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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 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
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 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 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) 

International Student Major Requirements 

English Language and Culture Region (International students only) (16 credits) 

International students should consult with the Director of International Studies in their first year to discuss their specific course requirements. Normally, students take one course from each of the categories below 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. 

  • ENGL 235 Survey of U.S. Literature 1 or ENGL 236 Survey of U.S. Literature 2 or one course in literature of the study abroad country 
  • 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
  • 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 
  • One course emphasizing an aspect of U.S. culture in AMER, ENGL, HIST, POLI, or another discipline. Students who study abroad in an English-speaking country may satisfy this requirement by taking a course relating to the culture of that country. A for-credit semester-long internship may also count to satisfy this requirement. 
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