International Studies Major Requirements

The major requires 4 semesters or the equivalent in one foreign language. Students must complete at least one college course to meet this requirement; high school work alone will not suffice. Students must attain a 2.0 GPA in all UWM credits attempted for the major. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.0 GPA in all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Students may receive credit toward the International Studies (IS) major for participation in study abroad programs or the United Nations Summer Seminar. Credit towards the major also may be obtained through a semester-long internship in an international business, a government office, or a private organization with an international focus, either in Milwaukee or abroad.

Students may declare the International Studies (IS) major once they have reached 15 credits. The advisor will assist each student in preparing a logical sequence of studies.

Introductory Requirements 1
ECON 103Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 104Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG 110The World: Peoples and Regions3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society
Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Societies
East Asian Civilization Since 1600
Latin American Society and Culture
Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present
The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
POL SCI 106Politics of the World's Nations3
or POL SCI 175 Introduction to International Relations
Requirements for the Major
INTLST 550Senior Seminar in International Studies: (subtitle) (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology
Techniques and Problems in Ethnography
Economic Statistics
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Seminar on Historical Method: Research Techniques
Elementary Statistical Analysis
Introduction to Political Science Research
Political Data Analysis
Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology
Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods:
Select one of the following:18
Option A: International Politics and World Affairs
Option B: International Economics and Development
Option C: World Languages and Culture
Select 11-12 credits from the list of electives for a total of 36 credits11-12
Total Credits50-52

The introductory courses are required and should be taken during the first two years. Credits earned in the introductory courses do not count toward the 36 credits required for the major. They cannot be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Option A: International Politics and World Affairs

This option emphasizes political aspects of international studies. 18 credits are required as outlined below:

ECON 351Introduction to International Economic Relations3
HIST 434The United States as a World Power in the 20th Century3
POL SCI 359Problems of American Foreign Policy3
Select a minimum of three of the following:9
Economic Development
International Law
International Organization and the United Nations
Seminar in International Relations: (part of UN Summer Seminar)
Politics of Nuclear Weapons
History of International Political Thought
Theories and Methods in International Politics
International Conflict
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Total Credits18

Option B: International Economics and Development

This option emphasizes the political, economic, and cultural aspects of developing countries as well as the economic aspects of international studies. 18 credits are required as outlined below:

ECON 301Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 353Economic Development3
POL SCI 330The Politics of International Economic Relations3
Select a minimum of two of the following:6
International Marketing
International Business
Introduction to International Economic Relations
International Trade
International Finance
International Law
International Conflict
Great Cities of the World: Their Growth and Guided Urbanization
Planning Local Economic Development
Total Credits18

Option C: World Languages and Culture

This option emphasizes the cultural aspects of international studies, examining topics such as globalization and politics from a range of perspectives. 18 credits are required as outlined below:

Select four from the following list, selecting from four different disciplinary areas:12
Globalization, Culture, and Environment
Cities and Culture
Law and Society
Contemporary Issues in Global Justice
Humanitarianism in Global Perspective
The Global Politics of Human Rights
The Human Economy
Political Anthropology
Cross-Cultural Study of Religion
Comparative Literature:
Literature and Religion:
Literature and Politics:
Introduction to World Literatures Written in English:
World Cinema:
Studies in World Literature Written in English:
Global Studies:
Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications
Humanitarianism in Global Perspective
The Global Politics of Human Rghts
The Twentieth Century: A Global History
Topics in Global History:
Topics in Global History:
World Literature in Translation:
Italy and Its Global Fictions:
Topics in Italian Literature and Culture in Translation:
Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy in Translation: Major Works
Russian Literature and Culture in Translation:
Introduction to Latino Literature in English
Select at least two upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) in a single foreign language6
Islam: Religion and Culture
Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film
Chinese Martial Arts Fiction
Japanese Performance Traditions
Seminar in Japanese Literature and Culture:
Total Credits18


