Course Catalog Description


INCOMING FRESHMEN FALL 2011 AND BEYOND: The Course Catalog Description below applies to incoming freshmen in the fall 2011 semester and beyond operating under the new general education curriculum for Towson University. 

TRANSFER STUDENTS THROUGH THE SPRING 2013 SEMESTER: If you are a transfer student entering Towson University through the spring 2013 semester you must adhere to the former general education curriculum for Towson University prior to the fall 2011 semester while following the major curriculum below. 

CONTINUING STUDENTS FALL 2010 AND PRIOR: If you are a continuing student at Towson University with a catalog year prior to the fall 2011 semester (2010 and earlier), you must adhere to the former general education curriculum for Towson University and the International Studies curriculum for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Exceptions for former tracks will not be granted to continuing students.  If you are unable to complete your particular track in a timely manner it is recommended that you switch to the general track. 

If you have a question regarding your catalog year please refer to your transcript found through your peoplesoft account.  You may access course catalogs through the Towson University registrar's website:


The International Studies Program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum in international affairs that is designed to appeal to students interested in addressing international problems and issues through careers in public service, education, business and nonprofit enterprises. The program also provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue graduate education in international studies, law or international business. The program aims to achieve a global perspective through an interdisciplinary network of courses and experience that will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. The program is administered by a committee of faculty members from the various departments and colleges from which the courses are taken.


All students must complete 15 courses (45 units) to complete the major. Students must complete the core curriculum described below (24 units) and a number of upper level electives (21 units). Upon entering the major all students must choose a set of planned electives that will focus on a specific region of the world or an international topic as a course of study.  In order to graduate, students must conduct an exit interview with their major advisor and submit a report to the director of the major demonstrating how the 7 upper level courses they have chosen as electives demonstrate an international focus.  All 15 courses must be completed with a grade of 2.00 or higher. It is recommended that students complete the foundation courses in the core curriculum before proceeding to the rest of the curriculum.


In addition to the 45 units required for the major, students must also achieve a level of proficiency equivalent to four terms of college-level language training in a modern foreign language that is offered by or can be tested by the Department of Foreign Languages.  Testing by outside entities other than accredited universities is not permissible.  The language selected may depend upon the course of study the student chooses. For example, students with a course of study in Latin America should achieve proficiency in Spanish. Students can fulfill the language requirement for the International

Studies major through any of the procedures outlined in the Meeting B.A. Requirements section of the Department of Foreign Languages entry in this catalog. Lower-division courses taken in a foreign language do not count toward the 45 units needed to complete the International Studies major.



The courses meet General Education requirements as noted. Courses used to fulfill a requirement in the core cannot also be used to fulfill a requirement in the upper level electives of the course of study.

Foundation Courses (12 units)

Four of the following from at least three different areas:*

ANTH 207 Cultural Anthropology (3)

ECON 201 Microeconomic Principles (3)**

ECON 202 Macroeconomic Principles (3)**

GEOG 102 World Regional Geography

GEOG 105 Geography of International Affairs (3)

HIST 103 European Civilization since the 13th Century (3)

HIST 161 World History Since 1300 (3)

POSC 107 Introduction to International Relations (3)

*Honors equivalents of these courses can be substituted.

**Students should note that upper level ECON courses require both ECON 201 and 202 as prerequisites.

Upper Level Core Courses (9 units)*

Three courses, each from a different discipline:**

ANTH 368 Globalization in Cross Cultural Perspective (3)

ECON 305 Survey of International Economics (3)

ECON 326 Economic Development (3)

ECON 421 International Economics (3)

GEOG 381 Political Geography (3)

GEOG 427 The Global Economy (3)

HIST 324 Democratization in Latin America (3)

HIST 370 Diplomatic History of the United States since 1900 (3)

MNGT 375 International Business (3)

POSC 303 Theory of International Relations (3)

POSC 337 Comparative Governments of Foreign Powers (3)

POSC 339 Comparative Political Systems (3)

POSC 428 Political Theory II (3)

POSC 434 Comparative Foreign Policies (3)

