Many International Studies majors have been drawn to the study of Asia, Africa, and Latin America because of an interest in the prospects for socioeconomic development in those regions. One part of this interest revolves around the transition from an agricultural to an industrial and post-industrial economy.
Other concerns include how to maintain an agricultural way of life in the face of global competition, how to address economic inequality and poverty, and how socioeconomic change threatens cultures. Many students are especially interested in the responsibilities of the rich countries toward those that are poorer.
The study of development is inherently interdisciplinary. Economists, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, and political scientists have made major contributions. Recognizing the inputs of these different fields, the Development track requires concentrators to study development by building on the perspectives of economics and the other social sciences. Students also focus on one geographical region in Asia, Africa, or Latin America, with development as their major topic, but with ample study of the culture and society of at least one country, the one in which they undertake off-campus study. OCS programs that give special emphasis to development themes are especially encouraged.
To major in International Studies in the Development track, students must complete the following requirements:
1. Sophomore Course
INST 201 (The Expansion of International Society)
2. Core Development Track Courses
Introductory: ECON 101, ECON 102 and either ANTH 113, or SOCY101, or SOCY 103, or SOCY 105.
Upper-Level: Either ECON 331 (Development), or ECON 332 (International Trade), or ECON 339 (International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics); and at least one upper-level development-related course from another social science discipline: PSCI 342, PSCI 347, PSCI 470, ANTH 358, SOCY 251; and at least one course that situates the challenges of modern development in broader social, political, or historical context, such as: HIST 100, HIST 226, PSCI 361, RLST 380 or SOCY 223.
Research Method: One social science methods course: ANTH 464, ECON 205, HIST 387, PSCI 280, PSCI 397, SOCY 271 or SOCY 374.
3. Area Concentration in the Development Track
Students must take at least 4 area courses in one of the following geographic or cultural regions: sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Islamic World, Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, South Asia or Central Asia. At least two of the area courses must be historical in scope, including a course in the modern history of the region. At least two of the area courses must be taken at Kenyon.
Majors must complete at least one year of language study beyond the introductory level, for any language offered at Kenyon. If you are studying abroad in a place where the local language is one not offered at Kenyon, then you must complete the Kenyon language requirement and, for the major, take the equivalent of two semesters of additional language study while abroad or through summer programs. All students are required to study a local language during their study-abroad experience.
5. Off-campus study
All international studies majors must study abroad for at least one semester in an area where the majority of the people speak a language different from the student’s own primary language. Students are expected to study abroad on programs relevant to their academic interests within the International Studies major, area expertise, and foreign language training. Keep in mind that off-campus study at Kenyon is competitive and writing a strong application is critical. In order to study abroad, a student must receive approval from the College and have achieved a GPA of at least 2.75.
6. Senior seminar
The senior seminar, INST 401 (Contemporary Global Issues) is a comparative course that brings all international studies majors together to look at significant global problems from the various perspectives they bring based on their specializations.