Graduate Catalog 2010-12
Master of Science in International Studies is an
interdisciplinary program that prepares generalists to work in
governmental and non-governmental organizations internationally to
address issues related to the global human experience. The core of
the program is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of the
historical and contemporary global political economies, theories of
international relations, culture, human rights and indigenous
epistemologies. The curriculum also permits students to specialize in
one of six regions of the world—Africa, East Asia, European Union,
Middle East, Slavic Europe and Middle with a global, theoretical, or
master's program in international studies (30 credits) is
individually designed by students and their faculty advisors to
ensure that career plans and research interests are accommodated. If
a student wishes to travel or work in a different country, these
preferences may receive consideration within the program's scope.
Another approach involves graduate course selection from a variety of
disciplines, including modern languages, history, geography,
political science, economics, anthropology, communication
and others, provided at the University to develop specializations
with a global or theoretical orientation.
ensure adequate preparation for a career or further study in
international affairs, language competency related to the area of
specialization is required. Mid-level reading, writing, speaking and
comprehension skills may be demonstrated by examination or through
appropriate course work.
Studies Program Director: Dr.
Evelyn Newman Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-832-2617)
Sheri Fafunwa (email@example.com, 860-832-2646) and Warren Perry (Perryw@ccsu.edu, 860-832-2613), Co-Directors,
Center for Africana
and Co-Coordinators, African
Ayeni, F. Best, W. Brown Foster, J. Buxton, C. Carter-Lowery, T.
Darko, G. Emeagwali, S. Fafunwa-Ndibe, K. Harris, M. Howell, S.
Jones, P.Kyem, S. Lee, P. LeMaire, A. Moemeka, E. Newman Phillips, S.
Odesina, P. Osei, C. Ragaven, S. Sogunro, J. Woodruff
S. Tomoda, Coordinator
M. Jones Y. Ju, K. H. Kim, C. S. Lien, J. McKeon, P. Petterson, X.
European Union/West European Studies:
P. Lapuerta, Coordinator
(firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-832-2884); R.
Benfield, M. Charkiewicz, D. Engwall, C. Liard-Muriente, A Morales
M. Passaro, C. Pesca, L. Petit, P. Petterson, K. Ritzenhoff, L.
M. A. Mahony, Coordinator
A. Adams, W. Brown-Foster,G. Cueto, J. C. del Alma, F. Donis,, V.
Garcia, A. Garcia-Lozada, C. Liard-Muriente P. Iannone, C.
Liard-Muriente, G. Mejía, S. Mendez-Mendez, B. Merenstein, A.
Morales, K. Sugg, L.
Ghassan El-Eid, Coordinator
(email@example.com, 860-832- 2963); F.
Abdollahzadeh, N. Al-Masoud, A. Ayalon, K. Beyard, A. Cannella, A.
Antar, G. Emeagwali, F. Farahmand, J. McKeon, N. Mezvinsky, T.
Rickard, N. Sadanand, M. Salinas, L. Zidani-Eroglu
M. Ciscel, Coordinator
Benfield, J. Bergman, M. Biskupski, I. Gotchev, P. Karpuk, D.
Kideckel, W. Tracey, E. Wolynska
Master of Science in International
Master’s of Science in the International
Studies program educates students in several key areas of the world:
Middle East, Africa, Asia, Western Europe and European
and Latin America. Students are grounded in theories of
internationalization, history of diverse countries and regions,
cross-cultural communication, and cosmologies of various
international cultures and are provided programmatic, analytical, and
practical skills to address international issues. The program
prepares generalists to work in governmental and non-governmental
organizations within and outside of the United States to address
issues related to the global human experience.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in this program will:
on internationalism guided by School of Graduate Studies guidelines
based on primary research;
their ability to communicate at the intermediate level in the
language of the region of their specializations;
able to write well-researched, clearly theorized, and analytical
papers that explain issues concerning internationalism; and
through hands-on experiences, the history, culture, environment,
and political and economic structures of the region in which they
addition to the regular admission requirements, an applicant for the
MS in International Studies program must send a resume and a
four-page essay that addresses his/her past experiences, career
goals, and the region in which he/she wishes to specialize (select
from Africa, East Asia, European Union/Western Europe, Latin America,
Slavic/Eastern Europe, and Middle East). Each application must be
sent electronically or by mail to the International Studies Director,
who will then direct it to the chair of the region in which the
student seeks to specialize.
applications are encouraged for full consideration. The admission
deadline for spring semester is December 1 (priority deadline is November 1); for fall semester the
deadline is May 1.
Course and Capstone Requirements
(30 credits in International Studies
[Plan A or Plan C])
Common Core (15 credits; take 5 of the
IS 570 Modern World Issues
IS 571 International Diversity and
COMM 543 Intercultural Communication
GEOG 544 The Geography of World
LING 515 An Introduction to
PS 501 Advanced Studies in
Specialization (9 credits):
Approved courses in one of African
Studies, East Asian Studies, European Union/West European Studies,
Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, or Slavic/East
European Studies; or approved courses to constitute a cohesive
specialization with a global, theoretical, or conceptual perspective.
Research and Capstone Requirements (6
A: IS 598 Research in International Studies and IS 599
C: IS 598 Research in International Studies and IS 595
Project in International Studies
Note: No more than nine credits at the
400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward
the graduate planned program of study.
International Studies program requires that all students have a level
of proficiency in the reading, writing, speaking, and understanding
of a single modern language-preferably in their areas of geographical
specialization-equal to the completion of the Modern Language
Department at the 226 level. Fulfillment of this requirement
will be determined three possible ways: by a CCSU instructor of the
language, the chair of the Department of Modern Language, or a
professor who is a native speaker, when the language is not offered
as part of the CCSU curriculum.
on acceptance to the program, students will be assigned advisors
appropriate to their regional or thematic specializations. This
advisor will normally serve as the faculty member supervising the
advisee's IS 598 course and thesis, special project or comprehensive
During the 2010-2011 school year, the curriculum will be revised to
allow students more options.