Political Science

International Studies

The international studies major integrates the perspectives of political science, economics, business, sociology, history, and a variety of other disciplines to provide the student with a structured approach to a comprehensive understanding of the complex and interdependent nature of political, social, and economic factors that shape behavior in the international system. Seven structured concentrations are offered which permit the student to focus in a given area of interest: (1) Conflict and Peace Studies; (2) Environmental Issues; (3) Global Trade and International Business; (4) Global Interdependence; (5) Development Studies; (6) Global Public Health Studies; and (7) an Area Studies concentration. In addition, students may develop a uniquely designed specialized concentration.  The major prepares the student for careers in foreign service, the intelligence community, international business, the international policy-making community, positions with international NGOs concentrating on development and public health, related research fields, as well as law and teaching.

MISSION STATEMENT

The interdisciplinary International Studies major embodies the mission of a liberal arts education: cultivating thoughtful, articulate, active, and responsible citizens who are able to apply multi-faceted approaches to understand and address the wide variety of issues facing the international community and its diverse constituencies. By introducing students to the tools of the contributing disciplines their theories, concepts and research methods – International Studies enables students to explore the power relationships; institutional arrangements; social, economic, environmental conditions; and ideological commitments that shape public policy in a culturally diverse and increasingly interdependent world. The major offers courses and research experiences emphasizing the development of writing skills, critical thinking, and active and intelligent engagement with issues affecting contemporary public life.

Honors in International Studies
A student may work for Honors beginning in the spring semester of his/her junior year. Students who fulfill the following conditions will be awarded honors at Commencement:

  • A 3.70 grade point average in international studies
  • Enrollment in an independent study offered by a member of the departments participating in the international studies major during the Fall semester. The submission and approval of an honors essay as the culmination of the independent study.  This essay must be of substantial length (approximately 50 pages) and be based upon an appropriate volume of primary and secondary research.
  • A grade in the independent study of no less than B+.
  • Passing of an oral defense of the project conducted by members of the departments participating in the International Studies major.


International Studies Major Checklist (begin with class of 2017)

Recommendations for Study Away from Campus
Students are strongly urged, in consultation with their faculty advisor, to plan their major early in their career at Muhlenberg so that space can be provided for important Study Aboard experience and/or out-of-classroom learning such as the Washington Semester and internships.

Recommended Language Courses
International studies majors are strongly encouraged to demonstrate competence in a language other than English by majoring or minoring in a language. Alternatively, if schedules do not permit a minor, students are strongly encouraged to take courses in a language through Advanced Conversation & Composition. Students may complete one of the required writing intensive courses with one of the following:
     FRN 304 Approaches to Textual Analysis 1 course unit
     RUS 303, 304 Advanced Russian Conversation & Composition 1 course unit (when offered as 304)
     SPN 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition 1 course unit

In addition, students may fulfill the general academic requirement in humanities with one of the following courses:
     RUS 320 Russian Culture & Civilization 1 course unit
     SPN 320 Civilization of Spain 1 course unit
     SPN 322 Civilization of Latin America 1 course unit

Finally, international studies majors may find the following courses useful:
     FRN 310 French for the Professions 1 course unit
     SPN 310 Business Spanish 1 course unit

 

Recommended Math and Science courses:
It is strongly recommended that students in International Studies use one of the following courses toward their Reasoning requirement:

                MTH 104 Statistical Thinking  1 course unit OR
                MTH 119 Statistical Analysis 1 course unit

It is strongly recommended that students in International Studies use the following courses to meet their Natural Sciences and Mathematics requirement:
                BIO 101 Concepts of Biology: Human Biology, Science, & Society 1 course unit
                BIO 109 Concepts of Biology: Bubonic Plague to AIDS: The Influence of Infectious Disease on the Human Species Environment 
                1 course unit
                BIO 111 Concepts of Biology: Crisis Earth: Causes, Consequences, & Solutions for a Changing Planet 1 course unit
                CHM 101 Chemistry of the Environment 1 course unit
                ESC 111 Topics in Environmental Science 1 course unit
                ESC 113 Environmental Science I 1 course unit
                ESC 114 Environmental Science II 1 course unit

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
The major consists of six core courses plus six courses in either one of the seven designated concentrations or a specialized concentration.

Core Course Requirements:
     ECN 102 Principles of Microeconomics 1 course unit
     IST 101 Introduction to International Studies 1 course unit
     PSC 339 or 340 Theories of International Relations 1 course unit

CUE Seminar:
     PSC 420 Seminar in Regimes & Regime Changes 1 course unit OR
     PSC 430 Seminar in Comparative National Security Policy 1 course unit OR
     PSC 440 Seminar in International Studies 1 course unit

Two (2) Area Studies Courses from the following:
    
HST 293, 294 Modern Latin America 1 course unit
     PSC 230, 231 Government & Politics of Europe 1 course unit
     PSC 232 Government & Politics of East Asia 1 course unit
     PSC 234, 235 Government & Politics of Russia 1 course unit
     PSC 237 Government & Politics of Africa 1 course unit
     PSC 248, 249 Governments & Politics of the Middle East 1 course unit

Concentrations:

Optimally, the student will follow one of the following four designated concentrations. However, where there is a compelling academic reason, such as education abroad, the student may make substitutions in any of the five concentrations or design a unique concentration (such as Developing Nations Studies) in consultation with his or her faculty advisor and the director of the major.

