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College Catalog 2015-2016 
College Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies Major

Major Requirements

Students plan their fourteen-course major in consultation with their international studies advisor. All majors must complete the following:

  1. Introduction. One of INTL 110 , INTL 111 , INTL 112 , INTL 113 , INTL 114 
  2. Language. Competency in a foreign language equivalent to six semesters of college work: examples are FREN 305 - Advanced Expression: Communication Tools  and FREN 306 - Introduction to Literary Analysis , GERM 305 - German Through the Media  and GERM 306, JAPA 306 - Third Year Japanese II , Portuguese through HISP 331 - Luso-Brazilian Voices: Conversations and Composition  , Russian through RUSS 204 - Intermediate Russian II  plus a semester immersion program abroad or its equivalent, or HISP 305 - Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Oral and Written Expression  and HISP 307 - Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Texts . Students may complete this competency requirement while abroad. Likewise, students may meet this requirement in a language not regularly offered at the College by demonstrating equivalent ability, as confirmed by the department chair with appropriate consultation. Students for whom English is a second language have met the language requirement.

    Students choosing Classics as the disciplinary focus of their International Studies major may satisfy the I.S. language requirement by passing five semesters of Greek or Latin, plus a sixth semester of advanced independent or equivalent language work. Students focusing on Hebrew or Arabic may combine work at Macalester with coursework and/or experience abroad or at neighbor institutions.
  3. Study abroad. One semester of study abroad on a program chosen at least in part to support the individual major plan. International students at Macalester meet this requirement by completing a semester at Macalester.
  4. Capstone. A capstone experience of either a senior seminar in international studies or, in select cases, an advanced independent project developed under appropriate supervision and with the approval of the department chair.

    In addition to these four requirements, at the center of the major plan the student must complete a twelve-course sequence with the following characteristics:
  5. Disciplinary focus. To ensure rich knowledge of a specific mode of inquiry, five internationally focused courses drawn from a single disciplinary department including anthropology, biology, classics, economics, English, French, geography, geology, German studies, history, Japanese, philosophy, Hispanic studies, political science, religious studies, Russian, or sociology. Please see List 1 below. One of these courses may be a non-introductory culture-neutral methods course in the chosen disciplinary department. Please see List 2 below. This would be in addition to the methods and skills elective (H).
  6. Intermediate courses. To ensure immersion in global and transnational issues, five international studies courses beyond the introduction. Students may take a second senior seminar as one of these five. At times international studies courses are cross-listed with other departments. Thus there can be up to a two-course overlap between the courses for E and F.
  7. Complementary elective. Allows exploration of one or more interests on the major plan from another angle. The course is chosen from List 1 below. The course must be international, outside the disciplinary focus department (E), and cannot include International Studies courses (F) without chair approval.
  8. Methods and skills elective. One course chosen from List 2 below (courses with fewer than 4 credits may be combined to meet this requirement).

Additional Notes:

  1. Courses abroad. Courses taken during study abroad may count, when appropriate, toward the major; indeed students should tailor study abroad to contribute to the major plan.
  2. Language courses. Courses taken to satisfy the language requirement may not be included in the fourteen-course major plan, except when the focus department under “E” is French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Hispanic studies. In these cases one advanced language course may be counted among the five disciplinary courses.
  3. The major plan can include one internship.


List 1: Internationalist Courses

American Studies (some courses, focusing on the U.S., acceptable for non-U.S. students)

AMST 305 - Race, Sex and Work in the Global Economy 
AMST 315 - Topics in Transnational Studies  


ANTH 101 - General Anthropology 
ANTH 111 - Cultural Anthropology 
ANTH 239 - Medical Anthropology 
ANTH 241 - Anthropology of Death and Dying  

ANTH 243 - Psychological Anthropology  
ANTH 246 - Refugees/Humanitarian Response 
ANTH 248 - Magic, Witchcraft and Religions 
ANTH 253 - Comparative Muslim Cultures 
ANTH 255 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America 
ANTH 256 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia 
ANTH 258 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa 
ANTH 259 - Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic 
ANTH 280 - Topics in Linguistic Anthropology  (if international focus)
ANTH 358 - Anthropology of Violence 
ANTH 360 - Anthropology of Tourism 
ANTH 362 - Culture and Globalization 
ANTH 363 - Anthropology of Development 
ANTH 365 - Environmental Anthropology  (if international focus)
ANTH 368 - Life Histories/Cultures/Selves  (if international focus)
ANTH 380 - Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology 
ANTH 381 - Emerging Infectious Diseases   (if international focus-possibly international public health focus)

