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In addition to the CORE courses and those offered by the International Studies Program, International Studies ELECTIVES are offered by other departments and course descriptions can be found under the course listings of those departments. The INS Program compiles a lists of electives for INS majors every semester (see below)


INS 1008: Introduction to Global Studies (CORE) (3 credits)
This course introduces issues, perspectives and visions of the global age with the objective of developing a multidisciplinary framework for analyzing problems that can be applied to a variety of global problems. Topics include euro-centrism, the cold war, cross-border movements, the problem of global slums, inequality and the world economy, ethnic conflict and religious extremism, and other issues affecting the world scene. (Fall/Spring) [Required of the major]

INS 1010: Global Economy (CORE) (3 credits)
This course is designed for International Studies majors and others interested in the workings of the modern world economy, the dynamics of the development process and the economic interaction between nations. The course presents the intuition of relevant economic theories and applies them to the many controversies surrounding globalization and development. (Spring) [Required of the major]

POS 1037: International Politics I (CORE) (3 credits)
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic ideas or concepts that are used in discussing, or analyzing, international politics. Following a rapid review of the history of international relations, especially since 1900, the course takes students through the three major contending schools of analysis (Realism, Liberalism, Marxism) before coming to discussion on the structure of international relations that involves the United Nations, international political economy, diplomacy and non-governmental actors. [Required of the major]


POS 1038: International Politics II (CORE) (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on critical economic, social and political challenges facing the world community in the 21st century. Among them: environmental issues, nuclear pro-liferation, nationalism, culture wars, global trade and finance, communications and Internet revolution, poverty and develop-ment, gender issues and human rights. Through individual research and class discussion students will learn the dynamics in which these issues are related to international politics and their relevance to the question of war and peace. [Required of the major]

HIS 1036:  World History II: Since 1500 (CORE) (3 credits)
This course is an examination of the salient political, socio-economic, and cultural features of world history since 1500. Special emphasis will be devoted to explaining why western initiatives helped to shape and influence the evolution of global civilization during the past 500 years. [Required of the major]

INS 2001: World Cultures through Literature and Film  (CORE) (4 credits)
This course focuses on the relationship of culture to socio-political and economic issues. It will examine contemporary literary texts and films from around the world (Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America), both as expressions of specific national identities and and as examples of the impact of globalization. (Spring) [Required of the major]

INS 3003: Senior Seminar in International Studies (CORE) (3 credits)
An integrative seminar meant to pull together the diverse elements of International Studies, including economic, political, historic, literary and cultural aspects. This course is taken by International Studies majors in their senior year; the senior thesis is written in conjunction with the course. (Fall) [Required of the major]


INS 2050: Environmental Geography (3 credits) (Elective)
This course is an introduction to the holistic study of the relationship between humans and the environment in a global context, including the cultural, technological and economic dimensions of environmental problems. It will examine the earth's regions and ecosystems and trace the impact over time of human populations on the earth's resources. Current issues such as increased resource consumption and waste generation will be highlighted, as well as the current agencies and regulations that mediate the relationship between humans and the environment. (Fall '12) [Global Culture/Global Justice]

INS 2052: Contemporary Wars in Literature and Film (3 credits) (Elective) 
This course will probe the insights of contemporary writers and filmmakers who have reacted to armed conflicts of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including peasant uprisings in Latin America from the 1980s to the present, the Balkan wars of the 90s, African wars of the recent past involving child soldiers, and the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While students will be expected to familiarize themselves with the political "facts," the texts and films chosen tend to focus on the human element- the complex motives that result in people identifying with one group and engaging in violence with another, and rather than cast blame, the works' intentions are largely to provoke thought, to uncover the humanity of those who kill, as well as those who are killed (Fall '12) [Global Justice] 

INS 3056: Art and Politics of German Cinema (4 credits) (Elective)
This course will cover German filmmaking from 1945 to 2005, beginning with films produced in both East and West Germany during the 40 years of that country's division, with special attention to the relationship of culture and politics during the Cold War. Next we will focus on the unique aesthetic and socio-political program of the New German Cinema of the 1970's and 80's, and such internationally celebrated directors as Fassbinder, Herzog, Schloendorf, von Trotta and Wenders. Finally we will examine how German films from 1990-2005 dealt with the problems of German unification and an increasingly multicultural society. Films are in German with English subtitles. Lectures and supplementary readings are in English. (Spring '13) [Global Culture]

INS 3057: Culture and Change in Southeast Asia (3 credits) (Elective)
This course will explore the religions, ethnic groups and social structures – including the changing role of women – of Southeast Asia, a region of rich religious and ethnic diversity. It will also examine the region's recent economic boom and look at the socio-economic factors involved in that development. Indochina and Indonesian society constitute the major focus of the course. (Spring) [Asian Studies]



Fall ’14 INS Courses

INS 1008: Intro to Global Studies (2 Sections) - Core Requirement

INS 2050: Environmental Geography- Elective [Global Cultures/Global Justice]

INS 3056: Politics/Art of German Cinema Elective [European Studies/ Global Cultures]

Electives from Other Departments

The elective concentration to which the course applies is indicated in brackets.

