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International and Global Studies Requirements

Courses and Requirements: All students who major in international and global studies (IGS) must specialize in one of the seven tracks that make up the major: African studies, East Asian studies, European studies, Latin American studies, Middle East studies, Russian and East European studies, and South Asian studies. Students who will graduate in 2015 must complete IGST 0101, an IGST senior seminar, and three regional courses; they must also specialize in one of the liberal arts disciplines, achieve proficiency in one of the languages taught at Middlebury, study abroad for at least one semester, and complete at least one advanced language course upon return from abroad. IGS majors may not double-count any courses towards the discipline, region, and language requirements.
     Students who will graduate in 2016 have a choice between the existing requirements and the new ones listed below. 
          Beginning with 2017 graduates, IGS majors* are required to complete: IGST 0101; five regional courses in at least three disciplines and in at least two divisions (to be selected in consultation with their advisor); and three global courses (from an existing list, only one of which may be at the 0100 level and none at the 0400 level). They also must: achieve language proficiency; study abroad for at least one semester; complete at least one language course at the advanced level upon return from abroad; and take a senior seminar either in one of the departments or in IGS.  The departmental senior seminar must be either regional or global (thematic).
     *South Asian studies majors must study a language when abroad, but are neither expected to achieve language proficiency nor complete a language course once they return from abroad. In lieu of the language requirement after returning from abroad, these students should take one additional regional or global course.
     Because of the complex nature of the international and global studies major, students pursuing it are strongly encouraged not to have an additional major. Any course counted towards the IGS major cannot count for any other major or minor. IGS majors may not major or minor in their discipline or primary language of focus. The minimum requirements for the major in International and Global Studies are as follows:
     International and Global Studies Core: Students are required to take IGST 0101 as their sole core course requirement, and are expected to take this course before studying abroad.  IGST 0101 is not open to seniors except for students who declared their major in their sophomore year and spent their entire junior year abroad.  Students who declare their major in their sophomore year, who have not yet taken IGST 0101, and who plan to study abroad for one semester only, must take it in the fall of their junior year prior to going abroad.
     Language Study:Students must become proficient in one of the languages that Middlebury teaches. Individual language departments determine what level of study constitutes proficiency, and students are expected to do advanced work in the language that they study. All majors must take at least one advanced course in the language of study upon returning from abroad and are encouraged to take more than one advanced course.

For East Asian Studies: A student who already has native proficiency in Chinese must fulfill the language requirements for Japanese. A student who already has native proficiency in Japanese must fulfill the language requirements for Chinese. The Chairs of the Chinese and Japanese departments or their designees determine what constitutes native proficiency by evaluating students individually through interviews or tests.
For Latin American Studies:
Students who place into Spanish 0220 or above must take at least two semesters of Portuguese (0210 and above) to fulfill the language requirement. Students who place into Portuguese 0215 or above must take at least two semesters of Spanish (0105 and above) to fulfill the language requirement. 
International and Global Studies Major with Chinese Language: Along with other required courses and senior work as described in the International and Global Studies major section, the Chinese language component of an IGS major requires the completion of the following: 1) CHNS 0101-CHNS 0202 (strongly encouraged to attend Middlebury Chinese Summer School, or take CHNS 0301–0302); 2) one semester at one of the three C.V. Starr-Middlebury College Schools in China; 3) any two of the following: CHNS 0411, 0412, 0426, OR 0475 upon return from study abroad in China.

