International Studies: Sustainability + Global Justice

There are more than seven billion people in the world. How has growth and demand on resources been managed, and what are our obligations to future generations?

The program is designed for the student who wants to engage in the emergent interdisciplinary field of sustainable development and global justice by stimulating a critical examination of political, social, historical and conceptual antecedents. The program provides a holistic perspective of topics such as civil society, participation and democracy, development politics and economics, environment and energy, gender and ethnicity, humanitarianism and human rights, and nutrition and health.

Major Requirements

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a B.A. in International Studies with Concentration Sustainability & Global Justice

1. Foundations in Politics, Economics and Culture (seven courses):

  • ECON1103 Principles of Macroeconomics (SA) (SS) OR POLSC2413 International Law and Institutions
  • ECON2113/POLSC2409 The Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSC1301 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (SA) (SS)
  • POLSC1401 Introduction to International Relations (SA) (SS)
  • POLSC2705/SOC2705 Sustainable Development: Paradigms and Policies 
  • SOC2129 Cultural Geography(SA) (SS)
  • SOC3115 The Sociology of Globalization

2. Research Methods (one course):

  • HIST2701 Historical Methods and Research 
  • POLSC2701 Research Methods in Political Science 
  • SOC2113 Methods of Social Research

3. Language Skills (two courses):

  • Two language courses at the 2000-level or above. Study away or study abroad is strongly recommended.

4. Capstone (one course):

  • GLST4100 International Studies Senior Seminar

Electives (five courses):
 Two courses must be from the 3000-level.

5. History Elective (one course)

  • ART2204 Transcultural Exchange and the Visual Arts (AI-A)
  • ART2224 Irish Art (AI-A)
  • HIST1108 World History to 1500 (H) (HI) (DM)
  • HIST1109 Modern World History(H) (HI)
  • HIST1111 An Introduction to East Asian History (H) (HI) (DM)
  • HIST1114 Creating the Atlantic World (H) (HI)
  • HIST2104 Age of Atlantic Revolutions, 1763-1820
  • HIST2120 Europe in the Era of World War (H)
  • HIST2125 History of Modern Latin America (H)
  • HIST2140 History of Modern Middle East
  • HIST3412 Immigrant Kitchens: A Global and Historical Perspective on Identity, Ethnicity and Foodways (SJ)

6. Theology & Religious Studies Elective (one course)

  • THRS2105 Judaism (R) (DM)
  • THRS2108 Religion and the Environment: Ethical Explorations (R)
  • THRS2135 World Religions (R) (DM)
  • THRS2201 War, Peace and Religion (R) (RI) (DM) 
  • THRS2202 Hinduism (R) (RI) (DM) 
  • THRS2208 Global Christianity (RCT)
  • THRS2211 Islam (R)
  • THRS2212 Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices (R)
  • THRS2213 Liberation Theology (RCT)
  • THRS2217 Women in the World Religions (R)
  • THRS3133 Social Justice and Religious Tradition
  • THRS3201 World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue (RCT) (RICT) (DM) 

7. Thematic Elective (one courses)

  • Select one of the following: 
  • BIOL1211 Emerging Infectious Diseases (SI) (NS) (SJ) OR 
  • BIOL1215 Introduction to Nutrition (SI) (NS) OR
  • PHYS1121 Energy and the Environment (SI-L)

  • ECON2203 An Economic View of the World (SA)
  • ECON3103 The International Economy
  • ECON3115 Economics and the Environment
  • PHYS2410/IDS2410 Sustainability Science (SI-L)
  • POLSC2413 International Law and Institutions
  • POLSC2417 Statecraft and Globalization*
  • POLSC2419 The Geopolitics of Democracy*
  • POLSC2421 Model United Nations
  • POLSC2503 Revolution and Nationalism
  • POLSC2705/SOC2705 Sustainable Development: Paradigms and Policies
  • POLSC3301 Comparative Politics of Developing States
  • POLSC3303 Street Democracy
  • POLSC3403 Human Issues in International Relations 
  • POLSC3405 Negotiating Peace
  • POLSC3407 People and Politics of the Middle East
  • SOC2205 War and Peace
  • SOC3115 The Sociology of Globalization
  • SOC3201 Worlds in Motion: The Causes and Consequences of Migration
  • SOC3205 Crimes Against Humanity
  • THRS3133 Social Justice and Religious Traditions
  • THRS3203 World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue (RCT) (RICT) (DM) 
    *Travel Course

8. Area/Regional Electives: (two courses)
It is recommended that students take two courses in the same region:


  • ENGL2106 Irish Identities: Literature and Culture (AI-L) (LI)
  • ENGL2417 Literature of the Black Atlantic (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • HIST3119 The Individual and Society in European History
  • HIST3404 East Asia Migration and Diaspora in Global Perspective (SJ)
  • LANG2215 Paris: City Lights and its Contrasting Modern French Literature and Culture* (AI-L)
  • LANG2315 Today's Italy: A Journey Through Literature, Cinema and Everyday Life* (AI-L)
  • LANG2418 The Art of Spain 
  • LANG2605 Spain: A Cultural Approach (AI-L)
  • LANG3427 Contemporary Spanish American Women Novelists  (AI-L)
  • LANG3431 Contemporary Spanish Novel
  • POLSC2302 European Politics: From Transition to Integration 
  • POLSC2415  In the Footsteps of Thucydides*
  • POLSC2417 Statecraft and Globalization*
  • POLSC2419 The Geopolitics of Democracy*

Latin America

  • LANG2105 Contemporary Latin American Fiction (AI-L)
  • ENGL2417 Literature of Black Atlantic (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • LANG3421 Spanish Caribbean Literature (AI-L)
  • HIST2125 History of Modern Latin America (H)
  • HIST3121 Surviving Columbus: History of Native Americans, 1492 to 1992
  • HIST3225 Utopias, Dystopias and Revolution in Latin American History
  • LANG3411 Latin American Literary Giants (AI-L)
  • POLSC2301 Politics of Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and Caribbean*
  • THRS2013 Liberation Theology (RCT)


  • HIST1111 An Introduction to East Asian History (H) (HI) (DM)
  • HIST2126 History of Japan since 1600 (H) (DM)
  • HIST2401 Modern China: Continuity and Change (H) (DM)
  • HIST3404 East Asia Migration and Diaspora in Global Perspective (SJ)
  • PHYS2410 Sustainability Science (SI-L)
  • THRS2154 India: Religion, Culture, Justice* (R) (RI) (DM)
  • THRS2202 Hinduism (R) (RI) (DM) 
  • THRS2212 Buddhism: Beliefs and Practice (R)

Middle East

  • HIST2140 History of Modern Middle East (H) 
  • LANG2664 The Arab World Through Its Literature (AI-L) 
  • POLSC2411 The Contemporary Middle East: Challenges and Promise
  • POLSC3405 Negotiating Peace
  • POLSC3407 People and Politics of the Middle East
  • THRS2211 Islam (R)


  • HIST1107 African History: Themes (H) (HI)
  • THRS2305 South Africa: Ethics, Religion and Global Health* (RCT) 

*Travel Course

Learning Goals & Outcomes

At the completion of the International Studies degree with a concentration in sustainability and global justice, the student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad-based foundation of the major in world history, culture, politics, and economics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of international relations, conflict and change and a heightened sensitivity to diverse cultures defines international studies.
  • Demonstrate a practical application of concepts and theories of the discipline of international studies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and effectively in the field of international studies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods and the ability to apply them to international research topics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, historical, political and social dynamics of sustainability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of unsustainable development adn global injustice.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of instutions, movements, and policies that encourage sustainability and global justice

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