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General Distribution Requirement:
The following coures count toward the general distribution requirement in social science: INTL 110, INTL 113, INTL 114, INTL 190, INTL 225, INTL 245, INTL 253, INTL 269, INTL 280, INTL 282, INTL 285, INTL 301, INTL 323, INTL 325, INTL 333, INTL 345, INTL 352, INTL 362, INTL 368, INTL 372, INTL 382, INTL 477, INTL 380 and INTL 485. The following courses count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities: INTL 111, INTL 112, INTL 202, INTL 265, INTL 272, INTL 286, INTL 288, INTL 317, INTL 322, INTL 364, INTL 367, INTL 381, INTL 384, INTL 415 and INTL 488. The following course counts toward the general distribution requirement in fine arts: INTL 266. Some topics courses (INTL 194, INTL 294, INTL 394, INTL 494), as approved by the department, may also count toward the distribution requirements.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
International studies participates in the honors program, and encourages high performing students to do so. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific guidelines are available on the department website.
Selected topics and new courses in globalization and world studies, not included among regular catalog offerings. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)
The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.
International Studies Major
Students plan their fourteen-course major in consultation with their international studies advisor. All majors must complete the following:
- Introduction. One of INTL 110, INTL 111, INTL 112, INTL 113, INTL 114, INTL 115
- Language. Competency in a foreign language equivalent to six semesters of college work: examples are FREN 305 - Advanced Expression: Communication Tools and FREN 306 - Introduction to Literary Analysis, GERM 305 - German Through the Media and GERM 306, JAPA 306 - Third Year Japanese II, Portuguese through HISP 331 - Luso-Brazilian Voices: Conversations and Composition , Russian through RUSS 204 - Intermediate Russian II plus a semester immersion program abroad or its equivalent, or HISP 305 - Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Oral and Written Expression and HISP 307 - Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Texts. Students may complete this competency requirement while abroad. Likewise, students may meet this requirement in a language not regularly offered at the College by demonstrating equivalent ability, as confirmed by the department chair with appropriate consultation. Students for whom English is a second language have met the language requirement.
Students choosing Classics as the disciplinary focus of their International Studies major may satisfy the I.S. language requirement by passing five semesters of Greek or Latin, plus a sixth semester of advanced independent or equivalent language work. Students focusing on Hebrew or Arabic may combine work at Macalester with coursework and/or experience abroad or at neighbor institutions.
- Study abroad. One semester of study abroad on a program chosen at least in part to support the individual major plan. International students at Macalester meet this requirement by completing a semester at Macalester.
- Capstone. A capstone experience of either a senior seminar in international studies or, in select cases, an advanced independent project developed under appropriate supervision and with the approval of the department chair.
In addition to these four requirements, at the center of the major plan the student must complete a twelve-course sequence with the following characteristics:
- Disciplinary focus. To ensure rich knowledge of a specific mode of inquiry, five internationally focused courses drawn from a single disciplinary department including anthropology, biology, classics, economics, English, French, geography, geology, German studies, history, Japanese, philosophy, Hispanic studies, political science, religious studies, Russian, or sociology. One of these courses may be a non-introductory culture-neutral methods course.
Since literary studies is a single discipline, students may develop their five-course disciplinary focus from a blend of literature courses in several departments. For the same reason, students may also do this in film or media studies, drawing from several departments and abroad.
- Intermediate courses. To ensure immersion in global and transnational issues, five international studies courses beyond the introduction. Students may take a second senior seminar as one of these five. At times international studies courses are cross-listed with other departments. Thus there can be up to a two-course overlap between the courses for E and F.
- The remaining courses (usually two, unless there is an overlap between E and F) may be chosen from internationalist offerings across the campus or abroad, including the unchosen departments in E as well as from interdisciplinary programs including African studies, American studies (for non-U.S. students), Asian studies, media and cultural studies, Latin American studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; and in art, linguistics, music, psychology, and theater and dance.
- Courses abroad. Courses taken during study abroad may count, when appropriate, toward the major; indeed students should tailor study abroad to contribute to the major plan.
- Language courses. Courses taken to satisfy the language requirement may not be included in the fourteen-course major plan, except when the focus department under “E” is French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Hispanic studies. In these cases one advanced language course may be counted among the five disciplinary courses.
- The major plan can include one internship.