*Students are encouraged to complete the International Core Courses requirement before taking the 7 courses necessary for the major electives

**Many of these courses require a departmental prerequisite course

Research and Practicum (3 units)**

One of the following:

Any 3-unit approved course in an approved study abroad program


Any Independent Study course offered by departments affiliated with International Studies with approval from the International Studies director


An honors thesis if the topic is approved by the director of International Studies


One of the internship or research courses listed below:

ANTH 491 Internship in Anthropology* (3)

ANTH 380 Ethnographic Field Methods (3)

ECON 205 Statistics for Business and Economics (3)

ECON 497 Internship in Economics* (1–3)

FREN 497 Internship in French* (3)

GEOG 491 Internship in Geography* (1–6)

GERM 497 Internship in German* (3)

HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Study (3)

HIST 493 Internship in History* (3–6)

INST 493 Internship in International Studies* (3)

LAST 493 Internship in Latin American Studies* (3)

POSC 461 Research Methods in Political Behavior (3)

POSC 493 Internship in Political Science* (3–9)

SPAN 497 Internship in Spanish* (3)

* Internships must be taken for 3 units, must be in work related to international studies and must be approved by the director of International Studies or the internship coordinator for the major.

**Students may only apply 6 units of any internship toward satisfying major requirements.


The international studies electives are intended to provide students with flexibility in designing a curriculum in international studies that addresses their interests while maintaining academic rigor and focus. A selection of elective courses focusing on a region or topic will be created with the assigned advisor based on a number of factors including course availability.  Students are required to submit a report prior to graduation demonstrating how the 7 electives courses completed address a region and/or topic.  Students must complete 7 courses from at least four different disciplines.

All courses in the Course of Study must be 300 level or above unless approved by the director of International Studies.  Other courses, not listed below, that are relevant to international studies (such as special topics courses or directed readings courses) may be accepted with the approval of the student’s academic adviser. Courses cannot be counted in both the International Studies Core Courses and the International Studies Electives.  All courses used to satisfy the Electives category must be upper level courses.

Students must complete through the 202 level or equivalent in a foreign language that is offered by or can be tested by the Department of Foreign Languages. Language units through the 202 level do not count toward the 21 units needed for the track or the 42 units needed for the International Studies major.

Approved Courses for International Studies Electives (21 units)

Students must have 7 courses from at least four different disciplines listed below. Students should be aware that a number of new courses are offered every semester that are not listed below and may count toward the International Studies Electives.  For these classes to count toward the Course of Study, students must obtain permission for courses not listed below from their academic advisor prior to enrollment.

Study Abroad

Up to 15 units may be utilized from an approved study abroad program toward satisfying the 21 units in the Course of Study.  Students who study abroad must obtain course equivalents for Towson courses prior to departing for their study abroad coursework. Courses cannot count toward both the Research and Practicum core requirement and International Studies Electives in the major.

Honors Thesis

Students who qualify for an honors thesis may apply up to 6 credit hours of departmental thesis courses to the 21 units in the International Studies Electives.  Students must obtain approval for the honors thesis topic and coursework from the director of International Studies.


Only courses from the permanent curriculum are listed below.  The director of the International Studies program approves new courses or topics courses that may count toward the International Course of Study that are not listed below on a semester-to-semester basis.


ANTH 321 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

ANTH 346 Wealth, Power and Politics in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

ANTH 351 Drugs in Global Perspective (3)

ANTH 353 Latinas in the Americas (3)

ANTH 367 Peoples of the Middle East (3)

ANTH 369 Tradition and Revolution in Latin America (3)

ANTH 370 Korea and Globalization (3)

ANTH 370-379 Special Topics in Anthropology (3)*

ANTH 47x Special Topics in Anthropology (1–3)*

Art History

ARTH 330 East Asian Art and Architecture (3)

ARTH 331 The Art of China (3)

ARTH 333 The Art of Japan (3)

ARTH 339 Latin American Art: 1800 to Present (3)

ARTH 340 Art of Modern China (3)


CHNS 301 Chinese Composition and Conversation I (3)

