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AIS: International Studies (B.A.)


Co-Conveners: Faculty:
Clifford Peterson
Susan Hangen
Erick Castellanos
Ronald Hayashida
Hassan M. Nejad
Wooseon Choi
Vassiliki Flenga
Pinar Kayaalp
Tae Kwak
Iraida H. López
Michael Riff (staff)
Rebecca Root


About the Major

The International Studies program seeks to prepare students for the complex, challenging, and dynamic interdependent world of the 21st century.  As we enter this "global village," the acquisition of new skills, additional knowledge and wisdom will be necessary for effective citizenship and career aspirations.  The International Studies program is designed to meet this challenge.

The program focuses on the political, economic, and cultural interdependencies and their effects on people in the emerging global system.  Interdisciplinary issues of war and peace, economic and political development, and cross-cultural communication are examined, as are global concerns of population, environment, and human rights.  International Studies students become knowledgeable about another world culture, proficient in another language, and participate in an exciting and rewarding international credit-bearing experiential program.  An extensive array of study abroad and international cooperative-education options are available, as well as internship and service learning placements.  Students may consult their advisor or the International Education Office in the Roukema Center for International Education (ASB 123) to find out more about Study Abroad opportunities.  Resources are also available on the web.

Majors are required to fill a foreign language requirement as well as an experiential learning requirement (ideally a semester-long study abroad, international cooperative education, internship or service learning).  Students can enrich and broaden their academic program through participation in The Model United Nations Club, the International Student Organization, and other college organizations and clubs.

A degree in International Studies provides an excellent basis for a wide range of careers in business, government, and education, as well as for admission to graduate and professional schools which are increasingly seeking "globally literate" individuals.  Graduates of this program with a combination of foreign language skills and a strong background in international affairs will be increasingly well positioned for these types of positions as the "globalization" of business, government, and education accelerates in the future.

The International Studies faculty is a highly diverse, expert, and active group of professors from a variety of fields and with extensive international experience.

The International Studies major is offered by the School of American and International Studies and leads to a B.A. degree.

A minor is not available.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
AIID 101 [W] FIRST YEAR TOPICS: LIBERAL STUDIES
  FOUNDATIONS I AND
FOUNDATIONS II AND
INTERMEDIATE I OR
PROFICIENCY TEST
(SEE AIS WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT)
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
INTL 127 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
ANTH 102 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY
  FOUR COURSES FROM THE "GLOBAL ISSUES" LIST
THREE COURSES IN ONE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA FROM THE "AREAS STUDIES" LIST
INTL 450 GLOBAL ISSUES SEMINAR (NEW)
  TWO COURSES IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AT THE 300/400 LEVEL OR
A PROFICIENCY EXAM (300 LEVEL)
  AN INTERNATIONAL / MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE APPROVED BY THE CONVENER. (STUDY ABROAD, CO-OP OR INTERNSHIP)
 
  GLOBAL ISSUES COURSES
CHOOSE 4 COURSES
ANTH 210 LEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 220 FOOD AND CULTURE
ANTH 223 WORLD CULTURES
ANTH 225 INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION
ANTH 235 RELIGION IN CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
ANTH 238 URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 308 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER
ANTH 310 POLITICS, CULTURE AND IDENTITY
ANTH 320 NATIONALISM AND ETHNICITY
ANTH 314 CROSSING BORDERS
ENST 209 WORLD SUSTAINABILITY
ENST 336 GLOBAL ETHICS
HIST 394 WAR, PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
INTL 310 CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INTL 335 CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
LAWS 201 COMPARATIVE LEGAL SYSTEMS
LAWS 206 COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN RIGHTS
POLI 205 MODERN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
POLI 227 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS
POLI 235 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
POLI 302 EUROPEAN POLITICS
POLI 312 UNITED NATIONS: WORLD POLITICS
POLI 320 TERRORISM IN THE MODERN WORLD
POLI 328 LAW AND POLITICS: INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
POLI 357 INTERNATIONAL LAW
SOCI 210 GLOBAL WORKPLACE
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
SOCI 302 THIRD WORLD WOMEN
SOCI 309 FOOD AND POPULATION
 
  AREA STUDIES COURSES
CHOOSE THREE COURSES FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS (ASIA, LATIN AMERICA OR EUROPE)
 
  ASIA
HIST 278 THE UNTED STATES AND EAST ASIA (Formerly HIST 290 TOPICS)
HIST 310 INTERNATIONAL HISTORY OF MODERN KOREA (Formerly HIST 390 Topics)
INTL 235 CHINESE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
INTL 204 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF ASIA
POLI 217 CHINESE ECONOMY AND BUSINESS
POLI 221 CHINESE ECONOMY AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
POLI 233 EAST ASIA: HISTORY AND POLITICS
POLI 253 ASIA PACIFIC POLITICAL SYSTEMS
POLI 301 CHINA: HISTORY, POLITICS AND CULTURE
POLI 305 JAPAN: HISTORY, POLITICS AND CULTURE
 
  INDIA SEMESTER ABROAD COURSE:
SOCI 208 DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
SOCI 305 INDIA LIFE AND CULTURE
SOCI 333 PEACE AND JUSTICE
 
  LATIN AMERICA
HIST 282 COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
HIST 284 LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
HIST 386 US AND LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS
HIST 387 HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
INTL 283 CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA
 
  EUROPE
HIST 255 19TH CENTURY EUROPE
HIST 257 20TH CENTURY EUROPE
HIST 262 ENGLAND: 1800-PRESENT
HIST 263 GERMAN HISTORY
HIST 264 JEWS IN 20TH CENTURY EUROPE
HIST 356 MODERNISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS
INTD 305 THE MYTHS OF VENICE: IMAGES IN ART, HISTORY, LITERATURE AND FILM
INTL 210 MODERN ITALY
INTL 314 SPANISH CINEMA
INTL 315 FRENCH CINEMA
INTL 318 ITALIAN CINEMA
INTL 221 RUSSIAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
POLI 211 RUSSIAN POLITICAL HISTORY
POLI 306 RUSSIAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.


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