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GEH Submajor

International Studies (Major)

Effective Winter 2021 Exclusions:

International Studies majors must declare a sub-plan. The sub-plan will be notated on the student's official transcript.

Advising

The International Studies Advisor will assist students in developing a program of study. Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and the PICS Honors Thesis advisor. For more information, see: www.ii.umich.edu/pics/undergraduates/advising.

Grade Policies

Students must earn a C- or better in all required PICS courses. Language requirement courses are not included in the minimum 34 credits required for the major nor in the major GPA.

Prerequisites

The following requirements must be met before declaration:

  • INTLSTD 101: Introduction to International Studies (Grade of C- or better).
  • Students declaring Political Economy & Development sub-plan must complete ECON 101 with a grade of C or better.
  • Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 34

PICS Language Requirement for the Major.

Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be obtained prior to graduation; therefore, students should begin the language sequence early.

We believe that language study is a vital part of any liberal arts education and that students who major in international studies should be well prepared to work in environments overseas, or in companies or organizations that interact regularly with people from other countries. The PICS language requirement will not only be of benefit to the students in broadening their skills and their vision of the world but will also be an important signal to employers or graduate admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Please see PICS website for details of and further information about the sixth-term language requirement.

See Sub-Plans for course requirements:

Honors

Students interested in the Honors subplan typically elect the Honors section of INTLSTD 101: Introduction to International Studies, and must complete INTLSTD 101 with a grade of B+ or better. Students who have declared a major in International Studies must have an overall GPA of 3.4, must complete all International Studies requirements for the major with a 3.4 or higher average in those courses, and complete a senior Honors thesis.

Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses.

During their senior year, students writing a thesis will enroll in INTLSTD 489 during Fall term and INTLSTD 499 during Winter term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages. Students are responsible for locating their own PICS faculty thesis advisor. Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors subplan. This will include a class meeting with all Honors thesis students as a collective, at least twice per semester of their senior year, and once at the end of their junior year, to review requirements, answer questions, and discuss research practices and principles.

Each student will have an oral defense of the thesis in a meeting with the Honors thesis advisor, the Coordinator of Experiential, Independent, and Honors Education, plus one outside reader from the faculty.

Student grades on the thesis and Honors level will be determined by the PICS instructor in consultation with the Honors thesis advisor.

Advising for the Honors Plan is provided by the Honors advisor and the PICS Honors Plan advisor.

Global Environment & Health (GEH) (Sub-Major)

Effective Fall 2020

Exclusions:

The Global Environment and Health (GEH) sub-plan is only available to declared International Studies majors and is not a major or minor. The sub-plan will be notated on the student's official transcript.

Advising

The International Studies Advisor will assist students in developing a program of study. Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and the PICS Honors Thesis advisor. For more information, see: www.ii.umich.edu/pics/undergraduates/advising

Grade Policies

Students must earn a C- or better in all required PICS courses.

Prerequisites

The following requirements must be met before declaration:

  • INTLSTD 101: Introduction to International Studies (Grade of C- or better).
  • Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency.

Requirements

Additional Pre-requisites and/or requirements are listed on the International Studies Major page.

  1. Language Requirement: Sixth term proficiency.
  2. Core Courses (7 credits):
    • INTLSTD 301: Topics in International Studies
    • INTLSTD 401: International Studies Advanced Seminar
  3. Research Methods Course (3 credits): One research methods course chosen from the following list:
    • ECON 309: Experimental Economics
    • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
    • ECON 451: Intermediate Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
    • POLSCI 300: Quantitative Empirical Methods of Political Science
    • POLSCI 391/CMPLXSYS 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
    • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
    • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics 
    • STATS 206: Introduction to Data Science
    • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis
    • STATS 280: Honors Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

    Note: Completion of the Methods requirement is recommended prior to enrolling in INTLSTD 301.

  4. Regional Course (3 credits): One geographic emphasis course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study.
  5. GEH Courses (12 credits): Four courses, chosen from an approved list (see below), to gain knowledge in sub-plan area.
    • At least one course must be at the 400 level.
    • Must include at least two academic subjects.

    Note: Complete term specific sub-plan course lists may be found on the PICS courses website.

  6. Three electives (9 credits): The electives are designed to allow students to further personalize their major. Students will elect three advanced courses which will be expected to build upon the theme of their sub-plans. The selected courses should thus contribute to the coherence of the student's overall concentration. Students may select additional sub-plan, regional, or relevant study abroad courses, however there is no preapproved list of electives. Because there is no preapproved list, students must seek and obtain the approval of elective courses - on a course-by-course basis - from a PICS advisor. It is strongly advised that this approval be obtained before taking the class.