CHNS 491-492 Directed Readings in Chinese (3)*


ECON 305 Survey of International Economics (3)

ECON 321 History of Economic Thought (3)

ECON 324 Comparative Economic Systems (3)

ECON 326 Economic Development (3)

ECON 421 International Economics (3)

ECON 423 International Monetary Theory and Policy (3)

ECON 47x Topics in Economics* (3)


ENGL 345 Perspectives in World Drama (3)

ENGL 347 World Literature Written in English (3)

ENGL 439 Modern World Poetry (3)

ENGL 441 Modern Fiction to World War II (3)

ENGL 442 Modern Fiction since World War II (3)

ENGL 471 Topics in World Literature * (3)


FIN 435 International Finance (3)


FREN 301 French Composition and Conversation I (3)

FREN 328 20th-Century French Literature and

Civilization (3)

FREN 329 Contemporary French Literature and

Civilization (3)

FREN 331 French for Business (3)

FREN 370-379 Special Topics in French (3)*

FREN 411 The French Novelle (3)

FREN 420 France Today Through the media (3)

FREN 441 French Literature of the 20th Century (3)


GEOG 357 Cultural Geography (3)

GEOG 359 Economic Geography (3)

GEOG 381 Political Geography (3)

GEOG 385 Population Geography (3)

GEOG 410 Environmental Geography (3)

GEOG 427 The Global Economy (3)

GEOG 431 Geography of Africa (3)

GEOG 443 Geography of East Asia (3)

GEOG 445 Geography of South and Southeast Asia (3)

GEOG 447 Geography of the Middle East (3)

GEOG 448 Conflict in Ireland (3)

GEOG 451 Geography of Europe (3)

GEOG 452 Geography of the European Union (3)

GEOG 453 Geography of the Former U.S.S.R. (3)

GEOG 461 Geography of Latin America (3)


GERM 301 German Composition and Conversation I (3)

GERM 311 Culture and Civilization (3)

GERM 321 Survey of German Literature (3)

GERM 331 German for Business (3)

GERM 341 Readings in Contemporary German (3)

GERM 370-379 Special Topics in German (3)*

GERM 441 Modern German Literature (3)

GERM 442 German Literature since 1945 (3)

GERM 481 The German Novelle (3)


HEBR 301 Composition and Conversation I (3)

HEBR 391 Readings in Modern Hebrew Literature (3)


HIST 307 The Andean Republics (3)

HIST 310 20th Century Nationalism in East and

Southeast Asia (3)

HIST 312 History of Modern India (3)

HIST 313 History of Modern Southeast Asia (3)

HIST 314 U.S. and Vietnam (3)

HIST 315 Imperial China: The Last Dynasty (3)

HIST 316 Revolutionary China (3)

HIST 319 Japan, 1830 to 1930 (3)

HIST 320 Japan, 1930 to Present (3)

HIST 322 History of Mexico: National Period (3)

HIST 324 Democratization in Latin America (3)

HIST 328 History of East Africa from 1820 to

Present (3)

HIST 329 History of South Africa (3)

HIST 331 American Military History 1898–1945 (3)

HIST 332 American Military History Since 1945 (3)

HIST 339 Making of Modern Middle East (3)

HIST 340 Israel/Palestine: Conflicting Past, Conflicting

Present (3)

HIST 354 Cold War in East Asia (3)

HIST 370 Diplomatic History of the U.S. Since 1900 (3)

HIST 384 Life Histories of African Women (3)

HIST 391 History of Canada (3)

HIST 406 Europe: 1815–1914 (3)

HIST 415 Diplomatic History of Europe: 1815–1939 (3)

HIST 420 European Ideas, French Revolution to

Present (3)

HIST 421 Britain in the 20th Century (3)

HIST 427 European Military History 1831–1945 (3)

HIST 441 Germany: 1871–1945 (3)

HIST 452 Russia/Soviet Union: 1894–1953 (3)

HIST 453 History of Soviet Russia from Kruschev to

Gorbachev (3)

HIST 477 Europe in the Third World (3)

