International Studies

▣ OVERVIEW

As the world becomes increasingly complex and intertwined, a degree in International Studies has become invaluable. If you are planning an international career, our program in International Studies offers the knowledge and expertise that will accelerate your success. It is vital to understand how people’s cultures, societies, and foreign policies affect each other. Knowing how to better communicate, and how interconnected economies can affect business, trade & political decisions, are just a few of the takeaways that you will appreciate.

To nurture talented young people who can play various roles in the global arena, the program is conducted in English. The program provides an understanding of the various social, cultural, and business considerations in the ASEAN region as well as expertise in foreign languages. We focus on ASEAN countries that are growing into new and dynamic global markets as the primary target. You will study areas including leadership, policy analysis, Asian regionalism and globalization, global governance, and much more.

To augment your studies, we have formed exchange & study abroad partnerships with prestigious universities in multiple ASEAN countries where you can experience their cultures and be challenged with new ideas. Overseas internships are encouraged as opportunities to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of international systems and issues that will enable students to enter public or private sector employment after graduation

▣ Program Highlights:

  • International faculty that delivers a global education
  • A curriculum that provides the tools necessary to thrive in Industry 4.0
  • A wide range of global employment opportunities
  • Development of global, regional expertise with specialized knowledge in diverse areas
  • Professional management and leadership skill development
  • Asian Language learning
  • Industry / practical experience and internships

▣ Program Highlights:

  • ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations)
  • Economic Development and World Economy
  • International History and Culture
  • Comparative International Governance
  • Social Development and Human Well-Being
  • International Security
  • Industrial / Practical Experience and Internship
  • Understanding of Global Business Knowledge

▣ Career Prospects

  • Civil Service
  • Diplomatic Service
  • International Business
  • Non-Government Organizations
  • Humanitarian Organizations
  • United Nations
  • Teaching
  • Advanced Research

These are the pertinent classes available for students in the International Studies major.

International Studies Class List
YEAR 1

Spring

INTL1731 Asian business Environment and growth
INTL1431 Understanding Asian Economy and Industry
INTL1441 Understanding Regionalism and Globalization
General Education

Summer

Fall

INTL1733 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia
INTL1433 International project Management
INTL1443 Regional and International Organizations
GENR1213 Software Fundamentals Education 1
General Education

YEAR 2

Spring

INTL2751 Strategy, Negotiations and Diplomacy
INTL2761 Fundamental of International Relations
INTL2451 Theory and Practice of Global Governance
GENR2211 Software Fundamentals Education 2
General Education

Fall

INTL2753 Governance and Policy Making in Asia
INTL2763 Public Speaking and Effective Consulting
INTL2453 Introduction to Accounting
General Education

YEAR 3

Spring

INTL3771 Intro to Accounting
INTL3781 Management Statistics
INTL3471 Global Marketing and Consumer Culture
General Education

Fall

INTL3773 Foreign Policy Analysis
INTL3483 Asian Regional Culture and Organizations
INTL3483 Advanced Decision Making Model
General Education

YEAR 4

Spring

INTL4771 Asian Studies Seminar - I
INTL4491 History of Regional Economic Development
INTL4471 Global Human Resource (HR) practices
INTL4471 Developing Countries in Asia
General Education

Fall

INTL4483 Asian Studies Seminar - II
INTL4453 Korea and Globalization
INTL4463 Global Leadership and International Studies
INTL4473 CSR and Business Ethics
General Education

