International & Area Studies
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 a separate AOC in European Studies. This AOC is designed for students with intensive interests in this region 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 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.
The requirements listed are the minimum expected; students are encouraged to take more classes and do ISPs and tutorials in areas that interest them. In exceptional cases, students may petition the International Studies Committee to substitute a different course for a requirement. (For example, a biology student doing fieldwork in Europe might count that experience toward the study abroad requirement or toward his or her “area course” requirements.) The student’s baccalaureate committee would also have to approve the substitution.
For program requirements, click here for the General Catalog.
Affiliated Faculty in International/Area Studies
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