International Studies

International Affairs. National Security.
 

International Studies Program Requirements

The interdisciplinary major in international studies is designed to assist the student in learning to analyze complex global issues, to function successfully in an international environment and to develop intercultural sensitivity to the human context in which international interactions take place. Students’ who choose to major or minor in International Studies will select one of these tracks and meet the requirements outlined here.

The International Studies: International Affairs track provides a broad-based background plus study of a second language to prepare for a range of career options in diplomacy, international business, education, media, law, banking, international governmental and nongovernmental organizations and tourism.  All students take the Introduction to International Studies course which develops an understanding of the interaction of multiple factors which underlie many of today's global problems.  Students will also investigate the important role of governments internationally and select courses which deepen understanding of humans and the earth, the historical setting in which interactions take place, the increasing importance of culture, society and economic issues. Students may choose a specialization by choosing an upper division concentration regionally in Latin America, Europe/Russia or Asia or in a functional area focused on international business/economics, foreign policy/diplomacy or history/society/culture.  All students select a special topics capstone seminar which focuses on current problems of international concern and includes a research project on a topic of choice.

The International Studies: National Security track provides a more specialized foundation for  evaluating both domestic and global threats to security and the related problems associated with governance, violence and war, health and the environment in today's interdependent  world.  The track is oriented to understanding the impact of advancing technology combined with the human and cultural factors which compound decision-making on issues related to risk.  This track is appropriate for motivated critical thinkers with an interest in security-related careers oriented to foreign policy, intelligence or law enforcement at the national or local levels or in the emerging areas of business and service organizations which support the maintenance of national security. All students will take an introductory course in Security, Technology and Threat Assessment plus courses focused on U.S. homeland security and related research and analytical skills. Students will also select courses from a variety of academic disciplines which provide a more in-depth look at particular types of 21st century security issues related to military, environmental and health problems. In each area, students will select a combination of entry level and upper division courses appropriate to the students’ personal and professional interests in consultation with their advisor. All students will also complete a research project focused on security in a capstone security-oriented seminar.

Both tracks prepare students for globally oriented careers and/or graduate school. Recent graduates are employed by the U.S. government at the State Department, NSA, CIA, Defense, Federal Air Marshals, Homeland Security, Customs, Peace Corps, in various branches of the military as well as many nongovernmental organizations.

Minors in any discipline represented in the majors, are recommended as are foreign language, math or science.

Direct all questions related to the International Studies major or minor tracks to Dr. Judy Krutky, Chair of the Committee Supervising the International Studies Major.

International Studies Major: International Affairs

Computer Code: INTA


Minimum credits required: 34-56 depending on prerequisites and language proficiency

Required courses

All students are required to complete

INT

200I

Introduction to the International Studies

3 credits


In order to provide an interdisciplinary basis for understanding global issues all students will choose one course from:

Group 1 emphasizing role of governments

POL

211I

International Politics

4 credits

OR

 

 

 

POL

221I

Intro to Comparative Politics

4 credits


Plus one course from three of the four groups which follow:

