Program Requirements

Requirements for the International Studies Major

Core courses (15)
ISPR 100D P3 Introduction to International Studies
Choose four: ANTH 209 World Cultures
ECON 105C P3 Principles of Microeconomics
HIST 102D P3 Europe and the World Since 1815
POSC 218 P3 International Relations
REST 152D CC World Religions
Elective courses: (15)
Two concentration courses from Functional Studies
Two concentration courses from Area Studies
One additional concentration course from either Functional or Area Studies
Additional courses (6-7)
ISPR 498 Senior Thesis
Modern Language 103D or higher* (3-4)
One semester in a study-abroad program
Total (36-37)

*The choice of language may necessitate additional competency prerequisites.

Note: Qualified students may substitute ISPR 498H Honors in International Studies for ISPR 498.

For students majoring in international studies, all courses which may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Senior Thesis

ISPR seniors develop a senior project, which enables them to pursue individual research as well as to synthesize the various components selected for the concentrations. Seniors identify project advisors (typically a professor from the student’s area of concentration). After consultation with this faculty member, students compose a one- to three-page thesis proposal that is mutually satisfactory and approved by the director (who will also serve as a reader for the paper) and then complete a substantial research paper.

At the conclusion of the senior-thesis semester, every senior will make an oral presentation and defense of the project before faculty readers and interested members of the College community. Seniors who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 may apply to become honors majors. If accepted, ISPR 498H Honors in International Studies is taken in place of ISPR 498.

Study Abroad Requirement

ISPR majors who enter the College as freshmen and declare international studies as a major before the first semester of the junior year are required to spend at least one semester during the junior year studying abroad as part of the foreign study program. In exceptional cases, a student may request that this requirement be waived; to do so, a written petition outlining the justification for the waiver must be submitted to and then approved by the director of the international studies program prior to the start of the junior year. Transfer students or students for whom English is not the native language or students who declare International Studies as a major after their first-semester junior year may request a waiver from the program director.

Choosing a Minor

ISPR majors should discuss their choice of a minor with the program director. Students who might pursue careers in the corporate world are encouraged to consider combining their ISPR major with a management minor. This major, which blends the strengths of an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree with the vocational and pre-professional skills of management, creates a very appealing course of study both for students and potential employers.

Concentration Courses

International studies majors are required to take two courses from each of the following categories: functional studies and area studies, and a fifth course from either area. Students may substitute courses successfully completed as part of the foreign study experience for part of the lists below with the written permission of the director.

Functional Studies

ANTH 226 Anthropology of Law
ECON 207C Current Economic Issues
ECON 315C Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 316 Economics of Development
ECON 340C International Economics
FINA 413 International Banking and Finance
HIST 300 Modern World: Geography and Politics
HIST 445 Diplomatic History of Modern Europe
ISPR 270D CC Global Gender Studies
MGMT 312 International Business Management
MKTG 414 International Marketing
POSC 208D CC Introduction to Comparative Politics
POSC 112C P3 World Politics
POSC 211 Public Policy
POSC 220 P3 Global Political Economy
POSC 245 CC Russian/Post-Soviet Politics
POSC 280 P3 Terrorism and Politics
POSC 350 International Security
POSC 399 Advanced Topics in Political Science*
PSJS 260P P5 Global Issues in Peace & Social Justice Studies
PSJS 270 CC Ethics and World Ecology
SOCI 220 CC Groups and Diversity
SPST 265 P5 International Cultures and Sport
SPST 365D CC International Sport

*When topic is appropriate and approved by program director.

Area Studies

ANTH 106D P5 Cross-Cultural Interaction
HIST 170D WWII in the Pacific
HIST 234 Rise of Asian Economies
HIST 260D American Diplomatic History
HIST 291D P3 Japan Since 1800
HIST 292D P3 China Since 1800
HIST 303 P1 Indian History Through Film
HIST 450 Russian Foreign Relations
HNRS 209 CC Understanding Contemporary Africa
HNRS 218 P1 Chocolate and its Impact
ISPR 205 CC Contemporary Ireland
ISPR 210 Cultural Identity: Southeast Asia
ISPR 212 CC Introduction to Contemporary Africa
ISPR 220 CC Latin America in Global Context
LFRN 210D CC French Culture and Civilization
LFRN 321 French Civilization Since 1789
LSPN 220D P1 Art of the Hispanic World
LSPN 230P P1 Hispanic/Latino Film and Literature
LSPN 301 Latin American Literature and Civilization
LSPN 302 Spanish Literature and Civilization
LSPN 303D La Generación del 98
POSC 232 Politics of Developing Nations
POSC 235D P5 European Politics
POSC 240 CC Middle East Politics
POSC 335 Politics of the European Union
REST 116D P2 Asian Religions
REST 179C P2 Intro to Islam

International Studies

For More Information

Marc Papé
Program Director
(585) 899-3873

(585) 385-8064