International and Area Studies

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Technology Seminar Empowers Diverse Leadership

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Professor Barclay Lectures on West Berlin in the Context of Postwar History

David Barclay, the Margaret and Roger Scholten Professor of International Studies, delivered a [...]

Program Information

Bangura (African Studies); Cherem (At-Large); J. Dugas (Director); Elman (Western European Studies); Frost (East Asian Studies); Valle (Latin American Studies)

This program is designed for students who have strong international and regional (area studies) interests and wish to pursue these interests systematically in their academic studies. The program reflects the belief that several kinds of skills and knowledge are essential for understanding the contemporary global system. The first of these is the ability to analyze issues that are global—issues that pertain to the interrelationships among the peoples and states of the world. The second is skill in making explicit, systematic comparisons between dimensions of political, socioeconomic, or cultural life in two or more societies, as well as acquiring the special kinds of insights resulting from such comparative analysis. The third is in-depth knowledge of a particular area of the world—its geography, history, culture, and institutions. These areas may be a state, a subcontinent, or a broader geographic region.

With a mix of courses providing global/comparative and area-specific knowledge, mastery of a second language, study abroad, the IAS sophomore and senior seminars, and a discipline-specific major or minor, students majoring in International and Area Studies should be well prepared to live in and to make sense of the interdependent system of states and regions that make up the modern world. They will also have received a solid foundation for graduate study and/or further training for careers in the international realm.

The program in international and area studies is open to all students.

In addition to meeting formal requirements, majors are urged to consider doing an international or area studies oriented SIP and/or an international internship in consultation with the Center for Career and Professional Development.