College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 408, 651-962-5722
Buhr (POLS), director
This major seeks to give the student an understanding of the contemporary international system. It combines study in economics, history and political science with a concentration in one of these fields, along with the study of world geography and a foreign language beyond the College’s general education requirement. The program takes an explicitly interdisciplinary approach, which is intended to instill in students the core knowledge shared by international studies scholars and professionals.
Students graduating with a major in international studies will be capable of critical thought and writing in the professional style of the discipline. Majors will also develop skills such as research fundamentals, analysis, and collection and interpretation of empirical data. These skills enable graduates to relate their international interests to a broad range of careers including government, international business, international law, nonprofit organizations and teaching. Graduates will also be well-prepared to undertake graduate studies in related disciplines such as international relations, public policy, law and business.
Major in International Studies
- ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
- GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
- HIST 112 The Modern World Since 1550 (4 credits)
or HIST 115 The World Since 1900 (4 credits)
- IDSC 481 Seminar in International Studies (4 credits)
- POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective (4 credits)
Twenty-eight credits from the following list or other approved globally-focused courses. A student must choose 16 credits from one discipline, and the remaining 12 must include courses from each of the other two disciplines.
- ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
- ECON 341 Economics of International Finance (4 credits)
- ECON 342 International Trade (4 credits)
- ECON 345 Economics of Development and Growth (4 credits)
- ECON 346 Country and Area Studies in Economics (4 credits)
- ECON 349 Comparative Economic Systems (4 credits)
HIST 207 Slavery in the Americas (4 credits)
- HIST 225 The Making of Modern Europe, 1750 to 1914 (4 credits)
- HIST 226 Modern Europe since 1914 (4 credits)
- HIST 241 History of Modern China (4 credits)
- HIST 244 Modern East Asia (4 credits)
- HIST 253 Cities of the Middle East (4 credits)
HIST 303 History of Modern Brazil (4 credits)
- HIST 333 East-Central Europe : From Monarchy to the European Union (4 credits)
- HIST 336 History of the Soviet Union (4 credits)
- HIST 348 Japan: History through Literature (4 credits)
- HIST 349 History of the Ottoman Empire (4 credits)
- HIST 372 Vietnam and the United States (4 credits)
- POLS 225 World Politics (4 credits)
- POLS 320 American Foreign Policy (4 credits)
- POLS 321 Comparative Foreign Policy (4 credits)
- POLS 326 International Law and Organizations (4 credits)
- POLS 328 International Security (4 credits)
- POLS 350 Comparative Politics of the New Europe (4 credits)
- POLS 352 Politics of the Developing World (4 credits)
- POLS 354 Politics of Post-Soviet States (4 credits)
- POLS 356 Politics of India, Pakistan, and South Asia (4 credits)
- POLS 424 Seminar in International Relations(4 credits)
- POLS 454 Seminar in Comparative Politics (4 credits)
- GEOG - The Department of Geography from time to time offers courses on the geography of selected regions of the world. With the approval of the director of international studies, these courses may be elected to fulfill non-concentration requirements.
- At least twelve credits beyond the core curriculum requirement in a particular modern foreign language
The following courses may be of particular use to students with a long-term interest in international business or non-profit work:
- ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
- BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
- MGMT 305 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
- MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)
- STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
- CISC 200 Introduction to Computer Technology and Business Applications (4 credits)
A student with particular academic and/or career interests should consult with the director about courses offered by the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities that would be appropriate to the major.
Opportunities for studying human diversity:
Students should particularly note the opportunities in the major for enhancement of their understanding of other cultures. Courses with a non-Western focus meeting the requirements of the major are available both on campus and at the other ACTC schools.
Opportunities for study abroad:
Students majoring in international studies should seriously consider one or more of the opportunities to study abroad offered by the International Education Center.
Opportunities for internships:
Students majoring in international studies should discuss with the director opportunities to relate academic and career interests through internship experiences in the Twin Cities or Washington, D.C.