International Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies

International Studies is an interdisciplinary, stand-alone major that includes four Specialty Tracks:

-  Asian Studies
-  European Studies
-  Latin American Studies
-  International Affairs

The first three Specialty Tracks are area studies, which investigate how people of a specific region understand and interpret the world, as well as the ways in which others have interpreted the people of that region, and the complex interactions between the two. The fourth track, International Affairs, explores the depth and breadth of culture, politics, policies, and processes in their international contexts.

Majors in International Studies will choose one Specialty Track.

Specific Course Requirements

The international studies major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses).

I. Core Common Courses (INTR 230 & 465) (8 credits)

II. Specialty Track Courses (16 credits )

III. Study Abroad

IV. Modern Language (0-8 credits ), or International Electives or Additional Language Work (0-8 credits)

I.  Core Common Courses: (4 credits x 2 = 8 credits), which must include:

INTR 230Theories & Methods in International Studies4

Note: Students should take this course in the spring 12-week semester of their sophomore year.  If a student is abroad during their sophomore spring 12-week semester or joins the major late, this course can be taken during the spring 12-week semester of their junior year (or, with permission of the Chair, their senior spring 12-week semester).

INTR 465International Research Colloquium4

Note: Majors in International Studies will normally take INTR 465 during the fall 12-week semester of their senior year. If they are abroad during the fall semester of their senior year, and thus cannot take INTR 465, then they must take Independent Studies (INTR 460) during their senior spring semester, finish a research paper at least 20 pages (double-spaced, 12 font size) in length, and ideally will present their research findings at the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium (G.U.S.) during the spring.

II.  Four Specialty Track Courses : (4 credits x 4 = 16 credits), which must include: One designated core survey course 

For each track, and three additional courses within the same track (two of which must be at the 300/400 level). Note:  this requirement of coursework at the 300/400 level cannot be fulfilled by INTR 465: International Research Colloquium.

Asian Studies Specialty Track (16 credits)
- Core Survey Course (4 credits)
HIST 164Asia Pacific in Modern Times4
Select three of the following (4 credits X 3 = 12 credits)
Note: two of the three courses must be at 300/400 level
HIST 188History of East Asia to 18004
HIST 266Modern China in Film4
HIST 268Gender and Sexuality in Chinese History4
HIST 283Silk & Silver: Imperial China4
HIST 284China in Revolution4
HIST 285Samurai in Word and Image4
HIST 268Gender and Sexuality in Chinese History4
JAPN 220Women in Modern Japan4
JAPN 221Contemporary Japanese Society4
JAPN 310Media, Gender and Nation in Japan4
PSCI 210East Asian Politics4
PSCI 275Asia and the World4
PSCI 315Chinese Politics4
PSCI 316China and the World4
REL 208Hinduism4
REL 283HP:Religions of the Minorities of Southwest China4
REL 317Women in Tibetan Buddhism4
REL 318Tibetan & Himalayan Religions4
REL 319Buddhist Emptiness4
REL 445Shamanism4
European Studies Specialty Track (16 credits)
- Core Survey Course (4 credits)
HIST 238
- Select three of the following (4 credits x 3 = 12 credits)
Note: two of the three courses must be 300/400 level
ART 235Art History: Renaissance in Florence (HIST 235)4
HIST 235The Renaissance in Florence (ART 235)4
ENGL 221British Literature I4
ENGL 222British Literature II4
ENGL 223Shakespeare4
ENGL 306Medieval Literature4
ENGL 309Early Modern Literature4
ENGL 327British Romantic Literature4
ENGL 328Victorian Literature4
FREN 315French and Francophone Cinema4
FREN 365Literature and Culture: Period4
FREN 375Literature and Culture: Theme4
FREN 385Literature and Culture: Genre4
GERM 310Contemporary German Culture4
GERM 311German Youth Culture4
GERM 320Culture and Society: The Weimar Republic4
GERM 400Seminar4
HIST 101Medieval Lives in Love and War4
HIST 102The Web of Europe since 14004
HIST 219The Age of Dictators: Europe, 1920s-30s4
HIST 233Medieval Civilization: Crusades and Chivalry4
HIST 236Reformation: Luther to Fox (REL 236)4
REL 236Reformation: Luther to Fox (HIST 236)4
HIST 237Europe in Revolution, 1789-19144
HIST 255The Second World War4
HIST 289The French Revolution and Napoleon4
HIST 314Immigration & a Multicultural Europe, 1800-Present4
HIST 336The Elizabethan Age (ENGL 336)4
ENGL 336The Elizabethan Age (HIST 336)4
IDS 452Homer to Socrates: Cultures of Classical Greece (HIST 335)4
MUS 310Early Music and Culture4
PHIL 310Ancient Western Philosophy4
PHIL 320Modern Western Philosophy4
REL 415Contemporary Theolgy:Holocaust4
SOAN 216HP:The Anthropology of Colonialism4
SPAN 311Contemporary Spain4
SPAN 321Culture and Society: Golden Age of Spain4
SPAN 323Culture and Society: Beginnings of a Nation (The Integration of Three Cultures)4
SPAN 403Senior Seminar: Spain4
THEA 130Theatre and Culture I4
THEA 131Theatre and Culture II4
Latin American Studies Specialty Track (16 credits)
- Core Survey Course (4 credits), select one of the two following:
HIST 272Modern Latin America4
SOAN 245Race and Ethnicity in Latin America4
- Select three of the following (4 credits X 3 + 12 credits)
Note: two of the three courses must be 300/400 level
ECON 336Economic and Social Development: “‘Beneath’ the United States.”4
HIST 271Colonial Latin America4
SOAN 331Latinx Migration Patterns4
SPAN 310Contemporary Latin America4
SPAN 320Culture and Society: Mexico, Central America and Caribbean4
SPAN 322Culture and Society: South America4
SPAN 340Film, Life and Literature of Latin America4
SPAN 402Senior Seminar: Latin America4
SOAN 430Inequality in Latin America4
Special Topics Course approved by the Chair of International Studies
International Affairs Specialty Track (16 credits)
- Core Survey Course (4 credits), select one of the four following:
ECON 222Microeconomic Principles: Public Policy4
BUS 246International Business4
PSCI 103International Relations4
SOAN 216HP:The Anthropology of Colonialism4
- Select three of the following (4 credits X 3 = 12 credits)
ART 203Arts:Afr,Asia & the Americas4
BUS 251International Experience4
BUS 333Money and Capital Markets (ECON 333)4
ECON 221Macroeconomic Principles: “Global Vision: the U.S. in the World Economy”4
ECON 333Money and Capital Markets (BUS 333)4
ECON 335Comparative Economic Systems: “The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire”4
ECON 336Economic and Social Development: “‘Beneath’ the United States.”4
ECON 342Poverty, Power and Policy4
ECON 344Environmental and Resource Economics4
ECON 432International Economics: “‘Beside’ the United States”4
ENGL 270World Literature4
ENGL 272World Cinema4
ENVS 101Environment and Society4
GEOL 151HP:Climate and History4
IDS 402Business Ethics (BUS 402)4
IDS 428Agricultural Revolutions4
IDS 435Understanding Poverty4
IDS 442International Development4
REL 310Islam and Modernization4
PECS 103Voices of Liberation4
PECS 110Introduction to Peace & Conflict Studies4
PECS 206Challenges of Global Democratization (PSCI 206)4
PECS 215War and Peace in the Middle East4
PECS 236Conflict Transformation for Peacebuilding and Justice (JPS 236)4
PECS 235Peacebuilding in Divided Societies4
PECS 246Mediation & Conflict Intervention4
PECS 315Human Rights4
PECS 316Globalization: Economics & Social Justice4
PECS 330Nonviolence: Theories and Practice4
PECS 345Social Change: Promoting Peace4
PECS 355Culture, Conflict, Negotiation4
PECS 363Reconciliation and Justice4
PECS 468Religion, Spirituality and Social Change4
PHIL 241Ethics In a Digital World4
PHIL 242Environmental Ethics4
PHIL 249Pacifism and Just War Theory4
PSCI 105Comparative Politics4
PSCI 201Comparing Countries4
PSCI 206Challenges of Global Democratization (PECS 206)4
PSCI 266Global Terrorism4
PSCI 319Modern Environmental Problems4
PSCI 330Global Power and Wealth4
PSCI 345Avoiding War, Making Peace4
PSCI 391Globalization and Its Discontents4
REL 230Comparative Religious Ethics4
SOAN 103Cultural Anthropology4
SOAN 321Development Anthropology4
SOAN 322Environmental Anthropology4
Total Credits500

