(Div. II)

Chair, Professor WILLIAM R. DARROW

Advisory Committee: Professors: CAPRIO, CASSIDAY, CRANE, KUBLER, K. LEE**, MAHON***, MONTIEL*. Associate Professors: M. LYNCH, MUTONGI*, A. V. SWAMY***. Assistant Professor: PIEPRZAK*.

In this era of cultural, technological and economic globalization and also of pressing international crises including environmental degradation, poverty and underdevelopment, terrorism and pandemics, knowledge of the world beyond the United States is an essential part of the liberal education that is the goal of the Williams experience. Both within and outside the classroom the College provides a rich array of opportunities to pursue that goal. The International Studies Program is designed to increase awareness of those opportunities and to provide a centralizing mechanism to encourage gaining such knowledge with perspectives that are cross disciplinary and comparative.

The program administers a number of tracks that provide students with the opportunity to pursue study of one area of the world or theme as a way of complementing the work they have done in their majors. Students will be expected to take courses in at least two departments to fulfill the requirements of a track. In addition to completing International Studies 101, they will be expected to do five courses in a track including an approved senior exercise. Students may not count a course toward more than one track in the program. They may pursue two tracks but will need to meet the course requirements for each track with a full complement of courses.


Tracks are of two kinds. The first type focuses either on a particular region of the world or a contact zone where several cultural traditions encounter each other. The second type is organized thematically and will explore a cultural, political, economic or technological issue globally. Each track will be administered by faculty teaching in that track in consultation with the steering committee. Each track may set an additional requirement of a level of language competency for its concentrators. Each track may also require one of the elective courses to be comparative, i.e. course that might not cover material directly dealing with their area, but would enrich the student's experience with tools for comparative inquiry. At present the program consists of the following tracks:

Area Tracks Thematic Tracks

African Studies Borders, Exile and Diaspora Studies
East Asian Studies Economic Development Studies
Latin American Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Russian and Eurasian Studies
South and Southeast Asia Studies

To complete a track, students must take a section of International Studies 101, complete five additional approved courses within the track, attend the weekly International Studies colloquium and complete a senior exercise. Credit for work done on study abroad will likely provide one or more of the electives for many concentrators.

International Studies 101

All students wishing to pursue the program should take a section of International Studies 101 early in their careers. These courses will usually be team taught. The topics and regions covered will vary and be selective, but all will be designed to place cultural, political, economic and technological issues in conversation with one another to illustrate the necessity of having a broad range of disciplinary tools available to pursue an individual track.

Study Abroad and Internships

Study abroad and/or overseas internships are an essential component of International Studies. The program in coordination with the Study Abroad Advisor and the Office of Career Counseling will advise students on opportunities in these areas. One or more courses completed on an approved study abroad program can be counted toward the five elective courses requirement.


Concentrators will be expected to attend fifteen sessions of the International Studies colloquia in their senior year, and are urged to do so throughout their careers at Williams. We hope that it will become a regular event for all concentrators. The colloquium meets weekly at the Center for Development Economics and is designed to feature faculty, students, CDE fellows and outside speakers addressing issues of wide interest to those in International Studies.

Senior Exercise

All concentrators must also complete a senior exercise. This will be a substantial piece of writing (20-25 pages) that would allow a student to draw together both their disciplinary skills and expertise in a particular area. It might be work done either in the context of a senior capstone course in a relevant department or in the context of a shared seminar sponsored by the International Studies program. In both cases it would culminate in a public presentation by each concentrator of his/her work in class or in the context of the International Studies Colloquium.


A candidate for honors in International Studies must maintain at least a B+ average in the concentration and be admitted to candidacy by the program faculty. An honors candidate must complete her/his project in a semester (and Winter Study). An honors candidate will prepare a forty page thesis or its equivalent while enrolled in the senior thesis course, 491 or 492 (and Winter Study). This course will be in addition to the courses required to fulfill the concentration.

A student wishing to become a candidate for honors in International Studies should secure a faculty sponsor and inform the program chair in writing before spring registration of her/his junior year.


