The Program

International Studies 101

All students wishing to pursue the program should take a section of International Studies 101 early in their careers.

Courses will usually be team taught. The topics and regions covered will be designed to place cultural, political, economic and technological issues in conversation with one another.

Area or Thematic Tracks

In addition to taking International Studies 101, students must take 5 courses in a track. Tracks are of two kinds: Area Tracks and Thematic Tracks. Courses in the track:

  • Will be administered by faculty teaching in that track in consultation with the steering committee.
  • May set an additional requirement of a level of language competency.
  • May also require one of the elective courses to be comparative.

Currently the following rules have been established by individual tracks: East Asian Studies concentrators require demonstration of a first year proficiency in an Asian language, Chinese, Japanese or Korean. For Asian Studies majors only three courses can count toward both the major and the International Studies concentration.

Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Russian/Eurasian Studies require demonstration of a first year proficiency in a language appropriate to the area.

Approved Senior Exercise

The senior exercise will be a substantial piece of writing (20-25 pages) that would allow a student to draw together both disciplinary skills and expertise in a particular area. The context of this work could either be:

A senior capstone course in a relevant department, or
A shared seminar sponsored by the International Studies Program.
Courses will always be team taught. The topics and regions covered will be designed to place cultural, political, economic and technological issues in conversation with one another.

Study Abroad & Internships

Study abroad and/or overseas internships are an essential component of International Studies. One or more courses completed on an approved study abroad program can be counted toward the five elective courses requirements.

Colloquium Attendance

Concentrators will be expected to attend fifteen International Studies colloquia session in their senior year, and are urged to do so throughout their careers at Williams. You can also earn colloquium credit for attendance at related events. For a full listing of International Studies related events on campus, please see the public calendar.  Email Carrie Greene to inform us you attended!