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 2018-2019 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.

New PlanGrids
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
HI 108 The History of Civilization II (General Education History)3PO 105 American Politics (General Education Social Science ) c3
IN 101 Introduction to International Studies c3General Education Math3 
Modern Language 14 General Education Leadership1-3 
   Modern Language4 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 13Spring Semester Total Cr.: 14-16
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
PO 215 International Relations c3EC 202 Principles of Economics (Micro) c
or 201 Principles of Economics (Macro)
EC 201 Principles of Economics (Macro)
or 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)
3PO 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics c3
BA Intercultural Elective3 BA Intercultural Elective3 
General Education Math3 General Education Ethics 3 
Modern Language 205 1, c3 Modern Language 206 1, c3 
Free Elective3    
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 18Spring Semester Total Cr.: 15
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
Study Abroad Free Elective 73 Comparative Politics Elective 33 
Study Abroad Free Elective 73 General Education Lab Science 4 
Study Abroad Free Elective 73  General Education Literature 3 
Study Abroad Modern Language (300 level) General Education Arts & Humanities 2, 73 Modern Language (300 level) 13 
Study Abroad Free Elective 73 Free Elective3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 15Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
Comparative Politics Elective 33 EC 419 International Economics3
General Education Lab Science4 IN 410 Seminar in International Studies (Capstone ) 6, c3
History Elective (200 level) 43 History Elective (200 level) 43 
History Elective (300 level)3 History Elective (300 level) 53 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 15


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.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

IN 2XX International Studies Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

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.