International and Area Studies

Undergraduate Study

Four majors are offered: African and Middle Eastern Studies BA, Asian Studies BA, European Studies BA, and Latin American Studies BA. Seven minors are also offered: African and Middle Eastern Studies, African Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies.

Students considering a major or minor in the interdepartmental program should consult with the academic counselor as soon as possible in their UCLA career, but in no case later than the point at which they are about to begin taking upper-division courses. Students should select courses to fulfill major or minor requirements in consultation with the academic counselor.

The majors offered in International and Area Studies are designated capstone majors. Students majoring in African and Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, and Latin American Studies must complete a capstone seminar or travel-abroad program in which they engage in an in-depth analysis of a specific region or a thematic subject that spans regions. Through conceiving and executing a project, students demonstrate their working knowledge of scholarly discourse relative to a specialized topic. Student research, analytic, and writing skills are exhibited through their capstone work, along with their collaborative and oral communication skills.

Honors Program

The honors program is designed to offer highly motivated students pursuing one of the International and Area Studies majors (African and Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies) the opportunity to design and conduct their own independent research under the guidance of a faculty adviser and consists of a three-term directed-study series of courses — International and Area Studies 198A, 198B, 198C — culminating in an honors thesis.

Admission

To enter the honors program, students must (1) have completed all preparation for the major requirements with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average in those courses, (2) have a 3.5 grade-point average in all upper-division coursework for the major, (3) obtain agreement from a faculty member to supervise their honors thesis, and (4) formally submit an application to the honors program. Application should normally be made during the junior year so as to best plan for completion of the honors thesis during the senior year. Contact the academic counselor for more details about the application, thesis requirements, and guidelines regarding the selection of a faculty thesis adviser.

Requirements

Honors are awarded to students who (1) complete all requirements for the major with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better in upper-division courses required for the major, (2) successfully complete courses 198A, 198B, and 198C, and (3) produce an honors thesis (approximately 35 to 50 pages) determined to be of honors quality by a committee of two faculty members — the chair of International and Area Studies and the faculty adviser of the student.

Highest honors are awarded to students who (1) complete all requirements for the major with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or better in upper-division courses required for the major, (2) successfully complete courses 198A, 198B, and 198C, and (3) produce an exceptional honors thesis (approximately 35 to 50 pages) determined to be of highest honors quality by a committee of two faculty members — the chair of International and Area Studies and the faculty adviser of the student.

Honors and highest honors are recorded on the final transcript and diploma after students successfully complete the program.

Study Abroad

All majors and minors are highly encouraged to study abroad. Students can travel to all areas through a variety of programs with various lengths (summer or during the academic year).

Students may partially fulfill the area studies elective requirement by participating in an International Institute Summer Travel Study program consisting of two courses in and on a particular region of the world. Contact the academic counselor for more information on available programs.

More information about study abroad programs is available through the UCLA International Education Office by e-mail, in person at 1332 Murphy Hall, or by phone at 310-825-4995.