International Studies

Follow your passion for International Studies

The International Studies major is a rigorous program that’s unique in that it draws its faculty from several different departments to create a truly interdisciplinary curriculum. Students develop an in-depth understanding of major themes in international relations, current global issues, recent world history and modern cultures and societies. They also gain analytical skills suited for the study of other societies and international issues. In this era of globalization, a major in International Studies provides a competitive edge in the job market and enables success in numerous professions.

In the course of study, students gain expertise on a particular region of the world and develop a thematic concentration from wide-ranging fields, such as international development and migration, human rights and law, diplomacy and foreign affairs, international business and commerce, literature, religion, popular culture and the fine arts. This adaptability makes for innovative, interesting and career-flexible graduates.

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LORAS OFFERS OVER 100 CO-CURRICULAR & INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

With more than 100 co-curricular opportunities, including organizations relating to academic majors, national honorary and professional societies, student and residence hall government, interest groups and recreational interests, there’s something for everyone.

Loras provides a variety of opportunities for you to get involved in the Loras Community from the moment you set foot on campus! From your first year through your senior year, we have designed programs focused on providing educational and social experiences for each student. These programs will help you develop organization, problem-solving and collaboration skills along with making your Loras experience the best time of your life.

There are more than 100 co-curricular opportunities, including organizations relating to academic majors, national honorary and professional societies, student government, special interest groups and recreational interests.

If you can’t find a student organization that interests you, we’ll help you start up your own!

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LORAS PROVIDES A STIMULATING SOCIAL CALENDAR OFFERING STUDENTS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF EVENTS

From clubs and organizations to theater productions, concerts, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs, spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from.

Loras College provides a stimulating social climate for the campus and allows students to enjoy a diverse array of programs and entertainment.

On any given night of the week, students can enjoy a number of social opportunities. From clubs and organizations to theater productions, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs and spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from. In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

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Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes – International Studies
1. Demonstrate an understanding of global issues from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives
2. Exhibit comprehension and awareness of contemporary thematic dynamics of different global regions
3. Display an appreciation and knowledge of diverse worldviews and cultures
4. Demonstrate intercultural competencies and values
5. Ability to perform original research based on interdisciplinary methods, theories, and primary sources
6. Convey complex information and interdisciplinary ideas in written and oral form that are clear, robust, carefully edited, well organized, and stylistically engaging and accessible.
Major Requirements

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Division of Philosophical, Religious, Theological, Social & Cultural Studies
Richard Anderson, Ph.D., Chair
rick.anderson@loras.edu
563.588.7177

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major at Loras College. Its mission is to develop in its majors an appreciation of the recent history, cultural traditions, and political, economic and social institutions of other societies; an in-depth understanding of the nature of conflict and collaboration in the world arena, including global problems and different strategies for solving them; and analytical skills suited for the interdisciplinary study of other societies and international issues. The faculty members teaching in the International Studies program believe that as globalization increasingly affects the life and work of all citizens, knowledge taught and intellectual skills and dispositions cultivated in this program are not only essential for the students who plan to pursue careers in international affairs, but also important for students who will enter other professions.

Requirements for the major in International Studies (B.A.):
An International Studies major shall choose a concentration consisting of three electives and a thesis. Two of these electives shall be courses that give a student solid knowledge of a geographic area (such as Africa, East Asia, Europe, or Latin America), and the third one shall be a global thematic course (such as International Politics, Global Inequality, or International Trade). The thesis shall deal with the chosen geographic area and the theme of the chosen global thematic course. A semester of study abroad may be used to satisfy part of the concentration requirement. Students should contact the Program Coordinator for a list of approved electives.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.POL-121: Issues in Global Politics 3
2 L.ECO-222: Principles of Macroeconomics 3
3 L.INS-489: Senior Seminar 3
4 L.HIS-175: Themes in World History 3
5 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
6 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
7 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
8 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
9 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
10 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
30 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in International Studies:

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.POL-121: Issues in Global Politics OR L.HIS-175 Themes in World History 3
2 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
3 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
4 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
5 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
6 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
                                             18 total required credits

Study Abroad
Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. With prior approval of the International Studies Committee, courses taken abroad will be eligible for transfer to Loras and credited toward the major if passed with the grade of C or better. For further information, visit the Center for Experiential Learning and the Program Coordinator for the major.

Course Descriptions

L.INS-489: Senior Seminar

A thesis-preparation seminar culminating in a public defense on a topic derived from the student’s concentration. Students are expected to develop a research paper that contributes to the literature. 3 credits.

L.INS-494: Internship in International Studies

Students are encouraged to participate in internships that expose them to the nature and variety of internationally-related careers. Such internships include working as an intern in a governmental or nongovernmental organization involved in international matters or a business organization with international exposure, work organized as part of studies abroad, and research and campus activities at Loras College. Proposal and credits are to be arranged in consultation with the Director of the International Studies Program. Junior and senior standing.

RELATED COURSES: Economics, History, Politics, Sociology

Career Opportunities

After receiving your degree from Loras, your career could take off into one of these fields:

  • International Development Agencies
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs
  • International Business and Financial Services
  • Tourism
  • Public Relations
  • Telecommunications
  • International Education Services, Research, and Teaching
  • Public Policy and Non-Governmental Organizations
Questions? Contact Us!

Richard Anderson, Ph.D.
Division of Philosophical, Religious, Theological, Social & Cultural Studies Chair
Professor of Sociology
563.588.7177 | Richard.Anderson@loras.edu

Rick Anderson arrived at Loras College in 1995 fresh out of graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to that he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Luther College and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Mankato. His specialty fields include the sociology of families, race and ethnicity, gender, and social inequalities. In recent years he has taught courses on the sociology of sport and the sociology of popular culture. He is a past recipient of the Cardinal Newman Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award and strives to create significant learning experiences that prompt students to find meaning and purpose in their education. Outside of school he reads fiction, rides bikes (road and mountain), plays basketball, and practices what he calls chainsaw therapy as he creates and maintains hiking trails through the woods where he lives and recharges.

Lisa Garoutte, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
563.588.7022 | Lisa.Garoutte@loras.edu

Dr. Garoutte joined the Loras faculty in 2007 after earning her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. Her areas of specialization are social movements and social inequality, with an emphasis on racist violence. She teaches classes in sociological theory, social movements, gender, social class, and hate groups. Dr. Garoutte has received fellowships for her research related to community-based learning and was a recipient of the Mike and Linda Budde Excellence in Teaching Award.

Kathrin Parks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
563.588.7819 | Kathrin.Parks@loras.edu

A 1998 graduate, Dr. Parks returned to Loras as a faculty member in 2007 after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas A&M University. While at Loras, she majored in Sociology, History, and German, with a minor in International Studies. She lived in Austria from 1998-1999 as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Her varied interests expand to her teaching, where she has taught courses on the sociology of education, social demography, research methods and statistics, social problems, democracy and global diversity, the social construction of whiteness among others. Her research interests often focus on racial and educational inequality. Currently, Dr. Parks is working on a project about the impact of motherhood on academic careers. She also has experience with designing research projects, analyzing data, and consulting on projects.
When she’s not teaching or reading sociology, Dr. Parks enjoys time with her husband and two kids. She enjoys travel, films, podcasts, playing board games, knitting, reading, and singing karaoke. She also serves as a Human Rights Commissioner for the city of Dubuque.