Many students choose International Studies as their major because they are interested in the many ways in which countries interact in world affairs. While for some students traditional politics among nation-states or international trade is their greatest concern, most International Studies majors are especially drawn to the many new ways that individuals and societies interact in this age of globalization.
Transnationalism is the term that many analysts apply to the increasing volume of non-state relationships we witness today, ranging from increased international economic transactions through the vast growth of cross-national communication and travel, to the new wave of international migration. In the Transnationalism track, students explore ways that economists, political scientists and sociologists have explained international interactions, including traditional state-level political and economic relationships but also moving beyond those to include themes such as globalization, border studies, migration and the emergence of communities in which people hold more than one nationality. Because transnationalism is inherently cross-regional, students in this track will have a primary region of emphasis but explore relations and connections between that region and other areas of the world.
To major in International Studies in the Transnationalism track, students must complete the following requirements.
1. Sophomore Course
INST 201 (The Expansion of International Society)
2. Core Transnationalism Track Courses
Introductory: ECON 101 and either PSCI 240 or PSCI 260 and either SOCY101 or SOCY 103, or SOCY 105.
Upper-level: Three courses on transnational issues in two departments: ANTH 310D, ECON 335, ECON 338, ECON 339, HIST 322, PSCI 355, PSCI 361, PSCI 460, PSCI 465, SOCY 221, SOCY 233, SOCY 235, SOCY 237, SOCY 251, SOCY 425, SOCY 466, WGS 242
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 Transnationalism Track
Students must take 4 courses in one of the following geographic or cultural regions: sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, the Islamic World, Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe or Western Europe. Although one region serves as the primary focus, courses on that area should include study of connections with other regions and transnational phenomena such as migration, trade, diplomacy and cultural diffusion. At least one course must be on the modern history of the area, at least one course must situate the area in a transnational context, and no more than two of the courses can be from off-campus study.
Examples of courses that situate areas in a transnational context include: ASIA 201, HIST 226, HIST 242, HIST 261, HIST 275, HIST 322, HIST 323, HIST 345, HIST 373, HIST 454, PSCI 345, PSCI 346, PSCI 347, PSCI 446, and SOCY 249.
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.