East West School Of International Studies Summer Assignments For Third

The East-West School of International Studies, in Flushing, Queens, is a combined middle and high school that offers up to four years of Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as Asian-inspired arts and sports such as anime, Korean drumming, Chinese calligraphy and judo.

Students are introduced to Chinese, Japanese and Korean in middle school and then commit to studying one beginning in 9th grade. The goal is for students to graduate ready to tackle advanced language courses in college.

A limited number of students go on trips to China and Japan, which include a homestay with local families to maximize exposure to the language and culture. Students fundraise throughout the year to cover the cost.

Overall, the school is very high performing. Middle school test scores are well above average; the high school’s college-readiness rate (percentage of graduates who don’t need to take remedial courses at CUNY) far exceeds the citywide average, as does the percentage of students taking college-level coursework.

Middle school students are scheduled for seven periods of English and eight periods of math instruction each week. The extra classes give them more time to delve into the curriculum. All 8th-graders take high school–level courses in algebra and living environment.

The high school offers electives and college-level classes, such as several Advanced Placement courses, architecture, robotics and Asian literature. Students may also take free college courses via CUNY’s College Now program both at East-West (taught by LaGuardia Community College professors) and at Queens College.

For grades 9 to 12, teachers run small group advisory sessions that meet twice a week and help staff keep tabs on students and head off social and academic problems before they escalate.

Rising 9th-graders new to East-West participate in a summer program to help them acclimate to the school and make new friends; ongoing 8th-graders from East-West are welcome to attend too.

After-school options include academic support as well as an eclectic mix of clubs and activities such as table tennis, debate team, Model UN, ultimate Frisbee, Yiddish song club, student newspaper and Junior NAACP. One downside: There are limited sports offerings, which include a PSAL boys basketball team and intramural options such as volleyball and soccer.

The school partners with College Bound Initiative, which funds a full-time college counselor who oversees trips to colleges and provides individual support for students and parents with college and financial aid applications. Graduates attend a range of schools including CUNY, SUNY and private colleges.

East-West is located on the third and fourth floors of a large building it shares with JHS 237, The Rachel L. Carson School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes and SETSS. The school has an ASD NEST program that serves a small group of children with an autism spectrum disorder who are fully integrated into all East-West classes. ASD NEST students also take a special class that focuses on social- and skills-development training.

ADMISSIONS: The middle school admits District 25 students and residents via lottery. The high school is open to students citywide with priority to ongoing 8th-graders. More than half of East-West middle school students stay on for high school. Typically there are many more applicants than seats available for both middle and high school. (Laura Zingmond, interview and web reports, February 2018)

 

International Studies (General) – Major and Minor

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The International Studies Program combines social sciences and humanities to examine international problems and change. Using a diverse, multidisciplinary approach, the Program encourages students to look at our increasingly interdependent world in order to learn how to study it and understand its politics, societies, economies, and cultures.

Learn more:

Learn more about the Donald C. Hellmann Task Force Program


Major in International Studies (General)

Required Curriculum

The major consists of approximately 70 credit hours plus language study within a general four-year B.A. course of study:

Majors are required to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5, both overall and in the program, and earn a minimum 2.0 grade in all required JSIS/A/B/C/D/E/or RELIG-prefix courses.

All of the list below


JSIS 495 Task Force

Task Force provides a small group setting for in-depth investigation of international policy issues. Students taking Task Force in Winter Quarter must take JSIS 478 J (Task Force workshop – 1 cr.) in the preceding Autumn Quarter before taking Task Force.

Task Force Handbook 2017

Click here for Task Force report examples


Admission to the Major

International Studies Major Handbook – Winter 2018

Admission to the major in International Studies: General major is by application. Applications may be submitted by the third Friday of Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.

Prerequisites

Before applying, students must have completed:

  1. One of: ECON 200ECON 201, JSIS/GEOG 123, or JSIS 222
  2. AND Either JSIS 200 or 201 to qualify for serious consideration.

Students may apply for admission to the major as early as spring of the freshman year, if they have completed the appropriate course work. Students are encouraged to apply as sophomores, and should apply no later than winter of their junior year. Transfer students should have completed at least one quarter at the University of Washington before applying. Meet with a Jackson School adviser to plan your application.

Criteria used to select students include:

  • GPA
  • foreign language ability
  • international experience
  • a one-page statement of goals and educational background
  • performance in JSIS 200 and/or 201 and, if taken, JSIS/GEOG 123, and ECON 200 and/or ECON 201.
  • Additional upper-level major-related coursework is also reviewed if taken.

Students are notified of admission or denial by the end of the third week following the application period.


How to Apply

To apply to the major, students must complete at least one academic quarter at the University of Washington-Seattle, and submit the following stapled in the following order:

  1. Unofficial UW transcript (printer-friendly version from MyUW).
  2. Unofficial transfer transcripts for college-level studies completed to date.
  3. A one-page statement, typed and double-spaced, responding to the following questions:
    • What are your personal/education goals, and how do you expect those to be met through an International Studies major?
    • What background do you bring to the program?
    • Describe any special experience that would contribute to your studies in the field.
  4. Write your current UW NetId-email in the top right margin of your UW unofficial transcript.

Submit these materials, IN THE ORDER STATED ABOVE AND WITHOUT COVERS OR PACKAGING, to the JSIS Office of Student Services in 111 Thomson Hall by the 3rd Friday of Autumn, Winter or Spring Quarters.


Deadline

Third Friday of the quarter in which you are applying to the major. Applications are accepted Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters

** Please do NOT submit the non-printer friendly version of MYUW transcript, it wastes too much paper. You may also ask for an unofficial transcript from one of the locations listed above.


Minor in International Studies

30 credits as follows:

  1. 10 credits chosen from JSIS 200, JSIS 201, JSIS 202
  2. 15 credits in JSIS B-prefix courses including at least 10 credits at 300 or 400 level (courses with other JSIS prefixes are not eligible, but JSIS 478 may be counted).
  3. 5 additional credits chosen from courses in any of these prefixes: JSIS A, JSIS B, JSIS D.

