International Studies (INST)

Assistant Professor: Payne (Coordinator)

  • Major: International Studies
  • Tracks: Transnational and Global, Developed Countries, Developing Countries
  • Courses required for major: 10
  • Language requirement: FRN, GERM, or SPAN 221 and 222 or above (excluding 311)
  • Capstone requirement: INST 449

The International Studies major is a ten-course interdisciplinary major. It includes a core set of six courses which every student must take. The core courses draw from five different departments and provide students with a truly interdisciplinary experience. This core is combined with a flexible set of electives, which simultaneously prepares students to meet their individual future goals. Specifically, students can complete the final four courses of the major in one of three ways: (1) they may take a more general approach in which they take courses which focus on broad transnational and global issues or they may choose to pursue either the (2) Developed Countries Area focus or the (3) Developing Countries Area focus.

The major is designed to integrate an understanding of the changing social, political, and historical environment of Europe today with study of Europe in its relations to the rest of the world, particularly the United States. It stresses the international relations of the North Atlantic community and offers the student the opportunity to emphasize either European studies or international relations. The program provides multiple perspectives on the cultural traits that shape popular attitudes and institutions. Study of a single country is included as a data-base for comparisons, and study of its language as a basis for direct communication with its people.

The program is intended to prepare students either for graduate study or for careers which have an international component. International obligations are increasingly assumed by government agencies and a wide range of business, social, religious, and educational organizations. Opportunities are found in the fields of journalism, publishing, communications, trade, banking, advertising, management, and tourism. The program also offers flexible career preparation in a variety of essential skills, such as research, data analysis, report writing, language skills, and the awareness necessary for dealing with people and institutions from another culture. Preparation for related careers can be obtained through the guided selection of courses outside the major in the areas of business, economics, modern language studies, political science, history, and international relations or through a second major. Students should design their programs in consultation with members of the Committee on International Studies.

The International Studies program also encourages participation in study abroad programs such as the affiliate programs in England, France, Germany, and Spain, as well as the Washington and United Nations semesters.

Major Requirements

The major consists of ten courses, comprised of a core set of six required courses and four electives.

Core Courses: All students must complete ECON 343, HIST 116, PSCI 160, INST 449, and FRN, GERM, SPAN 221 plus one course numbered 222 or above (excluding 311).

Electives: Students must complete the major by taking four electives in one of the following three areas: Transnational and Global Issues, Developed Countries, or Developing Countries.

Option 1: Transnational & Global Issues
Choose four courses from at least two departments.

ANTH 229      Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 334      Economic Anthropology
BUS 333         Global Business Strategies
HIST 329        Empires and Resistance
PHIL 334        Contemporary Political Philosophy
PSCI 242        Human Rights
PSCI 261        International Organizations
PSCI 361        International War
PSCI 362        Terrorism
REL 110         Introduction to World Religions

Option 2: Developed Countries
Choose four courses from at least two departments.

FRN 311         Francophone Cultures
GERM 311     Modern Germany
HIST 214        Monarchy and Modernity
HIST 217        20th Century Europe
HIST 320        Diplomatic History of Europe since 1789
PHIL 303        Modern Philosophy
PSCI 140        Comparative Politics
SPAN 311       Hispanic Culture

Option 3: Developing Countries
Choose four courses from at least two departments.

ANTH 230      Anthropology of Latin America 
FRN 311         Francophone Culture 
HIST 120        Latin American History                                             
HIST 232        The Rise of Islam                                           
HIST 243        Asia in a Global Context
HIST 246        Africa and the World                            
PSCI 241        Politics of Developing Countries
PSCI 342        Civil Conflict
REL 211         Judaic Studies: Talmud to Today
REL 212         Islam
REL 225         Asian Religions 
SPAN 311       Hispanic Culture

Capstone Requirement

All majors must successfully complete INST 449.

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following courses satisfy the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: ANTH 229, 230, 334; BUS 333; ECON 343; FRN 221, 222, 311; GERM 221, 222, 311; HIST 232, 243, 246, 329; PHIL 303; PSCI 140, 160, 241, 242, 261, 342, 361, 362; SPAN 221, 222, and 311. The following courses satisfy either the Domestic or Global Diversity Requirement: PHIL 334; REL 110, 211, 212, and 225. The following courses, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement: BUS 333, PHIL 334, PSCI 242.

INST 449
SENIOR SEMINAR
A one-semester seminar, taken in the senior year, in which students and several faculty members pursue an integrative topic in the field of international studies. Some independent work involved. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.