Art (courses which focus on traditions outside the U.S.; studio courses do not count)

ART 160 - Art of the West I 
ART 161 - Art of the West II 
ART 170 - Art of the East I: China 
ART 171 - Art of the East II: Japan 
ART 252 - Gender, Sexualities, and Feminist Visual Culture 
ART 257 - Image in 20th Century China 
ART 259 - Nineteenth Century: From Neoclassicism through Symbolism 
ART 265 - Renaissance Art  
ART 270 - Making Sacred: Religious Images and Spaces in Asia  
ART 278 - Baroque Art 
ART 328 - The Buddhist Body  

Asian Studies

ASIA 274 - The Great Tradition in China before 1840 
ASIA 275 - The Rise of Modern China 
ASIA 276 - The Great Tradition in Japan before 1853 
ASIA 277 - The Rise of Modern Japan 
ASIA 378 - War Crimes and Memory in East Asia  

Biology (chosen in consultation with relevant Biology faculty)

BIOL 116 - Community and Global Health: Biological Paradigms 
BIOL 270 - Biodiversity and Evolution 
BIOL 285 - Ecology 
BIOL 357 - Immunology 
BIOL 473 - Research in Immunology 
BIOL 476 - Research in Biodiversity and Evolution  
BIOL 487 - Seminar in Immunology  



Chinese (most courses, other than language courses)

CHIN 149 - Shanghai, Global City: Urban Culture in China from the Opium Wars until the Present 
CHIN 255 - China on Screen  


CLAS 129 - Greek Myths 
CLAS 135 - India and Rome 
CLAS 145 - Pagans, Christians and Jews in Classical Antiquity: Cultures in Conflict 
CLAS 160 - Intro to Ancient/Medieval Art  
CLAS 200 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophies  

Computer Science



  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
ECON 422 - International Macroeconomics and Finance 
ECON 424 - Effects of International Competition 
ECON 426 - International Economic Development  

Educational Studies

EDUC 370 - Education and the Challenge of Globalization  

English (all courses in British and/or world literature, but not U.S.-focused or creative writing courses.
English courses on “neutral” or thematic subjects (such as love or justice) are evaluated case by case.

  (if international focus)
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  (if international focus)
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Environmental Studies (courses focused on international and/or transnational issues)

  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
ENVI 221 - Environmental Ethics  
  (if international focus)
ENVI 368 - Sustainable Development and Global Future  


FREN 411 - Challenges of Modernity/Lit 
FREN 412 - Text and Identity 
FREN 413 - Studies in Theory 
FREN 414 - Studies in Genre 
FREN 415 - Literary Periods and Movements 
FREN 416 - French Interdisciplinary Studies  


  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
GEOG 375 - Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods 
GEOG 488 - Seminar : when offered as Comparative Environment and Development Studies


GEOL 165 - History/Evolution of Earth 
GEOL 303 - Surface/Groundwater Hydrology  

German Studies (most courses, other than language courses)

GERM 365 - Kafka: Gods, Animals, and Other Species of Modernity 
GERM 366 - Literature and Film  

Hispanic Studies (most courses, other than language courses)





HISP 442 - Nation and Identity in the Hispanic World 
HISP 343 - Culture and Politics in Spain from Civil War to Today 
HISP 446 - Constructions of a Female Killer  


  (if international focus)


HIST 350 - Race, Gender, and Medicine  (if international focus)
HIST 352 - Modern Britain 
HIST 364 - Germany from 1871 to Present 
HIST 366 - Europe in the Age of Upheaval and Revolution 
HIST 376 - Public History 
HIST 379 - The Study of History 
HIST 381 - Transnational Latin Americas  

Interdisciplinary Studies

INTD 411 - Sr Seminar in Community and Global Health  

International Studies

All courses


JAPA 254 - Japanese Film and Animation: From the Salaryman to the Shojo 
JAPA 488 - Translating Japanese: Theory and Practice  

Latin American Studies

LATI 249 - Regional Geography of Latin America  


LATI 446 - Constructions of a Female Killer  


LING 309 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 
LING 335 - Analyzing Japanese Language 
LING 400 - Field Methods in Linguistics 
LING 435 - History of the Spanish Language 
LING 436 - Spanish Dialectology 
LING 488 - Translating Japanese: Theory and Practice  



