International Studies Advising Guide
Studies is an interdisciplinary major that seeks to help students attain a
well-rounded understanding of global developments and trends and to prepare
them to succeed in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. In addition to core courses in international
politics, history and economics, students study a foreign language and choose
an area of concentration in which they take a cluster of courses in one of
three areas: a country or region of their choice; globalization and sustainability; or security
studies. A distinguishing aspect of the
major is the comprehensive oral examination which students take in the last
semester of the senior year.
Courses appropriate for prospective majors
1. INST/POSC 170, International Relations is the best point of entry into
2. ECON 111, Introduction to Microeconomics and ECON 112, Introduction to Macroeconomics,
should also be taken early
3. Foreign language coursework should be continued or started.
courses that fulfill distribution requirements
Many of the
courses in the major can serve as distribution requirements.
For course descriptions and requirements for the major, refer to the Academic Bulletin: International Studies
or the department webpage
Suggested curricular flow through the INST major
major was designed with the hope and expectation that all of our students would
spend a year abroad. As a result, we
developed the curriculum so that a student who did spend a year abroad could
complete all the requirements for the major, as long as she or he followed a
guidelines are written for the entering student who knows he or she wants to
major in INST. Rather than specify the
courses that you “must” have in a given semester, the following are general
guidelines regarding courses that we suggest you take during each year. You should think of these guidelines as
giving you a fast track into the major – this provides maximum flexibility in
your junior and senior year.
Suggested courses for the First Year
information regarding the suggested guidelines, please feel free to contact an
IS faculty member. Students not
following these guidelines may still be able to study for a year abroad and
still complete the major, but will face a more demanding senior year. Many students who do study abroad for a year
are able to complete both the INST major and a language major or a language
minor, due to the overlap in these programs of study.
especially challenging part of the major is the comprehensive oral examination
at the end of the senior year. The exam lasts for 40 minutes and involves questions about
the student’s area of concentration and the core areas of the International
Opportunities for off-campus study
strongly encouraged to study abroad, but study abroad is not a
requirement. Students should consult
with the Chair of International Studies, Professor Douglas Stuart and with the
Executive Director of the Center for Global Study and Engagement, Brian Brubaker.
Careers: Many International
Studies majors pursue careers in government service, international business,
banking and law. Some go on to the Peace
Corps. Others have found work with Non-governmental organizations. Recent graduates have landed posts in the
State Department, the Commerce Department, and the Department of Defense. Others have continued and pursued
advanced degrees in the leading graduate programs and professional schools in
the United States, Europe, and Asia.