GEH courses include, but are not limited to:

  • AAS / ANTHRCUL / HISTORY 355: Health and Illness in African Worlds
  • AAS / WGS 365 (WOMENSTD 365): Global Perspectives on Gender, Health & Reproduction
  • AMCULT / HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
  • ANTHRCUL / WGS 212 (WOMENSTD 212) / NURS 225: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • ANTHRCUL 256 / ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation and Environment
  • ANTHRCUL 325 / WGS 324 (WOMENSTD 324): Childbirth & Culture
  • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTHRCUL 355 / HISTORY 355 / AAS 355: Health and Illness in African Worlds
  • EARTH 201 / ENVIRON 209 / GEOG 201: Introduction to Environmental Science and Geography
  • EARTH / ENVIRON 380: Mineral Resources, Economics & the Environment
  • EEB / ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • ENVIRON 209 / EARTH / GEOG 201: Introduction to Environmental Science and Geography
  • ENVIRON 222: Introduction to Environmental Justice
  • ENVIRON / ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation and Environment
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 302: Topics in Environmental Social Science, section titled "Energy Politics"
  • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
  • ENVIRON / EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • ENVIRON 345 / POLSCI 331 / SOC 380: Environmental Public Opinion Analysis
  • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON / EARTH 380: Mineral Resources, Economics & the Environment
  • ENVIRON 490: War and Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • GEOG / EARTH 201 / ENVIRON 209: Introduction to Environmental Science and Geography
  • HISTORY / AMCULT 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
  • HISTORY / ANTHRCUL / AAS 355: Health and Illness in African Worlds
  • INTLSTD 387: Topics in Global Environment and Health, section titled “Implementation Solutions for Global Health Equity”
  • INTMED 387: Implementation Solution for Global Health Equity
  • NRE 501: Grad Experimental, section titled, "Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems"
  • NURS 225 / ANTHRCUL / WGS 212 (WOMENSTD 212): The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • NURS 421: Perspecitves in Global Health
  • POLSCI 331 / ENVIRON 345 / SOC 380: Environmental Public Opinion Analysis
  • SEAS / UC 215: Contemporary Social Issues in SE Asia
  • SOC 380 / POLSCI 331 / ENVIRON 345: Environmental Public Opinion Analysis
  • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
  • UC / SEAS 215: Contemporary Social Issues in Southeast Asia
  • WGS (WOMENSTD) / ANTHRCUL 212 / NURS 225: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • WGS 324 (WOMENSTD 324) / ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
  • WGS (WOMENSTD) / AAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health & Reproduction

Constraints

Students majoring in International Studies may only declare one sub-plan. 

Global Environment & Health (GEH) (Sub-Major) (Fall 2016 - Summer 2020)

International Studies (Major)

Effective Winter 2021 Exclusions:

International Studies majors must declare a sub-plan. The sub-plan will be notated on the student's official transcript.

Advising

The International Studies Advisor will assist students in developing a program of study. Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and the PICS Honors Thesis advisor. For more information, see: www.ii.umich.edu/pics/undergraduates/advising.

Grade Policies

Students must earn a C- or better in all required PICS courses. Language requirement courses are not included in the minimum 34 credits required for the major nor in the major GPA.

Prerequisites

The following requirements must be met before declaration:

  • INTLSTD 101: Introduction to International Studies (Grade of C- or better).
  • Students declaring Political Economy & Development sub-plan must complete ECON 101 with a grade of C or better.
  • Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 34

PICS Language Requirement for the Major.

Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be obtained prior to graduation; therefore, students should begin the language sequence early.

We believe that language study is a vital part of any liberal arts education and that students who major in international studies should be well prepared to work in environments overseas, or in companies or organizations that interact regularly with people from other countries. The PICS language requirement will not only be of benefit to the students in broadening their skills and their vision of the world but will also be an important signal to employers or graduate admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Please see PICS website for details of and further information about the sixth-term language requirement.

See Sub-Plans for course requirements:

Honors

Students interested in the Honors subplan typically elect the Honors section of INTLSTD 101: Introduction to International Studies, and must complete INTLSTD 101 with a grade of B+ or better. Students who have declared a major in International Studies must have an overall GPA of 3.4, must complete all International Studies requirements for the major with a 3.4 or higher average in those courses, and complete a senior Honors thesis.

Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses.

During their senior year, students writing a thesis will enroll in INTLSTD 489 during Fall term and INTLSTD 499 during Winter term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages. Students are responsible for locating their own PICS faculty thesis advisor. Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors subplan. This will include a class meeting with all Honors thesis students as a collective, at least twice per semester of their senior year, and once at the end of their junior year, to review requirements, answer questions, and discuss research practices and principles.

