International Studies Curriculum

Major Sequence:

  • 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:
  • Business 451: International Business
  • Economics 351: International Trade
  • Economics 352: International Finance
  • History 122: Modern Global History
  • International Studies 222/322: International Human Rights: An Introduction
  • Political Science 102: International Politics
  • Political Science 303: International Law and Organizations
  • Political Science 345: International Political Economy
  • Political Science 360: Comparative Environmental Politics
  • Political Science 361: Globalization and the Environment
  • Political Science 405: Theories of International Relations


  • One course on the nature and the analysis of culture to be chosen from the following:
  • Anthropology 171: Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology 274: People and Cultures of East Africa
  • Anthropology 280: Self and Society in Japan
  • French 317: French Civilization III: France Since the Revolution
  • German 417: Beyond the Wall: German Cultural History Since 1989
  • International Studies/ Humanities 270; Tale of Three Cities: Bratislava, Prague and Vienna-Cultures at the Crossroads
  • Spanish 314: Iberian Culture and Civilization
  • Spanish 316: Latin American Culture and Civilization I
  • International Studies 488: Senior Seminar
  • All majors are required to complete a 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 Coordinator of the area and the Director of the International Studies Program, prior to the study
  • Six additional courses in the area of concentration. Note that each area of concentration has a specific language requirement:

Each student declaring a concentration in a geographic area-- African, Asian, Latin American, Russian and East European, 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.

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. Information for the Minor Sequences will also be detailed on these pages.