HIST 478 History of Terrorism since Mid-19th

Century (3)

HIST 479 A History of Diplomacy (3)


ITAL 301 Italian Composition and Conversation I (3)

ITAL 321 Survey of Italian Literature I (3)

ITAL 322 Survey of Italian Literature II (3)

ITAL 370-379 Special Topics in Italian (3)*


JPNS 301 Japanese Composition and Conversation I (3)

JPNS 492 Directed Readings in Japanese (3)*

Latin American Studies

LAST 385 Model Organization of American States (3)

LAST 484 Special Topics in Latin American Studies* (3)


MNGT 375 International Business: Theory and Practice (3)

MNGT 438 Multinational Management and Strategies (3)


MKTG 445 International Marketing (3)


PHIL 301 Philosophies of India (3)

PHIL 302 Philosophies of China and Japan (3)

PHIL 327 African Philosophy (3)

PHIL 353 Philosophy of Religion (3)

PHIL 357 Topics in Comparative Religion (3)

PHIL 380-389 Topics in Religion (3)*

PHIL 440-449 Philosophical Systems (3)

Political Science

POSC 303 Theory of International Politics (3)

POSC 307 Contemporary International Politics (3)

POSC 337 Comparative Government of Foreign

Powers (3)

POSC 339 Comparative Political Systems (3)

POSC 340 Comparative Public Policy (3)

POSC 351 The Government and Politics of Latin America

POSC 355 The Latin American Policy of the U.S. (3)

POSC 385 Model Organization of American States (3)

POSC 428 Political Theory II (3)

POSC 432 United States – Russian Relations (3)

POSC 434 Comparative Foreign Policy (3)

POSC 436 U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

POSC 441 Contemporary U.S. – European Relations (3)

POSC 455 International Law and Organization I (3)

POSC 456 International Law and Organization II (3)

POSC 457 Use of Force in International Law (3)

POSC 470-479 Special Topics in Political Science (3)*

POSC 48X Seminar in Political Science (3)*

POSC 491 Seminar in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)


RLST 357 Topics in Comparative Religion (3) 


SOCI 329 Demography (3)

SOCI 333 Political Sociology (3)


SPAN 301 Spanish Composition and Conversation I (3)

SPAN 311 Culture and Civilization of Spanish-Speaking

Peoples I (3)

SPAN 312 Culture and Civilization of Spanish-Speaking

Peoples II (3)

SPAN 321 Survey of Spanish Literature I (3)

SPAN 322 Survey of Spanish Literature II (3)

SPAN 331 Spanish for Business (3)

SPAN 370-379 Special Topics in Spanish (3)*

SPAN 412 Contemporary Spanish Novel (3)

SPAN 439 Literary Movements in Spanish-American

Literature (3)

SPAN 444 20th-Century Spanish-American Literature II (3)

SPAN 455 Hispanic Popular Culture (3)

SPAN 462 Contemporary Spanish Drama (3)

SPAN 481 Spanish Short Stories (3) 

Women’s Studies

WMST 233 International Perspectives on Women (3)

* Special topics, seminars, and independent study and readings courses must be related to international topics to count toward the Course of Study in International Studies and must be approved prior to enrollment by the major advisor or Director of International Studies.


1. Two of the following:

ANTH 207   Cultural Anthropology (3)
ECON 201  Microeconomic Principles (3)
ECON 202  Macroeconomic Principles (3)
GEOG 102  World Regional Geography (3)
GEOG 105  Geography of International Affairs (3)
HIST 103    European Civilization Since the 13th Century (3)
HIST 161    The World Since 1500 (3)
POSC 107  Introduction to International Relations (3)

2. All students in the International Studies minor must complete 15 units (five courses) from the list of approved courses for the General Track (International Studies Electives) in at least two different departments.

3. Language Requirement: Students in the International Studies minor must attain an intermediate level of proficiency (through 202) or equivalent in any modern foreign language that is offered by or can be tested by the Department of Foreign Languages.  Language units through 202 do not count toward the 21 units needed for the minor.



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