Courses

If you would like to see our current course schedule, please visit the Course Schedule page, or visit the department’s listing on the Student Information Services (SIS) website.

Please consult the online academic catalog for final and official program information.

Courses designated as more than one subject area (e.g., as both CP and IR) cannot be double-counted to fulfill both requirements. Please consult the POS tag on the course description in SIS, as well as the list below, for course designations.

Note: This course list is subject to change without notice.

Spring 2021 International Studies Courses

Gateway Courses

  • AS.192.150 States, Regimes & Contentious Politics

Political Science Courses

Six semester courses (18 credits) in political science are required: One Gateway course, one American politics (AP) course, two comparative politics (CP) courses, one international relations (IR) course, and one political theory (PT) course.

American Politics (INST-AP)
  • AS.190.101 Introduction to American Politics
  • AS.190.331 America and the World
  • AS.190.332 The University in Democracy
  • AS.190.334 Constitutional Law
  • AS.190.380 The American Welfare State
  • AS.190.385 Urban Politics and Policy
  • AS.190.473 Political Polarization
  • AS.230.224 Freshman Seminar: Public Opinion and Democracy
  • AS.230.244 Race and Ethnicity in American Society
  • AS.230.370 Housing and Homelessness in the United States
  • AS.271.403 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis
Comparative Politics (INST-CP)
  • AS.070.324 Latin America in a Fracturing World
  • AS.100.292 Revolucionarios! Social Movements and Radical Politics from the Spanish Empire to the Catalan Crisis
  • AS.100.409 Israel and Palestine from 1967 to the Present: a Current and Entangled History
  • AS.180.214 The Economic Experience of the BRIC Countries
  • AS.180.391 Economics of China
  • AS.190.308 Democracy and Dictatorship: Theory and Cases
  • AS.190.323 Colonialism and Foreign Intervention in the Middle East and Africa
  • AS.190.326 Democracy and Elections
  • AS.190.341 Korean Politics
  • AS.190.355 Comparative Racial Politics
  • AS.190.370 Chinese Politics
  • AS.190.372 Decolonizing Politics
  • AS.190.379 Nationalism and the Politics of Identity
  • AS.190.389 China’s Political Economy
  • AS.190.392 Introduction to Economic Development
  • AS.191.314 Asian Cities in Comparative Perspectives
  • AS.191.324 Comparative Labor Migration
  • AS.192.150 States, Regimes & Contentious Politics
  • AS.192.290 Informational World Orders
  • AS.192.425 The Politics and International Relations of Iran
  • AS.196.306 Democracy by the Numbers
  • AS.196.311 Democracy
  • AS.196.364 This is Not Propaganda
  • AS.212.353 La France Contemporaine
  • AS.212.361 French Identities: Race, Gender, Religion, and Sexual Preference in Contemporary France
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.215.469 Mapping Identity in Modern Spain
  • AS.230.233 Inequality and Social Change in Contemporary China
  • AS.230.239 Coffee, Tea and Empires
  • AS.230.251 War and State: A Social Science Survey
  • AS.230.315 Advanced Topics in International Development
  • AS.230.324 Gender and International Development
  • AS.230.352 Chinese Diaspora: Networks and Identity
  • AS.230.395 Contemporary Social Theory
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.271.403 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis
  • AS.310.305 Southeast Asia and US Security Strategy
  • AS.310.340 Development and Social Change in Rural China
International Relations (INST-IR)
  • AS.190.220 Global Security Politics
  • AS.190.249 Fictional World Politics: International Relations Through Fiction
  • AS.190.331 America and the World
  • AS.190.346 Foundations of International Relations Theory
  • AS.190.347 A New Cold War? Sino-American Relations in the 21st Century
  • AS.190.372 Decolonizing Politics
  • AS.190.450 Power
  • AS.192.150 States, Regimes & Contentious Politics
  • AS.192.290 Informational World Orders
  • AS.192.420 Global Health Policy
  • AS.192.425 The Politics and International Relations of Iran
  • AS.196.364 This is Not Propaganda
  • AS.230.221 Global Social Change
  • AS.230.239 Coffee, Tea, and Empires
  • AS.230.251 War and State: A Social Science Survey
  • AS.230.315 Advanced Topics in International Development
  • AS.230.324 Gender and International Development
  • AS.230.335 Medical Humanitarianism
  • AS.230.378 Refugees, Human Rights, and Sovereignty
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.271.360 Climate Change: Science & Policy
  • AS.310.305 Southeast Asia and US Security Strategy
Political Theory (INST-PT)
  • AS.150.205 Introduction to the History of Modern Philosophy
  • AS.150.240 Intro-Political Philosophy
  • AS.150.425 Enlightenment Moral and Political Theory
  • AS.150.428 Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise
  • AS.190.180 Introduction to Political Theory
  • AS.190.267 Introduction to Political Economy
  • AS.190.346 Foundations of International Relations Theory
  • AS.190.368 Political Arts: Dada, Surrealism, and Societal Transformation
  • AS.190.379 Nationalism and the Politics of Identity
  • AS.190.395 Law, Morality, and the State
  • AS.190.398 Politics of Good & Evil
  • AS.190.418 The End of Whiteness
  • AS.191.322 Political Thought and the Horror of Theatricality
  • AS.211.478 Power and Resistance in French Political Thought
  • AS.230.213 Social Theory
  • AS.230.395 Contemporary Social Theory
  • AS.271.401 Environmental Ethics
  • AS.300.102 Great Minds
  • AS.363.301 Feminist and Queer Theory: Black Decolonial Feminisms in the Americas
  • AS.363.335 Poetics and Politics of Sex: Gender and Modernity

Economics Courses (INST-ECON)

Four semester courses (12 credits) in economics are required: two “Elements” courses (180.101 Elements of Macroeconomics & 180.102 Elements of Microeconomics), one course of the student’s choosing taken in the Economics Department at JHU (e.g., AS.180.xxx), and one approved international economics course chosen from the INST-ECON course selection.

