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Curriculum

The International Studies Program trains scholar-practitioners to work effectively with the major cultural, political, and economic issues of our time.  The course of study is anchored in the critical and creative investigation and practice of development, human rights and global cooperation. 

See below for the course requirements for:

  • B.A. in International Studies

    International Studies Core 12
    IS 112 Globalizations of the Past and Present 3
    IS 116 Power: Conflict and Diplomacy 3
    IS 118 Contemporary Global Issues 3
    IS 218 Making the Modern World 3
       
    Directed Research Project 6
    IS 314 Ethography or IS 371 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
    IS 479 Senior Thesis 3
       
    Global Engagement (Choose 1) 3
    IS 298/398/498 Internship 3
    PHR 336 Playing Politics 3
    Study Abroad Course 3
       
    Regional Concentrations (Choose 2) 6
    HIST 238 Modern China or IS 374 History of the Peoples Republic of China 3
    IS 243 Africa: Colonization and Globalization 3
    IS 247 Modern South Asia 3
    IS 3XX Latin America: Politics, Identity and History 3
    IS 309 Europe: Politics, Citizenship and History 3
    IS 337 Russia: From Peter the Great to Putin 3
    IS 346 Middle East: Politics, Identity and History 3
       
    Language  6

    Students are required to complete two college-level courses in a foreign language, unless comparable proficiency is demonstrated. Study abroad is highly recommended.

     
       
    Upper Level Perspectives (Choose 6)  18
    Please see separate list below  
    *at least one from each perspective, three must be at 300-level  
  • International Studies Upper Level Perspectives

    Upper Level Perspectives (Choose 6) 18
    *at least one from each perspective, three must be at 300-level  
    Governance, Security, and Diplomacy  
    IS 231 Comparative Politics 3
    IS 3XX Diplomacy 3
    IS 3XX Ethics of War 3
    IS 315 International Law 3
    IS 324 United Nations: History, Theory and Practice 3
    IS 327 American Foreign Relations 3
    IS 329 National, Regionalisms, Globalisms 3
    IS 356 War and Peace 3
    IS 477 International Institutions 3
    PS 311 Democracy and its Critics 3
    PS 334 Conservative Political Thought 3
       
    Human Rights, Development, and Global Change  
    BUS 351 International Business 3
    ECO 210 Macro-Economics 3
    EWL 215 Literature and Human Rights 3
    IS 306 Development and Global Change 3
    IS 310 Theories of Human Rights 3
    IS 317 International Economics 3
    IS 318 Global Sustainability 3
    IS 334 Gender and Development 3
    IS XXX Global Cities 3
    RS 352 Religion and Social Justice       3
       
    Culture and Identity  
    AIP 301 Ghost Stories and Fox Tails 3
    ART 240 Survey of Asian Art 3
    ART 250 Survey of Western Art I 3
    ART 252 Survey of Western Art II 3
    ART 269 Art of Africa and Oceania 3
    DANC 307 Contemporary Dance in a Global Context 3
    HIST 372 Women and Family in Chinese History 3
       
    World Literatures (Choose up to 2)  
    EWL 110 Reading World Literature I 3
    EWL 112 World Literature in Context 3
    EWL 115 Reading World Literature II 3
    EWL 120 Themes in World Literature 3
    EWL 225 Global Modernisms 3
    EWL 304 Global Media Studies 3
    EWL 306 Literature of the Pacific 3
    EWL 308 Trauma in Literature and Film 3
    EWL 316 Latino Literature 3
    EWL 324 World Drama 3
    EWL 327 Literature and Film of the Global Portuguese Empire 3
    EWL 329 Reading the Contemporary Caribbean 3
    EWL 331 Literature and Revolution 3
    EWL 347 Contemporary Latin American Fiction 3
    EWL 353 Modern European Fiction 3
    EWL 357 Contemporary World Cinema 3
    EWL 359 Contemporary Anglophone Fiction 3
    EWL 360 Hispanic Women Writers 3
    EWL 365 Reading Contemporary Africa 3
    EWL 420 Contemporary India Seminar 3
       
    World Religions (Choose up to 2)  
    RS 115 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam 3
    RS 120 Introduction to the Religions of Asia 3
    RS 200 World’s Major Religious Texts 3
    RS 320 Islam 3
    RS 321 Christianity 3
    RS 324 Mysticism: East and West 3
    RS 332 Judaism 3
    RS 337 Buddhism 3
    RS 339 Hinduism 3
    RS 228 Religion and Gender 3
    RS 326 Religion, Race and Ethnicity 3
    RS 344 The Extremes of Religion 3
  • Minor in International Studies

    Minor in International Studies

    Total Credits: 18

    IS/ECO Core:  (12)
    IS/PS 109 International Relations 3
    IS/ECO 150 Economy, Society and the State                                       
    OR IS/ECO 210 Macroeconomics
    3
    IS/PS 231 Comparative Politics 3
    IS/ECO 214 Global Economy 3
    IS Electives:  (6)
    Any two IS courses at the 300 level 6
    Total Credits: 18
  • Minor in Asian Studies

    Minor in Asian Studies

    Total Credits: 18

    Required (6) 
    HIST/IS 232 East Asian Civilizations 3
    RS 120 Introduction to Asian Religions 3
    Four of the following, two of which must be 300-level or
    above and two of which must be from non-IS disciplines
    (12)
    HIST/IS 237 Modern East Asia 3
    HIST/IS 238 Modern China 3
    HIST/IS 239 Modern Japan 3
    ART 270 Survey of Asian Art 3
    RS 326 Buddhism 3
    RS 327 Hinduism 3
    PHIL 328 Chinese Philosophy 3
    PHIL 329 Indian Philosophy 3
    HIST/IS 372 Women and Family in Chinese History 3
    HIST/IS 374 History of People’s Republic of China 3
    THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Asian Theatre 3
    THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Japanese Theatre 3
    AIP 302 Chinese Culture Through Fiction and Drama 3
    AIP 301 Ghost Stories and Fox Tales in Chinese Culture 3
    EWL 420 Reading Contemporary India 3
    Total Credits: 18