AFRIC 232Survey of African Societies and Cultures3
AFRIC 311African Religious Thought and Social Organizations3
AFRIC 320Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 325Africa/China Relations3
AFRIC 329Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa3
AFRIC 334Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies3
AFRIC 344Global Black Social Movements3
AFRIC 351Sexuality, Gender, and Health in Africa and the Diaspora3
AFRIC 352Extended Families in Black Societies3
AFRIC 362Philosophy and Thought in Africa and the Diaspora II3
AFRIC 414The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 418Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 420The Political Economy of Slavery3
AFRIC 565Selected Texts/Topics in African & African Diaspora Studies:3
AMLLC 216Survey of Civilization:3
ANTHRO 104Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Societies3
ANTHRO 102Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society3
ANTHRO 156Food and Culture3
ANTHRO 250Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
ANTHRO 320Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
ANTHRO 326Peoples and Cultures of South Asia3
ANTHRO 349Seminar in Ethnography and Cultural Processes3
ANTHRO 355Globalization, Culture, and Environment3
ANTHRO/GLOBAL 362System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction3
ANTHRO 381Honors Seminar:3
ANTHRO 431Cities and Culture3
ANTHRO 432Law and Society3
ANTHRO 433Contemporary Issues in Global Justice3
ANTHRO 440Medical Anthropology3
ANTHRO 441Nature, Knowledge, and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective3
ANTHRO/GLOBAL 442Humanitarianism in Global Perspective3
ANTHRO 443Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age3
ANTHRO 445Psychological Anthropology3
ANTHRO 446The Child in Different Cultures3
ANTHRO/GLOBAL 447The Global Politics of Human Rights3
ANTHRO 448Cultural and Human Ecology3
ANTHRO 449The Human Economy3
ANTHRO 450Political Anthropology3
ANTHRO 540Applications of Anthropology3
ANTHRO 543Cross-Cultural Study of Religion3
ANTHRO 561Techniques and Problems in Ethnography3
ANTHRO 641Seminar in Anthropology:3
ARABIC 111Cultures and Civilizations of the Muslim Middle East3
ARABIC 390Islam: Religion and Culture3
ART 509Art & Design Seminar:3
ARTHIST 205History of Film I: Development of an Art3
ARTHIST 206History of Film II: Development of an Art3
ARTHIST 382Chinese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 481Topics in Chinese Art:3
BUS ADM 201Introduction to Financial Accounting4
BUS ADM 456International Financial Management3
BUS ADM 465International Marketing3
BUS ADM 496International Business3
CHINESE 150Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture3
CHINESE 200Chinese Calligraphy3
CHINESE 320Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film3
CHINESE 343Chinese Martial Arts Fiction3
COMMUN 310Communication in Organizations3
COMMUN 350Intercultural Communication3
COMMUN 363Communication in Human Conflict3
COMMUN 450Cross-Cultural Communication3
COMMUN 550International and Global Communication3
COMMUN 665Introduction to Mediation3
COMPLIT 135Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century:3
COMPLIT 207Global Literature from Antiquity to the 1600s:3
COMPLIT 208Global Literature from the 17th Century to the Present:3
COMPLIT 231Literature and Religion: (Nazis and Anti-Semitic Propaganda)3
COMPLIT 232Literature and Politics: (subtitle)3
COMPLIT 233Literature and Film: (subtitle)3
COMPLIT 230Literature and Society:3
COMPLIT 350Topics in Comparative Literature:3
COMPLIT 360Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience:3
COMPLIT 461Film-Fiction Interaction:3
COMPLIT 463Literary Criticism: Major Authors3
COMPLIT 464Seminar in Comparative Literary Criticism: (subtitle)3
ECON 248Economics of Discrimination3
ECON 301Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 310Research Methods for Economics3
ECON 328Environmental Economics3
ECON 351Introduction to International Economic Relations3
ECON 353Economic Development3
ECON 411Economic Forecasting Methods3
ECON 413Statistics for Economists3
ECON 447Labor Economics3
ECON 450Health Economics3
ECON 454International Trade3
ECON 455International Finance3
ECON 489Internship in Economics, Upper Division1-6
ED POL 698Fieldwork in International Education1-6
ENGLISH 210Global Englishes3
ENGLISH 214Writing in the Professions: (International Business Writing)3
ENGLISH 278Introduction to World Literatures Written in English:3
ENGLISH 285Modern Irish Language and Literature in Translation3
ENGLISH 306Survey of Irish Literature3
ENGLISH 312Topics in Film, Television and Digital Studies:3
ENGLISH 316World Cinema:3
ENGLISH 381World Literatures Written in English:3
ENGLISH 404Language, Power, and Identity3
ENGLISH 522Studies in World Literature Written in English:3
ENGLISH 622Seminar in Irish Literature: (subtitle)3
ENGLISH 624Seminar in Modern Literature:3
ENGLISH 625Seminar in Literary History:3
ENGLISH 627Seminar in Literature and Culture:3
ETHNIC 250Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies:3
FRENCH 324Contemporary French Language and Culture3
FRENCH 357Literature of the French-Speaking World in Translation:3
FRENCH 426Growing Up French3
FRENCH 430Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries3
FRENCH 431Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World:3
FRENCH 432Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures:3
FRENCH 450Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France3
FRENCH 451Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (subtitle)3
FRENCH 510Seminar on Masterpieces of Literature Written in French: (subtitle)3
GEOG 115Globalization and Economic Development3
GEOG 125Introduction to Environmental Geography3
GEOG 213Geography of Asia3
GEOG 309Nationalities and Nations of the World3
GEOG 330Europe: East and West3
GEOG 333Muslim Geographies: Identities and Politics3
GEOG 443Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography3
GERMAN 333Texts and Contexts3
GERMAN 334Introduction to German Studies3
GERMAN 360German for the Global World3
GERMAN 415Topics in German Studies:3
GERMAN 460German Literature from 1945 to the Present3
GLOBAL 101Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics3
GLOBAL 201Introduction to Global Studies II: Economics and the Environment3
GLOBAL 202Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology3
GLOBAL 297Study Abroad: (subtitle)1-12
GLOBAL 311Contexts for Global Management3
GLOBAL 351Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications3
GLOBAL 362System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction3
GLOBAL 371Rethinking Global Security3
GLOBAL 442Humanitarianism in Global Perspective3
GLOBAL 443Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age3
GLOBAL 447The Global Politics of Human Rghts3
GLOBAL 451Access, Security, and Intercultural Contexts in Global Communications3
GLOBAL 471Strategies for Realizing Security in Global Contexts3
GLOBAL 489International Internship in Global Studies, Upper Division1-6
GLOBAL 497Study Abroad: (subtitle)1-12
GLOBAL 499Ad Hoc: (subtitle)1-6
GLOBAL 541Cross-Cultural Management3
HIST 180Latin American Society and Culture3
HIST 200Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: (Cuba Under Castro)3
HIST 210The Twentieth Century: A Global History3
HIST 236Britain Since 1688: Rise and Decline of a Great Power3
HIST 242Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present (if not selected as one of the introductory courses)3
HIST 248The First World War3
HIST 249The Second World War in Europe3
HIST 282The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (if not selected as one of the introductory courses)3
HIST 286The Korean War3
HIST 287The Vietnam War3
HIST 290Topics in Global History:3
HIST 341Imperial Russia3
HIST 343Russia Since 19173
HIST 348Poland and Its Neighbors, 1945 to the Present3
HIST 363Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship3
HIST 364The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism & the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933-453
HIST 372Topics in Global History:3
HIST 377Modern China3
HIST 378Revolution in China3
HIST 386Africans in World History: Communities, Cultures, and Ideas3
HIST 387Colonization in Africa: A History of Resistance and Adaptation3
HIST 392The History of Southern Africa3
HIST 393History of Mexico3
HIST 394History of Japan to 16003
HIST 395History of Japan Since 16003
HIST 400Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History:3
HIST 401Topics in Middle Eastern History:3
HIST 402Topics in Asian History:3
HIST 434The United States as a World Power in the 20th Century3
