(Div. II)

Chair, Professor WILLIAM R. DARROW

Advisory Committee: Professors: CAPRIO, CASSIDAY, CRANE**, DARROW, KUBLER, MAHON. Associate Professors: BANTA**, BERNHARDSSON, GOLLIN, 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 Global Health
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. On occasion students may petition to substitute a course equivalent in scope to International Studies 101 to meet this requirement.

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 Foreign Languages and Cultures 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. African Studies 140/Comparative Literature 218/English 250 Revolutionary African Literature
  2. Africana Studies 200 Introduction to Africana Studies
  3. Africana Studies 250/INTR 287/Music 233 African Music: Interdisciplinary Studies
  4. Africana Studies 403/Comparative Literature 361/Women's and Gender Studies 364 Women Writing Africa
  5. Africana Studies 404/Comparative Literature 347/English 348 Imagining Africa
  6. Anthropology 252/Africana Studies 252 Cultures and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
  7. Anthropology 253/Africana Studies 253 Popular Culture in Africa
  8. Anthropology 370/Women and Gender Studies 370 Gender and Social Change in Modern Africa
  9. ArtH 200/Africana Studies 201 Modern and Contemporary African Art
  10. ArtH 214/Africana Studies 214 Arts of Africa
  11. Biology/Environmental Studies 134 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues
  12. Economics 204/Environmental Studies 234 Economic Development in Poor Countries
  13. French 111 Introduction to Francophone Literature: Roots, Families, Nations
  14. History 103 The City in Africa: Accra, Nairobi, and Johannesburg
  15. History 202 Early-African History Through the Era of the Slave Trade
  16. History 203 Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800
  17. History 303 Post-Apartheid South Africa
  18. History 304 South Africa and Apartheid
  19. History 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa
  20. History 402T African Political Thought
  21. Political Science 256/African Studies 256 Politics of Africa

East Asian Studies

  1. ArtH 103 Asian 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 Images and Anti-Images: Zen Art in China and Japan
  6. Asian Studies 201/International Studies 101/Political Science 100 Asia and the World
  7. Chinese 219 Popular Culture in Modern China
  8. Chinese 223/Anthropology 223 Ethnic Minorities in China: Past and Present
  9. Chinese 224/Comparative Literature 220/History 315 Cultural Foundations: The Literature and History of Early China
  10. Chinese 235/Comparative Literature 235 China on Screen
  11. Chinese 251T/Comparative Literature 256T/History 215T Crises and Critiques: The Literature and Intellectual History of Early 20th Century China
  12. Economics/Asian Studies 207 China's Economic Transformation Since 1980
  13. Economics 366 Rural Economies of East Asia
  14. Economic 387/515 Economic Transition in East Asia
  15. History 118 "Ten Years of Madness": The Chinese Cultural Revolution
  16. History 212 Transforming the "Middle Kingdom": China, 2000 BCE-1600
  17. History 213 Modern China, 1600-Present
  18. History 218/Asian Studies 218/Japanese 218 Modern Japan
  19. History/Women's and Gender Studies 319 Gender and the Family in Chinese History
  20. History/Japanese 321 History of U.S.-Japan Relations
  21. Japanese 252/Comparative Literature 252 The Masks of Japanese Literature
  22. Japanese 255/Comparative Literature 250 Love and Death in Modern Japanese Fiction
  23. Japanese 260/Comparative Literature 261 Japanese Theatre and its Contemporary Context
  24. Music 126 Musics of Asia
  25. Political Science 245/Asian Studies 245/History 318 Nationalism in East Asia
  26. Political Science 247 Political Power in Contemporary China
  27. Political Science 345 Political Leadership in Ancient Chinese Thought
  28. Religion 251 Zen Buddhism: History and Historiography
  29. Religion 256/Women and Gender Studies 256 Engendering Buddhism: How Women and men Shape and Are Shaped by Buddhism
  30. Religion 257 Gods and Demons in East Asian Religion
  31. Religion 259/History 214 Japanese Religions and the State

