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This concentration track is available only to students who attended Bard in Fall 2014 or earlier and who moderate by the end of Spring 2016.

Students in the GIS/GIA track are required to take a total of 9 courses: seven from the areas outlined below and two semesters of senior project. Two, excluding the Senior Project, should come from the 300 level. Below is a list of program requirements and samples of courses that fulfill those requirements.

Please note:  the GIS/GIA track will appear in your official record as a concentration in Global and International Studies.

I. Political Studies

(and related disciplines)

Three courses: one on theories of international relations, one on theories and practice of globalization and one on US foreign policy. While the majority of courses that fulfill these requirements are listed in political studies, courses from other disciplines, such as history and anthropology, may also fulfill GIS/GIA requirements.
  1. International Relations Theory
    Sample Courses:
    • Introduction to International Relations
    • Power Politics
    • Realism Reconsidered
  2. Theories and Practice of Globalization
    Sample Courses:
    • Globalization and Citizenship
    • Politics of Globalization
    • The Spread of Democracy
    • BGIA Core Seminar on Global Affairs
    • US Foreign Policy
  3. US Foreign Policy
    • History of the Cold War
    • The American Age
    • US/Latin American Relations

II. Economics

Two courses focusing on micro-economics, macro-economics, international economics, economic development, or international economic institutions. We particularly encourage students to take courses in international trade or finance. Please note that graduate schools in international affairs usually require a minimum of micro- and macro-economics. Students may substitute a statistics class for one economics class.

Sample Courses:
  • Econ 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Econ 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Econ 200 Money and Banking
  • Econ 202 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econ 115 Economic Dimensions of Global Issues
  • Econ 221 Economics of Developing Countries
  • Econ 323 Topics in International Trade
  • Econ 3xx Topics in International Finance
  • Econ 3xx Topics in Economic Growth and Development

III. Geographic Requirements

Two area studies courses (excluding the study of the United States) in different geographic areas covered in the Bard curriculum. Courses may come from any of the social studies disciplines which offer area studies courses, including anthropology, history, politics, religion, economics and sociology.

Sample Courses:
  • Chinese Politics
  • Latin American History, Culture and Society
  • African Encounters I: Culture, History and Politics in Africa
  • South Asia and the Ethnographic Imagination
  • European Politics and Society
  • History of Islam in the Modern Middle East
  • Economic History of Central Asia

IV. Moderation

To moderate into the GIA-GIS concentration, students must take (prior to or concurrent with the moderation) three courses that fulfill GIA requirements. Normally, moderation into the GIA-concentration happens alongside the student's moderation into their primary program. In addition to the course requirements, students must write a one-page plan of study that describes their interest in the GIA concentration and details plans for future coursework and future study abroad or at BGIA. Any student interested in moderating into the GIA concentration should contact Michelle Murray ( to discuss their plans. 

V. Senior Project

The two-semester senior project, based in the student's primary discipline, must address global and international themes by incorporating the interdisciplinary lessons students have learned during their GIS coursework.

VI. Language Requirement

GIS/GIA students are expected to demonstrate basic proficiency in one language in addition to English. Proficiency is determined according to the standards of the corresponding language program at Bard. (Such proficiency would normally be achieved through 12 or 16 credits of study or placement in a 200 level course. For students who study languages not offered at Bard, 12 credits will be sufficient.) Students who come to Bard with basic proficiency in a language other than English are not be required to take additional language study.