International Studies Program

Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor Antrim??, Director; Professor Baker, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology Chen, Professors Desmangles, Euraque, and Findly, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies Myers, George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies Prashad??, Professors Wade and Wen??; Associate Professor Bauer; Assistant Professors Markle?? and Shen??; Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63 Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies Hanson; Visiting Assistant Professor Nauruzbayeva; Principal Lecturer Wagoner??

The International Studies Program examines the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and their institutions. Since 1969, the program has trained students to analyze the variety of human experience and to consider the challenges posed to our planet by our current circumstances and history. Because of the breadth of its purview, the program asks students to choose from one of two pathways through the major: either the study of one of five world regions (Africa; Asia; Caribbean and Latin America; Middle East; or Russia and Eurasia) or the study of global interrelations with a disciplinary or thematic focus (global studies).

All majors, whether following the area studies or the global studies pathway, must take at least one course from the program’s “global core” (global studies majors take three); complete a minimum of four semesters of study in a single language other than English; complete at least one semester (or summer) of college-level study abroad; and cap their major with the INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies. Area studies majors must also take at least five courses relevant to their world region from across the Trinity curriculum, and global studies majors must choose between a disciplinary or thematic focus cluster and a comparative regions option.

Language—International studies 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. 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. Students following the area studies pathway should select a language from the region under study in consultation with their international studies advisers.

Study away—International studies 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 international studies faculty and the Office of International Programs staff. In certain cases, students may, in consultation with their International Studies advisers, fulfill this requirement by completing a course with a community learning component or a globally inflected internship in the United States.

Credits and grades—Students must earn ten credits to complete the major (students pursuing honors 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.

Honors—To earn honors, international studies majors must complete a one-credit honors thesis with a grade of A or A- and must attain an A- average overall in their eleven-credit major. Students pursuing honors will ordinarily take (INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies) in the fall of their senior year and the one-credit honors thesis in the spring. Applications for the honors thesis are made available each year on the Web site and in Jennifer Fichera’s office in McCook 202, and are typically due to the International Studies Program director in early November.

Curricular requirements

All international studies majors must fulfill the following core requirements:

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African Studies

Coordinator: Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies Garth Myers (Urban Studies and International Studies); Affiliated Faculty: Leslie Desmangles (Religion and International Studies), Eric Galm (Music), Michelle Gilbert (Fine Arts), Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology), Isaac Kamola (Political Science), Seth Markle (History and International Studies), Maurice Wade (Philosophy and International Studies), Johnny Williams (Sociology), James Prakash Younger (English)

The African studies major introduces students to the second-largest continent on the planet, which comprises over 50 independent nations and houses just short of a billion people. Culturally and ethnically diverse, Africa nonetheless is united by several social processes, including colonialism, transnationalism, and globalization. We tend to these formative social processes through an array of courses across disciplines (from history to literature, from art to politics).

Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see above under the introduction to International Studies), the African Studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows:

Asian Studies

Coordinator: Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor Jeffrey Bayliss (History); Affiliated Faculty: Janet Bauer (International Studies), Xiangming Chen (Sociology, Urban Studies, and International Studies), Ellison Findly (Religion and International Studies), Alice Hyland (Fine Arts), Michael Lestz (History), Reo Matsuzaki (Political Science), Beth Notar (Anthropology), Vijay Prashad (International Studies), Yipeng Shen (Languages and Culture Studies and International Studies), Rieko Wagoner (Language and Culture Studies and International Studies), James Wen (Economics and International Studies)

The Asian studies major offers an interdisciplinary framework for the examination of the societies and cultures of Asia. Students must choose to focus on China, Japan, or South Asia. The goal of the major is a comprehensive understanding of the region of choice from historical, social, and cultural perspectives, but a thorough grasp of the interrelations among regions is also crucial.

Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see above under the introduction to international studies), the Asian studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows:

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

Coordinator: Associate Professor Anne Lambright (Language and Culture Studies); Affiliated Faculty: Sonia Cardenas (Political Science), Pablo Delano (Studio Arts), Leslie Desmangles (Religion and International Studies), Andrea Dyrness (Educational Studies), Daro Euraque (History and International Studies), Luis Figueroa (History), Eric Galm (Music), Francisco Goldman (English), Hebe Guardiola-Daz (Biology), Thomas Harrington (Language and Culture Studies), Seth Markle (History and International Studies), M. Silvina Persino (Language and Culture Studies), Miguel Ramrez (Economics), Milla Riggio (English), Dan Román (Music), Kristin Triff (Fine Arts), Christopher van Ginhoven Rey (Language and Culture Studies)

The Latin American and Caribbean region is home to close to 600 million people. It includes six of the thirty largest metropolitan regions in the world (Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Bogotá). Home to a diverse population it comprises indigenous peoples and groups that trace their origin to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Caribbean and Latin American studies major allows students to explore this vast region from a variety of perspectives, including history, literature, music, religion, economics, and educational studies. Faculty expertise ranges across South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In addition, Hartford itself represents an excellent window into the Latin American and Caribbean world, thanks to its immigrant communities from the cultures of Puerto Rico, the West Indies (including Trinidad and Jamaica), Brazil, and Peru, among others. Caribbean and Latin American Studies majors can explore the region by spending a semester at the Trinity-in-Trinidad Global Learning Site, or at Trinity-in-Buenos Aires.

Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see above under the introduction to international studies), the Caribbean and Latin American studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows:

Global Studies

Coordinator: Associate Professor Bauer (International Studies); Affiliated Faculty: Raymond Baker (International Studies), Sonia Cardenas (Political Science), Xiangming Chen (Sociology, Urban Studies, and International Studies), Leslie Desmangles (Religion and International Studies), Andrea Dyrness (Educational Studies), Lesley Farlow (Theatre and Dance), Andrew Flibbert (Political Science), Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology), Isaac Kamola (Political Science), Sara Kippur (Language and Culture Studies), Donna Marcano (Philosophy), Anthony Messina (Political Science), Garth Myers (Urban Studies and International Studies), Beth Notar (Anthropology), Vijay Prashad (International Studies), James Trostle (Anthropology), James Wen (Economics and International Studies), James Prakash Younger (English)

The global studies major encourages students to grapple with the fundamental dynamics of our time through an interdisciplinary framework. We are interested in the social processes that cut across regions, the global flows that have local impacts, and the local initiatives that have global resonances.

Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see above under the introduction to international studies), the global studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows:

Middle East Studies

Coordinator: Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor Zayde Antrim (History and International Studies); Affiliated Faculty: Michal Ayalon (Language and Culture Studies), Raymond Baker (International Studies), Janet Bauer (International Studies), Andrew Flibbert (Political Science), Kifah Hanna (Language and Culture Studies), Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology), Ronald Kiener (Religion and Jewish Studies), Gary Reger (History), Seth Sanders (Religion), Homayra Ziad (Religion)

The Middle East studies major engages the region extending from Morocco to Kazakhstan. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we acquaint students with the complex hopes and struggles that animate the diverse peoples and cultures of this vast territory.

Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see above under the introduction to international studies), the Middle East studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows:

Russian and Eurasian Studies

Coordinator: Associate Professor Carol Any (Language and Culture Studies); Affiliated Faculty: Carol Clark (Economics), Samuel Kassow (History), Katherine Lahti (Language and Culture Studies), Mitchell Polin (Theatre and Dance), Arthur Schneider (Economics)

From the borders of Germany to the eastern coastline of Russia, from the North Pole to the border of Afghanistan, the vast area and diverse peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe are central to an understanding of the 21st century. Energy and geopolitics clash in this crucible of modern literature and theater. The Russian and Eurasian studies major engages this enormous area culturally, socially, economically, and politically.

Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see above under the introduction to international studies), the Russian and Eurasian studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows: