2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED 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

Students will:

  • Develop a critical interdisciplinary understanding of the major historical, structural, and cultural power relations that have shaped global dynamics
  • Articulate and analyze the differences between diverse approaches to address global injustices and inequities
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically engage cultural difference and diversity and evaluate   their significance within contemporary global systems
  • Generate a self-directed, designed and executed interdisciplinary capstone or thesis project
  • Demonstrate practical and professional skills relevant for a global affairs career

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.

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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.

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Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice Concentration

Students engage in an interdisciplinary examination of historic and contemporary efforts to simultaneously mitigate global inequalities while achieving global sustainability. The combined training via engaged coursework, an internship experience, and capstone project prepare graduates for a diversity of career trajectories, including in civil society, government, the private sector, and further academic study. 

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