Regional and functional concentrations are open to students of all majors and offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of a particular area. They combine course work at Washington College in anthropology, business, economics, history, political science, modern language with at least one semester (or summer) abroad in the region of focus. Current regions of study include African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Near Eastern Studies. In addition, the program offers functional concentrations in Global Business Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies.
The regional concentration is designed to serve students who wish to develop a focus on a particular world region, for those who plan to enter business, government, or international agency service and for those who are preparing for graduate study of a particular region.
International studies majors and those pursuing concentrations in international studies may apply for funds to offset the cost of study abroad from the Bennett Endowment for International Studies. Learn more about the application process here.
Common Requirements for the Regional and Global Business Concentrations
Students must complete six courses plus the study of a regional language for a regional concentration or a seventh course for the Global Business concentration, must study abroad for a semester (preferred) or in an approved short-term abroad program, and complete a research paper in the area of concentration (often in conjunction with required coursework).
In particular, to complete a concentration students must:
1. Take two of the following introductory courses, preferably during their freshman and sophomore years:
- ANT 105: Introduction to Anthropology
- ECN 111: Introduction to Macroeconomics
- HIS 104: Introduction to World History
- POL 104: Introduction to World Politics
Students may substitute other introductory level courses that pertain to their region with approval from their concentration advisor. Examples include, but are not limited to, Philosophy 112, Introduction to Comparative Religion: Eastern for African or Asian Studies, or Art 200, History of Western Art for European Studies.
2. By the middle of their final semester at Washington College, submit a research paper of acceptable quality on a topic relating to the area of concentration, approved by the concentration advisor. Students are free to revise or adapt a paper written for one of the required courses for the concentration or to adapt a chapter of the senior thesis to fulfill this requirement.
3. Pursue upper-level coursework in their area of specialty, both at Washington College and in the region itself, beyond the study of language. Two courses (or three in case of Global Business Studies) must be completed at Washington College (see recommended courses listed below) and two courses abroad. Alternatively, participation in non-Washington College programs or a Washington College short-term abroad program (such as a summer or winter break program) plus one additional course at Washington College may substitute for two courses abroad, with approval of the concentration faculty advisor.
4. Complete concentration-specific requirements as detailed in the individual concentration descriptions below:
- African Studies
- Asian Studies
- European Studies
- Global Business Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Near Eastern Studies
- Peace and Conflict Studies
5. Submit an application for the concentration upon completion of the requirements or by the spring advising day of the year you intend to graduate.