International Studies Major

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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

A. Foundation Courses (must take all of the following [12 credits])

  • PLS 111 Introduction to International Relations
  • PLS 112 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PLS 410 International Political Economy or PLS 444 National Security

B. Political Science Electives (must choose four of the following [12 credits])

  • PLS 304 International Rel. Simulation
  • PLS 305 Politics of European Integration
  • PLS 327 Comparative Legal Systems
  • PLS 333 American Foreign Policy
  • PLS 338 Global Issues
  • PLS 340 European Political Systems
  • PLS 346 Russian and Eastern Eur. Politics
  • PLS 348 Asian Politics
  • PLS 383 Mid-East in World Politics
  • PLS 410 International Political Economy**
  • PLS 444 National Security**
  • PLS 445 International Law and Org.
  • PLS 447 Russia in Transition
  • PLS 470 Nationalism
  • PLS 475 Political Geography

** Cannot be taken as an elective if selected as the foundation requirement

C. Other Electives (must choose four of the following, [12 credits])***

  • AAS 204 African Politics and Society
  • AAS 360 Africa Today
  • AAS 404 Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • AAS 408 Pan-Africanism
  • AAS 410 Apartheid
  • AAS 460 Modern Africa
  • ANT 101 The Human Condition
  • ANT 201 Intro. to Cultural Anthrop.
  • ANT 323 Anthrop. Persp. on Global Iss.
  • ANT 325 Indigenous Peoples and Global.
  • ANT 330 World Poverty and Underdev.
  • ANT 332 China in Transition
  • ANT 366 Gender in the Islamic World
  • ANT 415 Human Rights and Pol. Ecology
  • BUS 345 International Business Env.
  • BUS 433 International Marketing
  • BUS 445 International Financial Man.
  • BUS 453 International Business Seminar
  • FCE 201 The French Speaking World
  • FCE 375 Latin American Women
  • FCE 422 Women's Edu. in the Dev. World
  • FRN 325 France Today
  • FRN 352 French Civilization
  • SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
  • SPN 459 Mexico Today
  • HST 102 Modern World
  • HST 130 World History Survey
  • HST 327 American Military Experience
  • HST 361 History of Japan
  • HST 363 Islam
  • HST 367 Gender in the Islamic World
  • HST 368 Women in the Med. World
  • HST 376 Modern Latin America
  • HST 385 Asian Civilization I
  • HST 386 Asian Civilization II
  • HST 389 Modern China
  • HST 434 Modern Caribbean History
  • HST 442 War & Terrorism
  • HST 467 Modern South Asia
  • HST 472 Jihad
  • HST 487 Asian Survey
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 302 Culture
  • SOC 306 Development and Globalization

***Students may substitute DCC 210, 215, 220, 310, or 315 for any of these electives. Any other course broadly pertaining to international studies may be substituted for these electives with the consent of the DIS. Students interested in pursuing a thematic track in international studies should select courses in consultation with his or her advisor.

D. Experience Abroad

INS majors are required to spend time abroad during their studies at SUNY Brockport. Acceptable experiences include study abroad, Eurosim participation, faculty-supervised trips, or international internships. Upon returning, students will submit a brief report to the Director of International Studies detailing their experience.

E.Foreign Language

Majors 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 through the 212 level.


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