International Studies Staff

Yi-Li Wu, Chair



Midori Yoshii



Yvonne Spence


International Studies FAQs

Q: How do I find out what courses count for the IS major?

A: The IS advisor will have a list of courses that have been pre-approved for the major. This list is updated each year by the IS committee.

Q: What if I want to take a course that is not on the list?

A: You can submit a petition to the IS committee to consider the course as counting towards the major. A petition form can be obtained from an IS adviser.

Q: When should I submit my petition?

A: For courses offered at Albion College, we strongly urge you to talk to the IS adviser about the course during the academic advising period and submit your petition prior to registering for the course. In any case, the petition must be received by the committee by the second day of classes in the semester that you intend to take the course. For example, if you are taking the course in Fall 2010, we would have to receive your petition by August 23, 2010. This will allow us to give you a decision before the drop/add deadline.

The IS committee does not consider requests for retroactive approval of courses taken at Albion College. A different petition deadline applies to courses taken off-campus (see below).

Q: Can I count courses taken abroad or off-campus?

A: Yes, provided they meet the relevant criteria for IS courses. However, students should be aware that courses taken abroad may not meet these requirements. Therefore, to be safe, you should not rely on being able to fulfill IS major requirements with off-campus courses.

In practical terms, it is usually quite straightforward to apply off-campus area studies courses to the "area studies track" in the major. But to count a course as a "foundational course" or for a "transnational track" may be more complicated (criteria for "foundational courses" are appended to the back of this handbook).

Q: How do I petition to have an off-campus course count for the IS major?

A: In the semester before you go off campus, talk to the IS adviser so that you can identify which courses might count. While you are studying off-campus, keep all documentation from the courses that you would like to count (syllabus, assignment sheets, papers, exams). After you return to Albion, complete the petition form and submit it to the committee along with the relevant documentation.

Petitions for off-campus programs will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Q: How many off-campus courses can I count towards the major?

A: Up to three units of off-campus work may be applied towards the IS major.

Please note: at Albion College, one course equals one unit. However, course credits are calculated differently at other institutions, so that a course taken off campus may only count as 0.50 or 0.75 Albion units. It is your responsibility to be aware of how many Albion College units you have earned.

Pre-Approved Courses

International Studies Core Courses

ANTH 105: Introduction to Anthropology 
ANTH 238: South Asian Identities
ANTH 365: Archeology of Empire/Archeology of Colonialism
ANTH 371: The Global Politics of Nature
ARTH 116: World Art 
BIO 240: Conservation Biology
COMM 313: Intercultural Communication
E/M 362: International Management
E/M 365: International Finance
E/M 366: International Trade
FREN 314: Multicultural France
GER 314: Multiculturalism in Germany
GER 389: 20th Century Global Transformations through German Film
GEOL 111: Geography and GIS
HIST 142: Modern Latin American History
HIST 270: Latin American Immigration and the U.S.
HIST 300: Slave Societies of the Americas
HIST 309: Pax Britannica [British Empire]
HIST 385: British India
HIST 371: Latin-American-U.S. Relations
HSP 151: Great Issues in Social Science: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945
INTN/HIST 260: An International History of the Cold War
INTN/HIST 264: An International History of Japan
INTN/HIST 310: Power and Culture in the Asia-Pacific
MLAC 105: Intercultural Understanding
PHIL 309: International Ethics and Global Development
PLSC 206: Transitions to Democracy
PLSC 207: Transnational Justice
PLSC 289/301: International Organizations
PLSC 336: International Relations
PLSC 356: Human Rights in the Modern World
PLSC 357: International Law and Politics
PLSC 372: Gender, Sex, and International Politics
RS 261: Death and Dying
SOC 247: Sociology of Terrorism
SOC 235: Global Transformation
SOC 280: Children of Immigrants
SOC 389: Global Urbanism
WGS 111: Intro to Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies

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