International Studies Major

General Distribution Requirement:

The following coures count toward the general distribution requirement in social science:  INTL 110, INTL 113, INTL 114INTL 190, INTL 225, INTL 245, INTL 253, INTL 269, INTL 280INTL 282, INTL 285INTL 301INTL 320, INTL 323, INTL 325, INTL 333, INTL 345INTL 352, INTL 362, INTL 368, INTL 372INTL 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.

Honors Program:

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.

Topics Courses

INTL 194, INTL 294, INTL 394, INTL 494

Selected topics and new courses in globalization and world studies, not included among regular catalog offerings. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

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

Major Requirements

Students plan their fourteen-course major in consultation with their international studies advisor. All majors must complete the following:

  1. Introduction. One of INTL 110, INTL 111, INTL 112, INTL 113, INTL 114, INTL 115
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. 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:
     
  5. 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. Courses acceptable for the International Studies major are listed below.

    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.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. 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.

Additional Notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The major plan can include one internship.

 

Acceptable Courses for I.S. Major

American Studies (some courses, focusing on the U.S., acceptable for non-U.S. students)

AMST 305 - Race, Sex and Work in the Global Economy
AMST 315 - Topics in Transnational Studies

Anthropology

ANTH 101 - General Anthropology
ANTH 111 - Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 239 - Medical Anthropology
ANTH 241 - Anthropology of Death and Dying
ANTH 246 - Refugees/Humanitarian Response
ANTH 248 - Magic, Witchcraft and Religions
ANTH 253 - Comparative Muslim Cultures
ANTH 255 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 256 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia
ANTH 258 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa
ANTH 259 - Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic
ANTH 280 - Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 285 - Seminar in World Ethnography
ANTH 358 - Anthropology of Violence
ANTH 360 - Anthropology of Tourism
ANTH 362 - Culture and Globalization
ANTH 363 - Anthropology of Development
ANTH 364 - Political Anthropology
ANTH 365 - Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 368 - Life Histories/Cultures/Selves
ANTH 380 - Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology
ANTH 381 - Emerging Infectious Diseases

Art (courses which focus on traditions outside the U.S.; studio courses do not count)

ART 160 - Art of the West I
ART 161 - Art of the West II
ART 170 - Art of the East I: China
ART 171 - Art of the East II: Japan
ART 252 - Gender, Sexualities, and Feminist Visual Culture
ART 257 - Image in 20th Century China
ART 259 - Nineteenth Century: From Neoclassicism through Symbolism
ART 265 - Renaissance Art
ART 278 - Baroque Art
ART 328 - The Buddhist Body

Asian Studies

ASIA 109 - January in China
ASIA 111 - Introduction to Asian Studies
ASIA 140 - Introduction to East Asian Civilization
ASIA 149 - Shanghai, Global City: Urban Culture in China from the Opium Wars until the Present
ASIA 150 - Language and Gender in Japanese Society
ASIA 170 - Art of the East I: China
ASIA 171 - Art of the East II: Japan
ASIA 211 - Indian Philosophies
ASIA 255 - China on Screen
ASIA 256 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia
ASIA 257 - Image in 20th Century China
ASIA 274 - The Great Tradition in China before 1840
ASIA 275 - The Rise of Modern China
ASIA 276 - The Great Tradition in Japan before 1853
ASIA 277 - The Rise of Modern Japan
ASIA 378 - War Crimes and Memory in East Asia

Biology (chosen in consultation with relevant Biology faculty)

BIOL 116 - Community and Global Health: Biological Paradigms
BIOL 270 - Biodiversity and Evolution
BIOL 285 - Ecology
BIOL 357 - Immunology
BIOL 473 - Research in Immunology
BIOL 476 - Research in Biodiversity and Evolution 
BIOL 487 - Seminar in Immunology

Chemistry

None

Chinese (most courses, other than language courses)

CHIN 149 - Shanghai, Global City: Urban Culture in China from the Opium Wars until the Present
CHIN 255 - China on Screen

Classics

CLAS 121 - The Greek World
CLAS 122 - The Roman World
CLAS 123 - Introduction to Archaeology
CLAS 127 - Women, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome
CLAS 129 - Greek Myths
CLAS 135 - India and Rome
CLAS 145 - Pagans, Christians and Jews in Classical Antiquity: Cultures in Conflict
CLAS 160 - Intro to Ancient/Medieval Art

Computer Science

None

Economics

ECON 180 - Cambodia: Culture, History, and Development
ECON 221 - Introduction to International Economics
ECON 225 - Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 227 - Adam Smith and Karl Marx
ECON 231 - Environmental Economics and Policy
ECON 242 - Economics of Gender
ECON 269 - Economics of International Migration
ECON 323 - Economic Restructuring in Latin America
ECON 325 - China, Russia and Central Europe in Transition
ECON 333 - Economics of Global Food Problems
ECON 422 - International Macroeconomics and Finance
ECON 424 - Effects of International Competition
ECON 426 - International Economic Development

Educational Studies

EDUC 370 - Education and the Challenge of Globalization

English (all courses in British and/or world literature, but not U.S.-focused or creative writing courses.
English courses on "neutral" or thematic subjects (such as love or justice) are evaluated case by case.

ENGL 115 - Shakespeare
ENGL 200 - Major Medieval and Renaissance British Writers
ENGL 210 - Film Studies
ENGL 220 - Eighteenth-Century British Literature
ENGL 230 - Nineteenth-Century British Literature
ENGL 240 - Twentieth Century British Literature
ENGL 242 - Anglophone Literature
ENGL 265 - Justice
ENGL 278 - Literatures and Cultures of the Caribbean
ENGL 304 - Medieval Heroic Narrative
ENGL 308 - Literature and Sexuality
ENGL 310 - Shakespeare Studies
ENGL 313 - Literature in the Age of Shakespeare
ENGL 315 - Milton
ENGL 321 - Eighteenth Century British Novels
ENGL 325 - British Poetry Between Revolutions
ENGL 331 - Nineteenth Century British NovelENGL 341 - 20th Century British Novel
ENGL 350 - 20th Century Poetry
ENGL 351 - 20th Century Dramatic Literature
ENGL 362 - Gendered, Feminist, and Womanist Writings
ENGL 366 - Nabokov
ENGL 367 - Postcolonial Theory
ENGL 369 - African Literature
ENGL 382 - Topics in African Diasporic Literature, Culture and Thought
ENGL 384 - Langston Hughes: Global Writer
ENGL 410 - Comparative Studies

Environmental Studies (courses focused on international and/or transnational issues)

ENVI 140 - The Earth's Climate System
ENVI 150 - Climate and Society
ENVI 252 - Water and Power
ENVI 333 - Economics of Global Food Problems
ENVI 335 - Science and Citizenship
ENVI 368 - Sustainable Development and Global Future

French

FREN 307 - French Culture
FREN 407 - Francophone Studies
FREN 408 - French Cultural Studies
FREN 409 - Cinema
FREN 410 - Art/Ideas in French Culture
FREN 411 - Challenges of Modernity/Lit
FREN 412 - Text and Identity
FREN 413 - Studies in Theory
FREN 414 - Studies in Genre
FREN 415 - Literary Periods and Movements
FREN 416 - French Interdisciplinary Studies

Geography

GEOG 111 - Human Geography of Global Issues
GEOG 116 - Physical Geography
GEOG 232 - People, Agriculture and the Environment
GEOG 243 - Geography of Africa: Local Resources and Livelihoods in a Global Context
GEOG 245 - Regional Geography of Post-Soviet Union
GEOG 247 - Regional Geography of the Middle East
GEOG 248 - The Political Geography of Nations and Nationalism
GEOG 249 - Regional Geography of Latin America
GEOG 254 - Population 7 Billion: Global Population Issues and Trends
GEOG 256 - Medical Geography
GEOG 258 - Geography of Environmental Hazards
GEOG 261 - Geography of World Urbanization
GEOG 263 - Geography of Development and Underdevelopment
GEOG 375 - Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods
GEOG 488 - Seminar: when offered as Comparative Environment and Development Studies

Geology

GEOL 120 - Environmental Geology
GEOL 160 - Dynamic Earth and Global Change
GEOL 165 - History/Evolution of Earth
GEOL 260 - Geomorphology
GEOL 303 - Surface/Groundwater Hydrology

German Studies (most courses, other than language courses)

GERM 255 - German Cinema Studies
GERM 305 - German Through the Media
GERM 308 - German Cultural History I
GERM 314 - Darwin/Nietzsche/Freud
GERM 337 - Dead White Men
GERM 360 - Proseminar in German Studies
GERM 363 - Crime and the Fantastic
GERM 364 - Politics, Class, Culture
GERM 365 - Kafka: Gods, Animals, and Other Species of Modernity
GERM 366 - Literature and Film

Hispanic Studies (most courses, other than language courses)

HISP 151 - Caribbean Literature and Culture: Aesthetics of Resistance
HISP 171 - Susurros del Pasado: Whispers Toward the 21st Century
HISP 305 - Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Oral and Written Expression
HISP 307 - Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Texts
HISP 414 - Here and There: Superando Límites/Crossing Boundaries
HISP 415 - Cultural Resistance and Survival: Indigenous and African Peoples in Early Spanish America
HISP 416 - Mapping the New World: Exploration, Encounters, and Disasters
HISP 417 - El Quijote as Timeless Text
HISP 419 - "Neither Saints Nor Sinners": Women Writers of the Early Modern Hispanic World
HISP 420 - One Hundred Years of Plenitude: Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Fiction
HISP 421 - Romantics, Moderns and Avant-Gardists
HISP 422 - Modern Hispanic Novel and the Visual Arts
HISP 425 - Dictators, Revolutions and Insurrections
HISP 426 - Parody in the Postmodern Hispanic World
HISP 427 - Dramatic Words: Hispanic Theater and Poetry
HISP 442 - Nation and Identity in the Hispanic World
HISP 443 - The Reality of Contemporary Spain: Challenges and Dilemmas
HISP 446 - Constructions of a Female Killer

History

HIST 109 - January in China
HIST 110 - Introduction to European History
HIST 112 - The Global in the Local
HIST 114 - History of Africa to 1800
HIST 115 - Africa Since 1800
HIST 140 - Introduction to East Asian Civilization HIST 213 - Women in African History
HIST 256 - Transatlantic Slave Trade HIST 257 - Empires
HIST 258 - Europe Since 1945
HIST 260 - Rise/Fall of Tsarist Russia
HIST 261 - Making History: Russian Cinema as Testimony, Propaganda, and Art
HIST 281 - The Andes: Race, Region, Nation
HIST 283 - Amazon: A Cultural History
HIST 350 - Race, Gender, and Science
HIST 352 - Modern Britain
HIST 364 - Germany from 1871 to Present
HIST 366 - Europe in the Age of Upheaval and Revolution
HIST 376 - Public History
HIST 379 - The Study of History
HIST 381 - Transnational Latin Americas

Interdisciplinary Studies

INTD 411 - Sr Seminar in Community and Global Health

International Studies

All courses

Japanese

JAPA 150 - Language and Gender in Japanese Society
JAPA 235 - Communicative Strategies in Japanese Society
JAPA 250 - Postwar Literature in Translation: At the Center, From the Margins
JAPA 251 - Fiction of Modern Japan
JAPA 254 - Japanese Film and Animation: From the Salaryman to the Shojo
JAPA 288 - Race and Ethnicity in Japan
JAPA 488 - Translating Japanese: Theory and Practice

Latin American Studies

LATI 141 - Latin America Through Women's Eyes
LATI 151 - Caribbean Literature and Culture: Aesthetics of Resistance
LATI 171 - Susurros del Pasado: Whispers Toward the 21st Century
LATI 181 - Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean
LATI 245 - Latin American Politics
LATI 246 - Comparative Democratization
LATI 255 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
LATI 269 - Economics of International Migration
LATI 281 - The Andes: Race, Region, Nation
LATI 282 - Latin America: Art and Nation
LATI 283 - Amazon: A Cultural History
LATI 323 - Economic Restructuring in Latin America
LATI 341 - Comparative Social Movements
LATI 381 - Transnational Latin Americas
LATI 415 - Cultural Resistance and Survival: Indigenous and African Peoples in Early Spanish America
LATI 416 - Mapping the New World: Exploration, Encounters, and Disasters
LATI 446 - Constructions of a Female Killer

Linguistics

LING 150 - Language and Gender in Japanese Society
LING 175 - Sociolinguistics
LING 201 - Historical Linguistics
LING 206 - Endangered/Minority Languages
LING 225 - 100 Words for Snow: Language and Nature
LING 235 - Communicative Strategies in Japanese Society
LING 280 - Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
LING 309 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
LING 335 - Analyzing Japanese Language
LING 400 - Field Methods in Linguistics
LING 435 - History of the Spanish Language
LING 436 - Spanish Dialectology
LING 488 - Translating Japanese: Theory and Practice

Mathematics

None

Media and Cultural Studies (and other non U.S.-focused courses as they emerge)

MCST 110 - Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
MCST 128 - Film Analysis/Visual Culture
MCST 202 - Global Media Industries
MCST 247 - Documentary Film and Video
MCST 248 - History of Film 1893-1941
MCST 249 - History of Film Since 1941
MCST 256 - Mass Culture Under Communism
MCST 315 - Gender, Sexuality and Film
MCST 334 - Cultural Studies and the Media
MCST 376 - Critical Social Theory and the Media

Music

MUSI 72 - African Music Ensemble
MUSI 73 - African Music Ensemble
MUSI 111 - World Music
MUSI 113 - Theory I
MUSI 342 - Medieval to Mozart
MUSI 343 - Western Music of the 19th Century

