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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 Studies (Major) (Fall 2016 - Summer 2020)

Effective Fall 2016

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 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 (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:

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.

Honors

Students interested in an Honors major elect the Honors section of INTLSTD 101, 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 thesis advisor. Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors plan. 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 advisor and the PICS instructor, plus one outside reader from the faculty.

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

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

International Studies major (Winter 2016-Summer 2016)

May be elected as an area major 

Effective Winter 2016-Summer 2016

Subplans

The major in International Studies offers students the opportunity to take a set of courses across departments to bring multiple methods and concepts together to address global problems. The major is rigorous and offers a balanced approach between disciplinary depth and cross-disciplinary breadth.

It is an opportunity for students to create a curriculum that combines exposure to disciplinary depth and integrative coursework emphasizing successful interdisciplinary research. Our goal is to give students skills in moving among different units of analysis and different disciplinary approaches in order to understand, analyze, and ultimately help solve contemporary problems. International Studies students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum emphasizing the use of multiple methods of analysis of such topics as terrorism, global health trends, human rights and refugees, cultural homogenization and hybridization, environmental and energy crises, transnational religious movements, and the spread of technology. The major will draw on methods developed in specific disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, comparative literature, political science, anthropology, and history, and some methods emerging from cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields.

Prerequisites to the Major

INTLSTD 101; Courses used in the major may have additional prerequisites. 

Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite to major.

Prerequisite to Declaration of the Major. 

Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency before declaring the major.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 33 credits. 

Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses. The language requirement courses are not included in the major gpa.

PICS Language Requirement for the Major. Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be satisfied through study of a language, though language courses do not count as credits toward the major. Because sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English is required, students should begin the language sequence early, and should have started or completed the fourth term proficiency or equivalent before they declare the major. 

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 graduation admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Course Requirements

    1. Core Courses. INTLSTD 301 and 401, each completed with a C- or better.
    2. Research Methods Course. One quantitative research methods course (minimum of 3 credits) chosen from the following list:
      • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
      • ECON 451 (or 405 prior to Fall 2014): Intermediate Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
      • POLSCI 300: Quantitative Methods of Empirical Analysis
      • POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
      • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
      • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics
      • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
      • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis

      This requirement must be completed before electing INTLSTD 301.
    3. One Regional Course (minimum 3 credits): Geographic emphasis composed of one course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study. This course cannot be double counted with a subplan course.

    4. Subplans: The four subplans represent four different themes or areas of interest. Students must choose one subplan and take at least four courses (minimum 12 credits) from that subplan to gain knowledge in one area. One of the courses must be at the 400 level. The four courses must be taken in two or more academic subjects.

      Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite and at least one other ECON course (from the approved PED subplan list).

      Students electing the Comparative Culture & Identity subplan must elect INTSTD 205 and include at least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322. [If INTLSTD 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 33 required for the major].
    5. Three electives (minimum of 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 mustseek 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 beforetaking the class.

List of Approved Courses by Subplan

International Security, Norms & Cooperation

  • AAS 359 / POLSCI 359: African Politics
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
  • AMCULT 206: Themes in American Culture, section titled “Gender Violence in a Global Context”
  • AMCULT 368 / ARABAM 363 / NEAREAST 378 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • ARABAM 363 / AMCULT 368 / NEAREAST 378 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • AMCULT 498: Humanities Approaches to American Culture, section titled “Why Do They Hate Us: Perspectives on 9 / 11”
  • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
  • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
  • ANTHRCUL 458: Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology, section titled “Anthropology of Undocumented Migration”
  • COMM 439: Seminar in Journalistic Performance, section titled “War, Revolution and the New Media”
  • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies, section titled “Translating Human Rights”
  • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled “Literature and Human Rights”
  • ENVIRON 490 / HISTORY 440: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 224: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East
  • HISTORY 230: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Tracking Human Rights”
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
  • HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • HISTORY 257 / JUDAIC 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
  • HISTORY 310 / RCSSCI 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
  • HISTORY 318: Europe in the Era of Total War, 1870-1945
  • HISTORY 328: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Imperialism, Violence and Human Rights”
  • HISTORY 360: September 11
  • HISTORY 360: September 11
  • HISTORY 363: U.S. Foreign Policy and International Politics Since World War II
  • HISTORY 440 / ENVIRON 490: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 443 / NEAREAST 487: Modern Middle East History
  • HISTORY 449: Topics in Middle Eastern History, section titled “The Caucasus Between Empires: Origins of Modern Conflict”
  • HISTORY 477: Law, History, and the Dynamics of Social Change, section titled “Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights Law”
  • HISTORY 480: Conflict and Diplomacy in the Caucasus
  • HISTORY 496: History Colloquium, section titled “Immigrants, Exiles and Emigrations”
  • HJCS 244 / HISTORY 244 / NEAREAST 284 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • JUDAIC 244 / HISTORY 244 / NEAREAST 284 / HJCS 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • JUDAIC 257 / HISTORY 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
  • MENAS 244 / HISTORY 244 / NEAREAST 284 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • NEAREAST 284  / HISTORY 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • NEAREAST 378 / AMCULT 368 / AMCULT 363 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • NEAREAST 487 / HISTORY 443: Modern Middle East History
  • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
  • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, and Reform
  • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, Reform
  • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLSCI 359 / AAS 359: African Politics
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 372: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
  • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science. Section titled “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, sections titled “War in World Politics” and “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
  • PSYCH 312 / UC 375 / SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • PSYCH 393: Political Psychology
  • PSYCH 401Special Problems in Psychology as Social Science, section titled “Psychological Aspects of War and Peace”
  • RCSSCI 310 / HISTORY 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
  • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled “Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice”
  • RELIGION 305 / ASIAN 305: Religion and Violence in the Secular World
  • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
  • SOC 375 / UC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • SOC 450: Political Sociology
  • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, sections titled “Citizenship and Human Rights” or “Human Rights and Socioeconomic Citizenship”
  • UC 254: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “When Legal Norms Collide” and “The History of Human Rights in Latin America”
  • UC 375 / SOC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • WOMENSTD 368 / AMCULT 368 / NEAREAST 378 / ARABAM 363: Women and War in the Middle East

Political Economy & Development (One course must be an ECON course):

  • AAS 247 / HISTORY 247: Modern Africa
  • AAS 322 / ENVIRON 335: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, sections titled “Health and African Development”and “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
  • AAS 497 / POLSCI 458: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
  • ANTHRCUL 439: Economic Anthropology & Development
  • ECON 340: International Economics
  • ECON 412: Topics in Macroeconomics, section titled “Health Economics and the Economy of Health”
  • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
  • ECON 444 (or 453 prior to Fall 2014): The European Economy
  • ECON 445 (or 455 prior to Fall 2014): The Economy of the People's Republic of China
  • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
  • ECON 462: The Economics of Development II
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 313 / POLSCI 394: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
  • ENVIRON 335 / AAS 322: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
  • HISTORY 247 / AAS 247: Modern Africa
  • HISTORY 494 / ECON 494: Topics in Economic History, section titled “History of the Atlantic Economy”
  • POLSCI 337: Comparative Constitutional Design
  • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
  • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
  • POLSCI 354 / SEAS 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science, section titled “State and Market of Contemporary China”
  • POLSCI 394 / ENVIRON 313: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
  • POLSCI 458 / AAS 497: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • POLSCI 497 Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government, section titled “Politics of Energy in the Developing World”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, section titled Globalization & Politics International Finance
  • RCSSCI 315: International Grassroots Development
  • SEAS 354 / POLSCI 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
  • STRATEGY 361: International Management
  • STRATEGY 411: The Corporation in Society
  • STRATEGY 445: Base of the Pyramid: Business Innovation for Solving Society's Problems
  • UC 254.004: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “Cities in the Global South” and “Global Health Equity for the 21st-Century”

Comparative Culture & Identity

  • INTLSTD 205 [If elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 36 required for the major].
  •  At least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322
    • COMPLIT 222 / GTBOOKS 212. Great Books in World Literature.
    • COMPLIT 240: Introduction to Comparative Literature
    • COMPLIT 322: Translating World Literatures
  • The others selected from

