Course Offerings | International Studies

Division of Social Studies

Lori Hartmann-Mahmud (chair fall term), Nayef Samhat (chair CentreTerm and spring term), Richard Bradshaw, Michael Hamm, Andrei Maximenko, Clarence Wyatt; students: Shaina Peterson, Alexandrea Tuttle



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 need to take ECO 220; ECO 210 is recommended.

Recommended Freshman-Sophomore Preparation

HIS 110, HIS 120, ECO 110, GOV 110;
GOV 260, ECO 220, REL 130;
Language through 220.


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 majors. 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 361 International Law or 362 International Organization. Students with an area of concentration in
International Relations or Comparative Studies may use GOV 461 The Construction of Europe to fulfill 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. Comparative Studies: Courses that empha
size 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.

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.

The following lists of courses fulfilling concentration requirements reflects only the most recent course offer
ings at the College. Students may consult program faculty for a comprehensive list of courses fulfilling concentration requirements.

International Relations

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

Government
GOV 340
European Political systems
GOV 341 Latin American Politics
GOV 343 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
GOV 344 Politics of the Mi
ddle East
GOV 351 Women and Development
GOV 361 International Law
GOV 362 International Organization
GOV 363 American Foreign Policy
GOV 365 Russian Foreign Policy
GOV 370/PEC 451 International Political Economy
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
GOV 372 Comparative Environmental Governance
GOV 444 Politics of the Former Soviet Union
GOV 445 The French Regime in Comparative Perspective
GOV 446 France Inside Out
GOV 451 British Politics
GOV 461 The Construction of Europe
GOV 462 Multilateralism & Unilateralism in International Relations
GOV 463 International Security Diplomacy

History
HIS 310 Europe from 1945 to the Present
HIS 331 The Soviet Union & Its Successors

HIS 334/362 Vietnam
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 336 Japan and the World
HIS 337 Modern Japan and China
HIS 353 African Lives
HIS 358 Modern India
HIS 360 American Diplomatic History
HIS 369 History of Mexico

Other Courses
ANT 326 Islam and the Media
ANT 345 South East Asia
FRE 251/350 Contemporary
French Culture
REL 454 Religion & Human Rights in a Global Society
REL 457 Civil Society and Sustainable Development

Comparative Studies

Anthropology
ANT
321 Anthropology of Development
ANT 345 South East Asia


Economics
ECO 252/4
57 The Economics of Tourism and Sustainable Development
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 360 Economic Development

Government
GOV 340 European Politics
GOV 341 Latin American
Political Systems
GOV 343 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
GOV 344 Politics of the Mi
ddle East
GOV 351 Women and Development
GOV 365 Russian Foreign Policy
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
GOV 372 Comparative Environmental Governance
GOV 44
3 India in Transition
GOV 444 Politics of the Former Soviet Union
GOV 445 The French Regime in Comparative Perspective
GOV 446 France Inside Out
GOV 451 British Politics
GOV 4
61 The Construction of Europe

History
HIS 310 Europe from 1945 to the Present
HIS 326/403 Gender in Western Society
HIS 331 The Soviet Union & Its Successors
HIS 334/362 Vietnam
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 336 Japan and the World
HIS 337 Modern Japan and China
HIS 353 African Lives
HIS 35
8 Modern India
HIS 369 History of Mexico

Other Courses
FRE 251/350 Contemporary French Culture
GER 350 German Cultural Geography
REL 338 Buddhist Thought
REL 457 Civil Society and sustainable Development
SOC 393 Mexican Society and History
SPA 260 Spanish Culture-I (Spain)
SPA 270 Spanish Culture-II (Spanish America)
SPA 457 Nicaragua After the Revolution
Approved courses from the French, German or Spanish programs
Approved study abroad courses

Development Studies

Anthropology
ANT 320 The Anthropology of Tourism
ANT 321 Anthropology of Development
ANT 345 South East Asia

Economics
ECO 252/4
57 The Economics of Tourism and Sustainable Development
ECO 310 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 360 Economic Development

Government
GOV 341 Latin American Politics
GOV 343 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
GOV 344 Politics of the Mi
ddle East
GOV 351 Women and Development
GOV 371/PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
GOV 44
3 India in Transition
GOV 446 France Inside Out

History
HIS 334 Vietnam
HIS 335 Middle Eastern Civilization
HIS 337 Modern Japan and China
HIS 353 African Lives
HIS 35
8 Modern India
HIS 369 History of Mexico

Other Courses
ENG 235 Third World Women Writers
REL 344 Religion and Violence
REL 457 Civil Society and Sustainable Development
SOC 393 Mexican Society and History
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 Studies Courses

As noted above, this interdisciplinary major combines courses from other programs in developing most of its major and minor requirements.

IST 450 International Issues in Development
An examination of some of the most pressing issues facing the developing world in the 21st century. A brief overlook of the historical and contemporary experiences of the Yucatan and Mexico provides the contextual framework for a broader examination of Latin American development. Development is considered from both a theoretical and practical perspective, taking as points of departure the March 2002 UN summit on poverty hosted by Mexico, the war on drugs and the war on terrorism. Issues examined include democratization, globalization versus localization, change versus development, transnationalization, free trade, NAFTA, poverty, privatization, neoliberalism, regional and ethnic autonomy, cultural difference, violence, environmental politics, time-space compression, and gender. Links between medias of communication and changing modes of production and consumption are considered. Conducted in Mexico.

IST 500 Senior Seminar


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