Marymount Manhattan

What You’ll Learn

The International Studies Program is anchored in the critical investigation and practice of human rights and development. Students engage with cross-cultural perspectives to analyze and evaluate contemporary issues from a global viewpoint. 

Major International Studies: 51 Credits

General Education: 42 Credits
Major: 51 Credits
Elective Credits: 27 Credits

Learning Goals for the Major in International Studies

Upon completing the major in international studies, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of global politics, economics and history.
  • Demonstrate a cross cultural understanding and be able to analyze and evaluate contemporary issues from a global perspective.
  • Have an understanding of international institutions and their role in the world.
  • Demonstrate an ability to write well and conduct research.

The curriculum is built around core courses that examine the dynamics and institutions of the global economy and international politics, as well as the historical origins of the global system. These core courses are supplemented with study in geography, history, sociology, and foreign languages, as well as courses that explore the cultural dimensions of human communities.

Advanced coursework focuses on issues such as international law, food security, conflict resolution, gender and development, war and peace, and area studies in each world region – leading to the senior thesis where students conduct original research.


Social Science Core:  
IS 207 World Geography 3
HIST/IS 218 Making of the Modern World
OR SOC 330 Great Social Thinkers
International Studies Core:  
IS/PS 109 International Relations 3
IS/ECO 150 Economy, Society and the State
OR IS/ECO 210 Macroeconomics
IS/PS 231 Comparative Politics 3
IS/ECO 214 Global Economy 3
IS 479 International Studies Seminar 3
Six of the following: (18)
IS 311 Democracy and Its Critics 3
IS 305 Politics of Developing Nations 3
IS/ECO 306 Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment
IS/PS 307 Government and Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe
IS/HIST 309 Twentieth Century Europe 3
IS 313 Global Issues: Conflict Resolution 3
IS/PS 315 International Law 3
IS/ECO 317 International Economics 3
IS 343 Population and Development 3
IS/ECO 334 Gender and Development 3
IS/HIST 346 The Middle East in the 20th Century 3
IS/ECO 350 Comparative Economics 3
IS/PS 356 War and Peace 3
IS/HIST 372 Women and Family in Chinese History 3
IS/HIST 374 History of the People’s Republic of China 3
Foreign Language 12
Students are required to complete four college-level courses (through intermediate level II) in a foreign language, unless comparable proficiency is demonstrated. Internships are highly recommended.
Total Credits 51

Faces of MMC

  • Alvin Young

    Class of 2013, Major in History and International Studies

  • Joseph Liner

    Class of 2013, Major in International Studies

  • Kiley Griffith

    Class of 2013, Major in Dance and International Studies

  • Raghib Allie-Brennan

    Class of 2013, Major in International Studies

  • Katelyn Sives

    Class of 2013, Major in International Studies

  • Cathryn Adams

    Class of 2012, Major in International Studies

  • Alexandra Devaris

    Class of 2012, Major in International Studies, Minor in Environmental Studies

  • Bridget Gormley

    Class of 2013, Major in International Studies