The International Studies Program offers to students an opportunity to expand their cultural, linguistic, and social horizons beyond their own local experience. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent it demands of all of us an expanded knowledge of other people, their social and political institutions, and their culture. The program leads to a B.A. in International Studies. There is no B.S. option.
The International Studies Program encourages students to develop a general understanding of language, culture, economics, and politics while simultaneously offering the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas:
Major in International Studies
The following courses may be taken as part of the general education requirements of the University:
The major in International Studies, in addition to the general requirements stated above, requires thirty-seven (37) credits distributed in the following categories:
Required Courses Nine (9) credits: I S 200 Simulation (May be repeated once) 1 cr I S 400 Simulation (May be repeated once) 1 cr I S 493 Senior Thesis 4 cr POLS 221 Introduction to International Relations 3 cr Areas of Concentration Eighteen (18) credits Students must complete eighteen (18) credits to be chosen from within one of the following options. Option 1: Political and Economic Development This option has as its focus the issues of political and economic development in those parts of the world which at once seek the possibility of change and are threatened by change. Eighteen credits are to be selected from the following list and approved by your advisor. No more than nine (9) of the required eighteen (18) credits are to be taken from any one department's offerings. Anthropology ANTH 250 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology 3 cr ANTH g402 Ecological Anthropology 3 cr Economics ECON g334 International Economics 3 cr ECON g433 Economic Development 3 cr ECON g472 Comparative Economic Systems 3 cr History HIST 251 Latin American Civilization 3 cr HIST 252 East Asian History 3 cr HIST 254 Middle Eastern Civilization 3 cr HIST 255 African History and Culture 3 cr HIST g352 Islam and Nationalism in the Modern World 3 cr HIST g356 Imperialism and Progressivism 3 cr HIST g381-g382 Russian History 6 cr Political Science POLS 331 Comparative Politics: Framework for Analysis 3 cr POLS g332 Comparative Politics: Change and Political Order 3 cr POLS g433 Politics of Developing Nations 3 cr Sociology SOC g364 Industry and Society 3 cr Option 2: Language, Literature, and Culture This option is for those wishing to study the language, literature, and culture of societies other than the United States. It is limited to concentrations in German, French, and Spanish. No more than twelve (12) of the required eighteen (18) credits may be taken from the offerings of a single department. French FREN 301-302 French Conversation and Composition 8 cr FREN g341-g342 Survey of French Literature and Civilization 6 cr FREN g361 Seventeenth Century French Literature 3 cr FREN g401 French Current Affairs 3 cr FREN g421 Eighteenth Century French Literature 3 cr FREN g431 Twentieth Century French Literature 3 cr FREN g451 French Romanticism 3 cr FREN g462 French Realism and Naturalism 3 cr FREN g471 Readings in French 2 cr FREN g481 Independent Studies in French 3 cr HIST 255 African History and Culture 3 cr HIST g323 Old Regime and French Revolution 3 cr HIST g325 Industrialization and Social Change 3 cr HIST g326 Twentieth Century Europe 3 cr German GERM 301-302 German Conversation and Composition 8 cr GERM g341-g342 Survey of German Literature and Civilization 6 cr GERM g353 German Realism and Naturalism 3 cr GERM g363 The Age of Goethe 3 cr GERM g401 German Current Affairs 3 cr GERM g413 German Romanticism 3 cr GERM g423 Modern German Literature 3 cr GERM g433 Survey of German Poetry 3 cr GERM g471 Readings in German 2 cr GERM g481 Independent Studies in German 3 cr HIST g325 Industrialization and Social Change 3 cr HIST g326 Twentieth Century Europe 3 cr Spanish HIST 251 Latin American Civilization 3 cr HIST g360 The Spanish Empire 3 cr HIST g451 Constituting Modern Spain 3 cr SPAN 301-302 Spanish Conversation and Composition 8 cr SPAN g338 Spanish Enlightenment and Romanticism 3 cr SPAN g339 Spanish Realism Through Generation of `98 3 cr SPAN g341-g342 Spanish & Hispanic Literature and Civilization 6 cr SPAN g358 