An asterisk (*) indicates a 1000-level course. Remember, only one elective can be at the 1000 level!

Courses taken for INS elective credit cannot be DOUBLE- COUNTED for a student’s minor, or vice-versa.

AFS.2019: Intro to African Studies I [African Studies]

AFS.2082: Ancient African History [African Studies] (Cross-listed with HIS 2082)

AFS.3014:  African-American History [African Studies]

*ANTH.1050: Cultural Anthropology [Global Cultures]

ARH.2001: Contemporary Art [Global Cultures]

ARH.2020:  Northern Renaissance Art [European Studies/Global Cultures]

ASN.2012:  Religions of China [Asian Studies] (cross-listed with WREL 2012)

ASN.2015:  History of Traditional Japan [Asian Studies] (Cross-listed with HIS 2063)

*BIO.1016:  Endangered Earth [Global Justice]

BIO.2056:  Environmental Ecology [Global Justice]

COMM.3046: Convergent Media/Divergent Voices [Global Cultures]

COMM.3070:  Media Ethics [Global Cultures/Global Justice]

COMM 3072: Social Media [Global Cultures]

COMM.3090:  Sport Communication & Media [Global Cultures]

*CSCH.1030:  Power of Prejudice [Global Justice/Global Cultures]

CSCH.3025: Genocide And Humanism [Global Justice]

DTH.3203:  Survey of Dramatic Lit II [European Studies]

ECO.3017:  Global Finance [Poli-Eco Relations]

ECO.3018:  Eco of Developing Countries [Poli-Eco Relations]

ENF.2079:  Women's Film [Global Cultures]

ENF.2088:  Hist of Cinema I: Up To WWII [Global Cultures]

ENF.3107:  Writing Africa:Col/Post-Col [African Studies/Global Cultures]

GER.3009: Politics/Art of German Cinema [European Studies] (Crosslisted with INS 3056)

HIS.2078: Orwell 20th Century [European Studies/Global Cultures]

*HIS.1018: Hist of Mod Mid East/ N Africa [African Studies/Global Cultures]

*HIS.1034:  World History I: Before 1500 [European Studies/Global Cultures]

HIS.1036:  World History II: Since 1500 [European Studies/Global Cultures] INS Core Requirement

*HIS.1051:  Modern Europe: 1648 to Present [European Studies/Global Cultures]

HIS.2044: French Rev & Napoleon [European Studies/Global Cultures]

HIS.2063: History of Traditional Japan [Asian Studies] (Cross-listed with ASN 2015)

HIS.2082: Ancient African History [African Studies] (Cross-listed with AFS 2082)

HIS.3040:  Harlem Renaissance [African Studies]

HIS 3116: Topics in History of Business [Global Cultures]

HOLC.3036:  The Holocaust in Film [Global Cultures/Global Justice]

HOLC.3037:  The Holocaust and Culture [Global Cultures/Global Justice]

MGT.2006: International Marketing [Poli-Eco Relations]

MGT 2027: Management of Workplace Diversity [Poli-Eco Relations/ Global Cultures]

MUH.2011:  Survey of Western Music I [European Studies/ Global Cultures]

MUH.3011: Music of the 20th Century [European Studies/Global Cultures]

POS.1037:  International Politics I [Poli-Eco Relations] (INS Core Requirement)

POS.2011: Comparative Politics I [Poli-Eco Relations]

POS.2042: Model U.N. [Poli-Eco Relations]

POS.3117:  War & Human Rights [Poli-Eco Relations/Global Justice]

SOC.2000.01 Environmental Sociology [Global Cultures/Global Justice]

SOC 2076: History of Social Action [Global Justice] 

SOC.3000: Latin American Social Movements [Latin American Studies]

SOC.3050: Mass Media and Society [Global Cultures]

SPN.3012: Spanish Literature and Film (Taught In Spanish) [European Studies]

SPN.3031: Women's Writings in Latin America (Taught In Spanish) [Latin American Studies]

WREL.2012: Religions Of China [Asian Studies]

WREL.2039: Religion, Reason, And Ethics [Global Cultures/Global Justice]