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International Studies B.A.

History, Political Science & International Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 32 to 37
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
International Studies is based on understanding a variety of perspectives. Students tackle such issues as human rights, the environment, and conflict and cooperation and examine them through the perspective of multiple disciplines, people, cultures, and countries all with unequal resources, abilities, and worldviews. Students choose from a variety of courses as they begin to understand the complexity of our world, the controversies and conflicts we face, and how compromise can be found in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems. Students will gain a broad background in contemporary international affairs and the skills necessary to participate effectively in the global community. The program incorporates courses and faculty from many different departments and programs. Majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study a world language and to incorporate a study abroad experience into their programs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1) A second field of study (either a minor, another major or dual degree). 2) World language study and/or study abroad are strongly recommended. 3) Course work taken abroad may be applicable to the major with approval from the program director.
First Term Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - Learning in Community (1.0-2.0 cr)
Core (6 cr)
INTS 1010 - Introduction to International Studies [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
POL 1050 - International Relations [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Core Elective (3 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 1205 - Our Globalizing World [SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 1400 - Modern World History from 1500 to present [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
Seminar (4 cr)
INTS 4100 - Seminar in International Studies (4.0 cr)
Thematic Electives (9-12 cr)
To complete this requirement students take at least 3 courses from at least 2 different subjects, such as AMIN, POL, or WS. Thematic courses are broadly focused on contemporary global issues, such as health, poverty, the environment, or security, as international problems rather than state specific issues. Students may apply study abroad, including short-term programs, other appropriate courses, or INTS courses for approval by the program director.
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3888 - Anthropology of Food [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4640 - Medical Anthropology (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 4652 - Cultural Theory for Wicked Problems (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 4653 - Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 2380 - A Global History of Contemporary Art (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3625 - Rhetoric of Globalization [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4210 - Theories of Intercultural Communication (3.0 cr)
· ECON 3150 - Development Economics (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3370 - Geographies of Development (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3411 - Human Environment Interactions (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3461 - Geography of Global Resources (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 4393 - Political Geography (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3386 - The United States and the World since 1898 (4.0 cr)
· HLTH 4700 - Global Health (3.0 cr)
· LGBT 3151 - Queer Cinema in International Perspective [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· LGBT 3152 - History of the International Homosexual Rights Movement (1895 - present) [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3400 - Contemporary Issues in World Politics (4.0 cr)
· POL 3403 - American Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3420 - International Organization and Global Governance (3.0 cr)
· POL 3426 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· POL 3451 - Theories of International Relations (4.0 cr)
· POL 3456 - International Security: War and More (4.0 cr)
· POL 3530 - Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3570 - Politics of Developing Nations (3.0 cr)
· WS 3000 - Transnational Perspectives on Feminism [SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3250 - Women, Peace and War [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· INTS 3458 - International Negotiation & Bargaining: Negotiating Across Cultures (3.0 cr)
or POL 3458 - International Negotiation & Bargaining: Negotiating Across Cultures (3.0 cr)
Regional Electives (6-8 cr)
To complete this requirement students take at least 2 courses from at least 2 different subjects, such as ANTH, HIST, or SPAN. Regional courses are courses that might, for example, focus on the contemporary politics, culture, or art of a particular country or region. Students may apply study abroad, including short-term programs, other appropriate courses, or INTS courses for approval by the program director.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· AAAS 3202 - African Story-Telling and Folklore (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3230 - American Indian Tribal Government and Law [SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4250 - American Indian Diplomacy: Treaties, Compacts, and Agreements [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3635 - Peoples and Cultures of Europe (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3638 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3130 - Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3140 - Women in Art/Visual Culture in Latin America (3.0 cr)
· FR 2315 - French Cinema [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America (3.0 cr)
· GER 2402 - Germany Today [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3244 - Holocaust & Genocide in Europe in the 20th Century (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3265 - The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and Contemporary Russia [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3615 - Modern Africa (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3726 - Modern Middle East: 18th Century-Present (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3735 - Muslim Societies [GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems (4.0 cr)
· POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia (3.0 cr)
· POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development (3.0 cr)
· POL 3580 - Central American Politics (3.0 cr)
· WS 3001 - Gender Relations in the Global South [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics (3.0 cr)
· WS 3750 - Voices of African Women [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· Optional Regional Electives Requiring World Language Skills
Take 0 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· FR 4412 - Contemporary French Culture and Society [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4305 - German Cinema [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3042 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities in Latin America [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3044 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities of Spain [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4011 - Latin American Prose [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4017 - Latin American Cinema and Culture [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4018 - Latin America From Within [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4019 - Seminar: Latin America in the 21st Century [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4027 - Contemporary Literature and Culture of Spain [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4028 - Literature and Culture of Spain 18th to the 20th Century [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
Optional Experience (0-6 cr)
Students may propose one course to apply to either the Thematic or Regional Elective requirement. Proposals may range from the list below, study abroad courses, or other experiences. Courses need approval from the program director.