    • AAS 409 / ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
    • AAS 420 / ANTHRCUL 347: Race and Ethnicity
    • AAS 422 / ANTHRCUL 411: African Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 222: Comparative Study of Cultures
    • ANTHRCUL 256 / ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
    • ANTHRCUL 300: Doing Ethnography in Havana and in Cuba
    • ANTHRCUL 305: Peoples & Cultures of the Himalaya
    • ANTHRCUL 309: Anthropology of Europe
    • ANTHRCUL 317 / REEES 397: Eastern Europe in Transformation
    • ANTHRCUL 319: Latin American Society & Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 325 / WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
    • ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning
    • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
    • ANTHRCUL 347 / AAS 420: Race and Ethnicity
    • ANTHRCUL 408 / AAS 409: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
    • ANTHRCUL 409: People & Cultures of the Near East & North Africa
    • ANTHRCUL 411 / AAS 422: African Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 416 / HBEHED 516: Global Health
    • ANTHRCUL 428 / WOMENSTD 428 / RCSSCI 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism, and Human Nature
    • ANTHRCUL 464: Language, Culture & Society in South Asia
    • ASIAN 261: Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture. Section titled "Modern China & Its Others"
    • ASIAN 340 / HISTORY 340 / NEAREAST 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • INTLSTD 205
    • COMM 458: Special Topics in Media Systems. Section titled "Media and Identity in Global Context"
    • COMPLIT 382: Literature & the Other Arts
    • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies
    • DANCE 220 / RCHUMS 260: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
    • ENGLISH 375: World Literature in English
    • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
    • ENVIRON 256 / ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
    • GERMAN 402 / HISTORY 417: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
    • GTBOOKS 291: Great Books of Modern Literature
    • HBEHED 516 / ANTHRCUL 416: Global Health
    • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
    • HISTORY 314: Empire, War, and Modernity: France & the World in the 20thCentury
    • HISTORY 333 / REEES 396 / POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • HISTORY 340 / NEAREAST 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • HISTORY 417 / GERMAN 402: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
    • HISTORY 429 / NEAREAST 432 / RELIGION 496 / WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • HISTORY 435 / JUDAIC 435 / RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • JUDAIC 435 / HISTORY 435 / RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • MENAS 340 / HISTORY 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • NEAREAST 200 / RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • NEAREAST 340 / HISTORY 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • NEAREAST 326: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature
    • NEAREAST 432 / HISTORY 429 / RELIGION 496 / WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
    • POLSCI 346: Comparative Studies in Religion & Politics
    • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • POLSCI 357: Governments & Politics of India and South Asia
    • POLSCI 396 / REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / SLAVIC 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Governments, section titled "Comparative Perspectives: Religion, Violence, Rights and Peace Making"
    • RCHUMS 260 / DANCE 220: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
    • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
    • RCSSCI 428 / ANTHRCUL 428 / WOMENSTD 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • REEES 340 / NEAREAST 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • REEES 397 / ANTHRCUL 317: Eastern Europe in Transformation
    • RELIGION 201 / NEAREAST 200: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • RELIGION 496 / HISTORY 429 / NEAREAST 432 / WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • RUSSIAN 435 / HISTORY 435 / JUDAIC 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • SAC 441: National Cinemas
    • SLAVIC 396 / REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • SOC 393 / REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • SOC 415: Culture and Consumption
    • WOMENSTD 324 / ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
    • WOMENSTD 345: Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 357: Feminist Practices in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 428 / RCSSCI 428 / ANTHRCUL 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • WOMENSTD 471 / HISTORY 429 / NEAREAST 432 / RELIGION 496: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam

Global Environment & Health

  • AAS 365 / WOMENSTD 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
  • AAS 409 / ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
  • ANTHRCUL 256 / ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • ANTHRCUL 325 / WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
  • ANTHRCUL 327 / RCSSCI 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
  • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTHRCUL 408 / AAS 409: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
  • ECON 471 / NRE 571: Environmental Economics
  • EEB 315 / ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • EEB 318 / RCIDIV 318 / ENVIRON 318: Food, Land & Society
  • EHS 588 / ENVIRON 475 / NRE 475: Environmental Law
  • ENVIRON 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems
  • ENVIRON 256 / ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
  • ENVIRON 315 / EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • ENVIRON 318 / RCIDIV 318 / EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
  • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 475 / EHS 588 / NRE 475: Environmental Law
  • ENVIRON 490 / POLSCI 463: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
  • HISTORY 285 / RCSSCI 275: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
  • NRE 475 / EHS 588 / ENVIRON 475: Environmental Law
  • NRE 571 / ECON 471: Environmental Economics
  • PUBHLTH 350: Global Health
  • POLSCI 463 / ENVIRON 490: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • RCIDIV 318 / ENVIRON 318 / EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
  • RCSSCI 275 / HISTORY 285: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
  • RCSSCI 327 / ANTHRCUL 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
  • WOMENSTD 324 / ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
  • WOMENSTD 365 / AAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction

Honors Plan

Students interested in an Honors major elect the Honors section of INTLSTD 101, 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, and must complete all International Studies requirements for the major, and complete a senior Honors thesis. 

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

Students writing a thesis will enroll in INTLSTD 499, twice their senior year, for three credits each term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages. Students are responsible for locating their own thesis advisor. Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors plan. 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 advisor and the PICS instructor, plus one outside reader from the faculty. 

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

Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and an Honors thesis advisor. 

International Studies major (Fall 2015)

May be elected as an area major 

Effective Fall 2015: course list updates

Subplans

The major in International Studies offers students the opportunity to take a set of courses across departments to bring multiple methods and concepts together to address global problems. The major is rigorous and offers a balanced approach between disciplinary depth and cross-disciplinary breadth.

It is an opportunity for students to create a curriculum that combines exposure to disciplinary depth and integrative coursework emphasizing successful interdisciplinary research. Our goal is to give students skills in moving among different units of analysis and different disciplinary approaches in order to understand, analyze, and ultimately help solve contemporary problems. International Studies students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum emphasizing the use of multiple methods of analysis of such topics as terrorism, global health trends, human rights and refugees, cultural homogenization and hybridization, environmental and energy crises, transnational religious movements, and the spread of technology. The major will draw on methods developed in specific disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, comparative literature, political science, anthropology, and history, and some methods emerging from cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields.

Prerequisites to the Major

INTLSTD 101; Courses used in the major may have additional prerequisites. 

Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite to major.

Prerequisite to Declaration of the Major. 

Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency before declaring the major.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 33 credits. 

Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses. The language requirement courses are not included in the major gpa.

PICS Language Requirement for the Major. Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be satisfied through study of a language, though language courses do not count as credits toward the major. Because sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English is required, students should begin the language sequence early, and should have started or completed the fourth term proficiency or equivalent before they declare the major. 

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 graduation admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Course Requirements

    1. Core Courses. INTLSTD 301 and 401, each completed with a C- or better.
    2. Research Methods Course. One quantitative research methods course (minimum of 3 credits) chosen from the following list:
      • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
      • ECON 451 (or 405 prior to Fall 2014): Intermediate Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
      • POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
      • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
      • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics
      • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
      • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis

      This requirement must be completed before electing INTLSTD 301.
    3. One Regional Course (minimum 3 credits): Geographic emphasis composed of one course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study. This course cannot be double counted with a subplan course.

    4. Subplans: The four subplans represent four different themes or areas of interest. Students must choose one subplan and take at least four courses (minimum 12 credits) from that subplan to gain knowledge in one area. One of the courses must be at the 400 level. The four courses must be taken in two or more academic subjects.

      Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite and at least one other ECON course (from the approved PED subplan list).

      Students electing the Comparative Culture & Identity subplan must elect INTSTD 205 and include at least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322. [If INTLSTD 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 33 required for the major].
    5. Three electives (minimum of 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 mustseek 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 beforetaking the class.

List of Approved Courses by Subplan

International Security, Norms & Cooperation

  • AAPTIS 244 / HISTORY 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • AAPTIS 368 / AMCULT 368 / AMCULT 363 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • AAS 359 / POLSCI 359: African Politics
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
  • AMCULT 206: Themes in American Culture, section titled “Gender Violence in a Global Context”
  • AMCULT 368 / ARABAM 363 / AAPTIS 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • ARABAM 363 / AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • AMCULT 498: Humanities Approaches to American Culture, section titled “Why Do They Hate Us: Perspectives on 9 / 11”
  • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
  • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
  • ANTHRCUL 458: Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology, section titled “Anthropology of Undocumented Migration”
  • COMM 439: Seminar in Journalistic Performance, section titled “War, Revolution and the New Media”
  • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies, section titled “Translating Human Rights”
  • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled “Literature and Human Rights”
  • ENVIRON 490 / HISTORY 440: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 224: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East
  • HISTORY 230: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Tracking Human Rights”
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
  • HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • HISTORY 257 / JUDAIC 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
  • HISTORY 310 / RCSSCI 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
  • HISTORY 318: Europe in the Era of Total War, 1870-1945
  • HISTORY 328: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Imperialism, Violence and Human Rights”
  • HISTORY 360: September 11
  • HISTORY 360: September 11
  • HISTORY 363: U.S. Foreign Policy and International Politics Since World War II
  • HISTORY 440 / ENVIRON 490: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 443 / NEAREAST 487: Modern Middle East History
  • HISTORY 449: Topics in Middle Eastern History, section titled “The Caucasus Between Empires: Origins of Modern Conflict”
  • HISTORY 477: Law, History, and the Dynamics of Social Change, section titled “Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights Law”
  • HISTORY 480: Conflict and Diplomacy in the Caucasus
  • HISTORY 496: History Colloquium, section titled “Immigrants, Exiles and Emigrations”
  • HJCS 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • JUDAIC 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • JUDAIC 257 / HISTORY 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
  • MENAS 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • NEAREAST 487 / HISTORY 443: Modern Middle East History
  • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
  • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, and Reform
  • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, Reform
  • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLSCI 359 / AAS 359: African Politics
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 372: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
  • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science. Section titled “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, sections titled “War in World Politics” and “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
  • PSYCH 312 / UC 375 / SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • PSYCH 393: Political Psychology
  • PSYCH 401Special Problems in Psychology as Social Science, section titled “Psychological Aspects of War and Peace”
  • RCSSCI 310 / HISTORY 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
  • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled “Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice”
  • RELIGION 305 / ASIAN 305: Religion and Violence in the Secular World
  • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
  • SOC 375 / UC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • SOC 450: Political Sociology
  • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, sections titled “Citizenship and Human Rights” or “Human Rights and Socioeconomic Citizenship”
  • UC 254: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “When Legal Norms Collide” and “The History of Human Rights in Latin America”
  • UC 375 / SOC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • WOMENSTD 368 / AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368 / ARABAM 363: Women and War in the Middle East

