International Studies

Director: T. A. Nitz

The International Studies (INST) major offers students the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in international studies. The overall goal of the program is to promote better understanding of the growing interdependence of nations, the rights and obligations that arise from those interdependencies, and significant transnational issues. The program also aspires to impart an awareness of the religious, political, economic, and cultural diversity among nations. Students pursuing an International Studies major or minor must select from one of four areas of emphasis: Asian studies, European studies, Latin American studies, or international relations. Students contemplating a major or minor in international studies are encouraged to take HIST 112 (World Civilizations) as part of their University and College of Arts and Sciences core requirement in history.

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, students must satisfactorily complete three sets of requirements:

    1. All students choose a foreign language and achieve competency in that language as defined below.
    2. Complete the courses which form the upper division international studies core, including INST 499, Senior Project. Students take INST 499 in either semester of the senior year; the course involves completing a written academic paper on a topic related to the student’s International Studies major (e.g., Asian Studies, International Relations, etc.) and giving an oral presentation on that same topic.
    3. Take elective INST or approved related courses not used to satisfy any other INST requirement, including a minimum number which focus on the individual student’s area of emphasis.


    (Students may only double-count a maximum of three upper division courses with participating departments [i.e. POLS, HIST, Modern Languages].) Requirements for the international studies major and minor by area of emphasis is explained in more detail below.


    B.A. Major in International Studies: Asian Studies: 44 Credits
    Foreign Language Competency

    Students must achieve competency in either Chinese or Japanese. Competency is defined as passing the equivalent of two years of college-level work at the grade of “C” or higher. Students will normally complete this requirement by taking 16 credits of Chinese or Japanese courses at Gonzaga through the 202 level or its equivalent. (Students who begin their study at Gonzaga University above the 101 level need only take sufficient courses to achieve competency.)

    Students who are majoring in international studies are required to complete at least six credits at the 300 or higher level in their chosen language. Students who participate in a study abroad program of at least one semester may, with the permission of the International Studies Program (in consultation as appropriate with the Department of Modern Languages), substitute equivalent language, literature, or culture courses taken as part of the study abroad program for this requirement.

    Upper Division Core Courses
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    INST 499 Senior Project 1 credit
    Plus one of the following three courses:
       INST 373 Modern East Asian Civilization
       INST 384 Foundations of East Asian Civilization
       INST 389 Politics of the Pacific Rim
    3 credits
    Asian Studies Electives
    Take an additional 12 credits of INST or approved related courses not used to satisfy any of the requirements above.
       INST 302 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to Asian Studies)
    3 credits
       INST 310 Third World Development 3 credits
       INST 325 Post-Soviet Russia and China 3 credits
       INST 326 Global Gender Regimes 3 credits
       INST 330 Religions of Asia 3 credits
       INST 333 Buddhism 3 credits
       INST 343 Global Economic Issues 3 credits
        INST 344 International Organizations 3 credits
        INST 347 International Treaties 3 credits
       INST 360 Japanese Culture I 3 credits
       INST 361 Japanese Culture II 3 credits
        INST 362 Introduction to Chinese Culture 3 credits
       INST 366 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 credits
       INST 367 Comparative Middle East Politics 3 credits
       INST 368 Islamic Civilization 3 credits
       INST 371 History of the Modern Middle East 3 credits
       INST 373 East Asia after World War II 3 credits
       INST 374 China Past and Present 3 credits
       INST 375 Japan Past and Present 3 credits
       INST 384 Foundations of East Asian Civilization 3 credits
       INST 389 Politics of the Pacific Rim 3 credits
       INST 392 Tyranny to Democracy 3 credits
       INST 396 Chinese Philosophy 3 credits
       INST 399 Area Studies Abroad
        (if the topic relates to Asian Studies)
    3 credits
       INST 480 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to Asian Studies)
    1-3 credits
       HIST 331 World War II 3 credits
        HIST 340 The Cold War 3 credits
       HIST 374 Maoist China 3 credits
       HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan 3 credits
       HIST 378 Zen, Modernity and the Counterculture 3 credits
       MKTG 417 International Marketing 3 credits
       PHIL 416 Marxism 3 credits
    (Appropriate upper division language or literature courses which are not used to satisfy the language requirement may be accepted to satisfy a portion of the elective requirement. Appropriate area studies courses taken abroad may be accepted at the discretion of the International Studies Director, provided that a grade of “B” or above is attained.)

