International Studies

Guilford seeks to promote and expand global awareness within the College community and to prepare students to live as citizens and leaders in an increasingly interconnected world.

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International education at Guilford is based upon the traditional Quaker values of tolerance and respect for diversity. The College supports a peaceful world where people who are different learn to work together toward a common human goal of harmonious coexistence. Guilford expects its students to learn to appreciate the many faces of human culture, to understand the many ways in which humankind organizes itself, and to speak in more than just their native language.

DEGREE OFFERED

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in international studies.

International Studies Majors

Major Requirements

International studies is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major and an advisor in each. Students focus their courses, language study and abroad experience on one geographic region – Africa, East Asia, Europe or Latin America.

Specific Course Requirements

The international studies major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses).

INTR 101* Global Perspectives - 4 credits
*The international studies core course is required of all majors. Normally taught in the spring semester, this class is for sophomores or juniors in the program.
CHOOSE TWO COURSES - international courses that focus on global issues and/or the approaches used in different academic disciplines to study international topics (8 credits)
BUS 246 International Business - 4 credits
ECON 221 Macro: US in World Econ - 4 credits
ECON 335 Comparative Economic Systems - 4 credits
ECON 336 Economics and Social Development - 4 credits
ECON 432 International Economics - 4 credits
IDS 442 International Development - 4 credits
PECS 315 Human Rights - 4 credits
PECS 316 Globalization: Economics and Social Justice - 4 credits
PSCI 103 International Relations - 4 credits
PSCI 105 Comparative Politics - 4 credits
PSCI 206 Challenges of Global Democratization - 4 credits
SOAN 103 Cultural Anthropology - 4 credits
SOAN 216 The Anthropology of Colonialism - 4 credits
SOAN 321 Development Anthropology - 4 credits

Four regional courses, including one historical survey and one cultural foundations class, in one of the four geographic regions. At least two academic disciplines and at least two upper-level courses (300- and 400- level) must be included among the four regional courses.

African Studies

CHOOSE FOUR COURSES (16 credits)
ENGL 334 African Women Writers - 4 credits
FREN 311 The Francophone World - 4 credits
HIST 241 Africa to 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 343 Women in Modern Africa - 4 credits
IDS 411 Gender and Development in Africa - 4 credits
PSCI 222 African Government and Politics - 4 credits
SOAN 215 Anthropology of Slavery - 4 credits
SOAN 234 Culture and Sexuality in Africa - 4 credits
SOAN 235 African Families in Transition - 4 credits
SOAN 358 African Cultures in Film - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
FREN 220 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in international studies: African studies – 32 credits

East Asian Studies

CHOOSE FOUR COURSES (16 credits)
HIST 264 The Asian Pacific in Modern Times - 4 credits
HIST 266 Contemporary Chinese Society in Film - 4 credits
HIST 268 History of Chinese Women - 4 credits
HIST 383 Imperial China - 4 credits
HIST 384 China in Revolution - 4 credits
HIST 385 Medieval Japan - 4 credits
HIST 386 Japan: The Road to War - 4 credits
IDS 408 East Asian Theatre - 4 credits
JAPN 220 Women in Modern Japan - 4 credits
JAPN 221 Contemporary Japanese Society - 4 credits
JAPN 310 Media, Gender and Nation in Japan - 4 credits
PSCI 275 Asia and the World - 4 credits
REL 108 Spread of Buddhism across Asia - 4 credits
REL 283 HP: Religions of the Minorities of S.W. China - 4 credits
REL 285 Daoism - 4 credits
REL 286 Buddhist Pilgrimage in East Asia - 4 credits
REL 319 Buddhist Emptiness - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for A.B degree in international studies: East Asian studies – 32 credits

European Studies

CHOOSE FOUR COURSES (16 credits)
ART/HIST 235 The Renaissance in Florence - 4 credits
ENGL 221 British Literature I - 4 credits
ENGL 222 British Literature II - 4 credits
ENGL 223 Shakespeare - 4 credits
ENGL 306 Medieval Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 309 Early Modern Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 327 British Romantic Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 328 Victorian Literature - 4 credits
FREN 310 Contemporary France - 4 credits
GERM 310 Contemporary German Culture - 4 credits
GERM 311 German Youth Culture - 4 credits
GERM 320 Culture and Society: The Weimar Republic - 4 credits
GERM 400 Seminar - 4 credits
HIST 101 The Medieval Web - 4 credits
HIST 102 The Web of Europe since 1400 - 4 credits
HIST 233 Medieval Civilization: Crusade and Chivalry - 4 credits
HIST/REL 236 Reformation: Luther to Fox - 4 credits
HIST 237 Europe in Revolution 1789-1918 - 4 credits
HIST 289 The French Revolution and Napoleon - 4 credits
HIST/ENGL 336 The Elizabethan Age - 4 credits
IDS 452 Ancient Greece from Homer to Socrates - 4 credits
MUS 310 Music History I - 4 credits
PHIL 310 Ancient Western Philosophy - 4 credits
PHIL 320 Modern Western Philosophy - 4 credits
SPAN 311 Contemporary Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 321 Culture and Society: Golden Age of Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 323 Culture and Society: Beginnings of a Nation - 4 credits
SPAN 403 Senior Seminar: Spain - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
FREN 220 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis - 4 credits
GERM 202 Intermediate German II - 4 credits
SPAN 202 Intermediate Conversation and Composition - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in international studies: European studies major – 32 credits

