Overview

Globalization is more than a buzzword. It is the future job market, social justice platform, political and economic reality, and cultural context for everyone. Understanding the dynamics of a rapidly changing global landscape is crucial for tomorrow’s leaders and college graduates. The International Studies major at Maryville College is designed to give you knowledge, experience, and confidence needed to be successful and make a difference in a diverse and complex world.

In our program of study, you will obtain advanced language skills, study abroad for a significant period of time, and complete a substantial senior research project. These are competitive advantages that are not required in many programs. You will also participate in the Program for International and Civic Leadership, an innovative new initiative that enhances internships, interdisciplinary course offerings, and extra-curricular activities. International Studies majors can choose between two courses of study: Global Studies focused on economics and politics or Area Studies with expertise in Hispanic or Asian studies.

Course Offerings

All Students in the International Studies Major are required to take the following courses:

INT 201: Contemporary Global Issues (3 hrs.)
INT 401: Contemporary Global Issues (3 hrs.)
ECN 201: Principles of Economics (4 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
INT 351 & INT 352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)


Either of the following:
PLS 211: International Politics (3 hrs.)
     or
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)

All students in the International Studies Major must complete two years of a foreign language (one year--two courses--beyond the 100-level general education requirement, or the 6-hour equivalent of advanced language study taken abroad). Asian Studies concentrations must choose an Asian language, and Hispanic Studies concentrations must choose Spanish or Portuguese to meet their 200-level requirements. When English is a second language for the student in the major, he/she may be exempt from the foreign language requirement unless a regional concentration is chosen that is different from the student’s first language. International students may be exempt from the study abroad requirement upon approval of the division chair.

 

The study abroad requirement will ideally be one full semester or full year at an institution outside the United States as described under Study Abroad in this catalog, and will typically take place during the Spring semester of the junior year. The requirement for study abroad can also be met through a single period of study of at least six weeks at an institution outside the United States. The six-week option must be approved by the international studies coordinator. Note that International Studies 201 is a prerequisite for all study abroad coursework and study for which academic credit from Maryville College is to be awarded, and that courses taken during study abroad can substitute for major requirements with the permission of the international studies coordinator.

Students majoring in International Studies should plan carefully to allow for the required period of study abroad. Study abroad requires scheduling of completion of all on-campus coursework, and anticipation of likely costs related to travel abroad.

Students in the Global Studies Track must take the following courses:

ECN 221: Economic Development (3 hrs.)
INT 316: International Organizations and Law (3 hrs.)
INT 349: Special Topics in International Studies (3 hrs.)


Either of the following:
ECN 325: International Trade and Finance (3 hrs.)
     or
BUS 329: International Business (3 hrs.)


One of the following:
HIS 333: Studies in Asian History (3 hrs.)
HIS 334: Studies in Latin American History (3 hrs.)
HIS 335: Studies in African History (3 hrs.)
REL 348: Explorations in the History of Religions (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs.)
MUS 315: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 hrs.)

 

 


One of the following:
REL 212: World Religions (3 hrs.)
HIS 221: Europe and the World in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization to 1500 (3 hrs.)
HIS 243: World Civilization 1500 to 20th Century (3 hrs.)
SPN 261: Civilizations and Cultures of the Hispanic World (3 hrs.)
PSY 224: Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 hrs.)

Students in the Area Studies Track must choose a regional concentration in either Asian Studies or Hispanic Studies, as follows:

Asian Studies Concentration:

PSY 224: Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 hrs.)
PLS 313: Regional Comparative Governments and Politics (3 hrs.)


Either of the following:
HIS 333: Studies in Asian History (3 hrs.)
or
PHL 348: Comparative Philosophy (3 hrs.)


One of the following:
ECN 221: Economic Development (3 hrs.)
HIS 221: Europe and the World in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization to 1500 (3 hrs.)
HIS 243: World Civilization 1500 to 20th Century (3 hrs.)
REL 212: World Religions (3 hrs.)
MUS 315: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs.)
INT 349: Special Topics in International Studies (3 hrs.)
INT 316: International Organizations and Law (3 hrs.)
ECN 325: International Trade and Finance (3 hrs.)
REL 348: Explorations in the History of Religions (3 hrs.)


Six credit hours taken abroad from the fields of Asian literature, art, culture, religion, history or advanced language beyond the 200-level. Study abroad requirements must be done in an Asian country and language requirements in an Asian language.

 

Hispanic Studies Concentration:

Either of the following:
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
or
PSY 224: Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 hrs.)
SPN 225: Intermediate Conversation and Composition (3 hrs.)
SPN 261: Civilizations and Cultures of the Hispanic World (3 hrs.)
SPN 262: Introduction to Literature in Spanish (3 hrs.)
HIS 334: Studies in Latin American History (3 hrs.)


One of the following:
ECN 221: Economic Development (3 hrs.)
HIS 221: Europe and the World in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
REL 212: World Religions (3 hrs.)
MUS 315: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs.)
INT 349: Special Topics in International Studies (3 hrs.)
INT 316: International Organizations and Law (3 hrs.)
ECN 325: International Trade and Finance (3 hrs.)


Six hours chosen from among the following:
SPN 301: Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1700 (3 hrs.)
SPN 302: Spanish Peninsular Literature from 1800 to Present (3 hrs.)
SPN 311: Colonial and 19th Century Latin American Literature (3 hrs.)
SPN 312: Latin American Literature of the 20th Century (3 hrs.)


Courses taken abroad in Hispanic or Iberian literature, culture, religion, history or advanced language beyond the 200-level. Study abroad requirements must be done in Spain, Portugal, Brazil or a Latin American country and language requirements in Spanish or Portuguese.

 

 

The Minor in International Studies consists of 18 or 19 credit hours including:

INT 201: Contemporary Global Issues (3 hrs.)


Two courses chosen from the following:
ECN 201: Principles of Economics (4 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
HIS 333: Studies in Asian History (3 hrs.)
HIS 334: Studies in Latin American History (3 hrs.)
HIS 335: Studies in African History (3 hrs.)
REL 212: World Religions (3 hrs.)
REL 348: Explorations in the History of Religions (3 hrs.)
HIS 221: Europe and the World in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
SPN 261: Civilizations and Cultures of the Hispanic World (3 hrs.)
PSY 224: Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs.)
MUS 315: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 hrs.)
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)

 

One of the following:
INT 316: International Organizations and Law (3 hrs.)
INT 349: Special Topics in International Studies (3 hrs.)
INT 401: International Studies Theory and Practice (3 hrs.)
Study abroad for a minimum of 6 weeks

Six hours of foreign language beyond the 200 level, or 6-hour equivalent of advanced language taken abroad.