The International Studies (INST) Major at UNO is an interdisciplinary program that provides a substantial international focus and foundation for professional careers in both the private and public sectors. Among these careers are international management and business, government service, national security and intelligence, non-profit organizations, and teaching. The program also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of professions, including international business, trade and management, law, teaching, and public affairs.
The members of the International Studies Faculty (ISF) encourage students majoring in International Studies to place significant emphasis on foreign language and the study of other cultures. Many INST majors have a double major or a minor in a foreign language. At a minimum, in order to satisfy the INST foreign language requirement, majors must complete the equivalent of three years of university-level foreign language study, or two years each of two foreign languages.
INST majors must also complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in approved International Studies courses including the following core curriculum: INST 2130 and 4140 (Introduction to International Studies and Topics in International Studies), GEOG 1020 (Introduction to Human Geography), PSCI 2210 (International Relations), ECON 2200 (Principles of Micro Economics) and ECON 2220 (Principles of Macro Economics).
A major in International Studies must meet or exceed the requirements for a major as specified by the College of Arts and Sciences, including at least 18 upper division credit hours. Beyond the core courses and foreign language classes, the curriculum for INST majors is constructed of those courses that have an international focus in disciplines such as history, political science, geography/geology, sociology, management, marketing, economics, philosophy and religion, English, and related courses in the fine arts and humanities.
Each INST major must choose at least one Concentration from among the five options listed below. Many INST majors combine two Concentrations. Examples: Area Studies Concentration with Global Strategic Studies (GSS); International Management, Business, and Leadership (IMBL) with Area Studies; two Areas of preference; International Nonprofit Management and Leadership (INML) and an Area Studies preference; Global Strategic Studies (GSS) and Global IT Management and Leadership (GITML). Students majoring in International Studies (INST) are encouraged to discuss the diverse Concentration Options available to satisfy the requirements for the INST Major with the INST Major advising staff and members of the ISF. One of those options chosen must be either an Area Studies Concentration or the Global Strategic Studies Concentration.