African Studies

  1. Africana Studies 250/INTR 287/Music 233 African Music: Interdisciplinary Studies
  2. Biology/Environmental Studies 134 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues
  3. Economics 204/Environmental Studies 234 Economic Development in Poor Countries
  4. English 130 J.M. Coetzee
  5. English/Comparative Literature 241 The African Novel
  6. English/Comparative Literature 351 Reading Africa: Gender and Sexuality
  7. French 111 Introduction to Francophone Literature: Roots, Families, Nations
  8. History 202 Early-African History Through the Era of the Slave Trade
  9. History 203 Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800
  10. History 303 Post-Apartheid South Africa
  11. History 304 South Africa and Apartheid
  12. History 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa
  13. History 402T Africand Political Thought

East Asian Studies

  1. ArtH 103Asian Art Survey: From the Land of the Buddha to the World of the Geisha
  2. ArtH 270 Japanese Art and Culture
  3. ArtH 274 Chinese Calligraphy: Theory and Practice
  4. ArtH 374 In Pursuit of Clouds and Mists: Landscapes in Chinese Art
  5. ArtH 376 Zen and Zen Art
  6. Asian Studies 201/International Studies 101/Political Science 100 Asia and the World
  7. Chinese 219 Popular Culture in Modern China
  8. Chinese 224/Comparative Literature 220/History 315 Cultural Foundations: The Literature and History of Early China
  9. Chinese/Comparative Literature 235 China on Screen
  10. Economics/Asian Studies 207 China's Economic Transformation Since 1980
  11. Economics 366 Rural Economies of East Asia
  12. Economic 387/515 Economic Transition in East Asia
  13. History 118 "Ten Years of Madness": The Chinese Cultural Revolution
  14. History 212 Transforming the "Middle Kingdom": China, 2000 BCE-1600
  15. History 213 Modern China, 1600-Present
  16. History/Japanese 218 Modern Japan
  17. History/Women's and Gender Studies 319 Gender and the Family in Chinese History
  18. History/Japanese 321 History of U.S.-Japan Relations
  19. Japanese 255/Comparative Literature 250 Love and Death in Modern Japanese Fiction
  20. Japanese 256/Comparative Literature 250 Confession and Deception in Japanese Literature
  21. Japanese 260/Comparative Literature 261 The Chrysanthemum and the Skyscraper: Japanese Theatre and its Contemporary Context
  22. Music 126 Musics of Asia
  23. Political Science 247 Political Power in Contemporary China
  24. Political Science 253 Japanese Politics
  25. Political Science 265 The International Politics of East Asia
  26. Political Science 268 US and the Two Koreas
  27. Political Science 341 The Politics of the Global Economy: Wealth and Power in East Asia
  28. Political Science 342 East Asia and Globalization
  29. Political Science 347 Korea's Democratization

Latin American Studies

  1. Anthropology 215 The Secrets of Ancient Peru: Archaeology of South America
  2. Anthropology 216 Native Peoples of Latin America
  3. Anthropology/Africana Studies 235 Cultural Politics in the Caribbean
  4. ArtH 200 Art of Mesoamerica
  5. History 148 The Mexican Revolution: 1910 to NAFTA
  6. History 242 Latin America From Conquest to Independence
  7. History 243 Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present
  8. History 249 The Caribbean From Slavery to Independence
  9. History 342 Creating Nations and Nationalism in Latin America
  10. History 343 Gender and History in Latin America
  11. History 346 History of Modern Brazil
  12. History/Latina/o Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households
  13. History 443 Slavery, Race, and Ethnicity in Latin America
  14. Music 230 Seminar in Caribbean Music
  15. Political Science 222 The United States and Latin America
  16. Political Science 346 Mexican Politics
  17. Political Science 349T Cuba and the United States
  18. Spanish 200 Latin-American Civilizations (Conducted in Spanish)
  19. Spanish 203 Major Latin-American Authors: 1880 to the Present
  20. Spanish/Comparative Literature 205 The Latin-American Novel in Translation
  21. Spanish 403 Senior Seminar: Literature and the City in Latin America
  22. Theatre/American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 331 Sound and Movement in the Diaspora: Afro-Latin Identities

Middle Eastern Studies

  1. Anthropology 224 Morality and Modernity in the Muslim Middle East
  2. Anthropology 346 The Afghan Jihad and its Legacy
  3. ArtH 220 The Mosque
  4. ArtH 278 The Golden Road to Samarqand
  5. ArtH 472 Forbidden Images?
  6. Comparative Literature 257 Baghdad
  7. History 111/Leadership Studies 150 Movers and Shakers in the Middle East
  8. History 207 The Modern Middle East
  9. History 311 The United States and the Middle East
  10. History 408 Archaeology, Politics, and Heritage in the Middle East
  11. Religion 230/Comparative Literature 260 Reading Reading: Introduction to the Qur'an and Islam
  12. Religion 231/History 209 The Origins of Islam: God, Empire and Apocalypse
  13. Religion/Women's and Gender Studies 232/History 309 Women and Islam
  14. Political Science 241 Order, Disorder and Political Culture in the Islamic World
  15. Political Science 277 Political Islam

