International Studies Major

International Studies Major

International Studies Major

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to engage students in an in-depth examination of international politics, economics, history, society, and culture. All students must pursue one of six concentrations (formally known as "specializations"): International Business and Economics, Global and Comparative Perspectives, Middle East and African Studies, Asian Studies, European and Russian Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies. International Studies majors in all concentrations will gain an understanding of major global issues and analyze their own society in a broader global context; they will also learn how to apply interdisciplinary approaches to global problems and issues and acquire strong research, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Students considering a major in International Studies are encouraged to consult with the coordinator early in their academic career so they can develop a coherent program of study within their concentration. International Studies majors are very strongly encouraged to study abroad for at least a semester in a country relevant to their area of focus. Students should also consider pursuing a double major in International Studies and another discipline to enhance their career prospects; students can complete all requirements to double major in International Studies and virtually any major in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and Communication & Creative Arts within four years (120 credits). With careful planning, International Studies majors with a concentration in Internatonal Business and Economics could potentially earn a double major in the Rohrer College of Business such as Marketing, Management, or Entrepreneurship within 130 credits. 

International Studies majors who study one language for four semesters may earn a CUGS (Certificate of Undergraduate Study) in that language. For more information about the CUGS, contact Dr. Marilyn Manley, manley@rowan.edu, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.

International Studies majors must complete the university's General Education and Rowan Experience requirements and have a minimum 2.0 overall G.P.A. to qualify for graduation. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all foundational, core, and concentration courses.



BA in International Studies

  • Major Core Courses.........................................................18 s.h.
  • Concentrations................................................................15 s.h.
    • Students MUST choose one of the following:
      • International Business and Economics
      • Global and Comparative Perspectives
      • Middle East and African Studies
      • Asian Studies
      • European and Russian Studies
      • Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Total Program.................................................................33 s.h.
  • General Education Courses (includes up to 21 credits of
    foundational courses that are required for the major)...........42 s.h.
  • Non-Program and Free Electives........................................45 s.h.
  • Graduation.....................................................................120 s.h.


Program Requirements

Foundational Courses - up to 21 s.h. 

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON04.101) (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON04.102) (3 credits)
  • (These courses also count as Social & Behavioral Sciences General Education courses)
  • Four semesters (up to 12 credits) of a foreign language (in the same language if available) Students may fulfill the language requirement by completing higher level foreign language courses, e.g. students who pass the placement examination for first year Spanish only need to complete second year Spanish courses.
  • (These courses also count as Humanities General Education courses)
  • LIT course (one of the following): (3 credits)
    • Readings in Non-Western Literature (ENGL02.116)
    • Readings in Asian Literature (ENGL02.112)
    • Masterpieces of German Literature in English Translation (GERM03.100)
    • Masterpieces of French Literature in English Translation (FREN02.100)
    • Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature in English Translation (SPAN05.100)
    • Contemporary World Theatre (THD07.440)

Core Courses - 18 s.h. 

  • World History since 1500 (HIST05.120) (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • Cultural Anthropology (ANTH02.202)
    • Religions of the World (REL10.200)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • Cultural Geography (GEOG16.110)
    • World Regional Geography (GEOG16.140)
    • Earth, People, Environment (GEOG16.100)
  • Introduction to International Studies -WI (IS25.300) (3 credits)
  • Introduction to International Relations (POSC07.320) (3 credits)
  • Senior Seminar in International Studies (IS25.400) (3 credits)

Concentrations - 15 s.h.

Students choose one of the following concentrations: 

  • International Business and Economics
  • Global and Comparative Perspectives
  • Middle East and African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • European and Russian Studies
  • Latin American and Iberian Studies

International Studies Required Courses.............................................45-54 s.h.
General Education, Rowan Experience, and Free Electives.................66-75 s.h.
Total Credits......................................................................................120 s.h.

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Concentration Options

All concentrations consist of 15 credits. Students should work with the coordinator and/or advisor to develop a coherent plan of study within these concentrations; this is especially important for students pursuing the Global and Comparative Perspectives concentration. Students are very strongly encouraged to study abroad for at least a semester in a country relevant to their concentration.