2020 Course Descriptions International Studies

Course Name Class Description
Understanding Asian Business Environment and Growth This module aims to build an understanding of the diverse range of business environments in Asia – as diverse a range as exists in the world. As such, there is no single Asian business environment, but instead many different environments that demand substantial adjustments to business strategy. A key concept is that an understanding of doing business in any specific country involves consideration of two separate levels of analysis, the country perspective and the firm perspective.
While these two levels of analysis significantly influence one another, it is very important to consider them separately and acknowledge how they differ from one another. It is also expected that students will learn a basic set of descriptive facts about countries and top businesses in the region.
Understanding Asian Economy and Industry This course explores the role of national and regional environments in Asian business. Students taking the course will learn about macro-characteristics such as factor endowments, institutions, politics, and culture that affect country- and firm-level economic outcomes in Asia. We will read a variety of academic articles on East Asian economies which often express differing points of view. The ability to identify an author’s argument and interpret evidence supporting the argument will be a major element of the course.
Asian Regionalism and Globalization The course approaches and clarify the audience the processes of globalization and regionalism in the current world order. Lectures will be divided into several circuits of topics. Individual blocks are intended to explain the origins of globalization, current trends and projections of the future world social and economic development. There will be analyzed the causes, forms and effects of political, economic and socio-cultural impacts of globalization and related processes on developing countries.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia Entrepreneurship is the most popular trend in business worldwide from US, Europe to Asia and Africa. From the view of a person who is interested in setting up a new business, we explore how to find business problems and the products and services to solve these for a new enterprise. After taking this course, students will be able to think about problem solving methods to attack business problems and find solutions. Also, they are expected to regard entrepreneurship as a new way of living for everyone regardless of being salaried workers or entrepreneurs in the future. Especially, we explore this issue in the context of businesses in Asia, where more than the half of world population are living, and which will be the center of world economy in the near future. For this purpose, lecture, discussion and two field trips will be included in the course.
Project Management The module focuses on the issues surrounding the management of international projects. This is achieved by providing a fundamental understanding of project management and how projects are managed in an international context. In addition, project management is applicable to any field of work and study, and the course topics include project initiation, risk, estimating and contracts, planning, human factors, project execution, and standard methods. At university a student is required to plan their studies and manage the course as an individual and a member of the team. Furthermore, in most companies and areas of employment students as they become employees will be expected to work in a project managed environment and later in their careers to manage projects
Regional and International Organizations This undergraduate course on international organizations is designed for those who are interested in international affairs and diplomacy. The ultimate goal of this course is to help the students forge their own analytical framework to understand as well as explain international affairs. History of contemporary international organizations can be dated back to the early 19 century. In the aftermath of the World War II, a growing number of international organizations indicated the needs for sovereign states to deal with common problems. International non-governmental organizations increased tremendously also as a reaction to the pressing issues such as climate change. This course will review the origins, structures, and functions of major international governmental and nongovernmental organizations
Strategy, Negotiations, and Diplomacy Since the beginning of Artificial Intelligence as a research field, game playing has been a fertile environment for the development of novel approaches to build intelligent machines. Besides puzzles and 2-player games (such as chess or checkers), for which contributions based on search and heuristics have been much success-ful, multi-player games make it harder to develop winning strategies. Multi-agent systems (MAS) are a useful paradigm for modeling such games, because of their natural t into these scenarios. Furthermore, applying MAS research in games opens the possibility of applying social aspects of agenthood, which have been studied for years by MAS researchers, in the attractive and controlled scenarios that games convey.
Fundamental of International Relations The module focuses on the issues surrounding the management of international projects. This is achieved by providing a fundamental understanding of project management and how projects are managed in an international context
Theory and Practice of Global Governance The principal purpose of this course is to explore the key theoretical traditions in the discipline of International Relations. There is little agreement as to what international theory is and should be about. Questions of gender inequality and human emancipation are as much a part of International Relations theory today as questions of sovereignty, balance of power and the conduct of war. The aim of the course is threefold. Firstly, it introduces students to fundamental texts and thinkers in Political Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, Marxism, Feminism, Post-structuralism and Post-colonialism in International Relations. Particular attention will be paid to the assumptions, claims, and modes of reasoning that distinguish these theories from one another.
Governance and Policy Making in Asia Cities are where many of our most pressing social, economic, and environmental problems are addressed: innovation and economic development, poverty, infrastructure expansion, and environmental sustainability are all subject to the policies and investment priorities of city governments. In this course we will examine different theories of urban power and governance, the role of the local state in particular, and the ability of different theoretical approaches to explain the emergence and variation of pressing urban problems or suggest solutions. We will focus primarily on cities in the U.S. and Canada, but will also consider the ways in which cities elsewhere face similar or different conditions. Our aim will be to develop a fuller picture of how, why, and with what consequences city governments and their partners develop and implement policy.
Public Speaking and Effective Consulting This course is an introduction to speech communication which emphasizes the practical skill of public speaking, including techniques to lessen speaker anxiety, and the use of visual aids to enhance speaker presentations. Civility and ethical speech-making are the foundations of this course. Its goal is to prepare students for success in typical public speaking situations and to provide them with the basic principles of organization and research needed for effective speeches.
Intro to Accounting Financial statement analysis is the process of analyzing a company's financial statements for decision-making purposes. External stakeholders use it to understand the overall health of an organization as well as to evaluate financial performance and business value. Internal constituents use it as a monitoring tool for managing the finances.
The financial statements of a company record important financial data on every aspect of a business’s activities. As such they can be evaluated on the basis of past, current, and projected performance.
