In addition to overall requirements, international studies majors concentrate in one of three thematic tracks — development, environment or politics & society — taking a focused set of courses from several disciplines to develop their understanding of that topic. Majors apply that knowledge to the sustained study of a particular region of the world, where they spend at least a semester abroad studying, living in and experiencing a foreign culture. Students can keep track of their progress in the major with a checklist.
Please note that the International Studies curriculum was revised in 2015. Students in the class of 2019 and 2020 should follow the new curriculum, but students in the class of 2018 can follow either the old or new curriculum, and students in the class of 2017 should follow the old curriculum. For information about the old curriculum, see the description from the 2014-15 catalog.
Students are encouraged to download the checklists for their thematic track and open it with Adobe in order to keep track of their progress.
The honors program in international studies is outlined in the course catalog. For more detailed information, please see the INST Honors Guidelines (PDF). Students wishing to pursue a degree with honors should consult with the director as soon as possible.