International Studies Major or Minor

BA Degree - International Studies Major

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Studies is designed to prepare students
(1) for careers in Foreign Service, other government agencies, international organizations, and
(2) for the many opportunities of international dimension in business, medicine, the humanities, the church, etc. It is an interdisciplinary major and is structured to allow the student a broad spectrum of courses with international emphasis, a concentration in one discipline, and a depth of knowledge of one area of the world. Students are encouraged to complete an internship in an area related to International Studies.

In addition to the essential education requirements, the student majoring in International Studies must complete at least 43 semester hours including:

Core Requirements 7 s.h.

  • INTD/POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies 3 s.h.
  • COMM3100 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
  • INTD4200 Study Abroad Retrospective 1 s.h.

Political Science/Economics Options 9 s.h.
Students complete three of the following courses:

Behavioral Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

Cultural Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval 3 s.h.
  • ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
  • MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace 3 s.h.
  • MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
  • THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.

Humanities Options 6 s.h.
Students complete two of the following courses:

  • ENGL2310 British Borders: British Literature to 1800 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2320 Britain, Empire, and Modernity: 19th and 20th Century British and Irish Literature 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2370 World Literature 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2540 Global Eco-Cinema 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2600 Gender and Sexuality 3 s.h.
  • PHIL2420 World Philosophy 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema (taught in Spanish) 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures (taught in Spanish) 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3220 Unheard Voices (taught in Spanish) 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean 3 s.h.

History Options 6 s.h.
Students complete two of the following courses:

  • HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST3200 20th-Century Mexico 3 s.h.
  • HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 3 s.h.

Area Studies Requirement 9 s.h.

Students must complete nine semester hours of study pertaining to one country or area of the world, excluding courses chosen above, which corresponds to the area chosen for their Approved Study Abroad experience. Of these nine semester hours, students must participate in an approved study abroad or internship abroad experience at a nationally or internationally accredited institution for a minimum of six semester hours. The intention is that students will complete at least six semester hours of their area studies while completing their study abroad. The student is required to spend at least six consecutive weeks in residence in the area of the world chosen for the area studies concentration. International students whose ordinary residence is not the United States and/or whose primary language is not English, who choose the United States for their area concentration, are required to participate in the Internship option in a US location that is outside of a 500-mile radius, whose center point is Lamoni, Iowa.

It is recommended that International Studies majors also complete at least two semesters of a single foreign language.

 

International Studies Minor

A minor in International Studies consists of 18 semester hours, including the core requirements, one course chosen from each of the Political Science/Economics options, the History options, and the Humanities options; and one course from either the Behavioral options or the Cultural options.

Core Requirements 6 s.h.

  • INTD/POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies 3 s.h.
  • COMM3100 Intercultural Communications 3 s.h.

Political Science/Economics Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

History Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST3200 20th Century Mexico 3 s.h.
  • HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 3 s.h.

Humanities Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • ENGL2310 British Borders: British Literature to 1800 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2320 Britain, Empire, and Modernity: 19th and 20th Century British and Irish Literature 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2370 World Literature 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2540 Global Eco-Cinema 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2600 Gender and Sexuality 3 s.h.
  • PHIL2420 World Philosophy 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema (taught in Spanish) 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures (taught in Spanish) 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3220 Unheard Voices (taught in Spanish) 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean 3 s.h.

Behavioral Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

OR

Cultural Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval 3 s.h.
  • ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
  • MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace 3 s.h.
  • MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
  • THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.

Support Courses for International Studies

ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval 3 s.h.
Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

+COMM3100 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

+COMM3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also SOCI/PEAC3210) 3 s.h.
An examination of conflict theories and approaches, negotiation process, conflict ethics, and third party mediation. In this class, students will become familiar with the causes of conflict as well as ways strategies and tactics used in conflict management. Further, this class will explore the foundational theoretical concepts and models of dialogue in the context of conflict management. Goal 3B

+COMM3220 Gender and Communication 3 s.h.
An exploration of sex, gender, and sexuality as they relate to the ways we communicate in personal, professional, and political contexts. Specific attention will be given to self-other relationships, how gendered identities affect interpersonal, cultural, and political interactions, where do individuals stand in terms of normative gender identities, and how those norms came to be.

ECON3280 Economic Development (also GEOG3280) 3 s.h.
A survey of various analytic approaches to the problem of economic development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and an examination of their significant policy problems. Goal 4, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

+ ECON3440 International Economics 3 s.h.
Theories of international trade, foreign exchange markets, resource movements and international economic policies. Prerequisite: ECON1300. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from earliest times to approximately 1500 A.D., combining broad chronological coverage with intensive concentration on a small number of selected topics. Those social, political, economic and intellectual themes which have a direct bearing upon contemporary culture and society will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

ENGL2310 British Borders: British Literature to 1800 3 s.h.
Survey of significant works originating from the British Isles through the eighteenth century, with an emphasis on poetry and drama. Examines the fluctuating concept of “Britishness” in literature in relation to the national borders of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland as they were shaped throughout this period. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - World Citizenship

ENGL2320 Britain, Empire, and Modernity: 19th and 20th Century British and Irish Literature 3 s.h.
Survey of significant works by “British” and Irish writers from the beginning of the nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth century. Emphasizes literary visions of peace and conflict amidst major political and social upheavals. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace

+ENGL2370 World Literature 3 s.h.
Examines literary works by authors from a broad range of artistic and cultural traditions, emphasizing literature in translation. Designed to offer students an introduction to literature as a point of access into global communities. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - World Citizenship

HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

+ENGL2540 Global Eco-Cinema 3 s.h.
A transnational survey of films that deal with environmental issues and, more broadly, with human relationships to the nonhuman world. An examination of the impact of urbanization on rural communities, the mysterious allure of wild and uncultivated landscapes, the threat of climate change to daily life around the world, and the cinematic representation of environmental apocalypse. Explores different genres and styles, including neo-realism, eco-horror, anime, and avant-garde cinema. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability

++ENGL2600 Gender and Sexuality 3 s.h.
An exploration of issues of gender and sexuality in literature, with a focus on fiction, drama, and poetry by women and LGBT+ writers. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality

HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

+ HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilization I 3 s.h.
A survey of Middle Eastern civilization from the pre-Islamic Middle East to 1500 with attention to the origins and growth of Islam, the cultural and economic impact of the Islamic empire and the relationship with other regions. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Peace

+ HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilization II 3 s.h.
A survey of the Middle East from 1500 to the present, beginning with the rise of the Ottoman and Safavid empires. Attention will be given to the growth of European interests in the Middle East and the response to that interest, as well as the making of modern states in the Middle East. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Peace

+ HIST3200 20th Century Mexico 3 s.h.
A history of Mexico from the end of the Porfiriato through the 2000 presidential election. Emphasis will be placed on the Mexican Revolution and the rise and dominance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

+ HIST3460 United States Foreign Relations (Also POLS3460) 3 s.h.
A history of the interaction of the United States with the people and governments of foreign nations from 1898 to the present. Topics include US imperial ambitions, the world wars, the Cold War, and US concerns with foreign nationalist movements. Goal 1B, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship

+ HIST3470 British Foreign Relations (Also POLS3470) 3 s.h.
Survey of Britain’s relations with governments and peoples in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the period 1815-1970. Topics include Britain’s role in shaping the post-Napoleonic order, development of imperial policy in the 19th century, Britain and the pre-World War I alliance system, the policy of appeasement, and the transition to a diminished world role after World War II. Goal 1B

HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 3 s.h.
A history of one of the world's most intractable conflicts; examines the origins of this conflict; the concept of Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel; the development of Palestinian nationalism; and outside forces-including Arab nationalism, colonialism and great power interests-that have had a major impact on the conflict. Goal 1B

INTD1200 Introduction to International Studies  (also POLS1200) 3 s.h.
An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4

INTD4200 Study Abroad Retrospective 1 s.h.
An evaluation and analysis of intercultural experience and its implications within a framework of current theory, concepts, and methods in the field of intercultural communication. This course is designed to immediately follow the International Studies major's residence abroad and must be successfully completed no later than one year from the student's return from study abroad. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: COMM3100 and Instructor's consent.

MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
Explores the musical history of the planet's diverse human communities. Music is not one universal language but a group of languages that express, shape and record human experience. An intensive study of how music works within the social and cultural context including a specific examination of indigenous music of West Africa, Latin America, China, Indonesia, and Japan. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship

MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace 3 s.h.
Music, and sacred music in particular, has been the bridge to peace across many cultural situations and political barriers. It is a language (actually many languages) of connection between reason and emotion, personal and communal activity, solitude and social activism (all large political crowds sing and chant). This course will increase awareness of our distinctives as musical cultures, recognize the common themes and concerns of musical expression, experience great performances of essential repertoire, and make personal discoveries of global musics. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Peace

PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (Also POLS2200) 3 s.h.
Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace

+PEAC3220 Global Peace Issues (Also POLS3220) 3 s.h.
Focuses on the causes and resolution of conflict at the macro level (global violence and international peacemaking). ELO4 Global Learning - Peace

PHIL2420 World Philosophy 3 s.h.
A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship

POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration 3 s.h.
Examines immigration in an interdisciplinary way, focusing on how politics affects, obscures or exacerbates inequalities of power, wealth and safety among immigrant populations worldwide. Explores motives for migration across or within states, the means by which people migrate, and the reception immigrants receive in their destination countries. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality

POLS2370 Politics of Latin America: Beyond Borders 3 s.h.
This course examines the politics of Latin America past and present, with an emphasis upon examining inequalities of power, wealth, gender, race and origin among populations throughout Latin America. The course will explore the legacy of colonialism, the functioning of local and national government institutions, challenges posed by neoliberal globalization, and migration flows both within and outside of Latin America. The course also explores the politics of identity concerning what, in each country and across them, is defined as “Latin”, “American”, and other identity markers such as “Latino”/”Latina”, “Hispanic”, “Chicano”/”Chicana”, “Mestizo”/”Mestiza”, and how these intersect with other forms of inequality. ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

+ POLS2380 International Politics 3 s.h.
A study of the system of national states and of the concept of national interest, the goals of foreign policy, the conduct of diplomacy, and the elements bearing on the problem of peace. Goal 1B

PSYC3310 Social Psychology (Also SOCI3310) 3 s.h.
The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C

PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

+ SOCI1350 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.
Survey and analysis of diverse cultural patterns. Goal 4

SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema 3 s.h.
Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality

SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures 3 s.h.
Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality

SPAN3220 Unheard Voices 3 s.h.
Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality

Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean 3 s.h.
Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality

+ THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.
Study of the development of theatre, drama, and stagecraft from the 18th century to the present, with readings of representative plays. Prerequisite: THTR3370 Theatre History I, or ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A

+Denotes alternate year course.