International Studies Concentration is designed to prepare
students for careers and pursuits spanning national boundaries.
It is grounded in social sciences and focused on contemporary
issues in order to develop an understanding of the current
dominant modes of international interactions, and the global
nature and consequences of those interactions.
International Studies Concentration may complement the major
by including curricular elements that help develop the ability
to analyze global issues, to understand the dynamics of cross-cultural
communication, and to appreciate the characteristics of regions
outside the United States.
may choose from more than 100 courses across the curriculum
dealing with political, economic, historical, sociological,
cultural, religious and linguistic factors shaping contemporary
International Studies Concentration consists of three components:
Two core courses - in introductory international relations/international
politics and international economics.
A minimum of five additional courses from the International
Studies Concentration course list. These deal with non-U.S.
regions or countries, using humanities and/or social science
methodologies. With the help of an International Studies Concentration
advisor, the student will develop a program of courses drawn
from the list. These will include
(a) not more than two at the introductory level, (b) at least
two focused on two different non-U.S. regions or countries,
and (c) at least one at the 300/400 level.
Language requirement: four college semesters or the equivalent
of an appropriate modern foreign language.
abroad is strongly encouraged. At least four out of the seven
(core and additional) courses must be completed at Oberlin
or in Oberlin programs such as the London, Oberlin-in-Europe,
or Strasbourg Program.
student, regardless of major or minor, can pursue an International
Studies Concentration. The International Studies Concentration
does not substitute for a major or minor. Its completion will
be noted on the student's final transcript along with majors,
minors, and honors. Students wishing to pursue this concentration
should consult with a member of the International Studies
information about the ISC requirements, committee, declaration
form and course list is available online at http://www.oberlin.edu/~instudnt.