International Studies (BA)


2014-2015 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014?31 May 2015

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/International Languages and Cultures Department

Program Description

The International Studies bachelor's degree is designed for today's interconnected global environment. The major draws upon Webster University's strengths: solid liberal arts background, professional schools' expertise, dynamic global knowledge, and applicable international experience. This interdisciplinary program will prepare students to work and live in a wide variety of professional settings. Graduates of this program will be able to demonstrate knowledge from a set of core courses, proficiency in a second language, and first-hand familiarity with their area of emphasis through a study abroad opportunity and/or internship.  

For more information about the program, please contact Professor Paula Hanssen at hanssen@webster.edu.  

ILC Department Mission

In keeping with the mission of Webster University as a whole, the Department of International Languages and Cultures encourages creativity and critical thinking while preparing students for global citizenship and individual excellence, and to be competitive in today's global marketplace.  Personalized instruction from faculty trained in different areas of international languages and cultures increases students' awareness of their own values and paradigms as well as those of others.  

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should:

  • Attain a general awareness of the globe as a system
  • Gain a consciousness of the issues that face us internationally
  • Obtain knowledge of other cultural forms outside one’s natal experience
  • Master a language other than one’s native language
  • Participate in a program of study or internship abroad that becomes the initial experience to which the academic knowledge and language are applied.

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Requirements

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 36 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

Program Requirements

  • Students must choose a concentration in one of the following Areas of Emphasis:  
    • Asia,   
    • International Film Studies,
    • Global Journalism,
    • International Media Communications,
    • International Business,
    • International Human Rights, or
    • Latin America.
  • Student must attain language competency at the 3000 level or above.
  • Student must participate in an approved Webster University study abroad experience or in an approved international internship.
  • Student must complete all courses in the major with a grade of C or better.

Core Required Courses

  • ANTH 1400 Introduction to Geography: World and Regional (3 hours)
  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 World Systems Since 1500 (3 hours)
  • ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3 hours)
  • ISTL 4500 International Studies Senior Capstone Prerequisite: Junior standing (3 hours)

Culture and Communications Series:
Choose one course from the following:

  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANTH 2300 Culture and Communication (3 hours)
  • ILC 2150 Topics in Culture (1-3 hours)
  • MEDC/INTL 3260 International Communications (3 hours)

Science and Technology Series:
Choose one course from the following:

  • BIOL 3200 Ecology (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2600 Natural Systems and Sustainable Ecologies (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1520 Environment (3 hours)

For an emphasis in Asia, International Film Studies, Global Journalism, International Media Communications, or International Business choose one course from either of the following categories:
International Arts and Fine Arts

  • ARHS 22xx International Art History (3 hours)
  • FLST 2060 Modern World Cinema (4 hours)
  • FLST 2070 History of Animation (3 hours)
  • MUSC 1070 Topics in Music (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2040 History of Photography (3 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of Theatre (3 hours)

Global Civil Society

  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 3700 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 2690 Multinational Corporations (3 hours
  • INTL 3330 International Economic Integration (3 hours)
  • POLT 1050 Introduction to International Politics(3 hours)

For International Human Rights Emphasis: students must choose one course from either of the following categories:
International Arts and Fine Arts

  • HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film--Documentary (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3170 Human Rights in Film--Narrative (3 hours)Topics courses as appropriate and approved.

Global Civil Society

  • HRTS 1500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3210 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3600 Topics in Mass Violence (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)

For an Emphasis in Latin America: students must choose one course from either of the following categories:
International Arts and Fine Art

  • ENGL 4030 Literature of Latin America (3 hours)
  • FLST 3160/ISTL 2660 Topics: [with Latin American content (e.g. Latin American Film, Brazilian Culture through Music & Film, etc.)] (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4000 Photo Workshop (with Latin American content) (3 hours)
  • SPAN 4250 Topics in Literature (with Latin American content) (3 hours)
  • SPAN 4650 Advanced Topics (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)

Global Civil Society

  • HIST 2040 Topics in Latin American History (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3200 Human Rights Area Studies (3 hours)
  • ILC 4150 Contemporary Issues (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2450 Twentieth-Century Latin America (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 Politics of Development (with Latin American content) (3 hours)
  • POLT 3400 Comparative Politics (with Latin American content) (3 hours)
  • POLT 4400 Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics: Latin America (or subtitle with Latin American content) (3 hours)

Students must earn 12 credit hours, of which 6 must be at the 3000 level or above, in one of the following approved areas of emphasis.

Asia Emphasis

  • Students must attain competency of at least one Asian language at the 3000 level or above.
  • Students must participate in an approved Webster University study abroad experience in Asia or in an approved international internship in Asia.
  • Students' senior projects in the capstone course (ISTL 4500) should focus on Asia.