Comparison of Regional Economies The course will be divided into three parts. The initial sections will address three key questions raised by introducing spatial aspects into economic analysis. As such, the course extends the traditional theoretical bases of economic analysis by introducing the regional aspects to supply, demand, and externality perspectives. Applied topics in regional analysis will be surveyed in the second section. Regional economies in the US will be used as practical case studies to highlight the real-world potential of these tools. The final section of the course will explore the history and recent policy debates of regional economics on a global scale.
Management Statistics The fundamentals of managerial statistics are presented. Topics may include descriptive statistics, random variables, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation analysis. Statistical software is used to assist in the analysis of these problems.     
Global Marketing and Consumer Culture This course explores the development of international marketing programs from the determination of objectives and methods of organization through the execution of research, advertising, distribution, and production activities. Students examine the international similarities and differences in marketing functions as related to the cultural, economic, political, social, and physical dimensions of the environment. Students also consider the changes in marketing systems and the adoption of marketing philosophies and practices to fill conditions in different countries.
Foreign Policy Analysis How can we account for the foreign policies of states in the international system? Why do they behave the way they do? This course examines some of the major themes of research on foreign policy, paying particular attention to the United States. The course focuses on why decision makers choose a particular policy, rather than proposing prescriptions for design and implementation. In general, any given choice is a function of systemic and domestic incentives and constraints, and ideational preferences. The course will examine the primary sources of incentives, constraints, and preferences on foreign policy decision-making in general and with respect to specific questions such as the use of economic sanctions.
Asian Regional Culture and Organizations Human geographers are concerned with the “who”, “what”, “where”, “why”, “when”, and “how” of humans their interrelationships and their relationship to the environment:
The course focuses on the spatial aspects of population growth and distribution, cultural differentiation, urban growth and decline, the spread of ideas and innovations, regional development, and the location of economic activity, as well as problems associated with these processes. This introductory course will introduce students to several subfields of study, including population, urban, economic, cultural, and political geography, as well as fundamental geographic concepts.
Advanced Decision Making Model This is an upper-level undergraduate course in managerial economics. Since all managerial decision making takes place in a context of scarcity—whether in terms of time, financial resources, human and capital resources, etc.—the field of economics (which studies of the allocation of our scarce resources) is especially well-suited to address the managerial decision making process. Thus, this course analyzes the process of managerial decision making in an economic context. Nevertheless, relevant concepts from related disciplines (e.g. psychology, decision science, marketing, etc.) will also be introduced insofar as they shed light on the process of managerial decision making
Asian Studies Seminar-1 The program in South Asian Studies combines the requirements of a discipline-based first major with significant course work in South Asian Studies. South Asian Studies can be taken only as a second major. The major is intended to provide students with abroad understanding of the history, culture, and languages of South Asia, as well as the region's current social, political, and economic conditions. Work in a discipline-based major coupled with a focus on South Asia prepares students for graduate study, employment in nongovernmental organizations, or business and professional careers in which an understanding of the region is essential.
History of Regional Economic Development DEV-101 is a semester-long course that evaluates theories of economic (under)development with a focus on political economy. It scrutinizes empirical evidence to understand key features of the economic and political development processes across countries. To do so, the course will utilize analytical frameworks, grounded in economic theory, that examine the determinants of factor accumulation by individuals, firms and societies. Drawing on empirical evidence on individual and societal behavior, we will evaluate the relevance of these frameworks for diagnosing root causes of economic development. Finally, it will use country case studies to develop an understanding of how the judicious use of theory and empirics can provide guidance for economic and governance reforms.
Global Human Resource (HR) Practices Human Resource management is a central function of any organization. Generally, 50 percent or more of an organization’s operating budget is used to pay the people who work there. HR management can be defined as the effective use of human capital in an organization through the management of people-related activities. It involves leadership, values, employment planning, recruiting and selecting employees, training and compensating them, and evaluating their performance. It also significantly influences the corporate culture and norms.
Developing Countries in Asia This course will provide an overview of the key factors influencing the rapid growth and development of Asian economies since the 1950s, with a focus on developments since the Asian financial crisis (1997/98). It will examine a range of development challenges that the region has faced, and the response of various economies. The course will draw on diverse country, sub-regional, and regional experience to identify policies that seem to have contributed most significantly to growth and development, examine why they “worked,” and how they might be applied in other developing economies. It will consider current policy debates on a host of “hot” topics including macroeconomic management, trade, financial market development, regional economic integration, and the environment.
Asian Studies Seminar-2 This course is intended to familiarize graduate students in South Asia studies and allied fields (especially language and literature, history, art history, anthropology, archeology, comparative literature, sociology, gender studies, and history of religions) with some of the theoretical debates central to the study of South Asia.
Korea and Globalization This class is a lecture course with discussion sections, and aims at enhancing the level of understandings on the changes, characteristics, and dynamics of Korea and major issues of her culture, politics, economy, and security. Firstly this course deals with a brief history from traditional state to the present with special emphasis on division and war between the North and South Korea.
Global Leadership and International Studies This course provides students with insight into the nature and scope of global leadership as well as its successes, limitations and failures. Students will examine the core traits, behaviors, and values of what makes managers effective leaders. The course will focus on the human side of leadership and management in a global context, exploring how successful leaders have built effective organizations and companies through essential competences, relationships, visions and interaction within and across businesses. The course will also assess the importance of cross-cultural and intercultural leadership as well as sensitivity towards a variety of social, ethical and diversity issues.
CSR and Business Ethics Using case studies, a group project, and an individual paper, students will explore the challenges inherent in creating and leading organizations that perform on the “triple bottom line” – financial, social, and environmental. Key questions we will consider are: What is a “good” company? What is a “successful” company? Are they different? We will examine these questions from a variety of perspectives: corporate management; shareholders; employees; customers; suppliers; community; and ecosystems. Students will participate in a group project involving an in-class presentation and a 10-page written report. There will be several short assignments and a take-home final exam.