University Bulletin 2002-03
An interdepartmental program
International Studies

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The undergraduate International Studies Program (ISP) is designed to familiarize students with the basic characteristics of the international system and to permit them to explore particular aspects of that system in greater depth. ISP encompasses interactions among national governments, international institutions, and international private actors, as well as the effects of those interactions on the economy, populace, and society within nations. ISP therefore deals with the interactions (or "feedback effects") between the domestic and international environments, as well as the interdependence between states.

How to Become a Program Member (Minor)

Students are required to consult with the program director as to their course of study. Program offerings are divided into a required core group and a series of elective groupings. Students are required to complete the core group (International System) consisting of three courses. Students must also select and complete three courses within a second thematic grouping of courses (except for the International Economics grouping, which requires four courses). Three of the courses submitted to fulfill program requirements must be completed outside the student's major. Students are also required to complete a substantial research paper on some aspect of the international system.


Steven Burg, Director

Silvia Arrom

Robert Art

Eugene Black

Seyom Brown

F. Trenery Dolbear

Rachel McCulloch

Wellington Nyangoni
(African and Afro-American Studies)

Peter Petri

George Ross
(Politics / Sociology)

Mireya Solis

Eva Thorne

Requirements for the Minor

Participants in the minor will be expected to meet the following requirements:

A. Satisfactory completion of the International System grouping: POL 15a (Introduction to International Relations), LGLS 125b (International Law, Organizations, and Conflict Resolution) or POL 172b (Introduction to International Political Economy) and either POL 160b (World Politics since 1945), or HIST 137a (Evolution of the International System, 1815 to the Present).

B. Satisfactory completion of three additional courses within a second thematic grouping of courses, except for the International Economics grouping which requires completion of four courses. (Note: The list of groupings and courses given below is not comprehensive. Students may offer other relevant courses with permission of the program director.)

C. Three of the courses submitted to fulfill the requirements of the minor must be from outside the student's major.

D. No course offered in the fulfillment of ISP minor may be taken pass/fail.

E. Students must complete a substantial research paper, usually in connection with one of the elective courses completed as part of the program on a topic approved by the program chair. The paper must be read and approved by one member of the program faculty in addition to the course instructor. (The course instructor remains solely responsible for grading of the paper with respect to the course.) The research paper is to be undertaken only after completion of at least four program courses, usually in the junior or senior year. A senior honors thesis completed in a department may, if appropriate, be used to fulfill this requirement.

Courses of Instruction

International System

HIST 137a
Evolution of the International System, 1815 to the Present

LGLS 125b
International Law, Organizations, and Conflict Resolution

POL 15a
Introduction to International Relations

POL 160b
World Politics since 1945


AAAS 80a
Economy and Society in Africa

AAAS 85a
Survey of Southern African History

AAAS 163b
Africa in World Politics

AAAS 164a
Changing Institutions of Contemporary Africa

ANTH 133a
Tradition and the Contemporary Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa


ECON 27b
The Economy of Japan

HIST 80b
East Asia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

POL 133a
Japanese Political Economy

POL 134b
Japan and the World

POL 147a
The Government and Politics of China

POL 148b
Contemporary Chinese Politics

POL 150a
Politics of Southeast Asia

POL 178a
International Politics of the Pacific


HIST 52b
Europe from 1789 to the Present

HIST 134b
Nineteenth-Century Europe: Nationalism, Imperialism, Socialism (1850-1919)

HIST 142b
Europe since 1945

NEJS 168b
Jews in East-Central Europe, 1914-Present

POL 11b
Introduction to Comparative Government: Europe

POL 129a
East European Politics

POL 153a
The New Europe: European Economic and Political Integration

POL 156b
West European Political Systems

POL 157b
Building a New Europe: Politics, Economics, Societies, and Culture

Latin America

AAAS 167a
African and Caribbean Comparative Political Systems

ECON 26a
Latin America's Economy

HIST 71b
Latin American History, 1870 to the Present

POL 144a
Latin American Politics I

POL 144b
Latin American Politics II

POL 145b
Topics in Latin American Politics

SOC 125b
U.S.-Caribbean Relations

Middle East

AAAS 175a
Comparative Politics of North Africa

NEJS 143b
The World of Shi'i Islam

NEJS 145b
The Making of the Modern Middle East

POL 146b
Revolutions in the Third World

SOC 157a
Sociology of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation

Conflict and Conflict Resolution

LGLS 130a
Conflict Analysis and Intervention

POL 128b
The Politics of Revolution

POL 161b
Causes and Prevention of War

POL 176a
Seminar: International Crisis Management, Interaction, and Peacekeeping

SOC 157a
Sociology of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation


AAAS 126b
Political Economy of the Third World

AAAS 158a
Theories of Development and Underdevelopment

ANTH 55a
Models of Development: Third World

ANTH 163b
Economic Anthropology: Production and Distribution

ANTH 164a
Topics in Economic Anthropology

ECON 175a
Introduction to the Economics of Development

Science and Development

POL 175b
Global Civil Society

POL 180b
Sustaining Development

SOC 107a
Global Apartheid and Global Social Movements

SOC 112a
Topics on Women and Development

SOC 171a
Women Leaders and Transformation in Developing Countries

Environmental and Population Issues

AAAS 60a
Economics of Third World Hunger

ANTH 20b
The Development of Human Food Production

Human Reproduction, Population Explosion, Global Consequences

The Planet as an Organism: Gaia Theory and the Human Prospect

POL 179a
Politics and Hunger

SOC 175b
Environmental Sociology

Ethnicity and Human Rights

AAAS 116b
Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations

ANTH 139b
Language, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

POL 127b
Managing Ethnic Conflict

POL 163a
Human Rights and International Relations

International Economics

ECON 2a (required)
Introduction to Economics

ECON 8b (required)
Analysis of Economic Problems

ECON 33a
Business in the Global Economy

ECON 160a
International Trade Theory

ECON 161a
International Finance

ECON 175a
Introduction to the Economics of Development

International Political Economy

AAAS 126b
Political Economy of the Third World

POL 166b
Issues in International Political Economy

POL 172b
Introduction to International Political Economy

POL 175b
Global Civil Society

Technology and Society

AAAS 117a
Communications and Social Change in Developing Nations

HIST 131b
Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century

Science and Development

Technology and the Management of Public Risk

SOC 174b
Nature and Technology

Women in Society

HIST 139a
Women, Gender, and Family

POL 159a
The Politics of the Modern Welfare State: Women, Workers, and Social Citizenship

SOC 112a
Topics on Women and Development

SOC 171a
Women Leaders and Transformation in Developing Countries

WMNS 195b
Woman's Voice in the Muslim World