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Alexandru Balas, Coordinator
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Phone: 607-753-4823
Email:
Alexandru.Balas@cortland.edu
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Program Details

International Studies: Disciplinary concentration in Global Political Systems [IST/GPS] (Major)

In this International Studies Interdisciplinary Degree Program concentration, students will gain an understanding of both the political life of areas of the world such as Latin America, Europe and Africa but also to the dynamics of international politics.

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 Courses: Nine credit hours
  • POL 101 - Introduction to World Politics (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 250 - International Relations (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 362 - Politics of Developing Nation States (3 cr. hr.)
C. Comparative politics elective courses

Six credit hours chosen from the following:

  • ECO 305 - Political Economy of Globalization (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 306 - Comparative Approaches in Political Economy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 311 - Economic Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 160 - Model European Union (1-2 cr. hr.)
  • POL 260 - Comparative Politics: Europe (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 262 - Comparative Politics: Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 264 - Comparative Politics: Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 290 - Introduction to African Politics and Society (3 cr. hr.)
D. International and intercultural politics elective courses

Six credit hours chosen from the following:

  • ECO 326 - Political Economy of Race and Class (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 402 - History of Latin American-U.S. Relations (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 331 - War and Terrorism (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 350 - American Foreign Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 376 - Asian Political Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 441 - Comparative Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 450 - International Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 454 - International Politics in Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 455 - International Politics in Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 456 - International Politics in the Middle East (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 461 - Europe Today: People and Politics (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.)