Bachelor of International Studies

Bachelor of International Studies

Bachelor students of the Division of International Studies will build their knowledge of global processes, relationships, and societies, and be geared to work in areas of trade and business, foreign affairs, defense and intelligence, and humanitarian and development organizations. Opportunities are open to students from all parts of the world in a culturally diverse context, whereby all courses are delivered in English. 

Core Courses

All students are required to take the following core courses (Major Courses – General Major – Required):

  • Principles of International Commerce
  • Principles of International Relations
  • Globalization and Beyond: Culture, Society, and Political Economy

The full curriculum is shown in the table below. DIS offers a wide range of program choices in five main areas of international studies: International Commerce, International Peace & Security, International Development & Cooperation, Area Studies, and Korean Studies. Professional experiences and specializations are integral aspects of the program.

DIS Curriculum 2014
Classification Specification Course Title and Number Credits
General Education
Common General Education Thought and Expression I and II (GETEN01-02) 4(6)
Academic English I and II (IFLS003-004) 4(8)
Freshman Seminar* 2(2)
Sub-total 10
Core General Education1 World Culture
Literature and Arts
Exploring History
Understanding Society
Ethics and Thoughts Society
Science and Technology
Quantitative Analysis
Sub-total 12
Major-related General Education2 Introduction to Economics (DISS111) 3(3)
Introduction to Political Science (DISS121) 3(3)
Subtotal 6
Elective General Education3 Secondary Foreign Language I and II (including Lab) 6(10)

Elective General Education

Subtotal 8
Total 36
Major Courses General Major Required4 9
Elective5 27
Sub-total 36
Specialized Major Required 0
Elective5 21
Sub-total 21
Total 57
General Courses 37
Total Credits 130


    1. Students need to obtain 9 credits (3 courses) from any of the seven categories of core general education. Maximum of 3 credits from each category are recognized as fulfillment of the requirement. Credits exceeding the requirement (9 credits) are recognized as general elective course credits.
    2. Credits from similar courses offered by other departments can be counted as fulfillment of requirement upon approval by DIS Chair.
    3. Incoming students to DIS must complete these courses.
    4. The required major courses cannot be substituted.
    5. Upon approval of DIS Chair, students can obtain credits from courses offered by other departments and the International Summer Campus.

* Students who have entered DIS after the Year of 2013, must take ‘Freshman Seminar’ (2 credits) during the 1st year.

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Area of Specialty

International Studies

Requirements for graduation

    1. Minimum credits for graduation: 130 [minimum of 36 credits in general education + minimum of 36 credits from general major courses + minimum of 21 credits from specialized major courses (or required credits from another second major) + minimum of 37 credits from general elective courses (or remaining credits from general elective courses)]
    2. Minimum TOEFL score needed for graduation: 90 (IBT)
    3. All students should complete a course ‘Tutorial seminar’ every semester since 2008.
    4. Other requirements are as follows:
      • Students majoring in International Studies only (Specialized Major) are required to obtain a minimum of 100 credits from courses taught in English or other foreign languages. For DIS students who are pursuing a double major, combined major, or dual degree, the minimum is 70 credits.
      • Even if the following courses are taught in Korean, they will count as English-taught courses: Thought and Expression I and II, Academic English I and II, and Secondary Foreign Language I and II.
      • For foreign students who do not speak Korean, credits from Korean language courses will count as credits from secondary foreign language courses.
      • For credits in English and other second-languages, only those obtained from courses offered by the Institute of Foreign Language Studies (IFLS) are accepted. However, upon approval of DIS Chair, credits from language courses offered by other departments and colleges will be accepted (Reminder: credits from language courses that are offered unofficially are not accepted).
      • In the case of Academic English I and II, and Secondary Foreign Language I and II, students can instead take other courses upon approval by DIS Chair.
      • Internships can be recognized as major elective course credits for a maximum of 6 upon approved by DIS Chair.
      • For credits obtained as an exchange student or from university-wide joint programs, DIS Chair will decide on the acceptability.


DIS will implement measures to ensure that the new curriculum does not cause any difficulties for students to fulfill the degree requirements.