International Studies at Aquinas College

International Studies Major (BA)

Thirty-three (35) credit hours with no more than twelve (12) hours taken in one department. Required courses:

  • ONE of the following:
    • PS332
    • PS333
    • PS334
    • PS335
  • PS387 (WI)
  • PS388
  • ES211
  • ES342
  • IS400 Senior Capstone Seminar
  • HY162 (GP)
  • Fifteen (15) semester hours of electives (see below)

Minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 (C) required in core courses. A working knowledge of at least one modern language, in addition to English, is also required.

The remaining fifteen (15) credits of elective courses work to complete the major may be taken from the departmental entries below. Additional course may be approved for electives by the Program Coordinator.
 

Business and Economics Courses:
  • BS315 Culture and International Trade (3) GP
  • ES 212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) 
  • ES313 International Business (3) GP
  • ES435 Development Economics (3)
  • ES492 History of Economic Thought (3) WI

English Courses:

  • EH211 World Literature (3) AT, GP
  • EH212 World Literature (3) AT, GP

World Language Courses:

  • WL230 European Cultures and Identities (3)

Geography Courses:

  • GY120 Human Geography (4) GP
  • GY140 World Regional Geography (3) GP
  • GY310 Special Topics in Geography (3) (with permission)
  • GY370 Geography of Natural Resources (3)

History Courses:

  • HY161 World History I (3) HP    
  • HY221 History of Asia (3)    
  • HY230 Latin American History (3)    
  • HY250 Russian History (3)    
  • HY270 Modern Europe (3)    
  • HY271 The Middle East (3)
  • HY303 History of China (3)
  • HY304 History of Japan (3)
  • HY312 Special Topics in World History (with permission)
  • HY316 World War II (3)
  • HY322 Modern Germany (3)
  • HY371 Europe Since 1945 (3)

International Studies Courses:

  • IS397 Field Experience (negotiated credits)
  • IS398 Readings (negotiated credits)
  • IS399 Independent Project (negotiated credits)

Political Science Courses:

  • PS150 The World in Crisis (3) PGC
  • PS/PH312 Political Thought: Its Histories and Concepts (3)
  • PS331 European Politics (3)    
    • Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval
  • PS332 Politics of Developing Countries (3)
    • Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval
  • PS333 Latin American Politics (3)    
    • Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval
  • PS334 SS1/SS2 Mid East Politics (3)
  • PS335 SS1/SS2 The Politics of Africa (3) 
  • PS390 International Law (3)
    • Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval
  • PS391 International Organizations (3)     
    • Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval

Sociology Courses:

  • SY103 Cultural Anthropology (3) GP
  • SY/WS207 Arab Women (3) GP
  • SY/WS315 Women and Development (3)

Courses

  • PS332 Politics of Developing Countries (3) SS1/SS2

    Exploration and comparison of government and politics in various developing areas of the world. Fundamental analysis of the issues of development within a comparative framework and political economy is emphasized.

  • PS333 Politics of Latin America (3) SS1/SS2

    Comparative examination of politics and governments in Latin America. Examine the internal politics and policy making, political institutions, cultures and locus of power in “newly industrialized states,” socialist states, less developed states, and developing states of Latin America.

  • PS334 Mid East Politics (3) SS1/SS2

    An in-depth examination of politics and foreign policy in the Middle East. Issues discussed include Arab-Israeli-Palestinian relationships, specific interstate rivalries in the Middle East (Iran v Iraq), the role of super-power politics, ongoing Middle East Peace negotiations, the political economy of oil, and the effect of religious diversity on politics. Participation in the Model Arab League may also be a part of this course.

  • PS335 The Politics of Africa (3) SS1/SS2

    The comparative examination of the politics and governments of African states. Issues of development, culture, and political economy are discussed. Political interaction within and between African states is examined.

  • PS387 International Relations (3) SS1/SS2, WI

    This is an upper-division course on the contemporary history and theory of international relations. Examined is the interaction of various international actors such as nation-states, international organizations and regimes, multinational corporations and even individuals and groups who influence world politics. International Political Economy and Post-Cold War Crises are emphasized. Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval.

  • PS388 American Foreign Policy (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is designed as a critical examination and in-depth evaluation of American Foreign Policy. The actors and processes involved in making and executing foreign policy will be examined, along with the policy perspectives of the major nation-states and international organizations with which the United States interacts. We will look at the history of US foreign policy, with a special emphasis on 20th century interaction. Specifically, we will study: US–Soviet/Russian relations, the rise and decline of US Hegemony, United States–Japanese and Sino relations, American policy toward West and East Europe, US policy in Central and Latin America, US policy toward Africa, and American foreign economic policy. Emphasis is placed on counter-revolution and counter terror policies. Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval.

  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the economic behavior of households and firms, economic outcomes under various market structures, market failures, and international trade.

  • ES342 International Economics (3)

    A study of the fundamental principles of international economic relations. Subjects covered include the economic basis for international specialization and trade, the economic gains from trade, trade policies, economic blocs, and the international financial system. Prerequisite: ES211, ES212.

  • IS400 Senior Capstone Seminar

  • HY162 World History (3) HP, GP

    Survey of World History from 1500 to the present. Major topics covered include the development of the scientific world view, the industrial revolution, imperialism, revolutionary movements, modern ideologies, world war, decolonization, and the Cold War.

  • BS315 Culture in International Business (3)

    Explores such complex elements as language and communication, cultural and pragmatic disparities of background, and other issues critical to successful international business relations.

  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the business cycle (fluctuations in national income and employment) and inflation; basics of international finance.

  • BS313/ES313 International Business (3) BE, GP

    An introduction to international business theory and practice. The balance of trade, balance of payments, international business strategy options, and the various modes of conducting international trade are included.

  • ES435 Development Economics (3)

    A study of economic development from primitive agricultural economies to modern manufacturing and post-industrial economies. Subjects include the many economic changes that accompany economic growth and why economic growth does or does not occur. Prerequisite: One course in economics.

  • ES492 History of Economic Thought (3) WI

    Analysis of the contributions and perspectives of major economic thinkers from Adam Smith to the present. Prerequisite: ES211 and junior status.

  • EH212 World Literature in English (3) AC, GP

    A study of world authors who are not British or American but whose work is written in English. Authors covered may include writers from South Africa, Canada, India, the West Indies, Nigeria or other countries where English serves as a first or common language.

  • WL230 European Cultures and Identities (3)

    This course examines the notions of Europe and the diverse interactive cultures and identities of the people living in Europe. From a multidisciplinary perspective it offers students the opportunity to improve their knowledge of Europe in light of a broad spectrum of cultures. Specifically, it explores the development and current state-of-affairs of these cultures in France, Germany and Spain as European Union members. This is not a course about the history of the European Union per se; however, selected readings will demonstrate how historical experiences and memories play a vital role in shaping identities and cultures. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the different perspectives and issues arising from this cultural diversity and study European cultures within a wider international and global viewpoint. Note: Strongly recommended for FH/GN/SH majors and minors, this course counts towards degree requirements. Prerequisite: None

  • GY120 Human Geography (4) PGC, GP

    The geographic subfield of Human Geography discusses and interprets the role of human beings as they are distributed across the surface of the earth. This is a far-ranging field of inquiry that incorporates information from the traditional social scientific realms of economics, sociology, political science, and anthropology into a spatial analysis of the world around us. Given the nature of the topic, this course will be introductory in nature and examine the breadth of cultural geographic thought.

  • GY140 World Regional Geography (3) PGC, GP

    An introduction to human and physical geography by use of the world regional approach. Fundamental geographic concepts and ideas (regional economic development, global systems, spatial diffusion) are presented in different regional contexts.

  • GY310 Special Topics in Geography (3)

    Variable topic in geography offered on an occasional basis. This course is not accepted for Social Science or Natural World General Education credit.

  • GY370 Geography of Water Resources (3)

    The Geography of Water Resources is a course that looks at the nature and distribution of the water resources that our society depends upon. A sizeable portion of the course will detail the characteristics of the different sources of water as well as the myriad environmental and legal problems that arise from our usage of this resource. Prerequisite: GY101 or instructor approval. This course is not accepted for Social Science or Natural World General Education credit.

  • HY161 World History (3) HP

    Survey of World History from the advent of settled farming communities until the maritime revolution of the fifteenth century (roughly 10,000 BC–AD 1500). Special topics covered include prehistory, the advent of civilization, the expansion of trade and cultural exchange, the social-political organizations of pre-modern societies and the emergence of the world’s great religious traditions.

