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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International and Global Studies - Major

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Coordinator: Corinne Dempsey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies

The international and global studies major is an interdisciplinary program leading to a B.A. degree. It is designed to educate students in the theoretical, substantive, and ethical dimensions of both the methods through which countries and international organizations interact and the problems that affect the world as a single unit. It also seeks to develop in each student a recognition and understanding of cultures outside those of the United States. The INS program helps to prepare students to enter careers in government, the foreign diplomatic service, intelligence agencies, international business, journalism, international law, and international service organizations. It is also an excellent preparation for graduate school in more specialized areas.

The INS major offers five tracks of study to help students focus their area of interest. Students must also demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak a foreign language by completing a minor in Spanish, Italian, French, German or Chinese, or working up to the intermediate level in Arabic. Students may also take courses up to the intermediate level in Japanese and Russian at a nearby campus. Being equipped with these language skills gives students the edge they need as they enter the workforce or graduate school.

Study abroad is also required for INS majors, providing the opportunity to examine another society through personal observation and experience. The Center for International Education at Nazareth has a wide variety of study abroad programs from which to choose.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

International and Global Studies Core

The International and Global Studies major has a total of 42 required credit hours. Students complete introductory and upper level course sequences, and extensive study in a foreign language.  Study abroad is also required.

International and Global Studies Elective Tracks

Students select a track of interest to them, and complete three courses.

War, Peace & Diplomacy Track

Students who select this track can use no more than two courses with an HIS/PSC prefix. In addition, one course must focus on the developing world. Course selection should be made in consultation with advisor.


Global Sustainability Track

        plus two additional courses from the following:


Global Health

Students must complete the following two courses:

Plus, select one course from the following:


Global Political and Economic Development


        plus one course from the following:


Geographic Specialization

Students are required to take 3 upper-level courses in a single geographic region outside the geography of their foreign language minor. For example, if your language is Spanish, you may not focus on Latin America for your geographic specialization track. Only one of the 3 required courses can be from the Foreign Languages Department. Students will make these course selections in consultation with their advisor.


Sample Program for International and Global Studies Major

Freshman Year

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives-Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 6
  • Perspectives-Enduring Questions (P-EQ) with lab Credits: 4
  • Foreign Language Credits: 12
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • ANT 318G - PII Cultural and Social Change  Credits: 3

Junior Year

  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 6
  • Electives Credits: 6
  • International Studies Electives from Chosen TrackCredits: 6
  • Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • Study Abroad (one or two semesters)
  • INS Internship Credits: 3
  • Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME)  Credits: 0

As well as:

Senior Year

  • Electives Credits: 15
  • International Studies Electives from Chosen Track Credits: 6
  • Foreign Language Credits: 6

As well as:

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