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International Security, Norms & Cooperation (ISNC)

International Studies (Major)

Effective Fall 2020 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.

International Security, Norms & Cooperation (ISNC) (Sub-Major)

Effective Fall 2020

Exclusions:

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

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 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. ISNC 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.

ISNC courses include, but are not limited to:

  • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems, I
  • ANTHRCUL 346 / HISTORY 347: Latin America: The Colonial Period
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, section titled “Fighting with Human Rights – Africa”
  • COMM 447: Women and Islam: The Politics of Representation
  • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 490: War and Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 254: Europe, 1648-Present: Legacies of War, Empire, and Revolution
  • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
  • HISTORY 347 / ANTHRCUL 346: Latin America: The Colonial Period
  • HISTORY 407: Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History, sections titled
    “Japan, Asia and WWII: Culture, History, Memory”
    “Gender, Sexuality, & International Human Rights”
    “Christianity and Politics in African History”
  • HISTORY 478: Topics in Latin American History, section titled "The Colonial Period"
  • INTLSTD 386: Topics in International Security, Norms and Cooperation
  • INTLSTD 401: International Studies Advanced Seminar, sections titled
    “Women and Islam: The Politics of Representation”
    “Fighting with Human Rights – Africa”
    “Migration, Human Smugglings and Trafficking”
    “History and Memory of Genocide”
    “Gender, Sexuality, & International Human Rights”
    “Christianity and Politics in African History”
    “Norm Diffusion: International, Regional & Public Policy”
    “The Politics of Debt”
  • INTLSTD 486: Topics in International Security, Norms and Cooperation
  • NAVSCI / UC 410: Evolution of Warfare
  • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLSCI 364: Public International Law
  • POLSCI 368: Modern Warfare
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science, section titled "Democracy and Development in Africa"
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, sections titled
    “Norm Diffusion: International, Regional & Public Policy”
    “The Politics of Debt”
  • RCSSCI 461: Senior Seminar, section titled “Gender, Sexuality, & International Human Rights”
  • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
  • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, section titled “Global and Local Connections: Understanding our World at Home and Abroad”
  • UC 270: UC Special Topics, sections titled "Addressing Critical Global Issues", and "GSP: Defining Critical Global Issues"
  • UC / NAVSCI 410: Evolution of Warfare
  • WGS 346 (WOMENSTD 346): Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context, section titled "Women's Policies and Society in India"

Constraints

The International Security, Norms, and Cooperation (ISNC) 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. 

International Security, Norms & Cooperation (ISNC) (Sub-Major) (Fall 2016 - Summer 2020)

International Studies (Major)

Effective Fall 2020 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.

International Security, Norms & Cooperation (ISNC) (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: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
    • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
    • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
    • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics & 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. ISNC 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.

ISNC courses include, but are not limited to:

