Programs

Chinese Studies

This Concentration provides a breadth of knowledge and direct experience of Chinese culture and society. It is appropriate for those whose future plans will require considerable cultural competency.

European Studies

This Concentration (with an emphasis in either France, Germany, Spain, or a combination) provides language and cultural skills necessary to work in European history, politics, culture, and economy. An emphasis on language acquisition and time spent abroad give students direct experience with the societies of Europe. Coursework will allow ample opportunity to explore and select an appropriate focus.

Latin American Studies

This Concentration enables students to explore diverse areas of study related to the region, including anthropology, archaeology, art, dance, economics, film, geography, history, language, literature, music, politics, and popular cultures. This Concentration also provides a basic foundation for graduate work in Latin American Studies.

Global Cultural Studies

This Concentration focuses on the diverse forms of transnational cultural production (musical, literary, filmic, artistic) that characterize the modern era. Students study the historical relationship between culture and imperialism, the forging of new national cultures in the post-colonial Global South, the emergence of border and diaspora cultures, and the many other forms of culture that circulate and cross-pollinate across global routes.

Third World Development Studies

This Concentration focuses on cross-disciplinary exploration of issues pertinent to developing countries. This concentration will appeal to students interested in careers with governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in development. HSU and the International Studies Program is one of the largest feeders to the Peace Corps for schools of our size and this Concentration provides the necessary preparation.