Course Offerings | International Studies

Division of Social Studies

Nayef Samhat (chair), Richard Bradshaw, Robert Brownlee, Michael Hamm, Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, Clarence Wyatt; students: Davis Cherry, Lauren Van Horn



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 Regional Studies, in which students may focus their learning on a specific region 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 need to take ECO 220; ECO 210 is recommended.


Recommended Freshman-Sophomore Preparation

HIS 11, HIS 12, ECO 11, GOV 11;
GOV 24, ECO 22, REL 29;
Language through 18.


Requirements for the Major

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 major. Upon program committee approval, a student may fulfill a specific core requirement with a course not listed under that requirement.

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

Politics
GOV 260 Introduction to International Relations;

Economics
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems or ECO 420 International Trade or GOV 370/PEC 451 International Political Economy;

History
HIS 120 Development of the Modern World-II;

American Foreign Policy
GOV 363 American Foreign Policy or HIS 360 American Diplomatic History;

International Institutions
GOV 360 International Institutions or 361 International Law or 362 International Organization. Students with an area of concentration in European Regional Studies may use GOV 450 Comparative Legal Systems to fufill this requirement;

Religion
REL 130 World Religions or HIS 110 Development of the Modern World-I;

Senior Seminar
IST 500 Senior Seminar


Area of Concentration

Students must pursue one of three concentrations in the international studies major. 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.

1. International Relations: Courses that permit students to pursue a generalist approach to international studies from the disciplines of history, economics and government.

2. Regional Specialization: Courses that emphasize the history, politics and culture of a particular region. In this concentration students will take four courses within a specific region.

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


Concentration requirements

1. A minimum of four courses within a concentration must be taken. Upon program faculty approval, students may substitute a course not listed in the concentration.

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.


International Relations

Economics
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 360 Economic Development
ECO 420 International Trade
ECO 460 International Finance

Government
GOV 363 American Foreign Policy
GOV 341 Latin American Politics.
GOV 342 Politics of the Near East and South Asia
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
GOV 370/PEC 451 International Political Economy
GOV 351 Women and Development
GOV 343 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
GOV 340 European Political Systems
GOV 360 International Institutions
GOV 361 International Law
GOV 362 International Organization

History
HIS 332 Modern China
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 360 American Diplomatic History
HIS 352 Modern Africa
HIS 351 History of Central Africa
HIS 310 Europe from 1945 to the Present
HIS 331 The Soviet Union & Its Successors
HIS 334/362 Vietnam


Regional Studies

Latin America
GOV 341 Latin American political Systems
HIS 369 History of Mexico
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
ECO 360 Economic Development
ANT 392 Peoples of South America
Approved courses from the Spanish program
Approved study abroad courses

Africa
GOV 343 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
GOV 351 Women and Development
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
ECO 360 Economic Development
HIS 351 History of Central Africa
HIS 352 Modern Africa
ANT 395 Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa
Approved study abroad courses

Near East and South Asia
GOV 342 Politics of the Near East and South Asia
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
ECO 360 Economic Development
HIS 354 Gandhi
REL 332 Islam
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
Approved study abroad courses

East Asia*
HIS 332 Modern China
HIS 333 Japanese History
HIS 334/362 Vietnam
REL 338 Buddhist Thought

* This specialization must be completed through study abroad in Japan or an alternative Centre approved program

Europe
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
GOV 340 European Politics
HIS 310 Europe from 1945 to the Present
HIS 331 The Soviet Union & Its Successors
Approved courses from the French, German or Spanish programs
Approved study abroad courses


Development Studies

Anthropology
ANT 320 The Anthropology of Tourism
ANT 330 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANT 394 Peoples of the Middle East and North Africa
ANT 395 Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa

Economics
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 360 Economic Development

Government
GOV 341 Latin American Politics
GOV 342 Politics of the Near East and South Asia
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
GOV 351 Women and Development

History
HIS 332 Modern China
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 352 Modern Africa
HIS 351 History of Central Africa

Religion
REL 344 Religion and Violence


Approved study abroad courses


Requirements for the Minor

HIS 120, GOV 260, REL 130 and four courses from the International Relations Concentration. One course must come from each of the following disciplines: government, history, and economics.


International Relations Courses

The International Studies Program offers one course under the IST rubric: IST 500 Senior Seminar. As noted above, this interdisciplinary major combines courses from other programs in developing its major and minor requirements.