Group 2 emphasizing humans’ relation to the earth

GEO

111L

The Dynamic Earth

4 credits

GEO

121IL      

Physical Geography

4 credits

GEO

150

Regional Geology & Geography

2 credits

GEO

205L

Geographic Information Systems

3 credits

GEO

227

Environmental Geology

3 credits

GEO

229

Oceanography

3 credits

POL

205

Environmental Politics

3 credits

BIO/ECN

150I

Humans and the Earth

3 credits


Group 3 emphasizing historical setting

HIS

227I

History of Africa

3 credits*

HIS

242I

World War I

3 credits*

HIS

245I

History of Russia

3 credits*

HIS

267I

Vietnam: Causes & Consequences

3 credits*

HIS

288I

Islamic History 600-1800

3 credits*

HIS

291I

History of East Asia I

3 credits*

HIS

292I

History of East Asia II

3 credits*


Group 4 emphasizing culture & society

ASN

100I

Understanding Asia

3 credits

ART

232IF

Western Art II

4 credits

ART

235IF

Topics in Non-Western Art

3 credits

HUM

285I

Intercultural Communication

3 credits

MUL

178IF

World Music

3 credits

POL

228I

The Middle East Today

2 or 3 credits

REL

101I

Religions of India

3 credits

REL

102I

Religions of China and Japan

3 credits

REL

108I

Islam

2 credits

REL

201I

Buddhist Culture in Asia

3 credits

REL

215I

Death/Afterlife in World’s Religions

3 credits

REL

216I

Women and Religion

3 credits

REL

217I

Religion and Violence

3 credits

REL

262

Green Business: God, Money and Ecology

3 credits

BUS

250

Green Business: God, Money and Ecology

3 credits

SOC

181I

Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

SOC

270I

Terrorism: Roots and Responses

3 credits

HIS

236I

Women in Asian Civilizations

3 credits*

GER

240I

Contemporary Germany

3 credits

GER

275IF

Introduction to German Literature

4 credits*

FRN

240I

Contemporary  France

3 credits

FRN

275IF

Introduction to French Literature

4 credits*

SPN

240I

Contemporary Spain and Latin America

3 credits

SPN

275IF

Introduction to Hispanic Literature

4 credits*


Group 5 emphasizing economic issues

ECN

365I

International Economics

3 credits*

 

 

* prerequisite required

 


The student should select four upper division electives from at least two disciplines from among the courses listed below. Special topic courses and interdisciplinary INT seminars may be substituted with the approval of the International Studies advisor. Students are responsible for meeting any prerequisites which exist within departments for upper division courses listed below.

 

ART

432IF

Twentieth Century Art

3 credits

BUS

310I

Introduction to International Business

3 credits*

BUS

329

Business Ethics

3 credits

BUS

351I

Global Strategy

3 credits*

BUS

436I

International Marketing

3 credits*

BUS

444I

International Financial Management

3 credits*

ECN

358

Environmental Economics

3 credits*

ECN

360I

Comparative Economic Systems

3 credits*

ECN

362I

Economics of Developing Countries

3 credits*

ECN

365I

International Economics #

3 credits*

ENG

335I

Studies in World Literature

3 credits*

FRN

310I

French Civilization I

3 credits*

FRN

311I

French Civilization II

3 credits*

FRN

375IF

Survey of French Literature I

3 credits*

FRN

376IF

Survey of French Literature II

3 credits*

GER

310I

German Civilization

3 credits*

GER

375IF

Survey of German Literature I

3 credits*

GER

376IF

Survey of German Literature II

3 credits*

HIS

340I

The Celtic Isles

3 credits*

HIS

344I

Early Russia

3 credits*

HIS

345I

Imperial Russia

3 credits*

HIS

346I

Modern Russia

3 credits*

HIS

348I

Tudor Stuart England

3 credits*

HIS

349I

Victorian and Modern Britain

3 credits*

HIS

360I

Topics in History

3-4 credits*

HIS

381I

The Arab-Israeli Conflicts

4 credits*

HIS

389I

The Modern Middle East

4 credits*

POL

311I

American Foreign Policy

3 credits

POL

314I

Comparative Foreign Relations

3 credits

POL

315I

International Organization

3 credits

POL

321I

Democracy and Democratization

3 credits

POL

322I

Russia and Eastern Europe

3 credits

POL

326I

Special Comparative Political Studies

3 credits

POL

327I

Political Change in Asia

3 credits

POL

329I

Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

3 credits

SOC

302I

Racial and Cultural Minorities

3 credits*

SOC

303I

Urban Community Life

3 credits*

SOC

350I

Modern China

3 credits

SOC

386I

Global Perspectives

4 credits*

SPN

310I

Spanish Civilization

3 credits*

SPN

311I

Spanish-American Civilization

3 credits*

SPN

375IF

Survey of Spanish Literature

3 credits*

SPN

376IF

Survey of Spanish-American Literature

3 credits*

 

 

* prerequisite required

 

 

# only if not chosen as a basic requirement

           

 

If a student desires a concentration in one of the areas listed below, at least four courses must be chosen from one concentration area with no more than three from one discipline.

International Business and Economics: ECN 358, ECN 360I, ECN 362I, ECN 365I, BUS 310I, BUS 329, BUS 351I, BUS 436I, BUS 444I

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: POL 311I, POL 314I, POL 315I, POL 322I, POL 326I, HIS 381I

History, Society and Culture: POL 311I, POL 321I, POL 329I, HIS 345I, HIS 346I, HIS 348I, HIS 349I, HIS 356, HIS 389I, ENG 335I, SOC 302I, SOC 303I

Latin American and Caribbean Studies: ECN 362I, SPN 311I, SPN 376IF


European Studies (including Russia): POL 314I, POL 322I, ENG 335I (when focus is European), HIS 345I, HIS 346I, HIS 348I, HIS 349I, ART 432IF, GER 310I, GER 375IF, GER 376IF, FRN 310I, FRN 311I, FRN 375IF, FRN 376IF, SPN 310I, SPN 375IF

Students in the International Affairs track are required to demonstrate knowledge of at least one foreign language, that is, a language other than their native language. Students must complete foreign language courses equivalent to two semesters of University level classes with the starting class dependent on a placement test administered by the Department of Foreign Languages.  Students who choose a language without prior knowledge may satisfy the requirement with two introductory level courses, i.e. 101 and 102. Those with some knowledge will take the course into which they are placed and at least one additional course.  Languages offered at BW which may be utilized to fulfill the requirement include Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Arabic and Italian.

