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International Studies Program

  • Program Overview

    The international studies major is a multi-disciplinary program that prepares you to be a leader in an increasingly interdependent global community.

    This multi-disciplinary major will teach you to critically examine world affairs and pursue advanced degrees and/or careers in international law, diplomacy, politics, and business. The program will also prepare you for careers with governmental and non-governmental organizations whose work addresses human rights, economic development, conflict resolution, the plight of refugees, and other pressing global needs.

    All students in the program take foundational courses such as Introduction to International Studies, World Geography, and Intercultural Communication. They also take a minimum of four semesters of foreign language, spend a semester abroad, and complete internships that have a clear international dimension, whether they occur abroad or in the United States. Finally, students choose to develop expertise in one of four “world affairs focus areas” - international politics, governance, and security; culture and globalization; international business, economics, and development; and global health and sustainability - or in a “regional focus area" requiring coursework focusing on, and their semester abroad in, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.

    Through the program, you will:

    • Take courses in a range of disciplines to examine the ways in which global forces - cultural, economic, political, etc. - take shape and interact.
    • Investigate the reasons and means by which nations in the 21st-century must now cooperate and compromise on issues such as international security, the environment, cyber crime, economic policies, and humanitarian aid.
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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125-126

     

    Freshman - Credits: 32-33

    • Foreign Language    (Cr: 6)
    • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Individual and Society General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Science and Technology General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3-4)
    • Focus Area Course  (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • IST 100 - Introduction to International Studies (Cr: 3)

    Sophomore - Credits: 32

    (Recommended Study Abroad one Semester)

    • Focus Area Courses    (Cr: 9) 
    • Foreign Language    (Cr: 6)
    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • Elective    (Cr :3)
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
    • IST 315 - Intercultural Communication (Cr: 3)
    • IST 325 - World Geography (Cr: 3)

    Junior - Credits: 31

    • Focus Area Courses   (Cr: 6)
    • Values & Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Electives    (Cr: 15)
    • IST 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)
    • LST 302 - Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement

    Senior - Credits: 30

    • General Education Electives    (Cr: 12)
      (two must be above the 100 level)
    • IST 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
    • IST 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • IST 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    International Studies Major Requirements

    To meet the international studies major's requirements in a World Affairs Focus Area, students take four courses in one of the following areas: international politics, governance, and security; culture and globalization; international business, economics, and development; and global health and sustainability. Students also have the option of proposing their own focus area, which must be approved by the program administrator.  Students also select two additional electives from any of the courses listed in the Regional or World Focus Areas or additional foreign language courses.

    Culture and Globalization

    • ART 100 - Art and World Culture (Cr: 3)
    • ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310 (Cr: 3)
    • ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present (Cr: 3)
    • ART 322 - Contemporary Art in a Global Context (Cr: 3)
    • CMM 315 - Global Mass Communication (Cr: 3)
    • ED 340 - Global Consciousness through Children's Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 213 - Early British Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 214 - British Literature: 18th Century to Present (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 313 - World Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 361 - Victorian Secrets: Fear and Hypocrisy in Victorian Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 367 - Eastern Literature and Haiku (Cr: 3)
    • HTM 320 - The Cultural History of Food (Cr: 3)
    • MUS 250 - Ideologies of Music, Art, and Literature (Cr: 3)
    • PHL 220 - Ideas, Culture, and Social Thought (Cr: 3)
    • POL 325 - Music and the State (Cr: 3)
    • REL 104 - World Religions (Cr: 3)
    • REL 245 - Eastern Religions (Cr: 3)
    • REL 252 - Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World (Cr: 3)
    • REL 255 - Western Religious Thought (Cr: 3)
    • REL 270 - Introduction to Islam (Cr: 3)

    Global Health and Sustainability

    • BIO 242 - World Disease (Cr: 3)
    • HTM 214 - Sustainable Tourism (Cr: 3)
    • HTM 320 - The Cultural History of Food (Cr: 3)
    • IST 225 - International Law and Organizations (Cr: 3)
    • IST 230 - Political and Social Change in Developing Countries (Cr: 3)
    • POL 382 - Environmental Law and Politics (Cr: 3)
    • POL 430 - Human Rights (Cr: 3)