Take 0 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
· INTS 3191 - International Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· INTS 3197 - International Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - Learning in Community
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
INTS 1010 - Introduction to International Studies (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the field of International Studies, examination of the implications of our global world, and analysis of a selection of issues in contemporary international affairs.
POL 1050 - International Relations (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to contemporary international politics: levels of analysis; the international system; nation-state behavior; foreign policy decision making; economic and defense policy issues.
ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to representative cultures of the world and to concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, focusing on range of variation and degree of uniformity in human behavior and in cultural adaptations.
GEOG 1205 - Our Globalizing World (SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course analyzes the relationship between the environment, economic development, culture, and politics by examining human geography in the context of global regions. This course introduces core concepts in human geography such as space, place, and scale, and globalization, and applies those concepts to understand the diversity of our globalizing world. Topics from the impact of climate change, to colonialism, the geography of agriculture, urbanization, geopolitics, and ethnic and national identities are explored.
HIST 1400 - Modern World History from 1500 to present (LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Summer Even Year
This course surveys the evolution of the world from relatively isolated regions around 1500 to the global interdependence whose trends continues to the present day. This course will examine the emergence of the interdependence among major civilizations, especially between the West and the East. This latest interaction was initiated by the European colonizations and sustained by the contributions of other civilizations. Major themes of the course include the social, cultural, political, economic, demographic, and environmental ramifications of the global interaction.
INTS 4100 - Seminar in International Studies
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of and supervised research and writing on selected topics. prereq: Pol 1050, 60 credits including 8 upper division credits approved IntS courses and instructor consent
AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course fosters a consideration of the planet's indigenous peoples, emphasizing their various and varying cultural, territorial, political, social, legal, aesthetic, economic, and intellectual contributions and claims. Exploring indigenous peoples' relationships with one another, with settler governments, with non-governmental organizations, and with supranational institutions, students in the course will develop a broad understanding of the increasingly global trajectories of indigenous studies.
ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ANTH 3628/WS 3628
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cross-cultural survey of gender systems, focusing on contemporary women's lives around the world. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 3888 - Anthropology of Food (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced survey and comparative study of the relationship between food and culture in the past and present. Topics include the prehistoric, biological, and cultural aspects of the collection, production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food, and an analysis of its social, cultural, political, and economic significance. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 4640 - Medical Anthropology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 60 credits or grad student, or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comparative, cross-cultural examination of sickness and healing. Drawing from ethnographic work on indigenous, alternative, and Euro-American medical systems as well as shamanism, the course works with symbolic, social, political, and historical perspectives. prereq: minimum 60 credits or grad student, or instructor consent
ANTH 4652 - Cultural Theory for Wicked Problems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem difficult to solve for many reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people or opinions involved, the large economic burden of solutions, and the interconnected nature of these with other problems. This course explores the ways that cultural theory provides critical insights in complex contemporary arenas such as government policy, nonprofit work, law, business, communications, education, health issues, environment and conservation, natural resources management, risk management, natural disaster responses, and more. The goal of the course is to teach students the value of cultural theory in understanding and working within the complexities of the contemporary world. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 4653 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary topics in selected branches of anthropology. Active participation in group research project to develop and enhance anthropological research skills. prereq: minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
ARTH 2380 - A Global History of Contemporary Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course maps the trajectories of art and design from the 1970's to the present, paying close attention to: global movements; the terrains of the category called contemporary art; the modes through which globalization affects and challenges this terrain; and the role of art in world politics.
COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This is a skills course in which students learn how to engage in effective intercultural communication and relationships. Students apply what they are learning by participating in intercultural communication with classmates from a wide variety of cultures. Students learn about variations in cultural practices and values and how social, political and economic forces have both been influenced by and influence those cultures. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for 2929
COMM 3625 - Rhetoric of Globalization (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and reflection of global civil society, with special focus on the ways that new and changing forms of communication have altered the meaning of a democratic press, civic participation, human rights and shared experience. prereq: 1112
COMM 4210 - Theories of Intercultural Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study major theories and concepts of intercultural communication, including national, racial, and ethnic similarities and differences in communication practices; cultural beliefs and values; issues of identity, power, conflict, and control.
ECON 3150 - Development Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of the conceptual meaning of economic growth and development, problems facing developing countries, economic models underlying different development paths. Exploration of socio-historical and economic reasons for lack of development in selected areas and policy options to promote economic progress. prereq: 1022, 1023
GEOG 3370 - Geographies of Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This class examines the global geography of wealth and poverty, i.e., why some places are very rich while others are very poor. The impacts of colonialism, the Cold War, globalization, overpopulation, and ecological and climate change are explained, and the prospects for a more just future are considered. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
GEOG 3411 - Human Environment Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the interactions between humans and their physical environments. Topics covered include the physical components of the natural environment, human population growth and movement, natural resource use, and human impact upon vegetation, soil, water, landforms and climate. pre-req: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Geography of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts; human-physical environment interrelationships under extreme geophysical conditions; causes, characteristics, and consequences of natural hazards; human adjustment to natural hazards. Prereq: 1414 or Geol 1110, or minimum 30 credits or instructor consent.
GEOG 3461 - Geography of Global Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spatial distribution and uses of global natural resources addressed through models of resource management, focusing on energy, non-fuel minerals, population, food, and technology. Theoretical approach and political perspective applied to trade, international economic development, and environmental issues. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
GEOG 4393 - Political Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the geography of social power from international geopolitics, to protest politics in public space, to theories of hetero-normativity and patriarchy. The central focus of this course is the spatial organization of politics, i.e., how people organize themselves into groups, and how those groups police themselves and vie with each other in various places and at multiple scales. prereq: Minimum 60 credits including or instructor consent
HIST 3386 - The United States and the World since 1898
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines United States foreign relations--political, economic, social, and cultural--since 1898. prereq: students will receive credit if 3384 (only) or 3385 (only) were taken; credit will not be granted if already received for 3384 and 3385.
