International Studies

INTS 110 Introduction to International Relations

A survey of contemporary international politics. Major topics covered in this course include international political geography, the
evolution of the international system, the nation-state, modern diplomacy, international political economy, international law and
organization, the East-West conflict, and North-South issues.

INTS 120 Introduction to Comparative Politics

An introduction to the principal theories, analytical approaches, and methods relating to the study of comparative politics. Concrete country and case studies are used to highlight the relationship between the tools of comparative politics and real world political events and processes.

INTS 133 Model United Nations

Simulation of United Nations bodies (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, etc.) in a controlled class
environment where debate and procedure are emphasized. Students engage in topical research on political, economic, and social issues
of assigned countries and formulate position papers and resolutions for debate in the simulation. The course meets one evening per week
for eight weeks. It may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of four (4) credits.

INTS 190 International Politics since 1945

Survey of significant events and trends in the international system since 1945. Topics include the origins, evolution, and end of the cold
war. The emergence of the post-cold war era, decolonization and East-West competition, the rise of nationalism, the role of nuclear
weapons in world politics, changes in the global economy, and challenges facing the United States today are also examined.

INTS 220 Global Ecopolitics

An introduction to the ecological politics paradigm, an alternative approach to the study of international relations. This course explores
how environmental issues, population, disease, technology, and globalization create both problems and solutions to traditional questions
of international relations (like war and peace, sovereignty, development, and power) and raise new areas of inquiry. This course may be
sequenced with INTS 341: Comparative Ecopolitics for the purposes of the IS minor.

INTS 221 Population and National Security

An exploration of the shifting meanings and interpretation of “security,” particularly the securitization of population. The course covers a wide range of population topics, including aging, migration, the youth “bulge,” urbanization, health, and the demographic “bonus.” Population trends, their security implications, and their connections to issues such as development and the environment are examined. This course may be sequenced with INTS 340: The Politics of Migration for the purposes of the IS minor.

INTS 235 Great Decisions in U.S. Foreign Policy

A review of important contemporary global issues. The course meets in the evening for two hours, once a week for eight weeks. The teaching of this course is shared as each member of the departmental faculty will typically deliver one lecture. 

INTS 243 Government and Politics of the Middle East

Survey of historical and political trajectories of selected Middle East states, including Turkey, Iran, Israel-Palestine, and the Eastern
(Mashreq) Arab world. The region’s history, influence of Islam, and ideological trends are considered as are the roles of ethnic and
religious minorities, state building, economic and political liberalization, authoritarian rule, conflict, and gender questions.

INTS 244 Issues in Middle East Politics

Survey of topical areas of significance to Middle East politics. Possible topics include the treatment of minority peoples, social
movements, and political ideologies in the region as well as the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Kurdish dispute.

INTS 245 Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States

This course aims to understand the motivations behind and consequences of US foreign policy in the Middle East both historically and today. It will cover issues, such as Cold War policies, the war on terror, nuclear Iran debates, and post-Arab Spring regional context and instability.