Courses

Courses from many departments are available to International Studies students. Because some of these courses have prerequisites and not all courses are offered every year, students are advised to carefully plan their program of study in consultation with their faculty advisor, our Peer Advisors, and/or our Director of Undergraduate Studies

Course Plans
IS majors and minors should fill out their Course Plans as they enter the program and update them each semester. Bring your Course Plan with you to your advising meetings each semester, and compare it to your official course audit to make sure your classes are properly designated in the UIS registration system. Here are links to the IS Major Course Plan form and the IS Minor Course Plan form. (These forms must be downloaded and saved to your computer before you fill them out.) 

Pre-approved Courses
See below for a list of pre-approved courses offered in Fall 2021 for the IS major and minor. You can also download our master list of pre-approved electives, which is most helpful if you want to search by class rather than concentration; it lists about 300 pre-approved courses and notes the concentrations to which is applies. (Note that the "master list" includes all pre-approved courses, in any semester, so the courses listed may not be taught in coming years.) 

Course Audits
Course Audits are reports from the BC registration system (accessible through the Agora Portal) that chart a student's cumulative progress toward fulfilling graduation requirements. The IS Program's Advising Handbook describes how to read a Course Audit. If a class you've taken (e.g. an elective for an IS major concentration) doesn't appear in the proper part of your Course Audit, fill out a Course Substitution Form to say where it should be placed. Other important forms can be found at the Academic Forms & Diploma Information page at the Office of Student Services. 

 

International Studies Core courses

Pre-approved Fall 2021 courses

The following courses are pre-approved for the core requirements of the IS major.

Where on Earth? (2 courses)

Sophomore Fall only. Register for a lecture + corresponding discussion section for each course. (2200+2202 and 2204+2201)

Introduction to International Relations

Sophomore Spring only. Register for one lecture (2501) and one discussion section (2502/2503) with SAME FACULTY MEMBER.

Principles of Economics

Register for a lecture + corresponding discussion section

Economics Elective (2000-level or above)

Comparative Politics

Ethics, Religion and International Politics

Register for one lecture and one discussion group.

Making Sense of the World Map

** Optional 1-credit course in Spring semester **

Conflict and Cooperation

Pre-approved Fall 2021 courses

The following courses are pre-approved for the C&C concentration in the IS major and minor. Students may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies to consider courses that are not on this list toward their elective concentration.

C&C Foundation 2 Courses for Minors

C&C Foundation 1 Courses for Majors

C&C Foundation 2 Courses for Majors

C&C Electives for Majors and Minors

Ethics and Social Justice

Pre-approved Spring 2021 courses

The following courses are pre-approved for the ESJ concentration in the IS major and minor. Students may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies to consider courses that are not on this list toward their elective concentration.

ESJ Foundation 2 Courses for Minors

ESJ Foundation 1 Courses for Majors

ESJ Foundation 2 Courses for Majors

ESJ Electives for Majors and Minors

Global Cultures

Pre-approved Fall 2021 courses

The following courses are pre-approved for the GC concentration in the IS major and minor.

Please note: Majors and minors who concentrate in Global Cultures should take only those electives that are pre-approved for their cluster ("Cultures at Work" or "Cultures and Social Movements"). Students can seek approval to count other courses -- including courses from the other cluster -- as electives by sending a course abstract and/or syllabus to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. Nakazato) before the first week of that class (and ideally during registration period).   

GC Foundation 2 Courses for Minors

GC Foundation 1 Courses for Majors

GC Foundation 2 Courses for Majors

Political Economy & Development Studies

Pre-approved Fall 2021 courses

The following courses are pre-approved for the PEDS concentration in the IS major and minor. 

Please note: Majors and minors who concentrate in Political Economy and Development Studies can take electives approved for EITHER the PE or DS cluster and count them for their own cluster.  Students can seek approval to count other courses as electives by sending a course abstract and/or syllabus to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. Nakazato) before the first week of that class (and ideally during registration period).

PEDS Foundation 2 Courses for Minors

PEDS Foundation 1 Courses for Majors

PEDS Foundation 2 Courses for Majors

Senior Seminars and Thesis Courses

2021-22 course offerings

Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis writers enroll in INTL4952 (Prof. Hiroshi Nakazato) 

 

Senior Seminars:

Fall 2021: 

Human Rights in East Asia
Prof. Ingu Hwang
INTL4941
Day/Time TBA
This course introduces students to the post–1945 development of global human rights talk, activism, and politics from an East Asian perspective. Through an examination of specific conflicts over self-determination and sovereignty, economic development and disparity, democratization, the legacies of decolonization, and global justice, the course delves into how and why actors in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and North Korea translated local struggles into international human rights agendas that gained attention on the global stage. In exploring this process of translation and appropriation, we will also analyze how these local conflicts transformed international human rights issues.
 

John Maynard Keynes in His Time and Ours 
Prof. Jonathan Kirshner
INTL 4941
Tuesdays 3:00-5:25pm
John Maynard Keynes was the most influential economist of the twentieth century—and the most misunderstood, with his vast, nuanced writings on innumerable topics commonly reduced to the mechanistic (and often controversial) practice of “postwar Keynesianism.” But Keynes was so much more than that, and he was immersed – as a scholar, government official, and public intellectual – in the great issues of his time. These included the fragility of the international economic order, the contentious politics of central banking, the causes of catastrophic global financial crises, the challenge of secular stagnation, the implications of economic inequality, and role of international institutions in the global economy—each of which has remarkable parallels to the great issues of today. In this seminar, we will read Keynes’ own writings and consider how they engaged the daunting problems of his time, and how they can be applied to the pressing political-economic challenges of ours.

 

Spring 2022:

Global Citizenship in Theory and Practice
Prof. Erik Owens
INTL4941
Mondays 3:00-5:30pm
Global citizenship is a concept and set of practices that, for some, resonates strongly as an ethical ideal to which we ought to strive in an interconnected world, but for others signals an abdication of our responsibilities to our close neighbors or fellow-citizens, or a neo-colonial impulse to remake the world. If global citizenship is at least in part a response to globalization, what is its future in a world of rising nationalism, climate crises, and global pandemics? In this course we will consider multiple angles of entry into the discourse and scholarship about global citizenship that are rooted in political theory, ethics, sociology, education, religious studies, history, and more. 

 

The Global Internet
Prof. Matt Sienkiewicz
INTL4941
Day/Time TBA

Abstract to come...

New Courses offered in 2021-22

New Fall 2021 courses:

[none listed yet]

 

New Spring 2022 courses:

21st Century Vatican Diplomacy (INTL2208): 1 credit
Prof. Peter Martin
TuTh 4:30-5:45pm
The Holy See maintains interests in every corner of the globe and a striking political influence in the world today.  Foreign governments value the impact that partnerships with the Holy See produce for common foreign policy priorities.  In this course, students will learn how the Holy See engages with other nations and international organizations on global and regional issues and explore the mechanics of such engagement.  The course is taught by a former U.S. diplomat accredited to the Vatican from the point of view of the practitioner, focusing on the day-to-day diplomacy of the most recent pontificates.        

     

Meaningful Maps: Making Sense of the World Map (INTL2208): 1 credit
Prof. Andrew Grant 
Every other Thursday 4:30 to 6:50pm
This bi-weekly one-credit course for juniors or seniors in the IS major increases map literacy so that students can quickly frame global problems by referring to legacies of colonization, settlement, nationalism, language, religion, and environmental change insofar as they can be reflected in world regions. We will have regular map quizzes in addition to light reading and group work. [Preference given to IS students who have already taken "Where on Earth?"] 

Approved Summer Abroad Courses