We tailor each student's academic program to cover his or her chosen geographical area of study from a variety of academic disciplinary viewpoints.
Choice of region is the first and most important step in structuring the student's program of study. Rather than majoring in a traditional academic discipline such as anthropology, history, or politics, IAS majors focus on the culture and society of a particular world region through a variety of academic lenses.
Students select a region of the world in which they have a particular interest and will concentrate their studies. Four choices are available: East Asia, Europe, Latin America, or a student-defined region such as Africa or the Middle East that is selected by the student with the approval of the Director of International Area Studies.
While lower division courses are the same for all IAS majors, interdisciplinary upper division coursework includes courses that focus in depth on the student's region of study. For example, if the student's region is Latin America, the student will take courses on Latin American anthropology, Latin American history, and Latin American politics. The list of approved upper-division courses is available in the course catalog and from the Program Director.