    International Business, Economics, and Development

    • BUS 303 - International Business (Cr: 3)
    • BUS 340 - International Finance (Cr: 3)
    • BUS 350 - Global Marketing Management (Cr: 3)
    • HST 310 - Economies and Peoples (Cr: 3)
    • IST 215 - The New Europe (Cr: 3)
    • IST 225 - International Law and Organizations (Cr: 3)
    • IST 280 - Global Political Economy (Cr: 3)

    International Politics, Governance, and Security

    • CJ 354 - International Justice (Cr: 3)
    • IST 112 - Introduction to Peace Studies (Cr: 3)
    • IST 215 - The New Europe (Cr: 3)
    • IST 216 - International Conflicts (Cr: 3)
    • IST 225 - International Law and Organizations (Cr: 3)
    • POL 110 - World Politics (Cr: 3)
    • POL 240 - American Foreign Policy (Cr: 3)
    • POL 320 - Comparative Political Models (Cr: 3)
    • POL 322 - Chinese Politics and Government (Cr: 3)
    • POL 430 - Human Rights (Cr: 3)
    • SST 201 - Global Risk: Assessing and Managing Transnational Threats (Cr: 3)
    • SST 301 - Terrorism Studies (Cr: 3)

    Regional Focus Area Courses

    To meet the international studies major's requirements in a Regional Focus Area, students take two courses in one of the following areas: Africa; Asia; Europe; Middle East; or Latin America. This option is for students who want to develop expertise in a particular region. Courses taken abroad count toward this requirement. Students also select four additional electives from any of the courses listed in the Regional or World Focus Areas or additional foreign language courses.

    Asia

    • ENG 367 - Eastern Literature and Haiku (Cr: 3)
    • HST 245 - The History of Modern China (Cr: 3)
    • IST 230 - Political and Social Change in Developing Countries (Cr: 3)
    • POL 322 - Chinese Politics and Government (Cr: 3)
    • REL 245 - Eastern Religions (Cr: 3)

    Europe

    • ENG 222 - Modern Irish History and Literature (Cr: 3)
    • HST 222 - Modern Irish History and Literature (Cr: 3)
    • HST 232 - Modern European History (Cr: 3)
    • HST 302 - Russia: From Revolution to the Post-Soviet Era (Cr: 3)
    • IST 215 - The New Europe (Cr: 3)
    • PHL 245 - Modern Philosophy (Cr: 3)
    • SOC 220 - Modern Social Thought (Cr: 3)
    • SP 205 - Spain: Art, History, and Culture (Cr: 3)

    Middle East

    • HST 280 - Middle East History (Cr: 3)
    • IST 230 - Political and Social Change in Developing Countries (Cr: 3)
    • REL 270 - Introduction to Islam (Cr: 3)

    Latin America

    • HMS 387 - Costa Rican Culture and Community Service Project (Cr: 3)
    • HST 260 - Modern Latin American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
    • IST 230 - Political and Social Change in Developing Countries (Cr: 3)
    • SP 322 - Latin American Short Fiction (Cr: 3)
    • SP 331 - Cinema of Latin America (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the international studies program, students will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of the field - e.g. the global and comparative dimensions of history, economic systems, cultural norms, art, and literature.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of international politics and geopolitics, and their role in world affairs and conflicts. 
    • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the disciplines that constitute international studies.
    • Describe the language and culture of a region of the world that differs from that which students already know. 
    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the international studies discipline.
    • Make connections between their major and professional opportunities through a variety of internships.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school right away, or embark on your career after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

    Recent Internships

    • Habitat for Humanity
    • United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Consulate of Mexico (Boston)
    • Cultural Survival
    • First Class (Sydney, Australia)

    Alumni Employment

    • Pioneer Investments
    • Irish International Immigrant Center
    • International Institute of Boston
    • Hainan Airlines Global
    • F-Squared Investments
    • U.S. Department of State

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
    • George Washington University
    • Boston University
    • London School of Economics
    • University of Manchester (England)

Study Abroad

Endicott's association with study abroad sites in more than 20 countries throughout the world provides a wealth of opportunities to immerse yourself in cross-cultural experiences. You will develop a unique awareness of the critical issues facing nations today and informed insights into what they might be able to do to truly make a difference.