Structure

Learn more about the requirements and offered tracks in the International Studies Major. 

Requirements:  International Studies Major

Students complete 42 credits, or 14 total courses in the major:

  • 6-7 required courses
  • 2 or more courses in Politics and Government
  • 2 or more courses in History and Area Studies
  • 3 or more elective courses at the 400 level

Students complete at least one course in each of the following areas:

Subject

Code and Title

Prerequisites

Credits

Economics

ECO 210: Introduction to Economics[1]

or 

ECO 220 and 221: Micro and Macro-Economics[2]

ECO 210: None

ECO 220: None

ECO 221: ECO 220

3-6

Geography

GEO 303: World Geography[3]

None

3

History of the Middle East

HST 320: History of the Middle East[4]

CIV 203 or HST 102

3

International Relations

POL 302: International Relations

None

3

Political Philosophy

POL 303 or 401: Political Philosophy

None

3

Capstone

IST 410: International Studies Capstone

IS Major, Senior Standing

3



[1] Students may not receive credit for ECO 210 if they have already completed ECO 220 or ECO 221. Students may take ECO 210 before ECO 220 and ECO 221 and receive credit for all three.

[2] Students must take both ECO 220 and 221 to fulfill the economics requirement; both will count towards the major.

[3] POL 305: The Political Economy of Petrostates fulfills this requirement if taken before Fall 2014.

[4] This requirement is waived for students who enrolled before fall 2012 and completed HST 201 as a core requirement.


Students complete two or more courses in POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT chosen from the following:

Code

Title

Prerequisites

Credits

ECO 220

Microeconomics

None

3

ECO 221

Macroeconomics

None

3

ECO 403

International Political Economy

ECO 221 or ECO 210

3

POL 301

Comparative Political Systems

None

3

POL 305

Political Economy of Petrostates

None

3

POL 355/SCI 301

Water: Science, Policy, and Health

SCI 101 and POS 305 or SCI 208

3

POL 400

Topics in Political Science

None

3

POL 403

American Government

None

3

POL 404

Leaders and Statesmen

None

3

POL 406

Contemporary Political Trends

None

3

POL 420

International Relations of the Middle East

HST 201, HST 320, or POL 302

3


Students complete two or more courses in HISTORY AND AREA STUDIES chosen from the following:                       

Code

Title

Prerequisites

Credits

HST 306

World History since 1945

CIV 203 or HST 102

3

HST 321

Islamic Religious Traditions  (formerly IST 241)

None

3

HST 401

The World Wars

CIV 203 or HST 102

3

HST 421

Religion in Iraq

CIV 203, HST 102, or REL 202

3

IST 202

Geopolitics Ancient and Modern

None

3

JRL 310

International Journalism

ENG 102

3

LIT 403

Literature and Politics

ENG 203

3

LIT 470

Imperialism and its Aftermath

ENG 203

3


Tracks

International Studies majors may choose to complete a track in 1) History and/or 2) Middle East Studies.

  • These tracks are optional. Students can choose to complete them as part of the major, but they are not required to choose a track.
  • Courses taken in a track count towards the IS major.
  • IS majors may complete more than one track, although a second track will require that they take more than 14 courses in the IS department.
  • One course cannot count for more than one track, e.g. HST 420 can count either towards the History track or towards the Middle East Studies track; it cannot count towards both.
  • Students receive a certificate of completion of the track at graduation.

History Track

In addition to HST 320, required for the major, students complete four courses from the following list, including at least two at the 400 level.

Course Code

Course Title

Prerequisites

Credits

HST 306

World History since 1945

CIV 203 or HST 102

3

HST 321

Islamic Religious Traditions (formerly IST 241)

CIV 203, HST 102, or REL 202

3

HST 401

The World Wars

CIV 203 or HST 102

3

HST 421

Religion in Iraq

CIV 203, HST 102, or REL 202

3

IST 202

Geopolitics Ancient and Modern

None

3


Middle East Studies Track

In addition to HST 320, required for the major, students complete four courses from the following list, including at least one from each category (HST and POL) and at least two at the 400 level.

Course Code

Course Title

Prerequisites

Credits

HST 321

Islamic Religious Traditions (formerly IST 241)

CIV 203, HST 102, or REL 202

3

HST 421

Religion in Iraq

CIV 203, HST 102, or REL 202

3

POL 305

Political Economy of Petrostates

None

3

POL 400

Topics in Political Science, summer 2013: Women Leaders in the Middle East

None

3

POL 420

International Relations of the Middle East

HST 320, HST 201, or POL 302

3