The Global Core
The Global Core acts as the gateway to the International Studies (INTS) Program as well as its intellectual center. First years and sophomores are encouraged to enter the program at the 200 level, and juniors and seniors from each of the six INTS majors routinely come together in the Core. All majors must take at least one course from the Global Core, and Global Studies majors take three. A full list of Global Core courses can be found here .
Area Courses and Focus Clusters
Students in the “area studies” majors (African Studies; Asian Studies; Caribbean and Latin American Studies; Middle East Studies; Russian and Eurasian Studies) take at least five “area courses,” according to the specific guidelines for each major. Global Studies majors choose one of two options: a disciplinary/thematic focus cluster or comparative regions. The focus cluster option requires students to choose three courses from a single discipline or on a single theme and three electives. The comparative regions option requires students to distribute six credits evenly among the area courses listed for any two of the area studies majors.
Because of the great number of courses involved and the different guidelines for each of the six INTS majors, students are encouraged to consult with the Director or another INTS faculty member even before declaring the major. The following Advising Worksheets should be used to plan and document students’ progress through the major:
INTS majors are required to engage in sustained college-level language study by completing a minimum of four semesters of credit-bearing work in a single language other than English after matriculating at Trinity. Even students who have studied a language before arriving at Trinity, or who are multilingual, must fulfill the four semester language requirement. In these cases, students continue studying the language in which they have prior experience or choose to start a new language. Those interested in one of the five INTS area studies majors must choose a language associated with the region under study, and those interested in the Global Studies major may choose any language other than English. One semester (or one summer) of intensive language acquisition on a study away program counts toward this requirement as a single semester, regardless of the number of credits earned. Language courses beyond the four semester requirement may count toward the major as electives or, in some cases, as area courses.
INTS majors are required to complete at least one semester (or summer) of college-level study outside of the United States, typically by completion of an accredited Study Away Program selected with the aid of INTS faculty and the Office of International Programs staff. In certain cases, students may fulfill this requirement by completing an approved course with a community learning component or a globally inflected internship within the U.S.
Students often have many questions about going outside the U.S. for a semester or a year, especially in this era of globalization. One good introduction with essays on study abroad in most of the world is Richard Falk and Nancy Kananch, “Globalization and Study Abroad: An Illusion of Paradox,” Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, vol. VI, Winter 2000 (http://www.frontiersjournal.com/issues/vol6/vol6-10_FalkandKanach.htm).
INTS 401: Senior Seminar in International Studies
The Senior Seminar is the capstone experience for all majors and fulfills the Writing Intensive II requirement. The goal of INTS401 is for students to complete a substantial research paper that engages critically with dominant disciplinary approaches to and public discourses about the global or international sphere. Instruction will rotate among INTS faculty, each of whom will organize the course around a particular theme and/or methodological approach.
To earn honors, INTS majors must complete a one-credit Honors Thesis. The thesis is an opportunity for students with a strong academic record in the major to work closely with an INTS faculty member and to pursue independent research beyond the level attained in the Senior Seminar. Students are encouraged to use their language skills, the courses they have taken toward the major, and their experiences abroad to shape their area of inquiry and to determine their methodology. Students pursuing the thesis option will ordinarily take the Senior Seminar in the fall of their senior year and the one-credit Honors Thesis in the spring, although preparation and research for the thesis should begin well ahead of time. Applications for the thesis are typically due to the Director in late October and are available here.
Credits and Grades
Students must earn ten credits to complete the major (students pursuing the thesis option earn eleven). Language courses applied toward the four semester minimum are not counted in the total credits required for the major. No course taken toward the ten- or eleven-credit major may be taken pass/fail or completed with a grade of less than C-. No more than three transfer credits may be applied toward the credit count for the major, and all required courses at the 300 level or above must be taken at Trinity.