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School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
Mary-Lou Tyler
Academic Advisor
School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

CORE Requirements

The core courses in the International Relations major, which are taught by faculty from political science, anthropology, and economics, includes courses which explore issues of economic and cultural globalization, war and peace, and the global environment.  These classes will also develop concrete skills, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis and cross-cultural training.

Seniors take a Capstone course that synthesizes the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary core curriculum with the experiential learning of study abroad.  SIS students are encouraged to complete an Independent Research project during their junior or senior year. Departmental Honors are awarded to SIS Seniors with a 3.5 Pacific cumulative and major/program GPA who undertake an independent research project or Capstone research project and earn a minimum grade of B+.

Students also study abroad and take a cross cultural orientation course before they go (Cross Cultural Training I) and a reentry course when they return, (Cross Cultural Training II). Additionally, all students study a foreign language, choosing from French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German*, and Arabic**. Many students learn other languages abroad. See a typical 3-year plan.

*Pacific currently offers two semesters of this language. Advanced courses may be taken during study abroad and as independent study.

**Arabic language courses are available during the summer at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. SIS students interested in learning Arabic should consult with their advisor about scholarship opportunities. 

Beginning in the Fall 2020, Undergraduates in the School of International Studies will complete the following CORE Requirements:

INTL 010     Director's Seminar (first year students only)
INTL 077 Contemporary World Issues
INTL 081 Perspectives on World History
INTL 101 Social Science Research Methods
INTL 151 Cross-cultural Training I
INTL 161 Cross-cultural Training II
INTL 185 SIS Capstone
ANTH 053 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 055 Introductory Macroeconomics
POLS 011 Introduction to Comparative Politics

POLS 051      

Introduction to International Relations

LANG 025

Competence in a Modern Foreign Language at the level of the 4th semester college course or equivalent

SABD 000

At least one semester of study abroad

Note: 1) The semester abroad must be in a program approved by the adviser as appropriate to the major.2) Mirror Image students are exempt from SABD 000
Note: 1) Seniors with a Pacific cumulative and major/program GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to earn SIS Departmental Honors. A capstone research project must be conducted independently and completed on an approved international topic, and receive a minimum grade of B+ to earn departmental honors.