International Studies, B.A.

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to build student expertise in particular world regions and/or about diverse international issues including globalization, diversity, migration, international law, conflict resolution, economic development, environmental policy, and the roles of gender, race, language, and class in international contexts.

The International Studies BA program is oriented to produce individuals competent to understand the interrelated nature of global phenomena and confident in their membership in a community of global citizens.  Each undergraduate is also to specialize in a particular world area or a particular global theme.  The learning outcomes of the program concern the student's ability to express this knowledge in formal essays and presentations of research projects and policy positions.  To further these overarching goals, IS undergraduate program graduates will:

  1.  demonstrate sensitivity to the global diversity of cultural values, beliefs and worldviews;

  2.  demonstrate proficiency in the history, culture, and language(s) of a particular world region;

  3.  demonstrate knowledge of the interconnectedness of global phenomena;

  4.  critically approach social, political, and economic cultural issues of a global nature;

  5.  collect and analyze data on projects of a global scope or which relate to a particular world area;

  6.  produce and defend a scholarly paper (senior project), based on primary research, that focuses on a  

       single world area or links diverse world areas in a global theme;

  7.  demonstrate international competency, mastery of theory, and appropriate use of relevant literature, data, evidence, and argument in the scholarly paper (senior project).

A BA degree in International Studies prepares students for a range of career opportunities in government, in non-profit foundations and NGOs, in for-profit entities, and in a wide range of other institutions and enterprises offering services transnationally or otherwise working in global environments.

Major Requirements (39 credits):

1. Core Curriculum (18 credits)

Required Course:

IS 225The World as a Total System

3

and 6 credits from:

IS 150Introduction to International Studies

3

GEOG 120World Regional Geography

3

HIST 122World Civilization II

3

PS 104The World's Political Systems

3

and 3 credits from:

PS 250Approaches to Political Science

3

ANTH 374Field Research Methods

4

GEOG 442Field Methods in Geography

3

HIST 301The Historical Imagination

4

and at least 3 credits

from an experience abroad (IS 360, IS 490, or other) or an internship (IS 450).
IS 360/HUM 360/HUM 360International Studies Through Travel

3 OR 6

IS 490Field Study Abroad

3 TO 6

IS 450Internship in International Studies

3

Senior Project

IS 475International Studies Senior Project

3

Total Credit Hours: 18

2. Geographical Areas and Themes in Global Studies (21 Credits)

Students will select 21 credits from one of the programs below, in order to follow one of the following tracks:  African Studies (2a), or Global Studies (2a), European Studies (2a), Latin American Studies (2a), Middle Eastern Studies (2a), or Global Studies (2b).

2a. Geographical Area Studies:

Students will take 15 credits in one regional specialization and 6 credits in one global theme, or as approved by the advisor.  9 credits must be at the 400-level.  Not more than 9 credits may come from the same discipline (designator).  Courses listed below are for advisory purposes only.  Additional courses may be identified with the approval of the advisor. 

