2011-12 General Bulletin

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Vincent E. McHale and Kelly McMann, Program Co-Directors

This is an archived copy of the 2011-12 Bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit http://bulletin.case.edu.

The International Studies Program is a multidisciplinary program leading to the BA degree. Study in the program provides students with the ability to read beyond the headlines—to see world events in terms of how they got to be that way, how they fit into broader issues and systems, and how one might imagine their place in shaping the future. To attain this goal, students are introduced to the methods of conceptualizing international and global issues, as well as to the study of a society other than their own. They learn to think critically about contending and complementary methods and theories, developing an appreciation of both traditional disciplinary approaches and newer, cross-disciplinary approaches. Students also acquire skills that will enable them to recognize and deal with complexity: communicative and analytical skills in a language other than English (or other than their native language), and skills in statistics, computer-based global analysis, or negotiation.

It is strongly recommended that all international studies students participate in at least one of several off-campus programs that facilitate the international perspective: junior year abroad, summer internships in Washington, D.C., or professional, practicum-type work experiences in Cleveland that involve an international context. It is also recommended that students have a solid foundation in economics.

In addition to forming the groundwork for an evolving understanding of and lifelong engagement with the modern world, a background in international studies provides excellent, practical preparation for careers that deal with the emerging needs of our world. International studies majors go on to careers in international marketing and management, diplomatic service, health, law, social services, and journalism, as well as careers within the academic disciplines. The professional schools of business, medicine, nursing, law, and applied social sciences at Case Western Reserve all have significant international foci, and our students can explore careers in these areas during their undergraduate years. The skills, analytic abilities, and critical approaches of international studies should equip students as well for new employment patterns which may not fit into existing career descriptions.


Vincent E. McHale, PhD
(Pennsylvania State University)
M. A. Hanna Professor, Department of Political Science; Co-Director, International Studies Program

Kelly McMann, PhD
(University of Michigan)
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Co-Director, International Studies Program

Undergraduate Program


The major in international studies requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, chosen from the list of approved topical and area studies courses, plus satisfaction of a language competency requirement. Each student will prepare a program of study indicating specific course selections to meet the six area requirements below. This plan must be approved by a member of the faculty advisory committee. Students should also discuss their selection of a minor or a second major with their advisor. Their course selections should include at least one course which involves the development of skills in computer applications, economic analysis, statistics, or other quantitative methods. Normally, no more than two courses taken for international studies credit may count simultaneously toward a minor or another major. Courses taken to satisfy the language competency requirement are exempted from this rule, and several international studies courses contribute to the completion of the Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements.

Requirements for the Major

1. Multidisciplinary Foundations (required courses; 12 hours). These courses provide an introduction to four major disciplinary understandings of society and culture, principles of economics, change over time, and interactions among nations, while exposing students to a variety of world societies and issues. International studies majors will be expected to have completed the multidisciplinary foundations courses before embarking on a study abroad program. These courses are:

ANTH 102Being Human: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
HSTY 113Introduction to Modern World History3
POSC 272Introduction to International Relations3

 2. Area Focus (6 hours): Two courses that concentrate on a single geographic or culture area. Examples include Africa, North America, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

3. Topical Focus (6 hours): A related pair of courses that provide a discrete perspective on global issues and foster an appreciation for complexity through the study of particular issues and the methods appropriate to them. Examples include pairs of courses dealing with ethnicity, international health, international economics, global and environmental analysis, or international relations. Cross-disciplinary approaches are encouraged.

4. Elective Area or Topical Courses (6 hours): Two additional courses within the topical and area studies course listings, providing an opportunity to experiment or to tailor the program toward particular interests in international or global issues, methodology, or other cultures.

5. Senior Colloquium (required course, 3 hours): The integration of prior topical and area foci in a colloquium () taken in the fall semester of the senior year and involving the writing of a substantial research paper. Selection of the topic and the research and writing are under the supervision of a faculty tutor. Peer evaluation will be obtained through regular sessions, supervised by the colloquium coordinator, at which students present their initial concepts, outlines, research, and drafts. Students will be expected to identify their faculty directors and topics by the end of their junior year. Exceptional papers (grade of A) may be considered for honors if the student also has maintained a 3.3 overall GPA and a 3.7 GPA in international studies courses (area focus, topic focus, and electives).

6. Language Competency (0 to 16 credit hours): In addition to the 33 credit hours of international studies course work, students must demonstrate competence in a language other than their native language. This may be done by:

  1. completing a language course at the 300 level or above
  2. demonstrating to the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures a non-native language competency equivalent to that attained by completing a 300-level or above course
  3. completing four semesters in a single language

The International Studies program currently recognizes more than 150 courses from which students may choose to satisfy the area and topical foci requirements. Course lists are available from the program advisors. Additional courses may be selected on the basis of individual student interest, in consultation with the faculty advisor. Courses may also be selected from within existing area studies programs: American Studies, Asian Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, and Japanese Studies.

There is no minor in international studies.


INTL 396. International Independent Study. 1 - 3 Unit.

Study of a topic within the scope of international studies. The student must complete a prospectus form, approved and signed by the supervising faculty member, no later than the second week of classes. The prospectus must outline the goals of the project and the research methodology to be used and is part of the basis for grading. Open to juniors and seniors majoring in international studies.

INTL 398. International Senior Colloquium. 3 Units.

Individual work with a faculty tutor leading to the writing of a major research paper. Regular class sessions are supervised by the colloquium coordinator in which students present their initial concepts, outlines, research, and drafts. Open only to seniors majoring in international studies.