International Studies, M.S.

Program Curriculum

Program Rationale:

The Master’s of Science in the International Studies program educates students in several key areas of the world: Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Global Studies (focused on a global theme).  Students are grounded in theories of internationalization, history of diverse countries and regions, cross-cultural issues, and features of various international cultures and are provided programmatic, analytical, and practical skills to address international issues. The program prepares generalists to work in governmental and non-governmental organizations within and outside of the United States to address issues related to the global human experience.

The International Studies Master's program is designed to produce individuals competent in understanding the interrelated nature of global phenomena, confident in their membership in a community of global citizens, and capable of fulfilling various professional positions related to the field of International Studies.  To further these overarching goals, the learning outcomes of the IS graduate program concern the student's ability to express these competencies in formal essays (including a thesis or capstone project) and presentations of research projects and policy positions. 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Master's program will:

  1.  demonstrate tolerance of and insights into the diversity of cultural values, beliefs and worldviews;
  2. demonstrate advanced proficiency in the history, culture, and language(s) of a particular world region;
  3. demonstrate detailed knowledge of the interconnectedness of global phenomena;
  4. critically approach social, political, and economic cultural issues of a global nature;
  5. collect and analyze data on several projects of a global scope or which relate to a particular world area;
  6. produce and defend an extensive scholarly paper (thesis or capstone project), based on primary research, that focuses on a single world area or links diverse world areas in a global theme;
  7. demonstrate international competency, theoretical mastery, use of literature, data, evidence, and argument at an advanced level in the scholarly paper.

A MS degree in International Studies prepares students for a range of career opportunities in government, in non-profit foundations and NGOs, in for-profit entities, and in a wide range of other institutions offering services trans-nationally or otherwise working in global environments.

Early applications are encouraged for full consideration.  The admission deadline for spring semester is November 1, and May 1 for fall semester.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent. Applicants with a GPA between 2.40 – 2.99 who demonstrate potential and whose coursework and/or experiences relate to International Studies can be considered for conditional admission.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Additional Materials Required:

In addition to the regular admission requirements, an applicant for the MS in International Studies program must submit a resume and an essay that addresses his/her past experiences, career goals, and the area in which he/she wishes to specialize (select from Africa, East Asia, European Union/ Western Europe, Latin America, Slavic/ Eastern Europe, and Middle East). Instructions for uploading the resume and essay will be found within the graduate online application. Once the application is complete, it will be directed to the chair of the region in which the student seeks to specialize.

Early applications are encouraged. The admission deadline for spring semester is November 1; for fall semester the deadline is May 1.

Contact: 860-832-2617

Course and Capstone Requirements

30 credits in International Studies (Plan A or Plan C)

2. Geographical Areas and Global Themes (18 credits)

Students will select 6-12 Credits from each of our program’s two focuses, for a total of 18 credits.

Geographical Areas:

12 credits for students who wish to develop a primary focus in a particular world geographical area. 

9 credits for students who wish to balance area and global focuses.

6 credits for students who wish to complement their primary focus on a global theme.

2a. Geographical Areas:

Middle East (6 to 12 credits)

HIST 431 and HIST 474: For any course designated HIST 4XX, graduate students must register for HIST 495 to receive graduate credit.

Total Credit Hours:  6-12 Credits

2b. Global Themes (6 - 12 credits)

12 credits for students who wish to develop a primary focus on a particular global theme.

9 credits for students who wish to balance global and area focuses

6 credits for students who wish to complement their primary focus on a geographical area.

Global Themes

Governance, Security, and Human Rights (6 to 12 credits)

HIST 420: For any course designated HIST 4XX, graduate students must register for HIST 495 to receive graduate credit.

Total Credit Hours:  6-12 Credits

4. Language and/or Study Abroad Requirements

The International Studies program requires that all students have a level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of a single modern language, preferably relevant to the area of geographical specialization, equal to the completion of the 226 level. Fulfillment of this requirement will be determined by a CCSU instructor of the language, the chair of the Modern Language Department, or a CCSU faculty member designated by the director of International Studies.

In addition to the language requirement, IS students without significant life or study experiences abroad are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program, whether a course abroad or a semester or summer exchange. Information about study abroad programs is available at the Center for International Education in Barnard Hall.

Total Credit Hours: 30