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Requirements for Major » Thematic Concentrations

HEALTH and ENVIRONMENT
(Core course: I202)

Drawing from social and natural sciences and humanities, this concentration focuses on theories and analytic tools useful for understanding and addressing the social, political, and economic contexts of global health and environmental issues

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
(Core course: I203)

Focus in on understanding how social, political, and economic processes, along with geographic and environmental considerations, shape and are shaped by development at the local, national, and global levels.

HUMAN RIGHTS and INTERNATIONAL LAW
(Core course: I204)

Focus is on social movements, the meanings of human rights and humanitarian activism, and the interpretation and enforcement of international accords on human rights at multiple scales through cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and historical perspectives.

Culture and Politics
(Core course: I205)

Focus on institutions, practices, and identity formations and their effects on world political events. Issues include the global circulation of subcultural and high art forms; museums and the cultural production of soft power; cultural heritage work as soft diplomacy; art and activism; the possibilities and limits of digital technologies. Concepts such as performance and cultural representation in global and local cultures, indigenous cultures and youth cultures offer students analytic strategies for the interpretation of and interconnection with diverse peoples and their distinctive modes of expression and being-in-the-world.

Peace and CONFLICT
(Core course: I206)

Peace and Conflict takes students beyond conventional approaches that privilege great power politics, state sovereignties, and the material aspects of war and conflict. Instead, this multi-disciplinary concentration offers a capacious understanding of conflict as a complex process with divergent outcomes, burdens, and histories. Issues include the emergence and development of armed conflicts, war-fighting and peace-building strategies and their cumulative effects in social, political and economic spheres. Courses also focus on how analytic concepts such as nation, state, nation-state, ethnicity, race, gender, and religion have contested intellectual genealogies that resonate in the world with real consequences for peoples’ lives.

DIPLOMACY, SECURITY, GOVERNANCE
(Core course: I210)

Focus is on understanding the evolution of international society and how states, international institutions, and non-state actors grapple with diplomatic, security, and global governance challenges.