Political Economy & Development (One course must be an ECON course):

  • AAS 247 / HISTORY 247: Modern Africa
  • AAS 322 / ENVIRON 335: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, sections titled “Health and African Development”and “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
  • AAS 497 / POLSCI 458: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
  • ANTHRCUL 439: Economic Anthropology & Development
  • ECON 340: International Economics
  • ECON 412: Topics in Macroeconomics, section titled “Health Economics and the Economy of Health”
  • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
  • ECON 444 (or 453 prior to Fall 2014): The European Economy
  • ECON 445 (or 455 prior to Fall 2014): The Economy of the People's Republic of China
  • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
  • ECON 462: The Economics of Development II
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 313 / POLSCI 394: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
  • ENVIRON 335 / AAS 322: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
  • HISTORY 247 / AAS 247: Modern Africa
  • HISTORY 494 / ECON 494: Topics in Economic History, section titled “History of the Atlantic Economy”
  • POLSCI 337: Comparative Constitutional Design
  • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
  • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
  • POLSCI 354 / SEAS 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science, section titled “State and Market of Contemporary China”
  • POLSCI 394 / ENVIRON 313: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
  • POLSCI 458 / AAS 497: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • POLSCI 497 Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government, section titled “Politics of Energy in the Developing World”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, section titled Globalization & Politics International Finance
  • RCSSCI 315: International Grassroots Development
  • SEAS 354 / POLSCI 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
  • STRATEGY 361: International Management
  • STRATEGY 411: The Corporation in Society
  • STRATEGY 445: Base of the Pyramid: Business Innovation for Solving Society's Problems
  • UC 254.004: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “Cities in the Global South” and “Global Health Equity for the 21st-Century”

Comparative Culture & Identity

  • INTLSTD 205 [If elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 36 required for the major].
  •  At least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322
    • COMPLIT 222 / GTBOOKS 212. Great Books in World Literature.
    • COMPLIT 240: Introduction to Comparative Literature
    • COMPLIT 322: Translating World Literatures
  • The others selected from

    • AAPTIS 495 / HISTORY 429 / RELIGION 496 / WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • AAS 409 / ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
    • AAS 420 / ANTHRCUL 347: Race and Ethnicity
    • AAS 422 / ANTHRCUL 411: African Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 222: Comparative Study of Cultures
    • ANTHRCUL 256 / ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
    • ANTHRCUL 300: Doing Ethnography in Havana and in Cuba
    • ANTHRCUL 305: Peoples & Cultures of the Himalaya
    • ANTHRCUL 309: Anthropology of Europe
    • ANTHRCUL 317 / REEES 397: Eastern Europe in Transformation
    • ANTHRCUL 319: Latin American Society & Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 325 / WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
    • ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning
    • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
    • ANTHRCUL 347 / AAS 420: Race and Ethnicity
    • ANTHRCUL 408 / AAS 409: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
    • ANTHRCUL 409: People & Cultures of the Near East & North Africa
    • ANTHRCUL 411 / AAS 422: African Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 416 / HBEHED 516: Global Health
    • ANTHRCUL 428 / WOMENSTD 428 / RCSSCI 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism, and Human Nature
    • ANTHRCUL 464: Language, Culture & Society in South Asia
    • ASIAN 261: Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture. Section titled "Modern China & Its Others"
    • ASIAN 340 / HISTORY 340 / NEAREAST 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • INTLSTD 205
    • COMM 458: Special Topics in Media Systems. Section titled "Media and Identity in Global Context"
    • COMPLIT 382: Literature & the Other Arts
    • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies
    • DANCE 220 / RCHUMS 260: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
    • ENGLISH 375: World Literature in English
    • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
    • ENVIRON 256 / ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
    • GERMAN 402 / HISTORY 417: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
    • GTBOOKS 291: Great Books of Modern Literature
    • HBEHED 516 / ANTHRCUL 416: Global Health
    • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
    • HISTORY 314: Empire, War, and Modernity: France & the World in the 20thCentury
    • HISTORY 333 / REEES 396 / POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • HISTORY 340 / NEAREAST 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • HISTORY 417 / GERMAN 402: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
    • HISTORY 429 / AAPTIS 495 / RELIGION 496 / WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • HISTORY 435 / JUDAIC 435 / RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • JUDAIC 435 / HISTORY 435 / RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • MENAS 340 / HISTORY 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • NEAREAST 200 / RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • NEAREAST 340 / HISTORY 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • NEAREAST 326: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature
    • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
    • POLSCI 346: Comparative Studies in Religion & Politics
    • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • POLSCI 357: Governments & Politics of India and South Asia
    • POLSCI 396 / REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / SLAVIC 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Governments, section titled "Comparative Perspectives: Religion, Violence, Rights and Peace Making"
    • RCHUMS 260 / DANCE 220: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
    • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
    • RCSSCI 428 / ANTHRCUL 428 / WOMENSTD 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • REEES 340 / NEAREAST 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • REEES 397 / ANTHRCUL 317: Eastern Europe in Transformation
    • RELIGION 201 / NEAREAST 200: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • RELIGION 496 / HISTORY 429 / AAPTIS 495 / WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • RUSSIAN 435 / HISTORY 435 / JUDAIC 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • SAC 441: National Cinemas
    • SLAVIC 396 / REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • SOC 393 / REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • SOC 415: Culture and Consumption
    • WOMENSTD 324 / ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
    • WOMENSTD 345: Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 357: Feminist Practices in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 428 / RCSSCI 428 / ANTHRCUL 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • WOMENSTD 471 / HISTORY 429 / AAPTIS 495 / RELIGION 496: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam

Global Environment & Health

  • AAS 365 / WOMENSTD 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
  • AAS 409 / ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
  • ANTHRCUL 256 / ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • ANTHRCUL 325 / WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
  • ANTHRCUL 327 / RCSSCI 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
  • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTHRCUL 408 / AAS 409: Maternal / Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
  • ECON 471 / NRE 571: Environmental Economics
  • EEB 315 / ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • EEB 318 / RCIDIV 318 / ENVIRON 318: Food, Land & Society
  • EHS 588 / ENVIRON 475 / NRE 475: Environmental Law
  • ENVIRON 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems
  • ENVIRON 256 / ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
  • ENVIRON 315 / EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • ENVIRON 318 / RCIDIV 318 / EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
  • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 475 / EHS 588 / NRE 475: Environmental Law
  • ENVIRON 490 / POLSCI 463: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
  • HISTORY 285 / RCSSCI 275: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
  • NRE 475 / EHS 588 / ENVIRON 475: Environmental Law
  • NRE 571 / ECON 471: Environmental Economics
  • PUBHLTH 350: Global Health
  • POLSCI 463 / ENVIRON 490: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • RCIDIV 318 / ENVIRON 318 / EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
  • RCSSCI 275 / HISTORY 285: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
  • RCSSCI 327 / ANTHRCUL 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
  • WOMENSTD 324 / ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
  • WOMENSTD 365 / AAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction

Honors Plan

Students interested in an Honors major elect the Honors section of INTLSTD 101, 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, and must complete all International Studies requirements for the major, and complete a senior Honors thesis. 

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

Students writing a thesis will enroll in INTLSTD 499, twice their senior year, for three credits each term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages. Students are responsible for locating their own thesis advisor. Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors plan. 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 advisor and the PICS instructor, plus one outside reader from the faculty. 

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

Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and an Honors thesis advisor. 

International Studies major (Fall 2014-Summer 2015)

May be elected as an area major 

Effective Fall  2014-Summer 2015

Subplans

The major in International Studies offers students the opportunity to take a set of courses across departments to bring multiple methods and concepts together to address global problems. The major is rigorous and offers a balanced approach between disciplinary depth and cross-disciplinary breadth.

It is an opportunity for students to create a curriculum that combines exposure to disciplinary depth and integrative coursework emphasizing successful interdisciplinary research. Our goal is to give students skills in moving among different units of analysis and different disciplinary approaches in order to understand, analyze, and ultimately help solve contemporary problems. International Studies students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum emphasizing the use of multiple methods of analysis of such topics as terrorism, global health trends, human rights and refugees, cultural homogenization and hybridization, environmental and energy crises, transnational religious movements, and the spread of technology. The major will draw on methods developed in specific disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, comparative literature, political science, anthropology, and history, and some methods emerging from cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields.

