international studies

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Seminar in Political Economy JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Almighty God(s): Religion and Power in the Near and Middle East SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 12
Catastrophe: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Climate Justice JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Comparative Eurasian Foodways: Immigrant Experiences FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Contending Visions of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Cycle Makers and Cycle Breakers: Transitional Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Flight of the Firebird: What Ignites Russia's Imagination in Literature and Culture SO-SR
  • Spring
16
French Language, Arts, and Culture: Dark Romantics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Ireland in History and Memory JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Political Economy and Social Movements SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
South Asia: Climate Change and Society SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Stories and Histories: El Cuento Latinoamericano FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Unraveling the Middle East JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Alternatives to Capitalism: Socialism and Other SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Climate Change and Colonization in the Arctic: Who are the Sámi? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
In Other Words: Translations in World Literature and Music SO-SR
  • Spring
16
International Economics and the Political Economy of Borders SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Making Feminist Sense of Global Politics and Economics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Politics of Identity, Scale, and Nature SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Refugees, Migrants, Borders and Walls (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Russia's Magnificent Siberia: Shaman, Cossack and Commissar SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Silk Roads: Culture, History, and Philosophy of China SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Stalin: Soviet Russia's Legacy in Stone, Steel, and Blood SO-SR
  • Fall
16
The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16