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International Studies

Division of Social Studies


In the early stages of the twenty-first century it is evident that forces of globalization have ushered in an era of rapid change in the international system. The economic, political, cultural, and social spheres of global life are becoming reconfigured in order to adapt to and reconcile these forces. The study of the international, then, is about comprehending how actors and institutions at the global and local level come to terms with forces of change. The interdisciplinary major in International Studies is designed to offer students the opportunity to engage these processes by developing a common body of knowledge in a set of core courses, and then encouraging their explorations through one of several paths in the form of area concentrations. The concentrations include International Relations, which is designed for students seeking a broad understanding of the historical, political and economic processes that influence world affairs; Development Studies, is a concentration that examines the dilemmas of economic, social and political transformation around the world; and Comparative Studies, in which students may focus their learning on a specific region or regions of the world. In all instances, the program faculty strongly encourage students to study abroad as an essential element of their intellectual experience.

The International Studies Program’s commitment to a liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursing careers in business, journalism, politics, or law in the international arena. The major also assists students in meeting the requirements of leading graduate programs in diplomacy, international relations, business, politics, and public policy.

Majors are strongly urged to minor in a language or take two languages through the intermediate level. Students interested in graduate school programs in international relations should take ECO 220.

Faculty

Lori Hartmann-Mahmud (chair), Dina Badie, Robert Bosco, Michael Hamm, Clarence Wyatt


Students

Elizabeth Alexander, Alcina Tran

Recommended First-Year/Sophomore Preparation

ECO 110, ECO 210, ECO 220, HIS 110, HIS 120, POL 130, POL 260, REL 130 or 150;
Language through 220

Requirements for the Major

NOTE: The following list of major requirements applies to students entering in fall 2012 and after. Students graduating in 2014 and 2015 are subject to the requirements as listed in 2012-2013 catalog.

Core Requirements
The core requirement of the major is intended to expose students to the essential topics in an interdisciplinary international studies program and to provide a common foundation for all majors. Upon program committee approval, a student may fulfill a specific core requirement with a course not listed under that requirement.

Language
CHN 220 Intermediate-II or FRE 220 Intermediate-II or GER 220 Images of History and Civilization or JPN 220 Intermediate-II or SPA 220 Intermediate-II or equivalent

Politics
POL 260

Economics
ECO 110 and ECO 210

History
HIS 120

American Foreign Policy
POL 363 or HIS 360

International Politics
Two of POL 361, 362, 364, 370, 371

Regional Politics
One of POL 340, 341, 343, 344, 346

Senior Seminar
IST 500

Concentration Requirements
1. Students must take four courses from one of three ares of concentration (International Relations, Comparative Studies, or Development Studies). Students will consult with an international studies program faculty advisor to select courses within a concentration based on the predicted schedule of course offerings over a two-year period.
2. No more than two courses from a single discipline may be applied to the concentration requirement.
3. Courses taken to satisfy core requirements may not be applied against the concentration requirements.
4. Upon approval by the program faculty, up to two courses taken while studying abroad in a Centre sponsored or approved program may be applied toward the four-course area concentration requirement.

Concentration Descriptions
International Relations: Courses that permit students to pursue a generalist approach to international studies from the disciplines of history, economics, religion and politics.

Comparative Studies: Courses that emphasize the history, politics and culture of particular regions. In this concentration students will take four courses that focus on one (or more than one) region(s) of the world.

Development Studies: Courses that explore the political, social and economic characteristics of states regarded as developing politically or economically.