Prerequisites to the Major

INTLSTD 101; Courses used in the major may have additional prerequisites. 

Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite to major.

Prerequisite to Declaration of the Major. 

Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency before declaring the major.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 33 credits. 

Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses. The language requirement courses are not included in the major gpa.

PICS Language Requirement for the Major. Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be satisfied through study of a language, though language courses do not count as credits toward the major. Because sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English is required, students should begin the language sequence early, and should have started or completed the fourth term proficiency or equivalent before they declare the major. 

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 graduation admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Course Requirements

    1. Core Courses. INTLSTD  301 and 401, each completed with a C- or better.  
    2. Research Methods Course. One quantitative research methods course (minimum of 3 credits) chosen from the following list:
      • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
      • ECON 451 (or 405 prior to Fall 2014): Intermediate Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
      • POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
      • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
      • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics
      • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
      • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis

      This requirement must be completed before electing INTLSTD 301.
    3. One Regional Course (minimum 3 credits): Geographic emphasis composed of one course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study. This course cannot be double counted with a subplan course.

    4. Subplans: The four subplans represent four different themes or areas of interest. Students must choose one subplan and take at least four courses (minimum 12 credits) from that subplan to gain knowledge in one area. One of the courses must be at the 400 level. The four courses must be taken in two or more academic subjects.

      Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite and at least one other ECON course (from the approved PED subplan list).

      Students electing the Comparative Culture & Identity subplan must elect INTSTD 205  and  include at least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322. [If INTLSTD 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 33 required for the major].
    5. Three electives (minimum of 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.

List of Approved Courses by Subplan

International Security, Norms & Cooperation

  • AAPTIS 244 / HISTORY 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • AAPTIS 368 / AMCULT 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • AAPTIS 487 / HISTORY 443: Modern Middle East History
  • AAS 359 / POLSCI 359: African Politics
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
  • AMCULT 206: Themes in American Culture, section titled “Gender Violence in a Global Context”
  • AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • ARABAM 363 / AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
  • AMCULT 498: Humanities Approaches to American Culture, section titled “Why Do They Hate Us: Perspectives on 9/11”
  • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
  • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
  • ANTHRCUL 458: Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology, section titled “Anthropology of Undocumented Migration”
  • COMM 439: Seminar in Journalistic Performance, section titled “War, Revolution and the New Media”
  • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies, section titled “Translating Human Rights”
  • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled “Literature and Human Rights”
  • ENVIRON 490 / HISTORY 440: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 224: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East
  • HISTORY 230: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Tracking Human Rights”
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
  • HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • HISTORY 257 / JUDAIC 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
  • HISTORY 310 / RCSSCI 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
  • HISTORY 318: Europe in the Era of Total War, 1870-1945
  • HISTORY 328: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Imperialism, Violence and Human Rights”
  • HISTORY 360: September 11
  • HISTORY 360: September 11
  • HISTORY 363: U.S. Foreign Policy and International Politics Since World War II
  • HISTORY 440/ENVIRON 490: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 443 / AAPTIS 487: Modern Middle East History
  • HISTORY 449: Topics in Middle Eastern History, section titled “The Caucasus Between Empires: Origins of Modern Conflict”
  • HISTORY 477: Law, History, and the Dynamics of Social Change, section titled “Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights Law”
  • HISTORY 480: Conflict and Diplomacy in the Caucasus
  • HISTORY 496: History Colloquium, section titled “Immigrants, Exiles and Emigrations”
  • HJCS 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • JUDAIC 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • JUDAIC 257 / HISTORY 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
  • MENAS 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
  • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
  • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, and Reform
  • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, Reform
  • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLSCI 359 / AAS 359: African Politics
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 372: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
  • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science. Section titled “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, sections titled “War in World Politics” and “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
  • PSYCH 312 / UC 375 / SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • PSYCH 393: Political Psychology
  • PSYCH 401Special Problems in Psychology as Social Science, section titled “Psychological Aspects of War and Peace”
  • RCSSCI 310 / HISTORY 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
  • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled “Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice”
  • RELIGION 305 / ASIAN 305: Religion and Violence in the Secular World
  • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
  • SOC 375 / UC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • SOC 450: Political Sociology
  • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, sections titled “Citizenship and Human Rights” or “Human Rights and Socioeconomic Citizenship”
  • UC 254: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “When Legal Norms Collide” and “The History of Human Rights in Latin America”
  • UC 375 / SOC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
  • WOMENSTD 368 / AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368: Women and War in the Middle East

Political Economy & Development (One course must be an ECON course):

  • AAS 247/HISTORY 247: Modern Africa
  • AAS 322 / ENVIRON 335: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, sections titled “Health and African Development”and “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
  • AAS 497 / POLSCI 458: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
  • ANTHRCUL 439: Economic Anthropology & Development
  • ECON 340: International Economics
  • ECON 412: Topics in Macroeconomics, section titled “Health Economics and the Economy of Health”
  • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
  • ECON 444 (or 453 prior to Fall 2014): The European Economy
  • ECON 445 (or 455 prior to Fall 2014): The Economy of the People's Republic of China
  • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
  • ECON 462: The Economics of Development II
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 313 / POLSCI 394: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
  • ENVIRON 335 / AAS 322: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
  • HISTORY 247 / AAS 247: Modern Africa
  • HISTORY 494 / ECON 494: Topics in Economic History, section titled “History of the Atlantic Economy”
  • POLSCI 337: Comparative Constitutional Design
  • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
  • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
  • POLSCI 354 / SEAS 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science, section titled “State and Market of Contemporary China”
  • POLSCI 394 / ENVIRON 313: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
  • POLSCI 458 / AAS 497: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • POLSCI 497 Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government, section titled “Politics of Energy in the Developing World”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, section titled Globalization & Politics International Finance
  • RCSSCI 315: International Grassroots Development
  • SEAS 354 / POLSCI 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
  • STRATEGY 361: International Management
  • STRATEGY 411: The Corporation in Society
  • STRATEGY 445: Base of the Pyramid: Business Innovation for Solving Society's Problems
  • UC 254.004: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “Cities in the Global South” and “Global Health Equity for the 21st-Century”

Comparative Culture & Identity

  • INTLSTD 205  [If  elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 36 required for the major].
  •  At least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322
    • COMPLIT 222/GTBOOKS 212. Great Books in World Literature.
    • COMPLIT 240: Introduction to Comparative Literature
    • COMPLIT 322: Translating World Literatures
  • The others selected from

    • AAPTIS 200/ACABS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • AAPTIS 340/HISTORY 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • AAPTIS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature
    • AAPTIS 495/HISTORY 429/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • ANTHRCUL 222: Comparative Study of Cultures
    • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
    • ANTHRCUL 300: Doing Ethnography in Havana and in Cuba
    • ANTHRCUL 305: Peoples & Cultures of the Himalaya
    • ANTHRCUL 309: Anthropology of Europe
    • ANTHRCUL 317/REEES 397: Eastern Europe in Transformation
    • ANTHRCUL 319: Latin American Society & Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
    • ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning
    • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
    • ANTHRCUL 347/CAAS 420: Race and Ethnicity
    • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
    • ANTHRCUL 409: People & Cultures of the Near East & North Africa
    • ANTHRCUL 411/CAAS 422: African Culture
    • ANTHRCUL 416/HBEHED 516: Global Health
    • ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism, and Human Nature
    • ANTHRCUL 464: Language, Culture & Society in South Asia
    • ASIAN 261: Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture. Section titled "Modern China & Its Others"
    • ASIAN 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
    • CAAS 420/ANTHRCUL 347: Race and Ethnicity
    • CAAS 422/ANTHRCUL 411: African Culture
    • INTLSTD 205
    • COMM 458: Special Topics in Media Systems. Section titled "Media and Identity in Global Context"
    • COMPLIT 382: Literature & the Other Arts
    • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies
    • DANCE 220/RCHUMS 260: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
    • ENGLISH 375: World Literature in English
    • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
    • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
    • GERMAN 402/HISTORY 417: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
    • GTBOOKS 291: Great Books of Modern Literature
    • HBEHED 516/ANTHRCUL 416: Global Health
    • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
    • HISTORY 314: Empire, War, and Modernity: France & the World in the 20thCentury
    • HISTORY 333/REES 396/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • HISTORY 417/GERMAN 402: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
    • HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • HJCS 200/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • JUDAIC 435/HISTORY 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • MENAS 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
    • POLSCI 346: Comparative Studies in Religion & Politics
    • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • POLSCI 357: Governments & Politics of India and South Asia
    • POLSCI 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Governments, section titled "Comparative Perspectives: Religion, Violence, Rights and Peace Making"
    • RCHUMS 260/DANCE 220: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
    • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
    • RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • REEES 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
    • REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • REEES 397/ANTHRCUL 317: Eastern Europe in Transformation
    • RELIGION 201/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
    • RELIGION 496/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • RUSSIAN 435/HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
    • SAC 441: National Cinemas
    • SLAVIC 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • SOC 393/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
    • SOC 415: Culture and Consumption
    • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
    • WOMENSTD 345: Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 357: Feminist Practices in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
    • WOMENSTD 471/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam

Global Environment & Health

  • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
  • ANTHRCUL 327/RCSSCI 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
  • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
  • CAAS 365/WOMENSTD 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
  • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
  • ECON 471/NRE 571: Environmental Economics
  • EEB 315/ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • EEB 318/RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318: Food, Land & Society
  • EHS 588/ENVIRON 475/NRE 475: Environmental Law
  • ENVIRON 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems
  • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
  • ENVIRON 315/EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • ENVIRON 318/RCIDIV 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
  • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 475/EHS 588/NRE 475: Environmental Law
  • ENVIRON 490/POLSCI 463: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
  • HISTORY 285/RCSSCI 275: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
  • NRE 475/EHS 588/ENVIRON 475: Environmental Law
  • NRE 571/ECON 471: Environmental Economics
  • PUBHLTH 350: Global Health
  • POLSCI 463/ENVIRON 490: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
  • RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
  • RCSSCI 275/HISTORY 285: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
  • RCSSCI 327/ANTHRCUL 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
  • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
  • WOMENSTD 365/CAAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction

Honors Plan

Students interested in an Honors major elect the Honors section of INTLSTD  101, 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, and must complete all International Studies requirements for the major, and complete a senior Honors thesis.  

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

Students writing a thesis will enroll in INTLSTD 499, twice their senior year, for three credits each term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages.  Students are responsible for locating their own thesis advisor.  Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors plan.  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 advisor and the PICS instructor, plus one outside reader from the faculty. 

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

Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and an Honors thesis advisor. 

International Studies major (Winter 2014-Summer 2014)

May be elected as an area major administered solely by PICS

Effective Winter 2014-Summer 2014

Subplans

The major in International Studies offers students the opportunity to take a set of courses across departments to bring multiple methods and concepts together to address global problems. The major is rigorous and offers a balanced approach between disciplinary depth and cross-disciplinary breadth.

It is an opportunity for students to create a curriculum that combines exposure to disciplinary depth and integrative coursework emphasizing successful interdisciplinary research. Our goal is to give students skills in moving among different units of analysis and different disciplinary approaches in order to understand, analyze, and ultimately help solve contemporary problems. International Studies students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum emphasizing the use of multiple methods of analysis of such topics as terrorism, global health trends, human rights and refugees, cultural homogenization and hybridization, environmental and energy crises, transnational religious movements, and the spread of technology. The major will draw on methods developed in specific disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, comparative literature, political science, anthropology, and history, and some methods emerging from cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields.

Prerequisites to the Major

INTLSTD 101 (or CICS 101); Courses used in the major may have additional prerequisites. 

Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite to major.

Prerequisite to Declaration of the Major. 

Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency before declaring the major.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 33 credits. 

Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses. The language requirement courses are not included in the major gpa.

PICS Language Requirement for the Major. Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be satisfied through study of a language, though language courses do not count as credits toward the major. Because sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English is required, students should begin the language sequence early, and should have started or completed the fourth term proficiency or equivalent before they declare the major. 

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 graduation admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Course Requirements

    1. Core Courses. INTLSTD  301 and 401 (or CICS 301 and 401), each completed with a C- or better.  
    2. Research Methods Course. One quantitative research methods course(minimum of 3 credits) chosen from the following list:
      • ECON 309: Experimental Economics
      • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
      • ECON 405: Introduction to Statistics
      • POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
      • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
      • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics
      • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
      • STATS 250 (or 350): Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis

      This requirement must be completed before electing INTLSTD 301.
    3. One Regional Course (minimum 3 credits): Geographic emphasis composed of one course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study. This course cannot be double counted with a subplan course.

    4. Subplans: The four subplans represent four different themes or areas of interest. Students must choose one subplan and take at least four courses (minimum 12 credits) from that subplan to gain knowledge in one area. One of the courses must be 400 level. The four courses must be taken in two or more academic subjects.

      Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite and at least one other ECON course.

      Students electing the Comparative Culture & Identity subplan must elect INTSTD 205 (or CICS 205) and  include at least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322. [If INTLSTD 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 33 required for the major].

      International Security, Norms & Cooperation

      • AAPTIS 244 / HISTORY 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • AAPTIS 368 / AMCULT 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
      • AAPTIS 487 / HISTORY 443: Modern Middle East History
      • AAS 359 / POLSCI 359: African Politics
      • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
      • AMCULT 206: Themes in American Culture, section titled “Gender Violence in a Global Context”
      • AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
      • ARABAM 363 / AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368 / WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
      • AMCULT 498: Humanities Approaches to American Culture, section titled“Why Do They Hate Us: Perspectives on 9/11”
      • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
      • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
      • ANTHRCUL 458: Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology, section titled “Anthropology of Undocumented Migration”
      • COMM 439: Seminar in Journalistic Performance, section titled “War, Revolution and the New Media”
      • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies, section titled “Translating Human Rights”
      • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled“Literature and Human Rights”
      • ENVIRON 490 / HISTORY 440: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HISTORY 224: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East
      • HISTORY 230: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Tracking Human Rights”
      • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
      • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
      • HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • HISTORY 257 / JUDAIC 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
      • HISTORY 310 / RCSSCI 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
      • HISTORY 318: Europe in the Era of Total War, 1870-1945
      • HISTORY 328: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “Imperialism, Violence and Human Rights”
      • HISTORY 360: September 11
      • HISTORY 360: September 11
      • HISTORY 363: U.S. Foreign Policy and International Politics Since World War II
      • HISTORY 440/ENVIRON 490: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HISTORY 443 / AAPTIS 487: Modern Middle East History
      • HISTORY 449: Topics in Middle Eastern History, section titled “The Caucasus Between Empires: Origins of Modern Conflict”
      • HISTORY 477: Law, History, and the Dynamics of Social Change, section titled “Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights Law”
      • HISTORY 480: Conflict and Diplomacy in the Caucasus
      • HISTORY 496: History Colloquium, section titled “Immigrants, Exiles and Emigrations”
      • HJCS 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / JUDAIC 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • JUDAIC 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • JUDAIC 257 / HISTORY 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
      • MENAS 244 / HISTORY 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, and Reform
      • POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, Reform
      • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
      • POLSCI 359 / AAS 359: African Politics
      • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
      • POLSCI 372: Comparative Foreign Policy
      • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
      • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science. Section titled “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
      • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, sections titled “War in World Politics” and “The International Law & Politics of Human Rights”
      • PSYCH 312 / UC 375 / SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
      • PSYCH 393: Political Psychology
      • PSYCH 401Special Problems in Psychology as Social Science, section titled “Psychological Aspects of War and Peace”
      • RCSSCI 310 / HISTORY 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
      • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled “Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice”
      • RELIGION 305 / ASIAN 305: Religion and Violence in the Secular World
      • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
      • SOC 375 / UC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
      • SOC 450: Political Sociology
      • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, sections titled “Citizenship and Human Rights” or “Human Rights and Socioeconomic Citizenship”
      • UC 254: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “When Legal Norms Collide” and “The History of Human Rights in Latin America”
      • UC 375 / SOC 375 / PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
      • WOMENSTD 368 / AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368: Women and War in the Middle East

      Political Economy & Development:

      One course must be an ECON course

      • AAS 247/HISTORY 247: Modern Africa
      • AAS 322 / ENVIRON 335: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
      • AAS 432: Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
      • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, sections titled “Health and African Development” and “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
      • AAS 497 / POLSCI 458: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
      • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
      • ANTHRCUL 439: Economic Anthropology & Development
      • ECON 340: International Economics
      • ECON 412: Topics in Macroeconomics, section titled “Health Economics and the Economy of Health”
      • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
      • ECON 442: International Finance
      • ECON 453: The European Economy
      • ECON 455: The Economy of the People's Republic of China
      • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
      • ECON 462: The Economics of Development II
      • ECON 471 / NRE 571: Environmental Economics
      • ECON 494 / HISTORY 494: Topics in Economic History, section titled“History of the Atlantic Economy”
      • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 313 / POLSCI 394: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
      • ENVIRON 335 / AAS 322: Introduction to Environment Politics: Race, Class, and Gender
      • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
      • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
      • HISTORY 240: The World Since 1492
      • HISTORY 247 / AAS 247: Modern Africa
      • HISTORY 494 / ECON 494: Topics in Economic History, section titled“History of the Atlantic Economy”
      • NRE 571 / ECON 471: Environmental Economics
      • POLSCI 337: Comparative Constitutional Design
      • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
      • POLSCI 354 / SEAS 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
      • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
      • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science, section titled “State and Market of Contemporary China”
      • POLSCI 394 / ENVIRON 313: Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World
      • POLSCI 458 / AAS 497: Party Politics and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
      • POLSCI 497 Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government, section titled “Politics of Energy in the Developing World”
      • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, section titled Globalization & Politics International Finance
      • RCSSCI 315: International Grassroots Development
      • SEAS 354 / POLSCI 354: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
      • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
      • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
      • STRATEGY 361: International Management
      • STRATEGY 411: The Corporation in Society
      • STRATEGY 445: Base of the Pyramid: Business Innovation for Solving Society's Problems
      • UC 254.004: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar, sections titled “Cities in the Global South” and “Global Health Equity for the 21st-Century”

      Comparative Culture & Identity

      • INTLSTD 205 (or CICS 205) [If  elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 36 required for the major].
      •  At least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322
        • COMPLIT 222/GTBOOKS 212. Great Books in World Literature.
        • COMPLIT 240: Introduction to Comparative Literature
        • COMPLIT 322: Translating World Literatures
      • The other selected courses should contribute to the coherence of the student's overall IS major. Therefore, all courses must be approved by the International Studies Advisor and signed off by the director of PICS prior to registration. 
        Here is a list of courses that have been approved.  

