INST MA Level 1 Requirements

Program of Study

Because of the interdisciplinary focus of the International Studies programs, many of the courses in which students enroll, particularly in their area(s) of concentration, will depend on the students' areas of interest and the schedule of courses in the department or school offering the courses. In general students admitted to the International Studies program can expect to enroll in the following:

Core Requirements: 15 credits

  • POSC 501: Theories of International Relations
  • ENGL 581: Advanced Expository Writing
  • INST 603: Research Methods
  • SOCI 531: Seminar in Social Deprivation
  • HIST 680: Historical Origins of Contemporary Problems

 Concentrations: 12 credits

There are two modes of concentration, topical and geographic.  Depending on areas of interest and the schedule of courses, students may elect to concentrate on topics in:

  • International Public Health and the Environment
  • International Business and Economics
  • International Social and Historical Thought
  • International Language and Culture
  • International Politics and Foreign Policy
  • International Engineering and Technology

 Depending on their areas of interest and the schedule of courses, students may elect to focus on global or regional geographic areas in:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East
  • The Caribbean
  • North America

 Students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Joanna Crosby, the graduate coordinator in the International Studies program, to discuss the selection of courses in their areas of Concentration.

 Electives: 6 credits

Consistent with the interdisciplinary focus of the International Studies program, students are encouraged to select courses from across the curricula of graduate programs in order to enhance their breadth and depth of under-standing of issues in their concentration and in international studies. For example, students may elect to satisfy their six credits of electives in a Fulbright or other study abroad program.

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