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 Major Requirements

Required International Studies Courses

Core Requirements:

  • INTL / POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies - GS 3 
  • INTL / POLI 160, or POLI 450 (United Nations Seminar taught during Maymester), or approved, appropriate political science substitute* 
  • POLI 200 Research Methodology and Techniques (Prerequisite: SSCI 224) 
  • POLI 350 International Relations 
  • INTL 400 International Studies Capstone


Language and Area Studies

Students choose one language and area studies emphasis from the options listed. Students study abroad for a minimum of one semester in their area studies region.


European Language and Area Studies

Students may study abroad in any approved SNC program in Europe where the primary language is not English. Typically, students study abroad in the language in which they have reached 204 competency (French, German, Spanish). In addition, students may study abroad outside of France, Germany, Austria or Spain, as long as the program is approved by SNC and the primary language of the country is not English. Students selecting this option must petition the IS committee. Contact the director to set up the petition process.

A. HIST 113 History of Western Civilization 2 or HIST 350 Modern European History
B. POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute*
C. Language competency in Spanish, French or German through 204
D. FREN 375, GERM 376, SPAN 375 (pre-req. SPAN 300), or introductory language course in the primary language spoken in the country if studying abroad in a European country other than France, Germany/Austria or Spain – e.g., if studying in Prague, students must take Czech. (INTL 364 or 375)


Asian Language and Area Studies

A. 1 course from HIST 361, HIST 362, HIST 363 or HIST 364
B. POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute*
C. Language competency through 204
D. JAPN 375 Japanese Civilization or civilization course in another relevant language (INTL 375)

African Language and Area Studies

A. HIST 118 Survey of African History
B. POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute*
C. Two courses on Africa from HIST 335, 341, 342, 344, 345, 351 or 352
D. Three courses on Africa taken abroad (INTL 363), including study of indigenous language (INTL 364)

Middle Eastern Language and Area Studies

A. HIST 120 Survey of Middle Eastern History
B. POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute*
C. Two courses focusing on the Middle East from HIST 340, HIST 341 or HIST 343.
D. Three courses focusing on the Middle East taken abroad (INTL 363), including (INTL 364) study of Arabic or Hebrew (Turkish, if study abroad options in Turkey arise etc.).

Latin American Language and Area Studies

A. One course from HIST 130, HIST 309, HIST 311 or HIST 333.
B. POLI 368 Politics and Governments of Latin America or approved substitute* (INTL 361)
C. Language competency through 204
D. SPAN 365 or SPAN 370 (Prerequisite: SPAN 300) or civilization course in another relevant language (INTL 375).


Interdisciplinary Requirements

  • ECON 101 (Principles of Macroeconomics) 
  • RELS 350 Christianity and Cultural Diversity, RELS 340 World Religions or RELS 318 A Feminist Theology or approved appropriate substitute* 
  • SSCI 301 Environmental Studies (GS 11) or ENVS 300 Environmental Science (GS 11) 
  • GEOG 140 World Regional Geography (or GEOG 225 Social Geography if scheduling necessitates)

For courses required for the international studies major that are also GS 10 and GS 11 courses, as with lower biennium General Education courses, these courses will count both toward the major and toward the GS program. This does NOT apply to GS 10 and GS 12. Students may not count GS 10 or GS 12 courses toward both the major and the GS program.

*Substitute courses need to be approved by the director of International Studies

For course descriptions, refer to the specific programs (e.g., Spanish for a description of SPAN 365).


International Students Only

(four courses) 



English Language and Culture Region

International students should consult with the director of the international studies in their first year to discuss their specific course requirements. Normally, they take four courses from the following list to become more familiar with American culture. International students may also study abroad in an SNC-approved program in a country in which the primary language is English, such as England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa or Australia, or may participate in the Washington Semester. Alternatively, international students could choose a modern foreign language, different from their native language, and study abroad in a country where their target language is spoken.



English Literature

One of the following courses:

  • ENGL 235 Survey of U.S. Literature 1 
  • ENGL 236 Survey of U.S. Literature 2 or literature of the country where studying abroad


History

One of the following courses: HIST 116 History of the United States or HIST 113 History of Western Civilization 2 or HIST 350 Modern European History if studying abroad in an English-speaking European country or history of the country where studying abroad.



Political Science

One of the following courses: POLI 130 U.S. Politics and Government or politics of the country where studying abroad or politics of the region such as the European Union if studying abroad in an English-speaking European country.


Cultural Studies

One of the following courses: Students may choose a course emphasizing an aspect of U.S. culture outside of the disciplines listed previously. Courses must be approved by the director of international studies. Examples of courses taught at St. Norbert that would satisfy this requirement are: AMER 261 Introduction to American Studies, AMER 221 Religion in America, SOCI 316 Native Peoples of North America, SOCI 345 Social Stratification, PHIL 305 American Philosophy, etc. Students who study abroad in an English-speaking country may satisfy this requirement by taking a course similar to those listed above relating to the culture of that country.