Chair, Professor WILLIAM R. DARROW

Steering Committee: Professors: DARROW, C. KUBLER, K. LEE, MAHON, MONTIEL. Associate Professors: CASSIDAY*, M. LYNCH, MUTONGI*.

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 and 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 Economic Development Studies
East Asian Studies
Latin American Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Russian and Eurasian 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 always be team taught. The topics and regions covered will of course 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. African-American 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/Comparative Literature 241 The African Novel
  5. English/Comparative Literature 351 Reading Africa: Gender and Sexuality
  6. French 111 Introduction to Francophone Literature: Roots, Families, Nations
  7. History 114 Slavery in Africa
  8. History 201 Modern African History
  9. History 202 Early-African History Through the Era of the Slave Trade
  10. History 203 Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800
  11. History 302 Apartheid South Africa
  12. History 303 Post-Apartheid South Africa
  13. History 304 South Africa and Apartheid
  14. History 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa
  15. History 402T African Political Thought
  16. Theatre/African-American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 223 Women in Theatre from Africa and the African Diaspora

East Asian Studies

  1. Art History 172 Introduction to Asian Art: From the Land of the Buddha to the World of the Geisha
  2. Art History 270 Japanese Art and Culture
  3. Art History 274 Chinese Calligraphy: Theory and Practice
  4. Art History 376 Zen and Zen Art
  5. Asian Studies 201/Political Science 100 Asia and the World
  6. Asian Studies /Political Science 243/History 219 Modern History and Politics of Korea
  7. Asian Studies /Political Science 245/History 318 Nationalism in East Asia
  8. Chinese 233/Comparative Literature 273 Traditional Chinese Literature and Culture
  9. Chinese 234/Comparative Literature 274 Modern Chinese Literature and Film
  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 212 Barbarians in the Middle Kingdom: China to 1850
  14. History 213 Modern China, 1850-Present: Continuity and Change
  15. History/Japanese 217 Early Modern Japan
  16. History/Japanese 218 Modern Japan
  17. History 221 History of U.S.-Japan Relations
  18. History 409 The Other Chinas: China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  19. Japanese 252/Comparative Literature 262 The Masks of Japanese Literature
  20. Japanese 253/Comparative Literature 263 Japanese Film and Visual Culture
  21. Japanese 254/Comparative Literature 264 Japanese Literature and the End of the World
  22. Japanese/Comparative Literature 271 Transitional Japanese Literature into the Twentieth Century
  23. Japanese/Comparative Literature 276 Premodern Japanese Literature and Performance
  24. Music 126 Musics of Asia
  25. Political Science 243/History 219/Asian Studies 243 Modern History and Politics of Korea
  26. Political Science 247 Political Power in Contemporary China
  27. Political Science 248 Visuality, Modernity, and Power in South Korea
  28. Political Science 265 The International Politics of East Asia
  29. Political Science 341 The Politics of the Global Economy: Wealth and Power in East Asia
  30. Political Science 345 Cosmology and Rulership in Ancient Chinese Political Thought
  31. Religion 245 Tibetan Civilization
  32. Religion 250 Buddhism in Society
  33. Religion 251 Zen History, Culture, and Critique
  34. Religion 253 The Taoist Religion: Immortals, Elixirs, and Revelations
  35. Religion 254/Japanese 264 Religion and Popular Culture in Japan (Deleted 2004-2005)

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 217 Mesoamerican Civilizations
  4. Anthropology 219/ArtH 209 The Art and Archaeology of Maya Civilization: A Marriage Made in Xibalba
  5. Art History 200 Art of Mesoamerica
  6. Comparative Literature 213 Migrants at the Borders: Contemporary Arabic and Latin American Literature and Film
  7. Comparative Literature/American Studies 256 Literature of the Americas: Dialogues in Historical Perspective
  8. History 148 The Mexican Revolution: 1910 to NAFTA
  9. History 242 Latin America From Conquest to Independence
  10. History 243 Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present
  11. History 249 The Caribbean From Slavery to Independence
  12. History 342 Creating Nations and Nationalism in Latin America
  13. History 343 Gender and History in Latin America
  14. History 344 Latin-American Revolutions and the United States
  15. History 346 History of Modern Brazil
  16. History/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households
  17. History 443 Slavery, Race, and Ethnicity in Latin America
  18. Music 230 Seminar in Caribbean Music
  19. Political Science 222 The United States and Latin America
  20. Political Science 249 Latin-American Politics
  21. Political Science 346 Mexican Politics
  22. Political Science 347 Central America in International Politics
  23. Political Science 349T Cuba and the United States
  24. Spanish 200 Latin-American Civilizations (Conducted in Spanish)
  25. Spanish 203 Major Latin-American Authors: 1880 to the Present
  26. Spanish/Comparative Literature 205 The Latin-American Novel in Translation
  27. Spanish 403 Senior Seminar: Power, Repression, and Dictatorship in the Latin-American Novel
  28. Theatre/American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 331 Sound and Movement in the Afro-Latin Diaspora

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 213 Migrants at the Borders: Contemporary Arabic and Latin American Literature and Film
  7. History 111/Leadership Studies 150 Movers and Shakers in the Middle East
  8. History 204 The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1699
  9. History 205 From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic
  10. History 207 The Modern Middle East
  11. History 208 Encountering the Other? The Middle East and the West
  12. History 310 Iraq and Iran in the Twentieth Century
  13. History 408 Archaeology, Politics, and Heritage in the Middle East
  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/Women's and Gender Studies 232/History 309 Women and Islam
  17. Political Science 241 Order, Disorder and Political Culture in the Islamic World
  18. Political Science 244 Middle East Politics: State Formation and Nationalism
  19. Political Science 267 Arab-Israeli Relations
  20. Political Science 277 Political Islam
  21. Religion 234/History 409 Religion and Revolution in Iran

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 210T Tolstoy: The Major Novels
  11. Russian/Comparative Literature 222 The Russian Short Story
  12. Russian 301 Russian and Soviet Film
  13. Russian 303 Russia in Revolution
  14. Russian/Comparative Literature 305 Dostoevksy 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


Economic Development Studies

  1. Economics 204/Environmental Studies 234 Economic Development in Poor Countries
  2. Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 211 Women in Development
  3. Economics 215 The World Economy
  4. Economics 235 Urban Centers and Urban Systems
  5. Economics 240T Colonialism and Underdevelopment in South Asia
  6. Economics 358 International Economics
  7. Economics 360 International Monetary Economics
  8. Economics 369/512 Agriculture and Development Strategy
  9. Economics 501 Development Economics I
  10. Economics 502 Development Economics II
  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