International Studies

Bachelor of Arts

AIC’s International Studies program offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the politics, geography, economics, and history of societies around the world.

For students looking for a global perspective that balances breadth and depth, this program is your entry into the world of international affairs. International Studies prepares students for a wide range of careers in today’s global community, including:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • History
  • Public affairs
  • NGOs
  • Foreign service

Note: Foreign language is a crucial component of both the program and a comprehensive international education.

Learning Outcomes for International Studies
The following are learning outcomes for successful completion of the international studies major:

  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary knowledge of world affairs
  • Develop international cultural competencies, including empathy for cultural differences
  • Acquire critical-thinking and communications skills
  • Use their competencies to become good global citizens

What You'll Learn

You’ll experience a comprehensive interdisciplinary course of study that provides a broad yet in-depth knowledge of world affairs.

Career Opportunities

Graduating prepares you to work in a variety of international settings such as public affairs and foreign service.

Major Requirements:

Modern foreign language study (American Sign Language not eligible) through at least intermediate level, with strong recommendation for eight semesters (may be waived at discretion of program chairperson if student demonstrates fluency in a second language)

  • POL1500: Comparative Politics
  • POL2410: International Relations
  • INS4800: International Studies Seminar (with chairperson’s permission, repeatable once to replace a course in a specialization requirement)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ECO1010: World Economic Geography
  • IBS1420: Diverse Cultures of the World

and one of the following courses:

  • ECO1401: Macroeconomics
  • IBS1400: Introduction to International Business

Additionally, one from the following courses:

  • HST1430: World History II (since 1400)
  • HST2690: Twentieth-Century Global History

Selection of a specialization consisting of at least four courses in one of the following areas (additional specializations possible subject to approval by program chairperson):

The International Economy:

  • ECO2400: International Economics
  • ECO3250: Comparative Economic Systems
  • IBS1400: Introduction to International Business
  • IBS3410: International Marketing
  • IBS4430: International Organizations and Administration
  • POL3460: Nations and Corporations

International Conflict and Diplomacy:

  • HST2610/POL2610: European Integration
  • HST2690: Twentieth-Century Global History
  • HST3325/POL3325: The First World War
  • HST3327/POL3327: The Second World War
  • HST3401: The Cold War
  • HST3411: History of Warfare
  • POL3410: International Institutions
  • POL3412: Contemporary Problems in International Relations
  • POL3402: American Foreign Policy
  • POL3420: Principles of International Law and Diplomacy

European Studies:

  • HST2610/POL2610: European Integration
  • HST3325/POL3325: The First World War
  • HST3327/POL3327: The Second World War
  • HST3401: The Cold War
  • HST3402: Modern Germany
  • HST3661/POL3661: History of Political Thought II/Political
  • Philosophy II
  • Any modern European language literature or literature in translation course
  • INS4800: International Studies Seminar (with chairperson’s permission, repeatable once to replace a course in a specialization requirement)
  • INS4890 Study Abroad and INS4899 Internship also may be used with the chairperson’s
    permission to fill a specialization requirement.


Minor Requirements

  • INS4800 International Studies Seminar
  • POL1500 Comparative Politics
  • POL2410 International Relations

Choose one from the following courses:

  • ECO1401 Macroeconomics
  • IBS1400 Introduction to International Business

and one from the following courses:

  • ECO1010 World Economic Geography
  • IBS1420 Diverse Cultures of the World

Additionally, one from the following courses:

  • HST1430 World History II (since 1400)
  • HST2690 Twentieth-Century Global History

Course Descriptions

This course is devoted to the study of the fundamental principles and processes of an economic system, with special emphasis on the coordination and control of the United States economy. Emphasis is on the macroeconomic approach.

The course will explain business and management concepts from an international perspective. It will focus on the social, cultural, political, legal, and economic environments that influence international business operations. The course will look at international trade theories, the evolution of regional economic integration arrangements, foreign direct investment, governmental intervention in international trade, and the importance of foreign currency exchange market. Course work will include special research projects and/or case studies for class presentation and discussion.

A one-semester, sophomore-level survey of world history, comprehensive in both chronology and geography. Principal concepts in geography, political science, economics, and the history of science will be featured. Designed specifically for Massachusetts state teacher certification needs, this course will emphasize Western civilization, including United States history and Massachusetts state history.

A systematic examination of world history from the international rivalries leading to World War I through the early twenty-first century. Emphasis will be on the political, economic, and cultural evolution of global society and the forces that unify as well as fragment that society.

This course provides an overview of the discipline of political science, including its division into the four fields of political theory, American Politics, comparative politics and international relations. Students will learn basic concepts in politics and analyze governmental types, forms of political participation, and political socialization.

This course is a study of the international community and of the forces that determine political relations among the nation states it comprises. Consideration is given to the character of the nation state, the nature and determinants of political power in a multistate system, and the conduct of diplomacy.

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