1. International Business and Economics Concentration (15 credits)
  • One of the following courses (3 credits):
    • MKT09.200 Principles of Marketing
    • MIS02.334 Management Information Systems (One of the following is required as a pre-requisite: College Algebra (MATH01.123); Statistics I (STAT02.260); Calculus: Techniques and Applications (MATH03.125))
  • One of the following management courses (3 credits):
    • MGT98.242 Legal Environment of Business
    • MGT06.300 Organizational Behavior
  • Three of the following courses (9 credits):
    • ECON04.310 Global Economics
    • ECON04.307 Economic Development
    • ECON04.320 Contemporary Economic Systems
    • MGT06.330 Managing International Business (Organizational Behavior (MGT06.300) is a pre-requisite)
    • MKT09.379 International Marketing (Principles of Marketing (MKT09.200) is a pre-requisite))
    • One 300-400 level course from any other International Studies Concentration
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2. Global and Comparative Perspectives Concentration (15 credits)

Students select five courses (15 credits) from the list below. At least three of the courses selected (9 credits) must be 300-400 level courses from at least two different disciplines. The other two courses (6 credits) taken for the concentration may be any level or discipline.

Students are encouraged to work with the coordinator and/or advisor to develop a coherent program of study within the Global and Comparative Perspectives Concentration. For example:

  • Students interested in international politics would be advised to take several of the political science courses listed below as well as relevant courses such as Law and Human Rights, Problems in World Justice, or Global Economics.
  • A student interested in pursuing a career in public policy would be encouraged to take courses on comparative politics and economics as well as courses such as International Media Communication, Intercultural Communication, or Comparative and International Criminal Justice.
  • Students interested in Global Security Studies would take a combination of relevant Political Science and Law & Justice courses.
  • Students interested in comparative global culture could develop a plan of study that includes several anthropology courses as well as courses such as Music in World Cultures, World Dance Forms, and Contemporary World Theatre.

Courses that count for the Global and Comparative Perspectives Concentration:

  • ANTH02.202 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 02321 Cultural Ecology
  • ANTH 02322 Sex And Sex Roles In A Cross Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 02.350 Comparative Cultures
  • ANTH 02.370 Peasant Societies and Cultures of the World
  • ANTH 02.250 Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics
  • CMS04.330 International Media Communication
  • CMS04.360 Intercultural Communication
  • ECON04.303 Principles of Economics: Global Perspectives
  • ECON04.307 Economics of Developing Nations
  • ECON04.310 Global Economics
  • ECON04.320 Contemporary Economic Systems
  • GEOG16.100 Earth, People, Environment
  • GEOG16.110 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG16.140 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 06.301 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 06.303 Political Geography
  • HIST 05.381 Modern Jewish History
  • HIST 05.413 Comparative Race Relations
  • HIST05.425 History of Feminisms
  • HIST 05.441 Imperialism and Colonialism
  • HIST04.445 History of the Cold War
  • LAWJ 05.175 Comparative and International Criminal Justice
  • LAWJ 05.330 Problems in World Justice
  • LAWJ 05.401 Law and Human Rights
  • MUSG 06.447 Music in World Cultures - Asia and Oceana
  • MUSG 06.448 Music in World Cultures - Africa, India, Near & Middle East
  • PHIL09.211 World Philosophy I
  • PHIL09.213 World Philosophy II
  • POSC 07.230 Comparative Political Systems
  • POSC 07.231 Contemporary World Problems
  • POSC07.420 International Law
  • POSC07.421 International Organizations
  • REL 10.200 Religions of the World
  • RTF03.294 Contemporary International Cinema
  • SOC 15.322 Sociology of Population
  • SOC 08.327 Comparative Education in a Sociological Perspective
  • THD 07.440 Contemporary World Theatre
  • THD 08.146 World Dance Forms
  • One course from any other International Studies Concentration
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Area Studies Concentration (15 credits)

3. Middle East and African Studies Concentration (15 credits)

Students select five courses (15 credits) from the list below. At least three of the courses selected (9 credits) must be 300-400 level courses from at least two different disciplines. The other two courses (6 credits) taken for the concentration may be any level or discipline. Students are encouraged to specialize in the Middle East OR Sub-Saharan Africa; at least two semesters (6 credits) of foreign language taken for the International Studies foundational requirements should be related to the Middle East and African Studies Concentration, e.g. Arabic or French.

Students interested in sub-Saharan Africa should consider double majoring in International Studies and Africana Studies.