Media and Cultural Studies (and other non U.S.-focused courses as they emerge)

  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
  (if internationally focused enough)
  (if international focus)
  (if internationally focused enough)
MCST 376 - Critical Social Theory and the Media  (if international focus)


MUSI 131 - African Music  
MUSI 342 - Medieval to Mozart 
MUSI 343 - Western Music of the 19th Century  





  (if internationally focused enough)
PHIL 300 - 20th Century Continental Philosophy  



Political Science

  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
  (if internationally focused enough)
  (if international focus)
  (if international focus)
POLI 321 - International Security 
POLI 322 - Advanced International Theory 
POLI 323 - Humanitarianism in World Politics 
POLI 340 - Fascism 
POLI 341 - Comparative Social Movements  



Religious Studies

RELI 212 - Philosophy of Religion  
RELI 348 - Contemporary Christian Thought and Practice 
RELI 359 - Religion and Revolution: Case Studies  

Russian Studies

RUSS 364 - Culture and Revolution 
RUSS 366 - Nabokov 
RUSS 367 - Dostoevsky and Gogol  


  (if international focus)
SOCI 290 - Colonialism, Modernity, and Identities in the Middle East 
SOCI 370 - Political Sociology  (if international focus)

Theatre and Dance


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  (if international focus)
WGSS 300 - Advanced Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies 
WGSS 305 - Race, Sex and Work in the Global Economy  

These departments offer some courses, focusing on the United States, acceptable for use on the International Studies major plan of non-U.S. students: American Studies, Psychology, and Urban Studies.

These departments typically do not offer courses that count toward the major: Chemistry, Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science, Neuroscience, Physical Education, and Physics/Astronomy.


List 2: Methods and Skills Courses


ANTH 230 - Ethnographic Interviewing  


BIOL 255 - Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods  
BIOL 342 - Animal Behavior/Ecology  
BIOL 472 - Research in Molecular Biology 
BIOL 473 - Research in Immunology 
BIOL 474 - Research in Biochemistry 
BIOL 476 - Research in Biodiversity and Evolution 
BIOL 477 - Research in Paleobiology  


CLAS 301 - Research Forum  

Computer Science

COMP 110 - Data and Computing Fundamentals  
COMP 123 - Core Concepts in Computer Science  
COMP 124 - Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures  


ECON 113 - Financial Accounting  
ECON 358 - Introduction to Securities Analysis  
ECON 381 - Introduction to Econometrics  
ECON 420 - Quantitative Macroeconomic Analysis  
ECON 481 - Advanced Econometrics  
ECON 485 - Empirical Finance  


GEOG 225 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
GEOG 362 - Introduction to Remote Sensing  
GEOG 364 - GIS and Community Partnerships  
GEOG 365 - Urban GIS  
GEOG 366 - GIS for Global Urban Environments  
GEOG 367 - Environmental Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  
GEOG 377 - Qualitative Research Methods  
GEOG 378 - Statistical Research Methods in Geography  


GEOL 240 - Field Methods  
GEOL 303 - Surface/Groundwater Hydrology  


HIST 379 - The Study of History  


LING 204 - Experimental Linguistics  
LING 300 - Linguistic Analysis  
LING 400 - Field Methods in Linguistics  


MATH 125 - Epidemiology  
MATH 135 - Applied Multivariable Calculus I  
MATH 155 - Introduction to Statistical Modeling  
MATH 253 - Statistical Computing and Machine Learning  
MATH 254 - Probability and Mathematical Statistics  

Media and Cultural Studies

MCST 114 - News Reporting and Writing  
MCST 128 - Film Analysis/Visual Culture  
MCST 334 - Cultural Studies and the Media  
MCST 355 - Advanced Journalism: Electronic  
MCST 357 - Advanced Journalism: New Media  


PHIL 110 - Critical Thinking  
PHIL 111 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic  
PHIL 313 - Advanced Symbolic Logic  

Political Science

POLI 269 - Empirical Research Methods  
POLI 272 - Researching Political Communication  


PSYC 201 - Research in Psychology I  
PSYC 301 - Research in Psychology II  

Religious Studies

RELI 235 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion  


SOCI 269 - Social Science Inquiry  
SOCI 270 - Interpretive Social Research  
SOCI 275 - Comparative-Historical Sociology