Checklist

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Requirements for students who entered Brandeis before fall 2010

Please note that the IGS curriculum was changed in spring 2010. Students who started at Brandeis prior to fall 2010 may choose to meet the old requirements on this page or the current requirements.

Requirements for the Major

Core Courses

  • IGS 10a (Introduction to International and Global Studies).
  • ANTH 1a (Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies)
  • ECON 8b (Global Economy) or IGS 8a (Economic Principles and Globalization)
  • POL 15a (Introduction to International Relations)

Four Courses in a Specialization

  • Cultures, Identities, and Encounters (any four courses from the course list)
  • Global Economy (three courses from the required course list and one elective)
  • Global Environment (any four courses from the course list)
  • Global Governance (any four courses from the course list)
  • Inequality, Poverty, and Global Justice (two courses from each of the two sub-tracks)
  • Media, Communications, and the Arts (any four courses from the course list)

Electives

Two additional courses from other specializations, neither of which may be listed under the student's primary area of specialization. Students are encouraged to choose foundational courses from other specializations.

Auxiliary Language Requirement

Completion of a fourth-semester course in a modern foreign language. The requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in language courses at Brandeis or elsewhere, or by providing other evidence of proficiency, such as course work offered in that language.

International Experience Requirement

Normally, students satisfy this requirement for a semester-long study abroad program (during the academic year) approved by Brandeis’s Study Abroad Office. Students may substitute an international internship for study abroad; the internship must include at least one hundred hours over at least six weeks (presumably during the summer) and must be at an organization concerned with the central issues of the IGS major. If extended international residence would be a hardship, IGS students may petition the IGS internship coordinator to undertake a U.S.-based internship directly involved in international and global issues. Students meeting this requirement with an international or domestic internship must receive permission of the IGS internship coordinator prior to starting the internship, and must enroll in IGS 89b (usually offered in the fall semester) either during or immediately after their internship.

Senior Thesis (optional)

Exceptional students interested in completing an honors thesis as seniors should apply to the honors coordinator, preferably in the spring of their junior year.  Thesis students must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the courses counted toward the IGS major, and be engaged on a thesis project closely tied to IGS themes (as determined by the IGS honors coordinator). The student's primary thesis adviser should be an IGS faculty member -- any faculty member who teaches an IGS or IGS cross-listed course. The examining committee for the thesis must include at least two other faculty members, at least one of whom teaches an IGS or IGS cross-listed course. Thesis students will register for IGS 99d (a full-year course) with the thesis adviser. The first semester of IGS 99d may be used toward the requirement of two IGS electives (see requirement D, above). IGS departmental honors are based on the examining committee's evaluation of the completed thesis and the record in courses for the IGS major.

Interdisciplinarity

No more than five courses from any one department will be counted toward the major.

Minimum Grade

All Brandeis courses used to fulfill the requirements of the IGS major must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail) and must be C or above.

Requirements for the Minor

Core Courses

  • IGS 10a (Introduction to International and Global Studies)
  • ANTH 1a (Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies)
  • ECON 8b (Global Economy) or IGS 8a (Economic Principles and Globalization)
  • POL 15a (Introduction to International Relations)

Electives

Two courses from two different areas of specialization.

Other Minors

No more than three of these courses may count toward another minor.

Minimum Grade

All Brandeis courses used to fulfill the requirements of the IGS minor must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail) and must be C or above.