International Studies Major

Students majoring in International Studies begin with foundational coursework in international relations, economics, geography, and sociology/anthropology, and complete their degree requirements with a senior research project. To prepare for this, they develop their own specialization drawing on courses from three thematic areas: Global Development; Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace Building; and Humanitarianism and Social Justice. The challenges and perils that face the global community are multifaceted and complex. Students acquire different sets of knowledge, tools, and perspectives to deal with the complexities that face local to global communities.

Complementary Studies and International Opportunities

Students complement their International Studies major with coursework in related departments like politics, economics, sociology, history or foreign languages, and in the Dolan School of Business. Many students also pursue related interdisciplinary programs, such as environmental studies, women's studies, peace and justice, and area studies with which International Studies works especially closely. They also study economics and business emphasizing multinational organizations and regional trade pacts, economic and political systems, socio-cultural structures, microfinance and diversities that have operational significance for community and economic development and international business.

The International Studies Program reinforces multidimensional learning with real-world experience through language studies, service learning, Model United Nations, the Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship, internships, and study abroad opportunities, and through work with our faculty on research projects. Therefore students are expected to engage in one or more of these forms of experiential learning.

Graduation with Honors in International Studies

Fairfield University has a campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the national honor society for international studies. Students must have attained a junior stand­ing and completed at least twenty-one hours of course work toward the International Studies/Business major. Students with an overall GPA of 3.3 or greater and a GPA of 3.4 or higher in their International Studies or International Business major are nomi­nated for membership.

For a 30-credit major in International Studies, students complete the following:

Foundational Courses
IL 0050People, Places, and Global Issues3
IL 0051Introduction to International Relations3
IL 0052Culture and Political Economy3
IL 0053Introduction to Economics3
IL 0300Senior Capstone Seminar3
Select five electives from any three thematic areas to develop a specialization in International Studies 115
Total Credits30

International Studies Electives

Global Development
AY 0130Cultures of Africa3
AY 0152Islamic Societies and Cultures3
CO 0241Communication and Culture: East and West3
EC 0230Comparative Economic Systems3
EC 0231International Trade3
EC 0233International Economic Policy and Finance3
EC 0235Economic Development of Third World Nations3
FI 0200Global Capital Markets3
FI 0240International Finance3
HI 028420th Century Russia3
HI 0285Modern China: 1800 to Present3
HI 0289Modern Latin America, 1800-Present3
HI 0366Gender, Culture, and Representation: Women in China and Japan, 1600 to Present3
IL 0298Internship3
IL 0299Independent Study3
IS 0310E-Business Applications3
MG 0350International Law3
MG 0390Cross-Cultural Management3
MK 0312Global Marketing3
PO 0255Middle Eastern Politics3
PO 0259The Development Gap3
PO 0274International Environmental Policies3
PO 0277Globalization: Who Rules the World?3
SO 0188Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Society3
SO 0190Globalization3
SO 0191Social Change in Developing Nations3
Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace Building
AE 0293Ethics of War and Peace3
CO 0240Intercultural Communication3
HI 0251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HI 0273History and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe Since 19453
HI 0274Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Global Crises3
IL 0197United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation3
IL 0298Internship3
IL 0299Independent Study3
MG 0360Negotiations and Dispute Resolution3
PH 0263The Concept of Human Rights3
PO 0251Islam and Muslim Politics3
PO 0252African Politics3
PO 0257Northern Ireland: Politics of War and Peace3
PO 0258Political Violence3
PO 0276United States Foreign Policy3
PO 0278International Law3
PO 0279Threats to Global Security in the 21st Century3
PO 0303Gender, War, and Peace3
SO 0189Sociology of Europe3
Humanitarianism and Social Justice
AY 0163Culture and Inequality3
AY 0168Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation3
AY 0180Grant Writing for the Social Sciences3
EC 0120Environmental Economics3
HI 0270History of Global Humanitarian Action3
IL 0150International Operations of Non-Profits3
IL 0152International Human Rights3
IL 0298Internship3
IL 0299Independent Study3
LAC 0300Justice and the Developing World4
MG 0370Managing Non-Profit Organizations3
MG 0385Managing People for Global Business3
PH 0263The Concept of Human Rights3
PO 0102Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PO 0201Introduction to Peace and Justice3
PO 0272Politics of Humanitarian Action3
PO 0280Border Politics3
RS 0235Liberation Theology3
SO 0185Introduction to International Migration3
Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
IL 0050 People, Places, and Global Issues 3
Second Year
IL 0050 People, Places, and Global Issues (if not taken during first year) 3
IL 0051 Introduction to International Relations 3
IL 0052 Culture and Political Economy 3
IL 0053 Introduction to Economics (usually offered in the Fall Semester) 3
Third Year
IL 0051, IL 0052, or IL 0053 (if not taken previously)  
Select 5 electives from the thematic areas 15
Fourth Year
Select any remaining electives from the thematic areas  
IL 0300 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
 Total Credits30