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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Programs


International Studies

Sylvie Debevec Henning, Director, 200 A Ragsdale Hall

The international studies minor program is designed to provide a central core of study along with a world region or academic topic and is available to students in any undergraduate division of the university. The minor will provide insight into social, political, cultural, and economic areas of international importance in our increasingly globalized society.

The minor program, coordinated through the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences requires 24 s.h. credit and can be earned with or without participation in either overseas opportunities or language training, although both are encouraged. Courses must be approved by the coordinator. No course credit counted toward a student’s major may be used to fulfill the requirements of the program.

  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    INTL 1000. Introduction to International Studies (3) (F,SS) (FC:SO)
    Choose two from the following; maximum of one from any discipline:
    ANTH 2005. Environmental Anthropology (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    ECON 3353. Development Economics (3) (FC:SO) (P: ECON 2133)
    GEOG 3003. Political Geography (3) (WI) (S) (FC:SO)
    HIST 1030. World Civilizations to 1500 (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    HIST 1031. World Civilizations Since 1500 (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PHIL 1690. World Religions (3) (F,S) (FC:HU)
    POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Concentration (Choose one.) - 12 s.h.
    African Studies:
    Choose a minimum of 6 s.h. from:
    ANTH 3003. Cultures of Africa (3) (OY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    GEOG 3050. Africa (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3810. History of Africa (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    Choose an additional 6 s.h. from the remaining courses above or from the following or from a combination of the two.
    ANTH 2010. Societies Around the World (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 4054. Anthropology of Religion (3) (OY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ECON 3353. Economics of Underdeveloped Countries (3) (FC:SO) (P: ECON 2133)
    ENGL 3750. Introductory Linguistics (3) (S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FORL 2624. Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation (3) (FC:HU)
    FREN 2443. Readings in the Francophone Cultures of Africa (3) (FC:HU) (P: FREN 1004)
    FREN 3558. The Francophone World: Colonization to Independence (3) (P: FREN 3500 or consent of dept chair)
    FREN 3560. The Contemporary French and Francophone World (3) (P: FREN 3500 or consent of dept chair)
    GEOG 2110. World Geography: Less Developed Regions (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5300. Comparative History of Non-Western Civilizations (3) (WI*)
    Asian Studies:
    Choose four from:
    ANTH 3002. Cultures of East Asia (3) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3004. Cultures of the South Pacific (3) (EY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3009. Motherhood of God in Asian Traditions (3) (EY) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 3051. Asia (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3610. History of East Asia to 1600 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3611. History of East Asia Since 1600 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5300. Comparative History of Non-Western Civilizations (3) (WI*)
    HIST 5680. Diplomatic History of Modern Asia (3)
    INTL 2003. Introduction to Chinese Culture (3) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    INTL 2004. Introduction to Japanese Culture (3)
    European Studies:
    Choose one from:
    Group I - Fine Arts, Literature, Music, and Philosophy
    ART 1907. Art History Survey (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: ART 1905 or 1910)
    ART 2900. History of Prints and Drawings (3) (F) (P: ART 1906, 1907)
    CLAS/ENGL 3460. Classical Mythology (3) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3330. Early Twentieth Century Drama (3) (F-EY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3340. Contemporary Drama (3) (F-OY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3450. Northern European Mythology (3) (F,S-OY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3600. Classics from Homer to Dante (3) (WI) (F) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FORL 2620. French Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU)
    FORL 2660. Spanish Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU)
    FORL 2680. German Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU)
    FREN 2440. Readings in the Culture of France I (3) (FC:HU) (P: FREN 1004)
    FREN 2441. Readings in the Culture of France II (3) (FC:HU) (P: FREN 1004)
    GERM 2420. Culture of the German-Speaking World (3) (FC:HU) (P: GERM 1004 or consent of instructor)
    GERM 3340. Civilization of the German-Speaking World II (3) (FC:HU) (P: GERM 2210 or 2211, 2420; or consent of instructor)
    INTL 2100, 2101. Arts and Sciences Abroad: Humanities (3,6) (FC:HU)
    INTL 2200, 2201. Arts and Sciences Abroad: Arts (3,6) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 1406 (S), 2406 (F), 2416 (S). Music History and Literature (2,2,2) (WI)
    PHIL 2453. Existentialism/Phenomenology (3) (F,S) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 3331. Modern Philosophy (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: 3 s.h. in PHIL or consent of instructor)
    RUSS 3220. Nineteenth Century Russian Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120; or permission of instructor)
    RUSS 3221. Twentieth Century Russian Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120; or permission of instructor)
    SPAN 2440. Spanish Culture and Civilization (3) (WI*) (P: SPAN 2222 or 2330 or consent of dept chair)
    Group II - Geography and Political Science
    GEOG 3047. Western Europe (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    INTL 2400, 2401. Arts and Sciences Abroad: Social Sciences (3,6) (SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3234. West European Political Systems (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3235. East European Political Systems (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 4371. Western Political Thought I: Moses to Montesquieu (3) (RP: POLS 2070)
    POLS 4373. Western Political Thought II: Rousseau to Camus (3) (F) (RP: POLS 2070)
    Group III - History:
    HIST 3420. Early Modern Europe to 1648 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3430. History of Europe, 1815-1914 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3435. History of Europe Since 1914 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5310. Intellectual History of Europe (3)
    HIST 5670. A Diplomatic History of Europe, 1815 to the Present (3)
    INTL 2400, 2401. Arts and Sciences Abroad: Social Sciences (3,6) (SS) (FC:SO)
    Group IV - Choose one additional course from Groups I, II, III, or any subject-related course with prior approval of international studies coordinator:
    Latin-American Studies:
    Choose four from:
    ANTH 3016. Cultures of the Caribbean (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3017. Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala (3) (OY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3018. Cultures of South and Central America (3) (EY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ECON 3353. Development Economics (3) (FC:SO) (P: ECON 2133)
    FORL 2661. Latin-American Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU)
    FORL 2666. Latino Texts (3) (FC:HU)
    GEOG 2110. World Geography: Less Developed Regions (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 3049. Latin America (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 3056. Middle America (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3710. Introduction to Latin-American History: Colonial Period (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3711. Introduction to Latin-American History: Since 1808 (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3780. Mexico and Central America (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5765. Latin America: 1492 to the Present (3) (WI*)
    INTL 3010. Field Study in Latin America (6) (P: Consent of instructor)
    POLS 3270. Latin-American Political Systems (3) (FC:SO) (S)
    SPAN 1220. Conversational Spanish Practiced in a Spanish-Speaking Country (3) (P: Consent of dept chair)
    SPAN 1440. Hispanic Culture Experienced in a Spanish-Speaking Country (2)
    SPAN 2222. Intermediate Spanish Conversation (3) (P: Minimum grade of B in SPAN 1004 or consent of dept chair) or SPAN 3220. Advanced Oral Communication Through Multimedia (3) (P: SPAN 2222 or consent of dept chair)
    SPAN 2441. Latin-American Culture and Civilization (3) (P: SPAN 2222 or 2330 or consent of dept chair)
    SPAN 4560. Major Latin-American Authors (3) (FC:HU) (P: SPAN 2441, 2550; or consent of dept chair)
    SPAN 4561. Latin-American Texts of the Pre-Columbian and Colonial Periods (3) (FC:HU) (P: SPAN 2441, 2550; or consent of dept chair; RP: SPAN 4560)
    SPAN 4563. Latin-American Texts: The Boom and Beyond (3) (FC:HU) (P: SPAN 2441, 2550; or consent of dept chair; RP: SPAN 4560)
    Specialized Concentration:
    With the advice and written approval of the coordinator and the coordinating committee of the international studies minor, a student may develop a topical course of studies (totaling 12 s.h.) around a specific theme in international studies. The following examples are suggestive of possible themes: international environmental problems, global communications, human rights issues, peace and world order studies, international trade/ technology, population/demographic issues, international art, comparative religions, comparative literatures, comparative gender relations, language, and civilization.
  3. Senior Seminar - 3 s.h.
    INTL 5000. Senior Seminar in International Studies (3) (P: Consent of instructor)

