International Studies

International studies is carefully designed to prepare students to live, work, prosper—and become good global citizens—in today’s rapidly changing world. It features an interdisciplinary and intercultural curriculum with both classroom learning and real-world experience in the form of internships and study abroad.

International studies offers both rigor and choice. Students complete a specific core of foundational international courses in politics, law, economics, history, and culture. They also choose one of three tracks of specialized study.

The International Expertise Track trains students to analyze international affairs from a global perspective. The Regional Expertise Track develops competency in a region of the world of the student’s own choosing. Students may also apply to enter a Specialist Expertise Track, designed to address important issues, or specific cross-national, cross-cultural, or cross-regional comparisons. This track is selective and requires approval by the director. Each track has a specific language component. Each track has the same goal: to enable students to master the political, economic, environmental, historic, cultural, and sociological dynamics that drive modern life.

International studies prepares students for graduate study and for careers. It is well-crafted for students to move on into international business, law, diplomacy, academia, education, government, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, public interest advocacy groups, journalism, mass media, and public service.

It also prepares students for a life well-lived. The program follows the Jesuit tradition of cosmopolitan education, respect for other cultures, the dignity of each unique person, and the development of the student as a whole person. Its guiding spirit is Fordham’s own mission: to use education and research to “assist in the alleviation of poverty, the promotion of justice, the protection of human rights, and respect for the environment” and to “foster in all its students life-long habits of careful observation, critical thinking, creativity, moral reflection, and articulate expression.” The international studies program encourages students to use these gifts in the service of the world.

Program Activities

International studies encourages and features experience-based learning. Therefore it strongly supports and helps students participate in both study abroad and internships. The program also organizes lectures, conferences, study tours abroad, and other educational events and experiential learning.

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International studies offers INST 2500 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, and INST 3859 POST-1945: A GLOBAL HISTORY which fulfill the Global Studies core requirement.

Our Courses

INST 1800. INTERNSHIP. (1 Credit)

INST 1999. TUTORIAL. (1 Credit)

INST 2500. INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL STUDIES. (4 Credits)

An introduction to fundamental problems regarding meaning and communication among people of different nations, cultures, ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups in both historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives. Concepts include "nations", "culture", and "race" in Western political and social philosophy. New models are presented to cope with otherness, ethnocentrism, language and symbolism. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: GLBL.

INST 2800. INTERNSHIP. (2 Credits)

INST 3000. INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP. (4 Credits)

Students are placed in internships in international organizations in the New York metropolitan area and spend approximately 112 hours interning in them during the semester. Students also read, analyze, and discuss textual material on the current state of international affairs. Students also discuss and analyze their internship placements. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: ISAF, ISAS, ISEU, ISIN, ISLA, ISME.

INST 3100. THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT. (4 Credits)

The course surveys the impact of globalization on the environment since the end of World War II, and analyzes the outlook for the future. It draws on the social sciences and humanities to study how the internationalization of culture, economics, and politics have transformed the natural and human-made environment the world over. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: ASSC, ENST, ESHC, ISIN, ISWH.

INST 3859. POST-1945: A GLOBAL HISTORY. (4 Credits)

Students study the dramatic post-World War II transformation of the world, including the role played by economic revival, technological change, institutional innovation, and increasing interconnection between regions. They analyze why it is increasingly important to think globally, even when studying “local” issues, problems, or actions. The course especially brings into focus the fabric of the post-World War II world in order to better analyze contemporary affairs. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: ISIN, ISWH, LALS, LAUH.

INST 4000. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SENIOR THESIS SEMINAR. (4 Credits)

Senior capstone seminar during which students organize, plan, and write their thesis in consultation with the program director and faculty thesis advisor. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

INST 4620. THE WORLD OF DEMOCRACY. (4 Credits)

This course studies democracies across of the globe. It analyzes the meaning of democracy in different cultures and theories, and compares political systems, including democratic nations that aspire to democracy. This course is identical to POSC 4620 Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: ASSC, EP4, ISAF, ISAS, ISEU, ISIN, ISLA, ISME, PJST, VAL.

