Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.
The major in International Studies is a gateway to the study of global affairs in Weinberg College. Its mission is to encourage and support student education and scholarship in international affairs and it is open to all Weinberg students and to students from across the university. In addition to the curriculum set out below, International Studies offers weekly seminars, research support, career counseling, public events, and more.
Adjunct Major Requirements (10 units)
- 5 core courses
Course List Course Title HISTORY 250-1 Global History: Early Modern to Modern Transition HISTORY 250-2 Global History: The Modern World HISTORY 319-0 History of US Foreign Relations or POLI_SCI 344-0 U.S. Foreign Policy or JOUR 353-0 Dilemmas of American Power ECON 201-0 Introduction to Macroeconomics or SOCIOL 215-0 Economy and Society POLI_SCI 240-0 Introduction to International Relations
- 4 courses (except where noted) in a thematic concentration.
- Global Humanities
- This concentration joins with the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities to support global perspectives on the humanities, including literature, art, philosophy, performance, and more. Students take the 5 core courses required for the International Studies major as well as four core courses in the Humanities sequence.
- Political Economy
- This cluster illuminates connections between economic, political, and social affairs. It encourages students to consider global political economic debates and questions from a variety of perspectives across departments of the University.
- Borders, Boundaries, and Crossings
- Reflecting the global and transdisciplinary orientation of the International Studies Program, this cluster examines intersections, interconnections and transactions involving borders, boundaries and crossings. It encourages students to think conceptually and critically about concepts and practices of sovereignty, immigration, conflict, and cooperation.
- Global Law and Society
- This cluster looks at the role and dynamics of law in contemporary international society, including law’s relations with other social institutions and forces. This includes empirical, historical, as well as theoretical approaches to legal institutions and processes.
- The U.S. and the World
- This cluster examines the history and politics of American foreign relations. Topics include the history and politics of manifest destiny; race, immigration and foreign policy; the role of the United States in the international legal order; the politics of globalization; religious difference and foreign policy; the privatization of authority; the ethics and politics of interventionism; and the politics of American relations to international institutions.
- World Language and Experience
- The IS program encourages students to learn through experience, and this cluster recognizes students who spend time abroad. It requires six units of training in a language beyond coursework satisfying the International Studies foreign language study requirement, plus study abroad or comparable foreign experience.
- Students who wish to propose a thematic program of study that does not fit into one of the themes listed above may petition to create a self-designed thematic cluster.
- Global Humanities
1 unit minimum of integrating project seminar or thesis seminar
- Most international studies majors in their junior or senior year take INTL_ST 395-0 Integrating Project Seminar. The seminar provides a format to complete a research project that integrates a variety of disciplines to address an issue in international culture, society, economics, or politics.
- Instead of an integrating seminar, students admitted to the international studies honors program participate in the 2-quarter thesis seminar (INTL_ST 398-1 & INTL_ST 398-2) and write an integrated honors thesis.
- Foreign language study requirement. Students must take at least three foreign-language courses at Northwestern. These may also count toward the Weinberg College language proficiency requirement and are not subject to double-counting restrictions with other majors or minors.
- All adjunct majors require completion of a stand-alone major as well. At most 2 of the 10 required units may be double-counted toward both the international studies adjunct major and another major.
Honors in International Studies
Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors should apply in spring quarter of junior year. Students accepted into the honors program enroll in a 2-quarter seminar (INTL_ST 398-1, INTL_ST 398-2) in fall and winter of senior year, during which they plan, research, and write their theses. The two seminar enrollments take the place of the integrating project seminar required of other international studies majors.Back to top