  • AAS / WGS 304 (WOMENSTD 304): Gender & Immigration
  • AAS 324: Justice in Africa
  • AAS / ASIAN 345 / RCSSCI 346: Genocide/ Trauma in SE Asia, Africa, & Europe
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, section titled “Fighting with Human Rights – Africa”
  • ALA 228 / PSYCH 312 / SOC 374: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence
  • AMCULT 206: Themes in American Culture, section titled "Gender Violence in a Global Context"
  • AMCULT / NATIVEAM 333: Green Indigeneity (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • AMCULT / WOMENSTD 368 / MIDEAST 378 / ARABAM 363: Women and War in the Middle East
  • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems, I
  • ANTHRCUL 343 / POLSCI 342: E Europe: Revolution, Reaction & Reform
  • ANTHRCUL 346 / HISTORY 347: Latin America: The Colonial Period
  • ANTHRCUL 349: INdegenous Political Movements
  • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism, & Human Nature
  • ANTHRCUL 458: Topics in Sociolcultural & Ling Anthropology, section titled "Anthropology of Undocumented Migration"
  • ARABAM 363 / AMCULT / WOMENSTD 368 / MIDEAST 378: Women and War in the Middle East
  • ASIAN / RELIGION 305: Religion and Violence in the Secular World
  • ASIAN 329: Buddhism & Violence (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • ASIAN / MIDEAST / HISTORY / MENAS / REEES 340: Genghis Khan to the Taliban
  • ASIAN / AAS 345 / RCSSCI 346: Genocide/ Trauma in SE Asia, Africa, & Europe
  • CLCIV / JUDAIC / HISTORY 257: Ancient Law
  • COMM 439: Seminar in Journalistic Performance, sections titled "War, Revolution, and the New Media"  or "Journalism in Hostile Environments" 
  • COMM 447: Women and Islam: The Politics of Representation
  • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies, section titled "Translating Human Rights"
  • ENGLISH 407: Topics in Lang & Lit, section titled "Lit & Human Rights"
  • ENVIRON 201 / RCNSCI 202: Ecological Issues (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • ENVIRON / HISTORY / PUBPOL 224: Global Nuclear Proliferation
  • ENVIRON 308: Sustainability and Health (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 490: War and Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY / PUBPOL / ENVIRON 224: Global Nuclear Proliferation
  • HISTORY 230: HU Topics in History, section titled "Tracking Human Rights"
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
  • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
  • HISTORY / MENAS / JUDAIC 244 / MIDEAST 284: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HISTORY 254: Europe, 1648-Present: Legacies of War, Empire, and Revolution
  • HISTORY / CLCIV / JUDAIC 257: Ancient Law
  • HISTORY / RCSSCI 310: Globalization History: Making Modern World
  • HISTORY 312 / POLSCI 362: History of European Integration
  • HISTORY 318: Europe in the Era of Total War, 1870-1945, section titled "Europe in the Age of War"
  • HISTORY 328: HU Topics in History, section titled "Imperialism, Violence, & Human Rights"
  • HISTORY 332 / SLAVIC / POLSCI / REEES 395 / SOC 392: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • HISTORY / MIDEAST / ASIAN /MENAS / REEES 340: Genghis Khan to the Taliban
  • HISTORY 341 / POLSCI 397: Nations & Natonalism (only if elected WN20 or later)
  • HISTORY 347 / ANTHRCUL 346: Latin America: The Colonial Period
  • HISTORY 363: The US and the World Since 1945
  • HISTORY 407: Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History, sections titled
    “Japan, Asia and WWII: Culture, History, Memory”
    “Gender, Sexuality, & International Human Rights”
    “Christianity and Politics in African History”
  • HISTORY / ISLAM 443 / MIDEAST 487: Modern ME History
  • HISTORY 449: Topics in ME History, section titled "Caucasus Between Empires, 19th & early 20th Centuries"
  • HISTORY 477: Law, History & the Dynamics of Social Change, section titled "Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights"
  • HISTORY 478: Topics in Latin American History, section titled "The Colonial Period"
  • HISTORY 480: Conflict & Diplomacy in the Caucusus
  • HISTORY 496: History Colloquium, section titled "Arab-Israeli Relations"
  • HISTORY 537 / MIDEAST 419: The NE in Crusades, 945-1259
  • INTLSTD 386: Topics in International Security, Norms and Cooperation
  • INTLSTD 401: International Studies Advanced Seminar, sections titled
    “Women and Islam: The Politics of Representation”
    “Fighting with Human Rights – Africa”
    “Migration, Human Smugglings and Trafficking”
    “History and Memory of Genocide”
    “Gender, Sexuality, & International Human Rights”
    “Christianity and Politics in African History”
    “Norm Diffusion: International, Regional & Public Policy”
