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BS in International Studies Courses

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ECON 230
Macroeconomics
Business Core; Economics; International Studies Core
3

Examines macroeconomic theories, comparative economics, econometrics, macro-economic models, fiscal and monetary policy formation and analysis.

Prerequisites: ECON 120

ENGL 330
Studies in World Literature
English Elective, International Studies Elective
3

Study of literature written by authors from around the world, as read in translation. Students study texts chosen primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and read the literature through a comparative approach, considering historical, intellectual, religious, social, and aesthetic contexts.

Prerequisites: At least one of the following: ENGL 202, 203, 211, or 212

FREN 101
Introductory French I
French, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
3

Introduction to French grammar and pronunciation, with emphasis on phonetic pronunciation and on the principles of grammar. Included are basic question-and-answer drills for real-life situations.

FREN 102
Introductory French II
French, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
3

Continuation of skills learned in FREN 101. In addition, reading selections are introduced. Course emphasizes oral comprehension and interacting in real-life situations.

Prerequisites: FREN 101 or placement test

GEOG 101
World Geography
Social Science Elective, International Studies Elective
3

Investigation of the spatial distribution of cultures and regions. Emphasis on defining key geographical concepts, identifying major political boundaries, illustrating current and recent national and ethnic conflicts, exploring economic and social processes that are leading to increasing global interaction, examining the variation religious practices and beliefs and assessing the basis for international disparities in economic development.

GOVT 220
Comparative Politics
Government Core, International Studies
3

Offers a systematic exploration and comparison of the world's political systems. Investigates key trends, patterns, and relationships that may offer explanations regarding the similarities and differences of those systems. As such, emphasis is placed on such topics as political economy, ethnic conflict, democratization, political corruption, and state and nation building.

GOVT 290
Economic Development and Political Economy
International Relations and Foreign Policy, International Studies
3

Considers the economic and political behavior of states. Focuses on the relationship between political institutions, political culture, and economic arrangements and how the interaction of these fosters or inhibits the economic development and growth of states.

GOVT 304
International Relations
Government Core, International Studies
3

Evaluates the conduct of foreign affairs, policy, and relationships between nation-states in the international political community. Students are introduced to the history of the international order as well as to the leading international relations' theories of realism, liberal internationalism, neo-conservatism, human rights, and Marxism.

GOVT 345
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Relations and Foreign Policy, International Studies
3

Provides a comparative analysis of foreign policy through the key concepts of power and national interest. Students analyze case studies of foreign policy making of various nation-states. Theories of war and international diplomacy are also addressed.

GOVT 387
Research Methods
Government Core, International Studies
3

Examines major approaches to research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will explore the difference between historical case studies and statistical research, such as opinion polling. Emphasizes the skills necessary for differentiating between good and bad research and developing hypotheses.

Prerequisites: MATH 201

HIST 369
Modern European History, 1648-1914
Ancient, Medieval, and European History, International Studies
3

Study of the growth of European society from the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 to the end of World War I. Topics include the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, the age of revolutions, nationalism, romanticism, liberalism, capitalism, socialism, Marxism, the cult of progress, and imperialism.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 372
History of Global Christianity
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Traces the growth of Christianity from its origins in the Apostle Paul's missionary journeys through its substantial role in preserving Western culture during the middle ages to its spectacular expansion throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America since the 16th century.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 376
History of Modern Asia
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Traces the economic, social, intellectual, and political history of China from the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in the early 20th century to the present. Major topics include the civil war that ended with the triumph of the communists in 1949, the cold war, the cultural revolution, and China's emergence as a global power.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 382
History of Latin America
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Exploration of the tortuous history of South American countries from their wars of independence from Spanish rule in the early 19th century to their struggles to build stable democracies since independence.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 384
History of Modern Africa
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Study of the rocky terrain of Africa's modern history from its roots in European imperialism in the late 19th century to their struggles to gain their independence in the mid-20th century and subsequent efforts to build stable democracies in the present.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 389
History of Islamic Cultures
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Traces the growth of Islamic culture from its origins under Muhammad in the 7th century to its spectacular expansion throughout Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe in subsequent centuries. Special attention given to the deeply rooted historical conflict that has existed between western culture and Christianity and Islamic cultures and Islam during those centuries.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

INTS 491
Senior Seminar in International Studies
International Studies Core
3

Evaluates student knowledge of specific international phenomenon and issues, culminating in a senior research paper.

INTS 495
Study Abroad International Internship
International Studies (Optional Study Abroad)
3-6

Optional program with Regent and/or approved external organizations for international training in a variety of disciplines and fields.

PSYC 412
Multicultural Psychology
Psychology Core, International Studies Elective
3

Examines theories and research in the study of psychosocial issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups as well as an exploration of the relationship of race, culture, and social class in psychological development.

RELS 340
World Religions and Cultures
Religious Studies Core, Christian Ministry Elective, International Studies Elective
3

Major world religions and their belief systems and the impact on the cultures associated with them. Consideration of the issue of Christian engagement with the beliefs, values, and practices of other religions.

SPAN 101
Introductory Spanish I
Spanish, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
4

Introduction to the Spanish language using a communicative approach with an emphasis on developing introductory listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an appreciation for Hispanic culture.

SPAN 102
Introductory Spanish II
Spanish, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
4

Continuation of SPAN 102. Introduction to the Spanish language using a communicative approach with an emphasis on developing introductory listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an appreciation for Hispanic culture.

Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or placement through Department of Language and Literature