Minimum grade of 2.0 is required in each course applied toward the minor.


International Studies (General) Courses


Quarterly Course Lists

International Studies Spring 2018


Advanced Topic Core Courses

ARCTIC 400Integrating Policy and Science in Arctic Studies (3) Natural World
JSIS 300Claims and Evidence
JSIS 478Advanced Topics in International Studies (varies yearly)
JSIS A 301Europe Today
JSIS A 324Human Rights in Latin America (with LSJ 322)
JSIS A 346Alternative Routes to Modernity (with HSTAS 348)
JSIS A 405Social Change in East Asia (with ANTH 449)
JSIS A 416NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
JSIS A 429Eco-Capitalism
JSIS A 430The Soviet Empire
JSIS A 431Demographic Issues in Asia  (w/ SOC 434)
JSIS A 440Russia in the International System
JSIS A 459United States-China Relations (w/ POL S 419)
JSIS A 465International Humanitarian Law
JSIS B 301War (with SOC 301)
JSIS B 307Digital Storytelling and Global Citizenship
JSIS B 310State Society Relations in the Third World (with POL S 320)
JSIS B 311The Myth of War
JSIS B 312Money, Love and Marriage in Europe and America
JSIS B 315Law, State and Society
JSIS B 321United States National Security
JSIS B 324Immigration
JSIS B 330International Political Economy
JSIS B 331Political Economy of Development
JSIS B 332Political Economy of International Trade & Finance
JSIS B 333Gender and Globalization (with GWSS 333)
JSIS B 334The Place of Law in Multicultural Conflicts (with LSJ 336)
JSIS B 335Geography of the Developing World (with GEOG 335)
JSIS B 337Collective Violence and the State (with POL S 337)
JSIS B 338Biosecurity
JSIS B 344Migration in the Global Economy (with GEOG 344)
JSIS B 345Gender and International Economic Development (with ANTH/GWSS 345)
JSIS B 346Disability in Global and Comparative Perspective
JSIS B 350Environmental Norms in International Politics (with SCAND 350)
JSIS B 351The Global Environment
JSIS B 352Sustainability and Global Business: Leading in a Changing World
JSIS B 355Cybersecurity and International Studies
JSIS B 357The Geopolitics of Energy
JSIS B 360U.S. in the World
JSIS B 361The Geopolitics of Language
JSIS B 362Law and Justice: An Introduction to Social Theory (with LSJ 362)
JSIS B 365World Cities
JSIS B 366Comparative Law and Legal Cultures (w/ LSJ)
JSIS B 370Privacy
JSIS B 371Global Crime and Corruption
JSIS B 375Geopolitics (with GEOG 375)
JSIS B 380Immigration and Cultural Memory in the Pacific Northwest
JSIS B 385Industry and the State
JSIS B 386Law and Politics and International Trade
JSIS B 388Political Economy of Industrialized Nations
JSIS B 391Climate Change – An International Perspective: Science, Art, and Activism
JSIS B 393LGBTI Rights in International Affairs
JSIS B 406Political Islam & Islamic Fundamentalism (with POL S 432)
JSIS B 407Political Islam & Contemporary Islamist Movements
JSIS B 416Putting the World on the Couch: Psychoanalysis & International Studies
JSIS B 420Failed States
JSIS B 422International Trade and Security
JSIS B 423Practicing American Foreign Policy
JSIS B 424International Law and Arms Control
JSIS B 425Crafting & Influencing U.S. Foreign Policy
JSIS B 426World Politics (with POL S 426)
JSIS B 427Weapons of Mass Destruction: Development, Deployment, & Detection
JSIS B 428The Media & Peace (w/ COM )
JSIS B 429Nuclear Nonproliferation and International Safeguards
JSIS B 430Late Industrialization and Social Change
JSIS B 431International Negotiation Simulation
JSIS B 433Environmental Degradation in the Tropics (with ENVIR 433) Natural World
JSIS B 436Ethnic Politics and Nationalism (with POL S 436)
JSIS B 437Global Diasporas
JSIS B 441Forced Migrations
JSIS B 446History, Memory and Justice
JSIS B 455International Environmental Policy
JSIS B 467Nations and States in the Modern World (w/HSTCMP 467)
JSIS B 468Theatre as a Site of History & Memory
JSIS B 469Law and Rights in Authoritarian Regimes (w/POL S & LSJ)
JSIS B 472Electoral Systems (w/ POL S)
JSIS B 476Comparative International Political Economy
RELIG 307Religion and World Politics (w/ POL S 307)
JSIS C 368Modern European Jewish History (w/ HSTEU 368)
RELIG 403Modern European-Islamic Migration, Integration, and Citizenship
RELIG 404Political Economy of Religious Institutions
JSIS D 429International Population Issues
JSIS D 435Population and Modernization (with SOC 432)
JSIS D 450Political Economy of Women & Family in the Third World (w/ SOC)
JSIS D 468Deeply Divided Societies

Approved Alternatives to JSIS B 330 International Political Economy

JSIS 300Claims and Evidence
JSIS 478Advanced Topics in International Studies (min. 5 cr. – with adviser approval
JSIS A 417Political Economy of India
JSIS A 429Eco-Capitalism
JSIS A 430The Soviet Empire
JSIS A 459United States-China Relations (w/POL S 419)
JSIS A 465International Humanitarian Law
JSIS B 331Political Economy of Development
JSIS B 422The U.S. and the Contemporary International System
JSIS B 426World Politics (with POL S 426)
JSIS B 430Late Industrialization and Social Change
JSIS B 436Ethnic Politics and Nationalism (with POL S 436)
JSIS B 467Nations and States in the Modern World (with HSTCMP 467)

General Major Tracks

CANADA TRACK

Take three of the following:
ARCTIC 400Integrating Policy and Science in Arctic Studies
JSIS A 321 / POL S 341Government and Politics of Canada
JSIS A 356Canadian Society
JSIS A 375 / HSTAA 377History of Canada
JSIS A 400Canadian Values
JSIS A 422 / AIS 465First Nations Filmmaking in Canada
JSIS A 426 / AIS 461First Nations Government & Politics in Canada
JSIS A / FRENCH 441Quebecois Literature
JSIS A 498Seminar in Canadian Problems
JSIS B 380Immigration and Cultural Memory in the Pacific Northwest
JSIS 482Special Topics Canada
GEOG 370Environmental Conservation: Geographic Perspectives
See Adviser:Additional special topics courses may be approved.