Concentration Courses


International Relations

Economics
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 335 Economic Growth
ECO 360 Economic Development
ECO 365 Sustainability
ECO 420 International Trade
ECO 460 International Finance

Politics
POL 351 Women and Development
POL 361 International Law
POL 362 International Organization
POL 363 American Foreign Policy
POL 364 National and International Security
POL 370 International Political Economy
POL 371 Political Economy of Development
POL 405 Politics of the Information Age
POL 445 Current European Union Problems
POL 455 Personality and Power
POL 461 The Construction of Europe
POL 464 Religion and International Politics
POL 465 International Migration

History
HIS 310 Europe from Hitler to the Present
HIS 330 Eastern Europe from Prehistory to Postcommunism
HIS 331 The Soviet Union and Its Successors
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 360 American Diplomatic History
HIS 377 Modern Latin America
HIS 388 Lawyers, Guns and Money
HIS 431 Africa in Flim, Music and Media

Other Courses
GLC 210 Intro to Global Commerce
REL 130 Eastern Religious Traditions or REL 150 Western Religious Traditions (not both)
REL 332 Islam
REL 336 Reading and Ritual in Hinduism
REL 430 Introduction to World Buddhism

Comparative Studies

Economics
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 335 Economic Growth
ECO 360 Economic Development
ECO 365 Sustainability

Politics
POL 340 European Politics
POL 341 Latin American Political Systems
POL 343 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
POL 344 Politics of the Middle East
POL 346 East Asian Politics
POL 351 Women and Development
POL 371 Political Economy of Development
POL 441 African Politics/Civil Society: Case of Cameroon
POL 445 Current European Union Problems
POL 446 France Inside Out
POL 451 British Politics
POL 461 The Construction of Europe
POL 464 Religion and International Politics

History
HIS 310 Europe from Hitler to the Present
HIS 311 Modern France
HIS 330 Eastern Europe from Prehistory to Postcommunism
HIS 331 The Soviet Union and Its Successors
HIS 332 Modern China
HIS 334/383 Vietnam
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 337 Modern Japan and China
HIS 353 African Lives
HIS 377 Modern Latin America
HIS 431 Africa in Flim, Music and Media
HIS 465 Latin America at the Movies

Other Courses
AAS 210 Music and Culture of the African Diaspora
ASN 210 Introduction to Asia
EUR 300 Introduction to European Studies
FRE 251/350 Contemporary French Culture
GER 350 German Cultural Geography
HUM 240/CHN 150 Contemporary Chinese Culture
LAS 210 Intro to Latin American Studies
REL 130 Eastern Religious Traditions or REL 150 Western Religious Traditions (not both)
REL 332 Islam
REL 336 Reading and Ritual in Hinduism
REL 347 Liberation Theologies
REL 430 Introduction to World Buddhism
SPA 260, 270 Spanish Culture, Spanish American Culture
SPA 261, 271 Spanish Culture Abroad, Spanish American Culture Abroad
SPA 305 Language and Culture of Catalunya

Development Studies

Economics
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 335 Economic Growth
ECO 360 Economic Development
ECO 365 Sustainability
ECO 420 International Trade

Politics
POL 341 Latin American Politics
POL 343 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
POL 344 Politics of the Middle East
POL 351 Women and Development
POL 371 Political Economy of Development
POL 441 African Politics/Civil Society: Case of Cameroon
POL 464 Religional and International Politics
POL 465 International Migration

History
HIS 332 Modern China
HIS 334/383 Vietnam
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 337 Modern Japan and China
HIS 353 African Lives
HIS 377 Modern Latin America
HIS 388 Lawyers, Guns and Money
HIS 431 Africa in Film, Music and Media

Other Courses
ANT 320 THe Anthropology of Tourism
ASN 210 Introduction to Asia
HUM 240/CHN 150 Contemporary Chinese Culture
LAS 210 Intro to Latin Amercan Studies
REL 130 Eastern Religious Traditions or REL 150 Western Religious Traditions (not both)
REL 332 Islam
REL 336 Reading and Ritual in Hinduism
REL 344 Religion and Violence
REL 347 Liberation Theologies
REL 430 Introduction to World Buddhism
SPA 270/271 Spanish American Culture, Spanish American Culture Abroad

Requirements for the Minor

HIS 120, POL 260, one of POL 340-349 (courses in regional politics), and four courses from the International Relations Concentration. One course must come from each of three of the following disciplines: history, politics and religion.
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International Studies Courses
With the exception of IST 500, this interdisciplinary major combines courses from other programs in developing its major and minor requirements.

IST 500 Senior Seminar