Each student will have an oral defense of the thesis in a meeting with the Honors thesis advisor, the Coordinator of Experiential, Independent, and Honors Education, plus one outside reader from the faculty.

Student grades on the thesis and Honors level will be determined by the PICS instructor in consultation with the Honors thesis advisor.

Advising for the Honors Plan is provided by the Honors advisor and the PICS Honors Plan advisor.

Global Environment & Health (GEH) (Sub-Major)

Effective Fall 2016

Requirements

Additional Pre-requisites and/or requirements are listed on the International Studies Major page.

  1. Language Requirement: Sixth term proficiency.
  2. Core Courses (7 credits):
    • INTLSTD 301: Topics in International Studies
    • INTLSTD 401: International Studies Advanced Seminar
  3. Research Methods Course (3 credits): One research methods course chosen from the following list:
    • CMPLXSYS 391 / POLSCI 391. Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
    • ECON 309: Experimental Economics
    • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
    • ECON 451 (or 405 prior to Fall 2014): Intermediate Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
    • POLSCI 300 (or 499 prior to Winter 2016): Quantitative Empirical Methods of Political Science
    • POLSCI 391 / CMPLXSYS 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
    • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
    • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics (WN21 or later)
    • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods (only until WN21)
    • STATS 206: Introduction to Data Science (FA20 or later)
    • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis
    • STATS 280: Honors Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (WN21 or later)

    Note: Completion of the Methods requirement is recommended prior to enrolling in INTLSTD 301.

  4. Regional Course (3 credits): One geographic emphasis course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study.
  5. GEH Courses (12 credits): Four courses, chosen from an approved list (see below), to gain knowledge in sub-plan area.
    • At least one course must be at the 400 level.
    • Must include at least two academic subjects.

    Note: Complete term specific sub-plan course lists may be found on the PICS courses website.

  6. Three electives (9 credits): The electives are designed to allow students to further personalize their major. Students will elect three advanced courses which will be expected to build upon the theme of their sub-plans. The selected courses should thus contribute to the coherence of the student's overall concentration. Students may select additional sub-plan, regional, or relevant study abroad courses, however there is no preapproved list of electives. Because there is no preapproved list, students must seek and obtain the approval of elective courses - on a course-by-course basis - from a PICS advisor. It is strongly advised that this approval be obtained before taking the class.

GEH courses include, but are not limited to:

