International Studies - BA

St. Kate's international studies majors will gain an understanding of political and economic structures in the various cultures of the world and in different historical periods. Students will study these structures from a variety of perspectives. Courses are designed to help students master the complexities of the contemporary, global world.

International studies major courses are drawn from the disciplines of economics, history and political science. In addition to common course work in these disciplines, each student will select a particular theme, including Social Justice and the State, Women, Gender, and Human Rights, or Global Flows (of capital, people, ideas, and technology) to inform their course work. Students are also required to complete a substantive, off-campus experience, including one of a study abroad experience for a semester, J-term, or even a year; intern with an approved, internationally-oriented organization (pending departmental advisor’s approval); or complete an internationally-related independent study with a fieldwork research component. This allows a student to experience the world or see the global connections in our own local communities.

Majoring in international studies at St. Kate's will prepare students for careers in government or international service; for law school, especially the study of international law; or for graduate study in social science disciplines like political science and economics. Combined with other appropriate courses, the international studies major can prepare students for careers in areas such as international business, as well.

Recommended minors for international studies majors are economics, history and political science.

See also:  Political Science

The International Studies major consists of 44 credits. In addition to the 16 required credits, students select 28 credits from one of three concentrations.

Required Courses
ECON 1120Economics of Social Issues4
HIST 1160East Asia Since 16004
or HIST 2300 World History Since 1500
POSC 2200WIntroduction to Comparative Politics4
Off-Campus Experience 14
Total Credits16
Select One of the Following Concentrations:
Social Justice and the State28
Required Courses:
From Nudges to Nuclear War: Game Theory and Behavioral Economics
History of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in the U.S.
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Select Four Courses (at least three at the 3000 level) from:
One additional level (Intermediate II) of a foreign language
Healthcare Economics
Quantitative Impact Evaluation: Applied Research Skills
International Economics: Trade and Immigration
Language as Power
Haves and Have Notes: Development, Poverty, and Inequality
Revolution! Haiti, Slavery and the French Revolution 1780-1820
Twentieth Century America
Modern Middle East
Revolution and Communist Rule in China
Europe: from World War I to World War II
Europe Since World War II
Women in Asia
Intro to the Nonprofit Sector
History of Feminism in Western Society
Introduction to World Politics
Public Policy
American Political Thought
Challenging Oppressions, Civic Engagement and Change
Social Movements-Social Change
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Total Credits28
Women, Gender and Human Rights28
Required Courses
Haves and Have Notes: Development, Poverty, and Inequality
Women in Asia
History of Feminism in Western Society
Women and Globalization
Select Four Courses (at least three at the 3000-level) from:
One additional level (Intermediate II) of a foreign language
Quantitative Impact Evaluation: Applied Research Skills
Discrimination and Disparities: The Economics and Politics of Race and Gender
Healthcare Economics
International Economics: Trade and Immigration
Women and Literature
Women in America to 1920
The New Woman in America and England 1880-1940
Women in Asia
U.S. Women Since 1920
History of Feminism in Western Society
Women in Europe Since 1500
Intro to the Nonprofit Sector
Philosophy and Women
Introduction to World Politics
POSC 2994
Topics: Human Rights
Public Policy
Women and Globalization
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Social Movements-Social Change
Women's Issues from Global Perspectives
Foundations in Women's Studies
Total Credits28
Global Flows (of capital, people, ideas, and technology):28
Required Courses:
International Economics: Trade and Immigration
HIST 3XXX
History of Immigration in the United States or HIST 3XXX Empire, Colonization and Indigenous Resistance
POSC 3XXX
The Politics of Global Cities
Select four (at least three at the 3000-level) from the following:
One additional level (Intermediate II) of a foreign language
Communicating across Cultures, Identities and Differences
Critical Hmong Studies
Asian American Identities
Principles of Macroeconomics
Quantitative Impact Evaluation: Applied Research Skills
Haves and Have Notes: Development, Poverty, and Inequality
Global Financial Issues
Macroeconomic Theory
Cost-Benefit Analysis
The Immigrant Perspective in Literature 2
Literature in Translation
Global Writers in English
Twentieth Century America
Revolution and Communist Rule in China
History of Feminism in Western Society
World Music
Introduction to World Politics
Public Policy
Women and Globalization
American Political Thought
Asian American Identities
Migration, Citizenship, Community
Hispanics in the United States
Total Credits28

Students must complete eight additional upper-division (3XXX or 4XXX level) credits determined by the student and her advisor. Many students complete these eight credits (usually two 4-credit classes) by adding a minor or double major. 

International Studies majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing POSC 2200W Introduction to Comparative Politics . They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).