Courses

If you would like to see our current course schedule, please visit the upcoming 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.

Fall 2019 International Studies Courses

Gateway Courses

  • AS.190.108 Contemporary International Politics
  • AS.230.150 Issues in International Development

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.190.227 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • AS.190.331 America and the World
  • AS.190.333 American Constitutional Law
  • AS.190.406 The Executive Branch
  • AS.190.433 Race and the Politics of Punishment in the U.S.
  • AS.190.452 Party Politics from the Founding to the Progressives
  • AS.190.471 The University and Society
  • AS.191.307 Democracy and Political Psychology: Ideals and Realities of Democratic Citizenship
  • AS.191.406 Capitalism: Politics and Political Thought in a Market Economy
  • AS.230.244 Race and Ethnicity in American Society
  • AS.230.370 Housing and Homelessness in the United States
  • AS.230.385 Schooling, Racial Inequality and Public Policy in America
  • AS.230.405 Neoliberalism
  • AS.362.314 Police and Prisons in Comparative Perspective
Comparative Politics (INST-CP)
  • AS.070.212 Making of Minority in South Asia
  • AS.070.267 Culture, Religion and Politics in Iran
  • AS.070.336 Ethnographic Perspectives on Brazil
  • AS.070.370 Community and Political Mobilization in Latin America
  • AS.100.444 Migrants and Refugees in Africa
  • AS.190.338 Comparative Political Behavior
  • AS.190.379 Nationalism and the Politics of Identity
  • AS.190.382 Democracy and Development: Theory and Cases
  • AS.191.307 Democracy and Political Psychology: Ideals and Realities of Democratic Citizenship
  • AS.191.333 Dictatorship, Dissidence and Democracy:  Central Europe in the 20th Century
  • AS.191.335 Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • AS.191.345 Russian Foreign Policy
  • AS.212.353 La France Contemporaine
  • AS.215.309 An Interdisciplinary Introduction to the Study of Latin America
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.230.175 Chinese Revolutions
  • AS.230.219 Land, Labor and Environmental Movements in Africa
  • AS.230.395 Contemporary Social Theory
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.310.210 Documentary Photography in a Changing China
  • AS.310.302 Human Rights in China and U.S. Policy: Advocacy Opportunities and Challenges
  • AS.310.305 Southeast Asia and U.S. Security
  • AS.310.401 Authoritarianism, Democracy and Economic Development: Korea, Indonesia and Myanmar
  • AS.310.402 Labor Politics in China
  • AS.362.314 Police and Prisons in Comparative Perspective
International Relations (INST-IR)
  • AS.070.124 Freshman Seminar: Climate Change – Treaties and Politics
  • AS.070.295 Conflict and Security in a Global World
  • AS.190.227 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • AS.190.245 The Politics of Global Development
  • AS.190.329 National Security-Nuclear Age
  • AS.190.331 America and the World
  • AS.190.381 Global Environmental Politics
  • AS.190.443 Politics of Outer Space
  • AS.190.451 Geopolitics
  • AS.191.217 Freshman Seminar: International Politics from the Global South
  • AS.191.335 Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • AS.191.345 Russian Foreign Policy
  • AS.230.317 Sociology of Immigration
  • AS.230.335 Medical Humanitarianism
  • AS.230.393 Global Health and Human Rights
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.310.302 Human Rights in China and U.S. Policy: Advocacy Opportunities and Challenges
  • AS.310.305 Southeast Asia and U.S. Security
Political Theory (INST-PT)
  • AS.100.408 Theorizing the Age of Enormity: Social Theory and the History of the 20th Century
  • AS.150.464 Hegel’s Philosophy of Right
  • AS.150.481 Hobbes’ Leviathan
  • AS.190.180 Introduction to Political Theory
  • AS.190.356 The Social Contract and its Discontents
  • AS.190.379 Nationalism and the Politics of Identity
  • AS.190.402 Environmental Racism
  • AS.190.451 Geopolitics
  • AS.191.215 Freshman Seminar: The Politics of Personal Life: Work, Family and Consumption
  • AS.191.216 Freshman Seminar: By Any Means Necessary? Political Theories of Violence
  • AS.191.307 Democracy and Political Psychology: Ideals and Realities of Democratic Citizenship
  • AS.191.309 The Politics of Conversation
  • AS.191.406 Capitalism: Politics and Political Thought in a Market Economy
  • AS.211.265 Panorama of German Thought
  • AS.215.412 Populism
  • AS.230.213 Social Theory
  • AS.230.369 Sociology in Economic Life
  • AS.230.395 Contemporary Social Theory
  • AS.300.315 Philosophical Conceptions of the Infinite