     Regional Specialization: For 2015 graduates (and for 2016 graduates who choose the old requirements), this requirement consists of three courses with content exclusively or primarily on the region, in at least two different disciplines other than the language of study and the disciplinary specialization. For a list of courses that fulfill this requirement go to: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/igs/wizard. For students in East Asian studies who elect to learn the Japanese language: three courses on East Asia (two courses having content exclusively or primarily on Japan and one on China or East Asia), in at least two different disciplines. For those students who elect to learn the Chinese language: three courses on East Asia (two courses with content exclusively or primarily on China and one on Japan or East Asia), in at least two different disciplines. Students who have native or near-native proficiency in one language and achieve proficiency in the other may choose a regional specialization in either China or Japan.
     Beginning with the class of 2017, this requirement consists of five courses, in at least three departments spread across at least two divisions [Students must consult with their advisors about the divisional requirement]. At least three regional courses must be taken in Middlebury.  
     Disciplinary Specialization only for students under the old rules (class of 2015 (2016): Students must take at least five courses within a single discipline among the following list: economics; film and media culture; geography; history; history of art and architecture; literature/civilization; philosophy; political science; religion; and sociology/anthropology (see "Disciplinary Specializations by Department" below). Within a student's disciplinary specialization, at least one of the courses must be an upper-level course, and at least two of the courses should have substantial content on the geographical area of specialization. Where possible, such regional courses should be taken on the Middlebury campus, and IGS majors should take at least two of their disciplinary courses before going abroad.
     Beginning with the class of 2017 (2016) the disciplinary specialization is no longer a requirement.
     Global Courses: Beginning with the class of 2017 (2016), students will be required to take three global courses, (only one of which may be at the 0100 level and none at the 0400 level).  These will be selected in consultation with the advisor, based on a list of courses designated as global courses by the IGS program. Global courses are thematic, trans-regional, and comparative. http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/igs/courses/globalcourses
     Study Abroad: Students must study abroad for at least one semester (and preferably for a year) on a Middlebury-approved study abroad program in their region of focus. Study abroad must be in the language of study at Middlebury. Students must receive the approval of the relevant departments and/or, as appropriate, the program director to receive major credit for courses taken abroad. Students studying abroad for one semester may count up to two regional courses taken abroad. Students studying abroad for the full academic year may count up to two regional courses and one global course. Students must provide course syllabi of all courses taken abroad for which credit is requested.     
      Advanced Placement
: Advanced Placement credit will not count toward the major.
     Senior Program: For 2015 or 2016 graduates, the IGS senior program consists of: (1) A senior international and global studies seminar that is thematic, team-taught, interdisciplinary, or cross-regional (see seminar courses under “International and Global Studies Courses” below); and (2) an upper-level course, preferably two, in the language of emphasis that will be taken after returning from abroad. The language departments will determine which courses can be taken to fulfill this requirement, in consultation with the program director. Students may also elect to write an honors thesis (IGST 070X, two semesters) during their senior year. Students writing a thesis may choose to waive the IGS seminar requirement. Students are eligible to write a senior honors thesis if they have a 3.5 GPA* or better in all courses that count for the major. Writing a thesis is required to graduate with honors. Thesis guidelines and procedures can be found at go/igsthesis.
     Beginning with the class of 2017 (2016), the IGS senior program consists of: (1) a senior departmental seminar—either regional or global—in the Humanities or Social Sciences, or an IGST seminar; and (2) an upper-level course, preferably two, in the language of emphasis that will be taken after returning from abroad. The language departments will determine which courses can be taken to fulfill this requirement, in consultation with the program director. Students who plan to enroll in a departmental senior seminar must be aware that many such seminars have prerequisites. Students, therefore, should plan in advance to complete these requirements no later than their junior year. South Asian Studies majors need not take an upper-level language course but should take one additional course either regional or on a global theme.
     Beginning with the class of 2017 (2016) students may elect to write a two-term senior thesis but cannot substitute it for the required senior seminar. Students are eligible to write a senior honors thesis if they have a 3.5 GPA** or better in all courses that count for the major. Writing a thesis is required to graduate with honors. Thesis guidelines and procedures can be found at go/igsthesis. 
     Honors: Honors are awarded to students with a GPA** of 3.5 and a thesis grade of B+; high honors to students with a GPA of 3.7 and a thesis grade of A- or A; and highest honors to students with a GPA of 3.8 and a thesis grade of A.
      *The International and Global Studies GPA is calculated on the basis of those courses that satisfy or could potentially satisfy the requirements for the major.  All courses that could count for the major will be used in the calculation of GPA for purposes of determining honors, and include all language courses, all disciplinary courses, all regional courses, all courses taken abroad, and all courses with an IGST/INTL designation.
      Note: Thesis grades do not count in the calculation of the GPA for honors.
      Winter Term Course: A winter term course taken at Middlebury may count towards the regional and/or disciplinary requirements only with the approval of the track director. Students wishing to count a winter term course must provide the track director with a copy of the course syllabus. No more than one winter term course may count towards the program requirements.

