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

(56 credits)

1. Core Requirements (20 credits)
  • INTL / POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies
  • INTL 400 International Studies Capstone
  • POLI 200 Research Methodology and Techniques 
  • POLI 350 International Relations
  • An international relations or comparative politics elective
SSCI 224 is also highly recommended for International Studies majors.

2. Interdisciplinary Requirements (8 credits)

Complete two courses from the following four areas. Courses selected cannot be from the same area:

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 in something other than their native language. Students study abroad for a minimum of one semester in their area studies region. The only exception to this rule is international students who are required to fulfill either the English language and culture region or choose any of the other regions for their concentration so long as the language is not their native language and they study abroad in a country where their target language is spoken.

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

African Language and Area Studies
  • HIST 118 Survey of African History 
  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute*
Two courses on Africa, chosen from:
  • HIST 335 Women and Work
  • HIST 341 Islam and Victorianism in Nineteenth-Century Africa
  • HIST 344 Colonialism in Africa Through the Novel
  • HIST 345 Slavery in World History 
  • HIST 351 Women, Gender, and Imperialism
  • Three courses on Africa taken abroad (INTL 363), including study of indigenous language (INTL 364)
Asian Language and Area Studies

One of the following:
  • HIST 361 Modern China
  • HIST 362 Modern Japan
  • HIST 363 Communism in China
  • HIST 364 Modern Korea
  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute*
  • Language Competency through 204
  • JAPN 375 Japanese Civilization [Core: BB] or a civilization course in another relevant language (INTL 375)
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 competency at the 204-level (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.
  • HIST 113 History of Western Civilization 2 [Core: WT] or HIST 350 Modern European History
  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute*
  • Language Competency in Spanish, French or German through 204
  • FREN 375 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 or INTL 375)
Latin American Language and Area Studies
One of the following:
  • HIST 130 History of Latin America [Core: BB]
  • HIST 311 Mexico Since Independence
  • HIST 333 Cuba: Colony to Castro
  • POLI 368 Latin American Politics through Film, Literature and Music or approved substitute (INTL 361)
  • Language competency through 204 level
  • SPAN 365 [Core: BB] or SPAN 370 (prerequisite: SPAN 300) or civilization course in another relevant language (INTL 375).
Middle Eastern Language and Area Studies
  • HIST 120 Survey of Middle Eastern History [Core: BB]
  • POLI elective in area of interest (INTL 361) or approved substitute
  • Three courses focusing on the Middle East taken abroad (INTL 363), including (INTL 364) study of Arabic, Hebrew or Turkish, if available. 
Two courses focusing on the Middle East, selected from:
  • 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
International Student Major Requirements 

(16 credits)

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, Australia, or 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 or appropriate substitute.
English Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 235 Survey of U.S. Literature 1 or ENGL 236 Survey of U.S. Literature 2 or literature of the country where studying abroad 
History (4 credits)
  • HIST / AMER 114 History of the United States 1 or HIST / AMER 115 History of the United States 2 or HIST 113  History of Western Civilization 2 or HIST 350 Modern European History if studying abroad in an English-speaking European country or a history course about the country where studying abroad
Political Science (4 credits)
  • 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 (4 credits)
  • 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, 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.