Latin American Studies

  1. Anthropology 215 The Secrets of Ancient Peru: Archaeology of South America
  2. Anthropology 216 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
  3. History 148 The Mexican Revolution: 1910 to NAFTA
  4. History 242 Latin America From Conquest to Independence
  5. History 243 Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present
  6. History 249 The Caribbean From Slavery to Independence
  7. History 342 Creating Nations and Nationalism in Latin America
  8. History 343 Gender and History in Latin America
  9. History 346 History of Modern Brazil
  10. History/Latina/o Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households
  11. History 443 Slavery, Race, and Ethnicity in Latin America
  12. Music 230 Seminar in Caribbean Music
  13. Political Science 222 The United States and Latin America
  14. Political Science 346 Mexican Politics
  15. Political Science 349T Cuba and the United States
  16. Spanish 200 Latin-American Civilizations
  17. Spanish 203 Major Latin-American Authors: 1880 to the Present
  18. Spanish/Comparative Literature 205 The Latin-American Novel in Translation
  19. Spanish 230T/Comparative Literature 230T Violent States, Violent Subjects: Nation-Building and Atrocity in 19th Century Latin America
  20. Spanish 403 Literature and the Body Politic: Space, Power and Performance in Latin America

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 233 Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature
  7. Comparative Literature 353 Writing the City: Beirut and Cairo in Contemporary Arabic Literature
  8. Comparative Literature 262 Outlaws and Underworlds: Arabic Literature of the Margins
  9. History 111/Leadership Studies 150 Movers and Shakers in the Middle East
  10. History 207 The Modern Middle East
  11. History 311 The United States and the Middle East
  12. History 408 Archaeology, Politics, and Heritage in the Middle East
  13. History 480T Historical Narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  14. Religion 230/Comparative Literature 260 Reading Reading: Introduction to the Qur'an and Islam
  15. Religion 231/History 209 The Origins of Islam: God, Empire and Apocalypse
  16. Religion 232/Women's and Gender Studies 232/History 309 Women and Islam
  17. Religion 234 Shi'ism Ascendant?
  18. Political Science 277 Political Islam
  19. Spanish 271/Comparative Literature 265 The Interaction of Jewish, Islamicate and Christian Cultures in Early Modern Spain

Russian and Eurasian Studies

  1. History 240 Muscovy and the Russian Empire
  2. History 241 The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
  3. Religion 236/History 211 The Greater Game? Central Asia and Its Neighbors: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  4. Russian/Comparative Literature 203 Nineteenth Century Russian Literature in Translation
  5. Russian/Comparative Literature 204 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation
  6. Russian 206 Topics in Russian Culture: Feasting and Fasting in Russian History
  7. Russian/Comparative Literature 222 The Russian Short Story
  8. Russian 301 Russian and Soviet Film
  9. Russian 303 Russia in Revolution
  10. Russian/Comparative Literature 305 Dostoevksy and His Age
  11. Russian/Comparative Literature 306 Tolstoy and His Age
  12. Russian 307 Music and Nineteenth Century Russian Literature
  13. Russian 402 Soviet Satire

South and Southeast Asia Studies:

  1. Anthropology 233/Asian Studies 233/Religion 249 Spiritual Crossroads: Religious Life in Southeast Asia
  2. Economics 240T Colonialism and Underdevelopment in South Asia
  3. Religion 241 Hinduism: Construction of a Tradition
  4. Religion 245 Tibetan Civilization
  5. Religion/Women's and Gender Studies 246 The Gendering of Religion and Politics in South Asia
  6. Religion 302/Anthropology 392/Women and Gender Studies 325 Religion and Reproduction
  7. Sociology 327/Asian Studies 327 Violence, Terrorism and Collective Healing
  8. Sociology 345/Asian Studies 345/History 392 Producing the Past


Borders, Exile and Diaspora Studies:

