International Studies

International Studies: Diplomacy and Security

Peace-making, trade, war and human rights are just a few of the issues to be navigated and negotiated in international relations and foreign policy.

A concentration in diplomacy and security gives students the opportunity to gain historic and cultural perspectives on the politics of nations around the globe and think analytically and critically about these influences on war, peace and everything in between. Students will get a thorough grounding in politics, history, economics and the art and science of statecraft and diplomacy, as well as develop a deep appreciation for cultures around the world. In the process, they will develop an understanding of how to engage and negotiate on the interstate and the transnational level.

Major Requirements

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a B.A. in International Studies with Concentartion in Diplomacy & Security

Core Required Courses (7 Courses):

  • ECON1103 Principles of Macroeconomics Or
  • POLSC2413 International Law and Institutions 
  • ECON2113/ POLSC2409 The Politics of International Economic Relations 
  • POLSC1301 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics 
    POLSC1401  Introduction to International Relations 
  • SOC2129 Cultural Geography
  • Research Methods Course - HIST2701 Historical Methods and Research OR
  • POLSC2701 Reserach Methods in Political Science OR
  • SOC2113 Methods of Social Research
  • GLST4100 International Studies Senior Seminar (SP semester senior year)

Concentration Electives (5) Two courses must be from the 3000-level.

History (1)
Choose one of the following courses:

  • HIST2114 Creating the Atlantic World
  • HIST2119 19th Century Europe
  • HIST2122 History of Colonial Latin America
  • HIST2126 History of Japan Since 1600
  • HIST2401 Modern China: Continuity and Change
  • HIST3119 Individual and Society in European History
  • HIST3121 Surviving Columbus: History of Native Americans
  • HIST3225 Themes in Latin American History 
  • HIST3410 Being Modern in East Asia
  • HIST3504 From Lenin to Putin: A History of the Soviet Union and Its Collapse

Thematic (4)

  • ECON3103 The International Economy
  • ECON3109 Emerging Economies
  • ECON3115 Economics and the Environment
  • MGMT2202 International Managment
  • POLSC2401 American Foreign Policy
  • POLSC2415 In the Footsteps of Thucydides*
  • POLSC2417 Statecraft and Globalization*
  • POLSC2419 The Geopolitics of Democracy*
  • POLSC2421 Model United Nations
  • POLSC3301 Comparative Politics of Developing States
  • POLSC3403 Human Issues in International Relations
  • POLSC3405 Strategies of War and Peace
  • SOC2205 War and Peace
  • SOC3115 The Sociology of Globalization
  • *Travel Course

Area/Regional Courses: (2)
It is recommended that students take two courses in the same region:

  • ENGL2106 Irish Identities: Literature and Culture
  • ENGL2417 Literature of the Black Atlantic
  • HIST3119 The Individual and Society in European History
  • HIST3504 From Lenin to Putin: A History of the Soviet Union and Its Collapse 
  • LANG2215 Darkness in the City of Lights: Contrasting Views of Paris in Modern French Literature and Culture*
  • LANG2315 Today's Italy: A Journey Through Literature, Cinema and Everyday Life*
  • LANG2418 The Art of Spain 
  • LANG2605 Spain: A Cultural Approach 
  • LANG3427 Contemporary Spanish American Women Novelists 
  • LANG3431 Contemporary Spanish Novel
  • POLSC2302 European Politics: From Transition to Integration 
  • POLSC2415  In the Footsteps of Thucydides*
  • *Travel Course

Latin America

  • ENGL/LANG2105 Contemporary Latin American Fiction
  • ENGL2417 Literature of Black Atlantic
  • ENGL/LANG3421 Spanish Carribean Literature
  • HIST2122 History of Colonial Latin America
  • HIST3121 Surviving Columbus: History of Native Americans, 1492 to 1992
  • HIST3225 Themes in Latin American History
  • LANG3411 Latin American Literary Giants
  • POLSC2301 Politics of Race and Ethnicity in Latin America


  • HIST2126 History of Japan since 1960
    HIST2401 Modern China: Continuity and Change 
  • HIST3410 Being Modern in East Asia
  • THRS2154 India: Religion, Culture, Justice*
  • *Travel Course

Middle East

  • HIST2140 History of Modern Middle East
  • LANG2664 The Arab World Through Its Literature
  • POLSC2411 The Contemporary Middle East: Challenges and Promise 
  • POLSC3407 People and Politics of the Middle East


  • HIST1107 African History: Themes
  • THRS2305 South Africa: Religion, Gender and AIDS*
    *Travel Course

Learning Goals + Outcomes

At the completion of the International Studies degree, the student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad-based foundation of the major in world history, culture, politics, and economics.
  • Understand how international relations, conflict and change and a heightened sensitivity to diverse cultures defines international studies.
  • Demonstrate a practical application of concepts and theories of the discipline of international studies.
  • Be able to orally communicate effectively.
  • Develop a distinct understanding of non-Western governments.
  • Develop an understanding of the interactions in the international arena.