CHINA TRACK

One of the following required:
HSTAS 254China in the Twentieth Century
JSIS A/HSTAS 454History of Modern China
Plus two of the following:
JSIS A/GEOG 236Development and Challenge in Greater China
JSIS A 328Gender and Sexuality in China
JSIS A /ANTH 370Han Chinese Society and Culture
JSIS A 403 /ANTH 444Politics of Representation in Modern China
JSIS A 404Religion in China
JSIS A /ANTH  406China’s Environment
JSIS A 408/POL S 442Government and Politics of China
JSIS A 453/ECON 468China’s Economic Reforms-Integration into World Economy
JSIS A /HSTAS 456Topics in Chinese Social History
JSIS A 459/POL S 419U.S. China Relations
JSIS A/HSTAS 460Cities in China
JSIS A 464Contemporary Society in the People’s Republic of China
JSIS A 467China’s Rise & its Global Implication
JSIS A /ANTH 470Minority Peoples of China
JSIS B 455International Environmental Policy
JSIS B 469Law & Rights in Authoritarian Regimes (w/ LSJ & POL S)
JSIS D 467Postwar Economic Development in Taiwan
ANTH 447Anthropology of Chinese Religion
ECON 466Economic History of China: 1840-1949
ECON 493Economy of Modern China
GEOG 435Industrialization and Urbanization in China
GWSS/HSTAS 459Gender Histories of Modern China, 18th-20th Centuries

DEVELOPMENT TRACK

Required:
JSIS B 331Political Economy of Development
Plus two of the following:
ANTH/ENVIR 371Anthropology of Development
ECON 448Population and Development
GEOG 230Geographies of Global Inequality
GEOG 330Latin America: Landscapes of Change
GEOG 331Global Poverty and Care
GEOG 336Development and Challenge in China
GEOG 370Environmental Conservation: Geographic Perspectives
GEOG 371World Hunger and Agricultural Development
GEOG 430Contemporary Development Issues in Latin America
GEOG 431Geography and Gender
GEOG 438Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development
JSIS A/GEOG 236Development and Challenge in Greater China
JSIS A 339Social Movements in Contemporary India
JSIS A 346/ HSTAS 348Alternative Routes to Modernity
JSIS A / SOC 355Social Change in Latin America
JSIS A 362Political Economy of Africa
JSIS A 363Africa and the Modern World
JSIS A 417Political Economy of India
JSIS A 431/ SOC 434Demographic Issues in Asia
JSIS A 438/ GEOG 436Political Geographies of South Asia
JSIS A 446Political Development in East Asia
JSIS B 307Digital Storytelling and Global Citizenship
JSIS B 310/ POL S 320State-Society Relations in the Third World
JSIS B 315Law, State and Society
JSIS B 324Immigration
JSIS B/ GEOG 335Geography of the Developing World
JSIS B 344Migration in the Global Economy
JSIS B/ ANTH/ GWSS  345Gender & International Economic Development (w)
JSIS B 361Geopolitics of Language
JSIS B 365World Cities
JSIS B 385Industry and the State
JSIS B 420Failed States
JSIS B/ ENVIR 433Environmental Degradation in the Tropics
JSIS B 441Forced Migration
JSIS B 455International Environmental Policy
JSIS D 372Asian Sustainable Development
JSIS D 429International Population
JSIS D 435/ SOC 432Population and Modernization
JSIS D/ SOC 450Political Economy of Women and Family in the Third World
POL S 449Politics of Developing Areas
POL S 477African Political Development

EAST ASIA (GENERAL) TRACK

Three of the following, or courses from the Japan or China Tracks:
GEOG 438Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development
HSTAS 482History of Modern Korea
JSIS A 401Asia and the World
JSIS A 405/ANTH 449Social Change in East Asia
JSIS A/ANTH 407Global Futures in East Asia
JSIS A 431/SOC 434Demographic Issues in Asia
JSIS A/POL S 439Politics of Divided Korea
JSIS A/ANTH 448Modern Korean Society
JSIS A 452/ANTH 442/GWSS 446Global Asia
JSIS A 466/POL S 480Comparative Politics and Korea Studies
JSIS A 469North Korean Society
JSIS A 471New Orders in East Asia
JSIS A 472/I BUS 461Science, Technology, and Innovation Polices in East Asia
JSIS A 476Energy Security in East Asia
JSIS A 478/I BUS 462Japanese Business Technology
JSIS B 385Industry and the State
JSIS B 430Late Industrialization and Social Change
JSIS B 455International Environmental Policy
JSIS B/LSJ/POL S 469Law & Rights in Authoritarian Regimes
JSIS D/HSTCMP 330The U.S. in Eastern Asia 1784-1945
JSIS D 372Asian Sustainable Development
JSIS D 443/ANTH 446Class and Culture in East Asia
JSIS D 446Political Development in East Asia