HONORS 200Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind:3
INTLST 260Introduction to International Careers2
INTLST 450Internship in International Studies2-6
INTLST 699Independent Study1-6
ITALIAN 245Italy and Its Global Fictions: (subtitle)3
ITALIAN 256Introduction to Italian Food Studies: A Cultural History3
ITALIAN 312Contemporary Italian Language and Culture3
ITALIAN 321Introduction to Italian Literature3
ITALIAN 322Introduction to Italian Literature and Film3
ITALIAN 457Topics in Italian Literature and Culture in Translation:3
JAPAN 110Japanese Popular Culture3
JAPAN 200Japanese Culture and Its Effect on Language3
JAPAN 321Analyzing Hollywood-Japan Film Remakes3
JAPAN 331Reading Japanese Short Stories3
JAPAN 441Business Japanese I3
JAPAN 351Japanese Performance Traditions3
JAPAN 355Seminar in Japanese Literature and Culture:3
JEWISH 328The Arab-Israeli Conflict3
JEWISH 358The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture3
JEWISH 421Introduction to Yiddish Literature:3
LACS 101Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies3
LACUSL 300Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies: (Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Cities)3
NURS 301Introduction to Global Health3
PEACEST 203Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies3
PHILOS 204Introduction to Asian Religions3
PHILOS 237Technology, Values, and Society3
POLISH 236Polish Culture in its Historical Setting3
POL SCI 300Western European Politics3
POL SCI 310Russian and Post-Soviet Politics3
POL SCI 312The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes3
POL SCI 316International Law3
POL SCI 320Politics of Developing Countries3
POL SCI 325Latin American Politics3
POL SCI 330The Politics of International Economic Relations3
POL SCI 333Seminar in Comparative Politics:3
POL SCI 335Comparative Political Systems3
POL SCI 337International Organization and the United Nations3
POL SCI 338Seminar in International Relations:3
POL SCI 339European Integration3
POL SCI 340Politics of Nuclear Weapons3
POL SCI 343Asian International Relations3
POL SCI 345Korean Politics and Foreign Policy3
POL SCI 355The Politics of Economic Inequality3
POL SCI 359Problems of American Foreign Policy3
POL SCI 361History of International Political Thought3
POL SCI 365Theories and Methods in International Politics3
POL SCI 370International Conflict3
POL SCI 371Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict3
POL SCI 374Health, Wealth, and Democracy3
POL SCI 377Elections in the Modern World3
POL SCI 379Morality, Conflict and War3
POL SCI 381The Development of Western Political Thought3
POL SCI 382Modern Political Thought3
POL SCI 391Current Crises and Events in International Relations3
POL SCI 423Conduct of American Foreign Affairs3
PORTUGS 225Understanding Brazil:3
PORTUGS 299Ad Hoc:1-6
PORTUGS 360Luso-Brazilian Culture:3
PORTUGS 499Ad Hoc: (Understanding Portuguese-Speaking Africa)3
RUSSIAN 245Russian Life and Culture3
RUSSIAN 350Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy in Translation: Major Works3
RUSSIAN 391Russian Literature and Culture in Translation:3
SOCIOL 324Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts3
SOCIOL 325Social Change3
SOCIOL 331Sociology of Health Care3
SOCIOL 350Environmental Sociology3
SOCIOL 377Urbanism and Urbanization3
SOCIOL 495Seminar in Sociology: (International Urban Sociology)3
SPANISH 225Understanding the Hispanic World: (subtitle)3
SPANISH 332Using Spanish in the Business World3
SPANISH 342Business and Legal Spanish3
SPANISH 350Introduction to Literary Analysis3
SPANISH 371Introduction to Latino Literature in English3
SPANISH 391Social and Historical Issues in the Hispanic World:3
SPANISH 470Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization3
SPANISH 472Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization3
SPANISH 474Survey of Spanish Literature and Civilization3
SPANISH 491Topics in Hispanic Culture:3
SPANISH 506Seminar in Spanish Literature:3
SPANISH 507Seminar in Spanish-American Literature:3
SPANISH 570Seminar in Spanish Golden Age Literature:3
URBPLAN 315Great Cities of the World: Their Growth and Guided Urbanization3
URBPLAN 684Planning Local Economic Development3
WGS 500Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (Gender in Asia)3