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Major requirements

International studies

International studies major

International studies major
Courses

INTL / POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies

INTL 400 International Studies Capstone

POLI 200 Research Methodology and Techniques

POLI 350 International Relations

Total Credits Required: 56

An international relations or comparative politics elective


SSCI 224 is also highly recommended for International Studies majors.

Complete any two courses from the following:

Area 1

  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
Area 2
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society 
Area 3
  • GEOG 140 World Regional Geography 
  • GEOG 225 Social Geography 
  • GEOG 363 Global Urbanization 
Area 4
  • THRS / PHIL 265 Asian Philosophy and Religions 
  • THRS 318 Feminist Theology 
  • THRS 339 World Scriptures 
  • THRS 340 World Religions in Dialogue 
  • THRS 350 Christianity and Cultural Diversity

3. Language and Area Studies Requirement (28 credits)

All International Studies majors are required to choose one language and area studies emphasis. The English Language concentration is only open to International Students. Students study abroad for a minimum of one semester in their area studies region. 

Course substitution for language and area studies is at the discretion of the International Studies program director.

African Language and Area Studies (28 credits)

  • HIST 117 Survey of African History 1 or HIST 119 Survey of African History 2
  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361 Study Abroad: Political Science Elective) or approved substitute
Two courses on Africa, such as:
  • HIST 320 Genocide
  • HIST 335 Women and Work
  • HIST 341 Islam and Victorianism in Nineteenth-Century Africa
  • HIST 345 Slavery in World History 
  • HIST 351 Women, Gender, and Imperialism 
  • Three courses on Africa taken abroad (INTL 363 Study Abroad: Language and Area Studies Elective), including study of indigenous language (INTL 364 Study Abroad: Indigenous Language)

Asian Language and Area Studies (28 credits)

  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361 Study Abroad: Political Science Elective) or approved substitute
  • Language (course work or placement exam): JAPN 101, JAPN 102, JAPN 203, and JAPN 204 
  • JAPN 375 Japanese Civilization or a civilization course in another relevant language (INTL 375 Study Abroad: Civilization Study)

One of the following:

  • HIST 361 Modern China
  • HIST 362 Modern Japan
  • HIST 363 Communism in China
  • HIST 364 Modern Korea
  • HIST 389 (another Asian History course approved by the Director of International Studies)
European Language and Area Studies (28 credits)
  • HIST 113 History of Western Civilization 2 or HIST 350 Modern European History
  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361 Study Abroad: Political Science Elective) or approved substitute
  • Language (coursework of placement exam in one language):
    • Spanish: SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 203 and SPAN 204 
    • French: FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 203 and FREN 204 
    • German: GERM 101, GERM 102, GERM 203 and GERM 204 
  • FREN 375 (must be taken at SNC) or GERM 376 or SPAN 375 (prerequisite: 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 – for example, if studying in Prague, students must take Czech (INTL 364 Study Abroad: Indigeneous Language or INTL 375 Study Abroad: Civilization Study)

Latin American Language and Area Studies (28 credits)

  • POLI 368 Latin American Politics through Film, Literature and Music or approved substitute (INTL 361 Study Abroad: Political Science Elective)
  • Language (coursework or placement exam): 
    • Spanish: SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 203, and SPAN 204 
  • SPAN 365 or SPAN 370 (prerequisite: SPAN 300) or civilization course in another relevant language (INTL 375 Study Abroad: Civilization Study)

One of the following:

  • HIST 131 Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 132 Modern Latin America 
  • HIST 371 Revolutions in Latin America 
  • HIST 372 Borderlands in Latin America
  • HIST 373 The U.S. in Latin America 
Middle Eastern Language and Area Studies (28 credits)
  • HIST 120 Survey of Middle Eastern History 
  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361 Study Abroad: Political Science Elective) or approved substitute
Two courses focusing on the Middle East, such as:
  • HIST 340 Israel/Palestine: The Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HIST 341 Islam and Victorianism in Nineteenth-Century Africa
  • HIST 343 The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 354 Issues in the Contemporary Middle East
  • Three courses focusing on the Middle East taken abroad (INTL 363 Study Abroad: Language and Area Studies Elective), including study of Arabic, Hebrew or Turkish, if available (INTL 364 Study Abroad: Indigenous Language) 
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