International and Area Studies
Requirements for the Major in International and Area Studies
Number of Units
Ten units are required, not including language courses or the SIP.
Required Core Courses
Any History course in an area different from the student's area of geographic study
ANSO 103 Introduction to Society and Culture
ECON 101 Principles of Economics or POLS 375 International Political Economy
IAST 290 Sophomore Seminar
IAST 490 Senior Seminar
POLS 106 Introduction to Comparative Politics or POLS 107 Introduction to International Politics
- Area-specific courses: Four (4) courses from at least two different disciplines focusing on a specific area or region (see lists of acceptable courses in each geographic area below). Prior to going on study abroad, an IAS major must pass two courses in her/his area of geographical specialization (in addition to foreign language courses).
- Foreign Language proficiency: Proficiency in a foreign language appropriate to the student’s geographical area of study at a level equivalent to five (5) units, typically two (2) courses beyond the intermediate level. Literature courses may also count as area-specific courses. This must be a modern spoken language. (This does not preclude a student's also studying an ancient language).A student seeking to fulfill this requirement with a non-traditional language must first petition the Director of the IAS major.
- Study abroad: IAS majors must complete a long-term (6 month) or extended-term (9 month) study abroad program in their geographical area of study. Long-term participants may apply one course and extended-term participants may apply two courses toward the major.
- Cognate Minor or Major: IAS majors must have a minor or second major in one of the disciplines recognized by the departments of the College. Students may double count courses toward the fulfillment of a cognate minor or toward a second major.
- Comprehensive examinations: The written comprehensive examination for the major in international and area studies will include questions drawn from global and comparative courses and the area of geographical emphasis. Students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to integrate their experiences with a global perspective and to bring a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis and discussion of international and area issues and problems.
Potential majors should consult with the director early in their college careers to assure proper program planning and to obtain a list of appropriate courses.
Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a SIP that incorporates an international and/or area studies dimension.
In order to qualify for honors in the major, an IAS student must meet two of the following three criteria: a minimum of 3.5 GPA in IAS courses (excluding foreign language courses); honors in the senior comprehensive examination; honors on an IAS-related SIP.
Geographical Area of Study
Four units from at least two (2) different departments are required. One (1) of these four courses may be taken while on study abroad; however, the student must supply a syllabus and other detailed information about the content of that course to the IAS program director, who will then determine whether or not it may count.
AFST/HIST 104 Introduction to African Studies
AFST/POLS 248 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
AFST/HIST/WGS 272 Gender Relations in Africa
AFST/HIST 273 Atlantic Slave Trade
AFST/HIST/RELG 274 Islam in Africa
AFST/HIST/RELG 275/SEMN 274 African Christianity
AFST/HIST 276 Civilizations of Africa
AFST/HIST 277 Contemporary Africa
AFST/HIST 279 Special Topics in African History
AFST/ANSO 290 Africa in the Context of Globalization
ENGL-221 African Literature
East Asian Studies
HIST 103 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (only offered Winter Term)
ANSO/HIST 288 Sports in East Asia
CHIN/IAST 222 20th Century Urban China
CHIN 225 Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 235 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 245 Chinese Film
CHIN 260 Women in Modern China
HIST 280 Modern China
HIST 282 Early China
HIST 283 Occupiers/Occupied in Post-World War II East Asia
HIST 285 Modern Japan
HIST 289 Special Topics in East Asian History
HIST 397 Seminar in East Asian History
JAPN 236 Pre-Modern Japanese Literature
JAPN 237 Japanese Literature in Translation: Tokugawa (Early Modern)
JAPN 238 Post-war Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 239 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 240 Japanese Culture Through Film
JAPN 245 Japanese Language in Society
JAPN 250 Manga/Anime and Gender in Modern
RELG 150 Buddhism in East Asia
THEA 290 Asian Theatre
Latin American Studies
ANSO 234 Latin America in Global Context
POLS 245 Politics of Latin America
RELG 122 Religions of Latin America
SPAN 401 Topics in Hispanic Culture (when the topic is Latin America)
SPAN 435 Advanced Literary Studies (when topic is Spanish-American literature)
SPAN 445 Visual Practices in Latin America
SPAN 455 Limits of Genre: Latin America
SPAN 475 From Conquest and Colonization to Cultural Independence
SPAN 480 Revolutions, Experimentation, and World Recognition
SPAN 485 Undoing the Nation: Contemporary Cultural Manifestations
SPAN 492 Spanish-American Seminar
Western European Studies
Given the richness of the College curriculum related to modern Europe, the requirements for European area studies are somewhat more specific than are those for other areas. In particular, students must choose two courses (from different departments) that deal with modern Europe and two courses that relate to a specific nation.
Two units from different departments.
ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945
ARTX 223 The Long 19th-Century Art
HIST 237 Women in European Society
HIST 254 History, Memory, and Identity in Modern Europe
HIST 259 Special Topics in Modern European History
HIST/RELG 263 Jews in Changing Europe
HIST 394 Seminar in Modern European History
PHIL 109 Existentialism and Film
PHIL 207 18th-Century Philosophy
PHIL 208 19th-Century Philosophy
POLS 231/SEMN 209 The Politics of Rights & Immigration
POLS 270 The European Union: Institutions, Actors, Aliens, and Outcomes
POLS 330 The Politics of the Holocaust
POLS 335 The Politics of Contemporary Antisemitism
THEA 280 The Theatre of Revolt: Modernism and Post-Modernism in Western Theatre
ENGL 265, 266, 268 (British Literature), 435 (when the topic is British literature)
ARTX 223 The Long 19th-Century Art
FREN 301 (when the topic is French literature), 401 (when the topic is French culture), 435 (when the topic is French literature), 490 (French literature)
HIST 244 French Revolution and Napoleon
GERM 200 (German film, taught in English)
GERM 301, 410, 411, 420, 430, 435, 490 (German literature and cinema)
GERM 470 Contemporary German Culture
SPAN 401 (when the topic is Spanish culture)
SPAN 465, 470, 491 (Spanish literature)