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International Studies: Curriculum

International Studies Core Courses
(
required of students completing a major in international studies):

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  1. IS-1X6 Introduction to International Studies
  2. ANT-116 Cultural Anthropology
  3. POL-258 World Politics
  4. ECO-205 Macroeconomics
  5. Two foreign language courses, intermediate or advanced, in the same language
  6. A term-long study abroad experience, subject to prior approval by the International Studies program committee.
  7. IS-8XX International Studies Colloquium

International Studies majors select one of the following tracks: The Global South, International Relations, or Global Cultural Studies. (Students who plan to pursue a graduate program that requires a strong foundation in economics should consider the International Economics major offered by the Business and Economics Department.)

International Studies Major — The Global South track

The Global South examines the characteristics of regions in what has come to be called the “Global South,” especially Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  It investigates how the evolution of these regions relates to social, political and economic systems.  Students are introduced to a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to the study of international development; graduates better understand the history and legacy of colonialism, the conditions that create or resolve poverty, and relations between the Global South and North.

  1. Seven international studies core courses (See p. XX)
  2. ECO-215 Microeconomics
  3. Two courses to be chosen as indicated from the two lists below.
    1. One of the following:
      ECO-436 Economic Development or
      Subject to prior approval by the International Studies administrative coordinator:
      ECO-336 Divergent Economic Growth
      ECO-446 International Economics
    2. One of the following:
      POL-386 International Development or
      Subject to prior approval by the International Studies administrative coordinator:
      POL-310 International Organizations
  4. Two or more additional courses from either the courses under #3 or any of the following, subject to prior approval by the International Studies administrative coordinator.  (Not more than one of these two courses can be from political science and not more than one of these two courses can be from economics.).  At least one course must be completed at the 300 level or above.
    ANT-226, -426 Topics in Anthropology
    GS-216 Gender in the Non-Western World
    HIS-246 History of Modern china
    HIS-286 Modern Middle East
    HIS-316 Topics in History: Non-Western Perspectives
    HIS-368 Latin America
    POL-266 Latin American PoliticsPOL-276 African Politics
    POL-286 Asian Politics

International Studies Major — International Relations track

International Relations combines theoretical approaches to and empirical knowledge of state and non-state actors, power, and international structures.

  1. Seven international studies core courses (See p. XX)
  2. POL-108 Introduction to Politics
  3. POL-310 International Organizations
  4. Three courses to be chosen as indicated from the two lists below. No more than two of these three courses can be completed in the Political Science department.
    1. One of the following:
      HIS-217 The American War in Vietnam
      HIS-246 History of Modern China
      HIS-256 History of Modern Japan
      HIS-368 Latin America
      POL-266 Latin American Politics
      POL-276 African Politics
      POL-286 Asian Politics
      POL-298 European Politics
    2. Two of the following:
      ANT-226, -426 Topics in Anthropology (when appropriate)
      ECO-446 International Economics
      ECO-495 International Finance
      HIS-286 Modern Middle East
      HIS-378 The World at War
      HIS-495 U.S. Diplomatic History
      HIS-535 Recent American History II
      POL-305 Terrorism
      POL-365 American Foreign Policy
      POL-386 International Development
      POL-398 Religion and World Politics

International Studies Major — Global Cultural Studies track

Global Cultural Studies emphasizes the complex and interconnected issues regarding countries in a specific region of the world.

Contemporary European Studies

  1. Seven international studies core courses (See p. XX)
  2. HIS-465 20th-Century Europe
  3. POL-298 European Politics
  4. Three of the following, two of which must be numbered 300 or above.  At least two academic disciplines must be represented.
    ARH-438 The Grand Tour
    ARH-447 Modern and Contemporary Art
    ARH-460 Modern and Contemporary Architecture
    ENG-158 Irish Literature
    ENG-525 Modern British Fiction
    FRE-158 France and the Francophone World
    FRE-432 French Cinema and Contemporary Culture
    GER-168 Holocaust and Memory
    GER-445 Race, Class, and Gender
    HIS-328 Modern France
    HIS-378 The World at War
    HIS-405 History of Modern England
    MU-458 Music History and Literature III
    REL-138 Modern Judaism
    REL-148 Islam
    REL-178 Christianity
    THE-198 History and Theatre and Drama II
    A course approved by the International Studies administrative coordinator