International Studies majors must choose one of the following sub-plans:
International Security, Norms and Cooperation (ISNC)
In this sub-plan, students take courses that help them reason about the international system of nation-states and of peoples with both competing and overlapping interests. Among the topics covered are international relations, human rights, human security, international organizations, transnational social movements, war-making and peace-making, intra- and inter-state violence.
Comparative Culture and Identity (CCI)
In this sub-plan, students take courses that help them understand the global richness of behavioral, literary, and artistic expressions reflecting the diversity of the human experience. Among the topics covered are theories of culture, theories of identity, comparative belief systems and societal organizations, nationalism, comparative literary and film traditions, comparative ideologies, colonialism and post-colonialism, global arts, comparative gender studies, and cultural transmission.
Political Economy and Development (PED)
In this sub-plan, students take courses that help them reason about the global economy and about comparing the political economies of nation-states and regions. Among the topics covered are international economics, political and economic development, regulation of economies, international trade, political contestation over economics, government budgeting, comparative labor economics, and political-economic history.
Global Environment and Health (GEH)
In this sub-plan, students take courses that help them understand global trends in public health and in the natural environment as these intersect with the human experience. Among the topics covered are global public health, comparative health policy, epidemics and pandemics, comparative environmental policy, comparative history of mental health treatments across countries, environmental disasters, and climate change.