What to Expect?

What your four years in the International Studies Department at Juniata College might look like.

International Studies students must understand both the diversity of human experience and the interconnectedness of problems in our increasingly global political, economic, and cultural environments.

Students in the International Studies Program:

  • Develop the ability to recognize cultural differences and to communicate with members of other cultures in their languages
  • Develop critical interpretive skills
  • Acquire contextual knowledge through the analysis of past and present issues
  • Are aware of and sensitive to ethical issues in global contexts

The International Studies curriculum is composed of three pillars: core courses in economics, politics, history, culture and at least one world language; study abroad; and the capstone experience, IS 400 Senior Seminar, where students reflect and build upon their experiences of the previous three years. Students graduate with an interdisciplinary perspective of the world and an analytical lense from which to understand it. 


International Studies

Department: International Studies

Required Core

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
IS 104 Ideas & Power in the Modern World
IS 200 Politics & Culture of Modernization
PS 102 Introduction to International Politics
EB 105 International Economic Issues
sophomore standing SI  
IS 400 Senior Seminar in International Studies
senior status, study abroad and/or IS 104 or permission IHS  

Total credit hours = 18

Language Skills

Students must take the introductory language sequence plus two courses beyond FR 230, SP 230, RU 230, GR 230 or CN 220. At least one of these courses must be at the 300 level or above. Theses courses may be taken abroad. Currently, we have no Chinese language courses above CN 220 so you must take these advanced electives abroad.

Non-native speakers of English can satisfy this requirement by at 600 TOEFL score plus either EN 242 or EN 243.

Study Abroad

Students must study abroad for at least one semester. Study abroad is waived for International Students.

International Studies Electives

Students must take eight “I” courses, selected in consultation with your advisor, for a total of at least 24 credits. They must meet the following criteria:

  • At least three departments must be represented among the eight
  • At least two courses must be taken in two different departments
  • At least three of the courses must be taken at or above the 300 level
  • At least one of the courses must be taken outside the geographic or cultural region where you second language is spoken
  • Finally, it is expected that students use sources in more than one language in their upper level courses

Students must articulate in writing to their International Studies advisor why they have selected these eight courses. Courses taken while abroad may substitute for these courses if they have been previously determined to be comparable to a Juniata course, or with the permission of your advisor or the faculty member in that specialty (e.g. Emil Nagengast will approve courses in politics, Brad Andrew will approve courses in economics, etc.)

International students may take courses on United States topic (e.g. U.S. History) as part of their eight IS electives.

Secondary Emphasis in International Studies

An IS secondary emphasis includes four of the five core IS courses (EB 105, PS 102, IS 104, IS 200, IS 400) plus foreign language courses through two 200-level World Languages courses.

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IS-104   Ideas & Power in the Modern World (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,I,CW) An integrative examination of human experience with an emphasis on language, gender, race and literature and the ways in which different cultures understand human reality.

IS-105   World Regional Geography (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; I) A survey for the world's major cultural realms. Included are geographic setting, resources, environmental restrictions, historical and cultural traditions, industrial and agricultural development, economic base and trends, population distribution and political subdivisions.

IS-106   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topics. Prerequisites vary by title.

IS-199   Special Topics (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; I) This seminar-style course, primarily intended for first-year students interested in International Studies, will explore the theory and history of modern nation-states, and will examine ways in which people's identities as members of nation-states are formed in various ways by institutions and social processes, and how ideas such as ethnicity, race and culture are tied in complex ways to national identities.

IS-200   Politics & Culture of Modernization (Either Semester; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; IC) Examines the process of globalization and modernization and the changing political and cultural ideas which have accompanied them using various media and materials from different cultures to ask who we are, where we are and how we got there. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109 and Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing.

IS-400   Senior Seminar in International Studies (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,I) Provides students who have recently returned from study abroad with a common focus for the exchange of ideas about diverse international experiences. Annual topics will be chosen from international politics, literature, and culture. Intensive classroom discussions of the weekly readings will allow each student to contribute to the collective learning process, regardless of their individual areas of concentration. Prerequisites: Senior status, study abroad and/or IS104 or permission of the instructor.