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Tracks are offered in conjunction with affiliated departments, and allow students to gain an in-depth specialization within a specific department or program, while simultaneously benefiting from the interdisciplinary training offered by the International Studies major.

Students pursuing a track will receive a double major in International Studies and in the affiliated department or program, and will benefit from a faculty advisor in the affiliated department or program.

If you are interested in declaring a track, please contact the appropriate coordinator as soon as possible.

We offer the following tracks:

Global Social Change and Development Track

The track in Global Social Change and Development (GSCD) is geared towards International Studies students interested in understanding critical issues surrounding contemporary processes of globalization and international development. The track provides students with a sophisticated set of research and critical-thinking skills, prepares students for twenty-first century professions and helps them to become thoughtful global citizens. Ultimately, students pursuing the Global Social Change and Development track will receive a double major in both International Studies and Sociology.

Key themes addressed in the track include:

  • Global inequality and development; 

  • Shifts in the global distribution of economic wealth and political power and its implications for international development;

  • Urbanization, migration and development;

  • Land, labor and environmental rights and struggles;

  • The crisis of welfare states and the rise of a politics of austerity; and

  • The degree to which we as individuals and groups can influence global social change.

The GSCD track allows students to pursue a focused course of study while still benefiting from the interdisciplinary education provided by the International Studies major, which draws on the strengths of the Johns Hopkins University faculty in diverse fields including Sociology, Political Science, History, Economics, Foreign Languages and Anthropology.

The GSCD track provides interested undergraduate students with a pathway into the Research Working Groups of the Arrighi Center for Global Studies by teaching the methodological and theoretical tools necessary to effectively collaborate with faculty and graduate students in Research Working Groups. Students who are interested in participating in Arrighi Center Research Working Groups should consult with their faculty advisor about how to prepare themselves.

For more information on the track, approved courses and how to declare the double major, please visit the Global Social Change and Development Track website.

Germany in a Globalized World Track

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The new track Germany in a Globalized World (GGW) is geared to students of International Studies who are interested in developing in-depth knowledge of German language, literature and culture with a special focus on (trans)cultural analysis and critical thought. Ultimately, students pursuing the Germany in a Globalized World track will receive a double major in both International Studies and German.

Germany’s status as one of the world’s largest export economies and its geographical position at the center of Europe make it an ideal case for studying the history and dynamics of globalization. Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Germany has long been the site of a diverse polyglot culture that draws as much from the traditions to its east as it does from the institutions to its west. Such economic, political, intellectual, and linguistic interaction have made Germany into the cultural capital of Central Europe—a distinction that it has held to this day, but which grows out of the vast reach of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the nineteenth century, when Habsburg rule stretched from present-day Ukraine to northern Italy. For much of the twentieth century, German was the lingua franca of Central and Eastern Europe, and even today cities like Berlin and Vienna remain cosmopolitan centers, where innovation meets tradition and the demand for integration meets cultural difference in a lively mix that is symptomatic of a globalized world.

Students who declare the GGW track will develop their German language skills in order to understand the specific contributions of Germany to issues of large contemporary and historical concern. In a broader perspective, these contributions include the unique legacy of German thought. This extensive intellectual tradition has had a substantial impact on political theory, history, sociology, and economics: i.e. on those disciplines which are fundamental for pursuing a major in International Studies. Indeed, current approaches to understanding social phenomena would not have been possible without the German intellectual tradition which, beginning with the Enlightenment, emphasized the role of the subject in constituting knowledge of the world.

In an increasingly interconnected world, such knowledge must account for multi-faceted cultural differences and a rapidly changing media environment. The GGW track invites students to explore cultural diversity through the lens of German language and thought and provides them with interpretative skills to critically analyze this diversity in regard to different modes of representation (news media, political discourse, literature, philosophy, film). From this perspective, each kind of Weltanschauung proves to be deeply embedded in cultural settings. International discourse and successful conflict resolution – communicative instruments so vital to a globalized world – thus fundamentally depend on expertise in the critical analysis of cultural diversity and its media.

Key topics and themes include:

  • German history, politics, and culture in an international perspective
  • German language, literature, and thought
  • The constitution of social meaning through language and other media
  • Intercultural differences in a changing global environment
  • Language and identity

German at Hopkins is a small but intensely active and well-known program. An excellent student-faculty ratio assures close, personal attention and individualized advising. Juniors benefit from our participation in the Berlin Consortium of German Studies (BCGS), one of the most prestigious German study abroad programs in the United States which allows International Studies majors to directly enroll at one of the three Berlin universities and take courses in the humanities, social and political sciences. BCGS also assists students with finding internships in fields of their interests.