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES TRACK

Take one from the following:
JSIS B/SCAND 350/ENVIR 360Environmental Norms in International Politics
JSIS B 357The Geopolitics of Energy
JSIS B/ENVIR/SMA 433Environmental Degradation in the Tropics
JSIS B 455International Environmental Policy
ENVIR/POL S 384Global Environmental Politics
Take two additional from the following list or the list above:
AAS / ANTH 314Culture, Environment, and Identity of Island Southeast Asia
ANTH 362Anthropology of Tourism
ANTH/ENVIR 371Anthropology of Development
ANTH/ENVIR/ESRM 410Growing Stuff: Ecology, Economy, and Culture of Resource-Production Ecosystems
ANTH 452Explorations in Biopower
ANTH 457Ecological Anthropology
ANTH 458Ethnobiology
ANTH/ENVIR 459Culture, Ecology and Politics
ANTH/AES 487Cultures & Politics of Environmental Justice
ANTH 488Agroecology
ARCTIC 400Integrating Policy and Science in Arctic Studies
BIO A/ ENVIR 475Environmental Impacts of Small-Scale Societies
ECON 435Natural Resource Economics. (prereq. ECON 300)
ECON 436Economics of the Environment. (prereq. ECON 300)
ENVIR/ECON 235Introduction to Environmental Economics
ENVIR/POL S 385Political Ecology of the World Food System
ENVIR / M E 415Sustainability and Design for Environment
ENV H 311Introduction to Environmental Health
ENV H 472Environmental Risk and Society
ESRM 423International Trade, Marketing, & the Environment
GEOG 270Geographies of Int’l Development & Environmental Change
GEOG 371World Hunger and Resource Development
GEOG 480Environmental Geography, Climate, and Health
JSIS A /HSTAS 303Divided Lands/Divided Lives: An Environmental History of South Asia
JSIS A /ANTH 406China’s Environment
JSIS A/SCAND 429Eco-Capitalism
JSIS A 431 /SOC 434Demographic Issues in Asia. (Joint with SOC 434)
JSIS A 476Energy Security in East Asia
JSIS B/ARCTIC 391Climate Change-An International Perspective: Science, Art, Activism
JSIS D/GEOG 372Asian Environment and Development
JSIS D 429International Population
JSIS D 435/SOC 432Population and Modernization
POL S 422International Environmental Politics Seminar

*Special topics courses in Jackson School can count when the topic has something to do with Environmental Issues.


ETHNICITY IDENTITY & MIGRATION TRACK

Students are required to take three of the following:
*At least one of these courses is required.
*JSIS B/POL S 337Collective Violence and the State
*ANTH 428Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnicity
*JSIS B/POL S 436Ethnic Politics and Nationalism
*SOC 456Political Sociology (Ethnicity and Nationalism)
*SOC/AES 461Comparative Ethnic Race Relations in the Americas
*JSIS B 525Special Topics in Race Ethnicity and Nationalism
ANTH 464/LING 464Language Policy and Cultural Identity
JSIS A/POL S 314//NEAR E 315Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint
JSIS A/ANTH 370Han Chinese Society and Culture
JSIS A 427/ANTH 425Anthropology of Post-Soviet States
JSIS A/ANTH 470Minority Peoples of China
JSIS B 307Digital Storytelling and Global Citizenship
JSIS B 312Money, Love and Marriage in Europe and America
JSIS B 324Immigration
JSIS B 337Collective Violence and the State
JSIS B 344Migration in the Global Economy
JSIS B 361The Geopolitics of Language
JSIS B 380Immigration and Cultural Memory in the Pacific Northwest
JSIS B 407Political Islam & Contemporary Islamist Movements
JSIS B 441Forced Migrations
JSIS B 446History, Memory and Justice
JSIS B /HSTCMP 467Nations and States in the Modern World
RELIG 329/ANTH 330Religion, Identity, and Cultural Pluralism
RELIG/GEOG 403Modern European-Islamic Migration, Integration, and Citizenship
JSIS C /HSTEU 465The Jews of Eastern Europe
JSIS D 468Deeply Divided Societies
HSTCMP 260Slavery in History: A Comparative Study
SOC/AES 362Race Relations
SOC 467Immigration and Ethnicity

To help you choose among the courses of the Ethnicity and Nationalities Track, some additional information about the courses is presented below.  You should also feel free to contact the faculty members who offer these courses to discuss their fit with your interests.

  • Courses dealing with race relations and racism: SOC/AES 362, SOC/AES 461
  • Courses dealing with ethnic identity:ANTH 428, ANTH 464/LING 464, JSIS B/POL S 436, JSIS A/ANTH 470
  • Courses dealing with language:JSIS B 361/ANTH 464/LING 464
  • Courses focused on particular areas/peoples:SOC/AES 362 (Americas), JSIS D468 (Near East), JSIS A/ANTH 470 (China),JSIS C/HSTEU 465 (Jews/Eastern Europe)
  • Courses dealing with current policy issues:SOC/AES 362, JSIS D 468, ANTH 464/LING 464, POL S 493

FOREIGN POLICY, DIPLOMACY, PEACE AND SECURITY TRACK

Students must take 3 of the following:
ARCTIC 400Integrating Policy and Science in Arctic Studies
HSTCMP 345War and Society
HSTAA 461Diplomatic History of the United States, 1776-1901
HSTAA 462Diplomatic History of the United States, 1901-Present
JSIS A/POL S 314/NEAR E 315Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint
JSIS A 323U.S.-Latin America Relations
JSIS A 350U.S. – Europe Relations
JSIS A 416NATO
JSIS A 420Post-Soviet Security
JSIS A 430The Soviet Empire: Creation, Consolidation, and Collapse
JSIS A/POL S  434International Relations of South Asia
JSIS A 437POL S 424International Relations of Japan
JSIS A/POL S 439Politics of Divided Korea
JSIS A 440Russia in the International System
JSIS A 459United States-China Relations (w/POL S 419)
JSIS A 468Russia in the International System
JSIS A 471New Orders in East Asia
JSIS A 476Energy Security in East Asia
JSIS A 493Water and Security in the Middle East
JSIS B 301War
JSIS B 311The Myth of War
JSIS B 315Law, State and Society
JSIS B 321U.S. National Security
JSIS B 338Biosecurity
JSIS B 350Environmental Norms in International Politics (w/SCAND)
JSIS B 355Cybersecurity and International Studies
JSIS B 357The Geopolitics of Energy
JSIS B 360U.S. in the World
JSIS B 407Political Islam & Contemporary Islamist Movements
JSIS B 420Failed States
JSIS B 422International Trade & Security
JSIS B 423Practicing American Foreign Policy
JSIS B 424International Law & Arms Control
JSIS B 425Crafting and Influencing United States Foreign Policy
JSIS B 427Weapons of Mass Destruction
JSIS B 428The Media & Peace
JSIS B 429Nuclear Nonproliferation and International Safeguards
JSIS B 431International Negotiation Simulation
JSIS B/HSTCMP 467Nations and States in the Modern World
JSIS B 469Law & Rights in Authoritarian Regimes
POL S 321American Foreign Policy
POL S 325Arab Israeli Conflict
POL S 407International Conflict
POL S 420Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy
POL S 425Political Psychology and War
POL S 428Military Intervention
POL S 431International Relations in the Middle East
POL S 433International Relations in Southeast Asia

