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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Area of Concentration Requirements

INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES – AREA STUDIES TRACK

  • Completion of the fifth-semester course (or equivalent) of a language appropriate to your area of specialization
  • Intro to World Politics
  • One Comparative Politics course
  • Intro Microeconomics or Intro Macroeconomics
  • International Economics or Development Economics
  • At least four courses in your regional area of specialization, including the following:
  • One non-language Humanities course
  • One History course
  • One non-History Social Science course
  • One elective in any area

INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES – SYSTEMIC TRACK

  • Completion of the fourth-semester course (or equivalent) of a foreign language
  • Intro to World Politics
  • One Comparative Politics course
  • Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective
  • At least three of the following economics courses:
  • Intro Microeconomics
  • Intro Macroeconomics
  • International Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Two Modern History courses
  • One Environmental Politics course covering international or cross-border issues
  • If possible, an ecology or science course dealing with a major global ecosystem (climate, oceans)

INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES – ISSUE TRACK

  • Completion of the 4th-semester course (or equivalent) of a foreign language
  • Intro to World Politics
  • 1 Comparative Politics course
  • Intro Microeconomics or Intro Macroeconomics
  • International Economics or Development Economics
  • At least 4 courses in your issue of specialization, e.g. global health. The following activities may count for this requirement:
    • Courses taught here (usually on an occasional basis)
    • Courses taken at other institutions, if they meet NCF standards
    • Courses taken abroad, if they meet NCF standards
    • Up to 2 tutorials

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

  • Completion of a sixth-semester course (or equivalent) of Spanish (culture or literature in the original language). Students must complete an advanced course or tutorial in the language during their final year at NCF. Students working primarily in a country using a language other than Spanish may substitute 2 semesters of that language (e.g., Portuguese or French) for the 5th and 6th semesters of Spanish, although they are encouraged to attain advanced-level Spanish as well

Required Foundation Courses:

  • Guided ISP: Exploring Latin America and the Caribbean (introductory)
  • Interdisciplinary Framework Course on the Caribbean and Latin America (intermediate)
  • Latin American Social Theory (advanced)
  • Five Core Course Electives with Caribbean and Latin American content
  • At least one course each in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
  • At least three courses must be at the intermediate or advanced level.

EAST ASIAN STUDIES

  • Completion of a sixth-semester course (or equivalent) of Chinese (or another major East Asian language). Students must complete an advanced course or tutorial in the language during their senior year at New College.
  • One Asian Humanities elective outside of language
  • The two-course core History sequence on China (if specializing in China) or two Asian history courses, one of which must be the East Asian survey
  • One Politics course that addresses Asia
  • One Economics course that addresses developing countries or international economics (these courses require an intro level econ course)
  • Three3 electives in any field covering Asia, one of which must focus on the pre-modern period. If appropriate to specialization, up to two of these electives may focus on the issues of developing countries.

EUROPEAN STUDIES

  • Completion of a sixth-semester course (or equivalent) of a major European language (culture/literature in the original).
  • One other European literature, art, music, culture, or philosophy course
  • The two-course core history sequence on Modern Europe
  • One Medieval or Renaissance course on Europe
  • One Politics course that addresses Europe
  • One Economics course that addresses Europe (e.g., international economics – these courses require an intro-level econ course)
  • Two electives in any field covering Europe

African Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, or South Asian Studies

Students wanting to complete an AOC in one of these areas are encouraged either to complete the International and Area Studies “area track” with a concentration in their regional area of choice or to design their own special combined majors with strong training in another discipline. They should consult with both their advisors and the Director of International Studies in designing such special majors.

For All Students with AOCs in International and Area Studies, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Studies East Asian Studies, and European Studies

Every student should study abroad for a semester or summer. (A full semester is preferable.) In unusual circumstances, another significant multicultural experience may be substituted for this requirement upon approval of the International Studies Committee and the student’s own baccalaureate committee. Language courses taken abroad may be counted to your requirements if they lead to at least as much progress as we would expect in a semester here. You are also likely to be taking a few area courses, which can count toward your area course requirements if they are substantial. (Please bring home your syllabi and copies of your work for your committee to review.)

Students completing a double major should not count more than two classes toward both majors.

The thesis or thesis project must be on an international or area studies topic.

At least two members of the affiliated faculty for the IAS program must be on your baccalaureate committee.

Strongly recommended: Students should take a research design or theory and methods course in the field most related to their thesis topic. Please consult your potential thesis advisor about such a course early in your fifth contract (fourth if you plan to graduate in seven contacts).

Strongly recommended: Since language ability is essential to work in the international arena, students should continue to take language courses – either more advanced courses or a second language – throughout their study even after they have achieved the required level.

Requirements for a joint AOC

INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES – AREA STUDIES TRACK

  • Completion of third-semester course (or equivalent) of a foreign language
  • Intro to World Politics or Comparative Politics course
  • Intro Microeconomics or Intro Macroeconomics
  • International Economics or Development Economics
  • Three courses in your regional area of specialization, including at least one History course

Students combining IAS with an AOC in Political Science, Economics, or History will have already met some of the requirements above and should take additional courses outside of their AOC as substitutes.

INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES – SYSTEMIC TRACK

  • Intro to World Politics
  • One Comparative Politics course
  • Intro Microeconomics or Intro Macroeconomics
  • International Economics or Development Economics
  • Two Modern History courses

Students combining IAS with an AOC in Political Science, Economics, or History will have already met some of the requirements above and should take additional courses outside of their AOC as substitutes.

INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES – ISSUE TRACK

  • Intro to World Politics
  • One Comparative Politics course
  • Intro Microeconomics or Intro Macroeconomics
  • International Economics or Development Economics
  • Three courses in your issue of specialization.

Students combining IAS with an AOC in Political Science or Economics will have already met some of the requirements above and should take additional courses outside of their AOC as substitutes.

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

  • Completion of the fourth-semester course or equivalent of Spanish language. Students working primarily in a country using a language other than Spanish may substitute two semesters of that language (e.g., Portuguese or French) for the third and fourth semesters of Spanish, although they are encouraged to attain intermediate-level Spanish as well.
  • Three required Foundation Courses:
    • Guided ISP: Exploring Latin America and the Caribbean (introductory)
    • Interdisciplinary Framework Course on the Caribbean and Latin America (intermediate)
    • Latin American Social Theory (advanced)

Three Core courses with Caribbean and Latin American Content: Students must choose three electives on the Caribbean and Latin America in at least two Divisions outside of their other AOC.

East Asian Studies or Asian Studies*

If the disciplinary concentration you are combining is not in an Asian language and literature/culture:

  • Completion of the third-semester course or equivalent of a major Asian language
  • One Asian Humanities elective outside of language
  • The two-course core history sequence on Chinese History (if specializing in China) or two Asian history courses, one of which must be a survey
  • (History AOC’s should replace this requirement with 2 other electives, 1 of which is in Social Sciences)
  • One Social Science elective (outside of the other AOC you are combining) that addresses Asia or developing countries
  • One more elective on Asia in a Division outside of your AOC

If the disciplinary concentration you are combining is in an Asian language and literature/culture:

  • One Asian Humanities elective outside of your AOC
  • The two-course core history sequence on Chinese History (if specializing in China) or two Asian history courses, one of which must be a survey
  • Three Social Science electives that address Asia or developing countries (2 of them must be outside History)

* East Asian Studies slashes would choose an East Asian language, the China history sequence or the East Asian Survey and one other Asian history course (if not specializing in China), and at least two of their electives in East Asia.

* Asian Studies slashes may choose any major Asian language, any Asian history courses (one of which must be a survey), and any electives covering Asia.

EUROPEAN STUDIES

If the disciplinary concentration you are combining is not in a European language and literature:

  • Completion of the 3rd-semester course or equivalent of a major European language
  • One European Humanities elective outside of language
  • The two-course core history sequence on Modern Europe (History AOC’s should replace this requirement with two other electives, one of which is in Social Sciences)
  • Two Social Science electives (outside of the other AOC you are combining) that address Europe or developed countries

If the disciplinary concentration you are combining is in a European language and literature:

  • One European Humanities elective outside of your AOC
  • The two-course core history sequence on Modern Europe
  • Three Social Science electives that address Europe or developed countries (two of them must be outside History)

For All Students with Joint AOCs in International and Area Studies, Asian Studies, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, and European Studies

Study abroad is highly recommended. Language courses taken abroad may be counted to your requirements if they lead to at least as much progress as we would expect in a semester here.

You are also likely to be taking a few area courses, which can count toward your area course requirements if they are substantial. (Please bring home your syllabi and copies of your work for your committee to review.)

Students should not count more than one course to both their AOC and the “slash” (or to both halves of a combined AOC)

The thesis or thesis project should have some international or area studies content.
At least one faculty member affiliated with the IAS program must be on your baccalaureate committee.

Recommended: Students completing a “slash” will normally be taking a research design or methods course in their AOC. Where this is not the case (or students are combining two slashes), it is advisable that the student take a research design course in the field most related to the thesis topic. Please consult your potential thesis advisor about such a course prior during your fifth contract at the latest.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS TO COMPLETE AOC REQUIREMENTS

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for International and Area Studies

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Language course / intro or continuingISP 1Language course
AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 1) - e.g., Intro to World Politics or Intro MicroeconAOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 3) - e.g., Comparative Politics or Intro Macroecon
LAC 2 in any fieldLAC 4 in any field
Any electiveAny elective
Year 2Language course (may be LAC, many intermediate-level langagues are LACs)ISP 2Language course (may be LAC)
AOC core course - Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 5), - e.g. Intro to World Politics or Intro MicroeconAOC core course - Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 7)- e.g., Comparative Politics or Intro Macroecon
AOC core course - Politics, Economics, History, or Lit/Culture (= LAC 6) - e.g. East Asian CvilizationAOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track (might be LAC course), - e.g., Intro to Buddhism
Any electiveAny elective
Year 3Study Abroad: [could be Year 2/sem 2 or Year 3/sem 2. If you go in another semester, shift your course path accordingly. Plan for language progression in choosing semester and program abroad ISP 3 (can be moved to fourth year if timing of study abroad prevents) Language course/tutorial
AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
Recommended: Research Methods in field related to thesis
Year 4Language course/tutorial
Thesis tutorial
AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
Any elective

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for International and Area Studies

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Language course / intro or continuingISP 1. NOTE: To graduate in two years, Study Abroad in summer after 3rd year. You may be able to substitute more advanced courses for some of the intros if you have met pre-reqs for them in your AA degreeAOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 3) - e.g., Intro Macroecon
AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History - e.g., Intro to World PoliticsAOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 3) - e.g., Comparative Politics
AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History - e.g., Intro MicroeconAOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track- e.g., Intro to Buddhism
AOC core course - Politics, Economics, History, or Lit/Culture - e.g. East Asian CvilizationRecommended: Research Methods in field related to thesis
Year 4Language courseISP 2Language course
AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track Any elective
Advanced Research (Thesis) tutorialThesis tutorial