    “The Politics of Debt”
  • INTLSTD 486: Topics in International Security, Norms and Cooperation
  • ISLAM / MIDEAST / REEES / RUSSIAN 418: Islam and Russia (only if elected WN20 or later)
  • ISLAM / HISTORY 443 / MIDEAST 487: Modern ME History
  • JUDAIC / MENAS / HISTORY 244 / MIDEAST 284: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • JUDAIC / HISTORY / CLCIV 257: Ancient Law
  • MENAS / HISTORY / JUDAIC 244 / MIDEAST 284: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • MENAS / ASIAN / MIDEAST / HISTORY / REEES 340: Genghis Khan to the Taliban
  • MIDEAST 207 / RELIGION 277: The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages
  • MIDEAST 284 / JUDAIC / MENAS / HISTORY 244: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • MIDEAST / HISTORY / ASIAN /MENAS / REEES 340: Genghis Khan to the Taliban
  • MIDEAST / ISLAM / REEES / RUSSIAN 418: Islam and Russia (only if elected WN20 or later)
  • MIDEAST 419 / HISTORY 537: The NE in Crusades, 945-1259
  • MIDEAST 487 / ISLAM / HISTORY 443: Modern ME History
  • NAVSCI / UC 410: Evolution of Warfare
  • NEAREAST 378 / ARABAM 363 / AMCULT / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • POLSCI 342 / ANTHRCUL 343: E Europe: Revolution, Reaction & Reform
  • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLSCI 360: Problems in World Politics
  • POLSCI 362 / HISTORY 312: History of European Integration
  • POLSIC 363: Intl Org & Integration
  • POLSCI 364: Public International Law
  • POLSCI 368: Modern Warfare
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 370: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLSCI 372: Intl Security Affairs
  • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science, sections titled
    "Democracy and Development in Africa"
    "Law, Courts and Politics in Transition Countries"
    "Comparative Constitutional Law"
  • POLSCI / REEES / SLAVIC 395 / HISTORY 332 / SOC 392: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • POLSCI 397 / HISTORY 341: Nations & Natonalism (only if elected WN20 or later)
  • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, all topics
  • PUBPOL / ENVIRON / HISTORY 224: Global Nuclear Proliferation
  • PSYCH 312 / ALA 228 / SOC 374: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence
  • RCLANG 324: Readings in Spanish, section titled "Media, Terrorists and Freedom Fighters"  (only if elected WN20 or later)
  • RCSSCI 226: Globalization: Social Theory & Practice
  • RCSSCI / HISTORY 310: Globalization History: Making Modern World
  • RCSSCI 346 / AAS / ASIAN 345: Genocide/ Trauma in SE Asia, Africa, & Europe
  • RCSSCI 461: Senior Seminar, section titled “Gender, Sexuality, & International Human Rights”
  • REEES / MENAS / ASIAN / MIDEAST / HISTORY 340: Genghis Khan to the Taliban
  • REEES / POLSCI / SLAVIC 395 / HISTORY 332 / SOC 392: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment 
  • REEES / MIDEAST / ISLAM / RUSSIAN 418: Islam and Russia (only if elected WN20 or later)
  • REEES / SOC 457: Nations: Identities, Movements, & Conflicts
  • RELIGION 277 / MIDEAST 207: The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages
  • RELIGION / ASIAN 305: Religion and Violence in the Secular World
  • RUSSIAN / REEES / MIDEAST / ISLAM 418 : Islam and Russia (only if elected WN20 or later)
  • SLAVIC / POLSCI / REEES 395 / HISTORY 332 / SOC 392: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • SOC 204: International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • SOC 250: Politics, Power, and Society
  • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
  • SOC 374 / PSYCH 312 / ALA 228: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence
  • SOC / REEES 457: Nations: Identities, Movements, & Conflicts
  • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, sections titled 
    “Global and Local Connections: Understanding our World at Home and Abroad”
    "Citizenship & Human Rights"
    "Human Rights & Socioeconomic Citizenship"
  • SOC 392 / HISTORY 332 / SLAVIC / POLSCI / REEES 395: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • UC 254: Sophomore ID Seminar, sections titled
    "Legal Norms Intl Law"
    "Human Rights Latin America / Roots of Protest Brazil"
  • UC 270: UC Special Topics, sections titled "Addressing Critical Global Issues", and "GSP: Defining Critical Global Issues"
  • UC / NAVSCI 410: Evolution of Warfare
  • WGS 304 (WOMENSTD 304) / AAS 304: Gender & Immigration
  • WGS 345 (WOMENSTD 345): Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context, sections titled "Women's Policies and Society in India" or "Sexual Violence & the State"
  • WOMENSTD / AMCULT 368 / MIDEAST 378 / ARABAM 363: Women and War in the Middle East

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.