International Studies

First-year students considering a major in International Studies should take at least one of the core courses – ECON 110 (Principles of Economics), POLS102, POLS103, ANTH101 –  during their first year.

If you are starting a new language, you will need to begin that as well during your first year in order to achieve the level of proficiency required for study abroad during your junior year. 

It is a good idea to consult with the Director of International Studies, Prof. Judith Chubb, as you consider course selection.

ANTH 101
Anthropological Perspective
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies or Social Science

Anthropological Perspective is a one-semester introduction to sociocultural anthropology, a discipline that explores what it means to be human by considering the diverse ways that people in different societies make sense of themselves and the world around them. Through ethnographic fieldwork, anthropologists explore how individuals and communities define their values, form relationships with each other, and construct social, economic, and political institutions.

Long concerned with the study of “exotic,” “traditional,” or “remote” peoples, cultural anthropologists now work on subjects as diverse as popular culture, medicine, global capitalist markets, mass media, human rights, and religious ritual in urban, suburban, and rural communities in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the U.S. The course also explores how anthropology contributes to practical concerns today, including social justice issues such as struggles for indigenous rights and debates about economic inequality. This introductory course is designed for students who are considering a major or minor in anthropology, as well as all students who wish to explore culture and cultures worldwide.

CISS 150
Intro to Global Health
Common Area:  Cross-Cultural Studies

It is  recognized  that  poverty  plays  a  central  role  in  many  preventable  diseases. With  the development of nations have come improvements in health. The linkages between health and development can only be understood within the broader context of socio-political and economic factors. In the landscape of globalization and international development there has emerged a vast international health regime. This course focuses on these linkages in the context of this international political economy of health. Key aspects are critically examined including the concepts and architecture  of  global  health,  the  global  burden  and  epidemiology  of  disease,  health  and development of nations, and political-economic determinants of health and development. This foundational course in global health will use a variety of analytical perspectives including political, legal, economic and epidemiological. The course focuses on developing countries.

ECON 110
Principles of Economics
Common Area: Social Science

Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses.  Microeconomics investigates how households and firms make individual decisions concerning the allocation of resources. Macroeconomics studies aggregate level economic outcomes such as growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, exchange rates, technological progress, and government budgets. This course introduces the central topics of both microeconomics and macroeconomics in one semester.

HIST 114
Napoleon to the European Union, 1815-present
Common Area: Historical Studies

This course covers the major events of modern European history from the French Revolution to the collapse of Communism, paying particular attention to issues that have troubled the region throughout the modern era, many of which remain unresolved today.  These include conflicts of values, most especially between religious and secular world views; debates about social, economic, racial, and national inequality; changes in the role of women, men, marriage, and family in modern society; the experience of total war and its impact on individuals and nations; the disquieting phenomenon of popular dictatorship; the ethics of collaboration and resistance in WWII; and the consequences and legacies of superpower struggle in Europe.

HIST 127
Modern Latin America
Common Area: Cross-cultural Studies or Historical Studies

Surveys the history of 19th- and 20th-century Latin America, focusing on six countries. Topics include the formation of nation-states, the role of the military, the challenges of development and modernization, the Catholic church and liberation theology, social and political movements for reform or revolution, slavery, race relations, the social history of workers and peasants, and inter-American relations. Fulfills one non-Western requirement for the major.

HIST 198
Modern Africa Since 1800
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies or Historical Studies

A survey of Africa’s complex colonial past, this course examines dominant ideas about colonial Africa and Africans’ experiences during colonialism. We explore the historical debates on pre-colonial Africa’s place in the global world; resistance and response to the imposition and entrenchment of colonialism; and the nature of colonial rule as revealed in economic underdevelopment, ethnicity and conflict, and the environment. The course concludes with an evaluation of the post-colonial outcome in Africa, particularly focusing on the challenges and promises facing present-day African nations as they grapple with neo-colonialism marked by dependency, political instability, ethnic conflicts, disease, over-population and indebtedness.

POLS 102
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Common Area: Social Science

This course provides a comparative analysis of political processes and institutions in Western liberal democracies, Communist and post-Communist states, and democratic and non-democratic countries in non-Western states. The course will focus on alternative models of modernization and on the causes of, and prospects for, attempts to democratize in countries throughout the world.

POLS 103
Introduction to International Relations
Common Area: Social Science

This course introduces students to major theories and concepts in international politics and examines the evolution of the international system during the modern era. Principal topics include the causes of war and peace, the dynamics of imperialism and postcolonialism, the international sources of wealth and poverty, the nature and functioning of international organizations, the legal and ethical obligations of states, and the emergence of global environmental issues.

RELS 106
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies or Studies in Religion

An introduction to the Buddhist tradition, from its founder’s life and Indian origins, its spread to the Himalayas and East Asia, to its modern spread to the West. The course surveys basic doctrines and central practices, drawing on texts that have inspired Buddhists for millennia. This class will have a weekly plenary lecture on Monday evenings; students will also take part in a small discussion section.

RELS 107
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies or Studies in Religion

Examination of Islamic religious beliefs and practices from the origins of Islam to the present. Particular stress is placed on Islamic religious ideals, institutions and personalities. Central topics include: Islamic scripture and traditions, prophecy, law, rituals, theology and philosophy, sectarianism, mysticism, aesthetic ideals, art and architecture, pedagogy, and modern reinterpretations of the tradition. Also explores wider issues of religious identity by looking at the diversity of the Islamic tradition, tensions between elite and popular culture, and issues of gender and ethnicity.

RELS 147
Common Area: Studies in Religion

Introduction to the history, theology, and practices of the Jews which uses the evidence of Judaism to exemplify the interrelationship between a religious civilization and the historical and cultural framework within which it exists. How does what happens to the Jews affect their formulation of their religion, Judaism? By answering this question and by learning the details of Jewish belief and practice, students will come to comprehend both Judaism and the social construction of religion in general.

RUSS 263
Soviet Art and Literature
Common Area: Arts or Literature

In addition to propaganda, the Soviet Socialist Realism produced a rich  tradition of art and literature and introduced the "New Soviet Person." This course introduces students to the wealth of Socialist Realist art and ways to interpret its hidden meanings. It also explores the development of the "positive hero" in Soviet literature and art. In addition, we discuss the merits and the dangers inherent in the relationship between art and Soviet society, one that allowed a nation on its knees to rebuild and modernize as well as one that silenced countless artists and authors. Finally, students are also asked to discern how, in satirical or subversive works, the tenets of Socialist Realism are subverted and their values questioned and why there is a growing nostalgia (and market) for Socialist Realist art in today’s Russia. Conducted in English.

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