Institute of International Studies

FACULTY Professors C. Bukowski (Director), Tarzi; Associate Professor J. Bukowski; Assistant Professor Schopf; Affiliate Instructor Weck.

The Institute of International Studies offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations. This degree will serve as a basis for various careers in the field of international relations, for graduate work in international studies or for the understanding of international affairs by students who may not choose to work in that area after graduation.

The Institute of International Studies was founded in 1958 at the suggestion of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. It was among the first in this field ever to be established on the undergraduate level in the United States. Numerous student activities, special off-campus programs, co-op assignments, study abroad programs, and internships are available to enrich the regular program. Students receive special assistance in finding positions after graduation.

Study Abroad, Internships, and Co-op Programs

International studies majors are strongly encouraged to undertake a program of study abroad and to participate in appropriate internships or co-op programs. The Institute will assist its majors in integrating a study abroad program into their curriculum with the goal of enhancing both their Bradley and their foreign study experiences. Further information on foreign study (including eligibility requirements) can be obtained from the Study Abroad Office. Internships and co-op assignments are available through the College Cooperative Education/Internships Program listed elsewhere in this catalog. A Department of State internship is available directly through the Institute (see IS 498). Credit may also be earned for special, individual projects or travel abroad (see IS 490).


All students who are candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of international studies should plan their program with the aid of their advisor in accordance with the following requirements:

A total of 132 semester hours of acceptable undergraduate work, a minimum of 48 hours of which must be in junior-senior level courses.

General Education

  • English Composition 6
  • Mathematics 3
  • Speech 3
  • Western Civilization 3
  • Literary Analysis 3
  • Fine Arts 3
  • Science and Technology 6

International Studies

  • IS 103, 104, 182, 250, 255, 275, 495, and
  • any other seven IS courses.

Foreign Language

French, German, Spanish: 6 semesters (where available) or the equivalent, with two courses at the 300 level.
Those students who have previously studied a foreign language must take the placement test given by the Department of Foreign Languages. Students who place at the 300 level should consult with the Director of Foreign Languages to determine the best sequence of courses for them. These students will have the opportunity to take a total of 9 of their required hours in specially designed courses such as Commercial Language, Introduction to Translation, Civilization and Culture, Spanish Interpretation, Everyday and Idiomatic French, and so on.

Courses in American government (PLS 105), principles of economics (ECO 221 & 222), and statistics (MTH 111, PSY 205, QM 262 or PLS 209).

Area studies courses are encouraged for students interested in a certain region and may be developed into a special concentration by taking appropriate language, history, literature, art, or other courses related to the region. Minor concentrations may also be developed by students interested in fields such as business, government or a foreign language.

Students also may take an area studies minor (listed elsewhere in this catalog).

In all cases students’ programs will be especially designed to help prepare them for meeting their personal career goals.

Baccalaureate Articulation

Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Graduates

A transferring student who has completed an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree in an Illinois public community college may expect to earn a baccalaureate degree from the Institute of International Studies upon the completion of two additional years of course work provided that the following qualifications are met:

  1. that the transferring student does not change his or her intended major or area of specialization;
  2. that the course work represented in the associate degree include only baccalaureate-oriented college level courses which appear in the ICCB master course file;
  3. that within the associate degree, the transferring student shall have completed work in each of the following general education areas totaling a minimum of at least 36 semester hours:
    1. English and/or communications
    2. Humanities
    3. Mathematics and/or natural sciences
    4. Social sciences
    5. Foreign language.