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Master of Science, International Studies

Program Rationale:
The International and Area Studies program educates students in several key areas of the world: Middle East, Africa, Asia, Western Europe and European Union, Eastern Europe, 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:
• produce a capstone project on internationalism, based on primary research they conceptualized and conducted and guided by School of Graduate Studies guidelines;
• demonstrate their ability to communicate at the intermediate level in the language of the region of their specialization;
• be able to write well-researched, clearly theorized, and analytical papers that explain issues concerning internationalism; and
• understand, through hands-on experiences, the history, culture, environment, and political and economic structures of the region in which they specialize.

 

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent. Applicants with a GPA between 2.40 – 2.99 who demonstrate potential and whose coursework and/or experiences relate to International Studies can be considered for conditional admission.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Additional Materials Required:

In addition to the regular admission requirements, an applicant for the MS in International Studies program must send a resume and an essay that addresses his/her past experiences, career goals, and the area 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. Early applications are encouraged. The admission deadline for spring semester is November 1; for fall semester the deadline is May 1. 

 

Common Core (6 Credits)

IS 500  Practicing International Studies (new course)  
IS 570 Modern World Issues  

Geographical Areas and/or Transnational Themes (18 credits)

Students will select 6 - 12 Credits from each of our program's two foci, for a total of 18 credits.

1. Geographical Areas:
12 credits for students who wish to develop a primary focus in a particular world geographical area.
9 credits for students who wish to balance Area and Transnational focuses.
6 credits for students who wish to complement their primary focus on a Transnational Theme.
Courses listed below are for advisory purposes only. Additional courses may be identified with the approval of the advisor. For example, IS 575 (Internship in International Studies), IS 590 (Course Abroad), IS 596 (Independent Studies in International Studies), IS 597 (Seminar in International Studies), HIST 580 (Seminar in Non-Western World History), and HIST 585 (Modern World History) could be included in each area depending on the topic of those courses when offered.
*For any course designated HIST 4XX, graduate students must register for HIST 495 to receive graduate credit.

Geographical Areas

 ----Africa (6 to 12 Credits)

  • ANTH 416 Archaeology of Africa
  • ANTH 424 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • GEOG 446 Sub-Saharan Africa
  • HIST 431* Ancient Northeast Africa
  • HIST 476* African History through Film
  • HIST 545 History of South Africa since 1900
  • PS 421 Government and Politics of Africa
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies
  • IS 597 Seminar in International Studies

----East Asia (6 to 12 credits)

  • GEOG 435 Japan and Korea
  • GEOG 437 China
  • PS 425 Asian Politics
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies
  • IS 597 Seminar in International Studies

----Eastern Europe and Eurasia (6 to 12 Credits)

  • ANTH 426 People and Cultures of Eastern Europe
  • GEOG 448 Russia and Neighboring Regions
  • HIST 444* Mass Politics and Total War in Europe
  • HIST 447* History of the Soviet Union
  • HIST 448* Stalin and Stalinism
  • HIST 481* The Jews of Poland
  • HIST 540 Seminar in European History
  • PS 435 Russia and Eastern Europe
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies
  • IS 597 Seminar in International Studies

----Latin America (6 to 12)

  • GEOG 434 Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • GEOG 436 South America
  • HIST 455* Historical Representation in Latin America
  • HIST 460* African Enslavement in the Americas
  • HIST 583 Seminar in Latin American History
  • PS 420 Government and Politics in Latin America
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies
  • IS 597 Seminar in International Studies

----Middle East (6 to 12 Credits)

  • ANTH 429 Global India
  • HIST 431* Ancient Northeast Africa
  • HIST 474* History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • PS 434 Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • PS 439 US Middle East Policy
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies
  • IS 597 Seminar in International Studies

----Western Europe and European Union (6 to 12 Credits)

  • GEOG 452 European Union
  • HIST 444* Mass Politics and Total War in Europe
  • HIST 445* Ideas and Culture in Europe, 1750 - 1870
  • HIST 446* Ideas and Culture in Europe, 1870 - present
  • HIST 481* The Jews of Poland
  • HIST 540 Seminar in European History
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies
  • IS 597 Seminar in International Studies

2. Transnational Themes (6 - 12 credits):
12 credits for students who wish to develop a primary focus on a particular Transnational theme.
9 Credits for students who wish to balance Transnational and Area focuses.
6 Credits for students who wish to complement their primary focus on a Geographical Area.

Courses below are for advisory purposes only. Additional courses may be approved by your advisor. For example, IS 575 (Internship in International Studies), IS 590 (Course Abroad), IS 596 (Independent Studies in International Studies), IS 597 (Seminar in International Studies), HIST 580 (Seminar in Non-Western World History), and HIST 585 (Modern World History) could be included in each Transnational theme category depending on the topic.
* For any course designated HIST 4XX, graduate students must register for HIST 495 to receive graduate credit.

Transnational Themes

----Communication and Diversity in the Global Context (6 to 12 Credits)

  • COMM 543 Intercultural Communication
  • EDF 528 Comparative and International Education
  • ENG 486 World Literature and Film
  • HUM 490 The Culture and Civilization of Other Lands
  • IS 571 International Diversity and Integration
  • LING 515 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • PSY 430 Psychology of Diversity
  • WGSS 469 Readings in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies

-----Energy, Resources, and Environment (6 to 12 Credits)

  • ANTH 425 Human Ecology
  • COMM 451 Environmental Communication
  • ESCI 450 Environmental Geology
  • GEOG 433 Issues in Environmental Protection
  • GEOG 473 Geography of Natural Resources
  • SUST 500 Social, Political, and Ethical Dimensions of Global Sustainability
  • SUST 501 Contemporary Challenges in Environmental Sustainability
  • SUST 502 Science of Sustainability
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies

----Population, Mobility, and Development (6 to 12 Credits)

  • ANTH 475 Topics in Anthropology (Plagues and People)
  • ECON 430 International Economics
  • ECON 435 Economic Development
  • GEOG 544 The Geography of World Economic Development
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies

 ----Governance, Security, and Human Rights (6 to 12 Credits)

  •  CJ 510 Proseminar in Negotiation and Conflict resolution
  • COMM 544 Strategies in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • HIST 420* Imperialism
  • PS 445 Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • PS 501 Advanced Studies in International Law
  • IS 596 Independent Studies in International Studies

3. Research and Capstone Requirements (6 Credits)

Plan A: IS 598 Research in International Studies and IS 599 Thesis in International Studies
Plan C: IS 598 Research in International Studies and IS 595 Special Project in International Studies

4. Language and /or Study Abroad Requirements

The International Studies program requires that all students have a level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of a single modern language, preferably in their area of geographical specialization equal to the completion of the 226 level. Fulfillment of this requirement will be determined by a CCSU instructor of the language and/or the chair of the Modern Language Department.

In addition to the language requirement, IS students without significant life or study experiences abroad are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program, whether a course abroad or a semester or summer exchange. Information about study abroad programs is available at the Center for International Education in Barnard Hall.

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. Initially, on acceptance to the program, students are assigned to the International Studies Curriculum Coordinator for advice. As soon as possible, students will be assigned an advisor appropriate to their area or thematic specialization. This advisor will normally serve as the faculty member supervising the student's thesis or special project.

 

 

 


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