International Area Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 182.0 quarter credits

About the Program

International area studies is a language-based, interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students for careers in a global environment.

The International Area Studies Program offers a BA in international area studies and minors in international area studies and in eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Courses in a ninth language—Korean—are currently offered at the introductory level, and the Modern Language program plans to develop advanced-level Korean courses in the near future.

International area studies (IAS) at Drexel University is an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interactive major, linking language study with other academic disciplines such as politics, history, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature and philosophy. It provides critical direction in study, research and professional experience necessary to understanding current global trends in politics, sociology and economics. IAS also offers an innovative framework for the preparation of responsible citizens who are aware of larger world issues and local concerns and are able to draw on both the arts and sciences in considering these changes.

The four thematic concentrations—justice and human rights; global science, sustainability and health; international business and economics; and literature, culture and arts—provide dynamic frameworks for studying about international technology transfers, humanitarian crises, border crossings, and global culture.

Students majoring in the program study one or more languages, and may qualify for the University's advanced-level Certification of Proficiency in their target language or languages. French, German, Italian and Spanish are the Western languages available; non-Western languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The major enrolls a number of students from abroad as well as students who lived or studied in Europe, Latin America, or Asia during high school.

IAS programs give international area studies students the option of study programs in Brussels, Bonn, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, and London. The programs feature academic internships with national legislatures, the European Parliament, international law firms, nongovernmental service agencies, and multinational corporations. IAS Abroad programs are also available in China, Japan, Russia, and Costa Rica.

Additional Information

For additional information about the program, contact:

Dr. Joel Oestreich
Director of International Area Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science

215.895.6794
Jeo25@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

Students select one of the following four concentrations, each having unique degree requirements:

  • Global Science, Sustainability Technology and Health Society
  • International Business and Economics
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • Literature, Culture and the Arts
Global Science, Sustainability and Health (GSSH)
General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENGL 204Post-Colonial Literature II3.0
LING 102Language and Society3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two mathematics courses6.0-8.0
One additional science course3.0-4.0
One ethics course 3.0
IAS Core Curriculum Requirements
IAS 190Global Research Methods3.0
IAS 359Culture and Values3.0
IAS 360Special Topics in World Civilization3.0
WMST 240Women and Society in a Global Context3.0
Language Requirements21.0-36.0
At least 4 language courses at the 300-level are required for graduation, with a minimum of 21 credits in at least one language.
Area-specific Courses6.0
Students select two region-specific courses approved by IAS. Courses must focus on the same region, but can be in any discipline.
Global Science, Sustainability and Health Concentration Requirements
ANTH 360Culture and the Environment3.0
or SOC 345 Sociology of the Environment
CULA 427The Kitchen Garden: Fall3.0
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PHIL 335Global Ethical Issues3.0
SOC 235Sociology of Health3.0
SOC 346Environmental Justice3.0
Choose one of the following History courses3.0
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity
History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment
Chose one of the following English classes3.0
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Global Science, Sustainability and Health Distribution Options33.0-36.0
Select eleven of the following:
Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Culture and the Environment
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Ethnobotany
Genetically Modified Foods
Environmental Crimes
Campaigns for Health & Environment
Environmental Communication
Science Writing
Grant Writing
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Resource and Environmental Economics
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Environmental Science
Global Climate Change
Global Climate Change
Global Warming, Biodiversity and Your Future
Environmental Health
Conservation Biology
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity
History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment
Development of World Health Care
Health Care across Cultures
Building Global Bridges
Special Topics in World Civilization ***
Special Topics in International Area Studies ***
Foods and Nutrition of World Cultures
Perspectives in World Nutrition
Introduction to the History of Public Health
Introduction to Health & Human Rights
Women and Children: Health & Society
Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy of the Environment
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Environmental Politics
International Organizations: The United Nations
Ethics and International Relations
International Human Rights
Environmental Psychology
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Developing Nations and the International Division of Labor
Globalization
Seminar - Organization of American States ***
Women's Health & Human Rights
Electives33.0-12.0
Total Credits183.0

*

Special topics courses with an international or relevant theme will be considered for course credit upon request and review.

**

As appropriate to the major.

