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 and Euraque, Scott M. Johnson ’97 Distinguished Professor of Religion 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; 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 Study Away 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 10 credits to complete the major (students pursuing honors earn 11). Language courses applied toward the four-semester minimum are not counted in the total credits required for the major. No course taken toward the 10- or 11-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 11-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: Assistant Professor Seth Markle (History 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), Garth Myers (Urban Studies 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), Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology), Alice Hyland (Fine Arts), Michael Lestz (History), Reo Matsuzaki (Political Science), Beth Notar (Anthropology), Vijay Prashad (International Studies), Yipeng Shen (Language and Culture Studies and International Studies), Rieko Wagoner (Language and Culture Studies and International Studies), James Wen (Economics and International Studies), James Prakash Younger (English)

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), Darío Euraque (History and International Studies), Luis Figueroa (History), Eric Galm (Music), Francisco Goldman (English), Hebe Guardiola-Diaz (Biology), Thomas Harrington (Language and Culture Studies), Rosario Hubert (Language and Culture Studies), Seth Markle (History and International Studies), Priscilla Meléndez (Language and Culture Studies), Miguel Ramírez (Economics), Milla Riggio (English), Ingrid Robyn (Language and Culture Studies), 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, a diverse population that comprises indigenous peoples and groups that trace their origin to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. It includes six of the 30 largest metropolitan regions in the world (Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Bogotá).

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 engage deeply in the region by spending a semester or year in two of Trinity’s study-abroad programs: 1) Trinity-in-Buenos Aires, Argentina. This program provides students with both intermediate and advanced Spanish language abilities an opportunity to study and live in this vibrant Latin American city. Whether you have just begun Spanish, need to fulfill your language requirement, or are a more advanced speaker, this program has a great deal to offer; 2) the Trinity-in-Trinidad option in the English-speaking Caribbean is a great comparative contrast. This program includes an 8-10 day study-travel experience in Caribbean Costa Rica. In this option students explore Caribbean civilization via unparalleled immersion experiences in and out of the classroom in two of the Caribbean region’s most dynamic, unique, and diverse societies. Students are strongly encouraged to plan a one-year sequence of study in Argentina, Trinidad, and Caribbean Costa Rica. A non-Trinity program in another Latin American or Caribbean country may be approved only if strong curricular reasons are presented.

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 Janet 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 (Theater and Dance), Andrew Flibbert (Political Science), Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology), Isaac Kamola (Political Science), Sara Kippur (Language and Culture Studies), Donna Marcano (Philosophy), Seth Markle (History and International Studies), 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)

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 Katherine Lahti (Language and Culture Studies); Affiliated Faculty: Carol Any (Language and Culture Studies), Carol Clark (Economics), Samuel Kassow (History), Reo Matsuzaki (Political Science), Mitchell Polin (Theater 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: