Department of International Studies
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A selection of interdisciplinary courses from the humanities, social sciences, arts, and sciences provide students with a broad understanding of the processes of globalization, the role of international institutions, the complex nature of conflicts, and global economic issues.
Learn about the skills and knowledge those completing an International Studies major will acquire.
Majors choose one of five tracks to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific topic of their choice:
Culture, Societies, and Values
The Culture, Societies and Values track aims to produce a greater awareness of and appreciation for the diversity of peoples, cultures, religions, and beliefs that make up our world, expand students’ “cultural literacy” about the problems and possibilities we face together as human beings, and enhance students’ ability to think critically about human behavior, both the sources of people’s power, resilience, and ability to bring about change and the cultural and structural forces that constrain their behavior.
Environment and Development
The track is designed to equip students to develop a critical appreciation of global environmental issues, both from the point of view of the science underpinning these issues and the longer-term social, economic, and political implications of decisions made by local and global actors.
Global Politics and Societies
The track seeks to provide students with a deep understanding of the manifold forces at work in today’s world. Students analyze international relations, the foreign policy behavior of states, and the role of international law and organizations. Students also explore the influence of divergent political cultures on contemporary international relations, both globally and regionally.
Students who choose this track will study these issues, look at the empirical data, and learn about answers economists have to these questions. This track provides a solid foundation in the economic side of international studies.
Peace and Conflict Studies
Students are taught to think critically, to examine and incorporate conflicting perspectives, and to debate broader principles underlying attitudes towards peace and conflict. In short, students learn the tools necessary to become engaged global citizens who can contribute directly or indirectly to peace and justice in the world.
Students also specialize in one region of the world, selecting from:
The result is dedicated professionals with diverse skills and an in-depth knowledge of global dynamics working to make the world a more humane and just place for all.
Students may graduate with Honors in the International Studies.