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International Studies View this department's website

The International Studies major is offered through an interdisciplinary program which integrates social, economic, political, geographic, and historical perspectives in the examination of the dramatic trends toward increased interdependence among nations. It seeks to develop an awareness of the fact that many problems or issues which have been regarded as primarily domestic can no longer be understood or resolved without consideration of the global context.

The program also aims to provide majors with a recognition of the importance of cultural diversity, through grounding in a specific foreign culture and language, as an essential complement to the international courses in the curriculum. To facilitate achieving these objectives, the curriculum is divided into three complementary components: a Global Context, a Regional Focus, and a Cultural Emphasis.

The International Studies major is prepared to enter graduate training in various fields of international relations and area specialization. Careers in international business and government are often sought as well as careers in teaching, journalism and related fields. The major is good preparation for entry into law school.

Requirements for the International Studies Major (11-11.5 Credits)

Global Context (4)

Regional Focus: Europe (3)

  • ECON 352 The Economics of Developing Countries (1)
  • HIST 116 (TH) Western Civilization Since 1650 (1)
  • POLI 216 (US) Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies (1) or
  • POLI 370 Europe and the International System (1)

Cultural Emphasis (4)

Britain

  • ENGL 117 (IT) Topics in British Literature (1)
  • ENGL 302 (W) History of the English Language (1)
  • ENGL 372 Modernism in Britain and America (1)
  • HIST 254 20th-Century Europe (1) or
  • HIST 371 History of Modern England (1)

France

  • FREN 331 French Composition and Discussion (1)
  • FREN 333 History of French Civilization (1)
  • FREN 430 Introduction to French Thought (1) or
  • HIST 254 Twentieth-Century Europe (1) or
  • HIST 373 History of Modern France (1)

Germany

  • GERM 331 (W) German Composition and Discussion (1)
  • GERM 333 Contemporary German Culture (1)
  • GERM 430 History of German Thought
  • HIST 254 Twentieth-Century Europe (1) or
  • HIST 390 (W; 4th Sem Lang Req) Germany from Bismarck to Hitler (1) or
  • HIST 391 (4th Sem Lang Req) Germany Since 1945 (1)

Russia (4.5)

  • RUSS 233 (W; TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Russian Culture: Russian Ways and Views of Russia (1) or
  • RUSS 320 (W; IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Introduction to Russian Literature in Translation (1) or
  • RUSS 325 (IT) Topics in Russian Literature(1)
  • RUSS 331 Russian Composition and Discussion (1)
  • RUSS 333 Russian Civilization and Culture (1)
  • RUSS 370 Introduction to Russian Literature (1)
  • HIST 254 Twentieth-Century Europe (1) or
  • HIST 372 History of Modern Russia (1)

Spain

  • SPAN 331 (W) Spanish Composition and Discussion (1)
  • SPAN 335 (TH) Cultural Institutions of Spain (1)
  • SPAN 430 History of Hispanic Thought (1) or
  • SPAN 432 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature (1) or
  • SPAN 434 Literature of the Golden Age (1) or
  • SPAN 438 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (1) or
  • SPAN 441 Contemporary Novel and Short Story of Spain (1)
  • HIST 254 Twentieth-Century Europe (1)

Regional Focus/Cultural Emphasis: Latin America (7)

  • ECON 352 The Economics of Developing Countries (1)
  • HIST 116 (TH) Western Civilization Since 1650 (1)
  • POLI 362 Latin American Politics (1) or
  • POLI 375 (W)Latin America and the International System (1)
  • SPAN 331 (W) Spanish Composition and Discussion (1)
  • SPAN 333 (TH) Hispanic Civilization (1)
  • SPAN 430 History of Hispanic Thought (1)
  • HIST 256 Colonial Latin America (1) or
  • HIST 258 (4th Sem Lang Req) Modern Latin America (1) or
  • LAS 350 (IT; TH) Mesoamerican Civilizations (1)

Regional Focus: East Asia (3)

  • ECON 351 Comparative Economic Systems (1) or
  • ECON 352 The Economics of Developing Countries (1)
  • HIST 117 East Asian Civilization to 1800 (1) or
  • HIST 118 East Asia Civilization Since 1800 (1)
  • ANTH 233 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Asia (1) or
  • POLI 374 Asia and the International System (1)

Cultural Emphasis (4)

One Course from the following: (1)

  • ARTH 213 (IT; TH) History of the Art of China (1)
  • ARTH 214 (IT; TH) History of the Art of Japan (1)
  • HIST 445 Postwar Japan (1)
  • JAPN 314 (IT; W; 4th Sem Lange Req) Japanese Literature in Translation (1)
  • JAPN 340 Topics in Japanese Literature and Film (1) 
  • REL 135 Religions of Asia (1)

Three Japan courses or three China courses (3)

Japan

  • HIST 381 (TH) History of Modern Japan (1)
  • JAPN 201 (W) Modern Japanese Society and Culture (1)
  • JAPN 331 or 332 Third Year Japanese I or II (1)

China

  • CHNSE 331 or 332 Third Year Chinese I or II (1)
  • HIST 282 (TH) Twentieth-Century China: The Search for Modernity (1)
  • HIST 383 Mao's China 1949-1979 (1)

Faculty

  • Michael Marks, Associate Professor, Politics, Chair
  • Suresht R. Bald, Professor, Politics
  • María Blanco-Arnejo, Associate Professor, Spanish
  • Mark Conliffe, Associate Professor, Russian
  • Robert C. Dash, Professor, Politics
  • Gaetano DeLeonibus, Associate Professor, French
  • Rebecca J. Dobkins, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Carol Doolittle, Professor, Sociology
  • William E. Duvall, Professor, E. Jerry Whipple Professor of History
  • Peter Eilers, Professor, Earth Science
  • Ludwig M. Fischer, Professor, German
  • Miho Fujiwara, Assistant Professor, Japanese
  • Christine A. Gentzkow, Associate Professor, German
  • Francoise A. Goeury-Richardson, Professor, French
  • James S. Hanson, Professor, Economics
  • Stephen C. Hey, Professor, Sociology
  • Thomas H. Hibbard, Professor, Economics
  • Paul W. Howard, Assistant Professor, History
  • Ronald P. Loftus, Professor, Japanese and History
  • Pamela Moro, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • April Overstreet, Assistant Professor, Spanish
  • William Smaldone, Professor, History
  • John F. Uggen, Professor, Spanish
  • Patricia Varas, Associate Professor, Spanish

Course Listings

INTST 499 (W) Seminar in International Studies (1)

Interdisciplinary examination of international issues with emphasis on global interdependence.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: Senior standing, completion of POLI 214, ERTH 230 and ECON 353

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff