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International Studies and Languages Division

International Studies: Specializations

Introduction

In addition to a set of core required courses, International Studies (INTS) majors may select a focus for their study. Each focus area is known as a specialization.

The INTS program currently offers a number of specializations. These include: Asian Studies, Economic Studies, European Studies, International/Intercultural Communication Studies, International Management, Latin-American Studies, Middle East/North Africa Studies Specialization and Political Studies.

The total number of units required for the major will vary by specialization.

Although the information below is excerpted from the Seaver catalog, this is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit Seaver Academic Catalog

Asian Studies Specialization

The political decolonization and rapid economic growth of Asia has been one of the most remarkable developments of the past century. As the influence of Asia on the world grows, an understanding of that complex and fascinating region of the world becomes even more necessary.

This specialization requires completion of 32 units in addition to 8-24 units of foreign language.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 351 Global Economics 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Economic Studies, European Studies, International/ Intercultural Communication, International Management, Latin-American, Middle East/North Africa Studies or Political Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
Asian Studies Specialization Courses (12 units)
Choose any three courses from the following list. Students in this specialization wishing to satisfy the General Education (GE) requirement in Non-Western Cultures must also take an additional course from the list below or from the list of approved Non-Western courses, such as ISAC 301 or 216-318.
ASIA 310 History of Modern Japan 4
ASIA 325 Pre-Modern Japanese Literature 4
ASIA 330 History of Traditional Chinese Civilization 4
ASIA 331 History of Modern China 4
ASIA 340 Traditional Chinese Thought and Society 4
ASIA 345 Modern Chinese Literature 4
ASIA 350 Buddhist Text, Images, and Practices 4
ASIA 370 Japanese Literature 4
POSC 456 East Asian Politics 4
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI) 4
Foreign Language Requirement (8-24 units)
The student must establish competency in two languages through the 252 level. For students in the Asian Studies track, one of these languages must be an Asian language through the 252 level. In addition, the division offers courses in the history, literature, and traditions of Asian civilizations. A complete listing of these course offerings can be found in the course descriptions at the end of this chapter.

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Economic Studies Specialization

The past century has been a time of phenomenal world economic growth. International trade and finance play a crucial role in the global metropolis. Increasingly, international political and cultural disputes are closely related to this tighter economic integration of the world’s countries. The economics studies specialization provides students with a foundation and understanding of the production, distribution, and consumption of resources within both domestic and international political systems. It also provides the background for further study of international economics or entry into a public or private
organization concerned with economic issues.

This specialization requires the completion of 36 units plus a minimum of eight units of foreign language. ECON 210, ECON 211, and MATH 140 should be taken as prerequisites. ECON 211 partially fulfills the general education requirement in human institutions and behavior, and MATH 140 satisfies the general education requirement in mathematics.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
ECON 310 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics (PS, RM, WI) 4
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Asian Studies, International/ Intercultural Communication, International Management, Latin-American Studies, Middle East/North Africa Studies or Political Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
Economic Studies Specialization Courses (12 units)
In consultation with the Economic Studies Coordinator, students must choose three courses from the following list.
ECON 320 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 4
ECON 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 4
ECON 412 Money and Banking 4
ECON 535 Comparative Economic Systems 4
* Consult the current Seaver College Catalog for course descriptions.
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI) 4
Foreign Language Requirement: Minimum of 8 units
International studies majors must establish competency in two languages through the 252 level, or complete two upper-division courses in one language (with prerequisite competencies). (GE)

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European Studies Specialization

The impact of Europe on the course of world history is without equal. The European Studies specialization provides students with a dynamic learning approach to the complex problems of modern society in an increasingly integrated world. Specifically, by emphasizing European history, language, and culture, the specialization allows students to acquire not only global awareness with appreciation of other peoples' strivings, trials, and accomplishments, but also a unique and beneficial perspective on their own American way of life. Clearly, by opening a "window on the world" and broadening cultural horizons, the European specialization enhances the student's ability to live and to function in the international sphere.