HLTH 4700 - Global Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course addresses global health topics, such as disease burdens, healthcare, nutrition, health inequalities, human rights, indigenous health, maternal/child health, and sustainability. It also examines goals, programs, and policies designed to improve the health of the global community. pre-req: HLTH 1100 and minimum 60 credits; no grad credit
LGBT 3151 - Queer Cinema in International Perspective (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
This course offers an investigation of feature films and documentaries about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites, transgender and intersex individuals in international, primarily European and American, and historical perspective. pre-req: WS 1000 or instructor consent
LGBT 3152 - History of the International Homosexual Rights Movement (1895 - present) (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course introduces students to the long winding road toward the emancipation of sexual outsiders (homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transvestites, intersex, and transgender individuals) worldwide. prereq: WS 1000 or CST 2001 or instructor consent
POL 3400 - Contemporary Issues in World Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Detailed examination and analysis of selected contemporary issues in world politics and international relations. Policy recommendations dealing with each issue. Students can repeat this course for a maximum total of 8 credits. prereq: 1050 and 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3403 - American Foreign Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 3403/3402
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Various influences on the making of American foreign policy; understanding why particular foreign policy choices are made and the effects of a changing international environment on American foreign policy. prereq: 1011 or 1050 and 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3420 - International Organization and Global Governance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Explores the role of international organizations in world politics and the evolution of global governance systems. Includes examinations of state sovereignty, methods for achieving cooperation, and whether international organizations are effective means for achieving global collective goods. prereq: 1050 and 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3451 - Theories of International Relations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical and contemporary theories of international relations. Views of contending theorists are analyzed and assessed. prereq: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3456 - International Security: War and More
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to a variety of different aspects of International Security, including warfare, terrorism, human rights, environmental justice, and women and violence worldwide. Includes discussion of efforts to ensure and barriers to achieving international security in its various forms. prereq: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3530 - Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A cross-national examination of the intersection of law and politics in the development of constitutional law, especially in newly emerging democracies. Includes an investigation of the relationship between globalization and constitutional development and the role that law plays in social control, dispute resolution, protection of minority rights, social change, and economic development. prereq: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3570 - Politics of Developing Nations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Nature of political development; individual and institutional causes and consequences of development; political economy of the Third World. prereq: 1050 or 1500 and 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
WS 3000 - Transnational Perspectives on Feminism (SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of feminist movements worldwide. Focuses on feminist theories and research, and feminist non-governmental organization in a transnational perspective, and specifically on the effects of and resistance to such realities as racism, neo-colonialism, nationalism, imperialism, militarization, globalization, poverty, war, reproductive control, and violence against women in its many manifestations. prereq: 1000 or 2101 or instructor consent
WS 3250 - Women, Peace and War (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: WS 3250/HIST 3250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Feminist analysis of war and peace; debates regarding the gendered nature of war and peace; analysis of the interrelationships of patriarchy, masculinity, and militarism. Women's role in warfare as soldiers, mothers, wives, munitions makers, etc. and effects of war on women including disease, displacement, rape, trafficking and prostitution, etc. Feminism and peace: Feminist peace activism and peacemaking efforts. prereq: 1000 or 2101 or 3750 or 3775 or instructor consent
INTS 3458 - International Negotiation & Bargaining: Negotiating Across Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: INTS 3458/POL 3458
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Cultural understanding and misunderstanding can determine the outcome of international negotiation and bargaining. Word choice becomes particularly significant in global negotiations. In this class, we explore how international solutions in various areas, such as the environment, business, politics, and human rights, are produced through negotiation and influenced by culture, language, and behavior. pre-req: minimum 30 credits
POL 3458 - International Negotiation & Bargaining: Negotiating Across Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: INTS 3458/POL 3458
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Cultural understanding and misunderstanding can determine the outcome of international negotiation and bargaining. Word choice becomes particularly significant in global negotiations. In this class, we explore how international solutions in various areas, such as the environment, business, politics, and human rights, are produced through negotiation and influenced by culture, language, and behavior. pre-req: minimum 30 credits
AAAS 3202 - African Story-Telling and Folklore
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AAAS 3202/EDUC 3202
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is about the importance of story-telling and folklore in diverse African societies. It will examine the social context of the types, forms, and genres of story-telling in African societies and the folklores associated with story-telling. It traces the history of story-telling in African societies before and after colonization, the cultural expressions and meanings of folklore, uses and applications of story-telling and folklore, and the role of community in defining the boundaries of story-telling and folkloric culture.
