The ISS major curriculum is organized around two different sets of classes, the core courses and the thematic areas. The thematic courses were designed by faculty across the social sciences and expose students to a range of social issues and theories. Recognizing that many of the same social issues are examined by different social science disciplines, we've grouped our courses into seven different themes. Over time, students should start to recognize the complex political, economic, social, and geographic factors underlying many social problems, and the benefit of approaching these topics from multiple disciplinary viewpoints. Students in our program are required to take classes in at least 5 of the 7 thematic areas. To learn more about the thematic area requirements, please visit our major requirements page.
i. Information and Technology (IT)
Courses in this area enable you to engage with a wide range of new media and communications technologies, as well as analyze economic and ethical developments surrounding them.
e.g., AES/COM/GWSS 389, COM 220,COM 318, COM 339, COM 420/POL S 468/JSIS B 419, COM 468, ECON 200, ECON 201, ECON 282, ISS 381, PHIL 362
ii. Population and Movements (PM)
Courses in this area address how population patterns are changing over time and space, as well as the complex political, economic, and cultural factors shaping these patterns.
e.g., ANTH 460, GEOG 337, GEOG 478, HSTCMP 485
iii. Conflict and Cooperation (CC)
Courses in this area provide you with insight into diverse social factors shaping human conflict and peace. From cultural politics to religion and geopolitics, these topics are taught with close attention to region and representation.
e.g., RELIG/JSIS C 380, COM 468, GEOG 478, HSTCMP 485, JSIS A/POL S 435, JSIS B 310/POL S 320, JSIS B 331, JSIS B 406/POL S 432, JSIS B 420, LSJ/POL S 327, PHIL 102, PHIL 343, POL S 312
iv. Diversity and Global Justice (GJ)
Courses in this area explore how diverse social hierarchies – including those of race, class, sexuality, and gender – are variously reproduced, reworked and resisted globally.
e.g., GEOG 337, GEOG 478, GEOG/JSIS D 323, HSTAS/JSIS A 454, HSTCMP 485, JSIS B 310/POL S 320, JSIS B 331, JSIS B 406/POL S 432, JSIS B 416, LSJ/POL S 327, PHIL 102, SOC 362
v. Inequalities and Power Relations (IP)
Courses in this area make it possible for you to examine the intersecting power relations through which social inequalities are produced and contested in local and national contexts.
e.g., GEOG 478, HSTCMP 485, JSIS B 406/POL S 432, LSJ/POL S 327, POL S 312, SOC 362
vi. Health and Risk (HR)
Courses in this area help you understand how health risks, practices, and outcomes relate to broader social, cultural and global relations.
e.g., GEOG/JSIS D 323, JSIS B 320, JSIS B 351, PHIL 362
vii. Societies and Environments (SE)
Courses in this area examine the social dimensions of the environmental challenges facing human communities and our collective global interest in sustainability.
e.g., JSIS B 310/POL S 320, JSIS B 351, PHIL 343, PHIL 362