Area of Concentration in International Studies
Wabash College is committed to preparing its students for leadership and service in a changing global society. As part of that commitment, the Program in International Studies affords students the opportunity to gain a firm grounding in either Latin American or European studies. Available to students majoring in any discipline, the Program in International Studies encourages students to improve their language proficiency and learn about Latin American or European nations. Through coursework, off-campus study, and a summer internship, students in the Program in International Studies may obtain a coherent, well-rounded understanding of another culture. Successful completion of the Program satisfies the College requirement for an area of concentration. The Program is administered by the International Studies Committee.
The requirements of the program include the following:
• Spanish, French, or German at the proficiency level associated with four semesters of college-level language study by the end of the sophomore year.
• Four courses outside the major designated as international studies courses. The International Studies Committee will approve this set of courses as part of the application process. At least two of the courses should be taken at Wabash before the off-campus experience. Students are encouraged to use relevant work done on off-campus study to help fulfill this requirement.
• Two half-credit seminars on international studies. Students will take the first in the spring semester of the sophomore year and the second in spring semester of the senior year.
• At least one semester (normally spring semester junior year) of off-campus study in a European or Latin American country where students can practice their newly acquired language skills.
• A summer internship, where possible, related to a student’s major field of study, after his off-campus study period, in the country where he studied.
Students apply for admission to the program in International Studies in the fall of their sophomore year. Applicants are expected to meet the basic requirements for off-campus study (including a 3.00 GPA). They must be on track to complete four semesters of college-level language by the following spring semester. They will be asked to furnish information about their interest in international studies and provide information needed on the off-campus study application, including material about the off-campus program(s) in which they propose to enroll. In consultation with IS committee members, students, shall list on their applications the names of their own committee members. The student’s committee should made up of individuals on the IS committee or who teach courses listed in the student’s own IS area of concentration.
In addition to the two half-credit seminars, the Program in International Studies requires students to take four additional courses related to international studies in general or to the student’s area of study within the Program, i.e., Europe or Latin America. These courses must be outside the student’s major (and any other minor).
At least two of these should be taken at Wabash before studying off-campus. The courses appropriate for satisfying this requirement will vary, depending on the student’s major (and any other minor). In general, students may not “double-count” courses toward the Program in International Studies and toward a major or minor. Nor may they take more than 11 courses in their major field (of 34 needed for graduation) by counting some of these toward completion of the Program in International Studies.
The list of courses below is not intended to be exhaustive. Students may use other courses to satisfy this requirement (e.g., special topics courses, freshman tutorials, or other courses of particular relevance to the planned study abroad). A student who wishes to use a course not listed below should explain his reasons for doing so to the International Studies Committee and obtain the Committee’s approval.
Art 101 History of the Western Art
Economics 321 International Trade
Economics 224/PSC 324 Economic and Political Development
Economics 222 Comparative Economic Systems
Economics 322 International Finance
English 109 World Literature in Translation
History 102 World History Since 1500
History 201 World History 1945 to present
Music 102 World Music
Music 202 Instruments and Culture
Political Science 122 Survey of Comparative Politics
Political Science 242 Survey of International Politics
Political Science 328 Comparative Non-Democratic Politics
Psychology 211 Cross Cultural Psychology
Courses with a European Focus
Art 207 Renaissance and Baroque
Art 208 19th Century Art
Art 209 20th Century Art
Economics 214 Topics in Economic History: Europe
Economics 277 Special Topics (if European focus)
English 109/IS 270 World Literature in Translation
History 222 Early Modern Europe
History 231 19th Century Europe
History 232 20th Century Europe
History 334 Russia, 1860-present
International Studies 270 Special Topics (if European focus)
Music 217 Music of Middle Ages Renaissance & Baroque
Music 218 Classical Music
Music 219 Music in the Romantic Era
Music 220 Music Since 1900
Philosophy 242 Foundations in Modern Philosophy
Philosophy 144 Existentialism
Philosophy 345 20th Century Continental Philosophy
Political Science 374 Special Topics International Politics
Religion 172 Christianity in the Modern Era
Theater 214 Modern European Theater
Plus intermediate or advanced courses in the Modern Language Department emphasizing European languages/literature. These courses must be in addition to those needed to meet Program proficiency requirements.
Courses with a Latin American Focus
History 250, 252 Latin American History
History 350 Advanced Topics in Latin American History
International Studies 270 Special Topics (if Latin American focus)
Political Science 325 Latin American Politics
Political Science 278 Special Topics: Ethnicity, Race and Politics
Plus intermediate or advanced courses in the Modern Language Department emphasizing Latin American languages/literature. These courses must be in addition to those needed to meet program proficiency requirements.
270. Special Topics
296, 298, 496, 498. Seminar in International Studies
This half-semester course is taken twice by all international studies students, as sophomores and again as seniors. It meets once a week throughout the semester. The seminar is offered in two sections, one for those studying Europe (298, 498) and the other for those interested in Latin America (296, 496). The course allows students to explore contemporary issues in their region of interest and to enhance their language skills by performing research using materials from the countries of their off-campus study. Sophomores do background reading to enhance their experience abroad and begin to design projects to investigate while abroad. Seniors bring to their reading the perspective of those who have lived in the region of interest. They share what they have learned and complete the projects they began as sophomores. One-half course each time taken. Admission to the Program in International Studies or consent of the instructor required.
Spring semester. Introductory for sophomores; Advanced for seniors.