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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comparative International Studies, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 22997) (SIMS Code: 117002)

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

A minor in a language other than English is required with this major. See list of minors in language(s) other than English in the General Catalog. Students are encouraged to contact their minor adviser to discuss the benefits of taking an oral proficiency test in a language other than English administered by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The program also requires at least one preapproved study abroad experience.

Courses in the major cannot be double-counted.

Impacted Program

The comparative international studies major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the comparative international studies major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Preparation for the Major

(15 units)

Choose three units from each of the groups A, B, and C:

Choose Six Units

Choose six units from any combination of regions in group D:

(D) Regions

Latin America and the Caribbean

North Africa and West Asia-Middle East

(HIST 100 , HIST 101 , and REL S 101  can only be included for this group if not taken for group (A) above.)


Recommended for General Education in Foundations of Learning

Language Requirement

Comparative international studies majors are required to complete a minor in a language other than English. The minor in a language other than English in one of the two world regions identified as a primary or secondary area of focus will fulfill the language other than English requirement for the major. (Contact minor adviser about the benefits of taking an ACTFL foreign language oral proficiency test.)

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

Study Abroad Requirement

All comparative international studies majors are required to participate in an international experience amounting to a minimum of three weeks spent abroad and completing a minimum of three units of study abroad in one of the two world regions identified as a primary or secondary area of focus. To meet this requirement, majors must complete one or a combination of the following with the approval and written consent of the undergraduate adviser:

  1. A CSU Study Abroad Program;
  2. An SDSU Exchange Program;
  3. An SDSU Semester Abroad Program;
  4. An SDSU Study Travel Program;
  5. GEN S 450 .


A minimum of 33 upper division units to include

Thematic Areas

Nine units from three of the following four thematic areas selected from two or more departments:

World Regions

Complete 21 units from two of the six following world regions selecting 12 units from one regional area and nine units from the other regional area:

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