Degree Essentials

International Studies


Isis Nusair, Chair

Hanada Al-Masir (Modern Languages), Gary Baker (Modern Languages), Brenda Boyle (English), John Cort (Religion), Katy Crossley-Frolick (Political Science), John Davis (Sociology/Anthropology), Sue Davis (Off-Campus Studies), Susan Diduk (Sociology/Anthropology), Quentin Duroy (Economics), Joanna Grabski (Art History), Alina Haliliuc (Communication), Fadhel Kaboub (Economics), Sangeet Kumar (Communication), Veerendra Lele (Sociology/Anthropology), Jeehyun Lim (English), Diana Mafe (English), Isis Nusair (International Studies and Women's Studies), K. Russell Shekha (Sociology/Anthropology), Taku Suzuki (International Studies), Joanna Tague (History); Academic Administrative Assistant Vikky Shekha

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The International Studies program is interdisciplinary in nature. It encourages all of its students to view the world from interdisciplinary perspectives and to be broadly concerned with social, political, economic, historical, and cultural processes, and the power differentials and links that connect individuals, communities, groups, states and regions across the globe.

International Studies Major

Students who major in International Studies must take the following courses:

  • INTL 100 "The Making of the Modern World" (the introductory course to the major, taken by the end of sophomore year)

  • INTL 200 "Themes and Approaches" (required for sophomore International Studies majors)

  • INTL 201 "Major Proposal Course" (1-credit proposal writing course, taken Spring semester sophomore year)

  • INTL 400 "Senior Capstone Seminar" (offered in the Fall semester for International Studies seniors)

  • Two INTL 250 electives "Tracing Global Processes" (several elective courses offered each semester)

  • Four courses organized into a thematic concentration ("concentration courses")

  • Two semesters of non-English language study beyond the Denison GE requirement

  • Relevant off-campus study experience

  1. Majors must take INTL 100, 200, and 201 by the end of the sophomore year.

  2. In the INTL 201 course students will propose four (4) courses that they will use as their "concentration courses" to fulfill their specific concentration area within International Studies. Up to three (3) courses from their OCS program may count towards their concentration.

  3. The language requirement can be fulfilled in a number of ways, and students should consult with the INTL Director or another INTL faculty advisor. Students may include in their off-campus study a language particular to that program and one that is not taught at Denison. Students who enter Denison as multilingual students may have already fulfilled the INTL language requirement.

  4. All majors in International Studies must take INTL 400 the senior capstone seminar in the Fall semester of their senior year.