        • AAPTIS 200/ACABS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • AAPTIS 340/HISTORY 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • AAPTIS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature
        • AAPTIS 495/HISTORY 429/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • ANTHRCUL 222: Comparative Study of Cultures
        • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
        • ANTHRCUL 300: Doing Ethnography in Havana and in Cuba
        • ANTHRCUL 305: Peoples & Cultures of the Himalaya
        • ANTHRCUL 309: Anthropology of Europe
        • ANTHRCUL 317/REEES 397: Eastern Europe in Transformation
        • ANTHRCUL 319: Latin American Society & Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
        • ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning
        • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
        • ANTHRCUL 347/CAAS 420: Race and Ethnicity
        • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
        • ANTHRCUL 409: People & Cultures of the Near East & North Africa
        • ANTHRCUL 411/CAAS 422: African Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 416/HBEHED 516: Global Health
        • ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism, and Human Nature
        • ANTHRCUL 464: Language, Culture & Society in South Asia
        • ASIAN 261: Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture. Section titled "Modern China & Its Others"
        • ASIAN 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
        • CAAS 420/ANTHRCUL 347: Race and Ethnicity
        • CAAS 422/ANTHRCUL 411: African Culture
        • INTLSTD 205 (or CICS 205)
        • COMM 458: Special Topics in Media Systems. Section titled "Media and Identity in Global Context"
        • COMPLIT 382: Literature & the Other Arts
        • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies
        • DANCE 220/RCHUMS 260: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
        • ENGLISH 375: World Literature in English
        • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
        • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
        • GERMAN 402/HISTORY 417: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
        • GTBOOKS 291: Great Books of Modern Literature
        • HBEHED 516/ANTHRCUL 416: Global Health
        • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
        • HISTORY 314: Empire, War, and Modernity: France & the World in the 20th Century
        • HISTORY 333/REES 396/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • HISTORY 417/GERMAN 402: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
        • HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • HJCS 200/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • JUDAIC 435/HISTORY 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • MENAS 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
        • POLSCI 346: Comparative Studies in Religion & Politics
        • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
        • POLSCI 357: Governments & Politics of India and South Asia
        • POLSCI 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Governments, section titled "Comparative Perspectives: Religion, Violence, Rights and Peace Making"
        • RCHUMS 260/DANCE 220: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
        • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
        • RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • REEES 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • REEES 397/ANTHRCUL 317: Eastern Europe in Transformation
        • RELIGION 201/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • RELIGION 496/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • RUSSIAN 435/HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • SAC 441: National Cinemas
        • SLAVIC 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • SOC 393/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • SOC 415: Culture and Consumption
        • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
        • WOMENSTD 345: Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
        • WOMENSTD 357: Feminist Practices in a Global Context
        • WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • WOMENSTD 471/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam

      Global Environment & Health

      • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
      • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
      • ANTHRCUL 327/RCSSCI 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
      • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
      • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
      • CAAS 365/WOMENSTD 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
      • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
      • ECON 471/NRE 571: Environmental Economics
      • EEB 315/ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
      • EEB 318/RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318: Food, Land & Society
      • EHS 588/ENVIRON 475/NRE 475: Environmental Law
      • ENVIRON 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems
      • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
      • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
      • ENVIRON 315/EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
      • ENVIRON 318/RCIDIV 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
      • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
      • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 475/EHS 588/NRE 475: Environmental Law
      • ENVIRON 490/POLSCI 463: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
      • HISTORY 285/RCSSCI 275: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
      • NRE 475/EHS 588/ENVIRON 475: Environmental Law
      • NRE 571/ECON 471: Environmental Economics
      • PUBHLTH 350: Global Health
      • POLSCI 463/ENVIRON 490: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
      • RCSSCI 275/HISTORY 285: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
      • RCSSCI 327/ANTHRCUL 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
      • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
      • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
      • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
      • WOMENSTD 365/CAAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
    1. Three electives (minimum of 9 credits). The electives are designed to allow students to personalize their IS major by choosing, with the approval of the International Studies advisor, three courses that build upon their subplan, contributing to the coherence of the student's overall IS major. The purpose is both to broaden and deepen their studies using courses outside their chosen subplan. There is no pre-approved list for electives. Students may take additional courses within their subplan, additional regional courses or relevant study abroad courses as electives.

Honors Plan

Students interested in an Honors major elect the Honors section of INTLSTD  101, and must complete INTLSTD 101 (or CICS 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, and must complete all International Studies requirements for the major, and complete a senior Honors thesis.  

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

Students writing a thesis will enroll in INTLSTD 499 (or CICS 499), twice their senior year, for three credits each term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages.  Students are responsible for locating their own thesis advisor.  Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors plan.  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 advisor and the PICS instructor, plus one outside reader from the faculty. 

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

Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and an Honors thesis advisor. 

International Studies major (Fall 2013)

May be elected as an area major administered solely by PICS

Effective Fall 2013 

The major in International Studies offers students the opportunity to take a set of courses across departments to bring multiple methods and concepts together to address global problems. The major is rigorous and offers a balanced approach between disciplinary depth and cross-disciplinary breadth.

It is an opportunity for students to create a curriculum that combines exposure to disciplinary depth and integrative coursework emphasizing successful interdisciplinary research. Our goal is to give students skills in moving among different units of analysis and different disciplinary approaches in order to understand, analyze, and ultimately help solve contemporary problems. International Studies students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum emphasizing the use of multiple methods of analysis of such topics as terrorism, global health trends, human rights and refugees, cultural homogenization and hybridization, environmental and energy crises, transnational religious movements, and the spread of technology. The major will draw on methods developed in specific disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, comparative literature, political science, anthropology, and history, and some methods emerging from cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields.

Prerequisites to the Major

CICS 101; Courses used in the major may have additional prerequisites. 

Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite to major.

Prerequisite to Declaration of the Major. 

Students must have started or completed 4th-term language proficiency before declaring the major.

Requirements for the major

A minimum of 33 credits. 

 Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses. The language requirement courses are not included in the major gpa.

PICS Language Requirement for the Major. Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be satisfied through study of a language, though language courses do not count as credits toward the major. Because sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English is required, students should begin the language sequence early, and should have started or completed the fourth term proficiency or equivalent before they declare the major. 

We believe that language study is a vital part of any liberal arts education, and that students who concentrate 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 graduation admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Course Requirements

    1. Core Courses. CICS  301 and 401, each completed with a C- or better.  
    2. Research Methods Course. One quantitative research methods course(minimum of 3 credits) chosen from the following list:
      • COMM 211: Evaluating Information
      • ECON 309: Experimental Economics
      • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
      • ECON 405: Introduction to Statistics
      • POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
      • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
      • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics
      • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
      • STATS 250 (or 350): Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis

      This requirement must be completed before electing CICS 301.
    3. One Regional Course (minimum 3 credits): Geographic emphasis composed of one course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study. This course cannot be double counted with a subplan course.

    4. Subplans: The four subplans represent four different themes or areas of interest. Students must choose one subplan and take at least four courses (minimum 12 credits) from that subplan to gain knowledge in one area. One of the courses must be 400 level. The four courses must be taken in two or more academic subjects.

      Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite and at least one other ECON course.

      Students electing the Comparative Culture & Identity subplan must elect CICS 205 and  include at least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322. [If CICS 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 33 required for the major].