INST 4800. INTERNSHIP. (4 Credits)

INST 4999. TUTORIAL. (4 Credits)

In consultation with the Director of the Program, students may take an approprate tutorial in their area of interest.

Attributes: GLBL, ISIN.

Courses in Other Areas

The following courses offered outside the department have the INST attribute and count toward the International Studies major and minor:

Course Title Credits
AFAM 1600UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: AFRICA3
AFAM 3036GLOBAL BLACK YOUTH CULTURES4
AFAM 3037BEING AND BECOMING BLACK IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD4
AFAM 3071AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY4
AFAM 3072CIVIL WARS IN AFRICA4
AFAM 3075DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA4
AFAM 3140CONTEMPORARY AFRICA4
AFAM 3141WOMEN IN AFRICA4
AFAM 3146CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES3
AFAM 3148HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA4
AFAM 3150CARIBBEAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE4
AFAM 3192THE UNITED STATES, AFRICA, AND THE COLD WAR4
AFAM 3667CARIBBEAN LITERATURE4
AFAM 3692SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF WOMEN4
AFAM 3693CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN LITERATURES4
AFAM 3695MAJOR DEBATES IN AFRICAN STUDIES4
AFAM 4147FOOD AND GLOBALIZATION4
AFAM 4192RACE AND RELIGION IN THE TRANSATLANTIC WORLD4
ANTH 1050ANTHROPOLOGY FOCUS3
ANTH 2447PASSAGES: LIFE CYCLES4
ANTH 2500TABOO: ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE FORBIDDEN4
ANTH 2619MAGIC, SCIENCE, AND RELIGION4
ANTH 2620THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF CITIES4
ANTH 2770ANTHROPOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD4
ANTH 2880HUMAN SEXUALITY IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE4
ANTH 2886ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY4
ANTH 2888GENDER AND ISLAM4
ANTH 3340ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACE AND ETHNICITY4
ANTH 3343GHETTOS AND GATED COMMUNITIES4
ANTH 3351COMPARATIVE CULTURES4
ANTH 3354RACE, IDENTITY, AND GLOBALIZATION4
ANTH 3380HAZARDS, DISASTERS, AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE4
ANTH 3470PEOPLE AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA4
ANTH 3605MOTHERING AND MOTHERHOOD4
ANTH 3710BILINGUALISM: LOCAL PRACTICES AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES4
ANTH 3725CULTURE AND CULTURE CHANGE4
ANTH 3726LANGUAGE, GENDER, AND POWER4
ANTH 3888ARAB WOMEN AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS4
ANTH 4114ANTHROPOLOGY OF HEALTH HEALING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE4
ANTH 4344REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE4
ANTH 4490ANTHROPOLOGY OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE4
ARHI 1101INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: EUROPE3
ARHI 1102INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: ASIA3
ARHI 1103INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: AMERICAS3
ARHI 2552MODERNITY IN ASIA: ARTS IN CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS4
COLI 3137WORLD CINEMA MASTERPIECES4
COLI 3450THE CITY IN LITERATURE AND ART4
COLI 3802LITERATURE AND IMPERIALISM4
COLI 3840LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE THROUGH FILM4
COLI 4018CUBA: REVOLUTION, LITERATURE AND FILM4
COLI 4020LITERATURE, FILM AND DEVELOPMENT4
