General Education

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International Affairs

Dr. John A. Scherpereel, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3933
E-mail: scherpja@jmu.edu

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Mission
Concentrations
Internships
Study Abroad and Washington Semester

Mission
The major in international affairs provides an interdisciplinary understanding of foreign cultures and societies, the dynamics of world politics, and other nations' world views and their consequent actions. A liberal arts program (B.A. degree), the international affairs major combines interdisciplinary, intercultural and multilingual education. It offers students a choice between two concentrations: international relations and comparative study. The courses for these concentrations stem from a broad variety of traditional liberal studies disciplines. The major also allows students to incorporate a minor in Africana, Asian, Latin American or Russian studies as well as the Studies Abroad programs. Because of limited course offerings, certain specializations may require language training from another university. International affairs is a 50-credit hour major, with a 32-credit common core and 18 credits of concentration study.

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
International affairs is a 50-credit hour major, with a 32-credit common core and 18 credits of concentration study. For further information and a complete list of the distribution requirements and eligible courses, contact the coordinator.

Degree Requirements

General Education1
41
Foreign Language classes(intermediate level required)2
0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)3
3
University electives
12-26
Major requirements (listed below)
50

 
120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' placement test. The international affairs major requires an additional year of language study. That is, students must have three years of a foreign language appropriate to their course of study in the major. Students majoring in international affairs who use proficiency in a native language to meet the INTA language requirement must make the following substitutions for the two 300-level foreign language courses: GAMST 200 AND one of the following courses: GHIST 225, GENG 247 or GENG 248.
3 If students have taken a GPHIL course to meet their General Education requirements, they must take an additional course to meet the B.A. degree philosophy requirement.


Major Requirements
Students may choose either the comparative study or international relations concentration. The international affairs major requires that all students complete a common core. Students should be aware that it is not always possible to offer courses on their regular rotation and that new courses may be added and existing ones deleted. Therefore, key requirements should not be left until just before graduation. Any course substitutions must be approved by the international affairs coordinator in consultation with other faculty members.

Core Courses
Credit Hours
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)
3
ECON 270. International Economics1
3
GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
3
INTA 295. Cross-National Research Skills2
4
INTA 489. Seminar in International Affairs3
4
POSC 230. International Relations
3
POSC 240. Comparative Politics
3
Choose one of the following:4
3
     HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History
     POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
     FL 300. Grammar and Communication5
3
     FL 320. Oral and Written Communication5
3

 
32

1 Students should complete these core economics requirements before enrolling in upper-level economics courses. Students double-majoring in economics and international affairs may substitute ECON 370 for ECON 270 to meet their core requirement.
2 Students should note that MATH 220 is a prerequisite for INTA 295.
3 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisite: Completion of all courses in the core requirement of the major and senior standing.
4 Students in the international relations concentration must count POSC 370 in the core. HIST 330 must be taken as an international relations requirement (listed under the international relations concentration requirements. In other words, students who are following the international relations concentration must take both POSC 370 and HIST 330.
5 Students must be proficient at the third-year level of a foreign language. In most languages this will require the completion of courses numbered 300 and 320. Some languages may not use this course numbering. In this instance, students must take two 300-level courses that focus on grammar, oral and written communication. The second 300-level course may not be a literature, cinema or civilization course. Some languages (including Russian and Japanese) cannot be completed through the 300 level at JMU. Students studying these languages may have to complete course work during the summer or abroad at a specialized language program. Students should consult with the Department of Foreign Lanaguages, Literatures and Cultures on this point. Each student's foreign language must be appropriate for their track. French is acceptable for the Africa and Middle East tracks.


Concentrations

International Relations Concentration
The following international relations, cross-area and area courses are required in addition to the core courses listed under Major Requirements. Students in the international relations concentration must complete the requirements for all four headings.