***Repeatable for credit.

 

International Business and Economics

General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENGL 204Post-Colonial Literature II3.0
LING 102Language and Society3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two mathematics courses6.0-8.0
Two science courses6.0-8.0
One ethics course3.0
IAS Core Curriculum Requirements
IAS 359Culture and Values3.0
IAS 360Special Topics in World Civilization3.0
IAS 190Global Research Methods3.0
WMST 240Women and Society in a Global Context3.0
Language Requirements
At least 4 language courses at the 300-level are required for graduation, with a minimum of 21 credits in at least one language. 21.0-36.0
Area-specific Courses
Students select two region specific courses approved by IAS. Courses must focus on the same region, but can be in any discipline.6.0
International Business and Economics Concentration Requirements
ANTH 310Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World3.0
or SOC 330 Developing Nations and the International Division of Labor
BLAW 340International Business Law4.0
ECON 342Economic Development4.0
ENGL 308 [WI] The Literature of Business3.0
INTB 332Multinational Corporations4.0
INTB 334International Trade4.0
INTB 338Regional Studies in Economic Policies and International Business4.0
PHIL 301Business Ethics3.0
SOC 260 [WI] Classical Social Theory3.0
International Business and Economics Distribution Options
Select eleven of the following:33.0-44.0
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Business Communication
Intercultural Communication
International Communication
International Public Relations
International Negotiations
Grant Writing
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Economic Ideas
Resource and Environmental Economics
Topics in World Literature
Literature and Society
Introduction to Finance
Global Financial Management
Building Global Bridges
Special Topics in World Civilization ***
Special Topics in International Area Studies ***
International Money and Finance
Regional Studies in Economic Policies and International Business
International Political Economics
Politics of Developing Nations
International Organizations: The United Nations
Ethics and International Relations
The European Union
Introduction to Marketing Management
Advertising & Integrated Marketing Communications
Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
Global Marketing
Wealth and Power
Topics in Political Sociology
Globalization
Seminar - Organization of American States **
Introduction to Business Statistics
Business Statistics II
Electives28-0
Total Credits183.0-185.0

*

Special topics courses with an international or relevant theme will be considered for course credit upon request and review.

**

Repeatable for credit.

Justice and Human Rights
 

General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENGL 204Post-Colonial Literature II3.0
LING 102Language and Society3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two mathematics courses6.0-8.0
Two science courses6.0-8.0
One ethics course3.0
IAS Core Curriculum Requirements
IAS 359Culture and Values3.0
IAS 360Special Topics in World Civilization3.0
IAS 190Global Research Methods3.0
WMST 240Women and Society in a Global Context3.0
Language Requirements
At least 4 language courses at the 300-level are required for graduation, with a minimum of 21 credits in at least one language. 21.0-36.0
Area-specific Courses
Students select two region specific courses approved by IAS. Courses must focus on the same region, but can be in any discipline.6.0
Justice and Human Rights Concentration Requirements
ANTH 310Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World3.0
or SOC 330 Developing Nations and the International Division of Labor
ENGL 360 [WI] Literature and Society3.0
PHIL 335Global Ethical Issues3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 329Theories of Justice3.0
PSCI 352Ethics and International Relations3.0
PSCI 353International Human Rights4.0
SOC 260 [WI] Classical Social Theory3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
International Organizations: The United Nations
The European Union
Seminar - Organization of American States
Justice and Human Rights Distribution Options **
Select eleven of the following:33.0-38.0
Special Topics in Africana Studies **
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Intercultural Communication
Anthropology of Immigration
Terrorism
International Communication
International Negotiations
Grant Writing
The Kitchen Garden: Fall
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Economic Development
Resource and Environmental Economics
Topics in World Literature
Building Global Bridges
Special Topics in World Civilization ***
Special Topics in International Area Studies ***
Social & Political Philos
Philosophy of the Environment
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Introduction to Health & Human Rights
Comparative Government
International Political Economics
American Foreign Policy
Politics of Developing Nations
International Organizations: The United Nations
The European Union
Politics, Law, & Justice
International Law
Race and Ethnic Relations
Wealth and Power
Topics in Political Sociology
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Globalization
Social Movements
Environmental Justice
Seminar - Organization of American States ***
Special Topics in Women's Studies ****
Electives32.0-8.0
Total Credits184.0

*

Justice and Human rights related topics.

**

Special topics courses with an international or relevant theme will be considered for course credit upon request and review.

***

Repeatable for credit.

****

Justice and Human rights related topics.


