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International Studies (IS)

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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.

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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-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.

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