The BAIS program offers students the opportunity to learn about and examine various aspects of International Studies. Students will be able to achieve different profiles within the program through combining elements from the five concentrations offered by the program: two fields of study: Political Science, or International Cooperation and Development; and three geographical areas: North Africa and the Middle East, European Studies, or American Studies. Each student will opt for one field and one geographical area, depending on his/her personal interest. In addition, International Studies students may choose their minor in an area in or outside the School.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the BAIS program are expected to (1) demonstrate knowledge of world history, geography, economics, and international affairs; (2) demonstrate an understanding of either politics or development studies, both at the theoretical and empirical level and demonstrate knowledge of their selected geographic area of concentration (North Africa and the Middle East, Europe or North America); and(3) be prepared either to function professionally in one of a broad range of sectors and institutions functioning in an international environment, or to continue studies at the graduate level.
Course requirements for the BAIS program include:
- University Core Curriculum for SHSS Programs 40 SCH
- School of Humanities and Social Science Core 19 SCH
as well as the following:
- International Studies Major Core 18 SCH
- ECO 2310 Introduction to International Economics
- GEO 1301 Introduction to Geography
- HIS 3301 International History: 1914 to the Present
- INS 3301 Theories and Models of International Relations
- INS 3302 International Law and Organizations
- PSC 2301* Comparative Political Systems
*NOTE: International Studies majors must take a history course (HIS 1301, HIS 1302 or HIS 2301) as part of the University Common Core. PSC 2301 is taken as part of the IS Major Core.
- Concentrations for International Studies Majors 21-23 SCH
Students are required to choose TWO concentrations: one field concentration (9 SCH) together with one area concentration (12-13 SCH). The field and area concentrations are:
- Political Science
- International Cooperation and Development Area Concentrations
- European Studies
- North African and Middle Eastern Studies
- American Studies
About the School
Inaugurated in 1995 by His Majesty King Hassan II and Crown Prince Abdallah bin Abdel-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, Al Akhawayn University redefines the classic American liberal arts educational experience at ... Read More