The International Studies Program enables students to analyze an increasingly global society using the foundations of the liberal arts. International studies majors concentrate in one of four thematic tracks — development, transnationalism, global environment or cultural studies — 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.
International studies majors must learn foreign languages, study in distant countries, and think rigorously across disciplinary boundaries. The program especially encourages students to study the problems and challenges of the less-developed world.
Descriptions of the four thematic tracks of the International Studies major:
Please note you can find each track course checklist within the individual track link listed above. The course checklist for each track is designed to assist you in keeping track of your progress. All course checklists are in 'pdf' format.