  • AS.180.210 Migrating to Opportunity? Economic Evidence from East Asia, the U.S. and the EU
  • AS.180.214 The Economic Experience of the BRIC Countries
  • AS.180.233 Economics of Transition and Institutional Change
  • AS.180.242 International Monetary Economics
  • AS.180.351 Labor Economics
  • AS.180.389 Social Policy Implications of Behavioral Economics
  • AS.180.391 Economics of China
  • AS.190.267 Introduction to Political Economy
  • AS.190.389 China’s Political Economy
  • AS.190.392 Introduction to Economic Development
  • AS.192.225 Economic Growth and Development in East Asia
  • AS.192.415 The Battle of Ideas for the World Economy
  • AS.230.221 Global Social Change
  • AS.230.233 Inequality and Social Change in Contemporary China
  • AS.230.315 Advanced Topics in International Development
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars

History Courses

Five semester courses (15 credits) in history must be taken. One introductory course at the 100-level in the JHU History Department (e.g., AS.100.1xx) and four courses from the INST-GLOBAL course selection.

Introductory History Courses
  • AS.100.130(03) Freshman Seminar: American Slavery
  • AS.100.130(04) Freshman Seminar: The Politics of the Future
  • AS.100.165 Japan in the World
History Courses (INST-GLOBAL)
  • AS.070.324 Latin America in a Fracturing World
  • AS.070.465 Concepts: How to Read Hindu and Islamic Texts
  • AS.100.235 Power and Pleasure in Asian America: Race and Law in Culture
  • AS.100.239 Chronicling the Caribbean
  • AS.100.246 Iberia in Asia: Early Modern Encounters and Exchanges
  • AS.100.262 Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Medieval Middle East
  • AS.100.270 Europe since 1945
  • AS.100.283 Making and Unmaking Queer Histories, 1800-Present
  • AS.100.292 Revolucionarios! Social Movements and Radical Politics from the Spanish Empire to the Catalan Crisis
  • AS.100.305 Peter to Putin: Survey
  • AS.100.337 American Foreign Policy, 1914-2016
  • AS.100.346 Soviet-American Cold War
  • AS.100.347 Early Modern China
  • AS.100.365 Culture & Society in the High Middle Ages
  • AS.100.386 The Cold War as Sports History
  • AS.100.394 Brazilian Paradoxes: Slavery, Race, and Inequality in Brazil (from a Portuguese Colony to the World’s 8th Largest Economy)
  • AS.100.409 Israel and Palestine from 1967 to the Present: a Current and Entangled History
  • AS.100.422 Society & Social Change in 18th Century China
  • AS.100.426 Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • AS.100.443 Telling Japanese Histories
  • AS.100.450 History Research Lab
  • AS.130.170 Diplomacy and Conflict in the Ancient Middle East
  • AS.130.216 History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
  • AS.140.146 History of Public Health in East Asia
  • AS.150.205 Introduction to the History of Modern Philosophy
  • AS.190.323 Colonialism and Foreign Intervention in the Middle East and Africa
  • AS.192.410 Kissinger Seminar on American Grand Strategy
  • AS.194.220 The Qur’an: Text and Context
  • AS.194.230 African-Americans and the Development of Islam in America
  • AS.194.305 Cultures of Pilgrimage in Islam
  • AS.211.316 Brazilian Cinema and Topics in Contemporary Brazilian Society
  • AS.212.311 The Martyr’s Crown: Sacrifice in the Renaissance
  • AS.212.361 French Identities: Race, Gender, Religion, and Sexual Preference in Contemporary France
  • AS.214.362 Italian Journeys: Medieval and Early Modern
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.215.442 Whose Caribbean and the Epic of Race
  • AS.215.469 Mapping Identity in Modern Spain
  • AS.217.425 Latin American Ecocriticism
  • AS.230.239 Coffee, Tea and Empires
  • AS.230.251 War and State: A Social Science Survey
  • AS.230.352 Chinese Diaspora: Networks and Identity
  • AS.230.378 Refugees, Human Rights, and Sovereignty
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.300.328 Contemporary Sinophone Literature and Film
  • AS.300.330 Modern East Asian Literatures Across Boundaries
  • AS.300.332 From Chekhov to Chernobyl: Russian Literature of Environmental Catastrophe
  • AS.310.323 The History and Culture of North Korea
  • AS.310.340 Development and Social Change in Rural China
  • AS.389.405 Visualizing Africa

Library Research Seminar for International Studies and Social Sciences (AS.192.210)

This course offers training to undergraduate students in international studies and related majors on the fundamentals of library research and research or grant proposal writing. The course will introduce students to the major research resources in global studies in the humanities and social sciences, strategies and techniques to conduct effective research, and how to use library research to enhance research and grant proposal writing. This course also aims to help students learn to develop research skills for use in their major coursework and major-related research projects, including field research projects abroad and senior thesis. View the course syllabus.  For questions, please contact Mr. Yunshan Ye at yye@jhu.edu.

Suggested Methods Training Courses

  • AS.070.419 Logic of Anthropological Inquiry
  • AS.180.217 Game Theory in Social Sciences
  • AS.180.334 Econometrics
  • AS.190.426 Qualitative Methods
  • AS.230.202 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • AS.360.331 Methods for Policy Research
  • EN.553.111 Statistical Analysis I
  • EN.553.112 Statistical Analysis II