      International Security, Norms & Cooperation

      • AAPTIS 244/HISTORY 244/HJCS 244/JUDAIC 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • AAPTIS 368/AMCULT 368/WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
      • AMCULT 368/AAPTIS 368/WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
      • AMCULT 498: Humanities Approaches to American Culture, section titled "Why Do They Hate Us: Perspectives on 9/11"
      • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
      • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
      • ENVIRON 490/HISTORY 440: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/HJCS 244/JUDAIC 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • HISTORY 360: September 11
      • HISTORY 363: U.S. Foreign Policy and International Politics Since World War II
      • HISTORY 440/ENVIRON 440. War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HJCS 244/HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/JUDAIC 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • JUDAIC 244/HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/HJCS 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • MENAS 244/HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/HJCS 244/JUDAIC 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
      • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
      • POLSCI 372: Comparative Foreign Policy
      • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
      • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science. Section titled "The International Law & Politics of Human Rights"
      • PSYCH 393: Political Psychology
      • PSYCH 401: Special Problems in Psychology as Social Science, section titled "Psychological Aspects of War and Peace"
      • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
      • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
      • SOC 450: Political Sociology
      • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, section titled "Citizenship and Human Rights" 
      • WOMENSTD 368/AMCULT 368/AAPTIS 368: Women and War in the Middle East

      Political Economy & Development:

      One course must be an ECON course

      • ANTHRCUL 439: Economic Anthropology & Development
      • ECON 340: International Economics
      • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
      • ECON 442: International Finance
      • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
      • ECON 471/NRE 571: Environmental Economics
      • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
      • NRE 571/ECON 471: Environmental Economics
      • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
      • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
      • RCSSCI 315: International Grassroots Development
      • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
      • STRATEGY 361: International Management

      Comparative Culture & Identity

      • CICS 205 [If CICS 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 36 required for the major].
      •  At least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322
        • COMPLIT 222/GTBOOKS 212. Great Books in World Literature.
        • COMPLIT 240: Introduction to Comparative Literature
        • COMPLIT 322: Translating World Literatures
      • The other selected courses should contribute to the coherence of the student's overall IS major. Therefore, all courses must be approved by the International Studies Advisor and signed off by the director of CICS prior to registration. 
        Here is a list of courses that have been approved.  

        • AAPTIS 200/ACABS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • AAPTIS 340/HISTORY 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • AAPTIS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature
        • AAPTIS 495/HISTORY 429/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • ANTHRCUL 222: Comparative Study of Cultures
        • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
        • ANTHRCUL 300: Doing Ethnography in Havana and in Cuba
        • ANTHRCUL 305: Peoples & Cultures of the Himalaya
        • ANTHRCUL 309: Anthropology of Europe
        • ANTHRCUL 317/REEES 397: Eastern Europe in Transformation
        • ANTHRCUL 319: Latin American Society & Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
        • ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning
        • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
        • ANTHRCUL 347/CAAS 420: Race and Ethnicity
        • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
        • ANTHRCUL 409: People & Cultures of the Near East & North Africa
        • ANTHRCUL 411/CAAS 422: African Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 416/HBEHED 516: Global Health
        • ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism, and Human Nature
        • ANTHRCUL 464: Language, Culture & Society in South Asia
        • ASIAN 261: Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture. Section titled "Modern China & Its Others"
        • ASIAN 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
        • CAAS 420/ANTHRCUL 347: Race and Ethnicity
        • CAAS 422/ANTHRCUL 411: African Culture
        • CICS 205
        • COMM 458: Special Topics in Media Systems. Section titled "Media and Identity in Global Context"
        • COMPLIT 382: Literature & the Other Arts
        • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies
        • DANCE 220/RCHUMS 260: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
        • ENGLISH 375: World Literature in English
        • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
        • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
        • GERMAN 402/HISTORY 417: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
        • GTBOOKS 291: Great Books of Modern Literature
        • HBEHED 516/ANTHRCUL 416: Global Health
        • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
        • HISTORY 314: Empire, War, and Modernity: France & the World in the 20th Century
        • HISTORY 333/REES 396/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • HISTORY 417/GERMAN 402: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
        • HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • HJCS 200/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • JUDAIC 435/HISTORY 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • MENAS 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
        • POLSCI 346: Comparative Studies in Religion & Politics
        • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
        • POLSCI 357: Governments & Politics of India and South Asia
        • POLSCI 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Governments, section titled "Comparative Perspectives: Religion, Violence, Rights and Peace Making"
        • RCHUMS 260/DANCE 220: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
        • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
        • RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • REEES 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • REEES 397/ANTHRCUL 317: Eastern Europe in Transformation
        • RELIGION 201/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • RELIGION 496/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • RUSSIAN 435/HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • SAC 441: National Cinemas
        • SLAVIC 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • SOC 393/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • SOC 415: Culture and Consumption
        • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
        • WOMENSTD 345: Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
        • WOMENSTD 357: Feminist Practices in a Global Context
        • WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • WOMENSTD 471/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam

      Global Environment & Health

      • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
      • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
      • ANTHRCUL 327/RCSSCI 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
      • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
      • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
      • CAAS 365/WOMENSTD 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
      • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
      • ECON 471/NRE 571: Environmental Economics
      • EEB 315/ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
      • EEB 318/RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318: Food, Land & Society
      • EHS 588/ENVIRON 475/NRE 475: Environmental Law
      • ENVIRON 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems
      • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
      • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
      • ENVIRON 315/EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
      • ENVIRON 318/RCIDIV 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
      • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
      • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 475/EHS 588/NRE 475: Environmental Law
      • ENVIRON 490/POLSCI 463: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
      • HISTORY 285/RCSSCI 275: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
      • NRE 475/EHS 588/ENVIRON 475: Environmental Law
      • NRE 571/ECON 471: Environmental Economics
      • POLSCI 463/ENVIRON 490: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
      • RCSSCI 275/HISTORY 285: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
      • RCSSCI 327/ANTHRCUL 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
      • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
      • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
      • WOMENSTD 365/CAAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction

       

    5. Three electives (minimum of 9 credits). The electives are designed to allow students to personalize their IS major by choosing, with the approval of the International Studies advisor, three courses that build upon their subplan, contributing to the coherence of the student's overall IS major. The purpose is both to broaden and deepen their studies using courses outside their chosen subplan. There is no pre-approved list for electives. Students may take additional courses within their subplan, additional regional courses or relevant study abroad courses as electives.

Honors Plan

Students interested in an Honors major elect the Honors section of CICS 101, and must complete CICS 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, and must complete all International Studies requirements for the major, and complete a senior Honors thesis.  

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

Students writing a thesis will enroll in a new course, CICS 499, twice their senior year, for three credits each term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages.  Students are responsible for locating their own thesis advisor.  Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors plan.  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 advisor and the PICS instructor, plus one outside reader from the faculty. 

Student grades on the thesis will be determined by the PICS instructor in consultation with the thesis advisor.  Grades will be fail, pass with "no Honors", "Honors", "High Honors", "Highest Honors". 

Funding will be available for field work related to the senior thesis, up to $1,000 per student.

Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and the PICS Honors Thesis advisor. 

International Studies major (Fall 2012-Summer 2013)

May be elected as an area major administered solely by PICS

Effective Fall 2012-Summer 2013

The major in International Studies offers students the opportunity to take a set of courses across departments to bring multiple methods and concepts together to address global problems. The major is rigorous and offers a balanced approach between disciplinary depth and cross-disciplinary breadth.

It is an opportunity for students to create a curriculum that combines exposure to disciplinary depth and integrative coursework emphasizing successful interdisciplinary research. Our goal is to give students skills in moving among different units of analysis and different disciplinary approaches in order to understand, analyze, and ultimately help solve contemporary problems. International Studies students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum emphasizing the use of multiple methods of analysis of such topics as terrorism, global health trends, human rights and refugees, cultural homogenization and hybridization, environmental and energy crises, transnational religious movements, and the spread of technology. The major will draw on methods developed in specific disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, comparative literature, political science, anthropology, and history, and some methods emerging from cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields.

Prerequisites to the Major

None, per se. Courses used in the major may have prerequisites. 

Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite to major.

Requirements for the major

A minimum of 36 credits.  Students must earn C- or better in all required PICS courses. The language requirement courses are not included in the major gpa.

PICS Language Requirement for the major. Sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English must be fulfilled through study of a language, though language courses do not count as credits toward the major. Because sixth-term proficiency in a language other than English is required, students should begin the language sequence early, and should have started or completed the fourth term proficiency or equivalent before they declare the major. 

We believe that language study is a vital part of any liberal arts education, and that students who concentrate 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 graduation admissions committees about how our students are well-rounded and focused on the world and not just the United States.

Course Requirements

    1. Core Courses. CICS 101, 301 and 401, each completed with a C- or better.  [Credits earned for CICS 101 do not count toward the minimum 36 needed for the major].
    2. Research Methods Course. One quantitative research methods course(minimum of 3 credits) chosen from the following list:
      • COMM 211: Evaluating Information
      • ECON 309: Experimental Economics
      • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
      • ECON 405: Introduction to Statistics
      • POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 490: Game Theory & Formal Models
      • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
      • SOC 210: Elementary Statistics
      • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
      • STATS 250 (or 350): Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis

      This requirement must be completed before electing CICS 301.
    3. One Regional Course (minimum 3 credits): Geographic emphasis composed of one course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study. This course cannot be double counted with a subplan course.

    4. Subplans: The four subplans represent four different themes or areas of interest. Students must choose one subplan and take at least four courses (minimum 12 credits) from that subplan to gain knowledge in one area. One of the courses must be 400 level. The four courses must be taken in two or more academic subjects.

      Students electing the Political Economy & Development subplan must elect ECON 101 as a prerequisite and at least one other ECON course.

