanish 320A and 320B 6
Approved language area electives 6
Total (after first year) 18
A minor in French, German, or Spanish requires 18 hours of coursework, not including first year language classes, Students starting a new language at SIUC will need to complete first year language study (2 three credit hours courses) before embarking on the second year. Students must complete all the required coursework in their single chosen language area (that is, entirely in French, German, or Spanish). At least three hours must be taken in a regularly scheduled 300- or 400-level course at SIUC.

American Sign Language Minor Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
FL 120A and FL 120B 6
FL 220A and FL 220B 6
FL 370 3
Total 15
A minor in American Sign Language (ASL) will enable students to gain intermediate level proficiency in ASL while introducing them to deaf culture, literature, and education. Students must complete at least three hours toward the minor in a regularly scheduled class at SIUC.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Language, Cultures, and International Studies Foreign Language and International Trade Specialization

The Foreign Language and International Trade program combines education in the liberal arts with preparation for careers in the international business community. It is designed to combine skill in a foreign language with a fundamental understanding of international commerce. This is accomplished by a curriculum of studies which has two cores—one in language and one in international trade and related subject matters. This cross-disciplinary program allows for choice of language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) as well as some options in electives so that different interests may be accommodated and individual goals may be realized. The chosen language cannot be the student’s native language, nor can it be English.

At or near the end of the program of studies, application and expansion of the knowledge and skills gained by the student through course work is provided by an internship. Prerequisite to the internship are senior standing, a minimum 2.75 SIUC GPA.

No grade lower than C will be accepted for any course required by the major (including ECON 302I, ENGL 101 and 102, FL 301I, MATH 139 and PSYC 102) taken at any institution at any time. A minimum grade of B is required in the appropriate SIUC 320B language course. All off-campus courses fulfilling major requirements must be pre-approved by the Director of FLIT. A minimum 2.75 SIUC GPA is required for graduation.

Bachelors in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies, Specialization in Foreign Language and International Trade Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
As part of their Core Curriculum requirements, LCIS students must take ECON 302I; ENGL 101 and 102; FL 301I; MATH 139; and PSYC 102. LCIS students will receive three hours in Core humanities credit by completing 201A or higher in their chosen language.
College of Liberal Arts Requirements 6
The six hour language requirement will be met by LCIS students in the course of their language study (see below). LCIS students meet the additional six hour international coursework requirement by taking FL 301I and ECON 302I for their Core requirements listed above (and so those hours are not listed here). requirements.
Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish through 320B 9
To complete 320B, students who start their language study Undergraduate Curricula and Faculty Language and Culture/325 at SIUC will need to complete three years (18 credit hours) in their chosen language, but of these 18 hours, six are counted above toward the College of Liberal Arts language requirement and three are counted toward Core Curriculum humanities credit, leaving only nine additional hours to list here. Students with prior experience in the language should begin at the appropriate higher level, and will require fewer total hours in language study. They will also receive up to six hours of validating credit by successfully completing an intermediate or advanced course with a grade of A or B. See the section on departmental procedures above for further information on placement and validating credit.
5 electives at the 300-400 level (one culture course). 370 and 435 strongly recommended. Students must complete all the required language coursework in their single chosen target language. In French, German, or Spanish.
Other Departmental Requirements 1-12
Either FL 495 Professional Experience in an International Context (1-12 credits) or a minimum of 8 weeks and 12 credit hours of approved Study Abroad experience. Individual language sections may require a project in conjunction with Study Abroad.
ACCT 220, ACCT 230 6
CS 200B or ISAT 229 3
ECON 240, ECON 241, ECON 329 9
FIN 330 3
MGMT 202, MGMT 304, MGMT 345 9
MGMT 208 or ACCT 208 or ECON 308 3
MKTG 304; and either MKTG 336 or MKTG 435 6
MATH 140 (prerequisite for several of the above) 4
Total Business Related Courses 43
General Elective 3
Total 120
For your individualized curricular guide, see your Student Education Planner in DegreeWorks.

International Studies

Bachelors in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies, (LCIS), Specializations in:

  • African and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Asian and South Pacific Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Students in international studies area earn the LCIS major with one of the four regional specializations listed above. All international studies students pursue a multidisciplinary program designed to provide them with a knowledge of comparative global and international issues and an understanding of other cultures, as well as a deeper acquaintance with their chosen region. Students will develop intercultural skills, acquire meaningful proficiency in a foreign language, and prepare for citizenship, both local and global, and for careers that benefit from an international perspective.

Our multidisciplinary program features three components: 1) a regional focus in one of four broad geographic areas, which determines the formal specialization under the major; 2) study of global and international comparative issues; and 3) foreign language competency. The choices within the regional areas are interdisciplinary but structured to provide depth in a particular area to balance the broad overview emphasized in the global comparative issues courses.

Because of the program’s multidisciplinary nature, courses must be selected in close consultation with the International
Studies Advisor. Course descriptions are available under the appropriate department under which the individual courses are listed. Since the program emphasizes a closer familiarity with a specific region, it is strongly recommended that International Studies students take part in an overseas study program in the corresponding region, which can be arranged through the Study Abroad Programs office. Students may substitute study abroad for two appropriate courses in category III below (Regional Focus). International study opportunities are administered by the SIUC Study Abroad Programs office (ips.siu.edu/sa).

