Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

International Studies majors take a total of 12 courses (typically 46-48 credits) consisting of a mix of four required major courses (IS101; IS201; IS490; IS491) and a total of eight electives spread among the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Students also choose a concentration from among six options: Europe and the Mediterranean; Africa and the Middle East; The Americas; The Social Life of Globalization; Sustainable Development; Global Health and Human Rights. Four of the eight electives courses must focus on this concentration, and one advanced-level elective must be a Writing-designated course. In addition, International Studies majors are required to study abroad at least one semester, and students must acquire intermediate-level proficiency in a modern language other than English (up to four courses, 0-16 credits, depending on prior knowledge).

Requirements for the Major

  • IS101 (Introduction to International Studies) and two additional introductory-level (100-level) major courses.
  • IS201 (International Studies Research Writing) and three additional intermediate-level (200-level) major courses.
  • Three advanced-level (300- or 400-level) major courses, not including IS490 and IS491, at least one of which must be a Writing-designated course.
  • IS490 and IS491 (International Studies Senior Seminar)
  • Four major courses not including IS101, IS201, IS490 and IS491 must focus on your chosen concentration.  At least two of the concentration courses must be selected from the designated concentration course lists.  It is also expected that students’ study abroad will enhance and support the concentration.
  • Study abroad for one semester.
  • Intermediate-level proficiency (through the 202-level) in a modern language other than English.

Requirements Details:

1. IS101 (Introduction to International Studies), and two additional introductory-level (100-level) major courses. 
The following is a list of Glenside courses in this introductory category, but other courses – for instance, courses taken abroad during the First-Year Study Abroad Experience – also might fulfill these introductory-level course requirements as determined in consultation with a student’s adviser and the Director of the International Studies program.

  • IS 101 Introduction to International Studies
  • IS 120 Global Public Health
  • IS 130 Modern Mediterranean World
  • AN 120 Cultural Anthropology
  • BA 101 International Business
  • HS 110 The West in the World
  • PBH 110 Introduction to Public Health
  • PS 150 Comparative Politics

2. IS201 (Historical & Political Studies Research Writing), which must be taken after IS101 and no later than the end of the second year, and three additional intermediate-level (200-level) major courses. The following is a list of Glenside courses in this intermediate category, but other courses – especially courses taken while studying abroad – also might fulfill these intermediate-level course requirements as determined in consultation with a student’s adviser and the Director of the International Studies program.

  • IS 201 International Studies Research Writing
  • IS 220 Global Environment
  • IS 225 Conflict and Inequality in Latin America
  • AN 230 Reading Ethnography
  • AN 240 Ethnographic Film
  • AN 262 Myth, Magic & Religion
  • AN 272 Cultures, Conflict & Power
  • CJ  275 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • EC 210 Macroeconomics
  • HS 211/PS 212 The Modern Middle East
  • HS 216 Modern East Asia
  • HS 218 Modern Africa/South Africa
  • HS 228 America as Empire
  • PBH 250 Epidemiology: The Science of Public Health
  • PS 225 Politics of the Developing World
  • PS 240 United States Foreign Policy
  • PS 241 International Relations
  • PS 243 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • PS 270 Introduction to Security Studies
  • SO 260 Sociology of Health Care
  • SO 286 Health and Human Rights
  • US 207 Global Citizenship: Who in the World Are We?
  • US 263 Post-Colonialism on Screen

3. 3 advanced-level (300-level) major courses, at least one of which must be a Writing-designated course.  The following is a list of Glenside courses in this advanced category, but other courses – especially courses taken while studying abroad – also might fulfill these advanced-level course requirements as determined in consultation with a student’s adviser and the Director of the International Studies program.

