International Studies

The major in international studies introduces students to contemporary international systems, the complex political, economic, environmental and cultural factors that affect relations among nation-states and peoples globally.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Students majoring in international studies will acquire a knowledge of particular global and international issues and paradigms, as well as the ability to work effectively, innovatively, and creatively, in at least two geo-political and cultural areas of the world. Familiarity with a language other than ones native tongue and a balanced cultural knowledge are important components of this major. The major is designed to prepare Wells students to assume professional roles in our complex global environment.

Beyond courses essential to the core of International Studies, the student must take several courses that will give her/him an understanding of global issues and systems. She/he is also required to take courses that provide an understanding and appreciation of cultures and languages of a specific region. Students must take 6 courses at the 300 level. Students must work closely with their advisor to plan a curriculum that makes sense for the area in which s/he wishes to specialize.

International Studies Major

Professor T. Lumumba-Kasongo, Chair
The number of courses required for the major is 13 (33-34 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

CORE COURSES IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 290/390 Internship in International Studies (3-4 sem.hrs)
INTL 402 Senior Seminar in International Studies (4 sem. hrs.)
OCS 271 Cross-Cultural Preparation (.5 sem. hr.)
OCS 272 Cross-Cultural Reflection (.5 sem. hr.)
POLS 210 The United Nations Simulation (1 sem. hr.)

Three of the following, at least two courses must be at the 300 level (9 sem. hrs.)

GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND ISSUES

ANTH 161 Introduction to Anthropology (3 sem. hrs)
ARTH 105 Art of Non-Western Cultures Survey (3 sem. hrs)
ECON 209 Introduction to Political Economy (3 sem. hrs)
ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs)
ECON 330 World Economy (3 sem. hrs)
ECON 350 Economy of Developing Nations (3 sem. hrs)
HIST 103 History of the World Civ 1650-Present (3 sem. hrs)
INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 262 Politics in Developing Nations (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 267 International Organizations (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 320 Liberalism and Its Critics (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 332 Old and New Paradigms in World Politics (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 355 Approaches to International Relations (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 365 Government and Politics in Industrialized Nations

Geo-Political and Cultural Areas: These courses provide social and cultural understandings (12 sem. hrs)

Students must take two courses from two of the following categories. At least one course should be at the 300 level. The language in which s/he demonstrates or reaches 200-level skills in (see below) should be prevalent in one of these areas. Students must work closely with their advisors to develop a curriculum that makes sense for the region in which they specialize. Courses taken during the semester immersion (see below) may substitute for courses in this section.

AFRICA

FMS 220 Post-Colonial African Cinema (3 sem. hrs)
INTL 160 Africana Studies (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 268 Politics of Predominantly Black Nations (3 sem. hrs)

ASIA

ANTH 359 Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 340 Politics of the Emerging Nations in Asia (3 sem. hrs)
RELG 275 Religions of Asia (3 sem. hrs)

EUROPE

ENGL 250 British Literature 1800 to Present (3 sem. hrs)
HIST 210 Women and Gender in Europe 1550 to present (3 sem. hrs)

INDIGENOUS

ANTH 345 Contemporary Maya (3 sem. hrs)
ANTH 359 Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem. hrs)
FNIS 212 Home Lands (3 sem. hrs)
PSY 330 Indigenous Psychologies (3 sem. hrs)
RELG 330 Native Americans and the Environment (3 sem. hrs)
WGS 260 Indigenous Women's Experiences (3 sem. hrs)

LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

HUM 360 Latin American Literature, Revolution and History (3 sem. hrs)
HUM 378 Women and Literature in Latin America (3 sem. hrs)
SPAN 385 Topics (if relevant) (3 sem. hrs)

Language:

Wells College requires two language courses or placement into 200-level language courses through examination. For International Studies students this language must be prevalent in one of the regions in which they wish to specialize. Bilingual students must demonstrate skills at the 200-level in a language other than English.

Semester Immersion:

International studies majors must study for one semester in one of the regions s/he is specializing in. Classes taken while in that region may substitute for classes in the Geo-political and Cultural Areas listed above. Be sure to consult with your advisor for appropriate semester-long immersion experiences.

Nota Bene: International studies students are highly encouraged to write their senior theses on a topic related to their geo-political region of speciality.

Global and International Studies Minor

Professor T. Lumumba-Kasongo, Coordinator
The Global and International Studies Minor examines the complexity of global forces, factors andvalues, and the structures of the international world. It focuses on the issues of the interconnections among individuals, societies, nation-states and non-governmental organizations and their systems, subsystems and the mechanisms in cultural, social, economic and political processes.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 (21 sem. hrs.).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (9 sem. hrs.)

ANTH 161 Introduction to Anthropology (3 sem. hrs)
ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs)
INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs)

An additional 4 courses, one from each of the following categories (12 sem. hrs)

ECONOMICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

BUS 220 International Business ( 3 sem. hrs)
ECON 209 Introduction to Political Economy (3 sem. hrs)
INTL 385 Topic in International Studies (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 267 International Organization (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 307 Contemporary Political Ideologies (3 sem. hrs)
POLS 332 Old and New Paradigms in World Politics (3 sem. hrs)

ANTHROPOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY

ANTH 359 The Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem. hrs)
ANTH 345 Maya Ethnography (3 sem. hrs)
PSY 349 Cognition and Culture ( 3 sem. hrs)
SOC 277 Social Inequality (3 sem. hrs)

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs)

HISTORY, RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY AND THE HUMANITIES

HIST 329 20th Century Europe (3 sem. hrs)
HIST 372 Colonial Encounters (3 sem. hrs)
HUM 230 Decolonization & Post-Colonial Worlds (3 sem. hrs)
PHIL 325 Belief and Knowledge (3 sem. hrs)
PHIL 300 Philosophy of Religion (3 sem. hrs)

- See also courses in French, German, and Spanish. -

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