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International Studies

 

Information

 

Program Coordinator

Department Office: Sage 3439
Department Telephone: (920) 424-1291

African Studies Coordinator

Department Office: Sage 3439
Department Telephone: (920) 424-1291

James Frey, Asian Studies Coordinator

Department Office: Sage 3612
Department Telephone: (920) 424-2456

Heike Alberts, European Studies Coordinator

Department Office: Sage 4461
Department Telephone: (920) 424-4105

Rocio Cortes, Latin American Studies Coordinator

Department Office: Dempsey230
Department Telephone: (920) 424-4004

Code 59 or INTRNTL

 

Faculty

Alberts
Baltutis
P. Brown
Bryan
Burr
Carlin
Cortes
Dziedzic
Frey
Gier
Gomez-Torres
Gonzales-Muntaner
Hohbein-Deegen
Jasinski
Kapelusz-Poppi
Lareau
Loewenstein
Mouton
Ngaboh-Smart
Palmeri
Pontynen
Rivers
D. Robson
Rutz
Scribner
Siemers
Slagter
Subulwa
Wade-Sirabian
Zaniewski

 

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in International Studies can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.
  • Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program. However, students who complete a major in our department may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Business or Public Administration. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.
 

Summary of Fields of Study

1. Goal(s)

  • See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. The Major(s)

  • The Department offers a choice of four topical emphases within the International Studies major. These are: 1) General International Studies, 2) International Business, 3) International Development and 4) Global and National Security.
  • Within the General International Studies emphasis, students may choose from the following area studies or disciplinary emphases: 1) African Studies, 2) Asian Studies, 3) European Studies, 4) Latin American Studies, 5) Anthropology, 6) Art, 7) Economics, 8) English, 9) French, 10) German, 11) Spanish, 12) Geography, 13) History, 14) Political Science and 15) Religious Studies.

3. The Minor(s)

  • The Department offers four minors: 1) African Studies, 2) Asian Studies, 3) European Studies and 4) Latin American Studies.

 

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the International Studies major or Area Studies minor.
  • All students majoring in International Studies are required to complete 36 credits in the major, which include:1) Required Courses (6 crs.), 2) Emphasis/Specialization (15 crs.), 3) Elective Courses (15 crs.)
  • For a complete list of courses that fulfill each emphasis or specialization, please see course lists below.
  • Within their emphasis and elective courses, a maximum of nine credits of introductory classes (100-200 level) may be counted towards the 36 credit requirement.
  • Students must include one course from at least four disciplines specified from Course List 2 in their 36 credits major.
  • Foreign language requirement – All International Studies majors are also required to complete the foreign language requirement for the University’s Bachelor of Arts Degree, in addition to the 36 required credits of International Studies courses. See the University degree requirements for details.

NOTE: Students enrolled in all tracks of the International Studies major are strongly advised to consult regularly with their advisor during programming each term. Such sessions will enable advisors to assist enrolled majors in making appropriate choices from available courses to assure that they meet all requirements of the International Studies major and include the required prerequisites for core courses.

Because of the numerous tracks within International Studies and the choices each offers there is no such thing as a “typical program of study”. Students enrolled in the International Studies Program may obtain sample programs of study, for each emphasis offered, from the International Studies office or at: http://www.uwosh.edu/international, but consultation with an advisor is essential due to the individual planning involved within the International Studies major.

 

Required Core Courses

 

International Studies (6 crs.)

  • International Studies 205 Contemporary International Issues (3 crs.)
  • International Studies 402 Senior Seminar in International Studies (3 crs.) OR International Studies 403 Honors: Senior Seminar in International Studies (3 crs.)

Comment: Two types of courses count for credit in the International Studies major: those with the prefix International Studies, which appear as List 1 and courses offered by disciplines participating in this program, which appear as List 2. Only courses on Lists 1 and 2 count toward International Studies.

 

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

 

1. International Studies Major

  • In Addition to the Core Courses:
    • Emphasis: (15 crs.) Students must choose at least one emphasis from those listed below.
    • Electives: (15 crs.)