III.  Study Abroad 

All majors are required to study abroad for at least one semester.  Note that many (but not all) study abroad courses can count toward students’ specialty track course requirements.  Students are expected to obtain requisite permission for counting study abroad courses toward the major prior to their international study experience.

The “one-semester” study abroad requirement can also be met by taking three (3) 3-credit or 4-credit 3-week (Fall or Spring) intensive study abroad courses (i.e. the 3-week intensive courses offered under the 3-12/12-3 curriculum).  Of the three 3-week intensive study abroad courses, two must be to regions matching the student’s Specialty Track.  In the case of students following the International Affairs Specialty Track, the three 3-week intensive courses may be study abroad courses to any region. Any summer-semester coursework for three or more academic credits may also be considered for fulfilling this requirement.  In case of any ambiguity about whether or not any particular 3-week intensive study abroad course can count toward a particular area track, a final decision will be made by the Chair of International Studies.

 IV. Proficiency in a Modern Language relevant to the chose Specialty Track, at the second Intermediate level or its equivalent 

Determined by the Modern Language Studies Department's appropriate proficiency exam (0-8 credits, or 0-2 course units, depending on one’s placement). This requirement can be fulfilled by the completion of a Modern Language course at the second intermediate level with a C- or above, or by testing out of that level in the Modern Language Studies Department’s placement exam. Only the third and fourth semester (i.e. second year) of language credits count toward the major. In case of any ambiguity in choice of language, a consultation with the Chair of International Studies is required.

 As students need at least 32 credits (or 8 course units) to complete the major, if students place out of the Foreign Language requirement for the International Studies major, they must take at least two (4 credits each x 2 = 8 credits, or 2 course units) additional elective courses in any area (any “specialty track”).  In other words, these courses may be (but do not need to be) within the student’s specialty track.  These courses may be at any level.  These electives may be fulfilled by additional advanced language coursework in the student’s chosen modern language.  These electives may also be fulfilled by language coursework in a different language (i.e. different from the language(s) for which the student has already demonstrated proficiency), or any combination of the two (e.g. one semester of language and one elective course from any track, or one semester each in two different languages, etc.).  If a student places into the fourth semester of language at Guilford and thus only needs to complete a single semester of language in order to fulfill the language requirement for the International Studies major, then this International Studies Open Elective requirement for the student will be only one (4 credit) course.  Students who do not place out of either the third or fourth semester (i.e. second year) of language do not need to take any credits in this major requirement, as they will fulfill 8 credits (or 2 course units) of language for the major as they complete the equivalent of the second year of language study.  Students may elect to count approved 3-credit (or 2-credit or 1-credit) courses for elective credit but must then take more than two (4-credit) course in order to meet the minimum requirement of credits if, for example, they pass out of the foreign language requirement and therefore need eight (8) credits of electives.  Any final decisions about which coursework counts for which requirements will be made by Chair of International Studies.