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International Studies

Major Requirements

As an International Studies major, you’ll focus your degree by selecting a geographic region and an area of study.

With deep insights into the historical and political forces that have shaped the global marketplace, you’ll be prepared for opportunities in a wide range of fields. Bonus? Minor in a related field, like economics or political science and stand out in the job market.

Meet Your Major

In the International Studies program, you will:

  • Develop your cross-cultural understanding and improve your ability to lead, collaborate, and excel in our increasingly complex and diverse global community
  • Focus your studies on a particular region of interest such as Europe, Latin America, Asia, or the Middle East
  • Improve your knowledge of the historical, political, economic, socio-cultural, philosophical, ideological, technological, strategic factors that shape relationships among nations
  • Enhance your research abilities by both finding, evaluating, and interpreting relevant primary and secondary sources, and by conducting, analyzing, and interpreting original research
  • Learn how to apply your knowledge by presenting a convincing case for a course of action that would address a significant international issue or challenge

Hands-On Learning

You’ll broaden your global perspectives by studying a foreign language and taking part in experiential learning opportunities, like an internship or study abroad program.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the International Studies program, you’ll be well equipped to further your education at graduate school as well as pursue a career in international business, government, law, media, education, and nonprofit organizations. Positions may include:

  • Cultural specialist
  • Director of international programs
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Government policy advisor
  • Journalist
  • Management consultant
  • Political scientist 

What You’ll Take

All International Studies majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 38-credit and minimum-of-10 course requirement.

In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language at the second semester intermediate level as well as participate in a study abroad, a Washington semester, or relevant internship experience.

Required Courses

Introductory and Advanced Core Courses
HIS 1131 World History 1500 to the Present
POL 1500 Comparative Politics
POL 1900 International Politics
Choose one of the following:
  • ECO 1201 An Introduction to Economics
  • POL 3540 International Political Economy
HIS 3330 World History Since 1945
POL 2000 Political Science Methods 
Senior Capstone Course

All students complete an integrative seminar or directed study in their senior year that will involve writing a major original research paper.

Electives

Global Dynamics Courses* (Select one)
COM 3231                      Intercultural Communication
ECO 3306 International Economics
ECO 3303 Economic Development
FIN 4406 International Financial Management
HIS 3380 History of Modern Technology
HIS 3335 World Environmental History
HSC 1103 Global Public Health
MGT 3357 International Management
MGT 4450 Seminar: International Business
MKT 3320 Global Marketing 
PHL 3030 Global Justice 
POL 3540  International Political Economy  
POL 3160  United States Foreign Policy 
PSY 3250  Cultural Psychology 
RTS 3850 War & Peace 
RTS 2990   Women in Islam 
SOC 3330  Racial and Ethnic Minorities 
SOC 3250 Social Change 
WGS 3110         Global Women’s Issues 

Area Studies* (Select two courses in the same geographical area for 8 total credits)
Latin America
HIS 3440                Survey of Latin American History
POL 3521 Latin American Politics
POL 3531 Politics of the Developing Nations
SPA 3510/20 Culture & Civilization of Spain & the Hispanic World
SPA 3630                                               Studies in the Popular Culture of Latin America & Spain
SPA 4080 Hispanic Literature in Translation
Europe
FRE 3510 France and Its Civilization I & II  
HIS 3390 Modern European Social History  
HIS 3410 Twentieth Century Europe 
POL 3526 Politics of the European Union  
POL 3522                        British Politics 
HIS 3378 History of Modern Britain
HIS 3471 History of 20th Century Russia  
POL 3524  Politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet States 
SPA 3510/20  Culture & Civilization of Spain & the Hispanic World  
SPA 3630                                                Studies in the Popular Culture of Latin America & Spain  
Asia
POL 3520 Modern China                   
POL 3523             Japanese Politics
Middle East
HIS 3365                                                    Middle East  - The History of Muslim Communities, 600-1600
HIS 3336 History of the Modern Middle East
POL 3525 Politics of the Middle East

* Some Global Dynamics and Areas Studies courses may require pre-requisites. If you wish to use one of these courses to fulfill a major requirement in International Studies, you are responsible for either taking the pre-requisite(s) or obtaining a waiver from the professor teaching the course.

Minors

International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to minor in a related discipline such as economics, sociology, art history, communication or business. These disciplines should allow you to gain additional disciplinary knowledge and help you in your individual career goals. We also encourage you to minor in language or cultural studies to develop your understanding of culture’s influential role in human behavior.

Coursework in related fields will help you better understand how individuals and societies relate across national boundaries.

More Info

Alison Russell

Director, International Studies

Assistant Professor,

Political Science 

978-837-5246
russella@merrimack.edu