Concentration in International Studies

International Studies

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.


Advisory Board:

Dr. Carmen Cañete Quesada ; Dr. Rachel Corr ; Dr. Chris Ely ; Dr. Jacqueline Fewkes ;                                                                                 Dr. Kanybek Nur-tegin ; Dr. Tim Steigenga ; Dr. Miguel Vazquez ; Dr. Nancy Tille Victorica



Course # Course Name Credits
GEA 2000 (G) or GEA 3003 (G) Honors World Geography or Honors Geography of the Developing World 3
ECO 2013 Honors Macroeconomic Principles 3
ECO 2023 Honors Microeconomic Principles 3
ECS 3013 Honors International Economic Development 3
CPO 3003 (G) or INR 2002 (G) Honors Comparative Politics or Honors Introduction to World Politics 3
WOH 2012 (G) or WOH 2022 (G) Honors History of Civilization I or Honors History of Civilization II 3
ANT 2410 (G) or ANT 3212 (G) Honors Peoples Around the World or Honors Culture and Society 3
  Area Studies (6 courses, at least 4 of which are upper division) 18
  Honors Thesis 6
  Foreign Language (beyond minimum College For Lang requirements) 8
  Total Credits 53

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.

AS=Asia      E=Europe      L=Latin America      G=Global 

Course # Course Name Credits
INR 3248 (L) Honors Exporting Democracy: 
US Policy Toward Latin America
CPO 4305 (L) Honors Honors Religion and Politics 
in Latin America
CPO 4303 (L) Honors Latin American Politics 3
ECO 1933 (G) Honors Controversies 
in the Global Economy
INR 3102 (G) Honors American Foreign Policy 3
IDS 2931 (L) Honors History, Politics, Civilization
and Culture in Latin America
EUH 3575 (E) Honors Russian History I 3
EUH 3576 (E) Honors Russian History II 3
EUH 3662 (E) Honors Revolution in Europe 3
EUH 3604 (E) Honors European Intellectual History I 3
EUH 3607 (E) Honors European Intellectual History II 3
HIS 4930 (E) Honors Russian Cultural 
and Intellectual History
ANT 3332 (L) Honors Peoples of Latin America 3
ANT 4331 (L) Honors Anthropology of the Andes 3
ANT 1933 (G) Honors Freshman Seminar: 
Anthropology of Religion
ANT 4930 (AS) Honors Special Topics: 
Peoples of the Himalayas
ANT 4930 (AS) Honors Special Topics: 
Development Debate in South Asia
ANT 4930 (G) Honors Collective Memory, 
History and Culture
ASN 1933 (AS) Honors Freshman Seminar 
in Asian Studies
ASN 3006 (AS) Honors Introduction to Asian Studies 3
ASN 4930 (AS) Honors Special Topics in Asian Studies 3
POS 4932 (G) Honors Advanced Diplomacy 3
POS 4932 (G) Honors International Organization 3
POT 3021 (E) Honors History of Political Theory 3
SPT 2530 (L) Honors Hispanic Culture and Civilization 3
SPT 4524 Honors the 1959 Cuban Revolution: Race Gender and Sexuality 3
SPW 3030 (L) Honors Intro to Hispanic Literature 3
SPW 3584 (E) Honors Spanish Literature: 
Enlightenment to the 20th Century
SPW 3136 (L) Honors Latin American Literature: Pre-Colombian and Colonial 3
SPW 3104 (E) Honors Spanish Literature 
from Jarchas to Calderon
SPW 4428 (E) Honors Spanish Golden Age Literature 3
SPW 3134 (L) Honors Latin American Literature: 
Modernism to Post-Boom
SPW 4492 (L) Honors Novisima Literature del Caribe 3
EVS 3403 (G) Honors Global Environmental Issues 3
FRT 2510 (E) Honors Francophone 
Cultures and Civilizations

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.