Latin American Studies

CHOOSE FOUR COURSES (16 credits)
ENGL 378 Caribbean Literature - 4 credits
ECON 336 Economic and Social Development - 4 credits
HIST 271 Colonial Latin America - 4 credits
HIST 272 Modern Latin America - 4 credits
SOAN 245 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America - 4 credits
SOAN 330 Inequality in Latin America - 4 credits
SOAN 425  Latin American Politics - 4 credits
SOAN 431 Latino/a Migration Patterns - 4 credits
SPAN 310 Contemporary Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 320 Culture and Socitety: Mexico, Central America & Caribbean - 4 credits
SPAN 322 Culture and Society: South America - 4 credits
SPAN 340 Film, Life and Literature of Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 402 Senior Seminar: Latin America - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
SPAN 202 Intermediate Conversation and Composition - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in international studies: Latin American studies – 32 credits

International Studies Minors

African Studies

This minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the cultures, history and current issues challenging peoples on the African continent, with emphasis on the sub-Saharan region. Its goals are that students will acquire a basic understanding of some portion of Africa’s history and some understanding of African perspectives, values and contributions to the world.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

SOAN 358 African Cultures in Film - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
HIST 242 Africa Since 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 343 Women in Modern Africa - 4 credits
PSCI 222 African Government and Politics - 4 credits

CHOOSE TWO COURSES (8 credits)
ENGL 334 African Women Writers - 4 credits
FREN 275 The Francophone World, in English Translation or FREN 311 The Francophone World - 4 credits
HIST 241 Africa to 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 242 Africa since 1800 - 4 credits
IDS 411 Gender and Development in Africa - 4 credits
PSCI 222 African Government and Politics - 4 credits
SOAN 215 Anthropology of Slavery - 4 credits
SOAN 234 Culture of Sexuality in Africa - 4 credits
SOAN 235 African Families in Transition - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for African studies minor – 16 credits

East Asian Studies

Hiroko Hirakawa , Department of Foreign Languages

This minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the culture, history and contemporary issues of the area. Acquaintance with a diverse cultural tradition broadens students’ perspectives and helps them appreciate the achievements of societies with different values and behavioral patterns. In so doing, the minor helps students better understand their own culture and fosters a critical understanding of global interdependence in the 21st century.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

CHOOSE FOUR COURSES (16 credits)
HIST 264 The Asian Pacific in Modern Times - 4 credits
HIST 266 Contemporary Chinese Society in Film - 4 credits
HIST 268 History of Chinese Women - 4 credits
HIST 383 Imperial China - 4 credits
HIST 384 China in Revolution - 4 credits
HIST 385 Medieval Japan - 4 credits
HIST 386 Japan: The Road to War - 4 credits
IDS 408 East Asian Theatre - 4 credits
JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II - 4 credits
JAPN 220 Women in Modern Japan - 4 credits
JAPN 221 Contemporary Japanese - 4 credits
JAPN 310 Media, Gender and Nation in Japan - 4 credits
PSCI 275 Asia and the World - 4 credits
REL 108 Spread of Buddhism across Asia - 4 credits
REL 319 Buddhist Emptiness - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for East Asian studies minor – 16 credits

Note: Courses taken while in China or Japan also apply to the East Asian minor. At least one course from above must be at the 300-level or above.

Latin American Studies

This minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to cultures, history and current issues of the area. An acquaintance with a diverse cultural tradition will broaden students’ perspectives and help them understand and appreciate the achievement of societies with different cultural values and behavioral patterns. In so doing, the program fosters a critical understanding of global interdependence in the 21st century.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses). Spanish language courses are not acceptable; however, content courses taught in Spanish are. To provide depth, at least one of the four courses must be at the 300-level or above.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).
CHOOSE FOUR COURSES (16 credits)
ECON 336   Economic and Social Development - 4 credits
ENGL 378Caribbean Literature - 4 credits
HIST 271Colonial Latin America - 4 credits
HIST 272Modern Latin America - 4 credits
SOAN 245Race/Ethnicity in Latin America - 4 credits
SOAN 330Inequality in Latin America - 4 credits
SOAN 331Latino/a Migration Patterns - 4 credits
SOAN 425Latin American Politics - 4 credits
SPAN 310Contemporary Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 320Culture & Society:  Mexico, Central America & Caribbean - 4 credits
SPAN 322Culture & Society:  South America - 4 credits
SPAN 340Film, Life, and Literature of Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 402Senior Seminar:  Latin American - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for Latin American studies minor - 16 credits

International Studies at Guilford

Why International Studies at Guilford?

International Studies is a major and a career field that is full of possibilities. Because international studies at Guilford is a multi-disciplinary major, it can be paired with any other major to create a unique experience and knowledge base for each student. While students focus their international studies courses, language study, and abroad experience on one geographic region (Africa, East Asia, Europe or Latin America), they explore their other areas of interest in their second major such as environmental studies, political science, business, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, peace and conflict studies, economics, biology, sociology/anthropology, art, and many others. There are so many opportunities because a person is able to choose their area of specialization.

Graduates of Guilford’s international studies program live and work in a variety of locations all over the world. The Guilford College Office of Alumni Relations estimates that approximately 205 alumni are currently living abroad in 60 different countries. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the major, the abroad experience(s), and the language component, students are able to use their own interests, skills, and abilities to guide their career search. Guilford international studies majors have found careers in a variety sectors from non-profit organizations to corporations, government, and academia and in fields ranging from human rights to global health, economic development, law, environmental protection, and many others.

International education at Guilford is based upon the traditional Quaker values of tolerance and respect for diversity. Guilford seeks to promote and expand global awareness within the Guilford community and to prepare students to live as citizens and leaders in an increasingly interconnected world.

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