Peace and Conflict Studies
Required Courses:
     PSC 242 or 243 Introduction to Conflict & Peace Studies 1 course unit
     PSC 328, 329 International Law & Organization 1 course unit
Choose four (4) of the following:
     ECN 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 1 course unit
     ECN 334, 335 International Trade & Globalization 1 course unit
     HST 277 Modern Middle Eastern History 1 course unit
     HST 393 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1 course unit
     PSC 246 Developing Nations 1 course unit
     PSC 341 American Foreign Policy 1 course unit
     PSC 356 or 357 War & Justice 1 course unit
     PSC 430 Seminar in Comparative National Security Policy 1 course unit
     REL 102 Religion & Violence 1 course unit
     REL 227 Islamic Traditions 1 course unit
     REL 357, 358 The Holocaust: Nazi Germany & the Jews 1 course unit
     SOC 325 Imagined Communities: The Sociology of Nations & States 1 course unit
     SOC 340 Development & Social Change 1 course unit
     SOC 342 Boundaries & Belonging: Sociology of Diasporas 1 course unit
     Appropriate MILA Course with permission of the Director
     Appropriate Special Topic Courses with permission f the Director

International Environmental Issues
Required Courses:
     PSC 328, 329 International Law & Organization 1 course unit
     PSC 330 or 331 Comparative & International Environmental Policies 1 course unit
Choose four (4) of the following:
     BIO 111 Concepts of Biology: Crisis Earth: Causes, Consequences, & Solutions for a Changing Planet 1 course unit
     COM 336, 337 Environmental Communication 1 course unit
     ECN 245, 246 Environmental Economics 1 course unit
     HST 373 Environmental History of Latin America 1 course unit
     PSC 216 Environmental Politics & Policymaking 1 course unit
     PSC 246 Developing Nations 1 course unit
     PSC 341 American Foreign Policy 1 course unit
     SUS 350 Environmental & Cultural Conservation in Costa Rica 1 course unit
     SUS 355 Climate Change & Sustainable Development in Bangladesh 1 course unit
     Appropriate MILA Course with permssion of the Director
     Appropriate Special Topics Courses with permission of the Director


It is strongly recommended that students following the Environmental Issues concentration use any of the following toward their natural sciences and mathematics requirement:
     BIO 111 Concepts of Biology: Crisis Earth 1 course unit
     ESC 111 Topics in Environmental Science 1 course unit
     ESC 113 Environmental Science I 1 course unit
     ESC 114 Environmental Science II 1 course unit

Global Interdependence
Required Courses:
     ECN 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 1 course unit
     PSC 343 International Political Economy 1 course unit
Choose four (4) of the following courses:
     COM 208 Communication in the Global Community 1 course unit
     ECN 222, 223 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 1 course unit
     ECN 251, 252 Development Economics 1 course unit
     ECN 334, 335 International Trade & Globalization 1 course unit
     PSC 246 Developing Nations 1 course unt
     PSC 254 Globalization & Social Justice 1 course unit
     PSC 328, 329 International Law & Organization 1 course unit
     PSC 330, 331 Comparative & International Environmental Policies 1 course unit
     PSC 341 American Foreign Policy 1 course unit
     PSC 420 Seminar in Regimes & Regime Change 1 course unit
     PSC 430 Seminar in Comparative National Security Policy 1 course unit
     SOC 340 Development & Social Change 1 course unit
     SUS 355 Climate Change & Sustainable Development in Bangladesh 1 course unit   
     Appropriate MILA Course with permssion of the Director
     Appropriate Special Topics Courses with permission of the Director


Global Trade and International Business

Required Courses:
     ACT 101 Financial Accounting 1 course unit
     ECN 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 1 course unit
Choose four (4) of the following courses:
     BUS 236 Management 1 course unit
     BUS 239 Marketing 1 course unit
     BUS 341 Globalization & Marketing 1 course unit
     ECN 334, 335 International Trade & Globalization 1 course unit
     FIN 237 Corporation Finance 1 course unit
     PSC 254 Globalization & Social Justice 1 course unit
     PSC 328, 329 International Law & Organization 1 course unit
     PSC 343 International Political Economy 1 course unit
     Appropriate MILA Course with permssion of the Director
     Appropriate Special Topics Courses with permission of the Director

It is strongly urged that students following the Global Trade and International Business Concentration meet the Reasoning requirement with:
     MTH 119 Statistical Analysis 1 course unit


