Major/Minor Requirements

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 (Does NOT fulfill the Shared Passages Sophomoe Seminar Requirement)
  • IAST 490 Senior Seminar
  • POLS 106 Introduction to Comparative Politics or POLS 107 Introduction to International Politics

Other Requirements

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Study abroad: IAS majors must complete a long-term (6-unit) or extended-term (9-unit) study abroad program in their geographical area of study. Long-term participants may apply one area-specific course and extended-term participants may apply two area-specific courses from study abroad toward the major.
  4. Cognate Minor or Major: IAS majors must have a non-interdisciplinary minor or second major. Students may double count courses toward the fulfillment of a cognate minor or toward a second major.
  5. 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. Students in long-term study abroad programs may apply one area-specific course and students in extended-term study abroad programs may apply two area-specific courses toward meeting this requirement. However, a student must supply a syllabus and other detailed information about the content of any such course to the IAS program director, who will then determine whether or not it may count.

African Studies

  • AFST/HIST 104 Introduction to African Studies
  • AFST/POLS 248 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFST/HIST 273 Atlantic Slave Trade
  • AFST/HIST/RELG 274 Islam in Africa
  • 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
  • AFST/FREN 455 Afro-Perspectives
  • HIST 272 Gender Relations in Africa
    ENGL-221 African Literature

East Asian Studies

Required Courses:

HIST 103 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (only offered Winter Term)

Additional Electives:

  • ANSO/HIST 288 Sports in East Asia
  • CHIN 222 20th Century Urban China
  • CHIN 225 Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
  • CHIN 235 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • CHIN 245 Chinese Film
  • CHIN 250 China from the Borders
  • 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 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
  • JAPN 255 Japanese Science Fiction
  • RELG 150 Buddhism in East Asia
  • THEA 290 Asian Theatre

Latin American Studies

Not more than one of the following courses on colonial Latin America can count toward meeting the Latin American Studies requirement:

  • HIST 291 The History of Premodern Latin America
  • SPAN 475 Conquest, Colonization, and Independence

Any of the following courses can count toward meeting the Latin American Studies requirement:

  • POLS 245 Politics of Latin America
  • RELG 122 Religions of Latin America
  • SPAN 401 The Spanish-Speaking World on Film (when the topic is Latin America)
  • SPAN 435 Advanced Literary Studies (when the topic is Latin American literature)
  • SPAN 445 Visual Practices in Latin America
  • SPAN 455 Limits of Genre (when the topic is Latin America)
  • SPAN 480 Constructing Spanish-America
  • 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.

Modern Europe

Two units from different departments.

  • ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945
  • 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
  • PHIL 208 19th-Century Philosophy
  • POLS 270 The European Union: Institutions, Actors, Aliens, and Outcomes
  • POLS 330 The Politics of the Holocaust
  • POLS 335 The Politics of Contemporary Antisemitism

British Studies

ENGL 265, 266, 268 (British Literature), 490 (when the topic is British literature)

French Studies

  • 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

German Studies

  • GERM 200 (German film, taught in English)
  • GERM 301, 420, 430, 435, 490 (German literature and cinema)
  • GERM 470 Contemporary German Culture

Spanish Studies

  • SPAN 401, 435, 455 (when the topic is Spanish culture)
  • SPAN 465, 470, 491 (Spanish literature)