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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 Hamilton Lugar 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.

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Selected Fall Courses

John Bolton's War

Huss Banai participated in a roundtable discussion on Boston radio station WBUR. You can listen to the conversation at .

Dana Vanderburgh (PhD Student at IUB, MA in International Studies at IUB in 2018) and Francisco Ormaza (Artist in Residence at the Kalamzoo Institute of Art) have co-authored a successful collaborative grant with Wa Ni Ska Tan.

Following the growing literature on the connection between climate injustice and artistic expression, this Research Grant from the Wa Ni Ska Tan Hydro Alliance (WHA) in Manitoba, Canada, will enable the investigators to work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in hydro-impacted communities in Summer 2019. The goal of this research project is to develop a participatory arts-based curriculum for youth in these communities to express themselves in relation to their hydro-impacted environment, social realities, and individual identities.

Indiana Lawmakers

Shruti Rana participated in a debate with IN Solicitor General Tom Fisher and Rep. Sue Errington on current Inidiana and Supreme Court abortion cases, on the show Indiana Lawmakers.

The debate will air at the following times on Indiana stations:

20.3 – Friday 2/22 @ 8:00pm
20.1 – Friday 2/22 @ 11:00pm

9.1 - Friday 2/22 at 10:30pm and Sunday at 11am with occasional pre-emptions due to pledge. (Central)

56.1 - Sunday 2/24 at 9:00am (Central)

49.1 - Sunday 2/24 @ 12:30pm

39.1 – Sunday 2/24 @ 11:00am

22.1 – Saturday 2/23 @ 5:00pm


30.1 – Saturday 2/23 @ 3:30pm
20.4 – Sunday 2/24 @ 8:00pm

34.1 – Sunday 2/24 @ 9:30am

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 300
War, Genocide, and Literature
Peter Nemes

The course "War, Genocide, and Literature" is focused on artistic expressions that deal with the darkest moments of the last century. Experiences so painful that the individuals who endured them often would like to forget carry within them the moral imperative that they need to be remembered. How should war and genocide be portrayed and remembered? What is the proper way to hand down the collective memory of trauma to future generations? Some of these events still have living witnesses, some do not and this makes the case for the role and responsibility of a cultural memory that much more important. The course takes on one of the most important issues when it comes to remembering and forgetting and attempts to explore it in a multi-dimensional approach.

INTL-I 431/500
Numeric Literacy for Global Citizenship
Keera Allendorf

In this course students will learn how to analyze data and interpret results. Commonly used descriptive and inferential statistics will be covered, including measures of centrality and variation, hypothesis testing, and ordinary least squares regression. In the lab, students will learn how to use Stata, a statistical software, to explore and analyze data. No previous coursework in statistics is required.

INTL-I 701
Issues and Approaches in International Studies
Stephen Macekura

This course will explore international, transnational, and international approaches to disciplines such as history, anthropology, political science, geography, and sociology. Topics covered from a global perspective include, but are not limited to, war and peace; neoliberalism; colonialism and post-colonialism; and global climate change. Students will investigate the many opportunities and challenges of different research methods, and the course will offer them an opportunity to explore both theoretical and methodological innovations that they can bring to bear upon their own research.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Macekura (