 

Topical Emphases

A. International Development Emphasis (15 crs.)

Recommended for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to development issues, as a preparation for careers with businesses, government agencies, AID contractors, Non-Governmental Organizations and relief organizations involved in developing countries.

  • Required courses in addition to the Core:
    • Economics 319 – Economics of Least Developed Countries
    • International Studies 308/309 – Revolution and Development
    • International Studies 341 – Multinational Corporations
    • Political Science 326 – Politics of Development

And one of the following:

    • Political Science 322 – International Political Economy
    • Political Science 323 – Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Elective Courses (15 crs.):
    • An additional 15 credits selected from both Course Lists 1 and 2.
    • Students must include one course from at least four disciplines specified from Course List 2 in their 36 credit major.
    • A maximum of nine credits of introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major.

Comments: Prerequisites: Some of the courses above have prerequisites. Students are responsible for checking the course descriptions for prerequisites. Students are strongly advised to consult regularly with their International Studies advisor to plan the completion of the necessary prerequisites in advance.

 

B. Global and National Security Emphasis (15 crs.)

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers as analysts or managers in national and homeland security in their respective countries, either with government agencies or in the private security sector.

  • Required courses in addition to the Core:
    • International Studies 302 – United States National Security Policy
    • International Studies 315 – Perspectives on the Nuclear Age
    • Political Science 376 – International Conflict
    • And two of the following:
    • History 391 – War, the American Military & U.S. Foreign Relations, 1919-Present
    • History 395 – United States Military History
    • Military Science 304 – Military History of World War II
    • Political Science 328 – Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Elective Courses (15 crs.):
    • An additional 15 credits to be selected from Course Lists 1 and 2 only:
    • Students must include at least one course from each of any of the four disciplines specified in Course List 2 in their 36 credits major.
    • A maximum of nine credits in introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major.

 

C. International Business Emphasis (15 crs.)

Recommended for students who wish to combine study in Business Administration with an International Studies major, as preparation for business careers with firms engaged in international and global activities, including multinational corporations.

  • Required courses in addition to the Core:
    • International Studies – 308/309 Revolution and Development
    • Marketing 375 – Global Marketing
    • Economics 420 – International Finance and Trade
    • International Studies 341 – Multinational Corporations
    • Political Science 322 – International Political Economy
  • Elective Courses (15 crs.):
    • An additional 15 credits selected from both Course Lists 1 and 2.
    • Students must include one course from at least four disciplines specified in Course List 2 in their 36 credit major.
    • A maximum of nine credits of introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major.
    • In addition to the 36 credits included in their International Studies major, students enrolled in the International Business Emphasis are required to take at least 12 credits of Business (including Marketing 375).

Comments: Students enrolled in the International Business Emphasis are strongly advised to complete a minor in Business in the College of Business (COB).

  • Prerequisites: Many of these courses have prerequisites. Students are responsible for checking the course descriptions for prerequisites. Students are strongly advised to consult regularly with their International Studies advisor to plan the completion of the necessary prerequisites in advance.
  • Students studying French and Spanish to meet the International Studies foreign language requirement should consider taking Business French (French 308) or Business Spanish (Spanish 308) as an elective within their Foreign Language major.

 

Specialization Regional Emphases

Recommended for students who wish to develop a broad knowledge of international affairs suitable to a wide variety of careers in government, teaching, tourism and service professionals.

  • Required Courses (15 crs.): In addition to the Core:
  • A 15 credit specialization in the Regional Studies discipline. The specialization can be chosen from Course List 3 or developed with the assistance of the International Studies Program Coordinator.

Students can choose the following Specialization Regional Emphases:

A. African Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
B. Asian Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
C. European Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
D. Latin American Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)

 

Specialization Disciplinary Emphases

  • Required Courses (15 crs.): In addition to the Core:
  • A 15 credit specialization in the Disciplinary Studies discipline. The specialization can be chosen from

Students can choose the following Specialization Disciplinary Emphases:

A. Anthropology International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
B.
Art International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
C.
Economics International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
D. English International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
E. French International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
F.
German International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
G. Spanish International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
H.
Geography International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
I. History International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
J.
Political Science International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)
K.
Religious Studies International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.