Certificate in Global Understanding

The Certificate in Global Understanding is designed to help students develop an understanding and an appreciation of the peoples, issues and ideas within the global community. Students have an opportunity to take courses with an international content, study a foreign language at the introductory level, and learn about people in other countries through both Internet contact and actual study in an international setting.

A minimum cumulate 2.5 GPA is required for admission. The student must maintain a 2.5 average in the certificate courses to receive the Certificate in Global Understanding. The certificate requires 15 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    ANTH 1050. Global Understanding (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    6 s.h. of 1001 and 1002 courses of the same foreign language
    (Students may receive credit either through successful completion of courses with C or better or a language placement exam. The foreign language requirement may be waived for international students whose native language is not English, in which case six additional s.h. of approved electives are required.)
  2. Elective courses, each from a different discipline, chosen from the list of International Studies Minor courses (pp. 100-102) or other courses approved by the International Studies Executive Committee………………………………………………………………….6 s.h.
  3. An approved academic study abroad program or internship of at least one summer session. (International students may substitute an equivalent period of study at ECU.)

Certificate in Global Understanding with Distinction

Students who complete the above requirements and who also complete 60 clock hours of co-curricular or service activities with an international focus will be awarded the Certificate of Global Understanding with Distinction. Activities to meet this requirement must be approved by the International Studies Executive Committee. Examples of appropriate activities include attending international lecture series, volunteer work with immigrants, participation in an international club or student organization, or helping with the Model UN.

Alternative ways of completing the Certificate of Global Understanding with Distinction are:
  1. 30 clock hours of co-curricular or service activities with an international focus and an additional year of a foreign language (1003 and 1004);
  2. 30 clock hours of co-curricular or service activities with an international focus and a semester or more of study or internship in an international setting. (International students may substitute an equivalent period of study at ECU.) ;
  3. an additional year of a foreign language (1003 and 1004) and a semester or more of study or internship in an international setting. (International students may substitute an equivalent period of study at ECU.)