Africa

ANTH 416Archaeology of Africa

3

ANTH 424Peoples and Cultures of Africa

3

FR 305Introduction to Francophone Literature

3

FR 315Aspects of Francophone Cultures

3

GEOG 446Sub-Saharan Africa

3

HIST 271Introduction to African History and Culture

3

HIST 376History of Africa since 1800

3

IS 461Topics in African Studies

3

PHIL 260African Philosophy

3

PS 421Government and Politics of Africa

3

PS 434Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

3

East Asia

ANTH 423Vietnam, A Country, Not a War

3

ART 412Asian Art

3

CHIN 304Topics in Chinese Literature

3

CHIN 315Topics in Chinese Culture

3

GEOG 435Japan and Korea

3

GEOG 437China

3

HIST 252East Asia since 1800

3

HIST 353History of Modern China

3

HIST 354History of Modern Japan

3

IS 462Topics in East Asian Studies

3

PHIL 250Introduction to Asian Philosophy

3

PHIL 275Chinese Philosophy

3

PHIL 376Buddhist Philosophy

3

PS 425Asian Politics

3

REL 250Japanese Religion

3

Europe

ENG 365The Modern European Novel

3

FR 304Introduction to French Literature

3

FR 305Introduction to Francophone Literature

3

FR 315Aspects of Francophone Cultures

3

FR 316Contemporary France

3

GEOG 448Russia and Neighboring Regions

3

GER 304Introduction to German Literature I

3

GER 305Introduction to German Literature II

3

GER 316German Civilization from 1800 to Present

3

HIST 234Modern Europe

3

HIST 342English History since 1715

3

HIST 343Modern Ireland: 1690-Present

3

HIST 344History of Modern Germany

3

HIST 348History of Russia II

3

HIST 356History of East Central Europe since 1919

3

HIST 380Modern Poland

3

ITAL 304Introduction to Italian Literature I

3

ITAL 305Introduction to Italian Literature II

3

ITAL 316Italian Civilization from 1861 to the Present

3

ITAL 488Italian Life and Culture

3

PHIL 330Early Modern Philosophy

3

PHIL 332The Age of Ideology

3

PS 336West European Governments

3

SPAN 304Introduction to Spanish Literature I

3

SPAN 305Introduction to Spanish Literature II

3

SPAN 315Spanish Civilization

3

SPAN 316/LAS 316Latin American Civilization

3

SPAN 451Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

3

Latin America

ANTH 428Cultures of Latin America

3

GEOG 434/LAS 434Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

3

GEOG 436/LAS 436South America

3

HIST 281/LAS 281History of Latin America to 1823

3

HIST 282/LAS 282History of Latin America since 1823

3

HIST 383History of Brazil

3

HIST 384Portugal in Brazil

3

IS 240Caribbean Cultural Patterns

3

PS 420Government and Politics of Latin America

3

SPAN 316/LAS 316Latin American Civilization

3

SPAN 375/LAS 375Introduction to Spanish American Literature I

3

SPAN 376/LAS 376Spanish American Literature II

3

Middle East

HIST 291Modern Middle East

3

HIST 292History of Judaism

3

PS 345International Terrorism

3

PS 434Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

3

PS 439U.S. Middle East Policy

3

Total Credit Hours: 21

2b. Global Studies:

Students will take 15 credits in a particular transnational theme, and 6 credits in one geographical area, or as approved by the advisor.  9 credits must be at the 400-level.  Not more than 9 credits may come from the same discipline (designator).  Courses listed below are for advisory purposes only.  Additional courses may be identified with the approval of the advisor.

Communication and Diversity in the Global Context

ANTH 170Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

ANTH 200/AFAM 200Dimensions of Diversity and Inequality

3

ANTH 239Work and Culture

3

ANTH 240The Supernatural

3

COMM 216Introduction to Intercultural Communication

3

ENG 367Global Novel

3

ENG 465/CINE 465Global Cinema

3

ENG 486World Literature and Film

3

IS 226Intercultural Sensitivity

3

IS 470Topics in International Studies

3

LING 230The Study of Language

3

PSY 420Cross-Cultural Psychology

3

REL 110World Religions

3

SPAN 441Cross-Cultural Communication

3

Energy, Resources, and Environment

COMM 451Environmental Communication

3

GEOG 433Issues in Environmental Protection

3

GEOG 445Environmental Planning

3

GEOG 473Geography of Natural Resources

3

GEOG 475/SUST 475Energy Resources and Climate Change

3

GEOG 270Geography of Hazards

3

GSCI 131Environmental Geoscience

3

GSCI 450Environmental and Engineering Geology

3

IS 470Topics in International Studies

3

PHIL 241Environmental Ethics

3

Governance, Security, and Human Rights

GEOG 333Political Geography

3

HIST 395Topics in History

3

HIST 420Imperialism

3

IS 470Topics in International Studies

3

PES 345/PHIL 345Philosophy of War and Peace

3

PES 202/PSY 202Peace Psychology

3

PHIL 211Global Justice

3

PHIL 344Topics in Philosophical & Social Justice

3

PS 338International Organization

3

PS 339International Law

3

PS 345International Terrorism

3

PS 380International Conflict and Security

3

PS 445Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation

3

PS 450Public Sector Ethics

3

SOC 424Genocide and the Modern World

4

Population, Mobility, and Development

ANTH 323Urban Archaeology

3

ANTH 352Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity

3

ANTH 401City Life & Culture

3

ECON 320Globalization Issues

3

ECON 430International Economics

3

ECON 435Economic Development

3

GEOG 220Human Geography

3

GEOG 244Economic Geography

3

GEOG 439Urban Geography

3

IS 470Topics in International Studies

3

MKT 295Fundamentals of Marketing

3

MKT 321International Marketing

3

SOC 422Sociology of U.S Immigration

4

SOC 428Globalization and Its Discontents

4

Total Credit Hours: 21

Modern Language:

Demonstration of competency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of a single modern language (in addition to English) equal to completion of the 226 level, as determined by a CCSU instructor of the language, the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, or a CCSU faculty member designated by the Director of International Studies.  The modern language should be appropriate to the area or theme and selected in consultation with the advisor.

Minor Requirement:

A minor is required of International Studies majors.  Students who do not meet the language requirement must take an appropriate language minor.  Students who meet the language requirement without doing a language minor may select a non-language minor in consultation with with the faculty advisor.  For students with some language proficiency, but who do not satisfy the language requirement, additional language courses may be taken to satisfy the requirement without doing the language minor, if the student so chooses, The faculty advisor can guide the student in how best to satisfy both the minor and modern language requirements.

Total Credit Hours: 57