Development Studies
Required Courses:
    
ECN 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 1 course unit
     ECN 251, 252 Development Economics 1 course unit
     PSC 343 International Political Economy 1 course unit
     PSC 246 Developing nations 1 course unit OR
     SOC 340 Development & Social Change 1 course unit
Choose two (2) of the following courses:
     ECN 222, 223 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 1 course unit
     HST 277 Modern Middle Eastern History 1 course unit
     HST 293, 294 Modern Latin America 1 course unit
     PSC 246 Developing Nations 1 course unit
     PSC 254 Globalization & Social Justice 1 course unit
     SOC 325 Imagine Communities: The Sociology of Nations & States 1 course unit
     SOC 340 Development & Social Change 1 course unit
     SOC 342 Boundaries & Belonging: Sociology of Diasporas
     Appropriate MILA Course with permssion of the Director
     Appropriate Special Topics Courses with permission of the Director
 
Global Public Health (Requires participation in a study abroad program.)
                On Campus Required Courses:  
                                PBH 200, 201 Issues in Public Health 1 course unit
                                BIO 101 Concepts of Biology: Human Biology, Science, & Society 1 course unit
                                BIO 109 Concepts of Biology: Bubonic Plague to AIDS: The Influence of Infectious                                                               Disease on the Human Species & Environment 1 course unit
                Optional Courses: Choose a total of four (4) from 1 and 2
                                1. Optional Courses at Muhlenberg: (Choose at least 2)
                                    COM 334 Health Communications 1 course unit
                                    ECN 243, 244 Health Care Economics 1 course unit
                                    HST 347 History of Public Health in America
                                    PHL 241 Biomedical Ethics 1 course unit
                                    PSC 213 Public Health Policy 1 course unit
                                    PSC 219, 220 Public Health Administration & Policy Implementation 1 course unit
                                    PSC 254 Globalization & Social Justice 1 course unit
                                    PSC 330, 331 Comparative & International Environmental Policies 1 course unit
                                    SOC 317 Sociology of  Health Internship 1 course unit
                                    PBH 960 Public Health Internship 1 course unit OR
                                    PBH 970 Public Health Independent Study/Research (with an emphasis on social, political, cultural,
                                    economic, psychological, environmental, or biological context of global public health)
                                    Appropriate MILA Course with permission of the Director

                              2. Off-Campus Options: (Choose 1 Site and at least 2 courses from Public Health Offerings at site)
                                     A – Denmark International Studies
                                     B – Maastricht University
                                     C – CIEE Botswana
                                     D – CIEE Thailand
                                     E – SIT Chile
                                     F – SIT South Africa

It is strongly recommended that students following the Global Public Health concentration use one of the following courses toward their natural science and mathematics requirement:
                                ESC 111 Topics in Environmental Science 1 course unit
                                ESC 113 Environmental Science I 1 course unit
                                ESC 114 Environmental Science II 1 course unit


   

 

Area Studies  Choose one (1) of the following Area Study Combinations. All additional courses selected in consultation with the director of the major.

Europe
                PSC 230, 231 Governments & Politics of Europe 1 course unit
                HST 217 Revolution & the Birth of Modern Europe (c. 1787 – 1919) 1 course unit
                Five (5) additional courses appropriate to the geographic area chosen

Russia
                PSC 234, 235 Government & Politics of Russia 1 course unit
                HST 263 Imperial Russia 1 course unit
                HST 265 Soviet Russia 1 course unit
                Four (4) additional courses appropriate to the geographic area chosen

East Asia
                PSC 232 Governments & Politics of East Asia 1 course unit
                HST 271 Modern China 1 course unit
                HST 273 Modern Japan 1 course unit
                Four (4) additional courses appropriate to the geographic area chosen

Latin America   
                PSC 244, 245 Governments & Politics of Latin America 1 course unit
                HST 291 Colonial Latin America 1 course unit
                HST 293, 294 Modern Latin America 1 course unit
                Four (4) additional courses appropriate to the geographic area chosen

Middle East
                PSC 248, 249 Governments & Politics of the Middle East 1 course unit
                HST 275 Rise of Islam 1 course unit
                HST 277 Modern Middle Eastern History 1 course unit
                Four (4) additional courses appropriate to the geographic area chosen

Africa
                PSC 237 Government & Politics of Africa 1 course unit
                Five (5) additional courses appropriate to the geographic area chosen


Self Designed Concentration
In consultation with the Director of the major, the student will develop an appropriate mix of eight (8) interrelated courses from multiple disciplines which in combination reflect a coherent sub area of the discipline of International Studies: examples of past self-designed concentrations include comparative political psychology, human rights, indigenous issues, etc.

A 2.000 grade point average in all courses must be maintained to remain a major in the program. Majors may satisfy the writing intensive course requirement in political science; history; economics; or languages, literatures, and cultures.