IERC: International Education and Research Center

Bachelor’s in International Studies

The Bachelor's in International Studies program is offered entirely in Spanish, although students must have a substantial knowledge of English by the time they complete their fourth semester. Materials used in the classroom as of the fifth semester may be in English. Students must demonstrate English proficiency as a part of their graduation requirements, since any person who holds a degree in International Studies must at a minimum be fully bi-lingual.

The Bachelor's in International Studies program is eight semesters long with fifteen weeks per semester. Students will take five classes from the first through the sixth semesters, and six classes in their last two terms. The length of the program is four years.

Bachelor’s in International Studies Course Schedule


SEMESTER COURSE TITLE COURSE DESCRIPTION
1st Interdisciplinary Explorations This course introduces students to university life, and discusses the academic expectations the university has of them within their chosen field; basic concepts and principles of academia are covered.
Writing Skills I Students learn about the basic issues regarding academic writing.
Introduction to Information Systems Students are taught about basic computer programs and their application to students' academic careers.
Basic Mathematics Students are reminded of basic mathematical concepts that were covered during their school years and that are an important base for logical and analytical thinking.
Intercultural Communications Students learn about different forms of communications within different cultural settings and contexts.
2nd Writing Skills II Students are taught to apply the writing skills learnt in the previous writing class within the academic setting.
Applied Statistics Students cover all basic concepts of statistics with a special emphasis on statistical analyses as applied to their academic field.
Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Students learn oratory, persuasion and communicative skills and how to support verbal presentations with technological means.
English Composition I This course introduces students to basic concepts of English writing, specifically geared toward academic writing.
World History I This course covers major events in history from ancient times to the 1400's; it particularly focuses on historic moments that changed the world and on events that took place beyond the traditional Western-centered scope.
3rd Advanced Communication in English Students will have to utilize the English language as a communications tool, in writing and verbal discussions, to learn how to develop arguments within the context of English.
Principles of Macroeconomics Students are taught the basic foundations of macroeconomics that have an impact on the economic performance of a country and society.
Human Ecology This course focuses on the complex interactions between human beings and their environment.
Philosophies of Transformation Students are introduced to the basic philosophical questions that forge our understanding of life, society and existence and have fostered the evolution and transformation of our realities.
Theories of International Relations This course covers the basic concepts that underlie the study of international relations.
4th World History II This course covers major events in history from the 1400's to the present; it particularly focuses on historic moments that changed the world and on events that took place beyond the traditional Western-centered scope.
Cultural and Economic Geography This course reintroduces students to basic geography while focusing specifically on cultural and economic issues influenced by geographic realities.
Community and Sustainable Development This course looks at sustainable development from the perspective of the community and how change can be achieved through community-oriented projects.
Research Methods Students are taught how to develop, investigate, write up and theorize on important aspects of research; the course provides hands-on learning for students.
Introduction to Political Science This course covers the basic concepts that underline the study of political science.
5th Comparative Political Systems Students analyze different political systems and the impact they have on the social and economic conditions they have within their nation, as well as how these influence the relationship between nations.
International Contemporary Ideologies Students are provided with the main ideological concepts that currently influence human thinking, the governance of nations, and international, socioeconomic policies.
Principles of Public Policy This course covers the basic concepts that underlie the study of public policy.
Conflict Resolution, Arbitrage and Negotiation This course focuses on major conflicts and their causes and their resolution; it also covers the basic ideas governing current thinking on international arbitrage and conflict negotiations.
Organizational Communications Students learn how communications take place within systems - when these are effective and when they fail in achieving their purported goals; systems include organizations, governmental institutions, nations, and corporations.
6th Principles of Diplomacy This course allows students to gain insights into the issues that are covered in the field of diplomacy, such as international interactions within international organisms, as well as mechanisms of international negotiations.
Foundations of Development Studies This course covers the basic concepts and issues that underlie the study of development.
Theories of Society and Social Behavior This course takes and anthropological, social and psychological look at the study of society and social reactions to socio-economic, political and cultural circumstances.
Persuasion Campaigning This course allows students to understand how to generate awareness about social issues and concerns and to persuade others to support and/or believe in their course; it teaches students the techniques of campaigning and of persuasion.
International Organizations This course covers the basic concepts of international organizations -- their purpose, their rate of success in achieving their purported goals; and their role in the international arena.
7th The Politics of International Economics Students will learn about the complex interrelationship between politics and economics on an international level, covering also issues of international finance and international financial institutions.
International Law This course covers basic concepts and complexities underlying issues of international legal concerns.
Seminar on Contemporary International Issues I This seminar looks at current issues that are of concern within global relations; students discuss these issues and try and provide viable solutions.
Anthropological Internationalism This course looks at the origins of interactions between nations and societies from an interdisciplinary approach and specifically focuses on contemporary realities.
International Economics and Trade This course looks at international trade relations, trade treaties and trade organizations from a global perspective.
Research Seminar Students are required to perform original research on a topic of specific interest to them and within the field of international studies.
8th Political Structures in Latin America This course deals specifically with the political realities faced by Latin American countries from their historical origins and their trajectory to the present.
Transformational Politics in Latin America Students learn about major events that have shaped Latin American realities, ideologies that have been influential and the transformations that are or should currently take place in Latin American nations.
Seminar on Contemporary International Issues II This seminar looks at current issues that are of concern within global relations; students discuss these issues and try and provide viable solutions.
Environmental Resource Management Students learn about major issues related to environmental concerns and how these concerns can be resolved, specifically focusing on the effective management of natural resources.
Seminar on Contemporary Issues of the Environment This seminar looks at current issues that are of concern within global relations specifically as related to the environment; students discuss these issues and try and provide viable solutions.
Undergraduate Thesis or Applied Project Students must complete either a research-based thesis or an applied project that tests hypotheses within a real setting to be able to graduate.