Neuroscience

None

Philosophy

PHIL 221 - Environmental Ethics
PHIL 200 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophies
PHIL 201 - Modern Philosophy
PHIL 211 - Indian Philosophies
PHIL 212 - Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 222 - Philosophy of Human Rights
PHIL 223 - Health and Human Rights
PHIL 300 - 20th Century Continental Philosophy

Physics

None

Political Science

POLI 120 - International Politics
POLI 140 - Comparative Politics
POLI 141 - Latin America Through Women's Eyes
POLI 160 - Foundations of Political Theory
POLI 170 - Theories of Rhetoric
POLI 205 - Politics and Policymaking
POLI 215 - Environmental Politics/Policy
POLI 220 - Foreign Policy
POLI 221 - Global Governance
POLI 222 - Regional Conflict/Security
POLI 241 - The Holocaust: Representation and Interpretations
POLI 242 - Development Politics
POLI 243 - Political Anthropology
POLI 245 - Latin American Politics
POLI 246 - Comparative Democratization
POLI 250 - Comparative-Historical Sociology
POLI 260 - Contemporary Political Theory
POLI 261 - Feminist Political Theory
POLI 265 - Work, Wealth, Well-Being
POLI 271 - Politics of Public Space
POLI 320 - Global Political Economy
POLI 321 - International Security
POLI 322 - Advanced International Theory
POLI 323 - Humanitarianism in World Politics
POLI 340 - Fascism
POLI 341 - Comparative Social Movements
POLI 363 - Paradigms of Global Citizenship

Psychology

PSYC 379 - Cultural Psychology

Religious Studies

RELI 100 - Introduction to Islam: Formation and Expansion
RELI 102 - Modern Islam
RELI 111 - Introduction to Buddhism
RELI 120 - Hebrew Bible
RELI 121 - New Testament
RELI 123 - Jesus, Dissent, and Desire
RELI 124 - Asian Religions
RELI 125 - Love and Death
RELI 127 - Religions of India
RELI 135 - India and Rome
RELI 141 - Non-Classical Mythology
RELI 180 - Cambodia: Culture, History, and Development
RELI 200 - The Qur'an (Koran)
RELI 201 - Islam and Philosophy
RELI 202 - Atheism Past and Present
RELI 222 - Christianity in Late Antiquity
RELI 223 - Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christianity
RELI 233 - Hindus and Muslims
RELI 234 - Introduction to Jewish Life and Thought
RELI 235 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
RELI 236 - Sanskrit and Classical Religion in India
RELI 238 - Catholicism
RELI 254 - How to Do Things with Dead People
RELI 300 - Introduction to Islamic Law
RELI 311 - Ritual
RELI 336 - Gender, Caste, Deity
RELI 346 - Religious Reform and Violence: Catholic, Protestant, and Radical
RELI 348 - Contemporary Christian Thought and Practice
RELI 359 - Religion and Revolution: Case Studies

Russian Studies

RUSS 251 - 19th Century Russian Literature
RUSS 252 - Experiments in Living: 20th Century Russian Literature and Culture
RUSS 255 - Fierce and Beautiful World: Russian Culture Before the Revolution
RUSS 256 - Mass Culture Under Communism
RUSS 257 - Tolstoy's War and Peace
RUSS 261 - Making History: Russian Cinema as Testimony, Propaganda, and Art
RUSS 265 - Translation as Cross-Cultural Communication
RUSS 270 - Wrongdoing in Russian Literature
RUSS 272 - The Post-Soviet Sphere
RUSS 363 - Orientalism and Empire: Russia's Literary South
RUSS 364 - Culture and Revolution
RUSS 366 - Nabokov
RUSS 367 - Dostoevsky and Gogol

Sociology

SOCI 175 - Sociolinguistics
SOCI 275 - Comparative-Historical Sociology
SOCI 280 - Indigenous Peoples' Movements in Global Context
SOCI 290 - Islam and the West
SOCI 370 - Political Sociology

Theatre and Dance

THDA 21 - West African-Based Movement I
THDA 115 - Cultures of Dance

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGSS 105 - Transnational Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality
WGSS 210 - 20th Century Anglophone Women Writers
WGSS 220 - Icons, Ideas, Instruments: Feminist Re-constructions
WGSS 300 - Advanced Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies
WGSS 305 - Race, Sex and Work in the Global Economy

These departments offer some courses, focusing on the United States, acceptable for use on the International Studies major plan: American Studies, Psychology, and Urban Studies.

These departments typically do not offer courses that count toward the major: Chemistry, Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science, Neuroscience, Physical Education, and Physics/Astronomy.