COMC 3268MEDIA AND NATIONAL IDENTITY4
COMC 3380INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION4
ECON 3210ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT4
ECON 3212OPEN ECONOMY MACROECONOMICS4
ECON 3235ECONOMY OF LATIN AMERICA4
ECON 3240WORLD POVERTY4
ECON 3244INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY4
ECON 3256COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS4
ECON 3340ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS4
ECON 3346INTERNATIONAL TRADE4
ECON 3347INTERNATIONAL FINANCE4
ECON 5510INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY3
ECON 5570GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS3
ECON 6470GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT3
ECON 6490FOREIGN AID & DEVELOPMENT3
ECON 6560INTERNATIONAL FINANCE3
ENGL 3137WORLD CINEMA MASTERPIECES4
ENGL 3542MODERN IRISH LITERATURE4
ENGL 3802LITERATURE AND IMPERIALISM4
ENGL 4147FOOD AND GLOBALIZATION4
ENGL 4185CARIBBEAN ISLANDS AND OCEANS4
ENST 1000INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES3
ENVS 3000ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE3
FITV 3551FILM HISTORY 1950-PRESENT4
FITV 3558ITALIAN FILM4
FITV 3585TRANSNATIONAL ASIAN CINEMA4
FITV 3587UNITED KINGDOM AND IRISH FILM4
FITV 3588GLOBAL CINEMA4
FNBU 4450GLOBAL INVESTMENTS3
FNBU 4461SPECIAL TOPIC: FINANCE AND BUSINESS IN A POST-CRISIS WORLD3
FNBU 4473ST: STUDY TOUR OF TURKEY3
FREN 2600FRANCE: LITERATURE, HISTORY, AND CIVILIZATION4
FREN 3130CULTURE AND SCIENCE IN FRANCE4
HIST 1000UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: MODERN EUROPE3
HIST 1400UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: LATIN AMERICA3
HIST 1450UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY3
HIST 1550UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: EAST ASIAN HISTORY3
HIST 1600UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: AFRICA3
HIST 1650UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: THE BLACK ATLANTIC3
HIST 1700UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: MIDEAST3
HIST 1750UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: ISLAMIC HISTORY AND CULTURE3
HIST 1850UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: JEWS IN THE ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL WORLD3
HIST 345520TH CENTURY IRELAND4
HIST 3457BRITAIN: 1867-PRESENT4
HIST 3515MEDIA HISTORY: 1400 TO PRESENT4
HIST 3538THE GOOD EARTH?4
HIST 3545RACE AND NATION IN MODERN EUROPE4
HIST 3559EUROPE SINCE 19454
HIST 3566WAR AND IMPERIALISM4
HIST 3570GENOCIDE4
HIST 362020TH CENTURY EUROPE4
HIST 3624EUROPEAN CITIES4
HIST 3670THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST4
HIST 3675HISTORY OF MODERN ISRAEL4
HIST 3842THE VIETNAM WARS4
HIST 3858THE GLOBAL COLD WAR4
HIST 3911U.S. AND EAST ASIA4
HIST 3915CONTEMPORARY CHINA4
HIST 3920MODERN JAPAN4
HIST 3922EAST ASIAN CITIES4
HIST 3925THE HOLOCAUST4
HIST 3950LATINO HISTORY4
HIST 3955SLAVERY FREEDOM/ATLANTIC WORLD4
HIST 3969LATIN AMERICA AND THE U.S.4
HIST 3972REVOLUTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA4
HIST 3975THE CARIBBEAN4
HIST 3986RELIGION AND POLITICS IN ISLAMIC HISTORY4
HIST 3992CAPITALISM4
HIST 3994HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE4
HIST 4295CONFUCIANISM IN THREE KEYS: THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, AND POLITICS OF CONFUCIANISM4
HIST 4308ANTISEMITISM4
