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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: Area concentration in Africa [IST/AFRI] (Major)

This International Studies Interdisciplinary Degree Program concentration provides an understanding of how African peoples and cultures have been affected, over time, by contacts with a much wider world.

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. Africa area studies elective courses

Nine credit hours chosen from the following:

  • ANT 304 - Peoples of Africa (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 315 - Development Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 223 - Art History III (3 cr. hr.)
  • FRE 311 - Francophone Literatures (3 cr. hr.)
  • FRE 319 - Francophone Civilization (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 485 - Africa, South of the Sahara (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 321 - Africa, Human Origins to 1800 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 322 - Modern Africa, 1800-Present (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 290 - Introduction to African Politics and Society (3 cr. hr.)
C. African issues elective courses

Nine credit hours chosen from the following:

  • ANT 312 - Peoples of the Middle East (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 240 - Economic Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 370 - Will the World Provide? A Research Experience for Students (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 111 - International Health and Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 163 - The HIV Epidemic (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 250 - International Relations (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 362 - Politics of Developing Nation States (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 335 - Technology and Society (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.)