International & Global Studies Curriculum

2021 IGS Curriculum 

2020 International Studies major requirements link 

MAJOR SEQUENCE IN INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL STUDIES (for students entering in 2021-2022)

A minimum of 9 courses to include the following:

  • International Studies 240: Thinking Globally: An Introduction (G).
  • International Studies 488: Senior Seminar (W). 
  • At least three courses on global systems, structures, and processes (see 2021 IGS Curriculum).
  • At least three courses on analysis of cultural expressions (see 2021 IGS Curriculum). 
  • A supervised academic internship (INST 397 or UNIV 398), or an independent research project (INST 450).

Students majoring in International and Global Studies will also show third-semester proficiency in a second language, and are encouraged to complete an off-campus study experience in an approved program.

ASIAN STUDIES CONCENTRATION 

Students majoring in International and Global Studies may choose to pursue a concentration in Asian Studies by:

1) taking five courses focused on Asia and the Asia Pacific regions in fulfilling requirements (3) and (4) of the IGS major with at least two Asia-related courses from each; and

2) fulfilling a language proficiency: Japanese 202 or equivalent in another Asian language appropriate to the student’s study program. The Asian Studies faculty and the Director of the International & Global Studies Program will determine when language proficiency other than Japanese will be appropriate within a student’s program.

Note: Students interested in Asian Studies should consider applying for the IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program during the summer of their Sophomore or Junior year.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT CONCENTRATION

Students majoring in International and Global Studies may choose to pursue a concentration in International Relations and Global Development by taking at least four of the following courses in fulfilling requirements (3) and (4) of the IGS major:

Economics 351: International Trade (hidden pre-req of ECON 100)

Economics 352: International Finance (hidden pre-req of ECON 100)

Economics 355: Economics of Developing Countries (G)

International Studies 222: Introduction to International Human Rights (AV)

Political Science 204/304: Transitional Justice (AV)
Political Science 303: International Law and Organizations

Political Science 316: Modern Political Thought: Liberalism and its Discontents (IT, W)

Political Science/Environmental Studies 361: Globalization and the Environment (CSI, G, W)

Note: One of these courses might be substituted by a geographical area-specific course such as PSCI 216 Politics in Africa; PSCI 217 Politics and Society in South Africa; HIST 221 The Holocaust; or HIST 325 Modern Germany, for example.

Minor sequence in Asian Studies:

Six courses including (at least two courses must be at the 300-400 level):

  • INST 240 Introduction to International Studies (G), retitled Thinking Globally: An Introduction.
  • One Asia-related experiential learning experience (academic internship or off-campus study experience) approved by the IGS director.
  • Language proficiency: Japanese 202 or equivalent in another Asian language.
  • Three courses focused in the Asia and Asia Pacific areas.

Minor sequence in International Relations and Global Development (former Diplomatic Studies, Development Studies)

Six courses including (at least two courses must be at the 300-400 level):

  • INST 240 Introduction to International Studies (G), retitled Thinking Globally: An Introduction.  
  • One experiential learning experience (internship or off-campus study experience) approved by the IGS director.
  • Four courses focused on international relations taken from the electives in “systems, structures, and processes.”