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The International Comparative Studies (ICS) program prepares students for diverse and fulfilling careers. Our majors learn to address problems from a global perspective employing multidisciplinary approaches. Our students leave the program with a wealth of knowledge of a particular region and language, as well as an understanding of how complex contemporary and historical global processes work to shape our world.

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International Comparative Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree to students interested in an interdisciplinary individualized major focused on global and transnational studies. ICS majors gain knowledge in the culture(s), history, politics, and language of one geographic region of the world through region and foreign language coursework. This multidimensional study of a particular part of the world is complemented by an examination of transnational dynamics through core and comparative coursework in global studies.

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Featured Courses

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ICS 283S

This interdisciplinary course explores the phenomenon of necroviolence: attacks on the dignity, integrity, and memory of the dead. Cases come from the U.S., Latin America, and Canada. Topics include… read more about Death, Burial, and Justice in the Americas »

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ICS 314S

What is research, and what are its uses? How do we know what we know? This course introduces students to interdisciplinary research methods and theories for conducting global research. Students… read more about Doing Global Research »

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ICS 390S

This course examines the initial contexts and causes of migration, the social, economic, and political consequences of migration, and the individual and collective experiences of the migrants in… read more about Global South Asia »

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Study Area Geographies
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Majors in Study Away Programs
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Qualifying Courses
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