Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

INTERNATIONAL & AREA STUDIES

CCSU offers an interdisciplinary degree program in international studies, with specializations leading to the BA degree for students in arts and sciences.

Minors in African studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Slavic and East European studies, and European Union/Western European studies are also offered.

Each student planning to major in international studies should contact the international studies program director (860-832-2617). Students planning a minor in a region, or those interested in a region as part of the BA major program, should contact the coordinator of the appropriate area studies program.

 

Program

Major in International Studies, BA (57 credits)

Core Curriculum (15 credits)
IS 225The World as a Total System3
IS 475Senior Project3
one research course of:
ANTH 374Anthropology Field Methods3
HIST 301Research Methods3
and two of:

GEOG 120World Regional Geography3
HIST 122World Civilization II3
PS 104The World's Political Systems3

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.

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.

Programs:

African Studies

East Asian Studies

European Union/West European Studies

Latin American Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

Slavic/East European Studies

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