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International Studies Program of Study

The international studies major is ideal for students who wish to take an interdisciplinary approach to world affairs. Building on a core of study in history and political science, students choose from additional courses within the department and other disciplines to construct an individualized program providing perspective on contemporary global issues. This flexibility allows the possibility of additional majors and minors, while the major is also an ideal pathway to pursue Study Abroad. International studies majors regularly go on to graduate or law school and pursue jobs in international business, the foreign service, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, travel and tourism, and many other areas.

Major in International Studies
Students majoring in international studies are required to complete 36 hours, 18 hours of which are core international studies courses and 18 of which are approved electives. All majors write a Senior Research Project, or, for Honors Students, an Honors Thesis, during one semester of their senior year and present the results of their work to faculty, majors and other guests.

Minor in International Studies
Students minoring in international studies are required to complete 18 hours of courses, nine of which are part of the core international studies program and nine hours of electives approved by the department head.

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International Studies Major - 36 hours
Required Major CoursesHIS - 102: Modern Western Civilization (3 cr.)
HIS - 103: The World in the 20th Century (3 cr.)
POL - 204: Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
POL - 210: International Politics (3 cr.)
HIS - 334: Methods of Historical Research (3 cr.)
POL - 334: Research Design and Methods (3 cr.)
HIS - 498: Honors Thesis in History (3 cr.)
HIS - 499: Senior Research (3 cr.)
POL - 498: Honors Thesis in Political Studies (3 cr.)
POL - 499: Senior Research (3 cr.)

Electives18 hours of electives chosen in consultation with adviser
HIS - 200: Introduction to Latin American History (3 cr.)
HIS - 224: Introduction to Asian History (3 cr.)
HIS - 282: The Modern Middle East (3 cr.)
HIS - 285: Women in Global Perspective (3 cr.)
HIS - 302: Modern British History (3 cr.)
HIS - 306: Russia in the 20th Century (3 cr.)
HIS - 308: 20th Century Europe (3 cr.)
HIS - 310: Modern China (3 cr.)
HIS - 312: India Past and Present (3 cr.)
HIS - 319: U.S. History Since 1945 (3 cr.)
HIS - 330: Modern US Foreign Policy (3 cr.)
POL - 330: Modern US Foreign Policy (3 cr.)
HIS - 375: Warfare, Culture, and Social Change in European History (3 cr.)
HIS - 930: Community Internship (1 cr.)
POL - 205: Political Ideas Seminar (3 cr.)
POL - 320: International Political Economy (3 cr.)
POL - 331: Environmental Politics & Policy (3 cr.)
POL - 370: World Politics Simulation (varied course cr.)
Approved electives chosen from business, economics, geography, fine arts, foreign language, and other disciplines that relate to the 20th century world.
It is highly recommended that International Studies majors achieve fluency in at least one foreign language and also that they study abroad.

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

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Gregory Vitarbo
Head, History, Political Science, and International Studies Department
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