In response to the unique challenges of global interdependence, the International and Area Studies (IAS) concentration is designed to meet the need for a new generation trained to enter the international arena with a more comprehensive view of the international system and an in-depth understanding of a major region or issue in world affairs. The IAS area of concentration offers three tracks to meet a range of student interests and still provide solid training for future study or work in the area. The “area studies” track combines fundamental courses on the international political and economic systems with the student’s choice of specialization in a regional area; the “systemic track” focuses on a deeper understanding of the international political and economic systems; and the “issue” track is designed for students with a specific interest in a major international issue that affects more than one region, e.g. global health issues or peace and conflict. In addition to these three tracks in the IAS AOC, we offer separate AOCs in Latin American Studies and in European Studies. These two AOCs are designed for students with intensive interests in one of these regions and less of a focus on the international system. Students are free to concentrate in other regional areas either under the IAS area studies track or as an individually designed major. International and Area Studies, Latin American Studies, and European Studies are also very appropriate “slashes” for students combining them with disciplinary AOCs, so we offer a reduced set of requirements for those options.
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