International & Global Studies Curriculum


core curricular elements Major sequence in International and Global Studies (for students entering in 2021-22)

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 2021-22 Course Catalog).
  • At least three courses on analysis of cultural expressions (see 2021-22 Course Catalog). 
  • 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 language other than English, and are encouraged to complete an off-campus study experience in an approved program.


Major Sequence (International Studies Major requirements prior to 2021-2022)

  • A minimum of ten course units to include the following. (A minimum of four courses must be at the 300-400 level.)
  • International Studies 240: Introduction to International Studies
  • One course on international systems, structures and processes to be chosen from the following
  • One course on the nature and the analysis of culture to be chosen from the following
  • All majors are required to complete an appropriate study abroad experience (excluding May Term). This requirement does not apply to Diplomatic studies majors, although they are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Diplomatic studies majors who do not study abroad must complete an equivalent off-campus study program such as the Washington Semester. The courses taken abroad or in Washington must be approved by the Director of the International Studies Program prior to the study.
  • Six additional courses in a geographical or functional area of concentration

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA CONCENTRATION (African, Latin American and Western European Studies are no longer available for students entering in 2021-2022) 
Each student declaring a concentration in a geographic area - African, Asian, Latin American, and Western European Studies - must take one course beyond the general education requirements in the language of the area, and five courses from various disciplines in the cultural, economic, historical, political, and social life of the area. Information for the Minor Sequences will also be detailed on these pages.

FUNCTIONAL AREA OF CONCENTRATION (both concentrations are combined into one newly designed concentration: International Relations and Global Development). 
Each student declaring a concentration in a functional area - Development Studies or Diplomatic Studies - must take six courses from across the various disciplines that are related to the concentration.