International Studies

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Program Coordinator: Thomas F. Taylor


The International Studies program develops, within students, an appreciation for the diversity of political, economic, and cultural systems in the world through an interdisciplinary curriculum.  In addition to coursework, students expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad.  International Studies majors develop self-discipline, critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively in both their language and a second language. 

  • Develop the skills which will enable students to have successful and rewarding careers.
  • Develop proficiency in a second language.
  • Develop a substantive knowledge of the culture, history, political system and economy of a different country or region.

  • Have studied abroad in a non-English speaking country for at least one semester.
  • Able to write and speak effectively about foreign study experiences.
  • Be prepared for the job market, graduate studies, or law school.
Careers for this Major:
  • Graduate studies
  • Government service
  • International agencies
  • Multinational corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Law
  • Military

B.A. International Studies - Curriculum Map 2017-2018 Catalog

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Exceptions to any of the provisions listed below in the footnotes may be petitioned to and approved by a majority vote of the IS Faculty Advisory Board. The decision of the Board may be appealed to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Committee on Academic Standing and Degrees. The final decision shall be communicated to the Office of the Registrar.

EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
HI 108 The History of Civilization II (General Education History)3General Education Math3
IN 101 Introduction to International Studies*3Modern Language 112 16
Modern Language 11116PO 105 American Politics (General Education Social Science )*3
Semester Total Credits15Semester Total Credits15
EC 201 Principles of Economics (Macro) or 2023EC 202 Principles of Economics (Micro) or 201*3
General Education Math3General Education Ethics 3
BA Intercultural Elective3BA Intercultural Elective3
Modern Language 2051, *3Modern Language 2061, *3
PO 215 International Relations*3PO 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics*3
Semester Total Credits15Semester Total Credits15
Study Abroad Free Elective73Comparative Politics Elective33
Study Abroad Free Elective73General Education Lab Science 4
Study Abroad Free Elective73 General Education Literature 3
Study Abroad Modern Language (300 level) General Education Arts & Humanities2, 73Modern Language (300 level) 13
Study Abroad Free Elective73Free Elective3
Semester Total Credits15Semester Total Credits16
Comparative Politics Elective33Free Elective3
General Education Lab Science 4EC 419 International Economics3
History Elective (200 level)43History Elective (200 level)43
History Elective (300 level)5History Elective (300 level)53
Free Elective3IN 410 Seminar in International Studies (Capstone )6, *3
Semester Total Credits18Semester Total Credits15
Total Credits For This Major: 124

Languages other than Chinese, French, Spanish, or German may be used to satisfy the language requirement with the approval of the Modern Languages Department.


At least one 300 level Modern Language courses must be taken abroad.


PO 202 is a prerequisite for upper level comparative politics courses and PO 215 is a prerequisite for upper level international relations courses. Choose 2 courses from  PO 301, PO 305PO 310, PO 320, PO 333, PO 340PO 348, PO 405, PO 412, or PO 415


Choose 2 History courses from HI 201, HI 202, HI 211, HI 212, HI 214, HI 218 HI 223 HI 224, HI 227, HI 235, or HI 236


A 200 level history course is a prerequisite for upper level history courses. Choose 2 History courses from HI 303, HI 304, HI 315, HI 317, HI 319, HI 321, HI 322 HI 326, HI 329, HI 338, HI 339,HI 345 HI 363HI 371, HI 372, or HI 373


Study Abroad must be completed before enrollment in IN 410

  • International Studies (IS) students must spend at least one semester in a study abroad program (normally in the junior or senior year), and take all courses abroad in a foreign language studied at Norwich, with the exception of Chinese where content courses can be taken in English. Study abroad can also include pre-approved credit-bearing internships or an off-campus experience within the U.S. (e.g. Washington, DC Semester program).
  • International Studies students must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the Sophomore year, and maintain this GPA through the time they apply for study abroad.  Student will be required to leave the IS program if they fail to earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of their sophomore year. A decision to require a student to leave the IS program is by a majority vote of the IS Faculty Advisory Board with the concurrence of the History and Political Science Department Chair.

 Grade of C or higher required


IN 101 Introduction to International Studies 3 Cr.

Drawing upon the major disciplines within the social sciences, this course provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the forces that shape and affect relationships among human communities. Among the topics considered are: Ethics and human rights, geography and spatial analysis, the role of culture, and the independent and combined effects of politics and economics. In addition, the course introduces students to the methods used to address the questions and problems with which the discipline is concerned.

IN 1XX International Studies Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

IN 2XX International Studies Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

IN 350 Topics in International Studies 3 Cr.

Selected Topics in international studies to be used to cover subjects not included in the regular offerings. The course can be offered and taught by faculty in other disciplines upon prior approval of the History & Political Science Department Chair. The course seeks to enhance an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of international studies. 3 lecture hours.

IN 410 Seminar in International Studies 3 Cr.

This capstone course is a reading and writing intensive course designed to introduce students to graduate level work in International Studies. Seminar topics will be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

IN 490 Honors in International Studies 3 Cr.

This course is intended for senior students who have demonstrated superior research and writing skills. It requires the commitment of an entire academic year. Topic determined by the student and faculty member. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the instructor.