International Studies

Director: Kesgin

International Studies Major. International studies is an interdisciplinary major that combines several fields of study to develop the knowledge and skills to approach challenges and devise responses through a multifaceted and holistic methodology. While there are several distinct focus areas, the common link in the international studies education is the global perspective used to address social, cultural, economic, political and scientific issues and the interdisciplinary approach to tackling large-scale subjects of concern that cross national boundaries.

Off-Campus Study Opportunities. Students majoring in international studies are required to participate in an off-campus international experience, and those who minor in the program are strongly encouraged to do so. Whether domestic or abroad, programs appropriate for international studies students include but are not limited to those that expose participants to conflict resolution, international organizations, sustainable development, public health and diplomatic work in the transnational arena. In recent years, international studies students have traveled to countries such as the United Kingdom, Senegal, India, Jordan, France, Australia, Tanzania, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Japan, Costa Rica, The Gambia and China. Others have done their off-campus internationally focused educational experience domestically. Washington semester programs and United Nations programs in New York offer opportunities for international studies students to integrate study of international issues with internships.

Internships. Because it is critical to gaining professional opportunities and placement post graduation, students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships in the wide field of international studies. International studies majors have interned while abroad in France, Austria, Senegal, India, Britain and other locations. Others have interned domestically in the field. The program adviser works with students to identify internship opportunities.

Learning goals:

  • Students will possess factual knowledge and in-depth understanding of focus area.
  • Students will be able to compare diverse theories, apply theories to individual cases, critique their own work, frame research questions and critically read scholarly work.
  • Students will develop strong research skills.
  • Students will understand global diversity of populations and societies, as well as the political, social and economic effects of those differences.
  • Based on their international experiences, students will understand the breadth of human interactions, and that problems often elicit complex, conflicting and ambiguous responses.

Requirements for the International Studies Major. International studies majors must complete a minimum of 46-48 semester hours of approved coursework in the major, all with grades of C- or better and an overall average of at least 2.00 in courses for the major. No more than 16 semester hours in the major may be taken at the 100 level, and at least 14 semester hours must be taken at or above the 300 level. No more than eight semester hours may be double-counted between the international studies major and any other major or minor. All majors must take INTD:201 International Studies Theory and Practice.

All international studies majors must complete the 202 level of a relevant foreign language.

All majors must take a capstone course in a relevant department. Some departments, such as anthropology/sociology, history and political science, require the research methods preparation courses the year before the capstone. The preparation courses may also have prerequisites that should be taken in advance of the methods course. Students should begin planning their capstone path during their senior year.

Students in the major must engage in an off-campus, internationally focused educational experience, preferably consisting of a semester or year abroad. Shorter-term experiences, such as focus programs offered by Susquehanna University or an internship with an international-based organization, also qualify when approved by the adviser.

All majors maintain a cumulative portfolio of their academic work in international studies. Materials in the portfolio include research papers, essays or other assignments representative of the student’s work; a resume; and other relevant materials evidencing the student’s academic performance and growth. The portfolio is to be updated each semester in accordance with program requirements.

Honors. To graduate with honors, international studies majors must do the following:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the program and 3.25 overall,
  • Request admission to the program at the beginning of the senior seminar/capstone course, and
  • Complete and publicly present an honors-quality project in the spring of their senior year.

Focus Areas. Students choose one of seven focus areas for the international studies major: European studies, Asian studies, developing world studies, diplomacy, comparative cultural studies, sustainable development, and international trade and development. Course requirements vary, depending on the focus area.

semester hours

46–48

European Studies, Asian Studies or Developing World Studies

 

(Developing World Studies includes courses related to Latin America, Africa or the Middle East. Students are encouraged to focus on one of the three regions.)

