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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, B.A.

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This multidisciplinary course of study is designed:

  • To provide an inquiry- and issues-based outlook on global interdependence
  • To prepare leaders for proactive roles in global issues and concerns
  • To develop a foundation for further studies or career development through the acquisition of applied and critical skills, including language skills

The curriculum is based on the comprehension of the nature of contemporary global issues, the ability to unravel the theorization and debates implicit in the study of the most recent globalization phenomenon. This foundation is strengthened by the study of a foreign language, an experience abroad, and rigorous study in polity, economy, and society or in languages and cultures.

Students may design their own concentration with the approval of the International Studies director.

Program Outcomes

The student will:

  • Understand, interpret, and analyze complex global issues
  • Compare and contrast the methodologies that underpin recent theories of globalization
  • Comprehend multiple perspectives
  • Secure a foundation for post-baccalaureate studies in a variety of fields such as law, development studies, international political economy, business, and human rights

Degree Requirements (39 Credits)

Foreign language (6 credits)

Proficiency in one modern foreign language at the advanced level, demonstrated by:

  • Six credits of foreign language course work at the 200+ level
  • Foreign study or internship that involves advanced-level foreign language competency
  • Students may demonstrate at least one year of successful study at the high school level or above in another language. Then they must pass an oral/written test approved by the International Studies and administered by the department of Culture, Arts, and Languages.

Study abroad or internship abroad

Students should plan at least a summer or a semester abroad junior year. They must consult with the director of International Studies and Programs. That office provides information on study abroad or semester abroad opportunities.

Concentration (18 credits)

1. Polity/Economy and Society Concentration

At least four of the courses at or above the 300 level.
Nine credits from any one of the clusters that have more than one course offered.
Nine additional credits from the list of courses offered for this option

2. Languages and Culture Concentration

At least three courses at or above the 300 level.

  • Nine credits from any language cluster (English and Spanish)
  • Nine credits from Religious Studies or Art History
English Language Cluster

3. Self-Designed Concentration

The student will work closely with the program director to select courses, including courses offered by the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.

Teacher Licensure

Majors seeking teaching licensure should speak to the teacher licensure officer about specific course selection requirements.

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