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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Jul 23, 2024
 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

International Studies, BA (Co-Major)


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The International Studies co-major is available to all Dietrich School undergraduate students and is comprised of five choice categores:  Introduction to the International; International State Actors, Globalization, and Critiques of Global Power; Non-State Actors and Transboundary Issues; Global Dialogues; and Practitioner Skils.  Students who pursue the International Studies co-major will build knowlege and understanding of the following areas:

  • cross-border differences, commonalities, actors, and agency
  • state actors and sovereignty, power, and globalization
  • non-state international actors, transboundary issues, and social movements
  • how individual and collective voices express, connect with, and represent - or not - international issues
  • tools, methods, and training in skills such as language training, policy/grant writing, data/data visualization

Students pursuing this co-major will be pursuing at least one additional, traditional major.

International State Actors, Globalization, and Critiques of Global Power


Exposure to the way that state actors and notions of sovereignty set certain expectations for power and realities of international action, and the way that globalization changes those notions and brings increased space for critique of them. Choose at least one of the following courses; this list is a sample of available offerings.

Non-State Actors and Transboundary Issues


Exposure to groups of non-state international actors, ranging from social movements to influencers, documentarians to authors, nonprofits to international organizations, and any other pathways of international power, including transboundary issues such as crime, pollution, refugees, and economic actions. Choose at least one of the following courses; this list is a sample of available offerings.

Global Dialogues


Understand the way that individual and collective voices express and connect with international studies issues, how can be manifested in a variety of ways, and ensure that future participants in the international domain learn early on that listening to voices from all spaces should inform their understandings of policy, life, and/or reality.

This area is one of two areas within the co-major where language training fills the requirement. Language courses beyond the first year of language sequence (e.g. third and fourth semester courses and higher) are places where students are connecting their language learning with the cultural frameworks in which those languages are practiced and dispersed. Students can also utilize Study Abroad, as a central way to understand global voices is to hear them directly by living among them, to meet this requirement.

Choose at least one of the following courses; this list is a sample of available offerings.

Practitioner Skills


The students should have some efficacy in learning the tools that participants in international affairs need to have, from writing to language to data skills. These can include policy-writing course, a grant writing course, a writing for the public course, a broader public policy process style course, but also linguistic training and familiarity with data and data visualization.

This area is the second of two areas within the co-major where language training fills the requirement. Language courses beyond the first year of language sequence (e.g. third and fourth semester courses and higher) are places where students are honing advanced ability in a language as an essential practitioner skill for international work. Language courses that are either at or beyond the “Intermediate High” level on the ACTFL scale may count towards the Practitioner Skills level.

Choose at least one of the following courses; this list is a sample of available offerings.

Total Credits: 21


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