Why Study International and Area Studies at New College?

The International and Area Studies AOC at New College is committed to training a new generation to enter the global arena with a comprehensive understanding of world affairs as well as a specialization. To address the unique challenges of global interdependence, we have strong ties to allied fields at New College, including environmental studies, political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, religion, literature and gender studies. In addition, New College’s excellent language programs enable students to study the languages needed for their undergraduate research and future careers.

International and Area Studies area of concentration

In response to the unique challenges of global interdependence, the International Studies program offers several AOC options. 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 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 both meet a range of student interests and 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 Caribbean and Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, and European Studies. These 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, Asian Studies, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, and European Studies are also very appropriate joint AOCs for students combining them with disciplinary AOCs, so we offer a reduced set of requirements for those options.

What Can I Do with an International & Area Studies AOC?

Recent Theses

  • #HumanRights: A Study of Social Media’s Utilization as a Tool for Progress and Revolution” by Aamna Dhillon
  • “Czechmate: Redefining the Relationship Between Bohemia and the German Empire, 973–1086” by Grayson Chester
  • “Deposits Grow, Disempowerment Lingers: Economic Status and Social Empowerment in a Women’s Self- Help Group Microfinance Program in Rajasthan, India” by Claire Comiskey
  • “A Regional Comparison of the Causes and Consequences of Differential Educational Outcomes in Rural China” by Naushin Jiwani
  • “It’s in the Air For You And Me’: Nuclear Power in France, Germany, Sweden and The United States after Chernobyl” by Casey Morell
  • “MADRE: An Ethnographic Study of Feminism, Social Change and Women’s Human rights” by Erica Lindegren
  • “Bon Voyage? Tourism and Development in the Caribbean: The Case of Barbados” by Nicole Whalen
  • “The Role of Guanxi in Chinese Economic Transition: Firm Networking & Market Autonomy” by Chelsea Dye

Affiliated Faculty

Faculty who teach courses related to International and Area Studies:


Research Analyst
The Potomac Advocates, Washington, D.C.

International Admissions Specialist
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California

Foreign Service Officer
United States Foreign Service




More Information

International and Area Studies Curriculum

The International Studies program offers several tracks, or focus, within the International and Area Studies AOC.

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Undergraduate Program

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