Admission to the program is open to incoming and current students. No course can be counted toward any International Studies specialization with a grade lower than C.

Bachelors in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies, (LCIS) International Studies Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
International Studies students will receive three credit hours of Core humanities credit for a third semester or higher in their language. The following Core Curriculum choices are recommended but not required for International Studies. In Humanities: In addition to three hours of foreign language (201A or higher), three additional hours in humanities are required. Recommended are: HIST 101A, 101B, PHIL 103A, 103B. In Social Science (six hours are required): Recommended are: ANTH 104, ECON 113, GEOG 103, 300I, HIST 112, JRNL 306I, POLS 372I. In Integrative Studies (three hours required): Recommended are: FL 301I, POLS 352I, SOC 304I, CMST 301I, WGSS 320I.
College of Liberal Arts Requirements 12
International Studies students will meet the six hour College of Liberal Arts language requirement in the course of their language study. They will meet the six hour international coursework requirement through required courses in Global and International Comparative Issues listed below.
International Studies Requirements
I. International Studies Introductory Seminar - FL105 1
II. Global and International Comparative Issues: Five courses 9
International Studies students must take five courses totaling 15 hours; six have been counted toward College of Liberal Arts requirements above, leaving only nine hours to count here. Choose five courses from the following: AFR 472; ANTH 202, 240D or B, 370, 410 (A,D,G,I,L,Q,O,S), 426; CCJ 340; ECON 302I, 322, 329, 429; FIN 464; FL 301I; GEOG 300I, 304, 310I, 435, 439; HED 485; JRNL 306I; LING 320I, 341, 426; PHIL 441; POLS 207, 270, 352I, 372I, 373, 375, 403, 455, 456, 476, 480; PSYC 470; SOC 304I, 307, 371, 437, 438, 476; CMST 301I, 341, 440, 441, 448; WGSS 320I, 426, 446, or approved equivalents.
III. Regional Focus: Five courses 15
A. Africa and the Middle East: AFR 225, 271, 310A, 314A/B, 320, 375, 410H, 465; ANTH 310A/F, 410H; FR 200, 476; HIST 383, 384, 385, 387A/B, 486, 488, 489; POLS 467; WGSS 200, 489. B. Asia and the South Pacific: CHIN 370, 410, 435, 470; EA 300, 370; HIST 380A/B, 381, 471, 479, 480A/B; JPN 370, 410, 435; PHIL 308I, 475, 477, 478, 479; POLS 461. C. Europe: ANTH 310D; ENGL 453, 455, 464, 465; FR 200, 311, 370, 435, 460, 470; GER 337, 370, 381, 435, 460, 465, 481; HIST 312, 320, 324, 328, 334, 337, 338, 340, 406B, 425A/B, 426, 427, 444; PHIL 482; POLS 459, 460; SPAN 304, 310, 335, 370A, 411, 435, 460, 465; WGSS 200, 348, 406B. D. Latin America and the Caribbean: ANTH 204, 206, 302, 310C/E/I, 430B/F; ECON 419; ENGL 446; FR 476; GEOG 303I; HIST 470; PHIL 360; POLS 316; SPAN 304, 310, 335, 370B, 434, 435, 461.
IV. Senior project, paper, or presentation (FL 492) 1
V. Language proficiency: 320B plus one elective 12
Students must demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a language other than English by one of the following means: a) Complete the sequence in the target language through 320B and at least one SIUC elective course in the target language of which 201B (or higher) is a prerequisite; or b) Do coursework at another institution, pass a proficiency exam, or otherwise demonstrate that they have the equivalent level of language proficiency. For details on the precise level required in each language, and how to demonstrate this level of proficiency, contact the department. Students without any prior experience in the language will need 21 hours of coursework in total, but as three hours have been counted above as humanities Core credit and six hours have been counted above under the College language requirement, only 12 hours remain to be counted here. Students with prior experience in the language should begin at the appropriate higher level, and will thus require fewer hours in language study. They will also receive up 6 hours of validating credit by successfully completing an intermediate or advanced course with a grade of A or B. See the section on departmental procedures above for further information on placement and validating credit.
Total International Studies Requirements 47
Electives 29
Most Global Comparative Issues courses and Regional Focus courses are at the 300- or 400 level, and if a student takes only 300- or 4000level classes to meet their Global and Regional requirements, those courses, together with their 300- and 400-level language courses, will put them only two credits short of the 42 credit senior institution requirement for 300- and 400-level coursework. Students who choose to take 200 level courses to meet Global and Regional requirements will need to take two 300 or 400 level electives to meet the 42 hour senior institution requirement.
Total 120

International Studies Minor Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Global and International Studies: Introductory Seminar (FL 105) 1
Global and International Comparative Issues (3 courses) 9
Regional Focus (3 courses) 9
See the lists above for Global and International Comparative Issues courses and Regional Focus courses. Course selections must be approved by the International Studies Advisor.
World Language Proficiency 12
Students must demonstrate proficiency at the fourth-semester level (201B or higher), which can be met by earning a minimum grade of C in 201B, by validating credit, or by otherwise demonstrating the equivalent level of language proficiency. Students starting a new language at SIUC will require 12 hours of coursework to meet this requirement. Contact the department for details on validating credit and other ways to demonstrate the required level of proficiency.
Study Abroad (optional): Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program for at least one semester. Three hours of study-abroad credits from the appropriate region may substitute for one course from the Regional Focus category.