International Studies

International Studies: Sustainability + Global Justice

There are more than seven billion people in the world. How has growth and demand on resources been managed, and what are our obligations to future generations?

The program is designed for the student who wants to engage in the emergent interdisciplinary field of sustainable development and global justice by stimulating a critical examination of political, social, historical and conceptual antecedents. The program provides a holistic perspective of topics such as civil society, participation and democracy, development politics and economics, environment and energy, gender and ethnicity, humanitarianism and human rights, and nutrition and health.

Major Requirements

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

Requirements for a B.A. in International Studies with Concentration Sustainability & Global Justice

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 Records and Reserach OR
  • POLSC2701 Research 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, one of which must be SOC3115.

History (1) Choose one of the following courses:

  • HIST2120 Europe in the Era of World War
  • HIST2125 History of Modern Latin America
  • HIST2140 History of Modern Middle East
  • HIST3111 United States and Global Issues: 19th and 20th Centuries 

Theology + Religious Studies (1) Choose one of the following courses:

  • THRS2105 Judaism
  • THRS2108 Religion and the Environment: Ethical Explorations 
  • THRS2135 World Religions
  • THRS2202 Hinduism
  • THRS2208 Global Christianity
  • THRS2211 Islam
  • THRS2212 Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices 
  • THRS2213 Liberation Theology
  • THRS2217 Women in the World Religions

Thematic (3)

  • POLSC/SOC2705 Sustainable Development: Paradigms and Policies And
  • SOC3115 The Sociology of Globalization


And one of the following

  • BIOL1211 Emerging Infectious Diseases 
  • BIOL1215 Introduction to Nutrition
  • ECON3103 The International Economy
  • ECON3109 Emerging Economies
  • ECON3115 Economics and the Environment 
  • PHYS1121 Energy and the Environment
  • POLSC2413 International Law and Institutions 
  • POLSC2419 The Geopolitics of Democracy*
  • POLSC2421 Model United Nations
  • POLSC2503 Revolution and Nationalism 
  • POLSC3301 Comparative Politics of Developing States
  • POLSC3303 Street Democracy
  • POLSC3305 Women in Global Politics: From the Barrio to Elected Office
  • POLSC3403 Human Issues in International Relations
  • POLSC3407 People and Politics of the Middle East
  • SOC3201 Worlds in Motion: The Causes and Consequences of Migration 
  • SOC3205 Crimes Against Humanity
  • THRS3133  Social Justice and Religious Traditions
  • *Travel Course

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

Europe

  • 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

Asia

  • 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

Africa

  • 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.