The Germany in a Globalized World track coordinators will be happy to answer any questions about the track:

Sydney Van Morgan (, Director, International Studies.

Professor Andrea Krauss (, Director of Undergraduate Studies, German Program/Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Declaring the GGW Track

IS students wishing to declare the GGW track must complete the following steps:

  1. Declare German as their second major by completing an “add major” form, which can be obtained at the Registrar’s Office
  2. Make an appointment with Professor Krauss to officially declare the GGW track and have her sign off on your German major form


Students will be required to demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the completion of Advanced German.

In addition to the language requirement, and the remaining requirements for the International Studies major, students will take a total of seven courses to complete the GGW track. These courses, which may be double-counted towards the International Studies major requirements, must be selected from an approved list that will be published each semester.

Five of the seven courses must be seminars taught in German. With the consent of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. Krauss), one of these five courses can be replaced by an English-taught seminar selected from the list of approved courses. Students who complete the GGW track will also receive a major in German.

Honors Information

Students may graduate with honors in International Studies and German.

To graduate with honors in International Studies and German, you must complete an Honors Clearance Checklist by April 1st in the year you expect to graduate in May. Most commonly, this means by April 1st of your senior year. Failure to submit this checklist by this date will mean that you will not receive honors in your major. You cannot complete the checklist before February 1st of the same year. Please note that 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.

To receive Honors in International Studies, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA in your courses counted toward the double-major of a 3.7 or higher
  • Enroll in the German Honors Program (213.509/510) and complete a Senior Thesis

To receive honors in German only, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA in your courses counted toward the German major of a 3.5 or higher
  • Enroll in the German Honors Program (213.509/510) and complete a Senior Thesis

Approved Courses

Fall 2014 Approved Courses

CourseIS Major Requirement

AS.213.265 Panorama of German Thought

PT or CP

AS.213.310 Classic German Theater (taught in German)


AS.213.104 Freshman Seminar: Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in the U.S.


AS.100.353 Youth and Youth Movements During the 20th Century: Germany, Britain, and the U.S.


AS.100.499 Film and Propaganda in Nazi Germany


AS.150.320 Marx: Critique of Political Economy

Econ (GGW only) or PT

AS.150.412 Kant's Critique of Practical Reason



Spring 2014 Approved Courses

CourseIS Major Requirement

AS.100.233 History of Modern Germany


AS.211.174 Media of Propaganda


AS.213.309 Walter Benjamin and His World


AS 213.318 The Making of Modern Gender


AS.213.371 Kafka and the Kafkaesque


AS.213.349 Weimar Cinema: The "Golden Age" of German Film (taught in German)


AS.213.376 Art in Literature (taught in German)


AS.210.363 Business German (taught in German)


Fall 2013 Approved Courses

CourseCounts As

213.265 Panorama of German Thought

PT or CP

190.435 Law and Literature


190.440 European Politics in Comp. Persp.CP

100.499 Film and Propaganda in Nazi Germany


100.409 Fascism: History and Interpretation

History or PT

100.405 European Socialist Thought

History or PT

150.417 Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason


213.312 Contemporary German Literature (taught in German)

History or PT

213.331 Detective Fiction in its Nascence (taught in German)


Spring 2013 Approved Courses

CourseCounts As

210.266 German Conversation (taught in German)


210.363 Business German (taught in German)


213.233 Freshman Seminar - A History of Reading: from Gutenberg to Kindle


213.368 German Political Thought

CP for GGW only; PT

300.360 Critical Thinking and its History


150.311 Undergraduate Seminar: Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein


213.308 Gespenster: verschwiegen und doch weitergegeben (taught in German)


213.356 Goethe (taught in German)


Fall 2012 Approved Courses

CourseCounts As

190.105 A Normal Country? - German Politics and Identity

CP or PT

190.306 The Political Economy of European Union

CP or PT

360.147 Freshman seminar: Adam Smith and Karl Marx

Econ (GGW only) or PT

300.397 How Freud Changed the Way We Think


213.213 Berlin Wall: Divided Stories in Literature and Film

History (GGW only)

213.251 Friedrich Nietzsche


213.229 Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in the United States (taught in German)

History (GGW only)

213.354 Introduction to German Poetry


Other Double Major Requirements

Students pursuing the GGW track must receive a C or better in all courses counted for the double major in International Studies and German.

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