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The Department of International Studies prepares you for the increasingly complex and interconnected world of the 21st century. Whether you are passionate about human rights, media, education, the environment, or public health, when you pursue an International Studies degree at IU you will learn how to analyze these global issues through a multidisciplinary context and acquire the skills required of tomorrow’s global leaders. Additionally, you will develop deep knowledge of at least one region outside the US, and fluency in another language. An integral part of the School of Global and International Studies, the department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees as well as graduate degrees. Our students go on to meaningful careers in government, NGOs, corporations, foundations, media outlets, and policy institutes; but most importantly, emerge from our department as ethical citizens of the world.

News & Events

Selected Spring Courses

Restraint, anti-Climax, and Insecurity: On Red Lines and Beheading Videos
February 7th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

GA 1060

The Department of International Studies' Research Colloquium will launch Thursday, February 7 with a talk by Professor Brent J. Steele, International political theorist from the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. Professor Steele's talk will be based on a chapter of his forthcoming book, Restraint and International Relations

The Future is Now: The Humanities and Environmental Crises
February 8th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

IMU Maple Room

In honor of the visit to IU of a team of Scandinavian scholars investigating climate change narratives from a humanities perspective, two roundtables will bring the Indiana University community together in dialogue with our visitors. These panels will explore:

2:00-3:15 PM: Where are we and what have we achieved? - Sharing scholarly perspectives on the environment

3:45-5:00 PM: Where is the field of environmental humanities headed? - What do the humanities have to offer to addressing environmental crises?

This event is co-sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute; the Departments of English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, French and Italian, International Studies, and Religious Studies; the Research Council of Norway; and the University of Bergen.Click here to download a pdf with additional details.

Carrington Houser and Katie Yegerov-Crate, International Studies students, both worked with Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro-Impacted Communities last summer. You can read more about their work here.

Emma Gilligan is participating in an ongoing podcast series, My Smart Roomates. Episodes are available on iTunes, Pippa, and Podcast Republic.

Stephanie Kane discussed her new class, Artic Encounters: Animals, People and Ships, as well as her work with the Ice Law Project, in a themester interview.

Lee Feinstein co-wrote an article in the Washington Post concerning the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Stephanie Kane contributed to the article Shipping Corridors Through the Inuit Homeland in the April issue of Chokepoints.

Recent Publications by International Studies Faculty

Nur Amali Ibrahim's book, Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility, is now available through Cornell University Press.

Stephen Macekura’s latest book, The Development Century: A Global History (co-edited with Erez Manela of Harvard University), has just been published.”

Andrew Bell published “Syria, Chemical Weapons, and a Qualitative Threshold for Humanitarian Intervention” in Just Security and “Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law” in The Conversation.

On Islam: Muslims and the Media is edited by Hilary Kahn and Rosemary Pennington. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Though slim, this book goes a long way in combating Islamophobia and exposing how media representations often exacerbate the ignorant fear of Islam and Muslims.”

David BoscoDavid Bosco's article, "John Bolton talks tough on the U.N. What’s his record really like?" has been posted on the Monkey Cage, a blog hosted by the Washington Post.


INTL-I 306
War Economy
Clémence Pinaud

This class will adopt a comparative and historical approach to the study of war economy. We will investigate various types of war economies, controlled by states, armed groups, and individuals. We will focus on the idea of production and on its relationship with state-building and social class formation. This will allow us to study the various facets of warfare from medieval to contemporary wars. Cases will include the Mongol Empire, European feudal states, the First and Second World Wars, as well as various contemporary conflicts, from Afghanistan, to Sierra Leone and Syria.

INTL-I 310
Global Economic Governance
Sarah Bauerle Danzman

Today, many political pundits lament the imminent collapse of the "liberal international order," and point to declining support for international economic treaties and organizations as proof. What is the liberal international order anyway, how did it come to be, who benefits from it, why is it under attack, and what might it be replaced with? In this course, you will learn about the key governance structures that have organized the flow of goods and money across borders since 1945, how they work, why they generate controversy, and how global forces are challenging these structures today.

INTL-I 426
Technology and Development
Hamid Ekbia

In this course, we study the relationship between technology and development from a socio-technical perspective, with a focus on the future of communities and societies across the globe and how it is being shaped by computer technology. Like any other technology, and perhaps more strongly, computers are cultural and political artifacts. One of the best ways to understand them, therefore, is through a socio-economic, cultural, and political lens. We will examine this through old and new examples of techno-utopian thinking.