Cross Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete one course:
3
Anthropology
     ANTH 340. The Invention of Race
Communication Studies
     SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication
Economics
     ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems
Geography
     GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape
     GEOG 300. Population Geography
Political Science
     POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
     POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
     POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism
     POSC 349. Comparative Political Behavior
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics1
Sociology
     SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

1 When course topic is appropriate for the chosen concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete one course: 3
Africa  
     HIST 263. Africa  
     HIST 361. Class and Ethnicity in Africa  
     HIST 470. Modern Africa  
     POSC 353. African Politics  
Asia  
     HIST 274. Modern Asia  
     HIST 371. India  
     HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia  
     HIST 377. History of Korea  
     HIST 460. Modern Japan  
     HIST 480. Modern China  
     POSC 355. East Asian Politics  
Europe  
     HIST 301. European Military History  
     HIST 321. European Women's History  
     HIST 384. England and the Empire-Commonwealth  
     HIST 386. Russia since 1855  
     HIST 390. France since 1789  
     HIST 465. Twentieth Century Britain  
     HIST 475. Modern Russia  
     HIST 478. Eastern Europe  
     HIST 486. Europe since 1914  
     POSC 344. Politics of the European Union  
     POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe  
     POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe  
Latin America  
     HIST 444. Revolution and Social Change in Latin America  
     HIST 445. Latin America and the United States  
     HIST 447. South America  
     POSC 350. Latin American Politics  
The Middle East  
     HIST 270. Modern Middle East  
     HIST 473. The Islamic World  
     HIST 485. Colonialism in the Greater Middle East  
     POSC 354. Politics of the Middle East


 
International Relations Courses Credit Hours
Complete four courses:1 12
(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. One of these courses must be HIST 330. The potential fields are listed below.)  
Economics  
     ECON 365. Economic Development  
     ECON 370. International Trade and Trade Policies  
     ECON 372. International Finance and Payment  
Geography  
     GEOG 375. Political Geography  
History  
     HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History2  
Justice Studies  
     JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice  
Political Science  
     POSC 361. Topics in International Politics3  
     POSC 395. International Law  
     POSC 396. International Organizations  
     POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations  
     POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies  
     POSC 430. International Security in the Post-Cold War World  
     POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism  
     POSC 458. International Political Analysis  
     POSC 493. Simulations3  
Religion  
     REL 314. Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation  

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 HIST 330 must be one of the course taken to fulfill the international relations courses for the IP concentration.
3 When course topic is appropriate for the chosen concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

Comparative Study Concentration
The following functional and area courses are required in addition to the core courses listed under Major Requirements. Students in the comparative study concentration must complete the requirements for all three areas.

International and Cross-Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete two courses:1
6
(Each course must come from a different field of study. The potential fields are listed below.)
Cross-Cultural
     GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology
     SOCI/ANTH 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change
     ANTH 340. The Invention of Race
Economics
     ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems.
     ECON 372. International Finance and Payments
Geography
     GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape
     GEOG 300. Population Geography
     GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics
     GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues
     GEOG 375. Political Geography
History
     HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History
Political Science
     POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
     POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
     POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism
     POSC 349. Comparative Political Behavior
     POSC 361. Topics in International Politics2
     POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
     POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies
     POSC 395. International Law
     POSC 396. International Organizations
     POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations
     POSC 430. International Security in the Post Cold War World
     POSC 458. International Political Analysis
     POSC 493. Simulations2

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 When course topic is appropriate for the chosen concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.


Area Requirements
Students may choose from five tracks to fulfill the area requirement: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East. Students must complete four courses for their specific area. These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below. At least one of these courses must be a history course. Students with advanced language skills may also enroll in a 400-level literature course to meet the culture requirement.

The following lists the potential courses for each of these areas.

Africa Track

Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses:1
12
(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)
Africana Studies
     GAFST 200. Introduction to Africana Studies
     GAFST 489. Africana Studies Senior Research Experience2
Culture
     ANTH 280. Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
     ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2
     ARTH 210. African Art and Culture in the Humanities
     ARTH 410. African Art: The Sahara and Northern Sahel
     ARTH 412. African Art: Sub-Saharan
     ARTH 419. Topics in African Art
     ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt
     ENG 432. Studies in African Literature
     REL 300. Selected Topics in Relgion2
     REL 305. Islamic Religious Tradition
     REL 330. African and African-American Religion
     SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies
Economics
     ECON 365. Economic Development
Geography
     GEOG 335. Geography of Africa3
History
     HIST 263. Africa
     HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2
     HIST 361. Class and Ethnicity in Africa
     HIST 470. Modern Africa
     HIST 473. The Islamic World
     HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2
Political Science
     POSC 353. African Politics
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.
3 This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.


