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Chair:
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: Area concentration in Latin America [IST/LAT] (Major)

Through study of the culture, economic systems and political science of this area students gain exposure to a major player in the international scene, as well as regions within the United States. For more information, contact the International Studies Interdisciplinary Degree Program.

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. Latin America area studies elective courses

Nine credit hours chosen from the following:

  • ANT 313 - Maya Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 314 - Peoples of Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 223 - Art History III (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 312 - Economic Development of Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 482 - The Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (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 402 - History of Latin American-U.S. Relations (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 301 - Philosophy of the Aztecs, Maya, Incas (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 302 - Contemporary Latin American Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 264 - Comparative Politics: Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 455 - International Politics in Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 313 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 319 - Latin American Civilization (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 422 - Spanish-American Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 423 - Themes in Literature (3 cr. hr.)
C. Latin American issues elective courses

Nine credit hours from the following:

  • ANT 230 - Prejudice and Discrimination (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 315 - Development Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 305 - Political Economy of Globalization (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 311 - Economic Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 441 - International Trade (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 370 - Will the World Provide? A Research Experience for Students (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 315 - History of the American West (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 250 - International Relations (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 362 - Politics of Developing Nation States (3 cr. hr.)
D. Elective Course

Choose one course from those listed above or from the general College curriculum with approval of advisor.

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.)