  • IS 320 Global Poverty andf Inequality
  • IS 340 Law, Disorder and  Globalization
  • IS 430 The Social Life of War
  • AN 361 Social Change: Globalization and Culture
  • EC 330 Natural Resource Economics
  • EC 350 International Economics
  • HS 335 Vietnam Wars
  • HS 355 The World at War, 1914 to 1945
  • ID 381 Sustainability in Costa Rica
  • ID 381 Ethnic Conflict in Ukraine
  • PBH 320 Health Policy, Law and Bioethics
  • PS 411 Introduction to International Law
  • PS 335 Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
  • PS 421 International Organizations
  • HS 325 European Fascism: Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
  • HS 360 Modern Italy
  • SO 325 Women: Local/Global Connections

4. IS 490 and IS 491 (International Studies Senior Thesis Seminars).  This two-semester Senior Seminar is only offered in a fall (IS490)/spring (IS491) sequence.  Students intending to finish their undergraduate coursework at the conclusion of a fall semester must take IS490 and IS491 the previous academic year.

5. Four major courses not including IS101, IS201, IS490 and IS491 must focus on your chosen concentration.  At least two of the concentration courses must be Glenside-based courses.  Requirements for the concentrations are detailed below.

6. Study abroad for one semester.  All majors spend at least one semester abroad at a university in a country related to the concentration.  Courses taken when studying abroad will be chosen with assistance of the student’s academic adviser.

7. Intermediate-level proficiency (through the 202-level) in a modern language other than English.  Students who are taking a modern language for the first time must take four semesters (101, 102, 201, 202) of the language.  Students who have previous knowledge will be placed according to the results of a placement inventory.

Requirements for the Concentrations

Concentrations are intended to give students a regional or thematic focus for their studies.  Students are required to take four courses in their chosen concentration and are encouraged to take more than four.  Students choose one among the following six concentrations:

  • Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • The Americas
  • The Social Life of Globalization
  • Sustainable Development
  • Global Health & Human Rights

It is expected that two or more of the courses for the concentration requirement should be selected from the following list of courses designated to each concentration.  Additionally, students will work with their advisor to select a study abroad program that will support their concentration and to select appropriate additional courses for their concentration.

Europe and the Mediterranean

  • IS 130 Modern Mediterranean World
  • HS 110 The West in the World
  • US 234 Representations of the Spanish Civil War
  • HS 234 Modern Russia: Tsars to Stalin
  • HS 325 European Fascism: Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
  • HS 355 World at War, 1914-1945
  • HS 360 Modern Italy
  • HS 380 Dangerous Continent: Europe 1945-2005
  • PS 335 Politics of Russia and East Europe
  • ID 381 Divided Cities, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • ID 381 Politics and Ethnic Conflict in Ukraine

Africa and the Middle East

  • HS 211/PS 212 The Modern Middle East
  • HS 218 Modern Africa/South Africa
  • SO 220 Social Issues: Introduction to Africana Studies
  • PS 225 Politics of the Developing World
  • US 263 Postcolonialism On Screen
  • IS 320 Global Poverty and Inequality
  • IS 430 The Social Life of War: Political, Cultural and Identity Process in Global Conflict
  • ID 381 Literature and Culture in Postcolonial Ghana
  • ID 381 Language and Culture in Belize

The Americas

  • IS225 Conflict and Inequality in Latin American
  • IS340 Law, Disorder and Globalization
  • PS 225 Politics of the Developing World
  • HS 228 America as Empire
  • PS 240 United States Foreign Policy
  • HS 335 The Vietnam Wars
  • ID 381 Language and Culture in Belize
  • ID 381 Sustainable Development in Costa Rica

The Social Life of Globalization

  • US 207 Global Citizenship: Who in the World Are We?
  • AN 272 Cultures, Conflict and Power
  • IS 320 Global Poverty and Inequality
  • IS 340 Law, Disorder and Globalization
  • AN 361 Social Change: Globalization and Culture
  • IS 430 Social Life of War: Political, Cultural and Identity Process in Global Conflict

Sustainable Development

  • IS 220 Global Environment
  • PS 225 Politics of the Developing World
  • IS 320 Global Poverty and Inequality
  • EC 330 Natural Resource Economics
  • AN 361 Social Change: Globalization and Culture
  • US 202 Envisioning Sustainability: Contemporary Art & Environmental Science

Health & Human Rights

  • IS 220 Global Environment
  • PBH 110 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBH 250 Epidemiology: The Science of Public Health
  • PBH 320 Health Policy, Law and Bioethics
  • SO 260 Sociology of Health Care
  • SO 286 Health and Human Rights

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