Curricular Requirements (12-13 courses)
Foreign Language Proficiency: Students must satisfy the language proficiency requirement set by the College of Arts and Sciences, which is two years of study or equivalent proficiency.
A. Core Sequence (5 courses)
- Hist 250-1 Global History I
- Hist 250-2 Global History II
- Poli Sci 240 Introduction to International Relations
- Econ 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
- Poli Sci 344 or History 319 American Foreign Policy *For 2015-2016, Poli Sci 378 (America and the World) will also satisfy this core requirement
B. Thematic Cluster (3 courses from one category. The three courses for your chosen theme must be in at least 2 different disciplines/departments.)
Culture and Society
The contemporary world is one increasingly shaped by the movements of peoples and ideas across time and space and the emergence of transnational communication, cultures, multiple identities and diaspora. Employing conceptual frameworks from the social sciences and the humanities, courses in this cluster explore the nature and significance of these developments and the tensions between these global forces and local ways of life with deep historical, linguistic, ethnic, and religious roots.
The political world is divided into territorial units but the problems societies face do not stop at political borders. We share the same rivers, oceans, atmosphere, animals and plant life. There are also many problems that become shared because the issue straddles political borders or because one polity’s action impacts a larger terrain, such as the problems of refugee flows, infectious diseases, population change, humanitarian catastrophes, environmental degradation and the need for sustainable development. This thematic cluster focuses on the problems that intrinsically have transnational dimensions, as well as national and international efforts to deal with these problems so as to limit damage to shared resources and to countries and people who are affected by others’ bounty and suffering.
International Political Economy and Development
Today's economies and people around the world are more closely linked than ever before. Students of contemporary global affairs must have a clear appreciation for how this new integration affects economic prosperity, development, and social welfare. The courses in this cluster prepare students to understand the complexities of the contemporary international economic environment and the ways in which economic, political, and societal forces interact to shape the world in which we live. Drawing on theoretical perspectives from several disciplines this cluster provides students with a well-rounded background on the major debates about economic growth and development, international trade and finance, as well as domestic and international politics and institutions that affect the governance of the global economy.
Issues in International Security
The organizing concept of this cluster is the polity: the circle of actors who enjoy regular access to policy-making decisions. The nation state became in modern times the dominant form of polity, though through successive waves of revolution and democratization the notion of polity has expanded to encompass larger citizenries and publics. The courses in this cluster explore the origins and functioning of states and interstate politics; and the challenges to the nation state from forms of governance above (regional and global governance) and below (autonomy and secessionist movements) and from security threats such as interstate warfare, ethnic conflict, terrorism and civil wars.
C. Regional Electives (3 courses from one area)
Choose one of the following regional areas:
Africa | Asia | Europe | Latin America| Middle East
Within your chosen area, complete one course from each of the following disciplinary areas:
- Historical Studies,
- Literature and the Arts,
- Beliefs and Social Systems.
D. Integrating Project Seminar (1 course) or Honors Seminar (2 courses)
The Integrating Project Seminar is intended to integrate and synthesize each students' entire IS curriculum. The course provides a process and structure to be able to ensure that all graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles conveyed in the core curriculum of IS and can apply that knowledge, and that gained from the thematic and regional areas, to analysis of contemporary issues in the field of international studies. Students will complete a capstone research project which focuses on a current world problem. They will integrate theoretical frameworks to pursue an individual research project that draws upon their regional concentration coursework and international experience as appropriate. Students will present their final projects to the class in a conference format. The seminar assumes that students have completed a substantial portion of the International Studies core curriculum, including the Thematic and Regional clusters before the seminar begins. Students from any cluster can register and are encouraged to do so. If you are accepted into the honors program you will take a two part Honors seminar in the place of the Integrating Project Seminar.Back to top