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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
INT 401CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY4
INT 402INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4

Students with no previous coursework in International Political Economy enroll in INT 402. Students who enter the program with some background in International Political Economy take a placement exam which will either place them in INT 402 or INT 403.

Core Courses (16 hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose four from the following:16
INT 404
MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION
INT 405
CULTURE AND INEQUALITY
INT 406
GLOBAL EMPIRES
INT 407
RACE, SEX AND DIFFERENCE
INT 408
NATURE, SOCIETY, AND POWER
INT 409
CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY
INT 410
INTERNATIONAL LAW

Thesis Colloquia (12 hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
INT 590DIRECTED RESEARCH SEMINAR4
INT 591MASTERS RESEARCH I4
INT 592MASTERS RESEARCH II4

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Students are free to select three elective courses in support of their thesis. The electives should be selected in consultation with the thesis advisor. Permission of the advisor must be obtained before taking courses outside of the International Studies Department.

Graduate Certificate Options

The MA in International Studies may also be expanded to include one of the following graduate certificate programs. The combined MA/certificate program requires careful selection of elective courses to fulfill all requirements. A separate application process is required. Students who are interested in the combined MA/certificate program should contact the program office for additional information.

  • Certificate in Women and Gender Studies
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Certificate in Global Health
  • Certificate in Social Research
  • Certificate in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education
  • Certificate in Community Development
  • Certificate in Metropolitan Planning and Development

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