Major

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. The Common Core

The core for the major consists of five courses – INST 261, 321 and 422; ECON 201; and one language conversation course above the intermediate (212 or 215) level where offered. (If one is not available, another course will be substituted with the approval of the director of the International Studies Program.)

Students who are unable to complete INST 422* (see core) may substitute INST 448/449, 452/453, 483/484, 493/494 or 496/498 with the approval of the director of the International Studies Program. *Note that MATH 111 or 113 is a prerequisite for INST 422.

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. Must choose a geographic area of study from the following and complete all requirements.

Africa and African Diaspora

  • Must complete two from the following: ARTH 227, ENGL 272, FILM 260, or FLET 248/FREN 448
  • Must complete two from the following: BLST/PSYC 160, HIST 332, 333, 337, 338, PSCI 334, PSYC 180, SOCI 260 or 330.

Asia

  • Must complete two from the following: ARTH 228, 235, ASTU 261, 262, 281, 290, 390, CHIN/FLET 231, FILM/JAPN 292, JAPN 220, 221, PHIL 220, 343, PSCI 335, PELS 221, 223, 225, 227, 228, or 248;
  • Must complete two from the following: HIST 281, 396, 397, JAPN 294, 295, PSCI 330, or 335.

Europe

  • Must complete two from the following: ARTH 202, 221, 222, 223, 224, ECON 383, ENGL 322, 351, 352, 356, or 361, FILM 228, FLET 225, 229, FLET/GERM 221, 222, 227, FLET 271/FREN 471, FLET 272/FREN 472, FREN 256, 261, 275, 351, 356, 366, 435, 437, 443, 445, 472, GERM 251, 261, 314, 315, PHIL 252, 370, 371, RELS 240, 243, 251, 336, SPAN 351, 371, 372, 452, 453, 456, 458, or THEA 220 or 342;
  • Must complete two from the following: HIST 241, 242, 245, 246, 354, 355, 372, 387, HIST/WMST 250, 356, INST 270, POLS 3450, PSCI 331, or 332, SPAN 373.

Middle East

  • Must complete two from the following: ARTH/CLAS 211, ARTH 235, EVST/INST 245, FILM 254, FLET 248/FREN 448, RELS 222, 227, or 331;
  • Must complete two from the following: HIST 281, 282, 361, 367, or PSCI 338.

Latin America and Caribbean

  • Must complete two from the following: INST/SOCI 331*, FLET 246, 251, RELS 275, SPAN 356, 357, 376, 462, 464, or 467;
  • Must complete two from the following: HIST 251, 252, 319, INST/SOCI 331*, INST/WMST 282, 326, PSCI 333, 336, or 337, SPAN 376. (*Note: INST/SOCI 331 may be used to satisfy one requirement, not both.)

Regardless of geographic area chosen, must complete three approved additional related courses, not necessarily limited to the selected geographic area.

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 in addition to the core courses: three courses in foreign and comparative government, two courses in international relations, and two courses in international economics and/or business.

The Economics/Business Emphasis requires in addition to the core courses: ECON 202 and 323, three international economics and/or business courses, and two courses in political science, one of which must be foreign and comparative government.

Political Science Emphasis

  • Must complete three from the following Foreign and Comparative Government courses: POLS 3450, PSCI 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, or 339;
  • Must complete two from the following International Relations courses: PSCI 320, 322, 326, 327, 423, or 441;
  • Must complete two from the following International Economics and/or Business courses: ECON 380, 382, BUSN/ECON 383, BUSN 310, or 370.

Economics/Business Emphasis

  • Must complete ECON 202 and 323;
  • Must complete three from the international economics and/or following business courses: ECON 380, 382, 383, BUSN 310, or 370;
  • Must complete at least one (but may complete two) from the following foreign and comparative government course from the following international relations courses: PSCI 320, 322, 326, 327, 423, or 441.

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.