International Studies Curriculum
The International Studies program seeks to prepare Chatham students to thrive in an increasingly globalized environment. The coursework balances in-depth learning in local cultures with the disciplinary study of the more general issues shaping relations among cultures and countries. Students explore both the interconnectedness of global processes and the impact of cultures on the way these processes are experienced.
The International Studies program offers a major with five regional area concentrations. All five concentrations may also be pursued as certificates that can be attached to any major.
15 courses including
ECN101 Principles of Macroeconomics: The U.S. Economy in the World
The concepts of national income and output are analyzed, and emphasis is placed on factors that influence the levels of economic activity, unemployment, and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy and the role of international economics.
3 ECN351 International Trade and Finance
An introduction to international trade and finance, and an examination of the structure of international trade and the functioning of the international monetary system. Attention is given to recent issues in these areas and the relationship between the domestic and international economies. Prerequisite(s): ECN 101 or 102
3 HIS100 Introduction to World History
This course is an introduction to world history from the rise of civilization to the present. It establishes and compares major themes in the leading civilizations of today’s world. It investigates the development of the modern world system and interpretations of its impact on these civilizations.
3 POL100 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to politics, policies, and political institutions outside of the United States. Includes concepts such as electoral systems, party systems, parliamentary and presidential systems, democratization, and political change in both Western and non-Western settings.
3 POL104 Introduction to International Relations
A survey of significant patterns and trends in 20th-century world politics, modes of conducting relations among nations, instruments for promoting national interests, and current problems of economic and political interdependence.
3 POL205 The Structure and Culture of Conflict
The course introduces students to the structure and anatomy of conflict and the ways in which conflict is impacted by the culture of the parties, the neutral, or the setting The course addresses the language of conflict, conflict models, and issue framing.
3 ISP498 Tutorial: International Studies 4 ISP499 Tutorial: International Studies 4
Middle East Concentration Requirements
HIS201 Introduction to the Modern Middle East
This course introduces students to the cultural, religious, social, economic and political landscape of the Middle East. It provides an in-depth look at 'traditional' society, state and culture and then highlights change and resistance to change in the period since the First World War, when European imperialism redrew the political map and westernization threatened to redraw social, cultural and religious maps.
3 One (1) 200-level regional elective approved by program director One (1) 200- or 300-level regional elective approved by program directory Study Away Experience or internship abroad approved by program advisor (6-12) Arabic (or other approved Middle Eastern language) through the intermediate level
Africa Concentration Requirements
HIS205W Africa, Past and Present
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the problems and promises of African development. It investigates the historical development of pre-independence society, culture, political institutions, and economic structures, and their interaction with post-independent economic problems and development strategies.
3 One (1) 200-level regional elective approved by program director One (1) 200- or 300-level regional elective approved by program directory Study Away Experience or internship abroad approved by program advisor (6-12) An approved African language through the intermediate level
Latin America Concentration Requirements
HIS200W Introduction to Latin American History
This course surveys Latin American history from colonization through the present with an emphasis on world hisotry themes. While the legacies of the colonial period will be briefly examined, the course will focus primarily on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Global themes will include the spread of European religions among indigenous populations;reverberation of liberal revolutionary ideas in the western hemisphere; the incorporation of Latin American and its populations into the world economy; the influence of race on society; and the spread of Marxism and resulting revolutions.
3 One (1) 200-level regional elective approved by program director Study Away Experience or internship abroad approved by program advisor (6-12) Spanish (or other approved language) through the intermediate level
Europe Concentration Requirements
HIS202W Introduction to Modern Europe
The impact of World War I on Europe, the crisis of democracy and rise of totalitarian ideologies in the interwar period, and the decline of European influence in the world after World War II provide the focal points of the course. It then explores the slow resurgence of Europe, prospects for European unity, and revived European influence in international relations as a "third force."
3 One (1) 200-level regional elective approved by program director One (1) 200- or 300-level regional elective approved by program directory Study Away Experience or internship abroad approved by program advisor (6-12) An approved European language through the intermediate level
Asia Concentration Requirements
HIS204W Introduction to East Asian Studies
An exploration of East Asian geography, history, language, and culture frim Zhou Dynasty (ca. 1,000 BCE) to present times. Focus on China, Korea, Japan with reference to neighboring regions and discussion of Taiwan. Emphasis on arts, ideologies, and EAst Asian cultural sites in Pittsburgh area.
3 One (1) 200-level regional elective approved by program director One (1) 200- or 300-level regional elective approved by program directory Study Away Experience or internship abroad approved by program advisor (6-12) An approved Asian language through the intermediate level