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Global and Area Studies

David Messenger, Director
405 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-3423, FAX: (307) 766-3533
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JEAN A. GARRISON, B.A. University of Wyoming 1990; M.A. University of South Carolina 1992; Ph.D. 1996; Professor of Global and Area Studies, Political Science 2010, 2001.
DAVID MESSENGER, B.A. McGill University 1993; M.A. University of Toronto 1994; Ph.D. 2000; Professor of History and Global and Area Studies 2015, 2006.

Associate Professors

NEVIN AIKEN, B.A. University of Western Ontario 2003; M.A. 2004; Ph.D. University of British Columbia 2010; Associate Professor of Political Science and Global and Area Studies 2016, 2010.
B.S. National Taiwan University 1989; M.S. 1992; Ph.D. Rutgers University 2000; Associate Professor of Global and Area Studies and Geography 2015, 2010.
B.A. Ecole Normale Superieure, Tunis, Tunisia 1981; M.A. Indiana University-Bloomington 1985; Ph.D. 1988; Associate Professor of Arabic 2010.
TOM SEITZ, B.S. University of the State of New York 1988; M.A. University of Kent at Canterbury 1989; Ph.D. University of Cambridge 1997; Associate Professor of Global and Area Studies 2015, 2009.
MARCUS WATSON, B.S. SUNY Brockport 1995; M.A. Cornell University 2005; Ph.D. 2009; Associate Professor of Global and Area Studies and African American and Diaspora Studies 2016, 2010.

Assistant Professor

ZOE PEARSON, B.A. University of California Los Angeles 2005; M.A. Ohio State University 2010; Ph.D. 2015; Assistant Professor of Global and Area Studies 2016.

Senior Lecturer

YARONG JIANG ASHLEY, B.A. University of Shanghai 1986; M.A. University of Wyoming 1995; Ph.D. 1993; Senior Lecturer 2009, 2000.

Associate Lecturer

ANNE ALEXANDER, B.B.A. New Mexico State University, 1991; M.S. 1993; Ph.D. University of Wyoming, 2001; Associate Lecturer, Associate VP, Academic Affairs of Undergraduate Education 2015, 2013.

Assistant Lecturer

RUTH BJÖRKENWALL, B.A. University of California at Berkeley, 1989; M.A. 2004; Assistant Lecturer 2013.

Professor Emeritus

Garth Massey

Advisory Committee

Stephanie Anderson, political science
Nevin Aiken, political science and global and area studies
Yarong Ashley, global and area studies
Nicole Ballenger, agricultural economics
Ruth Björkenwall, global and area studies
Yi-Ling Chen, global and area studies, geography
Lydia Dambekalns, secondary education
Susan Dewey, gender and women’s studies
Jean Garrison, global and area studies, political science
Manuela Hofer-McIntyre, global and area studies
David Messenger, history, global and area studies
Zoe Pearson, global and area studies
Linette Poyer, anthropology
Ali Raddaoui, religious studies, global and area studies
Terri Rittenburg, management and marketing
Tom Seitz, global and area studies
Doug Wachob, environment and natural resources
Marcus Watson, global and area studies, African American and diaspora studies

Adjunct Faculty

(see department section following name for academic credentials)

Stephanie Anderson, political science
Nicole Ballenger, agricultural economics
Tanja Börzel, political science, Freie Universitaet Berlin
Michael Brose, history
Roger Coupal, agriculture and applied economics
Lydia Dambekalns, secondary education
Antoinette DeNapoli, religious studies
Susan Dewey, gender and women’s studies
Andrew Garner, political science
Rodney Garnett, music
Michael Harkin, anthropology
Larry Hubbell, political science
Marianne Kamp, history
Joseph Krafczik, Russian
Carolyne Larson, history
Shiri Noy, sociology
Mark Peterson, management and marketing
Lin Poyer, anthropology
Thomas Risse, political science, Freie Universitaet Berlin
Terri Rittenburg, management and marketing
Amy Roberts, elementary and early childhood education
Chris Rothfuss, global and area studies
Mona Schatz, social work
Audrey Shalinsky, anthropology
Ed Sherline, philosophy
J.J. Shinker, geography
Lilia Soto, American studies and chicano studies
Sarah Strauss, anthropology
Jim Thurman, international studies, political science - Central Wyoming College
Gerald Webster, geography
Bonnie Zare, gender and women’s studies

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

Goal 1. Students graduating with a BA in international studies will be able to recognize and appreciate the historical, political, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of international processes and issues, integrating these into an interdisciplinary perspective.

Goal 2. Students graduating with a BA in international studies will have the capability to critically read, write about, discuss, and engage in scholarly inquiry related to international processes and issues.

Goal 3. Students graduating with a BA in international studies will have a minimal level of fluency in a second language and are expected to experience a foreign locale in which to use the second language skills.

Goal 4. Students will be made aware of career and post-graduate opportunities suitable for an international studies major.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

All students who graduate with a Master's degree in international studies will be able to:

  • Engage in independent empirical inquiry that makes an original contribution to the field of study;
  • Think critically and reason logically about a problem and the ways it can be answered;
  • Employ the best recognized methods appropriate to their research;
  • Effectively develop alternative explanations, use theories and concepts to guide the research project, and conduct the work in such a way that disproof is possible; and
  • Present their work intelligently, with both written and oral capability at a level of professional expectations.

They will have a broad understanding of:

  • International affairs;
  • The diversity of national cultures and social structures;
  • Political and economic systems;
  • Major global trends and problems.