 

Specialization Self-Designed Emphasis

A. Self-Designed International Studies Emphasis (15 crs.)

  • Specialization in a particular discipline – Disciplinary Emphasis (courses chosen from Course List 2):
  • Elective Courses (15 crs.):
    • An additional 15 credits selected from both Course Lists 1 and 2.
    • Students must include one course from at least four disciplines specified from Course List 2 in their 36 credit major.
    • A maximum of nine credits of introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major.

Comments: Students may find it advantageous to develop overlapping specializations by combining their chosen emphasis within the International Studies major with a minor in one of the Area Studies or in a participating discipline. Please see your International Studies advisor for more information.

 

The Minor(s)

 

1.  African Studies

Recommended for students who seek specialized knowledge of Africa to supplement their majors and to enhance their career opportunities.

  • Required Credit: 24 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • International Studies: International Studies 402 or 403
  • Other Requirements: 21 additional credits from the courses in the African Studies section of Course List 3. Students must include one course each from any four of the disciplines specified in the African Studies list.
  • Electives: Additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be taken from Course Lists 1 and 2.

Comment: Courses which satisfy the credit requirements of this minor also count toward an International Studies major, enabling students to combine the two into a package of complementing specializations.
French is the recommended foreign language for this minor.

 

2.  Asian Studies

Recommended for students who wish to acquire a competence in Asian affairs and culture to supplement their majors and enable careers related to this area.

  • Required Credits: 24 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • International Studies: International Studies 402 or 403
  • Other Requirements: 21 additional credits from the courses in the Asian Studies section of Course List 3. Of these 21 credits: 12 must be upper division credits from three of the disciplines specified in the Asian Studies list.
  • Electives: Additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be taken from Course Lists 1 and 2, or from any course on Course List 3, under Asian Studies.
  • Students enrolled in the Asian Studies minor are encouraged to study the Japanese language. Asian Studies minors may count Japanese 211 in their Asian Studies Minor.

Comment: Courses which satisfy the credit requirements of this minor also count toward an International Studies major, enabling students to combine the two into a package of complementing specializations.

 

3.  European Studies

Recommended for students who wish to acquire a specialized knowledge of European affairs and culture to supplement their majors and to prepare for careers related to this area.

  • Required Credits: 24 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • International Studies: International Studies 402 or 403
  • Other Requirements: 21 additional credits from the courses in the European Studies section of Course List 3.
  • Electives: Additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be taken from Course Lists 1 and 2.

Comment: Courses which satisfy the credit requirements of this minor also count toward an International Studies major, enabling students to combine the two into a package of complementing specializations.

 

4.  Latin American Studies

Recommended for students who wish to acquire a specialized knowledge of Latin American affairs and culture to supplement their majors and to prepare for careers related to this area, or for a teaching license in this field.

  • Required Credits: 24 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • International Studies: International Studies 420 (Seminar in Latin American Studies)
  • Other Requirements: 21 additional credits from the courses in the Latin American Studies section of Course List 3. Students must include at least one course each from any four of the disciplines specified in the Latin American Studies list.
  • Electives: Additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be taken from Course Lists 1 and 2.

Comment: Courses which satisfy the credit requirements of this minor also count toward an International Studies major, enabling students to combine the two into a package of complementing specializations.Students are strongly advised to include at least two years of Spanish in their studies.

 

Course Offerings

International Studies    205

3 (crs.)

Contemporary International Issues (XS)(GC)

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the basics of the functioning of the international system and some of the factors involved in international affairs and diplomatic relations between the world’s nations. The course will introduce students to the various regions and cultures of the world, and the difference between industrialized and developing nations, as well as the many categories used in comparing nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The course will use current issues and case studies from each of the world’s regions to introduce the concepts of globalization, interdependence, and global inequality. (Fall)

 

 

International Studies    206

3 (crs.)