      Students electing the Comparative Culture & Identity subplan must elect CICS 205 and  include at least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322. [If CICS 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 36 required for the major].

      International Security, Norms & Cooperation

      • AAPTIS 244/HISTORY 244/HJCS 244/JUDAIC 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • AAPTIS 368/AMCULT 368/WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
      • AMCULT 368/AAPTIS 368/WOMENSTD 368: Women and War in the Middle East
      • AMCULT 498: Humanities Approaches to American Culture, section titled "Why Do They Hate Us: Perspectives on 9/11"
      • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
      • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
      • ENVIRON 490/HISTORY 440: War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/HJCS 244/JUDAIC 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • HISTORY 360: September 11
      • HISTORY 363: U.S. Foreign Policy and International Politics Since World War II
      • HISTORY 440/ENVIRON 440. War and the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HJCS 244/HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/JUDAIC 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • JUDAIC 244/HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/HJCS 244/MENAS 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • MENAS 244/HISTORY 244/AAPTIS 244/HJCS 244/JUDAIC 244: The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1880 to the Present
      • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
      • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
      • POLSCI 372: Comparative Foreign Policy
      • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
      • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science. Section titled "The International Law & Politics of Human Rights"
      • PSYCH 393: Political Psychology
      • PSYCH 401: Special Problems in Psychology as Social Science, section titled "Psychological Aspects of War and Peace"
      • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
      • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
      • SOC 450: Political Sociology
      • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, section titled "Citizenship and Human Rights" 
      • WOMENSTD 368/AMCULT 368/AAPTIS 368: Women and War in the Middle East

      Political Economy & Development:

      One course must be an ECON course

      • ANTHRCUL 439: Economic Anthropology & Development
      • ECON 340: International Economics
      • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
      • ECON 442: International Finance
      • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
      • ECON 471/NRE 571: Environmental Economics
      • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
      • NRE 571/ECON 471: Environmental Economics
      • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
      • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
      • RCSSCI 315: International Grassroots Development
      • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
      • STRATEGY 361: International Management

      Comparative Culture & Identity

      • CICS 205 [If CICS 205 is elected as HISTORY 101, the credits will not count toward the minimum 36 required for the major].
      •  At least one course chosen from COMPLIT 222, 240, or 322
        • COMPLIT 222/GTBOOKS 212. Great Books in World Literature.
        • COMPLIT 240: Introduction to Comparative Literature
        • COMPLIT 322: Translating World Literatures
      • The other selected courses should contribute to the coherence of the student's overall IS major. Therefore, all courses must be approved by the International Studies Advisor and signed off by the director of CICS prior to registration. 
        Here is a list of courses that have been approved.  

        • AAPTIS 200/ACABS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • AAPTIS 340/HISTORY 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • AAPTIS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature
        • AAPTIS 495/HISTORY 429/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • ANTHRCUL 222: Comparative Study of Cultures
        • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
        • ANTHRCUL 300: Doing Ethnography in Havana and in Cuba
        • ANTHRCUL 305: Peoples & Cultures of the Himalaya
        • ANTHRCUL 309: Anthropology of Europe
        • ANTHRCUL 317/REEES 397: Eastern Europe in Transformation
        • ANTHRCUL 319: Latin American Society & Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
        • ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning
        • ANTHRCUL 333: Non-Western Legal Systems I
        • ANTHRCUL 347/CAAS 420: Race and Ethnicity
        • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
        • ANTHRCUL 409: People & Cultures of the Near East & North Africa
        • ANTHRCUL 411/CAAS 422: African Culture
        • ANTHRCUL 416/HBEHED 516: Global Health
        • ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism, and Human Nature
        • ANTHRCUL 464: Language, Culture & Society in South Asia
        • ASIAN 261: Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture. Section titled "Modern China & Its Others"
        • ASIAN 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
        • CAAS 420/ANTHRCUL 347: Race and Ethnicity
        • CAAS 422/ANTHRCUL 411: African Culture
        • CICS 205
        • COMM 458: Special Topics in Media Systems. Section titled "Media and Identity in Global Context"
        • COMPLIT 382: Literature & the Other Arts
        • COMPLIT 490: Comparative Cultural Studies
        • DANCE 220/RCHUMS 260: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
        • ENGLISH 375: World Literature in English
        • ENGLISH 407: Topics in English Language and Literature, section titled"Literature and Human Rights"
        • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
        • GERMAN 402/HISTORY 417: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
        • GTBOOKS 291: Great Books of Modern Literature
        • HBEHED 516/ANTHRCUL 416: Global Health
        • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
        • HISTORY 314: Empire, War, and Modernity: France & the World in the 20th Century
        • HISTORY 333/REES 396/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • HISTORY 417/GERMAN 402: Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
        • HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • HJCS 200/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/RELIGION 201: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • JUDAIC 435/HISTORY 435/RUSSIAN 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • MENAS 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/REEES 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
        • POLSCI 346: Comparative Studies in Religion & Politics
        • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
        • POLSCI 357: Governments & Politics of India and South Asia
        • POLSCI 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Governments, section titled "Comparative Perspectives: Religion, Violence, Rights and Peace Making"
        • RCHUMS 260/DANCE 220: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American & European Dance History, Aesthetics, and Criticism
        • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Global Justice: Social Theory and Practice"
        • RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428/WOMENSTD 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • REEES 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
        • REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • REEES 397/ANTHRCUL 317: Eastern Europe in Transformation
        • RELIGION 201/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200: Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern
        • RELIGION 496/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/WOMENSTD 471: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
        • RUSSIAN 435/HISTORY 435/JUDAIC 435: Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts:
        • SAC 441: National Cinemas
        • SLAVIC 396/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SOC 393: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • SOC 393/REES 396/HISTORY 333/POLSCI 396/SLAVIC 396: Survey of Central & Eastern Europe & the Enlarged European Union
        • SOC 415: Culture and Consumption
        • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
        • WOMENSTD 345: Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
        • WOMENSTD 357: Feminist Practices in a Global Context
        • WOMENSTD 428/RCSSCI 428/ANTHRCUL 428: Sex Panics in the US & UK Since 1890
        • WOMENSTD 471/HISTORY 429/AAPTIS 495/RELIGION 496: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam

      Global Environment & Health

      • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
      • ANTHRCUL 325/WOMENSTD 324: Childbirth & Culture
      • ANTHRCUL 327/RCSSCI 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
      • ANTHRCUL 344: Medical Anthropology
      • ANTHRCUL 408/CAAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
      • CAAS 365/WOMENSTD 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
      • CAAS 409/ANTHRCUL 408: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
      • ECON 471/NRE 571: Environmental Economics
      • EEB 315/ENVIRON 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
      • EEB 318/RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318: Food, Land & Society
      • EHS 588/ENVIRON 475/NRE 475: Environmental Law
      • ENVIRON 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems
      • ENVIRON 256/ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
      • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 306: Global Water
      • ENVIRON 315/EEB 315: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
      • ENVIRON 318/RCIDIV 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
      • ENVIRON 365: International Environmental Policy
      • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
      • ENVIRON 475/EHS 588/NRE 475: Environmental Law
      • ENVIRON 490/POLSCI 463: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • HISTORY 284: Sickness & Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
      • HISTORY 285/RCSSCI 275: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
      • NRE 475/EHS 588/ENVIRON 475: Environmental Law
      • NRE 571/ECON 471: Environmental Economics
      • POLSCI 463/ENVIRON 490: War & the Environment: A Lethal Reciprocity
      • RCIDIV 318/ENVIRON 318/EEB 318: Food, Land & Society
      • RCSSCI 275/HISTORY 285: Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
      • RCSSCI 327/ANTHRCUL 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
      • SOC 475: Introduction to Medical Sociology
      • WOMENSTD 324/ANTHRCUL 325: Childbirth & Culture
      • WOMENSTD 365/CAAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction

       

    5. Three electives (minimum of 9 credits). The electives are designed to allow students to personalize their IS major by choosing, with the approval of the International Studies advisor, three courses that build upon their subplan, contributing to the coherence of the student's overall IS major. The purpose is both to broaden and deepen their studies using courses outside their chosen subplan. There is no pre-approved list for electives. Students may take additional courses within their subplan, additional regional courses or relevant study abroad courses as electives.

Honors Plan

Students interested in an Honors major elect the Honors section of CICS 101, and must complete CICS 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, and must complete all International Studies requirements for the major, and complete a senior Honors thesis.  

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

Students writing a thesis will enroll in a new course, CICS 499, twice their senior year, for three credits each term. The thesis will have a minimum length of 50 pages.  Students are responsible for locating their own thesis advisor.  Advisor and topic must be approved by PICS director.

An instructor will oversee the Honors plan.  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 advisor and the PICS instructor, plus one outside reader from the faculty. 

Student grades on the thesis will be determined by the PICS instructor in consultation with the thesis advisor.  Grades will be fail, pass with "no Honors", "Honors", "High Honors", "Highest Honors". 

Funding will be available for field work related to the senior thesis, up to $1,000 per student.

Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and the PICS Honors Thesis advisor.