Russian and Eurasian Studies

  1. History 140 Fin-de Siecle Russia: Cultural Splendor, Imperial Decay
  2. History 240 Muscovy and the Russian Empire
  3. History 241 The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
  4. History 440 Reform, Revolution, Terror: Russia, 1900-1939
  5. Religion 236/History 211 The Greater Game? Central Asia and Its Neighbors: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  6. Russian/Comparative Literature 203 Nineteenth Century Russian Literature in Translation
  7. Russian/Comparative Literature 204 Freeze, Thaw, Resurrection: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation
  8. Russian 206 Topics in Russian Culture: Feasting and Fasting in Russian History
  9. Russian 208/ArtH 266 History of Russian Art
  10. Russian/Comparative Literature 222 The Russian Short Story
  11. Russian 301 Russian and Soviet Film
  12. Russian 303 Russia in Revolution
  13. Russian/Comparative Literature 305 Dostoevksy and His Age
  14. Russian/Comparative Literature 306 Tolstoy and His Age
  15. Russian 307 Music and Nineteenth Century Russian Literature
  16. Russian 402 Senior Seminar: Real Men, Real Women? Gender in 20th-Century Russian Literature

South and Southeast Asia Studies:

  1. Anthropology 233 Spiritual Crossroads: Religious Life in Southeast Asia
  2. Political Science 251 Politics of India
  3. Religion 240 Hindu Traditions
  4. Religion 241 Hinduism: Construction of a Tradition
  5. Religion/Women's and Gender Studies 246 The Gendering of Religion and Politics in South Asia
  6. Religion 272 Mass Media and Religious Violence
  7. Religion 302 Religion and Reproduction: The Production of Conflict or Consensus?
  8. Sociology 327 Violence, "Militancy," and Collective Recovery
  9. Sociology 345 Producing the Past


Borders, Exile and Diaspora Studies:

  1. American Studies/Latina/o Studies/Theatre/Women's and Gender Studies 331 Sound and Movement in the Diaspora: Afro-Latin Identities
  2. American Studies/Latina/o Studies 405 Home and Belonging: Comparative Explorations of Displacements, Relocations, and Place-making
  3. Anthropology 235 Cultural Politics in the Caribbean
  4. ArtH 313 Distant Encounters: East Meets West in the Art of the European Middle Ages
  5. Comparative Literature/French 312 T Writing Islands
  6. Comparative Literature/Latino/a Studies 338 Theorizing Popular Culture: U.S. Latinas/os and the Dynamics of the Everyday
  7. Comparative Literature 329/English 379 Contemporary World Novel
  8. Comparative Literature 357 Creolization in Hispanic and Anglophone Caribbean Literature
  9. Comparative Literature 402 Migration and National Identity in Literature and Film: Europe and the Americas
  10. History 380 Comparative American Immigration History
  11. History/Latina/o Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration and Households
  12. History 396 France In and Out of North Africa: Arab Nationalism, Islamic Fundamentalism and the Re-peopling of Europe
  13. History 443 Slavery, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  14. History/American Studies 488T The Politics and Rhetoric of Exclusion: Immigration and Its Discontents
  15. Latina/o Studies 105 Latina/o Indentities: Constructions, Contestations, Expressions
  16. Latina/o Studies 203/ArtH 203 Chicano/a Film and Video
  17. Latina/o Studies/History 471 Comparative Latina/o Migrations
  18. Political Science 225 International Security
  19. French 111 Introduction to Francophone Literature: Roots, Families, Nations
  20. Sociology 235 Racial Boundaries, Ethnic Identities
  21. Sociology 345 Producing the Past
  22. Spanish 201 The Cultures of Spain

Economic Development Studies

  1. Economics 204/Environmental Studies 234 Economic Development in Poor Countries
  2. Economics 235 Urban Centers and Urban Systems
  3. Economics 240T Colonialism and Underdevelopment in South Asia
  4. Economics 358 International Economics
  5. Economics 360 International Monetary Economics
  6. Economics 369/512 Agriculture and Development Strategy
  7. Economics 501 Development Economics I
  8. Economics 502 Development Economics II
  9. Economics 503 Public Finance
  10. Economics 505 Finance and Development
  11. Economics 507 International Trade and Development
  12. Economics 508 Development Finance
  13. Economics 509 Developing Country Macroeconomics
  14. Economics 513 Development Macroecnomics II
  15. Environmental Studies 313 Global Trends, Sustainable Earth
  16. Political Economy 401 Politics of International Economy
  17. Political Science 229 Global Political Economy
  18. Political Science 327 The Global Politics of Development and Underdevelopment
  19. Religion 287 The Dynamics of Globalization: Society, Religion and the Environment