    Minor in International Studies: Asian Studies: 31 Credits

    Students must achieve competency through the 202 level or its equivalent in Chinese or Japanese as defined for the major in Asian studies above.

    Upper Division Core
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    Asian Studies Electives:

    Choose courses totaling nine credits of INST or related courses from the Asian Studies electives listed above for International Studies: Asian Studies majors.


    B.A. Major in International Studies: European Studies: 44 Credits
    Foreign Language Competency

    Students must achieve competency in French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Competency is defined as passing the equivalent of two years of college-level work at the grade of “C” or higher. Students will normally complete this requirement by taking 16 credits of French, German, Italian, or Spanish courses at Gonzaga through the 202 level or its equivalent. (Students who begin their study at Gonzaga University above the 101 level need only take sufficient courses to achieve competency).

    Students who are majoring in international studies are required to complete at least six credits at the 300 or higher level in their chosen language. Students who participate in a study abroad program of at least one semester may, with the permission of the International Studies Program (in consultation as appropriate with the Department of Modern Languages), substitute equivalent language, literature, or culture courses taken as part of the study abroad program for this requirement.

    Upper Division Core
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    INST 499 Senior Project 1 credit
    Plus one of the following three courses:
       INST 386 Europe in the Nineteenth Century
       INST 387 Europe, 1914-1939
       INST 395 Comparative European Politics
    3 credits
    European Studies Electives

    Take an additional 12 credits of INST or approved related courses not used to satisfy any of the requirements above.

       INST 302 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to European Studies)
    3 credits
       INST 325 Post-Soviet Russia and China 3 credits
       INST 326 Global Gender Regimes 3 credits
       INST 339 French Cinema 3 credits
       INST 341 Continuing Issues of The Hispanic World 3 credits
       INST 343 Global Economic Issues 3 credits
         INST 344 International Organizations 3 credits
       INST 346 Parliamentary Government 3 credits
         INST 347 International Treaties 3 credits
       INST 376 Russia and the USSR Since 1945 3 credits
       INST 379 Italy and Europe after WWII 3 credits
       INST 380 Church and State in the Making of Italy 3 credits
        INST 381 Mafia and Political Violence in Film and Literature 3 credits
       INST 383 Age of the French Revolution 3 credits
       INST 386 Europe in the 19th Century 3 credits
       INST 387 Europe, 1914-1939 3 credits
       INST 388 19th Century Germany 3 credits
       INST 391 Fascist Italy 3 credits
       INST 392 Tyranny to Democracy 3 credits
       INST 393 New Europe 3 credits
       INST 395 Comparative European Politics 3 credits
       INST 397 Hitler’s Germany 3 credits
       INST 398 Modern Britain 3 credits
       INST 399 Area Studies Abroad
        (if the topic relates to European Studies)
    3 credits
       INST 415 Spanish Cinema 3 credits
       INST 416 The Italian Cinema 3 credits
        INST 480 Area Studies Abroad
        (if the topic relates to European Studies)
    3 credits
       HIST 325 World War I 3 credits
       HIST 327 Europe-US Relations After WWII 3 credits
       HIST 330 The Holocaust 3 credits
       HIST 331 World War II 3 credits
       HIST 333 Tsarist Russia 3 credits
       HIST 335 Eastern Europe since 1863 3 credits
       HIST 340 The Cold War 3 credits
       MGMT 352 International Management 3 credits
       PHIL 416 Marxism 3 credits
       POLS 357 Italian Political System 3 credits
       POLS 370 Modern Democracies 3 credits
       SOCI 478 Social and Economic Development of Italy 3 credits
    (Appropriate upper division language or literature courses which are not used to satisfy the language requirement may be accepted to satisfy a portion of the elective requirement. Appropriate area studies courses taken abroad may be accepted at the discretion of the International Studies Director, provided that a grade of “B” or above is attained.)