Literature, Culture and the Arts


General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENGL 204Post-Colonial Literature II3.0
LING 102Language and Society3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two mathematics courses6.0-8.0
Two science courses6.0-8.0
One ethics course3.0
IAS Core Curriculum Requirements
IAS 359Culture and Values3.0
IAS 360Special Topics in World Civilization3.0
IAS 190Global Research Methods3.0
WMST 240Women and Society in a Global Context3.0
Language Requirements
At least 4 language courses at the 300-level are required for graduation, with a minimum of 21 credits in at least one language.21.0-36.0
Area-specific Courses6.0
Students select two region specific courses approved by IAS. Courses must focus on the same region, but can be in any discipline.
Literature, Culture and the Arts Requirements
ANTH 212 [WI] Topics in World Ethnography3.0
ANTH 312Approaches to Intercultural Behavior3.0
or COM 345 Intercultural Communication
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
ENGL 360 [WI] Literature and Society *3.0
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
PHIL 231Aesthetics3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval
History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern
History of Art: Early to Late Modern
Language Minor thesis course3.0
Literature Culture and the Arts Distribution Options **
Select eleven of the following:33.0
Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic
Aging In Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anthropology of Immigration
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Cultural Theory
Architecture and Society I
Theory and Models of Communication
English Worldwide
Ethnography of Communication
International Communication
Grant Writing
Global Journalism
Culture and Gastronomy I
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Post-Colonial Literature I
Literature & Science
Literature and Other Arts *
Topics in World Literature
Mythology
Women and Literature
Special Topics in Cinema Studies **
Building Global Bridges
Special Topics in World Civilization ***
Special Topics in International Area Studies ***
Introduction to Music
Perspectives in World Nutrition
Metaphysics
Social & Political Philos
Global Ethical Issues
Philosophy of Religion
History of Political Thought
Comparative Political Thought
Race and Ethnic Relations
Globalization
Literary Editing & Publication
Electives39.0-20.0
Total Credits186.0


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plans of Study 

(For concentrations in Global Science, Sustainability and Health, or Justice and Human Rights, please see your advisor.)

International Business and Economics

Term 1Credits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
LING 102Language and Society3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
IAS 190Global Research Methods3.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Language course 4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 4
ENGL 204Post-Colonial Literature II3.0
WMST 240Women and Society in a Global Context3.0
Language course 4.0
Science elective*3.0
One concentration distribution course4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
Area-Specific history course 3.0
Language course 3.0
Two concentration distribution courses*6.0
Science elective*4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
INTB 334International Trade4.0
SOC 260 [WI] Classical Social Theory3.0
Ethics elective 3.0
Area-Specific history course 3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 7
ECON 342Economic Development4.0
IAS 360Special Topics in World Civilization3.0
PHIL 301Business Ethics3.0
SOC 330
or ANTH 310
Developing Nations and the International Division of Labor
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
3.0
Language course 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
BLAW 340International Business Law4.0
INTB 332Multinational Corporations4.0
One concentration distribution dourse*3.0
Language course 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
INTB 338Regional Studies in Economic Policies and International Business4.0
ENGL 308 [WI] The Literature of Business3.0
Language course 3.0
Two concentration distribution courses*6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
Language course 3.0
Two concentration distribution courses*6.0
Free elective 3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 11
IAS 359Culture and Values3.0
Language course 3.0
Concentration distribution course*3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
Two concentration distribution courses*6.0
Language course 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 184.0

 

Literature, Culture and the Arts

Term 1Credits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience2.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
LING 102Language and Society3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
IAS 190Global Research Methods3.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Language course4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 4
ANTH 212 [WI] Topics in World Ethnography3.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
Ethics elective 3.0
Science elective*3.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
Literature, Culture & Arts distribution course*3.0
Area-specific course*3.0
Science elective*4.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
ENGL 360 [WI] Literature and Society3.0
PHIL 231Aesthetics3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval 
History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern 
History of Art: Early to Late Modern 
Language course 4.0
Literature, Culture & Arts distribution course*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
COM 345
or ANTH 312
Intercultural Communication
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
3.0
Two Literature, Culture & Arts distribution courses*6.0
Area-specific course*3.0
Language course 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
Free elective 
ENGL 204Post-Colonial Literature II3.0
ENGL 360 [WI] Literature and Society3.0
Language course3.0
Two Literature, Culture & Arts distribution courses*6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
IAS 360Special Topics in World Civilization3.0
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
PHIL 335Global Ethical Issues3.0
Language course 3.0
Literature, Culture & Arts distribution course*3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
WMST 240Women and Society in a Global Context3.0
Language course 3.0
Literature, Culture & Arts distribution course*3.0
Free elective 3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 11
IAS 359Culture and Values3.0
Language course 3.0
Literature, Culture & Arts distribution course*3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
Two Literature, Culture & Arts distribution courses*6.0
Language course 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 185.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.



