About the Department | Major
International Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on patterns of interaction in the global community and provides a comprehensive understanding of the global system from its cultural context to the role of geo-political and geo-economic forces. The course of study is heavily concentrated in the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, geography and history.
The international studies major at Spelman is rigorous and focused. The structural integrity is maintained by an oversight committee composed of the major adviser, the study abroad adviser, chairs of the departments with core courses in the major, and the chair of the Department of World Languages and Literature.
Students are required to select courses in a specific issue area or country area, designated as a “track" which ensures that students acquire a specialized core of knowledge.