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Curriculum Overview
International Studies

The mission of the International Studies Program is to unite a cohort of students who,  both individually and in collaboration, will broaden the experience of their various major  programs as they develop an international perspective and immerse themselves in the  language and culture of a non-English-speaking country. The program prepares students  for future study, careers and life in the increasingly unbordered community of the 21st  century. The International Studies Program offers two minors: one in International Studies  and one in Area Studies. 

A minor in International Studies requires that a student: (1) take IST 200, typically in  the first or sophomore year; (2) propose a coherent program of four specific courses (of  which no more than two can overlap with courses in the major) focusing on a particular  geographical or topical theme; (3) study for at least one semester outside the United States  in a non-English speaking environment, including (where feasible) doing coursework or  research in the local language; (4) achieve an approved level of proficiency in a foreign language; and (5) complete IST 489. In addition, while not required, an international internship is highly recommended. 

A minor in Area Studies requires a student to take six courses on a given geographical  area, of which at least two must be at the 300 level or above, selected in consultation with  a faculty member specializing in that area. The Director of the International Studies  Program will refer interested students to an appropriate adviser, with whom the student will  develop a list of appropriate courses. The minor declaration form must include signatures  of chairpersons of departments offering the courses included in a student’s program and  the signature of the Director of the International Studies Program. Topics for which there  is no existing minor housed in a regular department or program are appropriate for this  minor, which would take its name from the geographical area of its emphasis, for example,  African, Chinese, European Union, Francophone, Iberian, Japanese, Middle Eastern or  Latin American Studies. An Area Studies minor could include courses in a language other  than English, although ordinarily no more than four will be foreign language courses.  IST 200 and 489 could be a part of this minor, but are not required. Study Abroad and  language proficiency are strongly recommended but not required. 

In addition to the minor, the International Studies Program offers a concentration.  Requirements for the concentration are the same as for the International Studies minor  except that the concentration requires only two courses in addition to IST 200 and IST 489.  These two courses can be either inside or outside the student’s major and are expected to  cohere with and bring a significant international dimension to the student’s chosen major. 

Recent students in the program have studied abroad in Italy, Spain, Germany, China,  Switzerland, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Uganda and France through programs  run by the School for International Training (SIT), the Institute for the International  Education of Students (IES) and various U.S. colleges and universities. See the International  Programs section of the Catalog for further information.