  • AAS 322 / ENVIRON 335: Intro to Environmental Politics
  • AAS / ANTHRCUL / HISTORY 355: Health and Illness in African Worlds
  • AAS / WGS 365 (WOMENSTD 365): Global Perspectives on Gender, Health & Reproduction
  • AAS 409 / ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Env Pollution in Africa
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments
  • AAS / WGS 443 (WOMENSTD 443): Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, section titled "Health & African Development"
  • AAS 462: Globalization & African Health
  • AAS 495: Senior Seminar, section titled "AIDS in Africa"
  • AMCULT / HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
  • ANTHRBIO 363: Genes, Disease, and Culture
  • WOMENSTD 212 / HS 225: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • ANTHRCUL / ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation and Environment
  • ANTHRCUL 325 / WGS 324 (WOMENSTD 324): Childbirth & Culture
  • ANTHRCUL / RCSSCI 327 / WGS 307 (WOMENSTD 307): Critical Theory in Medicine & Healing
  • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTHRCUL / HISTORY / AAS 355: Health and Illness in African Worlds
  • ANTHRCUL 408 / AAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Env Pollution in Africa
  • ARCH / URP 357: Architecture, Sustainability and the City
  • ASIAN 365 / HISTORY / CLCIV 339: Doctors in the Ancient World
  • CLCIV / HISTORY 339 / ASIAN 365: Doctors in the Ancient World
  • EARTH 201 / ENVIRON 209 / GEOG 201: Introduction to Environmental Science and Geography
  • EARTH 222 / ENVIRON 232: Intro Oceanography
  • EARTH 277: Water in the 21st C
  • EARTH 331: Climate & Climate Change
  • EARTH / ENVIRON 380: Mineral Resources, Economics & the Environment
  • EAS / ENVIRON 475 / EHS 588: Environmental Law
  • EAS 571 / ECON 471: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 370 / ENVIRON 375: Environ & Resource Economics
  • ECON 412: Topics in Macroeconomics, section titled "Health Economics & the Economy of Health"
  • ECON 471 / EAS 571: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 490: Topics in Microeconomics, section titled "European Energy Security"
  • EEB / ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • EEB / RCIDIV / ENVIRON 318: Food, Land, and Society
  • EHS 588 / EAS / ENVIRON 475: Environmental Law
  • ENGLISH 317: Literature & Culture, section titled "Green Indignities"
  • ENGLISH 320: Literature & the Environment, section titled "The Environmental Imagination in N America"
  • ENVIRON 209 / EARTH / GEOG 201: Introduction to Environmental Science and Geography
  • ENVIRON / RCSSCI 211: SS & Environmental Problems
  • ENVIRON 221 / HISTORY 347: Global Environmental History
  • ENVIRON 222: Introduction to Environmental Justice
  • ENVIRON 232 / EARTH 222: Intro Oceanography
  • ENVIRON 256 / ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation and Environment
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 302: Topics in Environmental Social Science, section titled "Energy Politics"
  • ENVIRON 304: Topics in Culture & Environment, section titled "Ecocriticism"
  • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
  • ENVIRON 307 / POLSCI 309: Theoretical Perspectives on Env Change
  • ENVIRON 313 / POLSCI 394: Environment & Development
  • ENVIRON / EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • ENVIRON / EEB / RCIDIV 318: Food, Land, and Society
  • ENVIRON 321: Climate Change & Adaptation
  • ENVIRON 335 / AAS 322: Intro to Environmental Politics
  • ENVIRON 345 / POLSCI 331 / SOC 380: Environmental Public Opinion Analysis
  • ENVIRON 356: Environmental History & the Tropical World
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 375 / ECON 370: Environ & Resource Economics
  • ENVIRON / EARTH 380: Mineral Resources, Economics & the Environment
  • ENVIRON 462: Topics in Environmental SS, section titled "Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems"
  • ENVIRON / EAS 475 / EHS 588: Environmental Law
  • ENVIRON 490: War and Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • GEOG / EARTH 201 / ENVIRON 209: Introduction to Environmental Science and Geography
  • HISTORY 285 / RCSSCI 275: Science, Tech, Medicine, & Society
  • HISTORY 347 / ENVIRON 221: Global Environmental History
  • HISTORY / AMCULT 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
  • HISTORY 329: SS Topics in History, section titled "Pollution, Contagion & Disease in Med & EM Europe"
  • HISTORY / CLCIV 339 / ASIAN 365: Doctors in the Ancient World
  • HISTORY / ANTHRCUL / AAS 355: Health and Illness in African Worlds
  • HISTORY 376: Epidemics
  • HISTORY 497: History Colloquium, section titled "Climate Change in History"
  • INTLSTD 387: Topics in Global Environment and Health, all topics
  • INTMED 387: Implementation Solution for Global Health Equity
  • NRE 501: Grad Experimental, section titled, "Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems"
  • HS 225 / WOMENSTD 212: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • NURS 420: Intro to Global Health
  • NURS 421: Perspecitves in Global Health
  • POLSCI 309 / ENVIRON 307: Theoretical Perspectives on Env Change
  • POLSCI 331 / ENVIRON 345 / SOC 380: Environmental Public Opinion Analysis
  • POLSCI 394 / ENVIRON 313: Environment & Development
  • PUBHLTH 350: Global Public Health
  • RCIDIV / ENVIRON / EEB 318: Food, Land, and Society
  • RCSSCI / ENVIRON 211: SS & Environmental Problems
  • RCSSCI 275 / HISTORY 285: Science, Tech, Medicine, & Society
  • RCSSCI / ANTHRCUL 327 / WGS 307 (WOMENSTD 307): Critical Theory in Medicine & Healing
  • SEAS 215: Contemporary Social Issues in SE Asia
  • SOC 380 / POLSCI 331 / ENVIRON 345: Environmental Public Opinion Analysis
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
  • UC 254: Sophomore Seminar, sections titled
    "Global Health Equity"
    "Cult & Soc Aspects of Global Health"
  • URP / ARCH 357: Architecture, Sustainability and the City
  • WOMENSTD 212 / HS 225: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • WGS 307 (WOMENSTD 307) / RCSSCI / ANTHRCUL 327: Critical Theory in Medicine & Healing
  • WGS 324 (WOMENSTD 324) / ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
  • WGS 365 (WOMENSTD 365) / AAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health & Reproduction
  • WGS 412 (WOMENSTD 412): Reproductive Health Policy in a Global Context
  • WGS 432 (WOMENSTD 432): Adv Topics in Gender & Health, section titled "Intro to Global Health: Issues & Challenges"
  • WGS 443 (WOMENSTD) / AAS 443: Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the INTLSTD subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.