Area Specializations

African Studies
Language/Culture:
Language competency in French or Swahili; satisfactory completion of at least one advanced French course or one independent study in Swahili upon students’ return from abroad. If French is the language of emphasis, students must study an appropriate indigenous African language to a level of reasonable competence while abroad. The French Department will specify which courses fulfill the French requirement. The African Studies director will specify which courses fulfill the Swahili requirement.
Regional Specialization: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Disciplinary Specialization: see “Disciplinary Specializations by Department” below
Study Abroad: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Senior Program: see “Courses and Requirements” above

East Asian Studies
Language/Culture:
Satisfactory completion of advanced work in either Chinese or Japanese. The Chinese and Japanese departments will specify which courses fulfill this requirement.
A student who already has native or near-native proficiency in Japanese must fulfill the language requirements for Chinese. A student who already has native or near-native proficiency in Chinese must fulfill the language requirements for Japanese.
Regional Specialization: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Disciplinary Specialization:
see “Disciplinary Specializations by Department” below
Study Abroad: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Senior Program:
see “Courses and Requirements” above

European Studies
Language/Culture:
Language competency; satisfactory completion of at least one advanced course taught in the language of emphasis (French, German, Italian, or Spanish). Individual departments will specify which courses fulfill these requirement.
Regional Specialization: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Disciplinary Specialization:
see “Disciplinary Specialization by Department” below
Study Abroad: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Senior Program: see “Courses and Requirements” above

Latin American Studies
Language/Culture:
Satisfactory completion of advanced work in either Portuguese or Spanish. Students who place into Spanish 0220 or above must take at least two semesters of Portuguese (0210 and above) to fulfill the language requirement. Students who place into Portuguese 0215 or above must take at least two semesters of Spanish (0105 and above) to fulfill the language requirement.
Regional Specialization: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Disciplinary Specialization:
see “Disciplinary Specializations by Department” below
Study Abroad:
see “Courses and Requirements” above
Senior Program:
see “Courses and Requirements” above

Middle East Studies
Language/Culture:
Successful completion of three years of Arabic or Modern Hebrew (or the equivalent as determined by the Arabic or Hebrew program). Students who choose Modern Hebrew must be willing to pursue language study beyond Middlebury, if the College’s Hebrew program is not able to offer a full range of advanced courses.
Regional Specialization: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Disciplinary Specialization:
see “Disciplinary Specializations by Department” below
Study Abroad: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Senior Program:
see “Courses and Requirements” above

Russian and East European Studies
Language/Culture:
Language competency: satisfactory completion of at least second- and preferably third-level Russian or the Russian School equivalent
Regional Specialization: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Disciplinary Specialization: see “Disciplinary Specializations by Department” below
Study Abroad:
see “Courses and Requirements” above
Senior Program: see “Courses and Requirements” above

South Asian Studies
Language/Culture:
Students must pursue a formal course of study of a South Asian language while abroad
Regional Specialization: see “Courses and Requirements” above
Disciplinary Specialization:
see “Disciplinary Specializations by Department” below
Study Abroad:
Students must study in South Asia for at least one semester, preferably two. The C.V. Starr Middlebury School in India is recommended
Senior Program:
see “Courses and Requirements” above; however, because Middlebury does not offer a South Asian language, students are not required to take an additional language course on their return from South Asia.

Disciplinary Specializations by Department (only for students graduating in 2015 [2016])
Disciplinary requirements are listed below. Students are required to take two courses within their disciplinary specialization that have substantial content in their region of focus. If these regional courses cannot be taken at Middlebury, students may take them while abroad. Area program directors will determine which courses fulfill this regional requirement in consultation with individual departments.
Economics
: For students matriculating in the classes through 2014.5, ECON 0150, ECON 0155, ECON 0210 or ECON 0250, ECON 0240 (formerly ECON 0340), and two departmental electives with an international focus at the 0200-, 0300-, or 0400-levels. One of them must be a 0400-level course. For students matriculating with the class of 2015 and after, ECON 0150, ECON 0155, ECON 0210, ECON 0240 (formerly 0340), and two departmental electives with an international focus at the 0200-, 0300- or 0400-levels. One of them must be a 0400-level seminar.
Film and Media Culture: Three required courses – FMMC 0101, FMMC 0102, FMMC 0104 – plus three additional courses that are listed or cross-listed as FMMC. At least one of the three electives must be at the 0300- or 0400-level, and at least one must be international in focus (preferably should have substantial content on the geographical area of specialization). Students wishing to do a senior project will be required to follow the relevant guidelines and prerequisites listed on the FMMC website.
Geography: GEOG 0100, GEOG 0120, 3 courses from GEOG 0207, GEOG 0210, GEOG 0214, GEOG 0215, GEOG 0220, GEOG 0223, GEOG 0225; and one GEOG 0400-level seminar. Students writing a thesis must also take GEOG 0325 or GEOG 0339.
History: A 0100-level course and five other courses, including a 0400-level reading seminar normally taken in the senior year. The reading seminar and at least two other courses should be within the regional focus, and at least one course should be outside the regional focus. With the permission of the history department chair, up to two of these courses can be taken abroad.
History of Art and ArchitectureHARC 0100, HARC 0102 (or another pre-approved course in the history of non-western art and/or architecture); four electives at the 0200-level or above, two of which must be in region of specialization; students writing a thesis must take HARC 0301 in lieu of one of the four electives at the 0200-level.           

