International Studies Stream Overview
The International Studies Stream is an innovative option within Clark’s Program of Liberal Studies, which offers students the opportunity to structure their broad liberal-arts education by focusing on international themes and issues.
To succeed in contemporary society, students must be familiar with the different ways common problems—such as economic growth, immigration, social welfare and environmental regulation—are dealt with across the globe. Students need to understand the historical, social and political foundations for these differences, and they need to be able to assess their own societies within an international context.
The International Studies Stream helps students understand the implications of global integration for cultural identity, economic growth, peace, security and development. Language and cultural studies provide the skills necessary for effective participation in the global economy.
This program infuses students’ educational experiences with an international perspective. Through courses, guest speakers, internships and study-abroad opportunities, the International Studies Stream provides the broad-based international experience students will need in our increasingly global society.
A flexible curriculum
The foundation of the International Studies Stream is a set of courses with an international focus and enhanced language training designed to place the experience of the United States and other countries in global context.
The curriculum incorporates the best elements of undergraduate teaching: team-taught interdisciplinary courses; small classes taught in seminar format; genuine language proficiency developed in part through study outside the United States; extension of academic activities beyond the classroom through field trips, speakers programs and other informal activities; and careful mentoring of students.
This program recognizes that success in most careers now requires international perspective and language skills. International Studies Stream curriculum can be combined with any major, and is flexible enough to address the educational needs of aspiring bankers, journalists, attorneys, physicians, grassroots organizers and many others.
David Angel, Ph.D.
Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
Kiran Asher, Ph.D.
Michael Bamberg, Ph.D.
David Bell, Ed.D.
Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Sarah Buie, M.F.A.
Paul Burke, Ph.D.
Carol D’Lugo, Ph.D.
Marvin D’Lugo, Ph.D.
Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Patrick Derr, Ph.D.
William Ferguson, Ph.D.
Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Douglas Little, Ph.D.
Bruce London, Ph.D.
James T. Murphy, Ph.D.
Richard Peet, Ph.D.
Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Walter Schatzberg, Ph.D.
Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Michael Spingler, Ph.D.
Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.
Maurice Weinrobe, Ph.D.
Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
- ARTH 010 - From the Stone Age to Our Age: Monuments and Masterpieces of Western Art
- ARTH 124 - Italian Art from Giotto to Botticelli
- ARTH 159 - Latin-American Art
- CHIN 101 - Elementary Chinese I
- CLAS 050 - Jesus and History
- CMLT 129 - Shock of the New: Revolution in Hispanic Culture
- CMLT 130 - The National Imagination
- ECON 010 - Economics and the World Economy
- ENG 131 - Border Crossings: Narratives of Travel, Exile, and Immigration
- FREN 101 - Elementary French I
- FREN 105 - Intermediate French I
- FREN 106 - Intermediate French II
- FREN 120 - Ways of Writing, Ways of Speaking
- FREN 131 - Readings in French Literature
- FREN 137 - Studies in Contemporary French Culture
- GEOG 016 - Introduction to Economic Geography
- GEOG 127 - Political Economy of Development
- GERM 101 - Introductory German I
- GERM 103 - Intermediate German I
- GERM 104 - Intermediate German II
- GERM 131 - German Culture and Conversation
- GRK 101 - Introductory Greek I
- HEBR 101 - Elementary Hebrew I
- HEBR 102 - Elementary Hebrew II
- HEBR 103 - Intermediate Hebrew I
- HEBR 104 - Intermediate-Advanced Hebrew
- HEBR 105 - Advanced Hebrew
- HIST 033 - Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism: The Cultural Heritage Of China
- HIST 042 - Nazi Germany: Rise and Fall
- HIST 070 - Introduction to European Histor: Part I, to 1600
- HIST 071 - Introduction to European History, Part II, Since 1600
- HIST 080 - Introduction to Modern East Asia
- HIST 090 - Twentieth Century Global History
- HIST 135 - History of Armenia
- HIST 162 - The History of the Modern Middle East
- HIST 182 - Modern China
- HIST 332 - Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism: Intellectual History of China
- HIST 385 - Proposal Writing
- ID 070 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
- ID 125 - Tales from the Far Side: Third World Development and Underdevelopment in the Age of Globalization
- ID 170 - Ecology and Economy in the Tropics
- ID 182 - Are We Modern Yet?
- IDND 066 - Global Society
- IDND 067 - Problems of Globalization
- JAPN 101 - Elementary Japanese I
- JAPN 103 - Intermediate Japanese
- JAPN 105 - Advanced Japanese
- LAT 101 - Introductory Latin I
- LAT 103 - Intermediate Latin
- PHIL 104 - The AIDS Pandemic
- PHIL 105 - Personal Values
- PHIL 130 - Medical Ethics
- PHIL 131 - Environmental Ethics
- PHIL 132 - Social and Political Ethics
- PHIL 150 - Philosophy of Religion
- PSCI 102 - Political Science Fiction
- PSCI 093 - International Human Rights
- PSCI 103 - Africa and the World
- SCRN 101 - Foundations of Screen Studies
- SCRN 121 - History of International Cinema Until 1960
- SCRN 122 - History of American Broadcasting and Electronic Media
- SCRN 263 - Studies In French Cinema
- SOC 160 - Global Cultures and Identities
- SPAN 103 - Elementary Spanish: Intensive
- SPAN 105 - Intermediate Spanish I
- SPAN 106 - Intermediate Spanish II
- SPAN 127 - Practice in Oral and Written Spanish
- SPAN 131 - Readings in Hispanic Literatures
- SPAN 248 - Studies in Latin American Cinema
- SPAN 249 - Studies in Hispanic Cinema
In addition to the above faculty, who teach regularly in the program, other faculty members from a number of departments are active participants in the International Studies Stream, have research interests in this area, and offer courses that include a significant international component.
For more information about the International Studies Stream, contact:
Robert J.S. Ross, Director
International Studies Stream
Professor of Sociology
International Studies Stream
Students in any major may participate in the International Studies Stream. The program is intended to provide focus for a student’s studies rather than to impose many additional requirements. The stream includes a broad range of courses and extracurricular activities from which students can select to create an appropriate, challenging program of study. Successful completion of the stream will be designated on students’ transcripts.
Requirements for the stream are:
Program of Liberal Studies (PLS):
All Clark undergraduates are required to complete eight PLS courses: a Verbal Expression, a Formal-analysis and six other perspectives courses.
International Studies Stream Students will automatically satisfy at least four of the eight PLS requirements by taking international focused courses. In addition to the required introductory course, Global Society, which fulfills the Global Comparative, ISS students choose three other PLS courses designated “I” for international in the following perspectives: Verbal Expression, Aesthetic, Comparative, Historical, Values or Language and Culture. The Formal Analysis and Scientific Perspectives are not part of the Stream.
Complete list of “I” designated courses .
Beyond the Program of Liberal Studies Language and Culture perspective requirement, ISS students must complete two additional semesters of language study or demonstrate competence equivalent to two years of language study at the college level. Clark offers courses in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Hebrew. Proficiency tests for other languages can be arranged.
U.S. students in the stream must complete at least one unit of study outside the United States. They may participate in a semester or yearlong study-abroad program, a May-term or summer course, or an internship.
Clark offers twenty-three opportunities to study-abroad. Locations include Namibia, England, Scotland, China, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, Spain. Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Australia.
For additional information, see Study Abroad Programs.
International Students, whose study-abroad experience is at Clark, must complete an internship with an international agency in the United States or a research project focused on an international issue.
Please note: Participation in the International Studies Stream is not required to participate in study-abroad.