  • ANTH 02.311 People and Cultures of Africa
  • GEOG 06.345 Geography of Africa
  • HIST 05.394 Sub-Saharan Africa to 1800
  • HIST 05.397 Sub-Saharan Africa since 1800
  • HIST 05.413 Comparative Race Relations
  • HIST05.443 Topics in Global History: African Medicine
  • HIST05.443 Topics in Global History: Children and Family in African History
  • HIST 05.437 Twentieth Century African Nationalism
  • HIST 05.441 Imperialism and Colonialism
  • INTR 01.104 Introduction to Africana Studies
  • INTR 01.304 African Social Thought
  • GEOG 06.347 Geography of the Middle East
  • HIST 05.308 Modern Middle East
  • HIST05.383 Islamic Civilizations
  • HIST 05.404 Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HIST 05.417 Women in Islam
  • HIST 05.439 Ottoman Empire
  • HIST05.444 Islamist Movements
  • POSC 07.345 Government and Politics of the Middle East
  • Students may count up to six credits (two courses) of language and applied language courses in a related foreign language at the 300-400 level towards the Middle East and Africa concentration, e.g.:
    • FREN 02.311 Advanced French Conversation
    • FREN 02.410 Advanced French Composition
    • FREN 02.300 French Phonetics
    • FREN 02.400 History of the French Language
    • Study Abroad or transfer credits for other language-skills-focused and applied courses in French or Arabic.
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4. Asian Studies Concentration (15 credits)

Students select five courses (15 credits) from the list below. At least three of the courses selected (9 credits) must be 300-400 level courses from at least two different disciplines. The other two courses (6 credits) taken for the concentration may be any level or discipline. At least two semesters (6 credits) of foreign language taken for the International Studies foundational requirements should be related to the Asian Studies Concentration, e.g. Chinese or Japanese.

Students pursuing an Asian Studies Concentration should also declare a minor in Asian Studies. 

  • INTR 01.136 Gateway to Asia (RS)
  • ARHS 03.401 Survey of Asian Art
  • ENGL 02.112 Readings in Asian Literature
  • GEOG 06.343 Geography of Asia
  • HIST05.356 Late Imperial China
  • HIST 05.408 Chinese Cultural History
  • HIST 05.351 Modern Japan
  • HIST 05.355 Modern China
  • HIST 05.438 History of the Vietnam War
  • HIST 05.441 Imperialism and Colonialism
  • HIST 05.446 Race, Identity, and History in East Asia
  • PHIL10.220 Introduction to Buddhism
  • PHIL09.330 Asian Thought
  • POSC 07.350 Introduction to Asian Political Systems
  • REL10.230 Religions of Asia
  • REL10.330 Introduction to Daoism
  • SOC 08.391 Ethnic Minorities in China
  • Students may count up to six credits (two courses) of language and applied language courses in a related foreign language at the 300-400 level (e.g. third year Chinese and Japanese language courses from Rowan or a Study Abroad program) towards the concentration.
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5. European and Russian Studies Concentration (15 credits)

Students select five courses (15 credits) from the list below. At least three of the courses selected (9 credits) must be 300-400 level courses from at least two different disciplines. The other two courses (6 credits) taken for the concentration may be any level or discipline. At least two semesters (6 credits) of foreign language taken for the foundational requirements should be related to the European and Russian Studies Concentration, e.g. French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian. Students are encouraged to work with the coordinator to develop a coherent program of study for this concentration.

Students pursuing a European and Russian Studies Concentration should consider adding a minor in German, French, Romance Languages, or Spanish.