Undergraduate International Studies Curriculum

Students graduating with a degree in international studies will be able to recognize and appreciate the historical, political, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of international processes and issues, integrating these into an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to courses housed in the Global and Area Studies Program, the curriculum consists of numerous interdisciplinary courses across UW's seven colleges, primarily from the departments of political science, history, anthropology, geography, sociology, religious studies, women's studies, African American and Diaspora studies, environment and natural resources, and economics.

Core Courses - Students take 10 hours of core coursework. INST 1010 (Proseminar) provides an introduction to the international studies major;  INST 2350 (Introduction to Global Studies) and  INST 2310 (Introduction to International Relations) provide the theoretical framework for the global and regional tracks. INST 4950 (Capstone) provides the culminating experience for students completing the B.A. degree in international studies and fulfills the WC writing requirement for the University Studies Program.

Area of Focus - Students will complete a minimum of 18 hours of coursework in two specific areas of focus, choosing a global and regional track. Students must complete a minimum of 9 hours in each track. Global and regional tracks have suggested Gateway courses. Most Gateway courses fulfill University Studies requirements.

Global Tracks - Governance and Conflict Resolution; Economic Systems; Culture and Social Issues; Sustainable Development and the Environment

Regional Tracks - Africa and the Middle East;  Asia and the Pacific Rim, Europe and the Former Soviet Union;  Latin America.

Foreign Language - Students must complete 18 hours in a single foreign language with one course at the 3000/4000-level, or show an equivalent level of proficiency. Language courses must be conversational language courses. American Sign Language is not considered a foreign language.

Electives - Students must take 9 hours of elective courses from the international studies curriculum, six of which must be upper division. One of the following Gateway courses can count for the elective requirement:  ANTH 1200, ECON 1000, GEOG 1000, POLS 1200, INST 1330.

All required courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C or better. There are numerous special topics courses offered during the academic year and these courses can fulfill the international studies requirements with approval from your advisor. Students are encouraged to satisfy the USP QB (quantitative reasoning) requirement by taking  STAT 2070, Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences.

International Studies majors are encouraged to study abroad or do an internationally-focused internship. Opportunities are listed on the global and area studies website.

Undergraduate Minors

Students can minor in 3 areas by fulfilling one of the following sets of requirements:

  1. International Studies Minor-Twenty-seven hours of coursework including at least 12 hours in a foreign language, 15 hours of international studies curriculum, with a minimum of 9 hours at the 3000-level or above.
  2. Asian Studies Minor-a minimum of 27 credit hours, which includes 12 hours in an Asian language and 9 hours of upper-division coursework. For detailed requirements, see
  3. European Studies Minor-a minimum of 30 credit hours, which includes 12 hours in a single modern European language other than English, and 9 hours of upper division coursework. For detailed requirements, see

Graduate Study

Graduate Studies Director: Marcus Watson, Associate Professor

Students take the Plan A (thesis). Students must have a minimum of 26 hours of graded non-thesis coursework and 4 hours of thesis.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission is open to all students with a bachelor's degree who meet the university minimum requirements.

For information about application requirements, please see the Global and Area Studies Program website:

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1st. The Global and Area Studies Program only admits students for the Fall semester.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Students interested in a graduate assistantship should complete the "Application for a Graduate Assistantship" and upload it with their application materials by February 1 for the fall semester. On this date, only complete application packets will be considered.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Program

Students must meet three requirements: 1) Each student must take INST 5400. 2) Each student must take INST 5200. 3) Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, accomplished in the course of the program or from previous experience or coursework. Foreign language hours do not count toward the M.A. degree.

The program also offers a joint International Studies/Environment and Natural Resources degree. See for specific degree requirements.

Plan A (thesis)

Students are encouraged to construct, with the adviser's approval, a program that focuses their own intellectual interests and career plans. To promote that end, students should be prepared to file a plan of study with the graduate adviser during the second semester of coursework.

No later than the second semester in residence, each student shall select a graduate committee to oversee his or her academic work. The committee will be chaired by the student's major professor and must have at least one member from a discipline other than that of the major professor. Students will also prepare a thesis proposal and give a presentation of their preliminary project before the Global and Area Studies faculty and complete a thesis prospectus defense with their graduate committee by the end of their second semester.

Students must pass an oral examination at the completion of their program. Normally, examination will center on the thesis, but may also encompass coursework of the candidate.

Required Coursework

Advanced Theory Course

INST 5200 Graduate Proseminar in International Studies

Research Methods Course

INST 5400 International Social Science Research Methods.

Graduate Minor in International Studies

A graduate minor in international studies provides students in graduate programs other than international studies with the opportunity to acquire a basic graduate-level familiarity with international relations, global processes and cultural diversity around the world. Students acquire a foundation in inter-governmental relations and research methodology. Beyond this, students work closely with a graduate director to fashion a program of study appropriate for their interests and post-graduate plans. The minor complements several other graduate degree programs.

Prerequisites for Admission

Declaration of an international studies minor is contingent on admission to a master's or doctoral degree program. Application is in the form of a letter of interest to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Marcus Watson, including the background, anticipated course of study, and reason for seeking the minor. An interview with the director is also required. All prerequisites for entering the graduate program in international studies as a major apply to the minor with the exception of proficiency in a second language. Students must be prepared for coursework in international studies at the graduate level and be willing to take prerequisite courses if necessary.

Course and Committee Requirements

Graduate students minoring in international studies must satisfy the requirements of their graduate major and take twelve credits of guided graduate coursework in international studies. With the approval of the department of the graduate major, these twelve hours may also count toward the major. Students are required to take at least one advanced theory course (INST 5200) and one advanced research methods course. All courses will be determined in consultation with  the Graduate Studies Director.

International Studies (INST) Courses

Arabic (ARBC) Courses

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