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Transnational Studies 

Transnational Studies is a new academic departure and one that moves beyond the traditional notion implied by international studies to a focus on issues that transcend political borders. The challenge of the future is to identify global problems that exceed both nations and nationalities, and then to develop students’ competency to discover interdisciplinary and flexible solutions. This major program is at the heart of developing leaders in a global community—and for a global community.

Role within the Institute

Placing the Transnational Studies program within the Institute will provide a strong academic link between the Institute and Westminster College. In doing so, the program will more deliberately support student, faculty, and curricular development. This union will also bring greater college-wide support to the aims of the Institute while providing a dynamic and innovative program for Westminster’s students.

Requirements for the Major in Transnational Studies

Professors: M. Amspoker, H. Del Porto, S. Goodfellow, W. Guinee, K. Jefferson (Chair), R. Lael, C. Perry, W. Zade
Associate Professors: T. Buckley, C. Cain, A. Goldin, R. Hansen
Assistant Professors: R. Bhandari, C. Brown, C. Dennison, S. Divine, R. Havers, S. Mansoor, J. McRae
Visiting Instructor: H. Landry

Contact: Professor Kurt Jefferson, Director
Center for Engaging the World and Program Coordinator and Chair, Transnational Studies Major
Phone: (573) 592-5266 Fax: (573) 592-5191

Course Title Credit Hours
INT/TNS 201 Introduction to International/Transnational Studies   3 hrs.
INT/TNS 400 Junior-Senior Seminar in International and Transnational Studies   3 hrs.
INT/TNS 400 International/Transnational Studies Senior Thesis (optional)*   3 hrs.
FL 102 Second semester of a foreign language
(same language as first semester language)
  4 hrs.
Global Economic Development
At least one course from the following list:
ECN 212 Principles for Microeconomics   3 hrs.
ECN 331 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory   3 hrs.
ECN 334 Economic Development   3 hrs.
ECN 310 International Trade and Finance   3 hrs.
BUS 340 International Business   3 hrs.
Environment and Health
At least one course from the following list:
BIO 320 and BIO 321 Biology in Belize   4 hrs.
GEO 320 Geology and Environment of the National Parks Seminar   3 hrs. 
ENV 105 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3 hrs.
REL 324 Spiritual Ecology 3 hrs.
ECN 300 Environmental Economics 3 hrs.
PHL 246 Environmental Ethics 3 hrs.
SCA 348 Medical Anthropology 3 hrs.
WGS/PED 355 Women’s Health Issues 3 hrs.
Global Justice and Human Rights
At least one course from the following list:
POL 305 International Law and Organization 3 hrs.
LST 300 Social Justice and Leadership 3 hrs.
ITS 399 Global Human Rights Internship 3 hrs.
LST 300/400 Global Social Justice Practicum 2-3 hrs.
WGS 210 Introduction to Women’s Studies 3 hrs.
SCA 325 Tribal Survival 3 hrs.
HIS 356/WGS 356 European Women 3 hrs.
HIS 327 Nazi Germany 3 hrs.
PHL 224 Business Ethics 3 hrs.
International Relations and Diplomacy
At least one course from the following list:
POL 212 Introduction to International Politics 3 hrs.
POL 362 American Foreign Policy 3 hrs.
HIS 348 History of American Foreign Relations 3 hrs.
INT 210 Model United Nations 2 hrs.
INT 212 Model UN Team 2 hrs.
INT 214 Model UN Practicum (mentoring) 1 hr.
HIS 330 WWI 3 hrs.
HIS 350 The Vietnam Wars 3 hrs.
POL 300 iddle Eastern Politics 3 hrs.
POL 306 West European Government and Politics 3 hrs.
Global Cultures
At least one course from the following list:
REL 102 World Religions 3 hrs.
REL 330 Religions and Cultures of India 3 hrs.
POL 201 Asian Studies 3 hrs.
HIS 279 African Civilization 3 hrs.
HIS 267 Latin American History and Culture 3 hrs.
HIS 323 Europe Since 1945 3 hrs.
HUM 278 Latin American Civilization 3 hrs.
HUM 294 Introduction to the French-Speaking World 3 hrs.
FRE 362 French-Speaking Cultures and Civilizations 3 hrs.
SCA 115 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 hrs.
SCA 334 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion 3 hrs.
SCA 351 Theories of Culture 3 hrs.
SCA 352 Economy and Society 3 hrs.
PSY 405 International and Cross Cultural Psychology 3 hrs.
HUM 277 Spanish Civilization 3 hrs.
GOG 101 Introduction to Geography 3 hrs.
ENG 330 Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature 3 hrs.
MUS 304 Jazz in Japan 3 hrs.
PHL 410 Asian Philosophy 3 hrs.
Total Hours Required 36-39 Hours


Other Requirements for the major in Transnational Studies:

  1. Students must complete the first year of language instruction (both semesters in the same language) or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.
  2. Five additional courses two of which must be in one category 15 hrs.
  3. At least 24 hours must be upper-level (300 or higher)

Students must earn at least a C grade in each course needed to satisfy the major requirements.

*Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher may elect to write a senior thesis for honors recognition. ―Graduated with Honors‖ will be noted on their transcript provided they complete the thesis with a grade of B or better. Students writing a thesis will complete TNS 400 (soon to be 401), Senior Seminar and TNS 400 (soon to be 402), Senior Thesis during their senior year.

All students are required to present a portfolio of their work, containing at least three papers or comparable projects submitted for courses in the major as well as a reflective piece on how the student has integrated the different components of the major. One paper or project must be from the Senior Seminar, and another must be from an upper-level course. The portfolio will be part of the senior seminar, INT/TNS 400.

Students may substitute experimental courses numbered 200 or 300 for the electives listed above with permission of the program coordinator.


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