Twentieth Century Spanish Literature 3 cr SPAN g401 Spanish Current Affairs 3 cr SPAN g418 Early Latin American Literature 3 cr SPAN g419 Modern Latin American Literature 3 cr SPAN g428 Spanish Literature thru Golden Age 3 cr SPAN g471 Readings in Spanish 2 cr SPAN g481 Independent Studies in Spanish 3 cr Additional Courses: ENGL g455 Studies in a Major National Literature 3 cr (Cross-listed as LANG 415) ENGL g456 Comparative Literature 3 cr LANG 107 Nature of Language 3 cr (Cross-listed as ANTH 107 and ENGL 107) LANG 207 Contemporary European Culture 3 cr LATN 471 Readings in Latin 2 cr RUSS 301-302 Russian Conversation and Composition 8 cr RUSS 471 Readings in Russian 2 cr Option 3: The United States and World Affairs This option is for those students whose primary interest is in American foreign policy and national security affairs. No more than twelve (12) of the required eighteen (18) credits may be taken from the offering of a single department. Economics ECON g334 International Economics 3 cr ECON g338 Public Finance 3 cr History HIST 225 United States Military History 3 cr HIST g429 Foreign Relations Since 1900 3 cr Political Science POLS 326 Recent American Foreign Policy 3 cr POLS g403 The Presidency 3 cr POLS g404 The Legislative Process 3 cr POLS g425 Topics in International Politics 3 cr (in consultation with your advisor and when the topic relates to American foreign policy) POLS g453 Public Policy Analysis 3 cr Electives Ten (10) credits to be selected from either courses listed in Options 1, 2, and 3 and not taken to fulfill the requirements for one of those options; or the courses listed below; or a mixture of option courses and those listed here. History HIST g356 Imperialism and Progressivism 3 cr HIST g381-g382 Russian History 6 cr HIST 435 Colonial Frontiers in America and Africa 3 cr HIST g443 English History 3 cr HIST g444 Victorian England and After 3 cr International Studies I S 200 Simulation 1 cr I S 300 Travel and Study Abroad 3 cr (May be repeated once for a total of 6 cr) I S 301 Seminar: the International World 1-3 cr (May be repeated once) I S 350 International Symposium 1 cr (May be repeated up to a total of 3 cr) I S 400 Simulation 1 cr Political Science POLS g425 Topics in International Politics 3 cr (May be repeated to a maximum of 6 cr) Speech SPCH g447 Rhetoric of Hitler and Churchill 3 cr SPCH g452 Conflict Management 3 cr Business MGT g465 International Business 3 cr MKTG g465 International Marketing 3 cr
Minor in International Studies
In addition to the General Requirements, students wishing to minor in International Studies must complete twenty-three (23) credits as detailed under Required Courses and Electives below.
Required Courses POLS 221 Introduction to International Relations 3 cr I S 200 Simulation 1 cr I S 400 Simulation 1 cr Electives Eighteen (18) credits selected from any of the courses listed in the categories ( Required Courses,  Areas of Concentration, and  Electives) under Major Requirements.
International Studies Courses
IS 200 Simulation 1 credit. Preparation for, and participation in, a simulation of international affairs. Required for International Studies majors and minors. May be repeated once for a maximum of two (2) credits. F, S
IS 300 Travel and Study Abroad 3 credits. Travel and study abroad through student exchange programs and other supervised experiences. May be repeated once for a total of six (6) credits. F, S
IS 301 Seminar: the International World 1-3 credits. Selected topics of international interest. Offered for visiting student study groups and ISU students. May be repeated once. F, S
IS 350 International Symposium 1-3 credits. Participation in organizing the annual Frank Church International Symposium and attendance at the sessions. May be repeated twice. F, S
IS 397 Workshop 1-2 credits. Workshop aimed at the development and improvement of skills. Does not satisfy requirements for a major or a minor. May be repeated. Graded S/U. D
IS 400 Simulation 1-2 credits. Preparation for, and participation in, a simulation of international affairs. Required for International Studies majors and minors. May be repeated once. F, S
IS 493 Senior Thesis 4 credits. International Studies majors will write and present a senior thesis under direction of one of the faculty affiliated with the International Studies Program. F, S
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