This specialization requires the completion of 32 units in addition to 8-24 units of foreign language. ECON 200 and either PSYC 200 or SOC 200 should be taken to satisfy the general education requirement in human institutions and behavior.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 351 Global Economics 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Asian Studies, Economic Studies, International/ Intercultural Communication, International Management, Latin-American Studies Middle East/North Africa Studies or Political Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
European Studies Specialization Courses (12 units)
In consultation with the European Studies Coordinator, students must choose three courses from the following list.
FRE 380 French Civilization 4
FRE 390 Contemporary French Culture 4
GER 441 Seminar in Contemporary German Culture 4
GER 442 Survey of German Culture and Civilization I 4
GER 443 Survey of German Culture and Civilization II 4
HIST 405 Topics in Global History (with approval of the INTE Coordinator)* 4
HIST 406 Topics in National History (with approval of the INTE Coordinator)* 4
HIST 411 The Middle Ages* 4
HIST 412 Renaissance and Reformation* 4
HIST 413 Early Modern Europe* 4
HIST 415 Europe in the Nineteenth Century* 4
HIST 416 Europe in the Twentieth Century* 4
HIST 418 Modern History of Eastern Europe 4
ITAL 380 Italian Civilization 4
POSC 353 Comparative European Politics (WI) 4
SPAN 347 A Survey of Spanish Culture and Civilization 4
SPAN 390 History and Culture of Spain 4
* Consult the current Seaver College Catalog for course descriptions.
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI) 4
Foreign Language Requirement (8-24 units)
The student must establish competency in two languages through the 252 level, or complete two upper-division courses in one language (with prerequisite competencies; satisfies GE requirement).

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International/Intercultural Communication Studies Specialization

Cultural diversity is a fact of the global metropolis. Human societies have developed a myriad number of ways to cope with and surviving the physical and social environment. Therefore, people have very different ways of making sense of the world, acceptable rules for behavior, and deeply felt values. Increasing globalization brings many of these cultures in increasing contact -- and conflict -- with one another. The International Studies major offers an International/ Intercultural Communication Studies track for students desiring to explore more deeply the cultural dimensions of international communication.

This specialization has been developed especially for those who see their future work with individuals within international and intercultural institutions. Such work could relate to the mass media, but is not limited to such efforts. Anyone working with educational, religious, or political institutions and any other group in which human interaction is of major significance could choose this particular specialization. In combination with Business Administration offerings or courses in political science, this emphasis also provides an opportunity for a broad-based preparation leading to enrollment in graduate programs or specific service career.

This specialization requires the completion of 32 units in addition to 8-24 units of foreign language. ECON 200 and either PSYC 200 or SOC 200 should be taken to satisfy the general education requirement in human institutions and behavior.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 351 Global Economics 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Asian Studies, Economic Studies, European Studies, International Management, Latin-American Studies Middle East/North Africa Studies or Political Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
International/Intercultural Studies Specialization Courses (12 units)
COM 506 Media Worldwide 4
Choose 2 additional COM courses from the following list:
COM 507 Public Opinion, Propaganda, and Attitude Change 4
COM 512 Media Impact and U.S. Minorities 4
COM 513 Intercultural Communication* (GE**) 4
COM 515 Intercultural Communication: Case Studies* 4
* COM 513 and 515 must be taken in sequence.
** Satisfies Non-Western Cultures General Education requirement.
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI) 4
Foreign Language Requirement (8-24 units)
The student must establish competency in two languages through the 252 level, or complete two upper-division courses in one language (with prerequisite competencies; satisfies GE requirement).

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International Management Studies Specialization

Today's international organizations are comprised of people from a number of different backgrounds. In these types of organizations, the manager's traditional tasks must be achieved in a work environment with people from a variety of cultural and language backgrounds. The International Studies major offers an International Management specialization for students anticipating service in a variety of internationally-based organizations as managers. The specialization differs from the International Business major by its emphasis on languages, international politics and economics, and cross-cultural issues.

This specialization requires completion of 34 units in addition to 8-24 units of foreign language. ECON 200 and either PSYC 200 or SOC 200 should be taken to fulfill the human institutions and behaviors general education requirement.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 351 Global Economics 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Asian Studies, Economic Studies, European Studies, International/ Intercultural Communications, Latin-American Studies Middle East/North Africa Studies or Political Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
International Management Studies Specialization Courses (14 units)
BA 352
or
BA 366
Management Theory and Practice (WI)
 
Organizational Behavior (WI)
3
 
3
BA 354 Human Resources Management 4
BA 492 Current Issues in Management 4
BA 494 International Management 3
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI, IECO) 4
Foreign Language Requirement (8-24 units)
The student must establish competency in two languages through the 252 level, or complete two upper-division courses in one language (with prerequisite competencies; satisfies GE requirement).

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Latin American Studies Specialization

The Latin American Studies specialization offers students opportunities to gain an appreciation for the dynamic and diverse region with which the United States shares a hemisphere. Students will develop an understanding or common patterns in the social, cultural, political, and economic development of these nations, as well as distinct characteristics of the nations of this large and increasingly important region. Students in this specialization would continue their studies in graduate programs in Latin American studies or work with international organizations with ties to Latin America.

