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International Studies (IS)
Bachelor of Arts
Vincent T. Gawronski, Program Coordinator
The international studies major provides students interested in global
affairs with an intensive course of study of international topics. The major
requires ability in a foreign language, completion of an interdisciplinary
set of courses, and a significant international experience with the
expectation that this experience will involve study abroad. Students
interested in this major are encouraged to meet with the program
coordinator at the earliest possible date.
Five components comprise the major. The first is the core curriculum,
which introduces the concepts of culture and diversity, the historical
interaction among cultures, and the methods used to study them. The
second element is intensive training in a foreign language, which allows for
the study of primary documents in context, travel and work abroad, and
the ability to think and communicate beyond national borders. The third
component is a four-course area of concentration. The fourth element is the
senior capstone, in which the student synthesizes the knowledge and skills
developed in the program into a work of original research.
The fifth component of the major is the
expectation that the
student integrate a study abroad program into the major. Study abroad can
take place during a regular semester, during exploration term, or through a
summer program. It may involve participation in an established program or
may be individually contracted. Students planning to study abroad should
contact the Sklenar Center for International Programs.
Major Requirements
The following courses are required (15 units):
six core units from:
IS 100 Introduction to International Studies
EC 201 Principles of Economics I
HI 208 Diplomatic History of the United States Since 1941
PS 235 Introduction to International Relations
PS 238 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PS/UES 210 Environmental Problems and Policy
four units in a modern foreign language at the 220 level or above;
courses used to fulfill this requirement may not count towards the
area of concentration requirements. The chosen language should be
pertinent to the area of concentration when possible.
four units in a proposed area of concentration. The area of
concentration must demonstrate coherence, either thematically (for
example, democratization or development), geographically (for
example, Europe, Asia, or Latin America), or in some other way.
Concentrations are developed in consultation with and reviewed by
the International Studies Committee.