The International Studies major consists of five core courses and seven additional courses within one of two concentrations: Culture & Society or International Relations.

The International Relations concentration allows an emphasis in Political Science or Economics/Business. The Culture & Society concentration allows emphases in area studies. Some courses in this program may be counted as part of the collegiate requirements.

1. A Common Core

The core for the major consists of 6 courses – INST 261, 321 and 422; ECON 201 or 203; and one language conversation course above the intermediate (212) level where offered. (If one is not available, another course will be substituted with the approval of the director of the International Studies Program.) In addition, international studies majors must take MATH 111/113, which will not count on the major.

In the new curriculum adopted by the faculty effective with the academic year 2005-06, students will be required to include a capstone experience in their senior year as part of their major program. Capstone experiences for the International Studies major include INST 422, INST 448-449, INST 452-453, 483-484, INST 493-494, and INST 496-498, and alternative experiences must be approved by the director of the International Studies Program before it will count as a capstone experience.

2. Foreign Study/Travel Requirement

Students must complete a study abroad experience approved by the International Studies Council. The preferred model is a semester/year abroad. A January term travel course or immersion in a distinct culture within the United States may be substituted with the approval of the director of the International Studies Program. A "distinct" culture is defined as being significantly different from the student's own. Satisfactory completion of this requirement will be acknowledged on the student's transcript as authorized by the director of the International Studies Program.

Students are encouraged to apply for admission into any of the current college-sanctioned study abroad programs (semester or year-long experiences). They may also satisfy this requirement by participating in programs organized by other colleges and universities with the prior approval of the director of the International Studies Program.

Three general conditions govern the acceptability of a January-term travel course for the International Studies Program. First, there must be an inherent reason for the course to travel. Second, the course must include a series of organized activities that facilitate direct contact with a distinct culture and its peoples. This series of activities must represent a significant portion of the course and resulting grade. Third, students must construct a daily journal of their activities. This journal must be made available to the course instructor(s) for evaluation.

3. The Concentrations

Two concentrations are available; Culture & Society or International Relations. The international relations concentration must include an emphasis in either political science or economics/business.

Concentration in Culture & Society

The student and area advisor will develop an appropriate curriculum supporting the geographic area of study. Area advisors are members of the faculty with content expertise who will assist students in creating an appropriate mix of classes for their concentration. This concentration includes two courses drawn from literature, art history, religion, philosophy, film, and/or courses in "civilization"; two courses drawn from history, political science, sociology, psychology, and/or women's studies; and three related courses (not necessarily limited to the selected geographic area).

The following areas (regions) of study are currently available. Currently approved courses for each area are indicated with each area of study.

Students concentrating in the Middle East must successfully complete INST 100.

Africa and African Diaspora

ARTH 227; ENGL 272, 366; FLET 248/FREN 348; HIST 332, 333, 337, 338; INST/WMST 326; PSCI 328, 334; PSYC 160; SOCI 230, 360


ARTH 228, 235; ASTU/HIST 290; FLET 230, 231, 232; HIST 281, 391, 392, 394, 396, 397; JAPN 220, 221; PHIL 220; PSCI 335, 336; RELS 221, 227


ARTH 202, 223, 224; DRAM 342; ECON 383; ENGL 316, 321, 322, 362, 427, 441, 449; FLET 221, 222, 271, 272; FREN 252, 262, 337, 343, 345, 347; GERM 251, 261, 314, 315, 423; HIST 241, 242, 250, 347, 348, 371, 372, 375, 376, 380, 386, 387; INST 270; PHIL 252, 370, 412; PSCI 331, 332, 432; RELS 251, 336; SPAN 251, 323, 327, 352, 361

Middle East

ARTH 211, 235; EVST/INST 245; FLET 248/FREN 348; HIST 281, 282, 361, 365, 367; INST 252; PSCI 338; RELS 222, 227

Latin America and Caribbean

HIST 251; INST/WMST 282; INST/SOCI 331*, RELS 275; PSCI 333, 337; SPAN 252, 324, 344, 346. (*Note: INST/SOCI 331 can only count as a course in civilization or sociology.)

Additional electives may be included as appropriate with the approval of the area advisor. PHIL 270; PSYC 140, 165; RELS 222, SOCI 215, 320; and the courses listed in Groups A, B, and C from the Concentration in International Relations.

Concentration in International Relations

Students choosing the International Relations concentration must select an emphasis in either political science or economics/business. The Political Science Emphasis requires three courses in foreign and comparative government (Group A), two courses in international relations (Group B), and two courses in international economics and/or business (Group C).

The Economics/Business Emphasis requires ECON 202 and 323, three international economics and/or business courses (Group C), and two courses in political science, one of which must be foreign and comparative government (Group A and Group B).

Group A

Foreign and Comparative Government Courses - PSCI 331*, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339; POLS 3450*, 3456 (Wroxton College) (*Note: Students may earn credit for either PSCI 331 or POLS 3450, but not both.)

Group B

International Relations Courses – PSCI 320, 322, 326, 327, 328, 329, 423, 441; POLS 3454 (Wroxton College); FRN/PSCI 338, FRN/PSCI 360, FRN/PSCI 421 (the Sorbonne)

Group C

International Economics and/or Business Courses - ECON 380, 382, 383, BUSN 310**, 370; ECON 3022, IBUS 2201** (Wroxton College) (**Note: Students may earn credit for either BUSN 310 or IBUS 3450, but not both.)

4. Other Courses

With the permission of the director of the International Studies Program, students may substitute appropriate honors course, internships, independent study, selected topics, senior projects or courses taken as part of an overseas academic experience for courses on the international studies major.