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Core Faculty:

  • Professor Bradley Andrew (Economics) (Chair) - ext. 3378
  • Associate Professor Alison Fletcher (History) - ext. 3547
  • Associate Professor Michael Henderson (French) - ext. 3497
  • Professor Emil Nagengast (Politics) - ext. 3650
  • Professor James Roney (Russian) - ext. 3495
  • Professor David Sowell (History) - ext. 3535

Associated Faculty:

  • Professor Jack Barlow (Politics) - ext. 3651
  • Professor David Hsiung (History) - ext. 3534
  • Associate Professor Douglas Stiffler (History) - ext. 3538
  • Professor Henry Thurston-Griswold (Spanish) - ext. 3499
  • Professor Belle Tuten (History) - ext. 3536

Background Information:

An awareness of international issues and the ways in which people understand and fail to understand one another requires an appreciation of the complex interactions between the economic, social, political, and cultural variables that affect human existence. At Juniata, the International Studies Program involves a unique, interdisciplinary combination of common experiences, individualized areas of concentration, language study, study abroad and a cooperative research colloquium for seniors. Because International Studies is by nature interdisciplinary, the courses below represent a small sample of the courses available to students. International courses from several departments may be taken as part of an International Studies POE.

Program of Emphasis:

  • International Studies

Individualized Programs of Emphasis:

  • International Political Economy
  • International Studies, German and Spanish
  • International Studies and Russian
  • International Studies and French
  • International Studies and Business

Internship/Research Experiences:

  • Mennonite Economic Development Association
  • Foreign Agricultural Service


IS-104   Ideas & Power in the Modern World (Spring; All Years; 4.00 Credits; H,I,CW,SWGH1) An integrative examination of human experience with an emphasis on language, gender, race, and literature and the ways in which different cultures and classes 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) This course 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 the questions of who we are, where we are and how we got here are explored. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109 and Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing.

IS-202   Animodern-Japan's Mod Exp in Lit & Film (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; I,SWGH1) In this course, we will explore, through the some of the experiences and challenges that people in Japan faced as the nation rapidly modernized starting in the late 19th century and ways the society continues to change as the nation ages and faces being part of an increasingly interconnected world. Prerequisite: FYC-101, EN-110, or EN-109

IS-400   Senior Seminar in International Studies (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,I) This seminar 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 standing, study abroad experience and IS104; or by permission of the instructor.