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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Students at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies travel around the globe including places like Shanghai China

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An emphasis in Asian Studies at the Josef Korbel School provides students with the necessary tools to engage in the quickly developing Asian world, one of the emerging global power centers in the 21st century. Students will learn about the historical roots of economic, political and security development as well as the role that Asian countries will likely play in the coming decades and how rapid economic growth, especially in China, will impact global security, international trade and human rights.

The Center for China-US Cooperation (CCUSC) at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies holds an annual conference along with numerous forums throughout the year for students, faculty and the public. We host academics, Washington insiders, and a number of other China experts to address timely topics related to China and China-US relations. In addition, the editorial office of the top journal of Chinese studies, the Journal of Contemporary China, is located in the CCUSC, students have the opportunity to work with its editor and learn about the leading academic and policy journals of China studies in the world.

In 2009, the University of Denver entered into an agreement with the China Studies Institute at Peking University to establish a DU Graduate Center. Korbel students have the opportunity to conduct independent research, engage in internships as well as take graduate seminar courses or language instruction at the China Studies Institute at Peking University.


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Course offerings

For students interested in designing a concentration in Asian studies, at least one course must be region-specific. Region-specific courses include:

  • INTS 4440: US and East Asian Security
  • INTS 4447: Chinese Foreign Policy
  • INTS 4458: Political Economy of China's Transition
  • INTS 4460: China's Rise: Revolution, Nationalism, Communism and Liberalism
  • INTS 4574: China and India in Comparative Analysis
  • INTS 4142: After the Fall: Russia and China
  • INTS 4403: The Politics of Post-communist Transition and Enlargement
  • INTS 4643: Japan in East Asia
  • INTS 4710: Topics: Russia's American Policy
  • INTS 4760: Russian Foreign and Defense Policy

All concentrations must be approved by the degree director and the Josef Korbel School Office of Student Affairs.

In addition, students can incorporate an Asian focus into the following courses:

  • INTS 4521: International Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • INTS 4379: Gender, Environment and Development
  • INTS 4501: Comparative Politics: States and Societies in the 21st Century
  • INTS 4939: Human Rights: Genocide
  • INTS 4936: International Law and Human Rights
  • INTS 4941: Human Rights and International Organizations
  • INTS 4367: Global Health Affairs
  • INTS 4715: Problems and Challenges of Democratization
  • INTS 4373: Sustainable Development and the Environment

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