Co-op/Career Opportunities

Opportunities

Career placements include entry-level international marketing and communications positions with national and multinational business concerns in the United States and abroad. Other placements are with public and private international service organizations, advertising, and investment concerns, the Peace Corps, and local and national governmental agencies.

Graduate admissions are in international relations, government, international law, public policy, the humanities, and MBA programs. Recent graduates have pursued advanced study at Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Columbia, American University, the University of California, the Monterey Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. International graduate admissions include the London School of Economics, the University of London, and Cambridge University in Britain; the Free University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim in Germany; the College of Europe in Belgium; and Ben Gurion University in Israel.

This degree is designed to provide preparation for entry-level careers in government, public relations, international advertising, and service agencies. The BA is also recommended for graduate study in fields such as law, international relations, public policy, political science, sociology, history, and economics.

Co-Op Experiences

Students in the major generally take cooperative education positions with international service organizations, law firms, investment concerns, and multinational corporations, both in the United States and abroad. In addition, students may elect independent study or study-internships abroad as partial fulfillment of cooperative education requirements.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in International Area Studies 

The international area studies minor provides a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary frame of reference for students in other disciplines who are interested in careers in the international sector.

Language study through level 201 is a prerequisite for the minor.


Core Requirements
IAS 360Special Topics in World Civilization3.0
WMST 240Women and Society in a Global Context3.0
Students select one region specific HIS or PSCI courses approved by IAS. *3.0
International Area Studies (IAS) Electives
Select five of the following:15.0
Special Topics in Africana Studies
Topics in World Ethnography
Aging In Cross-Cultural Perspective
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Cultural Theory
Ethnobotany
International Business Law
English Worldwide
Intercultural Communication
Ethnography of Communication
International Communication
International Public Relations
Global Journalism
Economic Development
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
Literature and Other Arts **
Topics in World Literature
Literature and Society **
Technology and the World Community
Building Global Bridges
Special Topics in International Area Studies ***
Multinational Corporations
International Trade
International Money and Finance
World Musics
Foods and Nutrition of World Cultures
Perspectives in World Nutrition
Global Ethical Issues
History of Political Thought
Comparative Government
International Political Economics
Comparative Political Thought
Politics of Developing Nations
International Organizations: The United Nations
Ethics and International Relations
International Human Rights
The European Union
International Law
Wealth and Power
Developing Nations and the International Division of Labor
Social Movements
Environmental Justice
Seminar - Organization of American States
Special Topics in Women's Studies **
Total Credits24.0

*

Typically an region-specific history course is determined by what language the student is studying.

**

These courses must have an international focus.

***

Special topics courses with an international or relevant theme will be considered for course credit upon request and review.

The programs in modern languages offer a language minor in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Courses

IAS 190 Global Research Methods 3.0 Credits

Introduction to research and writing in International Area Studies. It covers quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches to IAS research. Students learn to use international studies research databases and the websites of international organization. Drawing on the content areas from the four IAS concentrations, students construct a research design for a topic of their choice.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is IAS.

IAS 225 Women and Human Rights Worldwide 3.0 Credits

Women's human rights emerged in the 1980's as a special area, distinct from existing human rights norms. They are intended to better defend women's rights throughout the world. This class will consider women’s human rights in a global context, looking at all parts of the world. We will examine women's rights around various topics such as health, social position, exile, war, censorship, childhood, and work. Academic literature, fiction, and film will all contribute to an understanding of the topic.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 230 Arab Women Writers 3.0 Credits

From Maghrebian Algeria and Morocco to Middle Eastern Egypt and Iraq and Lebanon, Arab women writers depict life in their countries or an unnamed desert state, from the 1940's to the Iraq War, raising critical questions about society, politics, economics and woman's place in doing so.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 235 African Francophone Women Writers 3.0 Credits

An introduction to the writing of some Francophone women writers from West and Sub-Saharan Africa. With each writer, the status, roles and challenges of women in their respective countries and societies will be examined.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 260 Evil Isms 3.0 Credits

From antisemitism to totalitarianism in the name of religion or politics (communism, nazism) to terrorism, this course focuses on prejudices and ideologies, how they variously expressed themselves negatively throughout time and space to the present, how they have been counteracted or still, always, do need counteracting.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 320 Building Global Bridges 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to develop an understanding of international development. Students learn about the practical challenges of development work from local needs to grant writing, fund-raising, implementation strategies, and project evaluation. They study the theoretical and practical frameworks for poverty reduction and democracy development as well as the agencies involved.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 359 Culture and Values 3.0 Credits

This course provides an in-depth comparative study of the historical, social and cultural imperatives of major world civilizations, with particular emphasis on the philosophical and cultural diversity of today's global society. This class is required for, and restricted to, IAS majors. Students will also be guided through the process of writing a thesis on a topic of interest to them, and that builds on their experience as an IAS major.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is IAS and classification is Senior.

