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Within that concentration, students study a related foreign language, the International Studies global curriculum, three core curriculum courses, and courses from a range of liberal arts disciplines.

Within that concentration, students study a related foreign language, the International Studies global curriculum, three core curriculum courses, and courses from a range of liberal arts disciplines.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum includes INST 200, INST 301, and INST 492

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INST 200: Approaches to Globalization

This course aims to familiarize students with the field of International Studies by using it as a framework of analysis for globalization. We will explore this subject through assigned readings, written work, lecture, discussions, and group presentations. Our discussion of globalization will revolve around a few basic questions:

  • What does globalization mean? When and how did this process begin?
  • How can we define such a broad term, and why is its definition useful?
  • How does the experience of globalization differ among individuals, groups, and nations?
  • What are the benefits and costs of our globalized world? What are its implications for the future?
  • Is globalization an automatic process? Can we guide it? How?

This course will enrich your understanding of the world by deepening your knowledge base and broadening your perspective. It will encourage you to think critically not only about the ideas and arguments of others, but also about your own views. It will cultivate your awareness of past and present world problems, and help you to appreciate the value of International Studies as an interdisciplinary approach to global subjects. In the process, this course will target critical analysis, creativity, group work, public speaking, discussion, debate, reading, writing, and research. This course is open to majors and non-majors.

INST 301: International Studies Research Methods

This course familiarizes students with relevant research methods and applications for International Studies. It introduces students to principle research methods and sources within the Liberal Arts as well as key concepts within the field of International Studies. the theme of commodities readings and other course content illustrate the value of an interdisciplinary lens. Class requirements include reading and other assignments, quizzes and exams, discussions, presentations, activities, and multiple types of research. This course aims to prepare students of International Studies to understand, appreciate, and conduct research in academic contexts as well as in a range of careers.

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INST 492: Capstone Seminar

INST capstone seminar themes vary, but the following section, Travelers, represents a typical example. INST 492: Travelers investigates past and present factors that have led individuals and groups to cross boundaries. This is a discussion-based seminar, designed to raise questions and awareness – and not necessarily provide answers. A few general questions will form the basis of our inquiry:

  • How have travelers’ motivations and experiences changed over time and place?
  • What common ground exists among travelers of different eras, origins, and motivations?
  • How do travelers perceive the people and cultures they encounter, and how does travel shape their perceptions?
  • What are the results and consequences of these global encounters and interactions?
  • What role has travel played in globalization, and how has globalization changed travel?
  • How can we explain the persistent thirst for adventure in the modern world, and how can it be satisfied?

Over the course of the semester, we will address these and other questions through the testimony of merchants, diplomats, explorers, adventurers, tourists, migrants, and refugees. Coursework will include weekly readings, discussion, assignments, and a thesis project. This course requires a major and consistent time investment. In return, it will enrich your knowledge of global history, cultures, and politics, and target your proficiency in group work, critical thinking, public speaking, discussion, reading, writing, and research. Most importantly, it aims to build your awareness of and appreciation for the wider world, making you a conscientious, considerate, and confident global ambassador.

Additional Core Courses For The International Studies Major

The International Studies core curriculum also includes a selection of the following courses:

GR 100: Introduction to Geography

Major geographic themes applied to selected regions; physical environment, human-land relationships, regional analysis.

ANTH 200: Cultures and the Global System

Analyze diversity, cultural responses, and adaptations of smaller-scale societies to emerging global trends.

  • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
    • Introduction to decision-making by households, firms, and government, and resulting allocation of resources through markets.

  • ECON 204 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Determinants of national output, employment, and price level; inflation and unemployment; fiscal and monetary policy.

  • ECON 211 Gender in the Economy
    • Role gender plays in economies; the way gender affects economic outcomes for individuals and societies.

  • ECON 240 Issues in Environmental Economics
    • Discussion and economic analysis of current environmental issues with special emphasis on the impact of economic growth.

International Studies majors take at least one introductory History course. Options vary with geographical concentration. They include:

  • HIST 100-101 (Western Civilization)
  • HIST 115-116 (Islamic Civilizations)
  • HIST 120-121 (Asian Civilizations)
  • HIST 170-171 (World History)
Political Science

POLS 232 International Relations

  • Basic concepts and approaches to international relations.

POLS 241 Comparative Government and Politics

  • Major foreign political systems stressing cross-national comparison of political forces, parties, ideologies, and institutions.

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