GLOBAL HEALTH AND POPULATION TRACK

Students must take one of the following:
JSIS B 180Introduction to Global Health
ANTH 215Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health
And two additional courses from below:
ANTH 308Anthropology of Women’s Health and Reproduction
ANTH 374Narrative, Literature, and Medical Anthropology
ANTH 375Comparative Systems of Healing
ANTH 376Anthropology of Disability
ANTH 377Anthropology and International Health
ANTH 474Social Difference and Medical Knowledge
ANTH 475Perspectives in Medical Anthropology
GEOG 371World Hunger and Agricultural Development
GEOG 380Geographical Patterns of Health and Disease
ENV H 451Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards
ENV H 452Detection and Control of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards
JSIS A 324 / LSJ 322Human Rights in Latin America
JSIS A 431 / SOC 434Demographic Issues in Asia
JSIS B 320Yoga: History, Health and Practice
JSIS B 441Forced Migrations
RELIG 320Comparative Study of Death
JSIS D 429International Population
MICROM 101Microbes and Society
SOC 331Population and Society

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS TRACK

Students must take 3 of the following:
COM 321/ POL S 330Communications in International Relations
COM 322/ POL S 329Global Communications
AAS 220Asian American Stereotypes in the Media
COM 407/POL S 451Communication Technology and Politics
COM 423Communications & Social Change
COM 426International Media Images
COM/JSIS B 428The Media and Peace
COM 450International Communications Law and Policy
COM 458Reporting Global Health (prereq. COM 360)
COM 478Intercultural Communications
COM 483Communication Approaches to the Study of War
JSIS A /COM 425European Media Systems
JSIS B 307Digital Storytelling and Global Citizenship
JSIS B 355Cybersecurity & International Studies
JSIS B 361The Geopolitics of Language
JSIS B 380Immigration & Cultural Memory in the Pacific Northwest: The Role of Film & Cinema
JSIS B 419/COM 420Comparative Media Systems (formerly CMU 420)
POL S/COM 305Politics of Mass Communication in America
NOTE: any relevant Special Topics (478-490) course offered by a program within the Jackson School may be counted as a track course for International Communications if the student obtains prior approval from the adviser.

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TRACK

Students must take 3 of the following:
ANTH 323/LSJ 321Human Rights Law in Culture and Practice
ANTH 416Comparative Social Movements: Mexico and the United States
ANTH 470Minority Peoples of China
ANTH 498/LSJ 421Women’s Rights and Politics in Islamic Society
ARCTIC 200Indigenous Diplomacies and International Relations in the Arctic
GEOG 331Global Poverty and Care
GWSS 305Feminism in an International Context
JSIS A/HSTAS 245Human Rights in Asia
JSIS A 324/ /LSJ 322Human Rights in Latin America
JSIS A 408/POL S 442Government & Politics of China
JSIS A/SOC 464Contemporary Society in the People’s Republic of China
JSIS A 465International Humanitarian Law
JSIS A 488Labor and Popular Movements in Latin America
JSIS B 310/POL S 320State-Society Relations in the Third World
JSIS B 315Law, State and Society
JSIS B 334The Place of Law in Multicultural Conflicts (w/ LSJ 336)
JSIS B 337Collective Violence and the State
JSIS B / LSJ 362Law and Justice: An Introduction to Social Theory
JSIS B /LSJ 366Comparative Law, Societies, and Courts
JSIS B 393LGBTI Rights in International Affairs
JSIS B 436Ethnic Politics and Nationalism
JSIS B 441Forced Migrations
JSIS B 439Law and Political Power
JSIS B 469Law & Rights in Authoritarian Regimes (w/ LSJ & POL S)
JSIS D 468Deeply Divided Societies
PHIL 338Philosophy of Human Rights
POL S 363Law in Society
POL S 368/LSJ 320The Politics an Law of International Human Rights
POL S 430Civil-Military Relations in Democracies
SOC/AES 462Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 466Economic Sociology

Additional electives may be approved with permission of International Studies adviser.


INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY TRACK

Take three of the following (one of which must be JSIS B 331 or JSIS B 332):
ECON/POL S 409Undergraduate Seminar in Political Economy
ECON 448Population and Development
ECON 471International Trade
ECON 473Topics in International Trade
ECON 475Economics of the European Union
GEOG 349Geography of International Trade
JSIS A/POL S 322International Political Economy of Latin America
JSIS A 362Political Economy of Africa
JSIS A 417Political Economy of India
JSIS A 418Eastern Europe: The Political Economy of the Region
JSIS A 429Eco-Capitalism
JSIS A 453/ECON 468China’s Economic Reforms-Integration into the World Economy
JSIS A 472 /I BUS 461Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies in East Asia
JSIS A 473Political Economy of Japan
JSIS A 477Readings on Political Economy of Japan and Northeast Asia
JSIS A 478 /I BUS 462Japanese Business and Technology
JSIS A 487 /POL S 418Japanese Trade Politics
JSIS B 331Political Economy of Development
JSIS B 332Political Economy of International Trade & Finance
JSIS B 333Gender and Globalization
JSIS B 352Sustainabiltiy & Global Business: Leading in a Changing World
JSIS B 365World Cities
JSIS B 385Industry and the State
JSIS B 386Law and Politics of International Trade
JSIS B 388Political Economy of Industrialized Nations
JSIS B 430Late Industrialization and Social Change
JSIS B 476Comparative International Political Economy
POL S 335Political Economy Topics
POL S 427International Political Economy
POL S 460Political Economy of the European Union
POL S 477African Political Development
SOC 466Economic Sociology
For special permission to register for I BUS courses, contact JSIS adviser in THO 111 one of the following is allowed:
IBUS 330Business Environment in Developing Countries
IBUS 340Business Environment in Industrial Countries
IBUS 440Business in Asia

JAPAN TRACK

Required: One of the following:
JSIS A/HSTAS 241Japanese Civilization (formerly HSTAS 341)
JSIS A 242Introduction to Contemporary Japan
Plus two of the following:
ECON 494Economy of Japan
JAPAN 323Japan in Literature and Film: Modern Period
JSIS A / HSTAS 423History of Modern Japan
JSIS A / HSTAS 424Emergence of Postwar Japan
JSIS A / POL S 435Japanese Government and Politics
JSIS A 436/ POL S 429Political Parties in Japan and East Asia
JSIS A 437International Relations of Japan
JSIS A 449 / ANTH 443Anthropology of Modern Japan
JSIS A 472/ I BUS 461Science, Technology, & Innovation Policies in East Asia
JSIS A 473Political Economy of Postwar Japan
JSIS A 474Civil Society in Japan & East Asia
JSIS A 475Japanese Society
JSIS A 477Readings on Political Economy of Japan & Northeast Asia
JSIS A 478/ I BUS 462Japanese Business and Technology
JSIS A 487/ POLS S 418Japanese Trade Politics
JSIS B 430Late Industrialization and Social Change
JSIS E 478Readings in Japanese on Japan Social Sciences
JSIS 484Special Topics East Asia (when topic on Japan)

JEWISH STUDIES TRACK

Required:
JSIS C / HSTCMP 250Introduction to Jewish Cultural History
Plus two of the following:
JSIS A/POL S 314/NEAR E 315Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint
JSIS A 458Israel: Politics and Society
JSIS C / HSTCMP 269Thr Holocaust: History& Memory
JSIS C 325Contemporary Judaism in a Global Context
JSIS C 358Modern Jewish Thought
JSIS C / HSTEU 368Modern European Jewish History
JSIS C 379Doing Jewish Identity Studies
JSIS C 462Anti-Semitism as a Cultural System
JSIS C 463Enlightenment, Emancipation, Antisemitism: History of the Jews, 1770-1914
JSIS C / HSTEU 465The Jews in Eastern Europe
JSIS C 466/ HSTCMP 469The Sephardic Diaspora: 1492-Present
JSIS C 489Special Topics (see adviser for permission)
ENGL 311Modern Jewish Literature
NEAR E 325Modern Hebrew Literature in English
POL S 325Arab Israeli Conflict

LATIN AMERICA TRACK

Required: One of the following:
HSTLAC 185Introduction to Latin America
HSTLAC 384Latin America: Inter-American and Intra-Continental Relations
HSTLAC 385Colonial Society and the Negotiation of Rule in Latin America and the Caribbean
HSTLAC 386The Challenges of Post-Coloniality in Latin America and the Caribbean
HSTLAC 488History of the Caribbean and Central America
JSIS A 323U.S.-Latin America Relations
Plus two additional from the list above or the following:
ANTH 418Indian Heritage of Central America
GEOG 330Latin America: Landscape of Change
GEOG 430Contemporary Development Issues in Latin America
HSTLAC 482The History of Brazil: Colonial Period to the Present
HSTLAC 485Social Revolution in 20th Century Latin America: Comparative Approach
JSIS 480Special Topics:  Latin America (see adviser for approval)
JSIS A 280Indigenous Encounters: Politics, Culture, and Representation in Latin America
JSIS A 322Political Economy of Latin America (w/ POL S)
JSIS A 324/LSJ 322Human Rights in Latin America
JSIS A 325Moderern Mexico: Culture, Politics, Society
JSIS A/POL S 342Government and Politics of Latin America
JSIS A/ SOC 355Social Change in Latin America
JSIS A/SPAN 486Latin American Photography & Cultural Studies
JSIS A 489The Mexico-U.S. Border in Literature & Film
JSIS A 492Latin American Studies Seminar
JSIS D 451The Cultural Geography of Latin America (w/ GEOG)

MIDDLE EAST TRACK

Students must take three the following:
ANTH 318Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies
ANTH 413Anthropology of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
ANTH 498/LSJ 421Women’s Rights and Politics in Islamic Society
JSIS 487Special Topics: Middle East (see adviser)
JSIS A 215/NEAR E 232Introduction to the Modern Middle East
JSIS A/POL S 314/NEAR E 315Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint
JSIS A 362Political Economy of Africa
JSIS A 402The Middle East in the Modern World
JSIS A 458Israel: Politics and Society
JSIS A 465International Humanitarian Law
JSIS A 493Water and Security in the Middle East
RELIG/GEOG 403Modern European-Islamic Migration, Integration, and Citizenship
JSIS D 468Deeply Divided Societies
HSTAFM 161Survey of Middle Eastern History
HSTAFM 463The Modern Middle East Since 1789
HSTAFM 465Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia, 1750-2001
JSIS B 406/POL S 432Political Islam
JSIS B 407Political Islam & Contemporary Islamist Movements
POL S 325Arab-Israeli Conflict
POL S 331Government & Politics in the Middle East & N. Africa
POL S 431International Relations in the Middle East
RELIG 211/NEAR E 230Introduction to Muslim Beliefs and Practices
NEAR E 312Looting and Loss: The Recent Destruction of Cultural Heritage Sites

