Bachelor of Philosophy in International and Area Studies
American students face increasing pressure to become internationalized—to attain an education that will enable them to respond intelligently to a world undergoing rapid globalization and to compete in a global economy.
What Is the BPhil in IAS?
The University of Pittsburgh’s University Honors College (UHC) and University Center for International Studies (UCIS) have created the Bachelor of Philosophy in International and Area Studies (BPhil in IAS)—a research-based undergraduate major that will help students meet the demands of today’s world.
The goal of the BPhil in IAS is to enable students to think critically and to gain “global competence,” which involves working effectively in different international settings, an awareness of the major currents of global change and the resulting issues raised, the capacity for effective communication across cultural and linguistic boundaries, and personal adaptability to diverse cultures.
Students seeking the BPhil in IAS must:
- have a minimum grade point average of 3.50/4.00; and
- complete eight approved courses (24 credits); and
- complete one methods course specific to their second major or to their BPhil thesis research topic; and
- complete one directed study course related to their BPhil thesis research topic; and
- complete three years of college-level language study or equivalent proficiency in a language relevant to their BPhil thesis research topic; and
- complete a study abroad/international learning experience; and
- write and publicly defend their research thesis (the BPhil thesis) before a faculty examining board that includes a visiting faculty member from outside the University; and
- complete a second major in another academic discipline (note that only two courses from this major can overlap with the approved courses for the IAS major).
Students interested in the BPhil in IAS may complete one of the following tracks in UCIS: Asian Studies, European Union Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, or Russian and East European Studies.
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