Non-native speakers of English complete the International Studies foreign language requirement by using English to attain a degree from Baldwin Wallace. Students presenting competence in other languages or encountering problems when needed courses are not available at BW should see the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages who is available for help in establishing a program that insures timely completion of the language requirement. International Studies majors are strongly urged to study abroad.

                                                                                                                                                     
Each student takes an interdisciplinary capstone seminar focused on the analysis of contemporary global problems and requiring an integration of knowledge from diverse fields of study. A research project is required. The seminar, which may be team-taught, will be offered spring semester by professors in the departments associated with the International Studies major, and will deal with selected topics chosen by the professor(s) offering the course. Consult the course schedule for relevant departments, time and topics. A student may repeat the seminar provided the topics covered are different. It is suggested that students register for the seminar in the junior or senior year after completing the basic requirements, though they may do so at any time with the consent of the instructor(s) involved.

 

International Studies Minor: International Affairs

Minimum Credits Required: 18

Requirements:

The requirements for a minor in the International Affairs Track are:

  

• INT 200I  Introduction to International Studies

3 credits

 

• One (1) course from three of the five groups (1-5) above

9-12 credits

• Two (2) 300-400 courses from two different disciplines chosen from the upper division electives listed above or from INT interdisciplinary seminar offerings

6-8 credits


Elective courses appropriate to the student’s interests should be chosen in consultation with one of the members of the Committee Supervising the International Studies Major. At least a year’s study of a related foreign language is highly recommended.

 

International Studies Major: National Security

Computer Code: INTN


Minimum credits required: 53-58 depending on prerequisites

Required courses

All students are required to complete:

INT

250I

Security, Technology and Threat Assessment

3 credits


In order to understand U.S. homeland security, all student take:

POL

101D

U.S. Government and Politics

4 credits

POL

303

Public Administration

3 credits

INT

463I

Security Capstone (offered in alternate years)

3 credits


Elective Courses

Students choose 2 of the following courses focused on U.S. Policy:

POL

208D

Special Topics: Spyware, Patriot Act and Privacy 

3 credits

POL

307

American Constitutional Law       

3 credits

POL

308D

Civil Rights and Liberties

3 credits

POL

311I

American Foreign Policy

3 credits


Students are required to take a Research Methods class in a discipline related to their area of interest (choose one of the following):

POL

240

Introduction to Political Analysis

4 credits

SOC

280

Research Methods

4 credits*

ECN

379

Advanced Statistical Methods

4 credits*

OR

 

 

 

ECN

463

Research Seminar

3 credits*

HIS

461

Historiography

3 credits*

OR

 

 

 

HIS

491

Thesis/Project

TBA*

INT

491

Senior Thesis

TBA*


Plus take two of the following:

ECN

279

Elements of Statistics

4 credits*

OR

 

 

PSY

278

Elements of Statistics

SOC

281

Data Analysis using PASW

4 credits*

ECN

344

Game Theory

3 credits*

MTH

138

Biostatistics

3 credits*


All students in consultation with their advisor choose courses from each of the areas listed below:

Military Security: choose 2 of the following including at least one 300-400 level course

PHY

103

Frontiers of Physics

3 credits

PHL

272I

International Ethics

3 credits

SOC

270I

Terrorism: Roots and Responses

3 credits

HIS

239I

History of War

3 credits*

HIS

242

World War I

3 credits*

HIS

381I

The Arab-Israeli Conflicts

4 credits*

HIS

389I

The Modern Middle East

4 credits*

CAS

315

Crisis Communication

3 credits*


Environmental Security: choose 2 of the following from different disciplines

BIO/ECN

150I

Humans & The Earth: Can We Coexist?

