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B.A. in International Studies

Contact Person:
Michael Popovic, Coordinator
307 Satterlee, popovimj@potsdam.edu

31-59 Credit Hours

The International Studies Major offers a broad based course of study that focuses on the contemporary forces influencing world affairs. The IS Major is an excellent preparation for careers in government,  international business, and public service. As a second Major, it complements studies in any field where the international domain has an impact.

General Notes

  1. International Studies students might want to consider adding a minor in Asian Studies, Africana Studies, French Studies, Spanish Studies, or Arabic Studies, or adding a major or minor in one of the participating departments (for departments offering IS courses, see the elective list below).
  2. No more than two courses can count both toward the International Studies student’s minor or second major. Cognate requirements (i.e. the IS modern language requirement) are excluded from this rule.
  3. Intercultural experiences must be approved by the IS Program in order to count toward the major. IS students should consult with their adviser to make arrangements.
  4. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major.
  5. At least 18 credit hours of the courses that count toward the Major must be upper division (at the 300 or 400 level). Also a maximum of 3 upper division credit hours from the international experience can count toward the 18 hour total.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Core Courses (Credits 10)
HIST 100 World History
POLS 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
or
POLS 140 Introduction to International Politics (4)
ECON 302 The Global Economy
(prerequisite: sophomore standing)

Intercultural Experience (Credits 3-15)
International Studies Majors are expected to complete an intercultural
experience, and can do so in one of the following ways:
INTS XXX Study Abroad or An Intercultural or International Internship

Notes on the Intercultural Experience

  1. Qualifying study abroad opportunities include the following (subject to approval by the IS Program):
    • A full semester of study in another country. Programs are available in England, Sweden, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan, and elsewhere. Students can contact the International Education & Programs Office (315-267-2507) for more information.
    • A short term, faculty-led travel course; in recent years students have gone to Croatia, England, France, Mexico, Tunisia, and many other locations.
  2. Qualifying intercultural or international internships (subject to approval by the IS Program) are available with many organizations and businesses, including the U.S. Department of State, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the World Bank, congressional committees on international affairs, and the World Health Organization. Students can contact the Experiential Education Office (315-267-2702) for more information.
  3. As you are planning your intercultural experience, verify with the International Studies Coordinator if any courses could count towards the elective requirements.

Modern Language Requirement (Credits 0-12)
Students are required to demonstrate an intermediate level mastery of a modern foreign (non-English) language. Students may do so in one of three ways:

  1. By successfully completing one of the following courses:
    a. FREN 203 Oral and Written French I,
    b. SPAN 203 Oral and Written Spanish I, or
    c. ARAB 203 Oral & Written Arabic I;
  2. By successfully completing a modern language course at the intermediate level (or higher) at another accredited college or university;
  3. By otherwise being certified, in writing, by the Department of Modern Languages as possessing intermediate level mastery of a modern foreign (non-English) language. Note: the language placement exam
    is administered by the Department of Modern Languages and that department will make final determinations as to what test results indicate competency at the intermediate level.

Elective Courses (Credits 18-22)
Students must choose six courses from the elective lists below.

Notes on the Elective Courses

  1. No more than three of the six courses can be from any one department.
  2. No more than three can be from any one of the three specified areas.
  3. Elective courses may not duplicate core requirement courses.
  4. Some of the courses listed below have prerequisites; students should consult the College Catalog.
  5. All 300-level History courses require sophomore standing and 400-level courses require junior standing.
  6. The Elective Course lists are regularly expanded; please check the Department website for current offerings.

History and Society Courses
HIST 101 Europe from 1500 to 1815
HIST 102 Europe since 1815
HIST 225 East Asian History
HIST 230 Introduction to Africa
HIST 309 Colonialism in the Caribbean
HIST 312 Latin America in the 20th Century
HIST 314 Vietnam War
HIST 332 African History Since 1870
HIST 371 The First World War
HIST 373 World War II
HIST 419 United States Foreign Relations 1763-1901
HIST 420 United States Foreign Relations 1890-2000
HIST 464 Technology in History
HIST 465 Holocaust and History
HIST 466 Espionage and the Cold War
HIST 467 Imagining Asia
HIST 469 Ideas and Culture in Modern Europe
HIST 470 African Environmental History
ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology

Economy Courses
ECON 311 European Economic History
ECON 316 Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 321 Economic Development of Nations
ECON 451 International Trade
ECON 452 International Finance
POLS 337 International Political Economy
POLS 395 Propaganda and Persuasion
POLS 432 Politics of Global Inequality

Governance Courses
POLS 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 140 Introduction to International Relations
POLS 335 International Conflict
POLS 350 International Relations Theory
POLS 357 Violent Dissolution of Yugoslavia (travel course)
POLS 359 International Migrants and Refugees