Students must earn 12 credit hours, of which 6 must be at the 3000 level or above, from the following:

  • RELG 2070 Introduction to Religions of the East (3 hours)
  • ANTH 2500 Peoples and Cultures (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2320 Introduction to Asian Art (3 hours) HIST 2030 Topics in Asian History (3 hours)
  • MNGT 3100 Issues in Management: Asian Culture and Business (3 hours)
  • POLT 3400 Comparative Politics (with appropriate subtitle (3 hours)
  • ISTL 3550 Advanced Topics in Asian Studies (maximum 6 credits with prior approval by the International Studies Major advisor) (3 hours)

 

Europe Emphasis

Required Course:

  • HIST 2020 Topics in Modern Europe History (3 hours)

Two Courses from International Arts and Fine Arts (with European focus)

  • ENGL 2020 Introduction to Asian Art (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2030 Major British Writers II (3 hours)
  • ENG 3900 Myth and Classical Literature (Homer, Virgil, and Dante) (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4020 Heroic Themes (Malory, Spenser, and Milton) (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4150 Shakespeare I (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4160 Shakespeare II (3 hours)
  • ILC 2150 Topics in Culture* (3 hours)
  • ILC 3150 Culture and Civilization* (3 hours)
  • ILC 4150 Contemporary Issues* (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2210 Intro to the History of Western Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 3340 History of Renaissance Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 3150 Baroque Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 4600 Topics in Art History * (3 hours)
  • MUSC 1050 Introduction to Music Appreciation (3 hours)
  • MUSC 1070 Topics in Music (with European content) (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2510 Philosophic Classics: Ancient Greece and Rome (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2520 Philosophic Classics: Early Modern Europe (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3100 Literature and Philosophy (3 hours)
  • PHIL 4050 Topics in the History of Philosophy* (3 hours)

Two Courses from: Global Civil Society (with European focus)

  • HIST 3000 History of Ideas* (3 hours)
  • RELG 3180 Judaism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3190 Christianity (3 hours)
  • HIST 2200 History of Medieval Society (3 hours)
  • HIST 2210 Early Modern Europe* (3 hours)
  • HIST 2020 Topics in Modern European History* (3 hours)
  • HIST 2250 History of Russia* (3 hours)
  • HIST 2280 History of England* (3 hours)
  • HIST 2390 Encounters with History* (3 hours)
  • HIST 3060 History Roundtable* (3 hours)
  • HIST 3150 International Affairs* (3 hours)
  • HIST 4200 Advanced Studies in European History* (3 hours)
  • HIST 4600 History Seminar* (3 hours)
  • POLT 3400 Comparative Politics* (3 hours)
  • POLT 4200 Advanced Studies in Political Theory* (3 hours)
  • POLT 4100 Advanced Studies in International Politics* (3 hours)
  • POLT 4400 Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics* (3 hours)
  • POLT 4600 Political Science Seminar* (3 hours)

*May be repeated if content differs. Must have European focus.

Global Journalism Emphasis

  • JOUR 3080 Global Journalism (3 hours)

Three courses from the following:

  • JOUR 3120 Global Affairs Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3190 Topics in International Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3750 Environmental Journalism and Communications (3 hours)
  • JOUR 4220 Advanced Global Journalism (3 hours)

International Film Studies Emphasis

Two courses from the following:

  • FLST 2050 History of Film (3 hours)
  • FLST 2060 Modern World Cinema (4 hours)
  • FLST 2070 History of Animation (3 hours)
  • FLST 3160 Topics in Film (two classes cross-listed with the Int'l. Studies program) (3 hours)

International Media Communications Emphasis

  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media (3 hours)

Three courses from the following:

  • JOUR 3190 Topics in International Journalism (3 hours)
  • MEDC 3150 Topics In Media Communication (w/Int'l. content) (3 hours)
  • MEDC 3700 Topics in International Communications (w/Int'l. content) (3 hours)
  • MEDC 3800 Topics in Cultural Diversity (with international content) (3 hours)
  • ADVT 3910 International Advertising (3 hours)

 

International Business Emphasis

  • BUSN 4650 International Business (3 hours)
  • ECON 4720 International Trade and Finance (3 hours)
  • MNGT 4100 International Management (3 hours)
  • MNGT 4330 International Marketing (3 hours)

International Human Rights Emphasis

12 credit hours from among the following
(in addition to any courses selected in the above categories)

  • HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film--Documentary (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3170 Human Rights in Film--Narrative (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3200 Human Rights Area Studies (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3210 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3600 Topics in Mass Violence (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)
  • HRTS 4500 International Field Experience (3 hours)

 

Latin America Emphasis

Students should complete their international experience in a country relevant to Latin America and show proficiency at the 3000 level or above in a language also relevant to Latin America.

One from the following:

  • ISTL 1100 Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 hours)
  • ILC 2150 Topics in Culture (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • SPAN 3150 Culture and Civilization of the Spanish Speaking World: Latin America (3 hours)

One from the following:

  • ISTL 2450 Twentieth-Century Latin America (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • HIST 2040 Topics in Latin American History (3 hours)

At least two additional courses with substantial Latin American content drawn from the above or from a list of courses available from the ILC Department or from the coordinator of Latin American Studies.


Up to 12 credit hours may, with approval, apply both to the international studies major and a second or dual major. This option does not apply to a dual major in international studies and international relations, international human rights or international business, or to other similarly related areas.

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