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.
Selected Fall Courses
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.
Eashan Kumar, who graduates May 5 with a dual degree in International Studies and Neuroscience, will be the 2018 student speaker for spring commencement.
Recent Publications by International Studies Faculty
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 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.
Media and the Middle East
This course will explore media representations of Middle Eastern societies, as well as the role of media in Middle Eastern countries with an emphasis on Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and the Levant. Beginning with foundational media theory, we will then consider the history of mass media in the region, including print, radio, and television. The course will go on to treat the roles of old, new and social media in political and cultural revolutions of recent decades, along with the complexities of globalized media production involving transnational collaboration and diaspora populations.