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International Studies Program



The interdisciplinary major allows students to develop their own program of study through the selection of an area of concentration, a cluster of five courses that the student may choose from among three or more disciplines.

A 2.5 GPA plus a C+ Average in the major is REQUIRED for graduation. (All core courses as well concentration courses).

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES CORE COURSES                            

1. INTL 201: A Global Perspective (taught each semester)

2. INTL 305: Social Foundations of International Studies (taught each semester)

3. Choose one of the following THEORY courses:

    ANTH 201: Cross Cultural Perspective

    INTL 31108: Transnational Feminism

    PSC 202: International Political Economy

    PSC 252: Theories of International Relations (Fall only)

    PSC 125: Introduction to Public Policy

3. INTL 251: Intership Seminar

    INTL 252:  Additional Internship Seminar (Optional)

4. INTL 321: Senior Seminar

    INTL 322: Senior Thesis/INTL 30101: Honors Seminar (3.4 GPA)

5. AREAS OF CONCENTRATION: (Five electives distributed among three departments)





6. Foreign Language Competency: should be relevant, as far as possible, to your subject and Area of Concentration (the student would plan on two years of college level study or level of exemption).

7. ENG 21002: Writing for the Social Sciences

8. Choose one of the following METHODS courses:

    INTL 31107: Research Methods in IS

    SOC 23200: Sociology Research

    PSY 21500: Applied Stats

    MATH 17300: Elem. Statistics

    ECO 2900/20150


Fieldwork or study abroad relevant to the area of concentration may be undertaken, and students may earn up to sixteen credits toward their major through overseas study, with the approval of the program administrator. The Winston Fellowship, awarded on a competitive basis to IS majors, provides financial support for study abroad anywhere in the world. The college has study abroad programs in Morocco, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, England, Germany, and Austria. CUNY offers modest scholarships (STOCS) for study abroad in short term programs run by CUNY colleges in the summer and winter intersession for students receiving federal financial aid. If you are considering study abroad, you should discuss your plans with the International Studies Program Administrator. The Study Abroad office is located in NAC 5/216; Study Abroad Assistant Director Ninive Gomez is actively associated with the IS Program and is available for advice on study abroad programs that are available and procedures for registration.


Students must take the Internship Seminar (INTL.251), through which they may participate in internships in diplomatic missions to the United Nations, international businesses, research institutes, advocacy agencies such as Amnesty International, and non-Governmental organizations (NGOs). Interns usually spend eight hours a week in their on-the-job activities, with a minimum total of 112 hours of work. The internship may also be undertaken during the winter and summer sessions.


The capstone of the major is an essay that deals with an international issue or theme within the framework of theory, or a policy paper that incorporates both practical experience and research. Students may apply for honors offered through an honors seminar taught in the Spring semester, with an honors thesis to be completed in the following Fall semester. (A minimum GPA of 3.5 is a prerequisite for this option.) Or they may take the regular senior seminar in the Fall and write a senior thesis in the Spring.

Students who choosed this option must write a thesis approximately 50 pages in length, on a topic of your choice in consultation with your faculty mentor.

The thesis process involves the following:


Students must choose a faculty mentor with whom they will work during the thesis process. You choose your mentor, then register for the section of Thesis Writing (INTL32200 or INTL30200), which is available for you in the IS office, NAC 6/293.


The final manuscript should include (in this order):

  • A cover page that includes the following: (1) the title, (2) your name, (3) the month and year of graduation, (4) the name of your thesis advisor
  • Table of contents
  • 250-350 word abstract
  • Text of thesis
  • Bibliography

In addition:

The thesis should be double-spaced and divided into chapters.  Each new chapter should begin on a separate page.  Chapter headings should be centered and the type bold and underlined.

  • Subheads should be aligned left and underlined.
  • Do not use any other headings in your manuscript.
  • Page numbers should appear on the bottom center of every page.
  • The left margin of ever page should be 1½ inches; the other margins should be 1 inch.
  • Use footnotes rather than endnotes as your citation style.
  • Include a conclusion at the end of your manuscript.