Our world is an interdependent one and, through this major, you’ll have the chance to explore its political, environmental, philosophical, cultural and economic dimensions.

International Studies Course Offerings

INTL 150 / POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies – GS 3
The objective of this course is to promote an awareness of global interdependence, with its challenges and opportunities. The course is interdisciplinary – examining issues from several relevant and related points of view: political, ecological, cultural, economic and ethical. The content may vary from semester to semester. Examples of issues the course might examine are nationalism vs. the concept of an international community; U.S. foreign policy and human rights; foreign policy of communist countries; and cultural diversity and international cooperation.

INTL 160 / POLI 160 Introduction to Comparative Politics
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the comparative insights and methodological tools needed to understand the importance of political culture, governmental structures and political behavior in a variety of political systems. This course will also address the development of the state under different historical conditions and in different socio-economic environments. Students will be exposed to a variety of political issues including political legitimacy, political institutionalization, the politics of identity and political violence. Spring semester alternate years.

INTL 361 Study Abroad: Political Science Elective
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad that fulfills the international studies political science "elective in area of interest" requirement.

INTL 363 Study Abroad: Language and Area Studies Elective
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad that fulfills the international studies language and area studies elective requirement.

INTL 364 Study Abroad: Indigenous Language
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad that fulfills the international studies indigenous language requirement for areas other than Spanish, German, French and Japanese.

INTL 375 Study Abroad: Civilization Study
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad that fulfills the international studies civilization requirement.

INTL 400 International Studies Capstone
The material for this course will center on a particular topic, which may change from year to year. This topic will be examined using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating such areas as history, political science, economics, literature, media, and cultural studies. Prerequisite: POLI 350.

INTL 494 Internship
This course involves International Studies majors in project-based internships designed to find practical application in their major. While the internship projects from the central focus of the course, you will also engage in regular discussions of development-based literature in an ongoing assessment of your internship experiences. Prerequisite: approval of international studies board.