  • ECON 04.324 Centrally Planned Economies
  • GEOG 06.346 Geography of the C.I.S. (former Soviet Union)
  • HIST 05.343 Russia to 1914
  • HIST 05.344 Russia since 1914
  • HIST05.443 Topics in Global History: Stalinism
  • HIST05.445 History of the Cold War
  • POSC 07.341 Politics of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia
  • POSC 07.351 Russian Foreign Policy
  • ARHS 03.205 Art History Survey III
  • ENGL 02.473 Twentieth Century British Literature
  • ENGL 02.482 Modern European Literature
  • FREN 02.320 French Civilization and Culture.
  • FREN02.324 Appreciating French Literature
  • FREN 02.325 Readings in Contemporary French Literature
  • FREN 02.326 The French Novel
  • FREN 02.420 Evolution of French Civilization
  • FREN 02.421 The French Short Story
  • GEOG 06.342 Geography of Europe
  • GERM03.312 Masterpieces of German Literature
  • GERM03.320 German Civilization and Culture
  • HIST 05.100 Western Civilization to 1660 or HIST 05.101 Western Civilization since 1660
  • HIST 05.314 Europe 1871-1914 History
  • HIST 05.315 Twentieth Century Europe I
  • HIST 05.316 Twentieth Century Europe II
  • HIST 05.326 England since 1715
  • HIST 05.407 History of World War II
  • HIST 05.406 Jewish Holocaust 1933-1945
  • HIST 05.419 Women in Modern European History
  • HIST 05.420 British Empire and Commonwealth
  • HIST 05.441 Imperialism and Colonialism
  • POSC07.346 Politics and Society of Great Britain
  • REL 10.328 Development of Western Religious Thought
  • SOC 08.399 Sociology of the Holocaust
  • Students may count up to six credits (two courses) of language and applied language courses in a related foreign language (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian) at the 300-400 level towards the concentration, e.g.:
    • FREN 02.311 Advanced French Conversation
    • FREN 02.410 Advanced French Composition
    • FREN 02.300 French Phonetics
    • FREN 02.400 History of the French Language
    • GERM 03.311 Advanced German Conversation
    • SPAN 05.305 Oral Spanish
    • SPAN 05.409 (WI)/SPAN 05.410 (non-WI) Advanced Spanish Grammar
    • SPAN 05.411 Advanced Spanish Conversation
    • SPAN 05.300 Spanish Phonetics
    • SPAN 05.302 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
    • SPAN 05.312 Spanish for Business
    • SPAN 05.313 Spanish for Medical Personnel
    • SPAN 05.340 Introduction to Spanish Translation
    • Study Abroad or transfer credits for other language-skills-focused and applied courses in French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian
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6. Latin American and Iberian Studies Concentration (15 credits)

Students select five courses (15 credits) from the list below. At least three of the courses selected (9 credits) must be 300-400 level courses from at least two different disciplines. The other two courses (6 credits) taken for the concentration may be any level or discipline. At least two semesters (6 credits) of foreign language taken for the foundational requirements should be related to the Latin American and Iberian Studies Concentration, e.g. Spanish. Students are encouraged to work with the coordinator to develop a coherent plan of study within this concentration.

Students interested in this concentration should consider declaring Spanish as a double major or minor.

  • ANTH 02.210 Natives of South America
  • GEOG 06.344 Geography of Latin America
  • HIST 05.347 Traditional Latin America
  • HIST 05.350 Modern Latin America
  • HIST 05.362 History of Mexico & the Caribbean
  • HIST 05.409 Latin American Revolutions and Reform
  • HIST 05.411 Topics in Latin-American History
  • HONR 05.390 Linguistics and Cultures of Native South America
  • HONR 05.390 Modern Descendants of the Incas
  • SPAN05.301 Appreciation of Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN05.320 Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • SPAN 05.324 Spanish American Civilization and Culture
  • SPAN05.321 Survey of Spanish Literature I
  • SPAN05.322 Survey of Spanish Literature II
  • SPAN05.323 Survey of Spanish American Literature I
  • SPAN05.325 Readings in Contemporary Spanish Literature
  • SPAN05.327 Spanish American Poetry
  • SPAN05.329 Survey of Spanish American Literature II
  • SPAN05.328 Spanish American Theatre
  • SPAN05.381 Contemporary Spanish Theatre
  • SPAN05.383 Spanish American Short Story
  • SPAN05.426 Spanish American Novel
  • SPAN05.481 The Generation of 1898
  • SPAN05.482 Contemporary Spanish Novel
  • Students may count up to six credits (two courses) of language and applied language courses in Spanish at the 300-400 level towards the concentration, e.g.:
    • SPAN 05.305 Oral Spanish
    • SPAN 05.409 (WI)/SPAN 05.410 (non-WI) Advanced Spanish Grammar
    • SPAN 05.411 Advanced Spanish Conversation
    • SPAN 05.300 Spanish Phonetics
    • SPAN 05.302 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
    • SPAN 05.312 Spanish for Business
    • SPAN 05.313 Spanish for Medical Personnel
    • SPAN 05.340 Introduction to Spanish Translation
    • Study Abroad or transfer credits for other language-skills-focused and applied courses in Spanish
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Program Guides: 

Suggested Sequences: 

Note: "Concentrations" are still referred to as "Specializations" in the double major Suggested Sequences below.