SOUTH ASIA TRACK

Take three of the following:
ANTH 371Anthropology of Development
ANTH 412South Asian Social Structure
HSTAS 403History of Modern India to 1900
HSTAS 404History of 20th Century India
JSIS A/HSTAS 202Introduction to South Asia History, 1500-present
JSIS A 206Contemporary India & Pakistan
JSIS A / HSTAS 303Divided Lands/Divided Lives: An Environmental History of South Asia
JSIS A / ANTH 316Modern South Asia
JSIS A 339Social Movements in Contemporary India
JSIS A/POL S 340Politics of India, Pakistan and South Asia
JSIS A/ANTH 341Political Violence in Post-colonial South Asia
JSIS A/POL S 417Political Economy of India
JSIS A/POL S 434International Relations of South Asia
JSIS A 438/GEOG 436Political Geographies of South Asia
JSIS B 331Political Economy of Development
JSIS B /POL S 337Collective Violence and the State
JSIS B /GWSS/ANTH 345Women and International Economic Development
RELIG 352Hinduism
RELIG 354Buddhism
RELIG 356/ANTH 342Buddhism & Society: The Theravada Buddhist Tradition in South & Southeast Asia
JSIS B 406/POL S 432Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism
JSIS B 407Political Islam & Contemporary Islamist Movements
JSIS B/POL S 436Ethnic Politics and Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies
JSIS 485Special Topics in South Asian Studies

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRACK

Take three of the following:
ANTH/AAS 314Ethnography, Transnationalism, & Community in Island Southeast Asia
ANTH 408Experiments in Southeast Asia
JSIS A 221History of Southeast Asia
JSIS A/HSTAS 265The Vietnam Wars
JSIS A/ANTH 315Southeast Asian Civilization: Buddhist and Vietnamese
JSIS A/POL S 343Politics & Change in Southeast Asia
RELIG 356 / ANTH 352Buddhism & Society: The Theravada Buddhist Tradition in South & Southeast Asia
JSIS A / HSTCMP 367Southeast Asian Activism & Social Engagement
JSIS A 419Southeast Asian Knowledge & the Politics of Information
JSIS A / ANTH 447Literature & Society in Southeast Asia (max. 5 cr)
JSIS A 462 / HSTAS 466Islam, Mysticism, Politics, & Performance in Indonesian Culture
JSIS A 463Topics in Southeast Asian History
JSIS B/HSTAS 264Violence Myth and Memory
JSIS B 433Environmental Degradation in the Tropics
JSIS B 407Political Islam & Contemporary Islamist Movements
RELIG 354Buddhism
JSIS 486Special Topics: Southeast Asian Studies (not language)
HSTAS 463Southeast Asian History: 1800 to Present
SOC 470Contemporary Southeast Asia

RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA TRACK

Students are required to take three of the following:
JSIS A / HSTEU 445The Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union
JSIS D / POL S 445Politics and Society in Eastern Europe
POL S 441Government and Politics of Russia
ANTH 425/JSIS A 427Anthropology of the Post-Soviet States
ECON 495Economic Transformation of Russia and Eastern Europe
GEOG 333Russia’s Changing Landscape
HSTAFM 465Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia, 1750-2001
HSTEU/JSIS A 444Imperial Russia: 1700-1900
HSTEU 451East-Central Europe Since 1342
HSTCMP/JSIS B 440The Communist Experience Around the World
JSIS A  344The Baltic States and Scandinavia (w/ SCAND)
JSIS A/SCAND 345Baltic Cultures
JSIS A 350United States – Europe Relations
JSIS A/NEAR E 357Peoples and Cultures of Central and Inner Asia
JSIS A 418East Europe: the Political Economy of the Region
JSIS A 420Post Soviet Security
JSIS A 430The Soviet Empire
JSIS A 440Russia in the International System
JSIS A 455Baltic States since 1991 (w/ SCAND)
JSIS A 468Russia in the International System
JSIS A/POL S 479Contemporary Central Asian Politics
JSIS B 420Failed States
NEAR E 458Islam and Muslims in China
POL S 420Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy
POL S 421Relations Among Communist & Post-Communist States
POL S 448Politics of the European Union

WESTERN EUROPE TRACK

Students are required to take the following:
JSIS A 301Europe Today
Plus two of the following:
HSTEU 303Contemporary European History Since 1815
POL S 324Europe in World Politics
JSIS A 302The Politics and Cultures of Europe
JSIS A 304Contemporary European Migration
JSIS A/POL S 348European Union as Global Actor
JSIS A 349Migration and Multiculturalism in the Mediterranean
JSIS A 350U.S. – Europe Relations
JSIS A/SCAND 351Scandinavia, the European Union, and Global Climate Change
JSIS A 364Modern Greece: 1821 to the Present
JSIS A 416North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
JSIS A/COM 425European Media Systems (formerly CMU 425)
JSIS A 429Eco-Capitalism (w/ SCAND)
JSIS A 442 /SCAND 445War & Occupation in N. Europe: History, Fiction, Memoir
JSIS B 312Money, Love and Marriage in Europe and America
JSIS B/SCAND 350Environmental Norms in International Politics
JSIS B 467Nations and States in the Modern World
RELIG/ GEOG 403Modern European-Islamic Migration, Integration, and Citizenship
HSTEU 323France Since 1814
HSTEU 334Germany 1871-1989
HSTEU 413Europe 1914-1945
HSTEU 414History of Europe Since 1945
HSTEU 415Europe in the Second World War
HSTEU 422The French Revolution and Napoleon: 1789-1815
HSTEU 432Germany 1914-1945
ECON 475Economics of the European Union
POL S/SCAND 326Scandinavia in World Affairs
POL S 346Governments of Western Europe
POL S 437Politics in Scandinavia
POL S 438Politics in France

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to complete the major?

