Plan Objectives & Projects in the World Studies

ECONOMICS

Preliminary: An examination of colonial history and the present political economy of Chile through study in the social sciences and an internship. This study will focus on an examination of the historic and current means of land distribution and the ramification of these on current land use in Chile.

POLITICAL SCIENCE/ECONOMICS

Preliminary: To gain a broad background in political science and economics focusing on the area study of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the government structure and the post-war development. I plan to spend the second semester of my junior year in Bosnia, working for an international organization that helps promote peace and reconciliation.

Final: An analysis of the political and economic issues in the case study of Bosnia.
Project:
Two papers: The first paper explains the making of foreign policy through levels of analysis using the example of U.S. foreign policy in Bosnia during the conflict and after the Dayton Peace Accords. The second paper focuses on Bosnia’s transition from socialist to the capitalist market economy.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Preliminary: I would like to combine medicinal plant and food identification with ethnographic information, to provide two sides to a subject that interest me: traditional medicine and nutrition in Mexico.

Final: An exploration of topics in medical anthropology with an area focus on Latin America.
Project:
A study of healers and healing, both in the past and the present. A study of Mexican cuisine, with a focus on nutritional and medicinal aspects.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Preliminary: The study of cross-cultural communication from an anthropological perspective with a focus on interactions between people from the U.S., Japan, and Argentina.

PHILOSOPHY/PHOTOGRAPHY

Preliminary: A study of the philosophy of language in Western thought to see how that compares to the philosophy of language in Eastern thought. The third part of my Plan will be a look at the language of photography and iconography in both traditions. I will have a show of my photographs.

Final (Visual Arts/Photography & Philosophy): A photographic and philosophical investigation of what language means in place. How we use language, both visually and verbally as a vital aspect in understanding.
Project:
An installation of photographic images and two papers. One paper dealing with Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language and the other on semiotics.

POLITICAL SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Preliminary: A study of environmental non-governmental organizations and the effect they have on the formation of international environmental policy. I plan on interning at an international environmental non-governmental organization. (A six-month internship in the UK with War on Want, which works toward global poverty alleviation and specializes in trade unions and workers’ rights.)

Final (Political Science/Economics): A study of the international political economy with a particular focus on the role of transnational corporations in international trade agreement negotiations.
Project:
Two papers: an overview of the history and content of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) with an emphasis on the influence transnational corporations have had on specific sections of GATT: Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Trade Related Investment Agreements (TRIMS) and Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS). A second paper exploring the recently established General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS) and analyzing its potential impact on public services.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Preliminary: A study of Nicaraguan revolutionary literature, focusing on poetry, with an emphasis on the Nicaraguan Women’s movement during the 70s and 80s. I want to do my WSP internship in Nicaragua in the spring of 2002. While there, I hope to conduct some interviews and research the historical and modern roles of women in Nicaraguan society.