  1. Africana Studies 160/Comparative Literature 214/English 251 Defining the African Diaspora
  2. American Studies/Latina/o Studies/Theatre/Women's and Gender Studies 331 Sound and Movement in the Diaspora: Afro-Latin Identities
  3. American Studies/Latina/o Studies 405 Home and Belonging: Comparative Explorations of Displacements, Relocations, and Place-making
  4. Anthropology 365 Citizens and Civil Societies
  5. English 146 Literature and Decolonization
  6. English 379/Comparative Literature 329 Contemporary World Novel
  7. Comparative Literature 346 Questioning the Cultural Self in Literature
  8. Comparative Literature 252/Jewish Studies 252 Writing after the Disaster: The Literature of Exile
  9. History 333 Twentieth-Century Europe from the Margins: Regions, Local Cultures and Borderlands in Comparative Perspective
  10. History 380 Comparative American Immigration History
    History/Latina/o Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration and Households
  11. History 396 France In and Out of North Africa: Arab Nationalism, Islamic Fundamentalism and the Re- peopling of Europe
  12. History 443 Slavery, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  13. Latina/o Studies 105 Latina/o Indentities: Constructions, Contestations, Expressions
  14. Latina/o Studies 203/ArtH 203 Chicano/a Film and Video
  15. Latina/o Studies 331/Africana Studies 331/American Studies 331/Theatre 331 and Women and Gender Studies 331 Sound and Movement in the Diaspora: Afro-Latin Identities
  16. Latino/a Studies 338/Comparative Literature 338 Theorizing Popular Culture: U.S. Latinas/os and the Dynamics of the Everyday
  17. Latina/o Studies 471/History 471 Comparative Latina/o Migrations
  18. Political Science 225 International Security
  19. French 111 Introduction to Francophone Literature: Roots, Families, Nations
  20. Sociology 209 Social Stratification in a Changing World
  21. Sociology 235 Racial Boundaries, Ethnic Identities
  22. Sociology 336 Global Migration
  23. Sociology 345 Producing the Past
  24. 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 358 International Economics
  4. Economics 360 International Monetary Economics
  5. Economics 365 Global Competitive Strategies
  6. Economics 369/512 Agriculture and Development Strategy
  7. Economics 467T Development Successes
  8. Economics 501 Development Economics I
  9. Economics 502 Institutions and Governance
  10. Economics 503 Public Economics
  11. Economics 505 Finance and Development
  12. Economics 507 International Trade and Development
  13. Economics 508 Development Finance
  14. Economics 509 Developing Country Macroeconomics
  15. Economics 513 Open-Economy Macroecnomics
  16. Economics 516 International Financial Institutions
  17. Environmental Studies 313 Global Trends, Sustainable Earth
  18. Political Economy 401 Politics of International Economy
  19. Political Science 102 Religion and Capitalism
  20. Political Science 229 Global Political Economy
  21. Political Science 327 The Global Politics of Development and Underdevelopment
  22. Religion 287 The Dynamics of Globalization: Society, Religion and the Environment

Global Health

  1. Anthropology 321 Visualizing Health and Illness: Medical Ways of Knowing
  2. Biology 133 The Biology of Exercise and Nutrition
  3. Biology 313 Immunology
  4. Biology 315 Microbiology: Diversity, Cellular Physiology, and Interactions
  5. Chemistry 111 Fighting Disease: The Evolution and Operation of Human Medicines
  6. Chemistry 315 AIDS: The Disease and Search for a Cure
  7. Chemistry 341/Environmental Studies 314 Toxicology and Cancer
  8. Economics 230 The Economics of Health and Health Care
  9. Economics 368 The Economics of HIV/AIDS
  10. History of Science 320 History of Medicine
  11. Philosophy 210 Philosophy of Medicine
  12. Philosophy 212 Ethics and Reproductive Technologies
  13. Philosophy 213 Biomedical Ethics
  14. Philosophy 228 Feminist Bioethics
  15. Philosophy 229 Ethics and Genetics
  16. Political Science 316 Making Public Policy
  17. Sociology 265 Drugs and Society