  • HY221 History of Asia (3) HP

    This course examines the cultural, economic, political, and religious development of East Asian civilizations from ancient times until today, with an emphasis on China, Korea, and Japan.  Throughout the semester we will examine the ways in which patterns of East Asian political systems, cultural values, religions and social structures developed during the modern era. We will also explore each country’s distinct identity, the modernization process, and the fate of traditional institutions, systems, and customs.

  • HY230 Latin American History (3) HP

    A study of the history and culture of Latin America from the first European contact to the present. Special emphasis is placed on Latin American relations with the United States. 

  • HY250 Russian History (3) HP

    A general overview of Russian history, beginning with its origins in 9th century Kiev. Other topics include Russia under the Mongols, the rise of Muscovy, the expansion and expansion of the Russian Empire, the establishment and collapse of the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia.

  • HY270 Modern Europe (3) HP

    A survey of European history from the French Revolution 1789 to the present. Major themes include the revolutionary and Napoleonic era, nineteenth-century ideologies, industrialization, imperialism, modernism, the women’s movement, World War I, totalitarianism, World War II, the Cold War, the European Union,  Decolonization, and the collapse of the Soviet bloc

  • HY271 The Middle East (3) HP

    Political, cultural, and economic development from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Islam, the Ottoman Empire, Zionism, the Arab-Israeli dispute, the Palestinians, and oil.

  • HY303 The History of China (3)

    A study of the cultural, political, and economic development of China with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Special topics include Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, European imperialism, the Communist Revolution, and U.S.-China relations

  • HY304 History of Japan (3)

    A study of the cultural and political development of Japan from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Buddhism, Shinto, the Samurai code, the Shogunate, the modernization of Japan, and U.S. - Japan relations

  • HY312 Special Topics in World History (3)

    Special topics in world history offered on an occasional basis. Historical Literature and Methodology

  • HY316 History of War (3)

    This is a variable topics course that will explore the history of different wars. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the history of the Mexican-American War, the Boer War, WWI, and WWII.

  • HY322 Modern Germany (3)

    Survey of German History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics covered include the end of the old regime, German unification, the German Empire, World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, World War II, postwar Germany, and reunification.

  • HY371 Europe Since 1945 (3)

    Special topics include consolidation of the eastern bloc, the Cold War, the Marshall Plan and economic recovery of Europe, the trauma of de-colonization, collapse of the Soviet system, and movements toward a European union

  • IS397 Field Experience (negotiated credits)

  • IS398 Readings (negotiated credits)

  • IS399 Independent Project (negotiated credits)

  • PS150 The World in Crisis (3) SS1/SS2, GP

    Introduction to the dynamics of global interaction and international relations. Developing of a basic understanding of the international system and modes of conflict and cooperation in international problem areas such as Bosnia, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Chiapas, East Los Angeles, Haiti, Somalia, American Embassies, Tokyo subways, Iraq, Kuwait, Arab-Israeli relations, human rights violations, armed conflict, poverty, environmental degradation, religious confrontation and diplomacy.

  • PH312/PS312 Political Thought: Its Histories & Concepts (3)

    Highlights of the history of political philosophy, Ancients, Medieval, Modern social contract theories, Marxism, liberalism, and postmodernism, using primary and secondary source materials. Deals with the relationship between politics and truth; the nature of political authority; democratic theory; the nature of the good society and its relationship to particular theories of human nature.

  • PS331 European Politics (3) SS1/SS2

    Government and politics of England, France, West Germany, and the Soviet Union, comparison to each other and to the United States.

  • PS390 International Law (3) SS1/SS2

    In-depth study of law and mores guiding nations and individuals in relations with other nations and peoples. Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval.

  • PS391 International Organizations (3) SS1/SS2

    Theory and practice of international organizations; successes, failures and operations of United Nations and various regional integrative efforts. Theories of integration. Participation in the Model United Nations may also be a part of this course. Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval

  • SY103 Cultural Anthropology (3) PCG, GP

    Analysis of human cultural adaptations in various societies around the world.

  • SY207/WS207 Arab Women (3) GP

    This course explores various Arab communities, both historic and contemporary, to focus on the diverse lives of Arab women: tribal nomadic, small village, immigrant and urban. Through the novel, ethnography, memoir and poetry, the course examines Arab practices and reflects on the dynamics of gender and power in students’ own cultures.

  • SY315/WS315 Women and Development (3)

    Examination of women’s involvement in development and social change activities across diverse societies. Use of sociology and women’s studies theories and analyses to understand development roles played by women in public and private spheres.