Major in International and Studies, BA (57 credits)

International and Area Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to build student expertise in particular world regions and/or about diverse international issues including globalization; global population, migration and health; international conflict, terrorism, governance and law; imperialism, decolonization and development; and the role of gender, race, and class in international contexts.

A BA or MS degree in International and Area Studies prepares students for a range of career possibilities in government, in foundations and NGOs, and in the wide range of institutions offering services transnationally or otherwise working in global environments.

Core Curriculum (15 credits)

IS 225 The World as a Total System 3
IS 475 Senior Project 3
one research course of:
ANTH 374 Anthropology Field Methods 3
HIST 301 Research Methods 3
and two of:
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
HIST 122 World Civilization II 3
PS 104 The World's Political Systems 3

Regional Specialization (15 credits)

Courses in the language, literature, and social or behavioral science of a particular world region selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. Regions include:

  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Union/West European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Major in Russian Studies
  • Slavic/East European Studies

Modern Language (18 credits)

Courses in a single modern language or demonstration of competency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of a single modern language equal to completion of the 226 level, as determined by a CCSU instructor of the language and/or the chair of the Department of Modern Languages.

Directed Electives (9 credits)

Courses in either the regional specialization or a related area, or those designated international, or those labeled international studies; selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Structured International or Multicultural Experience

At least one semester of faculty-supervised, in-depth exposure to another way of life.

Note: Students will be encouraged to select a regional specialization coinciding with existing CCSU area studies programs, although a specialization from other world regions may be selected if desired and courses are available.
The modern language selected must be related to the regional specialization.
Students who complete the modern language component with fewer than 18 credits must take additional courses, in either the regional specialization and/or directed electives, selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.
Ideally, international studies majors will spend one academic year abroad. As an alternative, international studies faculty will assist students to develop a local multicultural experience related to the student's academic track or regional specialization.
A minor is not required for this major.
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