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International Studies (IST)

International Studies (IST)

IST 325 Special Topics in International Studies
This course will introduce and expand student understanding of other countries or regions through a detailed study of an interdisciplinary topic. Topics of the course will vary and will incorporate history, culture, art, literature, politics, and current events. Students may take this course twice, but only if it covers a different topic each time taken.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing
Three hours, three credits.

IST 350: International Relations Theory
This course is an introduction to International Relations (IR) theory and global politics. The course will introduce students to the principle theoretical approaches in International Relations and the components/concepts of each. The course will also apply these theoretical approaches to current and past events in international relations and global politics. Throughout the semester, students will become familiarized with issues and policies within international and global politics, and identify the paths through which IR theories can be applied to politics and policy. Students are expected to critically engage each theoretical approach, demonstrate comprehension of the approaches, and develop critical interpretations of each approach.
Prerequisite: PSC 203
Three credits, three hours.

IST 496: Individual or Collaborative Study
Working under the direction of individual faculty members, students conceptualize, design, and begin to implement research projects that they continue to develop throughout the remainder of their senior year. Faculty project directors are matched with students based on the subject matter and scope of projects. Students may elect to conduct research in any field within the International Studies curriculum.
Prerequisites: PSC 203, any of the following research courses: (SSC 251, SOC 470, HIS 398, or ENG 401), senior standing.
Three hours, three credits.

IST 498: International Studies Senior Seminar
A capstone course in which students synthesize, expand, and present research projects previously developed in IST 496.
Prerequisites: IST 496 and Senior Standing
Three credits, three hours.