    Minor in International Studies: European Studies: 31 Credits
    Foreign Language Competency

    Students must achieve competency through the 202 level or its equivalent in French, German, Italian, or Spanish as defined for the major in European Studies above.

    Upper Division Core Courses
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    European Studies Electives

    Choose courses totaling nine credits of INST or related courses from the European Studies electives listed above for International Studies: European Studies majors.


    B.A. Major in International Studies: Latin America Studies: 44 Credits
    Foreign Language Competency

    Students must achieve competency in Spanish. Competency is defined as passing the equivalent of two years of college-level work at the grade of “C” or higher. Students will normally complete this requirement by taking 16 credits of Spanish courses at Gonzaga through the 202 level or its equivalent. (Students who begin their study at Gonzaga University above the 101 level need only take sufficient courses to achieve competency.)

    Students who are majoring in international studies are required to complete at least six (6) credits at the 300 or higher level in their chosen language. Students who participate in a study abroad program of at least one (1) semester may, with the permission of the International Studies Program (in consultation as appropriate with the Department of Modern Languages), substitute equivalent language, literature, or culture courses taken as part of the study abroad program for this requirement

    Upper Division Core Courses
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    INST 499 Senior Project 1 credit
    Plus one of the following two courses:
       INST 385 Latin American Politics
       INST 394 Modern Latin America
    3 credits
    Latin American Studies Electives

    Take an additional 12 credits of INST or approved related courses not used to satisfy any of the requirements above.

       INST 302 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to Latin American Studies)
    3 credits
       INST 310 Third World Development 3 credits
       INST 315 Latin American Society 3 credits
       INST 316 Survey of Latin American Literature I 3 credits
       INST 317 Survey of Latin American Literature II 3 credits
       INST 326 Global Gender Regimes 3 credits
       INST 341 Contemporary Issues of the Hispanic World 3 credits
       INST 343 Global Economic Issues 3 credits
       INST 344 International Organizations 3 credits
       INST 347 International Treaties 3 credits
       INST 369 Revolutions in Modern Latin America 3 credits
       INST 372 Colonial Latin America 3 credits
       INST 377 Mexico 3 credits
       INST 385 Latin American Politics 3 credits
       INST 392 Tyranny to Democracy 3 credits
       INST 394 Modern Latin America 3 credits
       INST 406 Narrative Fiction in Spanish America 3 credits
       INST 399 Area Studies Abroad
        (if the topic relates to Latin American Studies)
    3 credits
       INST 415 Spanish Cinema 3 credits
       INST 480 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to Latin American Studies)
    1-3 credits
       HIST 384 Women in Colonial Latin America 3 credits
       PHIL 416 Marxism 3 credits
    (Appropriate upper division language or literature courses which are not used to satisfy the language requirement may be accepted to satisfy a portion of the elective requirement. Appropriate area studies courses taken abroad may be accepted at the discretion of the International Studies Director, provided that a grade of “B” or above is attained.)

    Minor in International Studies: Latin American Studies: 31 credits

    Students must achieve competency through the 202 level or its equivalent in Spanish as defined for the major in Latin American studies above.

    Upper Division Core Courses
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    Latin American Studies Electives:
    Choose courses totaling nine credits of INST or related courses from the Latin American studies electives listed above for international studies: Latin American studies majors.

    B.A. Major in International Studies: International Relations: 44 credits
    Foreign Language Competency

    Students must achieve competency in a modern foreign language. Competency is defined as passing the equivalent of two years of college-level work at the grade of “C” or higher. Students will normally complete this requirement by taking 16 credits of modern foreign language courses at Gonzaga through the 202 level or its equivalent. (Students who begin their study at Gonzaga University above the 101 level need only take sufficient courses to achieve competency.) Students who are majoring in international studies are required to complete at least six (6) credits at the 300 or higher level in their chosen language. Students who participate in a study abroad program of at least one (1) semester may, with the permission of the International Studies Program (in consultation as appropriate with the Department of Modern Languages), substitute equivalent language, literature, or culture courses taken as part of the study abroad program for this requirement.