HIST 4542SEMINAR: ITALY THROUGH FOREIGN EYES4
HIST 4631SEMINAR: US IN THE MID EAST:1945 -PRES4
HIST 4758SEMINAR: EUROPE: PROSPERITY TO CRISIS4
HPLC 2610GLOBALIZATION: SEMINAR3
HUST 2001INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH4
HUST 4001HUMANITARIAN ACTION4
HUST 4200FORCED MIGRATION AND HUMANITARIAN ACTION4
HUST 4500IHA FOREIGN SERVICE PROG5
HUST 4800INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN INTERNSHIP4
ITAL 2700FILMING THE CITY INSIDE AND OUT: A CINEMATIC JOURNEY THROUGH ITALY4
ITAL 2705THE SOUTHS OF ITALY: WORDS, IMAGES, AND SOUNDS4
ITAL 3030CRIMINAL TALES4
ITAL 3111NEW ITALIAN CINEMA4
ITAL 3650ITALY AT WAR4
ITAL 3701ITALIAN WOMEN WRITERS4
LALS 3600LATIN AMERICA: CURRENT TRENDS4
LALS 3840LATIN AMERICA THROUGH FILM4
MAND 3002TOPICS IN CHINESE CULTURE4
MAND 3020LEARN CHINESE THROUGH FILM4
MAND 3040TOPICS IN MANDARIN CHINESE LITERATURE4
MAND 3055CHINA AND GLOBALIZATION4
MEST 2000INTRODUCTION TO THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST4
MEST 3324ISRAEL IN FICTION AND FILM4
MEST 3500MODERN EGYPT4
MEST 3502PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT4
MEST 3701URBAN THEATRE DANCE AND MUSIC4
MEST 4001SEMINAR: MIDDLE EAST4
MEST 4331U.S. IN THE MIDDLE EAST: 1945-PRESENT4
MEST 4701URBAN THEATRE, MUSIC, DANCE: CULTURE AND THE FORMATION OF THE MIDDLE EAST IDENTITIES4
MGBU 4476ST: CROSS CULTURAL NEGOTIATION3
MKBU 3446MARKETING IN CHINA3
MLAL 3043MODERN CHINESE LITERATURE4
MLAL 3045WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE AND SOCIETY4
MLAL 3060MAGIC AND REALITY IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE4
MLAL 3070RUSSIAN VISIONS: THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND ART IN MID-19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY4
MLAL 3402INTRODUCTION TO RUSSIAN DRAMA4
MLAL 3405MASTERPIECES OF RUSSIAN FILM4
MLAL 3410ARAB CINEMA: HISTORY AND CULTURAL IDENTITY4
MLAL 3442ARABIC CULTURE AND THE NEWS MEDIA4
MLAL 3450THE ARAB SPRING IN ARABIC LITERATURE4
MLAL 3600WOMEN'S VOICES IN GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN LITERATURE4
MLAL 3624MUSIC AND NATION IN THE ARAB WORLD4
MLAL 3701VILLAINS, VAMPS AND VAMPIRES: AN INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN CINEMA4
MLAL 3710FIN-DE SIECLE VIENNA: KLIMT, CAFES, AND CEMETERIES4
NSCI 2010GLOBAL ECOLOGY LECTURE3
ORGL 2800U.N. AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP4
PHIL 3652CONTEMPORARY FRENCH PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3711HUMANITARIANISM AND PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3712GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE4
PHIL 3713HUMAN RIGHTS AND GLOBAL JUSTICE4
PHIL 3759BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 4425BUDDHIST MORAL THOUGHT4
PJST 3110INTRODUCTION TO PEACE AND JUSTICE4
POSC 2501INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS4
POSC 2610INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS4
POSC 3307ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS4
POSC 3418ISLAMIC POLITICAL THOUGHT4
POSC 3422POLITICS OF THE PRESENT4
POSC 3429DEMOCRATIC THEORY4
POSC 3507INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS4
POSC 3511WAR AND PEACE4
POSC 3520MIDEAST AND THE WORLD4
POSC 3521GLOBAL GOVERNANCE4
POSC 3522UNITED NATIONS4
POSC 3526DEM TERRORISM AND MODERN LIFE4
POSC 3527UNITED NATIONS PEACE OPERATIONS4
POSC 3530U.S. FOREIGN POLICY4