Contemporary International Issues (XS)(GC)

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the basics of the functioning of the international system and some of the factors involved in international affairs and diplomatic relations between the world’s nations. The course will introduce students to the various regions and cultures of the world, and the difference between industrialized and developing nations, as well as the many categories used in comparing nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The course will use current issues and case studies from each of the world’s regions to introduce the concepts of globalization, interdependence, and global inequality.  (Fall)

 

 

International Studies    207

3 (crs.)

Contemporary International Issues (XS)(GC)

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the basics of the functioning of the international system and some of the factors involved in international affairs and diplomatic relations between the world’s nations. The course will introduce students to the various regions and cultures of the world, and the difference between industrialized and developing nations, as well as the many categories used in comparing nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The course will use current issues and case studies from each of the world’s regions to introduce the concepts of globalization, interdependence, and global inequality. (Fall)

 

 

International Studies    227

3 (crs.)

Diplomatic Practice

Study of and practical experience in the techniques of international and global diplomacy, utilizing role playing to provide direct experience. The course will focus on the methods by which international diplomacy is conducted, with particular emphasis on multilateral settings in international organizations. Prerequisite: (Choose 1) International Studies 205 or Geography 102 or Political Science 115; or consent of instructor. Students are allowed to repeat 227 twice and count the course toward the major and toward graduation up to three times. (Fall)

 

 

International Studies    228

3 (crs.)

Honors: Practicum in Diplomatic Practice

Study of and practical experience in the techniques of international and global diplomacy, utilizing role playing to provide direct experience. The course will focus on the methods by which international diplomacy is conducted, with particular emphasis on multilateral settings in international organizations. Prerequisite: International Studies 205 and either Geography 102 or Political Science 115, and consent of instructor. (Fall)

 

 

International Studies    250

1 – 3 (crs.)

Special Topics

Selected topics in International Studies.

 

 

International Studies    302

3 (crs.)

United States National Security Policy

Military, economic, and political aspects of national security. NATO and other alliances; military aid; arms control; the military-industrial complex; politics of the defense budget.

 

 

International Studies    308

3 (crs.)

Revolution and Development (GS)

Analysis of socio-cultural diversity, economic underdevelopment, and political instability as problems in nation-building in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Formulation of strategies to promote national integration and development. Case studies and role playing. This is a Global Scholar course. Prerequisites: International Studies 205 and Economics 204 or consent of instructor. 308/508 (Fall)

 

 

International Studies    309

3 (crs.)

Honors: Revolution and Development (GS)

Analysis of socio-cultural diversity, economic underdevelopment, and political instability as problems in nation-building in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Formulation of strategies to promote national integration and development. Case studies and role playing. This is a Global Scholar course. Prerequisite: International Studies 205 and Economics 204, or consent of instructor. 308/508(Fall)

 

 

International Studies    312

3 (crs.)

Understanding Japan

An introduction to Japanese culture (emphasizing basic attitudes and values of the Japanese people) and to the problems which arise due to the different cultural backgrounds of citizens of the United States and Japan. Particular emphasis will be placed upon personal interaction in a business setting and business practices.

 

 

International Studies    315

3 (crs.)

Perspectives on the Nuclear Age

An examination of the decisions by various governments regarding whether to produce nuclear weapons and the purpose of such weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the context of the global Non-proliferation System, as well as the risks of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction. Students will study both Nuclear Weapon States and aspirants to that category, as well as the numerous international treaties dealing with nuclear weapons and efforts to prevent their proliferation.

 

 

International Studies    321

3 (crs.)

Central American Culture

Contemporary Central American culture with emphasis on political, social, economic, and religious development, popular and personal attitudes, methods of business, leisure activities, and the arts. Regional and individual country approach.

 

 

International Studies    332

1 – 4 (crs.)

Study Tour

Study tours, including travel to various regions of the globe, directed and led by faculty members of the International Studies Program, to provide students with direct contact with other cultures and societies. Includes background readings, field lectures, and reporting by the student as specified by the instructor in each case. Information on specific trips, fees, transportation, and trip expenses will be announced each time the course is scheduled.

 

 

International Studies    333

1 – 3 (crs.)

Study Tour

Study tours, including travel to various regions of the globe, directed and led by faculty members of the International Studies Program, to provide students with direct contact with other cultures and societies. Includes background readings, field lectures, and reporting by the student as specified by the instructor in each case. Information on specific trips, fees, transportation, and trip expenses will be announced each time the course is scheduled.

 

 

International Studies    341

3 (crs.)

Multinational Corporations in the International System

A study of the role of multinational corporations in the modern world economy, their operating methods, and the effect of these corporations on home and host countries. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role playing to provide practical experiences. Prerequisite: (Choose 1) International Studies 205, Economics 204, or Political Science 101, or consent of instructor. 341/541 (Spring)

 

 

International Studies    351

1 – 3 (crs.)

Special Topics

Selected topics in International Studies.

 

 

International Studies    364

3 (crs.)

International Negotiation(GS)

A study of the techniques and procedures of international negotiation, stressing the methods utilized by professional diplomats and international civil servants to seek agreements regarding disputes between nations. Case studies from Africa and Asia will be employed to illustrate bilateral and multilateral negotiations,  considering the effect of culture and tradition on the methods of diplomacy. This requires successful participation in simulation exercises as well as background from prior learning in other courses giving credit in the International Studies Major. Prerequisite: International Studies 205 and consent of instructor. Students are allowed to repeat the course up to five times, counting the credits both toward the major and toward graduation.

 

 

International Studies    396

1 – 6 (crs.)

Internship in International Studies

An individually arranged internship that enables students to gain practical experience working with government agencies, private groups, organizations, or businesses involved in international affairs or transactions. These experiences are intended for advanced students with extensive course work relating to International Studies. Students will prepare papers based on their experiences as well as being evaluated by their supervisors at the appropriate agency. Consult the coordinator for further information. Prerequisite: International Studies 205 and at least 12 units (crs.) of upper division (300 or 400 level) courses from International Studies Course List 2 or permission of coordinator of International Studies.

 

 

International Studies    402

3 (crs.)

Senior Seminar in International Studies

A capstone International Studies senior seminar intended to be taken as the final step in completion of the major or minor, using the study of selected topics from the field of International Studies. Students are expected to utilize their knowledge of the several disciplines that comprise the International Studies major, based on the previous courses they have completed within these disciplines. Prerequisite: International Studies 205 and 12 credits of upper division (300 or 400 level) courses from International Studies Course List 2, including courses from at least two disciplines from that list, or permission of the coordinator of International Studies. (Spring)

 

 

International Studies    403

3 (crs.)

Honors: Senior Seminar in International Studies

A capstone International Studies senior seminar intended to be taken as the final step in completion of the major or minor, using the study of selected topics from the field of International Studies. Students are expected to utilize their knowledge of the several disciplines that comprise the International Studies major, based on the previous courses they have completed within these disciplines. Prerequisites: A student in good standing in the University Honors Program. International Studies 205 and 12 credits of upper division (300 or 400 level) courses from International Studies Course List 2, including courses from at least two disciplines from that list, or permission of the coordinator of International Studies. (Spring)

 

 

International Studies    420

3 (crs.)

Seminar in Latin American Studies

Seminar on Latin America, drawing upon the various disciplines of the social sciences, and stressing the role of each field in developing a total picture of Latin America. Prerequisite: Nine units (crs.) of Latin American Studies courses or consent of the instructor. (Spring)

 

 

International Studies    446

1 – 3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

 

 

International Studies    456

1 – 3 (crs.)

Related Readings

See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

 

 

International Studies    474

1 – 6 (crs.)

Honors Thesis

Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student’s major field of study, e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ‘Honors Thesis.’ Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Prerequisite: The Honors College and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).