IAS 360 Special Topics in World Civilization 3.0-12.0 Credits

This is an interdisciplinary seminar designed to give students an understanding of the modern cultural attitudes, ethical values, and sociopolitical norms of major civil-izations in a given geographical area and their relationship to one another. May be repeated for credit with a change in course topic. Required for the B.A. degree in International Area Studies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 370 Iran Then and Now 3.0 Credits

This course explores some of Iran's past (18th and 19th centuries) but focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries. Politics, culture, religion, literature and film will be studied through Iranian eyes.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 385 Rum, Rice and Revolution: Caribbean History 3.0 Credits

Course provides a broad, interdisciplinary and socio-historical introduction to the Caribbean. Several themes are covered including empire and the making of the Caribbean; slavery and emancipation; labor formation and race; revolution and resistance; gender oppression and women's experiences; and cultural expressions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IAS 390 Special Topics in International Area Studies 1.0-6.0 Credit

This course explores critical issues and debates in International Area Studies. Topics vary each term. May be repeated three times for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 8 times for 30 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS 399 Independent Study in International Area Studies 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course provides independent study in a topic related to International Area Studies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

IAS Advisory Board Faculty

Interdepartmental Faculty

Raymond Brebach, PhD (University of Illinois). Associate Professor. Modern British fiction; the novel; textual studies.
Anne C. Cecil, MA (University of the Arts) Program Director, Design & Merchandising. Associate Teaching Professor. Web designer, product designer, merchandising and artist.
George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Colonialism, social movements, political theory.
Mary Ebeling, PhD (University of Surrey). Associate Professor. Science and technology studies; emerging technologies and biocapital; media and democratic cultures; radical social movements; sociology of markets; political sociology; and ethnographic methodologies.
Christian Hunold, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor. Environmental policy and comparative politics.
Gabriella Ibieta, PhD (City University of New York). Associate Professor. Comparative literature; Cuban and Latin American fiction.
Christopher A. Laincz, PhD (Duke University) Department of Economics and International Business. Associate Professor. Economic development, technological change, and growth, industrial organization, macroeconomics and monetary economics.
Maria delaluz Matus-Mendoza, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Spanish Linguistic variation in the US; the relationship between language variation and mobility (social and geographical) among the Mexican communities in Mexico and in the United States; second language acquisition; language variation in media.
Usha Menon, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Self, identity & personhood, emotional functioning, Hindu morality, gender relations in Hindu society, adult development, popular Hinduism, post-colonial feminism, Hindu religious nationalism and Islamic radicalism.
Julie Mostov, PhD (New York University) Associate Vice Provost for International Programs. Professor. Modern political thought, democratic theory, nationalism, gender studies, South Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. French and francophone 20th and 21st century literature, culture and film. Representations of the Occupation (WWII); war; minorities in France; autobiography; feminist issues.
Joel E. Oestreich, PhD (Brown University) Director of International Area Studies. Associate Professor. International organizations, international finance, development, and human rights.
Marilyn Gaye Piety, PhD (McGill University). Associate Professor. History of philosophy, philosophy of religion, critical reasoning, Kierkegaard.
Abioseh Michael Porter, PhD (University of Alberta) Department Head, English and Philosophy. Professor. Comparative literature; postcolonial literatures; Editor, JALA, Journal of the African Literature Association.
Rachel R. Reynolds, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago). Associate Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, intercultural communication, globalization and the rhetoric of community, political economy of immigration, race and ethnicity, new African immigrants in the United States, Igbo studies.
Simone Schlichting-Artur, EdD (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Department Head, Culture and Communication. Teaching Professor. International business communication (Germany and the U.S.), public health policy and languages, German post-war history through film and literature, development of writing assessment tools for German minor.
Wesley Shumar, PhD (Temple University) Department Head, Culture and Communication. Professor. Ethnography of cyberspace, online learning communities, political economy of higher education, globalization, activity theory, semiotics, critical realism, psychoanalysis, identity and the self.
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