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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Category VI - RWU Semester Abroad International Studies

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The CORE Concentration

At least 15 credits

The CORE Concentration is designed to ensure depth, sequence, and progressive learning in one liberal arts discipline or interdisciplinary program unrelated to the major. Because each CORE Concentration consists of specific courses and prerequisites, students should declare their CORE Concentration and begin required courses no later than the sophomore year to ensure that course work is completed before graduation. Most CORE Concentrations may be expanded to a minor by taking one additional course. Students who declare double majors are not required to complete a separate CORE Concentration if both of the following conditions are met: one of the majors must have an approved CORE Concentration and that concentration must not be restricted from the other major.

Juniors and seniors intending to declare an International Studies CORE Concentration should contact the Center for Global and International Programs as soon as possible so that they are aware of requirements to go abroad. For example, students will need passports and specific cumulative grade point averages.

Course Requirements by CORE Concentration

Minimum Standard:

It is necessary from time to time for students to substitute other courses for specified CORE Concentration course requirements. Substitutions may be made only if the following criteria are met:

  1. At least two courses in the CORE Concentration disciplinemust be at the 100 or 200 level;
  2. At least two courses in the CORE Concentration disciplinemust be at the 300 or 400 level;
  3. At least five courses (or a total of 15 credits) must be takenin one CORE Concentration discipline.

This standard applies to all matriculated students.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

CORE Concentration in International Studies

All students have the opportunity to declare a Core Concentration in International Studies through successful completion of a semester abroad on a Roger Williams University sponsored or Roger Williams University affiliated program. Completing a Core Concentration in International Studies will demonstrate to employers that a student who studied abroad has the maturity, resourcefulness and resilience required to navigate successfully in challenging and increasingly diverse working environments.

The following institutional policy has been established by Roger Williams University for completion of the Core

Concentration in International Studies:

  • International Studies Core Concentrations are to consist of fifteen (15) credits that focus on the host country/region and are normally transferable to Roger Williams University.
  • The courses used in an International Studies Core Concentration may not be used to fulfill any Roger Williams University major requirements.
  • At least nine (9) semester hours in the International Studies Core Concentration must be taken abroad.
  • At least nine (9) credits in the International Studies Core Concentration must directly focus on aspects of the culture or history of the particular country or region.

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