POSC 170: International Relations
POSC 280: American Foreign Policy

ECON 111: Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 112: Introduction to Macroeconomics
INBM 200 Global Economy; or
ECON 248 World Economy (in Bologna); or
ECON 348 International Economics

One course in diplomatic history. The following diplomatic history courses would satisfy this requirement: HIST 358: 19th-20th Century European Diplomacy, HIST 282: Diplomatic History of the United States, and INST 260 History of International Relations.

2 courses in foreign language beyond the intermediate level. American Sign Language cannot be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the International Studies curriculum.

Four courses from one of three areas of concentration:
1) Country or region of specialization: four electives
2) Globalization and Sustainability: four electives
3) Security Studies: POSC 281 and three electives

A list of courses will be posted regularly and updated on the International Studies webpage. The four electives must come from at least two departments.

Note: International Studies majors pursuing the concentration in Security Studies are not eligible for a certificate in Security Studies.

401: Senior Seminar
404: Integrated Study culminating in the International Studies Oral Exam

One especially challenging part of the major is the comprehensive oral examination at the end of the senior year. The exam lasts one hour, and involves questions relating to all four components of the International Studies Program.

Suggested curricular flow through the major

The INST 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 few guidelines.

The 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.

First Year
ECON 111
ECON 112
Foreign language

Sophomore Year
One of three required diplomatic history courses
INBM 200
INST general electives: see General Electives under MAJOR section in Academic Bulletin: International Studies 
Continue with foreign language

Junior Year
INST general electives: see General Electives under MAJOR section in Academic Bulletin: International Studies 
Finish INST foreign language requirement
Finish core INST course requirements (if available)

Senior Year
INST 401 (senior seminar; autumn semester only)
INST 404 (senior review for the written and oral examinations; spring semester only)
Finish all other INST requirements: (core courses, electives, language as needed)

For 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.

Senior comprehensive examination process
One especially challenging part of the major is the comprehensive written and oral examinations at the end of the senior year. The written exam takes three hours. It is designed to demonstrate substantive knowledge in all four core areas of the major; international relations theory, American foreign policy, international economics, and diplomatic history. The oral exam lasts for 40 minutes and involves questions about the student’s area of concentration and the core areas of the International Studies program.


A student will be awarded Honors if the student has a 3.50 average overall and in the major, an A or A- in International Studies 401 and International Studies 404.

Opportunities for off-campus study

Though not required, study abroad is very strongly encouraged, and most majors spend at least a semester abroad. Choice of study abroad program should be selected in consultation with your major advisor.


170 International Relations
An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization.
This course is cross-listed as POSC 170.

200 Global Economy
Concentration upon strategies pursued by nation states in their interaction with international business enterprises and nongovernmental organizations. Students will work from an interdisciplinary perspective, with case studies of episodes in U.S. economic history and of selected countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. To facilitate their analysis, students will study concepts drawn from trade theory, commercial and industrial policy, balance of payments accounting, exchange rate determination, and open-economy macroeconomics. As such, the course will draw heavily from the introductory economics courses. This approach will help develop an appreciation for the complex environment in which both political leaders and corporate managers operate.
Prerequisite: ECON 111 and 112; concurrent enrollment in ECON 112 by permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INBM 200.

260 History of International Relations
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to apply theories of international relations to major events and issues in world history. Concepts such as balance of power, appeasement and imperialism will be studied against the backdrop of world historical events such as the Congress of Vienna, World War II, and the Algerian War.
Prerequisite: INST 170 or POSC 170.

270 European Union
The European Union (EU) remains a work-in-progress, and this course will help students to contextualize the EU's development since the mid-1950s, understand the way that it currently functions, and think about how it is likely to evolve in the future. Substantively, the course covers the theory and history of European integration; the EU's unusual ( and evolving) institutional structure and political processes; the major policy areas of the EU; and the power dynamics between the EU and its member states.
This course is cross-listed as POSC 270. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement.

271 Ethics and International Security
A course in applied ethics that examines the role ethical considerations both do and should play in the pursuit of national and international security objectives. Among the specific topics to be examined are the decision to go to war, rules governing how wars are fought, the ethics of weapons of mass destruction, the ethics of terrorism, the torture debate, economic sanctions, and humanitarian intervention.
Prerequisite: POSC 170, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as POSC 271.

273 International Political Economy
This course examines the politics of global economic relations. Specific topics discussed include: trade and protectionism, international monetary relations, foreign direct investment, global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and World Trade Organization (WTO), regional economic integration (e.g. the European Union [EU] and North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], economic development, and the economic emergence of China and India. The larger issue serving as the backdrop to all of this is economic globalization -- its significance, sources, and consequences.
Prerequisite: POSC 170, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as POSC 273.

277 International Politics of the Middle East
This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics.
This course is cross-listed as POSC 277 and MEST 266. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.

280 American Foreign Policy
A survey of U.S. foreign policy. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process.
Prerequisite: POSC 170 or INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 280.

281 American National Security Policy
Analysis of formulation and implementation of American national security policy within the context of American society and the international system. National security will not be considered simply in a military/strategic sense but as connoting the preservation of the core values of a society.
Prerequisite: POSC 170 or 120 or INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 281.

282 Diplomatic History of the United States
Description and analysis of the nation's role in world affairs, from the earliest definitions of a national interest in the 18th century, through continental expansion, acquisition of empire, and world power, to the Cold War.
This course is cross-listed as HIST 282.

290 Selected Topics in International Studies
Special topics not usually studied in depth in course offerings are examined.
Prerequisite dependent upon topic. This course is cross-listed as POSC 290 when the topic is "Transatlantic Relations."

358 19th-20th Century European Diplomacy
European diplomatic history from the Congress of Vienna through World War II.
This course is cross-listed as HIST 358. Offered occasionally.

390 Topics in International Studies
Various topics of interest will be taught on an occasional basis.
Prerequisite dependent upon topic.

401 Interdisciplinary Seminar Research
Integrated the various disciplines in the major, normally involving the student's geographic area.

404 Integrated Study
The purpose of the course is to help students review and integrate the diverse components of the International Studies major.
Prerequisites: senior standing in the INST major and prior completion of INST 401.