 

4

INTD:201 International Studies Theory and Practice

 

4

POLI:121 Comparative Government and Politics

 

8

Relevant history (two courses)

 

4

Relevant upper-level political science course(s) with substantial content on relevant region

 

4

Relevant religious studies/philosophy

 

8

Relevant literature/art/film (two courses)

 

12

Relevant electives (three courses)

 

2–4

Senior seminar/capstone

Completion of 202 level of applicable language. European studies: French, Spanish, German; other languages with approval. Asian studies: Chinese, French; other languages with approval. Developing world studies: Spanish for Latin American focus; French for African focus; other languages with approval.

semester hours

46–48

Diplomacy

 

4

INTD:201 International Studies Theory and Practice

 

4

POLI:131 World Affairs or POLI:133 World Affairs: Statecraft

 

4

POLI:121 Comparative Government and Politics

 

8

Non-U.S. history (two courses)

 

4

Non-U.S. literature

 

4

Upper-level international relations

 

4

Religious studies (excluding courses limited to religion in United States)

 

4

Economics

 

8

Relevant electives (two courses)

 

2–4

Senior seminar/capstone

Completion of 202 level of modern foreign language

46–48

Comparative Cultural Studies

 

4

INTD:201 International Studies Theory and Practice

 

4

Introductory anthropology

 

4

ENGL:200 Literature and Culture

 

4

Non-U.S. upper-level anthropology

 

8

Non-U.S. literature or art history (two courses)

 

4

RELI:105 World Religions

 

4

Additional religious studies or philosophy

 

4

Non-U.S. history

 

8

Relevant electives (two courses)

 

2–4

Senior seminar/Capstone

Completion of 202 level of foreign language

46–48

Sustainable Development

 

4

INTD:201 International Studies Theory and Practice

 

4

POLI:131 World Affairs or POLI:133 World Affairs: Statecraft

 

4

EENV:101 Environmental Science or EENV:104 Weather and Climate

 

4

EENV:220 Water Resources

 

4

Relevant upper-level ecology or earth and environmental science

 

4

ECON:201 Macroeconomics

 

4

ECON:202 Microeconomics

 

4

ECON:338 International Political Economy or POLI:333 Development, Globalization and Society

 

4

One upper-level, non-U.S.-based course in political science, sociology or anthropology

 

8

Relevant electives (two courses)

 

2–4

Senior seminar/capstone

Completion of 202 level of modern foreign language

46–48

International Trade and Development

 

4

INTD:201 International Studies Theory and Practice

 

4

POLI:131 World Affairs or POLI:133 World Affairs: Statecraft

 

4

ECON:201 Macroeconomics

 

4

ECON:202 Microeconomics

 

4

ECON:338 International Political Economy or POLI:333 Development, Globalization and Society

 

4

History of any non-U.S. region

 

8

Upper-level international economics/management (two courses)

 

4

One upper-level, non-U.S.-based course in political science, sociology or anthropology.

(Students should seek to focus on a particular region.)

 

8

Relevant electives (two courses)

 

2–4

Senior seminar/capstone

Completion of 202 level of modern foreign language

Minor in International Studies. International studies is a superb complement to a number of other majors. Students may choose to minor in international studies by completing 24 semester hours in a focus area. Only courses completed with a grade of C- or above may be counted toward the minor. No more than eight semester hours may be taken at the 100 level. No more than six semester hours may double-count with another major or minor. It is strongly recommended that all students minoring in international studies take INTD:201 International Studies Theory and Practice.

semester hours

24

European Studies, Asian Studies or Developing World Studies

 

(Developing world studies includes courses related to Latin America, Africa or the Middle East. Students are encouraged to focus on one of the three regions.)

 

8

Relevant history (two courses)

 

4

Political science, upper-level course on relevant region

 

4

Relevant religion/philosophy

 

4

Relevant literature/art/film

 

4

Relevant elective

24

Diplomacy

 

4

Non-U.S. history

 

4

Non-U.S. literature or religion

 

8

International relations (two courses)

 

4

Economics (macroeconomics encouraged)

 

4

Relevant elective

24

Comparative Cultural Studies

 

4

Introductory anthropology

 

4

Non-U.S. upper-level anthropology

 

4

Non-U.S. literature or art history

 

4

Religion or philosophy

 

4

Non-U.S. history

 

4

Relevant elective

24

Sustainable Development

 

4

EENV:101 Environmental Science

 

4

Relevant upper-level ecology or earth and environmental science

 

4

ECON:201 Macroeconomics

 

4

ECON:202 Microeconomics

 

4

ECON:338 International Political Economy or POLI:333 Development, Globalization and Society

 

4

Relevant elective

24

International Trade and Development

 

4

ECON:201 Macroeconomics

 

4

ECON:202 Microeconomics

 

4

ECON:338 International Political Economy or POLI:333 Development, Globalization and Society

 

4

History of any non-U.S. region

 

4

Upper-level international economics/management

 

4

Relevant elective