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, and one approved international economics course chosen from the INST-ECON course selection.

  • AS.180.217 Game Theory in Social Sciences
  • AS.180.228 Economic Development
  • AS.180.241 International Trade
  • AS.180.261 Monetary Analysis
  • AS.180.266 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • AS.180.289 Economics of Health
  • AS.180.303 Topics in International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • AS.190.245 The Politics of Global Development
  • AS.190.382 Democracy and Development: Theory and Cases
  • AS.191.406 Capitalism: Politics and Political Thought in a Market Economy
  • AS.215.417 Literature of the Great Recession
  • AS.230.369 Sociology in Economic Life
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.230.405 Neoliberalism

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.100.102 The Medieval World
  • AS.100.104 Modern Europe and the Wider World
  • AS.100.113 Making America: Race, Radicalism, and Reform
  • AS.100.123 Introduction to African History: Diversity, Mobility, Innovation
  • AS.100.130 Freshman Seminar: US-USSR Cold War
  • AS.100.170 Chinese Cultural Revolution
History Courses (INST-GLOBAL)
  • AS.070.267 Culture, Religion and Politics in Iran
  • AS.070.359 Korean War
  • AS.100.233 History of Modern Germany
  • AS.100.273 A Comparative History of Jewish and Christian Mysticism
  • AS.100.331 Reading through Things: Early Modern Chinese Medicine, Technology and Art
  • AS.100.348 20th-Century China
  • AS.100.361 Age of Tolstoy
  • AS.100.373 Crime, Punishment, Felony and Freedom: Law and Society in Pre-Modern England
  • AS.100.374 Conquest, Conversion, and Language Change in the Middle Ages
  • AS.100.376 The Haitian Revolution in Global Perspective
  • AS.100.408 Theorizing the Age of Enormity: Social Theory and the History of the 20th Century
  • AS.100.413 London 1580-1830: The history of Britain’s capital city
  • AS.100.423 Multiethnic Japan
  • AS.100.444 Migrants and Refugees in Africa
  • AS.100.482 Historiography Modern China
  • AS.100.497 The Year 1968: Rebels, Revolutions & the Right-Wing Backlash
  • AS.130.216 History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
  • AS.191.333 Dictatorship, Dissidence and Democracy:  Central Europe in the 20th Century
  • AS.194.105 Islam and its Cultural and Religious Diversity, 600-1600
  • AS.194.205 Islamic Mysticism: Traditions, Legacies, Politics
  • AS.211.217 Freshman Seminar: From Rabbis to Revolutionaries: Modern Jewish Identities
  • AS.211.224 Made in Italy: Italian style in context
  • AS.211.327 Ecocinema: Framing Italy’s Environmental Crises
  • AS.211.394 Brazilian Culture & Civilization
  • AS.212.413 For the Record: Jazz Cultures of Modern France
  • AS.215.309 An Interdisciplinary Introduction to the Study of Latin America
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.215.412 Populism
  • AS.230.175 Chinese Revolutions
  • AS.230.219 Land, Labor and Environmental Movements in Africa
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.300.237 Freshman Seminar: Tolstoy’s War and Peace
  • AS.300.366 Russian Avant-Garde Cinema
  • AS.310.106 Introduction to Korean History and Culture
  • AS.310.322 Korean History Through Film and Literature
  • AS.310.402 Labor Politics in China

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.550.111 Statistical Analysis I
  • EN.550.112 Statistical Analysis II