2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Oct 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

International Studies, MA


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The program provides a comprehensive perspective on international issues, including globalization, development, peace and conflict, regional problems, human rights and international law that prepares students for careers in international affairs, including non-governmental organizations, foreign service, and international organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the Master of Arts in International Studies program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the major structural, cultural, and relational shifts that have emerged in response to globalization from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with a special emphasis on non-state actors
  • Identify key organizations, institutions, and global and regional norms and how they interact with sub-state forces to shape policy, advocacy, and social movements
  • Develop an understanding of the diverse aspects of global civil society and the political, economic, legal, environmental, social and cultural forces that are shaping contemporary global issues through the local-global connection
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically engage categories of cultural difference and diversity and evaluate their influence on contemporary phenomenon
  • Utilize mixed research methodologies, an interdisciplinary perspective, and community engagement skills to analyze key issues in international studies

International Studies (MAIS) Required Courses


Language Requirement


Complete a 4th semester college-level language or equivalent language course.

Internship (120 hrs)


Complete 120 hours of an approved internship (see adviser).

Functional Concentration


Choose one of the three Functional Concentrations. 

Note that each has its own requirements.

Culture, Power, and Social Movements Concentration


Students examine the role of culture, the meaning of identity and belonging in a globalized world, and theories of social change as a way to better understand how they shape contemporary global processes. The analysis of diverse social and political movements, constituted through race, class, gender, religion, and other forms of inequality teaches students how to effectively address the most critical issues facing our world today.

Please see concentration page for requirements:

Governance and Global Justice Concentration


Students explore the meaning of justice and the best practices for enforcement, while considering the relationship between local efforts to promote and protect human rights and the global institutions, entities, and processes that make up international governing systems.

Please see concentration page for requirements:

Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice Concentration


Students explore the meaning of justice and the best practices for enforcement, while considering the relationship between local efforts to promote and protect human rights and the global institutions, entities, and processes that make up international governing systems.

Please see concentration page for requirements:

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