Contact: Veerendra Lele, Director
Location: Fellows 421
The International Studies major focuses on transnational processes involving, among other things, political structures, cultural formations and expressions, and economic processes and relations. The purpose of a major in International Studies is to expose students to frameworks that highlight connections and frictions on a global level in terms that are broadly historical, geographical, and comparative.
International Studies must be taken as a double major. It can be combined with any other major offered at Denison. International Studies students are encouraged to articulate a synergistic relationship between their program of study in International Studies, their other major, and the required off-campus experience.
The general requirements for a double major in International Studies consist of 11 courses (3 international studies core courses, 8 courses selected from department and program course offerings) distributed as follows:
CORE COURSES: (3)
A. The Making of the Modern World (INTL-100)
B. Dilemmas in the International System (INTL-200)
C. Senior Capstone Seminar (INTL-400)
FOUNDATION COURSES: One from each category (2)
D. Political Economy
E. Culture Analysis
A list of approved Foundation Courses is posted on the International Studies home page every semester.
CONCENTRATION: four courses—organized regionally and thematically (4)
F. Individual students will define a coherent thematic focus with particular guidelines to be determined by the international studies program committee.
G. Two semesters of language training beyond the GE requirement. Where possible, language training should be consistent with thematic/regional concentration. In most cases this additional year will be in the same language as that used to fulfill the GE requirement, unless otherwise justified (e.g., in special cases where the concentration might warrant studying another language) in the student's proposal.
H. Majors are required to have an off-campus study experience that is relevant to their course of study. While the expectation is that most majors will take advantage of opportunities outside North America, some domestic programs may be approved. This off-campus experience can involve a relevant off-campus study program, an internship related to International Studies or a Denison course that has a significant (at least 4 weeks) off-campus component. The off-campus study experience should, where possible, carry academic credit. In all cases, students must articulate the connections between their course of study in International Studies, their other major and their choice of off-campus experience in the required student proposal.
I. Students declare the double major in International Studies during the second semester of their sophomore year. In that semester prospective majors must submit a proposal to the INTL program committee, in which they discuss the goals of their overall academic program, the links between their two majors, a plan of courses for both of their majors, the thematic focus for the concentration, and their plans for off-campus study. The proposal must be based on discussions between the student and two concentration advisors assigned by the INTL program committee. The proposal must be approved by the INTL program committee. Further information about the proposal process can be found on the International Studies home page.
A Few Guidelines:
(a) Double counting: A total of three (3) courses may be double counted with the student's other major; of these, no more than two (2) of the concentration courses may be double counted.
(b) Only one (1) of the concentration courses may be a directed study.
(c) Up to two (2) courses taken in off-campus study program may be counted as concentration course unless granted by INTL program committee.
(d) All International Studies majors must have a faculty member of the International Studies program committee as one of their faculty advisors on record with the Registrar’s office.
Please contact Professor Veerendra Lele (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.