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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.

Students who major in International Studies have the opportunity to pursue a course of study that focuses on a particular aspect of global affairs. Examples of topical focuses might include (but are not limited to) subjects such as international economics and trade, international security, foreign aid and development issues, globalization, international cultural institutions, religion in world affairs, European history and politics, Latin American society, and Asian culture and religion. Each student, in consultation with his or her major advisor, prepares a unique course of study that integrates the various disciplinary perspectives in the major into an individually designed topical focus.

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)

Core courses (4)

Courses with a foreign language prefix (3)

All majors are required to complete three credits with a foreign language prefix (in the same language). Required courses within each individual language group are as follows:

Chinese

  • CHNSE 252 (US) Rites of Passage in Chinese Societies (1)
  • CHNSE 331 (IT) Advanced Chinese: Reading the Media (1)
  • CHNSE 332 (IT) Advanced Chinese: Reading the Humanities (1)

French

  • FREN 331 French Composition and Discussion (1)
  • FREN 333 History of French Civilization (1)
  • FREN 430 Introduction to French Thought (1) or
  • FREN 436 Francophone Literature (1) or
  • FREN 437 Female Voices in African Literature and Film (1) or
  • FREN 440 Quebecois Literature and Cinema (1)

German

  • GERM 331 (W) German Composition and Discussion (1)
  • GERM 333 Contemporary German Culture (1)
  • Any other 300 or 400 level German course (must be taught in German)

Japanese

  • JAPN 201 (W) Modern Japanese Society and Culture (1)
  • JAPN 314 (IT; W; 4th Sem Lange Req) Japanese Literature in Translation (1)
  • JAPN 331 Third Year Japanese I (1)
  • JAPN 332 Third Year Japanese II (1)

Russian

Students will choose three courses from the following:

  • 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 490 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

Spanish

  • SPAN 331 (W) Spanish Composition and Discussion (1)
  • SPAN 333 (TH) Hispanic Civilization or
  • SPAN 335 (TH) Cultural Institutions of Spain (1)
  • Any upper division Spanish course except SPAN 332

Topical Focus (4)

Each student is required to prepare a course of study that focuses on a particular aspect of global affairs. Examples of topical focuses might include (but are not limited to) subjects such as international economics and trade, international security, foreign aid and development issues, globalization, international cultural institutions, religion in world affairs, European history and politics, Latin American society, or Asian culture and religion. Each student's individual course of study is to be approved by the student's major advisor and Chair of the International Studies Program, and submitted to the Registrar's Office to track progress through the major. Substitute courses can be approved by student's major advisor and Chair of the International Studies Program if the courses chosen are not to be offered during the student's tenure at Willamette or if the student attends a Willamette-approved overseas study program.

Students will choose courses from the following in formulating their topical focus (one course from History, one course from Politics, a maximum of three courses from the same department):

  • ANTH 233 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Asia (1)
  • ANTH 355 Warfare, Violence, and Peace (1)
  • ARTH 113 (IT) Introduction to Chinese Art History (1)
  • ARTH 114 (IT) Introduction to Japanese Art History (1)
  • ECON 351 Comparative Economic Systems (1)
  • ECON 352 The Economics of Developing Countries (1)
  • HIST 116 (TH) Western Civilization Since 1650 (1)
  • HIST 118 East Asia Civilization Since 1800 (1)
  • HIST 233/REL 233 (TH) History and Culture along the Silk Road (1)
  • HIST 254 20th-Century Europe (1)
  • HIST 256 Colonial Latin America (1)
  • HIST 258 (4th Sem Lang Req) Modern Latin America (1)
  • HIST 282 (TH) Twentieth-Century China: The Search for Modernity (1)
  • HIST 372 History of Modern Russia (1)
  • HIST 373 History of Modern France (1)
  • HIST 381 (TH) History of Modern Japan (1)
  • HIST 383 Mao's China 1949-1979 (1)
  • HIST 390 (W; 4th Sem Lang Req) Germany from Bismarck to Hitler (1)
  • HIST 391 (4th Sem Lang Req) Germany Since 1945 (1)
  • HIST 445 Postwar Japan (1)
  • JAPN 201 (W) Modern Japanese Society and Culture (1)
  • JAPN 240 Japanese Language and Culture (intercultural Communication) (1)
  • LAS 350 (IT; TH) Mesoamerican Civilizations (1)
  • POLI 216 (US) Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies (1)
  • POLI 218 (US) Political Change in the Third World (1)
  • POLI 326 (W) Globalization and Equity (1)
  • POLI 362 Latin American Politics (1)
  • POLI 370 Europe and the International System (1)
  • POLI 372 (W) American Foreign Policy (1)
  • POLI 373 International Security and Cooperation (1)
  • POLI 374 Asia and the International System (1)
  • POLI 376 Latin American Revolutions (1)
  • POLI 378 (W) Nations and the International System (1)
  • POLI 380 Asian Politics and Development (1)
  • REL 135 Religions of Asia (1)
  • REL 233 History and Culture Along the Silk Road (1)
  • REL 239 Introduction to Chinese Religions (1)
  • REL 262 Japanese Religions (1)
  • REL 334 (AR) Liberation Theology and Social Change (1)
  • REL 344 Topics in Contemporary European Theology (1)
  • REL 354 Topics in Asian Religions (1)
  • RHET 360 Rhetoric of War and Peace (1)
  • RUSS 233 (W; TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Russian Culture: Russian Ways and Views of Russia (1)
  • RUSS 320 (W; IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Introduction to Russian Literature in Translation (1)
  • RUSS 325 (IT) Topics in Russian Literature (1)
  • SOC 330 World Population Problems (1)

Faculty

  • Gret Felker, Associate Professor of Politics, Chair
  • Marïa Blanco-Arnejo, Professor of Spanish
  • Mark Conliffe, Associate Professor of Russian
  • Gaetano DeLeonibus, Associate Professor of French
  • Rebecca J. Dobkins, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • William E. Duvall, E. Jerry Whipple Professor of History
  • Peter Eilers, Professor of Earth Science
  • Ludwig M. Fischer, Professor of German
  • Miho Fujiwara, Associate Professor of Japanese
  • Francoise A. Goeury-Richardson, Professor of French
  • Ronald P. Loftus, Professor of Japanese Language and East Asian History
  • Michael Marks, Professor of Politics
  • Joyce Millen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Pamela Moro, Professor of Anthropology
  • April Overstreet, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • William Smaldone, Professor of History
  • John F. Uggen, Professor of Spanish
  • Patricia Varas, Professor of Spanish
  • Peter Wogan, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Juwen Zhang, Luce Junior Professor of Chinese
  • Xijuan Zhou, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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