International studies is an interdisciplinary concentration with a focus on issues that cross national boundaries. Courses that fulfill international studies requirements must have either substantive content that examines political, cultural, historical, economic and social issues in areas outside of the United States or a primary focus on transnational issues such as the global environment, international law, or international political and economic systems. Students of international studies may pursue careers in international business, government, non-governmental organizations, public policy, consulting, diplomacy and academic careers with an international focus. Available Options: Concentration in International Studies.
Foreign Language and Foreign Studies Requirement
Students must take at least two language courses beyond the minimum for graduation (for Spanish this would mean two courses beyond SPN 1121) and spend at least one semester or summer term studying abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to take a literature or civilization course in a modern foreign language.
Area Studies Requirement (18 credits)
The area studies requirement directs students to specialize in two geographical regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East) by taking four 3-credit courses in their major area of interest and two 3-credit courses in their minor area of interest. Of the six courses, four must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level. The six courses must be drawn from at least 3 different disciplines and may include team-taught and interdisciplinary courses. Students may replace their minor area with two theoretical or Global courses from the list. Special Topics Courses in any discipline may be included for credit depending on the international content of the course (subject to approval by the concentration committee). Students are reminded that they need 45 3000- or 4000-level credits to graduate.
Honors Thesis and Research Seminar
The Honors Thesis requirements include: a Project Description due before the end of the Spring semester of the junior year, an annotated bibliography or series of literature reviews handed in to the thesis advisor during the first semester of the senior year, a written Honors Thesis Proposal to be defended during the first semester of the senior year, and a 30-100 page Honors Thesis at the end of the senior year.
* Updated 04/16/2010