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International Studies Major


International studies is an interdisciplinary major that provides students with an understanding of the driving forces at work in the world today.

Students of international studies graduate consummately skilled in international politics and political economy, foreign languages, political geography, history, culture and ethnic nationalism. Because the major examines a broad range of actors, forces and trends in the world today, students enrolled in the program will be well trained to relate to and compete with individuals from other nations and states in international business, government and public life. This major's focus on such issues as international intergovernmental organizations (INGOs), world environmental problems, ethnic and regional conflicts, politics of developing nations, economic development issues and the politics of international economics neatly parallels a rising demand in many professional fields for individuals who are "globally aware" and "globally skilled." 

The international studies major provides superb preparation for careers in government, international business and public service.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the international studies major pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete its requirements.

Foreign Language Requirement: Students are required to demonstrate an intermediate level mastery of any foreign language offered at Brockport. Students may either successfully complete an appropriate qualifying exam or complete the language level through 212 level.

Study Abroad: International Studies students are required to complete an overseas program. Overseas programs may take the form of traditional courses or an internship program completed abroad. Numerous Study Abroad opportunities are available through the College's Office of International Education. In addition, students may complete their overseas program requirement by participating in this Department's EURO-SIM program or by participating in faculty-led international travel experiences.

Required Core Courses (15 credits)

  • PLS 111 International Relations
  • PLS 112 Comparative Politics

*NOTE: The following Delta College courses have been determined to fulfill INS Core requirements:
ANT 201 = DCC 215 or DCC 315
ARH 202 = DCC 210 or DCC 310
CMC 418 = DCC 220 or DCC 320

Requried Intermediate-level Courses (6 credits)

Required Upper division courses (15 credits)

Through advisement, students select five courses in a thematic or functional area:

  • Developing Societies
  • Former and Current Communist Societies
  • Advanced Industrial Societies
  • Multi-regional
  • International Environmental Issues
  • International Business Track

Students should consult their advisor for a current list of appropriate courses from current course offerings.


Department of Political Science and International Studies

Department Chair: Dena Levy
Location: Hartwell 211
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Phone: (585) 395-2584
Fax: (585) 395-5679

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Faculty & Staff

Geoffrey C Bauer MA
(SUNY At Buffalo)

Mark J Chadsey Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Associate Professor + Interim Chair

Muditha Halliyadde JSD
(Indiana University-Bloomington)
Adjunct Lecturer

Steven J Jurek Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Associate Professor

Jean Kachiga Ph.D
(University of Frankfurt)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dena B Levy Ph.D
(University Of Iowa)
Associate Professor and Chair

Martin McCarthy JD
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Adjunct Lecturer

Susan E Orr Ph.D
(University Of Florida)
Associate Professor

Sandy M Persons
Keyboard Specialist 1

Andrea Rubery Ph.D
(Georgetown University)

Nilay Saiya Ph.D
(University Of Notre Dame)
Assistant Professor

Robert Shum Ph.D
(Johns Hopkins University)
Assistant Professor