Dec 11, 2018  
Catalog 2018-2019 
Catalog 2018-2019

International Affairs

Director of the International Affairs Program: Mahesh Shankar

Assistant Professor: Mahesh Shankar

Teaching Professor: Scott Mulligan

Affiliated Faculty:

American Studies: D. Nathan

Anthropology:  M. Ennis-McMillan, R. Nelson, S. Silva

Art History: S. Waraich

Asian Studies: B. Bogin

Biology: D. Domozych, M. Raveret-Richter

Classics: M. Arnush

Economics: J. Bibow, M. Odekon, R. Rotheim, M. Wolfe

English: J. Devine, R. Janes

Environmental Studies and Sciences: J. Halstead, K. Kellogg

Geosciences: M. Estapa, A. Frappier, V. Guevara, K. Nichols

History: J. Day, E. Bastress-Dukehart, J. Delton, J. Dym, M. Hockenos, T. Nechtman, M. Yildez

Library: B. Norelli

Management and Business: T. Harper, J. Kennelly, E. Lepkowska-White, J. Mao, T. Li, S. Mulligan, P. Prasad, M. Shankar, A. Zhao

Mathematics and Computer Science: Una Bray

Neuroscience: Nurcan Atalan-Helicke

Philosophy: R. Lilly

Political Science:  Y. Biberman-Ocakli, K. Graney, F. Ocakli, R. Seyb, A. Vacs

Religous Studies: E. Kent, J. Smith
, M. Stange

Sociology: C. Berheide, A. Emeka, X. Hou

Special Programs: P. Calhoun

Theater: G. Dasgupta, E. Ferreira-LaMere, L. Opitz

World Languages and Literatures: J. Anzalone, D. Barnes, G. Burton, M. Chen, C. Evans, G. Faustini, C. Grant, M. Inamoto, H. Jaouad, M. Lander, B. Loyola, W. Mudrovic, M. O’Brien, O. Perez-Hernandez, V. Rangil, C. Silber, S. Smith, M. Tamagawa, P. Watzke

Department Overview

International Affairs is an interdisciplinary major that stresses the importance of a broad-based international education. The major examines the relations between and among nation-states, regions, and other international actors as influenced by culture, history, politics, business, economics, and the environment. Students majoring in International Affairs must also successfully complete another approved minor, major (strongly recommended), or regional concentration to provide depth of knowledge in a discipline or geographic region of the world. In consultation with the IA director, students propose a coherent course of study, which provides both breadth through coursework on international issues from different disciplines and depth through coursework in a region or a specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary area of study. The individual student is free to select any specific minor, major, or regional concentration that best fits the student’s personal interests and educational objectives, but must present a coherent proposal of courses and clearly argued rationale for the minor, major, or regional concentration for approval by the IA director and, if necessary, the IA steering committee. The major culminates with an approved capstone experience that allows the student to synthesize the course of study and serves as the basis for further work in the IA senior seminar.

Skidmore’s International Affairs Program draws on the expertise of faculty from a broad array of academic disciplines. International Affairs majors are also encouraged to study abroad in order to learn about the world beyond the borders of the United States, recognize their own cultural biases, and develop skills to communicate with people from other cultures. Studying abroad enables students to gain foreign language proficiency and first-hand experience of the ways different political, economic, and social systems operate. The opportunity to live in another country for an extended period of time allows students to develop a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and an understanding of the physical environment in a different region of the world. In addition to being anchored in the richness and variety of its course offerings, faculty scholarship, and study abroad opportunities, the International Affairs Program also stresses other related and reinforcing components: colloquia, faculty/student collaborative projects, guest lectures, study in Washington, D.C., internships, and cocurricular activities including the student International Affairs Club and the United Nations and European Union simulations of international negotiations.


Major Requirements


Minor Requirements




Course Listing

IA 201 - Research Methods  
IA 252A - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  
IA 252B - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  
IA 252C - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  
IA 252D - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  


Foundation Courses
For students who entered Skidmore prior to fall 2016:

The Political World:  PL 103 HI 110H ,  HI 223 PL 201 , or  IA 252A  

The Economic World:  EC 103 ,  EC 104 EC 286 , IA 252B , or 


The Cultural World:  AN 101 PL 241 ,  RE 103 , or  IA 252C  

The Physical World:  ES 100 ES 105 , or  IA 252D  

For students entering in fall 2016 and beyond:

The Political World:  PL 103 ,  HI 110H ,  PL 201 , or  IA 252A  

The Economic World:  EC 103 EC 286 , IA 252B , or


The Cultural World:  AN 101 ,  RE 103 , or IA 252C  

The Physical World:  ES 100  , or  IA 252D  


Language Requirement Courses

WLL 267 - Modern Japanese Culture and Society  


Cluster I: The Political World

PL 207 - They Might Be Giants: Global Rise of BRICS  
PL 226 - States, Rebels, and, Warlords  
PL 233 - Political Islam  
PL 346 - Politics of Modern Warfare  
PL 348 - Politics of Modern South Asia  
PL 365 - Politics of South Asia  
IA 252A - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  
JLHI - 217C History of London: from the Tudors to the Blitz (London FYE course)
JLPL - 201 Globalization Studies (London FYE course)

Cluster II: The Economic World

EC 103 - Introduction to Macroeconomics  
EC 104 - Introduction to Microeconomics  
EC 243 - Environmental and Resource Economics  

IA 252B - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  


Cluster III: The Cultural World

WLF 309 - Fiction and Identity in Quebec 
WLF 214 - French Literature of the Seventeenth Century 
WLF 221 - Twentieth-Century Literature 
WLF 223 - Introduction to Issues in the Francophone World 
WLF 224 - French Civilization from Gaul to 1815 
WLF 225 - Painters and Writers 
IA 252C - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  
JLSO - 251 - The Ethnic Tapestry of Contemporary British Culture (London FYE course)


Cluster IV: The Physical World

BI 239 - Parasitology, Epidemiology, and Public Health  
ES 352C - Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies and Sciences  
IA 252D - Foundational Topics in International Affairs  


Note: Special Topics are offered in many disciplines. They will be evaluated on a semester-by-semester basis for possible IA credit.