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PED Submajor

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.

Political Economy & Development (PED) (Sub-Major)

Effective Fall 2020

Exclusions:

The Political Economy and Development (PED) sub-plan is only available to declared International Studies majors and is not a major or minor. The sub-plan will be notated on the student's official transcript.

Advising

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

Grade Policies

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

Prerequisites

The following requirements must be met before declaration:

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

Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

PED courses include, but are not limited to:

  • AAS 408: African Economies: Social and Political Settings
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, section titled “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
  • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
  • ECON 340: International Economics
  • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
  • ECON 442: International Finance
  • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
  • ENVIRON 270: Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development
  • HISTORY / SOC 332 / POLSCI / REEES / SLAVIC 395: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • INTLSTD 401: International Studies Advanced Seminar, sections titled
    “Humanitarian Dilemmas”
    “Migration, Human Smugglings and Trafficking”
    “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
    “Origins of Economic Growth”
    “Norm Diffusion: International, Regional & Public Policy”
    “The Politics of Debt”
  • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
  • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLSCI 355: Democracy and Development in Africa
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI / REEES / SLAVIC 395 / HISTORY / SOC 332: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396 / REEES 396 / SOC 393: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science, sections titled
    “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
    “African Economies: Social and Political Settings”
  • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government, section titled “Development & the Quality of Governance”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, sections titled
    “Politics of International Finance”
    “Norm Diffusion: International, Regional & Public Policy”
    “The Politics of Debt”
  • REEES / POLSCI / SLAVIC 395 / HISTORY / SOC 332: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • REEES 396 / SLAVIC 396 / POLSCI 396 / SOC 393: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • SLAVIC / POLSCI / REEES 395 / HISTORY / SOC 332: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • SLAVIC 396 / POLSCI 396 / REEES 396 / SOC 393: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • SOC / HISTORY 332 / POLSCI / REEES / SLAVIC 395: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • SOC 393 / SLAVIC 396 / POLSCI 396 / REEES 396: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
  • STRATEGY 361: International Management

Constraints

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

Political Economy & Development (PED) (Sub-Major) (Fall 2016 - Summer 2020)

International Studies (Major)

Effective Fall 2020 Exclusions:

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

Advising

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

Grade Policies

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

Prerequisites

The following requirements must be met before declaration:

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

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 34

PICS Language Requirement for the Major.

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

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

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

See Sub-Plans for course requirements:

Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Political Economy & Development (PED) (Sub-Major)

Effective Fall 2016

Prerequisites

ECON 101 (Grade of C- or better).

Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

PED courses include, but are not limited to:

  • AAS 260: The Political Economy of African Development
  • AAS 408: African Economies: Social and Political Settings
  • AAS 426: Urban Redevelopment, section titled "Cities in Contemp Africa" 
  • AAS 432: Violent Environments
  • AAS 458: Issues in Black World Studies, sections titled 
    “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
    "Health & African Development"
    "When China Comes to Town" 
  • AAS 460: Africa & Post-war Development Theory & Policy
  • AAS 497 / POLSCI 458: Party Politics & Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ANTHRCUL 328: Globalizing Consumer Cultures
  • ANTHRCUL 334: Anthropology & Development
  • ANTHRCUL 343 / POLSCI 342: Eastern Europe
  • ANTHRCUL 439: Economic Anthropology & Development
  • BA / STRATEGY 445: Base of the Pyramid
  • EARTH / ENVIRON 380: Natural Resources, Economics & the Environment
  • EAS 571 / ECON 471: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 340: International Economics
  • ECON 350: Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 441: International Trade Theory
  • ECON 442: International Finance
  • ECON 444: The European Economy
  • ECON 445: The Economy of the People's Republic of China
  • ECON 461: The Economics of Development I
  • ECON 462: The Economics of Development II
  • ECON 466: Economy of Population (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • ECON 471 / EAS 571: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 490: Topics in Microeconomics, section titled "Trade and Financial Globalization" (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • ECON / 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 302: Topics in Environmental SS, section titled "Energy Politics"
  • ENVIRON 313 / POLSCI 394: Environment & Development
  • ENVIRON 367: Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 375 / ECON 370: Environmental & Resource Economics
  • ENVIRON / EARTH 380: Natural Resources, Economics & the Environment
  • FIN 412: International Finance Management I (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • HISTORY 239: The World Before 1492
  • HISTORY 312 / POLSCI 362: History of European Integration
  • HISTORY / SOC 332 / POLSCI / REEES / SLAVIC 395: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • HISTORY / ECON 494: Topics in Economic History, section titled "History of the Atlantic Economy"
  • INTLSTD 401: International Studies Advanced Seminar, sections titled
    “Humanitarian Dilemmas”
    “Migration, Human Smugglings and Trafficking”
    “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
    “Origins of Economic Growth”
    “Norm Diffusion: International, Regional & Public Policy”
    “The Politics of Debt”
  • POLSCI 336: Comparative Politics
  • POLSCI 342 / ANTHRCUL 343: Eastern Europe
  • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
  • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
  • POLSCI 353: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLSCI 355: Democracy and Development in Africa
  • POLSCI 362 / HISTORY 312: History of European Integration
  • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science, section titled "State & Market in Contemporary China"
  • POLSCI 394 / ENVIRON 313: Environment & Development
  • POLSCI / REEES / SLAVIC 395 / HISTORY / SOC 332: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396 / REEES 396 / SOC 393: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • POLSCI 458 / AAS 497: Party Politics & Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science, sections titled
    “Business & Politics in Developing Countries”
    “African Economies: Social and Political Settings”
  • POLSCI 497: Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government, section titled “Development & the Quality of Governance”
  • POLSCI 498: Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics, sections titled
    “Politics of International Finance”
    “Norm Diffusion: International, Regional & Public Policy”
    “The Politics of Debt”
  • RCSSCI 226: Globalization: Social Theory & Practice
  • RCSSCI 315: International Grassroots Development
  • REEES / POLSCI / SLAVIC 395 / HISTORY / SOC 332: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • REEES 396 / SLAVIC 396 / POLSCI 396 / SOC 393: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • SLAVIC / POLSCI / REEES 395 / HISTORY / SOC 332: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • SLAVIC 396 / POLSCI 396 / REEES 396 / SOC 393: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • SOC 204: International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World (only if elected FA19 or later)
  • SOC / HISTORY 332 / POLSCI / REEES / SLAVIC 395: Russia and the Soviet Union: Reform, Revolution, and the Socialist Experiment
  • SOC 393 / SLAVIC 396 / POLSCI 396 / REEES 396: East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics
  • SPANISH 438: Political & Economic Thought in Latin America/Spain
  • STRATEGY 310: The World Economy
  • STRATEGY 361: International Management
  • STRATEGY / BA 445: Base of the Pyramid

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.