International Studies

Director: Robert K. Brigham; Steering Committee: Pinar Batur-VanderLippe (Sociology), Robert Brigham (History), Andrew Davison (Political Science), Mihai Grünfeld (Hispanic Studies), Dalila Hannouche (French), Katherine Hite (Political Science), Maria Höhn (History), M. Glen Johnson (Political Science), Martha Kaplan (Anthropology), Susan Kassouf (German Studies), David Kennett (Economics), Christopher Kilby (Economics), Alexis Klimoff (Russian), Timothy Longman (Political Science and Africana Studies), Leslie Offutt (History), Stephen Rock (Political Science), Silke von der Emde (German), Masha Vorobiov (Russian), Yu Zhou (Geography).Panel of Advisers: Program Faculty.

The multidisciplinary program in International Studies is designed to provide a solid and systematic grounding in the study of global interdependence while allowing students to develop strengths in at least two traditional departmental disciplines. A student's course of study for the major is designed in close consultation with the director and the Panel of Advisers. The objectives are to build a core of knowledge in the international social sciences and develop fluency in at least one language, while ensuring a multidisciplinary perspective by encouraging students to approach international issues from the viewpoints that interest them most. Consequently, approved programs of study may include upper-level work in the sciences, humanities, literature and arts as well as the social sciences and languages. In general, the advising process should be initiated early in the sophomore year, especially if a student is interested in study abroad in the first semester of the junior year.

Requirements for the concentration:

1) 15 units, including International Studies 106, in a program of study that has been approved by the Panel of Advisers of the International Studies Program. These units must comprise a coherent and integrated program of study, and the rationale for the program must be given in a formal proposal. Credit to the program will not normally be given for courses at the 100-level except for International Studies 106, Political Science 160, and Geography 105, or if the course is accepted as filling one of the program recommendations given below.

2)Competency in one foreign language through the third-year college level as demonstrated by completion of the relevant courses or special examination. The language studied should be directly relevant to the geographical area of emphasis.

3)4 units of work at the 300-level: International Studies 305, a senior seminar of 1 unit; a senior thesis of 1 unit (normally International Studies 301-302); and at least 1 unit from each of two departments. The senior seminar and the thesis constitute the Senior-Year Requirement.

4) At least one unit of work dealing with issues of nationality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or gender in American society.

Recommendations for the concentration:

1)1 unit of intermediate work directly relevant to international issues in each of three departments. One of these departments should be economics and the other two courses may be drawn from political science, history, and geography.

2)At least one course concerning the history, politics, economics, geography, anthropology or sociology of Latin America, Asia, or Africa.

3) Familiarity with research methods appropriate to the student's concentration in the International Studies major. The following courses may satisfy this recommendation: Anthropology 245 (The Ethnographer's Craft); Economics 209 (Probability and Statistics); Geography 222 (Geographic Research Methods); Political Science 207 (Political Analysis); Psychology 270 (Statistics and Experimental Design); or Sociology 254 (Research Methods).

4)Systematic inquiry into the area of ethics. This recommendation may be satisfied by any of the following courses: Philosophy 106 (Philosophy and Contemporary Issues), Philosophy 234 (Ethics), Philosophy 238 (Social and Political Philosophy), or another approved course.

5)A structured foreign area experience. This is especially recommended for students who have not lived or worked abroad. It may be satisfied by approved programs for JYA, exchange living or study/travel.


I. Introductory

106b. Perspectives in International Studies (1)

An introduction to the varied perspectives from which an interdependent world can be approached. Themes which the course may address are nationalism and the formation of national identity, state violence and war, immigration, religion, modernization, imperialism, colonialism and postcolonialism, indigenous groups, cultural relavitism, and human rights. These themes are explored by examining the experiences of different geographic areas. This multidisciplinary course uses texts from the social sciences and the humanities.

The particular themes and geographic areas selected, and the disciplinary approaches employed, vary with the faculty teaching the course.

This course is required for all International Studies majors. Sophomores and freshmen should take this course if they are interested in pursuing an International Studies major. Program faculty.

110a-110b. International Studies Study Trip (1)

Normally the study trip takes place in the spring semester break. The course, which is taught in conjunction with the study trip, provides a systematic multidisciplinary introduction to the social, cultural, religious, historical, geographic, political, and economic aspects of the place of travel. The precise disciplinary foci of the trip varies depending on the faculty leading the trip and teaching the course. Language instruction is required when appropriate.

Destination 1999/00: India.


II. Intermediate

280-289a or b. Special Studies Courses (1)

A series of special study courses which will be offered by the program. These courses deal with issues of current interest approached in a multidisciplinary framework. Courses taught have dealt with the history of the Middle East; human rights; women and economic development; the rise and fall of economic superpowers.

290a or b. Field Work (1/2 or 1)

298a or b. Independent Work (1/2 or 1)


III. Advanced

300a or b. Senior Thesis (1)

A 1-unit thesis written in the fall or spring semester. Students may elect to write their theses in one semester only in exceptional circumstances. Usually students will adopt International Studies 301-302.

301a-302b. Senior Thesis (1)

A 1-unit thesis written in two semesters.

305a. Senior Seminar (1)

An examination of selected global topics in a multidisciplinary framework. Topics vary from year to year. The program faculty.

399a or b. Senior Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

The program faculty.