This specialization requires the completion of 32 units in addition to 8-16 units of foreign language. ECON 200 and either PSYC 200 or SOC 200 should be taken to satisfy the GE requirement in human institutions and behavior.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 351 Global Economics 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Asian Studies, Economic Studies, European Studies, International/ Intercultural Communication, International Management, Middle East/North  Africa Studies or Political Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
Latin-American Studies Specialization Courses (12 units)
Choose any three courses from the following list.
HIST 335 Latin-American History: The Colonial Period to 1800* 4
HIST 336 Latin-American History: The National Period Since 1800* 4
HIST 533 History of Mexico and the Borderlands 4
POSC 454 Government and Politics of Latin America 4
SPAN 348 A Survey of Spanish-American Culture and Civilization 4
SPAN 380 History and Culture of Latin-America (taught only in Latin America) 4
Choose one of the following:
SPAN 449 Literature of Spanish America I (GE) 4
SPAN 451 Literature of Spanish America II (GE) 4
* Course offered every other year.
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI) 4
Foreign Language Requirement (8-24 units)
The student must establish competency in two languages through the 252 level, or complete two upper-division courses in one language (with prerequisite competencies; satisfies GE requirement).

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Middle East/North Africa Studies Specialization

The Middle East/North Africa (MENA) is an area of great historical, cultural, religious, and strategic importance. It is an area that witnessed the first stirrings of civilization, the birth of the three great monotheistic religions, and a succession of empires. More recently, the area has experienced rapid economic development, fueled in part by its strategic location and vast reserves of oil and natural gas. Stretching from Morocco in northwestern Africa to Iran in southwestern Asia is a vast territory of great religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Rapid economic, political, and social changes and the divisions have at times sparked violent disputes, most notably the Arab-Israeli conflict and religious-based militancy. This specialization is intended for students interested in understanding in greater depth this area and for those interested in continuing their studies in graduate programs. This specialization requires the completion of 32 units in addition to at least eight units of foreign language. ECON 200 and either PSYC 200 or SOC 200 should be taken to satisfy the GE requirement in human institutions and behavior.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 351 Global Economics 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Asian Studies, Economic Studies, European Studies, International/ Intercultural Communication, International Management, or Latin-American Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
Middle East/North African Studies Specialization Courses (12 units)
Choose any three courses from the following list.
ARTH442 Islamic Art and Architecture 4
HIST 390 Modern History of the Middle  East (GE) 4
INTS 445 Contemporary African Politics 4
INTS 451 Government and Politics of Israel 4
INTS 455 Middle East Security 4
INTS 459 Islam, Politics and Gender 4
* Course offered every other year.
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI) 4
Foreign Language Requirement (8-24 units)
International Studies majors with a Middle East/North Africa emphasis must establish competency in two languages: French and Arabic. The French requirement is through the 252 level and one upper division course (with requisite competencies). The level of Arabic language competency is through 251 (GE).

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Political Studies Specialization

How does one deal with such difficult issues as ethnonationalism, terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human rights, and the role of the United Nations? The Political Studies specialization is designed for students who are interested in the study of government and governing procedures, whether these "governments" are sovereign states, international organizations, multinational corporations, or sub-units of political systems. Students who complete this specialization will be prepared for further graduate study in international studies or entry-level positions in the public or private sectors, such as the Foreign Service, management, or banking.

This specialization requires the completion of 32 units in addition to 8-16 units of foreign language. ECON 200 and either PSYC 200 or SOC 200 should be taken to satisfy the general education requirement in human institutions and behavior.

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
Core Content Courses (16 units)
INTS 344 International Relations (WI) 4
INTS 351 Global Economics 4
INTS 514 International Communication and Negotiation (PS, RM, WI) 4
PLUS Choose one 4 unit course from Asian Studies, Economic Studies, European Studies, International/ Intercultural Communication, International Management, Middle East/North Africa Studies or Latin-American Studies tracks within the INTS major. 4
Political Studies Specialization Courses (12 units)
Choose any three courses from the following list.
INTS 445 Contemporary African Politics 4
INTS 451 Government and Politics of Israel 4
INTS 453 Theories of International Relations From Middle Earth to World War 4
INTS 455 Middle East Security 4
INTS 459 Islam, Politics and Gender 4
INTS 555 International Conflict Management 4
POSC 353 Comparative European Politics (WI) 4
POSC 446 International Organizations and Law 4
POSC 449 Ethics and International Politics 4
POSC 457 Communist and Post-Communist States 4
POSC 458 Government and Politics of Developing Areas 4
POSC 459 Religion and Politics in Contemporary Perspectives 4
POSC 542 American Foreign Policy 4
POSC 548 Arms Control and International Security 4
* Course offered every other year.
Senior Seminar (4 units)
INTS 497 Senior Seminar (PS, RM, WI) 4
Foreign Language Requirement (8-24 units)
The student must establish competency in two languages through the 252 level, or complete two upper-division courses in one language (with prerequisite competencies; satisfies GE requirement).

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