    Upper Division Core
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    INST 499 Senior Project 1 credit
    International Interactions Elective Courses

    Choose nine credits not used for any other INST requirement from the following list of courses which focus on International Interactions among nations:

       INST 302 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to international interaction)
    3 credits
       INST 342 International Relations 3 credits
       INST 343 Global Economic Issues 3 credits
       INST 344 International Organizations 3 credits
       INST 345 International Law 3 credits
       INST 347 International Treaties 3 credits
       INST 350 International Ethics 3 credits
       INST 356 The U.S. in the World 3 credits
       INST 366 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 credits
       INST 371 History of the Modern Middle East 3 credits
       INST 372 Colonial Latin America 3 credits
       INST 373 Modern East Asian Civilization 3 credits
       INST 376 Russia and USSR Since 1945 3 credits
       INST 379 Italy and Europe after WWII 3 credits
       INST 385 Latin American Politics 3 credits
       INST 387 Europe 1918-1939 3 credits
       INST 389 Politics of the Pacific Rim 3 credits
       INST 390 African Politics and Development 3 credits
       INST 394 Modern Latin America 3 credits
       INST 399 Area Studies Abroad
        (if the topic relates to international interaction)
    3 credits
       INST 480 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to international interaction)
    1-3 credits
       COMM 418 Intercultural and International Communication 3 credits
       HIST 325 World War I 3 credits
       HIST 327 Europe-US Relations After WWII 3 credits
       HIST 330 The Holocaust 3 credits
       HIST 331 World War II 3 credits
       HIST 335 Eastern Europe Since 1863 3 credits
       HIST 340 The Cold War 3 credits
       POLS 319 American Foreign Policy 3 credits
       POLS 375 Global Environmental Politics 3 credits
    International Differences Elective Courses

    Take an additional six (6) credits not used for any other INST requirement which focus on international differences. Students complete this requirement by taking two or more three credit electives from the following list of comparative courses. Optionally, students may elect to complete this requirement by taking at least two three credit electives, each of which must focus on a different region of the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East).

       INST 302 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to international differences and comparisons)
    3 credits
       INST 310 Third World Development 3 credits
       INST 315 Latin American Society 3 credits
       INST 325 Post-Soviet Russia and China 3 credits
       INST 326 Global Gender Regimes 3 credits
       INST 330 Religions of Asia 3 credits
       INST 341 Contemporary Issues of the Hispanic World 3 credits
       INST 346 Parliamentary Government 3 credits
       INST 355 The Politics of Eurasia 3 credits
       INST 367 Comparative Middle East Politics 3 credits
       INST 368 Islamic Civilization 3 credits
       INST 369 Revolutions in Modern Latin America 3 credits
       INST 386 Europe in the 19th Century 3 credits
       INST 392 Tyranny to Democracy 3 credits
       INST 393 New Europe 3 credits
       INST 395 Comparative European Politics 3 credits
       INST 399 Area Studies Abroad
        (if the topic relates to international differences)
    3 credits
       INST 480 Topics in International Studies
        (if the topic relates to international differences)
    1-3 credits
       POLS 370 Modern Democracies 3 credits 
       POLS 374 Democracy in the Middle East 3 credits
    (Appropriate area studies courses taken abroad may also be accepted at the discretion of the international studies director, provided that a grade of “B” or above is attained.)

    Minor in International Studies International Relations: 31 credits

    Students must achieve competency through the 202 level or its equivalent in a modern foreign language as defined for the major in international relations above.

    Upper Division Core
    INST 301 Survey of International Studies 3 credits
    INST 410 Perspectives on Global Issues 3 credits
    International Relations Electives
    Choose courses totaling nine credits of INST or related courses: six credits from the International Interactions electives and three credits from the list of approved comparative  International Differences electives listed for International Relations majors.

    The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
    Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

    1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
    2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
    3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
    4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
    5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
    6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
    7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
    8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
    9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
    10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
    11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
    12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
    13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).