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International Studies

Requirements for the Major with the International Politics Concentration

International Studies Requirements:

GEO 101 World Geography
IS 101 Introduction to International Studies
PS 104 International Relations

Plus, one of the following sequences:

FR 202 or SPA 202 Intermediate French/Spanish II
FR 301 or SPA 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition
FR 302 or SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II


36 semester hours, comprised of the following:

PS 101 Introduction to Politics

Plus, four of the following, not to include more than one course at the 100-level:

PS 102 American Politics
PS 103 Democratic Theory and Practice
PS 204 Model United Nations (x4)
PS 222 Political Ideologies
PS 232 European Politics
PS 233 Politics in Developing Countries
PS 235 African Politics
PS 236 Russian Politics
PS 254 Political Science Seminar
PS 255 Political Science Seminar
PS 331 Geopolitics
PS 332 U.S. Foreign Policy
PS 342 Politics and the Economy
PS 431 International Law and Organization

Plus, two of the following general concentration electives:

ECO 365 International Finance
HIS 246 20th Century Europe
HIS 252 Modern Russia
HIS 261 China
HIS 262 Japan
HIS 272 Latin America from 1825
HIS 282 Africa since 1800
HIS 303 The Vietnam War
HIS 308 Cold War
HIS 311 South Africa
IFS 162 Eastern Orthodox Christianity
IFS 171 Religion in the Western World
IFS 172 Religions from India
IFS 173 Religions in China
SOC 105 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 215 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Plus, either (a) or (b) below:

(a) One of the following:

SSC 251 Research Methods for Social Science
SSC 252 Data Analaysis for Social Science

Plus, one of the following:

FR 601 Capstone
SPA 601 Capstone

(b) All of the following:

PS 301 Research Design & Analysis in Political Science
PS 601 Capstone

Plus, a semester of study abroad or an approved off-campus study program.

Foreign language requirements in the International Studies program may be met through advanced language coursework, taken as part of the approved Study Abroad or off-campus experience, in languages other than those offered by Westminster College.

The main discipline(s) in a particular concentration cannot be combined with those majors that comprise that concentration. The following combinations are not allowed:

  1. International politics concentration cannot be combined with a political science major
  2. Global development concentration cannot be combined with history or sociology majors
  3. Cultural studies concentration cannot be combined with history or mod-ern language majors

International studies majors may minor in the main discipline(s) which comprise(s) that concentration, but no more than two courses may count towards both the international studies major and disciplinary minor.

EXAMPLE: An international studies major with an international politics concentration may also minor in political science. However, he or she may not use more than two international studies courses towards the political science minor.

There are no restrictions on double counting courses for double majors beyond the College-wide requirement of taking two capstones.


What can you do with an International Studies degree?

Imagine yourself an ambassador, cultural anthropologist, ESL teacher, international salesperson, international intelligence analyst, international news reporter, or transportation specialist.