POSC 3531US SECURITY POLICY4
POSC 3540POLITICS OF CYBERSPACE4
POSC 3605COMPARATIVE DEMOCRACY4
POSC 3610POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT4
POSC 3613POLITICAL MOVEMENTS4
POSC 3616POLITICAL ECONOMY OF POVERTY4
POSC 3622POLITICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION4
POSC 3631CHINA AND RUSSIA IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE4
POSC 3632CHINA AND U.S. IN GLOBAL ERA4
POSC 3633CHINA AND US-GLOBAL ERA/STUDY TO4
POSC 3634THE GREAT LAW OF CHINA4
POSC 3635CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA, AND THE U.S. IN THE GLOBAL ERA4
POSC 3641LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS4
POSC 3645POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION4
POSC 3651COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST4
POSC 3915INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4
POSC 4020PLACE, SPACE, AND IMMIGRANT CITIES4
POSC 4025YOUTH AND POLITICS4
POSC 4400SEMINAR: GLOBAL JUSTICE4
POSC 4515SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF PEACE4
POSC 4545SEMINAR: RUSSIAN POLITICS AND SOCIETY4
POSC 5500COMPARATIVE POL ANALYSIS3-4
POSC 5560CONFLICT RESOLUTION3,4
POSC 5600ANALYSIS OF INT'L POL3-4
SOCI 2505RELIGION AND SOCIAL CHANGE4
SOCI 3046INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY4
SOCI 3102CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES4
SOCI 3110GLOBAL CONFLICT: WARS/RELIGION4
SOCI 3148POPULATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES4
SOCI 3260POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION4
SOCI 3410MIGRATION/GLOBALIZATION4
SOCI 3415DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBALIZATION4
SOCI 3418CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRATION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE4
SOCI 3427HISPANICS/LATINOS IN THE USA4
SOCI 3450TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS4
SOCI 3470GLOBAL REFUGEE MIGRATION4
SOCI 3714TERRORISM AND SOCIETY4
SOCI 4020PLACE, SPACE, AND IMMIGRANT CITIES4
SOCI 4105RELIGION, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY4
SOCI 5520RACE MEMORY & DEVELOPMENT3
SOCI 5806REL & GLOBALIZATION3-4
SPAN 3001SPAIN: LITERATURE AND CULTURE SURVEY4
SPAN 3066SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN FILM4
SPAN 3300MODERN LATIN AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE4
SPAN 3561REPRESENTING THE GYPSY4
SPAN 3625SPANISH-AMERICAN SHORT FICTION4
SPAN 3642SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND POPULAR MUSIC4
SPAN 3701SPANISH-AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS4
SPAN 3710CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN FICTION4
SPAN 3730WRITING VIOLENCE: PERU, 1980-20004
SPAN 3770CULTURES OF MEMORY AND POSTMEMORY IN CONTEMPORARY CHILE4
SPAN 3809ARGENTINE LITERATURE AND FILM4
SPAN 3820CARIBBEAN LITERATURE4
SPAN 3850NARRATING THE CITY4
SPAN 4018CUBA: REVOLUTION, LITERATURE AND FILM4
SPAN 4511SPANISH CIVIL WAR4
THEO 3610CHRIST IN WORLD CULTURES3
THEO 3700SCRIPTURES OF THE WORLD3
THEO 3711Sacred Texts of the Middle East3
THEO 3715CLASSIC ISLAMIC TEXTS3
THEO 3720HINDU LITERATURE AND ETHICS3
THEO 3724CLASSIC BUDDHIST TEXTS3
THEO 3728BUDDHIST MEDITATION3
THEO 3731JAPANESE RELIGIONS: TEXTS AND ARTS3
THEO 3733CHINESE RELIGIONS3
THEO 3870RELIGION AS HUMAN EXPERIENCE4
URST 5020URBAN POLITICAL PROCESSES3
URST 5040URBANISM3
VART 1101URBANISM3