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2014-2015 Course Catalog


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International Studies

The interdisciplinary area in international studies encourages students to discover the relationships among different societies. It is also intended to heighten their sensitivity to the degree to which cultural-linguistic factors affect perception of the world. The program offers students an opportunity to use skills and perspectives gained from study of modern languages and civilizations to enhance their understanding of international events and developments encountered in their studies in the social sciences and humanities.

Just as interdisciplinary areas (IAs) are intended to provoke students to examine the boundaries between their major fields and closely related fields of study, the interdisciplinary area in international studies is a vehicle through which students may discover and explore the international dimensions of their majors. It is also a means through which a student may demonstrate a commitment to enhanced understanding of those dimensions.

The interdisciplinary area in international studies has an informal, but natural, relationship with the social organization called Lawrence International. Students who participate in the interdisciplinary area should consider seriously membership in Lawrence International and should attend the meetings and functions of the organization. Lawrence International extends a warm welcome to all students and especially to those who evince interest in international matters.

Required for the interdisciplinary area in international studies

  1. One six-unit course in a foreign language beyond the level required for completion of Lawrence's foreign language requirement.
  2. GOV 140 or GOV 150. Students should fulfill this requirement in the freshman or sophomore year. Juniors are discouraged from taking GOV 140, and the course is closed to seniors without the consent of instructor.
  3. At least four six-unit courses, from at least three different departments, that embody international and/or cross-cultural context and that can be shown by the student to conform to a coherent design, either regional or thematic in nature. The student must present a clear articulation of the design either during a culminating conversation between the student and the Interdisciplinary Area Advisory Committee or in some other suitable context — e.g., an advanced-level seminar in international studies, when such an offering is available.
  4. Notification of the faculty advisor by the first Friday of Term III of intention to complete the IA in the current academic year.