There are 70 credits required to complete the IS program, plus language proficiency through the second-year college level. If one were to enter the program with no foreign language or JSIS coursework, it would take two years at 15 credits a quarter, three quarters per year, plus one additional quarter of ten credits. However, students enter with at least some of the program requirements completed – usually part or all of the SIS 200 series, a course or courses in economics and globalization, and foreign language study – so the average time needed to complete the program is between one and two years. Of course, UW proficiency and distribution requirements must also be met.

2. When should I apply?

Sophomore standing is preferred for admission, but many students also apply during their junior year. By that time, they usually have completed both micro- and macro-economics (or JSIS/GEOG 123 in place of macro-economics) and the JSIS 200-202 series. Students are seldom admitted during the senior year. Target enrollment for each graduating class guides admissions, and there are fewer available spaces for seniors.

Transfer students must have completed at least one quarter at the UW before applying.

3. What are the requirements for being admitted to the major?

Although there are no specific GPA requirements for acceptance into the major, there are some general guidelines to follow. These vary slightly from year to year, depending upon how many people apply. Recently, most admitted applicants have achieved above a 3.4 in JSIS courses and above a 2.5 in ECON courses. Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 are rarely admitted, but exceptions are sometimes made based on other factors. If you are concerned about your qualifications, please see an International Studies adviser.

At a minimum, completion of (1) ECON 200, ECON 201, or JSIS/GEOG 123, and (2) JSIS 200 orJSIS 201, is required for serious consideration. Because the admission committee primarily considers academic performance in JSIS and ECON courses, you must have completed these courses in order to have a solid basis for acceptance. Completion of major coursework beyond the minimum at the time of application is desirable because it gives the committee additional evidence to compare your preparation with that of other applicants.

4. May I apply more than once to the International Studies major if I am not accepted on the first try?

There is no limit to the number of times you may apply. However, if you are a junior or senior and have been denied once, you should check with an adviser in Thomson 111 to assess your chances and options. There is the danger that you will have earned a great deal of IS program credit without being admitted, and this credit probably would not apply to another program of study. You may consider completing the IS minor instead or the Canadian Studies major both of which include substantial IS major coursework. Students who are deferred, rather than denied, are encouraged to apply again. This status is given to an applicant who looks promising but may need to demonstrate additional proficiencies to be competitive.

5. How often are IS courses offered during the year?

Generally, IS courses are offered once a year. Some 300- and 400- level courses are offered once every other year. Therefore, it is important to work with an adviser in planning a program of study. TypicallyJSIS 200 and 202 are each offered once a year— autumn and spring. JSIS 201 is offered each winter and also in spring. JSIS B 330 is offered autumn and sometimes spring; JSIS 495, Task Force, is offered winter only; JSIS 498, Readings in International Studies, usually is offered during autumn and spring quarters. Various track and core course requirements are offered all quarters. During summer quarter a limited selection of core and track courses is offered, as well as economics and intensive foreign language courses.

6. What kinds of jobs do IS majors obtain upon graduation?

Graduates obtain jobs in all sectors. As a liberal arts degree, the IS major does not provide training for a specific vocation, as do accounting, engineering, or computer science programs. Many graduates work in international areas of business, local and federal government, or with private non-profit agencies. Some go into the field of education. It is often their personal interests and work experience gained through internships and part-time jobs that assist graduates in getting an initial job after graduation.

7. Are internships available? How does one get credit for them?

Internships are part-time work assignments with organizations in which the student assists with day-to-day tasks or performs work on special projects. The Jackson School maintains relations with a variety of government, business, and non-profit organizations that use student interns on a regular basis. Information on these organizations is available in Thomson 111. Typically, students work for one or two quarters, often on a volunteer basis. Internships are available locally, in Washington DC, and overseas.

8. When is the best time to do an internship?

Although you may do an internship at any point during your course of study, most organizations prefer students in their junior or senior year. Some organizations do not offer internships to non-students, so it is generally a good idea to complete an internship while still enrolled in school (or, in some cases, within a few months after graduation). Doing an internship outside of Seattle for a quarter or longer during your senior year may cause delays in graduating, because you may miss a required course offered only once a year. Please talk with an adviser regarding course schedules.

9. Will transfer courses from other colleges/universities count towards the program requirements?

The courses that count most readily are micro- and macro-economics (ECON 200 and 201) and foreign language courses. Other courses occasionally take the place of one of the SIS requirements, but not usually. Please check with an adviser in Thomson 111 if you would like coursework from another institution considered for IS credit. Shoreline and Edmonds Community Colleges and Bellevue College all offer courses that are equivalent to courses in the JSIS 200 series.

10. Will courses taken abroad count toward completion of program requirements?

Courses taken on study-abroad programs at recognized colleges or universities may take the place of some of the required coursework, but in all cases an adviser or program chair must approve such substitutions. Coursework taken abroad is most readily applicable to track and foreign language requirements. If you are considering studying abroad (which is highly recommended), please consult with an adviser in Thomson 111, who can give an initial indication of which courses are most likely to receive IS credit. However, a final decision will be made when you return; at that time you should bring in a transcript, the syllabus and reading list from the course, and any papers or tests you have written. Information on overseas study opportunities is available from the Office of International Programs and Exchanges, 453 Schmitz Hall, 221-4404.

11. When is the best time to study abroad?

Generally, some time before your senior year– again, because certain required courses can be taken only as a senior. Absence at that time would mean extending your program to complete the requirements.

12. Can the language requirement be met without coursework if a student already speaks a foreign language?

Yes, but only upon completion of a placement test administered by the appropriate language department of the University of Washington or another accredited university. In cases where there is no coursework to transfer to the UW, actual course credit is not awarded; the language requirement is merely considered satisfied.


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