The following course is taught abroad ONLY and is accepted for culture credit in the Africa track:
ANTH 391. Study Abroad (in Kenya only)

Asia Track

Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses:1
12
(These courses must come from at least three fields of study.The potential fields are listed below.)
Culture
     ANTH 380. Chinese Society and Culture
     ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2
     ARTH 416. Arts of Oceania
     ARTH 430. Far Eastern Art
     REL 300. Selected Topics in Relgion2
     REL 310. Hindu Traditions
     REL 312. Religions of East Asia
     REL 313. Hindu Ethics
     REL 316. Topics in Hinduism
     PHIL/REL 385. Buddhist Thought
Geography
     GEOG 334. Geography of East and Southeast Asia3
History
     HIST 274. Modern Asia
     HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2
     HIST 371. India
     HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia
     HIST 377. History of Korea
     HIST 379. Family and Gender in East Asia
     HIST 460. Modern Japan
     HIST 480. Modern China
     HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2
Political Science
     POSC 355. East Asian Politics
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.
3 This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.

Europe Track

Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses:1
12
(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)
Required
POSC 344. Politics of the European Union
3
Culture
     GARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
     ENG 341. Contemporary British Novel
     ENG 374. Introduction to Anglo-Irish Literature
     FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization
     FR 425. Twentieth Century French Literature
     FR 465. French Cinema, 1930-1980
     FR 466. Contemporary French Cinema
     GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization
     GER 426. Modern German Literature
     ITAL/HIST 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization
     ITAL 425. Modern Italian Literature
     ITAL 465. Italian Cinema
     RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century
     RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century
     SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization
     SPAN 405. Spanish Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries
     SPAN 406. Spanish Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries
     SPAN 460. Postwar Literature in Spain
Geography
     GEOG 332. Geography of Europe2
History
     HIST 301. European Military History
     HIST 321. European Women's History
     HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History3
     HIST 384. England and the Empire-Commonwealth
     HIST 386. Russia since 1885
     HIST 390. France since 1789
     HIST 462. The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany, 1918-1945
     HIST 465. Twentieth Century Britian
     HIST 475. Modern Russia
     HIST 478. Eastern Europe
     HIST 486. Europe since 1914
     HIST 487. World War II
     HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History3
Political Science
     POSC 337. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union2
     POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe
     POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics3

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.
3 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.


The following courses are taught abroad ONLY and are accepted for culture credit in the Europe track:
ARTH 313. Masterpieces in Italian Renaissance Art (Semester in Florence only)
ARTH 314. Masterpieces in Spanish Art (Semester in Salamanca only)
ARTH 315. Masterpieces in British Art (Semester in London only)
ARTH 317. Masterpieces in French Art (Semester in Paris only)

Latin America Track

Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses:1
12
(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)
Culture
     ANTH 265. People and Cultures of Latin America and the
       Caribbean
     ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2
     ANTH/HIST 436. Afro-Latin America
     ENG 431. Studies in Caribbean Literature
     GHUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspectives2
     SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization
     SPAN 385. Latin American Drama and Short Stories
     SPAN 395. Latin American Poetry of the 20th Century
     SPAN 408. Aspects of Latin American Civilization
     SPAN 415. The Spanish-American Novel
     SPAN 446. Special Topics in Linguistics, Literature or
       Civilization
Geography
     GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America3
History
     HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2
     HIST 444. Revolution and Change in Latin America
     HIST 445. Latin America and the United States
     HIST 447. South America
     HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2
Political Science
     POSC 350. Latin American Politics
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.
3 This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.

Middle East Track

Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses:1
12
(Each course must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)1
Culture
     ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2
     ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt
     ENG 433. Studies in Arabic Literature
     REL 300. Selected Topics in Religion2
     REL 305. Islamic Religious Tradition
     REL 320. Judaism
     SOCI 342. Muslim Movements in the Middle East
     SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies
Economics
     ECON 365. Economic Development
History
     HIST 270. Modern Middle East
     HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2
     HIST 473. The Islamic World
     HIST 485. Colonialism in the Greater Middle East
     HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2
Political Science
     POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
     POSC 354. Politics of the Middle East
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.


The following course is taught abroad ONLY and is accepted for culture credit in the Middle East track: REL 338. The Culture of Israel

Internships
A maximum of three credits in the major may be earned through an internship. Students must consult with the international affairs coordinator PRIOR to doing an internship to check on its applicability to the major.

Study Abroad and Washington Semester
Many of the courses available to students through JMU's Office of International Programs and the Washington Semester program can be used to fulfill requirements in the INTA major. Students planning to go abroad should keep this in mind in working out their schedules and must consult the INTA coordinator for course approvals and substitutions.

 

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