Literature and Culture:
Chinese:
To specialize in Chinese Literature/Culture within the International and Global Studies major, in addition to language proficiency, students must take any five of the following: CHNS 0219, CHNS 0220,CHNS/FMMC 0250, CHNS/LNGT 0270, CHNS 0325, CHNS 0330, CHNS 0340, CHNS 0370, CHNS 0412, CHNS 0475 (one literature course taken during study abroad may be counted toward this requirement).
French:
(1) proficiency in French (a minimum of two of FREN 0210, FREN 0221, FREN 0230 or work in the French Summer School at the 0400-level or above); (2) at least one semester, and preferably a year, at one of the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools in France, Cameroon, or in another French-speaking country; (3) three courses at the advanced level (taken at of our schools in France, Cameroon, or in another French-speaking country); and (4) one or more courses at the 0300- or 0400-level upon return from abroad.
German: Any five courses at the 0300-level, up to four of which may be taken at one of our schools in Germany, plus GRMN 0700 or a course at the 0400-level.
Italian: In addition to language proficiency, four 0300-level courses, including ITAL 0355 or its equivalent at one of our schools in Italy, plus one 0400-level seminar
Japanese: In addition to language courses, five courses on literature, film, or culture offered by the Department of Japanese Studies.
Portuguese:
In addition to PGSE 0202 or its equivalent, four upper level courses on literature or culture taken at Middlebury or in Brazil, and PGSE 0500 during the senior year.
Russian: RUSS 0151, RUSS 0152, three others taken either at Middlebury or at one of our schools in Russia, and RUSS 0704.
Spanish: Six courses at the 0300-level or above, including SPAN 0300, at least one literature course in the area of interest, at least one culture course in the area of interest, and one 0400-level seminar during the senior year.

Philosophy:
PHIL 0150 or 0151; PHIL 0180; one course in history of philosophy (PHL 0201, PHIL/CLAS 0175, or PHIL 0250); one 0400-level seminar to be taken in the last three semesters; and one course from each of the following areas: (1) ethics and social and political philosophy (ESP); (2) epistemology, language, metaphysics, mind and science (ELMMS)
Political Science: PSCI 0103 or PSCI 0109; one course from PSCI 0101, PSCI 0102, PSCI 0104; PSCI 0107; four other courses from either the comparative politics or international relations and foreign policy categories, including one 0400-level seminar taken at Middlebury College in Vermont. IGST seminars co-taught by PSCI faculty cannot substitute for 0400-level PSCI seminars, but will count toward the six required courses in political science. In addition, it is highly recommended that IGST thesis candidates enroll in PSCI 0368 or PSCI 0347 before their senior year.
Religion: Six courses on religious traditions with a major presence in the region of study, at least two of which must be at the 0300-level. Two of the courses may treat the religious traditions of the region as practiced in other parts of the world. IGS senior seminars co-taught by RELI faculty will count toward the required six classes. In some cases, RELI 0400 may also be counted toward the six courses.
Sociology/Anthropology: To specialize in sociology/anthropology within the international and global studies major, students must take: SOAN 0103, SOAN 0105, SOAN 0305 or SOAN 0306, plus three other sociology/anthropology electives. For students who plan on writing a senior thesis, one of the electives must be SOAN 0301 or SOAN 0302 before their senior year.