3 credits

GEO

121IL

Physical Geography

4 credits

GEO

131

Earth and Its Resources

3 credits

GEO

227

Environmental Geology

3 credits

PHY

102

Energy and the Future

3 credits

SOC

288

Environmental Sociology

3 credits*

HPE

274

Environmental Health

3 credits*

PHL

273I

Environmental Ethics

3 credits

POL

205

Environmental Politics

3 credits

ECN

358

Environmental Economics

3 credits*


Health Security: choose 2 of the following including at least one 200-400 level course

HPE

170

Introduction to Public Health

3 credits

HPE

173

Global Health

3 credits

HPE

175

Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease

3 credits

HPE

275

Infectious Disease and Epidemics

3 credits*

BIO

341

Immunology

4 credits*

HPE

373

Military Health or Chemical & Bioterrorism

3 credits*


Global Context in which Security Threats Develop: choose 2 of the following including at least one 300-400 level course

SOC

181I

Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

POL

211I

International Politics

4 credits

POL

221I

Intro to Comparative Politics

4 credits

INT

200I

Introduction to International Studies

3 credits

REL

217I

Religion and Violence

3 credits

SOC

301D

Social Inequalities

3 credits*

POL

315I

International Organization

3 credits

POL

321I

Democracy and Democratization

3 credits

SOC

350I

Modern China

3 credits

SOC

386I

Global Perspectives

4 credits*

ECN

362I

Economics of Developing Countries

3 credits*

ECN

365I

International Economics

3 credits*

 

 

* prerequisite required


International Studies Minor: National Security
Minimum credits required: 27
Requirements:
The requirements for a minor in the National Security Track are:

All students are required to complete:

INT

250I

Security, Technology and Threat Assessment

3 credits


All students are required to complete the following course focused on U.S. homeland security:

POL

101D

U.S. Government and Politics

4 credits


Plus one of the following Elective Courses:

Choose one of the following courses:

POL

208D

Special Topics: Spyware, Patriot Act and Privacy 

3 credits

POL

303

Public Administration

3 credits

POL

307

American Constitutional Law       

3 credits

POL

308D

Civil Rights and Liberties

3 credits

POL

311I

American Foreign Policy

3 credits


Choose one of the following Research Methods courses:

POL

240

Introduction to Political Analysis

4 credits

SOC

280

Research Methods

4 credits*

ECN

379

Advanced Statistical Methods

4 credits*

OR

 

 

 

ECN

463

Research Seminar

3 credits*

HIS

461

Historiography

3 credits*

OR

 

 

 

HIS

491

Thesis/Project

TBA*

INT

491

Senior Thesis

TBA*


Plus at least one of the following:

ECN

279

Elements of Statistics

4 credits*

OR

 

 

PSY

278

Elements of Statistics

SOC

281

Data Analysis using PASW

4 credits*

ECN

344

Game Theory

3 credits*

MTH

138

Biostatistics

3 credits*


All students in consultation with their advisor will meet requirements from two of the areas listed below:

Military Security: choose 2 of the following including at least one 300-400 level course

PHY

103

Frontiers of Physics

3 credits

PHL

272I

International Ethics

3 credits

SOC

270I

Terrorism: Roots and Responses

3 credits

HIS

239I

History of War

3 credits*

HIS

242

World War I

3 credits*

HIS

381I

The Arab-Israeli Conflicts

4 credits*

HIS

389I

The Modern Middle East

4 credits*

CAS

315

Crisis Communication

3 credits*


Environmental Security: choose 2 of the following from different disciplines

BIO/ECN

150I

Humans & The Earth: Can We Coexist?

3 credits

GEO

121IL

Physical Geography

4 credits

GEO

131

Earth and Its Resources

3 credits

GEO

227

Environmental Geology

3 credits

PHY

102

Energy and the Future

3 credits

SOC

288

Environmental Sociology

3 credits*

HPE

274

Environmental Health

3 credits*

PHL

273I

Environmental Ethics

3 credits

POL

205

Environmental Politics

3 credits

ECN

358

Environmental Economics

3 credits*


Health Security: choose 2 of the following including at least one 200-400 level course

HPE

170

Introduction to Public Health

3 credits

HPE

173

Global Health

3 credits

HPE

175

Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease

3 credits

HPE

275

Infectious Disease and Epidemics

3 credits*

BIO

341

Immunology

4 credits*

HPE

373

Military Health or Chemical & Bioterrorism

3 credits*


Global Context in which Security Threats Develop: choose 2 of the following including at least one 300-400 level course

SOC

181I

Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

POL

211I

International Politics

4 credits

POL

221I

Intro to Comparative Politics

4 credits

INT

200I

Introduction to International Studies

3 credits

REL

217I

Religion and Violence

3 credits

SOC

301D

Social Inequalities

3 credits*

POL

315I

International Organization

3 credits

POL

321I

Democracy and Democratization

3 credits

SOC

350I

Modern China

3 credits

SOC

386I

Global Perspectives

4 credits*

ECN

362I

Economics of Developing Countries

3 credits*

ECN

365I

International Economics

3 credits*

 

 

* prerequisite required

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