University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Thematic Concentration

This program specializes on a particular global or international theme. Students will develop a cross-regional expertise by focusing on how an issue affects more than one global region. Topics may include human rights, democratization, international environmental problems, and international women's issues.

Students may choose language training as a theme and develop high-level competency in multiple languages. Because there is considerable latitude under this option, the sequence of courses will have to be pre-approved by the international studies director. The student will want to develop a well-defined, clearly stated objective followed by a program of study that meets that objective.

Tools (3-14 credits)  

  • Foreign Language Requirement  (2nd year competency required)  
  • Research Methods substitution  (subject to special approval)  

 Core Courses from Social Sciences  (15 credits)  

  • Political and Historical Context  (at least 3 credits, see recommended courses)  
  • Geographic and Sociocultural Context  (at least 3 credits, see recommended courses)  
  • Advanced/Upper-level Courses  (at least 9 credits)  

Area of Specialization (9 credits from Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences)  

  • Specialization courses must be selected from at least two separate fields, and may be substituted partially or entirely by: study abroad and/or summer study in a specialized field at another university  
  • 6- 12 credits Study Abroad are strongly encouraged   


  • Any foreign language  
  • Or methodology needed to investigate the planned thematic concentration.  
  • Please see the International Studies Advisor (104 Krebs)  

Recommended Courses  

  • PS 0302, 0310, 0501, Hist 1171, 1385  
  • Geog 0100, 0210, 0810, Hist 1170, Soc 0340, 0520  or appropriate other courses upon advisement   

Thematic Areas  

  • These and other topics may be the focus of a thematic specialization such as:  
  • Environmental studies, globalization, global warming, comparative thought, comparative literature, human rights, race and ethnicity, labor conflicts, healthcare, women’s issues, etc.  

For details consult with the International Studies Advisor.