Return to: Academic Divisions and Departments
International Studies Learning Outcomes
Allegheny students who successfully complete a major in International Studies are expected to demonstrate the following competencies and skills:
- Global Awareness Skills: The Partnership for 21st Century Skills defines global awareness as “the ability to understand global issues; learn from and work with people from diverse cultures; and understand the cultures of other nations, including the use of non-English languages.” By taking courses in various disciplines (especially in the departments of Economics, History, World Languages and Cultures, and Political Science), students are expected to demonstrate awareness of global issues.
- Cultural Competency: Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the culture of a foreign country through a semester-long study abroad program approved by the college. Cultural immersion would enable students to understand cultural aspects such as culinary habits, indigenous religions, political culture, family structures, values and ethics.
- Regional Competency: While being knowledgeable in global issues, students are also expected to demonstrate knowledge of a specific region. Upon graduation, an International Studies student will become a “specialist” in one of the following regions: Latin America, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, or Europe. Competency could also be gained in other regions through a self-designed curriculum approved by the International Studies Steering Committee.
- Foreign Language Competency: Students work toward proficiency guidelines in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, or Spanish. Language competency will be demonstrated by the ability to complete both an oral and written component to the senior project in a foreign language.
- Research Capabilities: Ability to undertake original, independent, and interdisciplinary research on an international topic. Students are expected to complete and defend a well-researched senior project by the end of their coursework.
- Interpersonal Skills in a Global Context: We expect International Studies students to be global citizens by developing the skills for interacting with people from different cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds.
The International Studies Major
The interdivisional major in International Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree and requires the completion of a minimum of 54 semester credit hours. Because this major is interdivisional, students may complete any minor to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions. International Studies majors must achieve an average GPA of at least 2.0 in all coursework presented for the major at graduation. All courses submitted for the major, except transfer credits, must be taken on the letter-grade basis. Normally no more than 16 transfer credits are accepted toward the major, and none of these may substitute for the Senior Project. Only the most recent grade is considered for courses that have been repeated.
The major in International Studies requires the successful completion of both a Junior or Senior Seminar and a Senior Project. A minimum of four courses (16 credit hours), in addition to the Seminar and Senior Project, must be taken at the 300-level or above. In addition, students must complete a semester of study abroad. Under normal circumstances, study abroad must be in a country where the focus language is spoken. Students must apply for off-campus study through the International Education office in the Allegheny Gateway and must meet all College requirements for study abroad, including maintaining a 2.75 minimum GPA. If a student is not accepted to study abroad in an Allegheny-sponsored program, s/he should consult with the International Studies Chair about other possibilities for completing the study abroad requirement for the major.
From the following, all majors must complete the required number of courses in each category. Double counting of courses between categories is not permitted.
Please note: courses marked with an asterisk (*) have a prerequisite.
Five courses, two each from Economics and Political Science, and one from History:
Note: certain sections of FSECO 201 may also be used to satisfy the Economics component of this requirement; consult the program Chair.
Note: certain sections of FSHIS 201 may also be used to satisfy this requirement; consult the program Chair.
Area of Focus:
Four courses from one of the following regional areas:
East Asia; Europe; Latin America; or the Middle East and North Africa. Courses may be selected from the following list, and they may include those taken while studying abroad on a program approved by the International Studies program. At least two of these courses must be taken in the social science division, and one of the two social science courses must be a history course.
Students wishing to specialize in a European country should orient their coursework accordingly.
- FRNCH 301 - French Society and Culture Credits: 4 *
- FRNCH 310 - From Romance to Revolution Credits: 4 *
- FRNCH 320 - The Avant-Garde Credits: 4 *
- FRNCH 330 - “The Empire Writes Back” Credits: 4 *
- FRNCH 365 - Health, Illness, and Bodies Credits: 4 *
- FRNCH 370 - Writing and Public Life Credits: 4 *
- FRNCH 375 - Back to Nature: French Culture and its Environment Credits: 4 *
- FRNCH 380 - Laïcité: State-Secularism and Religion à la française Credits: 4 *
- GERMN 305 - Advanced German in a Cultural Context Credits: 4 *
- GERMN 325 - German Culture Credits: 4 *
- GERMN 360 - Topics in German Culture Credits: 4 *
- HIST 109 - Europe in the Age of Modernization and Revolution, 1648-1914 Credits: 4
- HIST 110 - Europe in the Age of Dictatorship and Democracy, 1914-Present Credits: 4
- HIST 155 - The Soviet Century, 1917-Present Credits: 4
- HIST 157 - History of Modern France, 1789-Present Credits: 4
- HIST 159 - History of Modern Germany Credits: 4
- HIST 306 - Enlightenment and Absolutism Credits: 4 *
- HIST 310 - Europe at the Turn of the Century, 1880-1917 Credits: 4 *
- HIST 312 - State and Society Under Communism and Fascism Credits: 4 *
- HIST 313 - The Third Reich and the Holocaust Credits: 4 *
- POLSC 226 - Government and Politics of Europe Credits: 4
- POLSC 329 - Islam, Migration & Race in Western Europe Credits: 4
- POLSC 427 - The European Union Credits: 4
- SPAN 320 - Stories and Storytelling Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 330 - Topics in Hispanic Popular Culture Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 360 - Contesting Authority Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 385 - Introduction to Hispanic Culture through Film Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 420 - Nationalisms Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 430 - Race, Gender and Power Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 440 - Narrating Selves: Hispanic Literature in Contemporary Cultural Context Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 445 - Topics in Hispanic Film Credits: 4 *
- SPAN 485 - Hispanic Film, From Text to Screen Credits: 4 *
Middle East and North Africa:
An approved seminar:
- An approved seminar. A list of approved seminars is provided on the International Studies web site.
The Senior Project is a joint effort involving the Departments of Economics, History, Modern and Classical Languages, and Political Science.
Facility in a Modern Foreign Language:
Facility in a modern foreign language at a level of skill acceptable to the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. In all cases, students are encouraged to consult with the Modern and Classical Languages Department faculty.
- Students studying German, French or Spanish must complete three courses at or above the 300-level in the language of focus. Language courses listed under the Area Studies category may be used to demonstrate this facility, which is also assessed through the use of the foreign language in the Senior Project and student performance in the Senior Project Oral Examination. Students will write a 15-page summary of the Senior Project in the language selected, and at least ten minutes of the oral defense of the Senior Project will be conducted in the language.
- International Studies majors focusing on East Asia should take at least five semesters of Chinese language courses, including one course at or above the 300-level.Students will write a summary in Chinese of approximately 1,500 characters, and a short oral examination (approximately ten minutes) will be conducted in that language during the final oral defense.
- International Studies majors focusing on Middle East and North Africa must take four courses in Modern Standard Arabic. Students will write a 200-word (minimum) summary in Arabic as well as a glossary of terms, and a short oral examination (approximately five minutes) will be conducted in that language during the final oral defense.
Any exceptions or exemptions to the requirements for the major must be approved by the program Chair.
Return to: Academic Divisions and Departments