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Alexandru Balas, Coordinator
Old Main Room 217-C
Phone: 607-753-4823
Email:
Alexandru.Balas@cortland.edu
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Program Details

International Studies: Disciplinary concentration in Historical Development [IST/HDEV] (Major)

Focusing on the last 500 years, this concentration in the International Studies Interdisciplinary Degree Program traces the historical basis of the modern world system and then allows students to focus on particular regions and historical topics.

A. Required Courses: IST Core: 15 credit hours
  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 101 - The World Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
  • IST 200 - Foundations of the International System (3 cr. hr.)
  • IST 210 - The Making of the Modern World (3 cr. hr.)
  • IST 400 - Themes in International Studies (3 cr. hr.)
    Select IST 400, or a topic-approved course selected in consultation with advisor
B. Required Course: Three credit hours
  • HIS 100 - The World to 1500 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 111 - Western Civilization since 1715 (3 cr. hr.)
C. Non-western history elective courses

Nine credit hours chosen from the following:

  • HIS 321 - Africa, Human Origins to 1800 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 322 - Modern Africa, 1800-Present (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 325 - Colonial Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 326 - Modern Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 327 - Latin American Revolutions in the 20th Century (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 384 - Modern China (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 385 - History of Japan (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 386 - Modern East Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 402 - History of Latin American-U.S. Relations (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 430 - The Vietnam War (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 432 - World Environmental History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 461 - Modern Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 530 - Issues in African-American History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 533 - Issues in Asian History (3 cr. hr.)
D. European history elective courses

Nine credit hours chosen from the following:

  • HIS 318 - The History of Women in Modern Europe (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 333 - Russia, 850-1894 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 334 - Russia Since 1894 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 346 - Renaissance and Reformation (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 348 - Europe Since 1914 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 349 - Central Europe 1789-1918 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 441 - Britain Since 1688 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 445 - France 1800-1945 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 447 - Germany since 1815 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 460 - The Holocaust (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 465 - The Soviet Union, 1917-1953 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 532 - Issues in European History Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 260 - Comparative Politics: Europe (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in International Studies over four years
First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • IST 200 - Foundations of the International System (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15 -16
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 101 - The World Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
  • IST 210 - The Making of the Modern World (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 18
  • Foreign language
  • IST concentration
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Elective
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • IST concentration
  • IST concentration
  • Foreign language/Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Study Abroad
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • IST concentration
  • IST concentration
  • Foreign language/Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • IST concentration
  • Foreign language/Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • IST 400 - Themes in International Studies (3 cr. hr.)