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M.S. Program in International and Area Studies

New Program Beginning Spring 2014

30 credits in International Studies

1. Common Core (6 Credits)

IS 500 Practicing International Studies (new course)

IS 570 Modern World Issues


2. Area Specialization (6-12 Credits)

Select ONE area or region from below. Choose six credits if focusing more on one of the themes (in section 3 below), nine credits to balance the regional focus with a theme, or twelve credits to focus more broadly on the area/region.


Courses listed below are for ADVISING PURPOSES ONLY. Additional courses may be identified with the approval of 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 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.

  • Africa
    • 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
  • East Asia
    • GEOG 435 Japan and Korea
    • GEOG 437 China
    • PS 425 Asian Politics
  • Eastern Europe and Eurasia
    • 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 540 Seminar in European History
    • PS 435 Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
    • ANTH 428 Cultures of Latin America
    • 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
  • Middle East
    • HIST 431* Ancient Northeast Africa
    • PS 434 Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
    • PS 439 US Middle East Policy
  • Western Europe and European Union
    • 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 540 Seminar in European History


3. Thematic Specialization (6-12 credits)

Select ONE thematic specialization from below. Students must take six, nine, or twelve credits in the chosen theme for a total of 18 credits together with the area specialization.


Courses below are for ADVISING 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 History), and HIST 585 (Modern World History) could be included in each area depending on the topic.

* For any course designated HIST 4XX, graduate students must register for HIST 495 to receive graduate credit.

  • Communication and Diversity in the Global Context
    • 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
  • Energy, Resources, and Environment
    • ANTH 425 Human Ecology
    • COMM 451 Environmental Communication
    • ESCI 450 Environmental Geology
    • GEOG 433 Issues in Environmental Protection
    • GEOG 473 Geography of Natural Resources
    • GEOG 475/514 Energy, Resources, and Climate Change (linked course)
    • SUST 500 Social, Political, and Ethical Dimensions of Global Sustainability
    • SUST 501 Contemporary Challenges in Environmental Sustainability
    • SUST 502 Science of Sustainability
  • Population, Mobility, and Development
    • ANTH 475 Topics in Anthropology (Plagues and People)
    • ECON 430 International Economics
    • ECON 435 Economic Development
    • GEOG 544 The Geography of World Economic Development
    • HIST 411* Atlantic World, 1500-1888
  • Governance, Security, and Human Rights
    • CJ 501 Proseminar on the Nature of Crime
    • 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


4. 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

(see Thesis Proposal Guidelines)


5. 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 regional or thematic specialization. This advisor will normally serve as the faculty member supervising the student’s thesis or special project.

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