GSCD Track Requirements
Declaring the GSCD Track
Students wishing to declare the GSCD track must complete the following steps:
- Make an appointment with either Professor Beverly Silver, Dr. Sahan Karatasli or Dr. Dan Pasciuti to officially declare the GSCD track and be assigned a faculty advisor.
- At this meeting you will also complete “add major” forms declaring both Sociology and International Studies as majors.
Foreign Language Requirements
Proficiency in at least one foreign language. Proficiency may be demonstrated by completing two semesters (6 credits) of coursework beyond the intermediate level. Note that courses at the intermediate level may be used for distribution requirements. If you are already proficient in a foreign language, a proficiency test as well as two semesters (6 credits) of either a) an upper level class taught entirely in that language, or b) two semesters of a new foreign language will be required.
History/ Historical Sociology Requirements
Political Science/Political Sociology Requirements
GSCD students must complete six semester courses (18 credits) in political science or political sociology. This includes:
1. One of the following gateway courses:
- Introduction to Sociology (230.101)
- International Politics (190.213)
- Introduction to Comparative Politics (190.102 or 190.229)
- Contemporary International Politics (190.209)
(Note: The three remaining gateway courses may be taken to fulfill political science requirements, such as IR or CP. For example, a student who takes Contemporary International Politics as a gateway course may take International Politics to fulfill the IR requirement.)
5. Social Theory (230.313) to fulfill the Political Theory (PT) requirement
(Note: Courses with more than one subfield designation [e.g. as both IR and CP] may not be double counted to fulfill both requirements.)
Economics/Economic Sociology Requirements
GSCD students must complete four courses (12 credits) in economics or economic sociology, including:
- Elements of Macroeconomics (180.101)
- Elements of Microeconomics (180.102)
Area of Concentration: Research in Global Social Change and Development
GSCD students must take the following four research-oriented courses:
- Research Methods (230.202)
- Introduction to Social Statistics (230.205)
- Research Tools and Technologies for the Social Sciences (230.265)
- Global Social Change and Development Research Practicum (230.325)
(Note: These four courses also fulfill the IS concentration requirement.)
Students may graduate with honors in both International Studies and Sociology.
To receive Honors in both International Studies and Sociology, you must meet the following criteria:
- Declare your intention to enroll in Senior Honors Program to faculty advisor by the end of your junior year
- Enroll in the year-long Senior Honors Program (230.501/502) and complete an Honors Thesis
- Final approval of honors thesis by faculty
- Have a GPA in your courses counted toward the double-major of 3.7 or higher
To graduate with honors in International Studies and Sociology, you must complete the Honors Clearance Checklists for both majors in the year you expect to graduate. Most commonly, this means after February 1st but not later than April 1st of your senior year. Failure to submit the checklists by this date will mean that you will not receive honors.
(Note: These requirements are not related to “General University Honors.” General University Honors are automatically assigned to all students who graduate with a 3.5 or higher.)
Other Double Major Requirements
Students pursuing the GSCD track must receive a C or better in all courses counted for the double major in International Studies and Sociology.
A total of eleven courses must be taken in the Sociology Department (i.e., courses with a 230 department designation).