Any student at the University of Mississippi can minor in international studies. Students do not have to apply to the Croft Institute to declare international studies as their minor. Students can simply start taking the courses required for the minor, but it is useful to declare the minor. Students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal Arts should visit Ventress to declare, while students in other schools should visit their respective dean's office.
If you are a current Ole Miss student interested in the International Studies minor, please let us know who you are! We would like to keep you informed about international studies-related news and events happening on campus as well as give you an early look at the Inst-designated courses that will be taught in the coming semester. Click on the link in the upper right-hand corner of this web page.
Course Requirements: A minor in international studies consists of 18 hours, including Pol 102 (Introduction to Comparative Politics) and 15 hours of 300-level (or higher) course work selected from Inst-designated courses. A minimum grade of C is required in all course work to be counted toward the international studies minor.
Other Academic Requirements: Students must demonstrate competency in a modern language other than English by completing 3 hours of 300-level course work in a modern language with a minimum grade of C.
Students who have taken Inst 101 as international studies majors and would like to complete the minor can substitute Inst 101 for Pol 102.
This course will study social change in Europe from the end of World War II in 1945 to the present through the medium of film, accompanied by selected readings. We will screen one or two films for each of the decades from the 1940s to the 2000s and use each film as a window or voice to tell the story of the time and thus make the respective period come alive. We will meet twice a week, though films will be screened in the evenings and take the place of one of that week’s class periods. Films may be either from or about the relevant decade and be selected from the following: The Third Man, Rome Open City, Bicycle Thieves, La Strada, A Girl Called Rosemarie, one of the Sissi films, The Marriage of Maria Braun, One Two Three, Breathless, Belle de Jour, Ida, The Weekend, Darling, The Full Monty, The Long Good Friday, The Baader Meinhof Complex, La Prima Linea, The Long Good Friday, My Beautiful Laundrette, This is England, The Nasty Girl, Head On, As We Leave, and others. Students will be graded on the basis of class participation and six short papers (3–5 pages), each analyzing and contextualizing a particular film. A core text will likely include Tony Judt’s Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945.
Democracy in Latin America
This course examines democracy in Latin America within an interdisciplinary and comparative framework. We will begin by tracing how the distinct political history of Latin America developed the attitudinal, institutional, and behavioral contexts for contemporary politics. Then, we will study contemporary democratic regimes, particularly key cases, such as Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. We will also focus on key institutions, such as the presidency, political parties, the military, and the Church. Finally, the course will analyze the quality of democracy in the region, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, relying on various survey, socioeconomic, and electoral data.