All IAS majors, regardless of concentration, must:
- Complete a minimum of 36 units in IAS, including a minimum of 24 units at the 300 or 400 level (the advanced credits must be unique to the IAS major).
- Receive a grade of C+ or higher in all IAS courses; all courses taken for IAS credit must be taken for a letter grade.
- Satisfy a foreign language requirement which entails the successful completion of four semesters of a language appropriate to their IAS concentration while at Washington University.
- Enroll in a minimum of two courses focused on the same world area and a third course focused on a different area. We consider world areas to be Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and South Asia. The Development, Global Cultural Studies, and International Affairs concentrations also include North America as a world area.
- Select upper-level courses from a minimum of three (3) academic disciplines (for example, AFAS, Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Film, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and WGSS).
- Students must complete one semester of language before declaring the major.
- Of the required advanced units, no more than 12 total units can ever be earned outside of the day school of Washington University (including study abroad, University College, or summer school from other US universities, or a combination) and never more than 6 units from a single semester, 3 from a summer, or 12 from a year.
- For those students who do not study abroad for IAS credit, an additional course (3 units) at the 300 or 400 level is required.
- For more detailed information about the general requirements, please see the IAS FAQs page.
See individual concentration descriptions for concentration-specific requirements.
Studying IAS has proven to be highly beneficial for me as a Wash U student. The flexibility of the major has let me combine foreign language, culture, politics, and environmental studies courses to pursue my specific interests in Chinese development and foreign policy. This uniquely interdisciplinary academic experience is something I could not have achieved within any other major or department."
--Carl Hooks (Development concentration, Class of 2017)