AMIN 3230 - American Indian Tribal Government and Law (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AMIN 3230/TAG 3230
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
American Indian tribal governments and leadership, historically and today, have aimed at the promotion and protection of the nation, overseen domestic and foreign affairs, and provided for the basic needs and desires of their citizens. This course provides students a general background of the history, development, structure, and politics associated with indigenous governments, analyzing how these institutions have been modified to meet ever-changing internal needs and external pressures. prereq: minimum 30 credits
AMIN 4250 - American Indian Diplomacy: Treaties, Compacts, and Agreements (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AMIN 4250/TAG 4250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Indigenous Nations have long engaged in diplomatic arrangements with one another, foreign nations, colonial/state governments, and the United States. Such political engagements affirm the inherent sovereignty of First Nations, recognizing the distinctive rights and power unique to Native peoples and were used to forge friendships, end wars, cede lands and resources, create reservations, and reserve hunting and fishing rights. This course examines the history of First Nations treaty making, the legal and political status of Indian treaties and agreement, the ambiguities and problems in indigenous-state diplomacy and treaty litigation. prereq: minimum 60 credits
ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of social, political, economic, and religious organization of contemporary national and native cultures of Mexico, Central America, and South America. prereq: 1604, minimum 30 credits
ANTH 3635 - Peoples and Cultures of Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Exploration of European peoples to develop a cross-cultural understanding of how cultures function. Survey of social, political, economic, religious, family and kinship, gender, urban, globalism/globalization. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 3638 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 cr or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines how anthropologists study the cultures and social institutions of the modern Middle East. Focus on religion, family life, gender, politics, economy, urban ways of life, kinship and marriage, and the impacts of globalism. prereq: minimum 30 cr or instructor consent
ARTH 3130 - Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on modern and contemporary visual culture of Mexico from approximately 1860 to the present. It examines the dominant art forms of late nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico: these include post-revolutionary muralism and social realism; movements, artists, and visual genre outside of the nationalist traditional; abstraction, surrealism, the international avant-garde, urban planning, photography, print culture, film, performance, and conceptual art.
ARTH 3140 - Women in Art/Visual Culture in Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course focuses on representations of women and by women in the art and visual culture of Mexico and other Latin American countries, examining the many ways in which the image of female body in Latin America has been used to construct and typify regional understandings of gender, class, racial, and national identities. Distinguishing between women as subject matter and women as producers of art, we will also look to female artists in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries to investigate how they might be engaging with and/or critiquing traditional iconographical representations.
FR 2315 - French Cinema (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Images of human diversity in French cinema. Films with English subtitles; class discussion in English.
GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Considers the social, physical and political landscapes of Latin America and the Caribbean before, during and after the European invasion and colonial times. Examines contemporary dynamics in the region from a political ecology perspective. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
GER 2402 - Germany Today (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of culture, politics, and society of Germany and German-speaking countries, beginning with post World War II era and emphasizing the European Union's emergence and Germany's role in contemporary Eastern Europe. Taught in English.
HIST 3244 - Holocaust & Genocide in Europe in the 20th Century
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The murder of six million Jews as well as hundreds of thousands of other innocent civilians by the Nazi regime during World War II remains one of the most horrific massacres in human history. This course will examine the circumstances and causes that led to the Holocaust, the mechanisms through which the genocide was carried out, and the consequences and responses to the Holocaust. We will consider the perspectives of victims, bystanders, perpetrators, collaborators and resisters, as well as the meanings of these categories themselves. Moreover, this course frames the Holocaust within the broader history of ethnic cleansing and genocide, posing important questions about modernity and threats faced by minority populations in our world today.
HIST 3265 - The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and Contemporary Russia (LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will cover the economic, political, social and cultural changes within the Russian empire, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation over the course of the 20th century and into the 21st. Topics to be covered include the Russo-Japanese War, the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Russian Civil War, Russia's industrialization and collectivization of land, Stalinism, the Great Patriotic War, the cold War, late Soviet culture, the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russian under Yeltsin and Putin. Throughout the semester, students will be working with a variety of primary and secondary sources in different media (textual materials, visual sources, and film). Thorough written and oral assignment, student will develop their critical reading, writing and speaking skills. Credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 2265 or 2365.
HIST 3615 - Modern Africa
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Africa, 1800 to present. Colonial conquest and domination, African resistance, nationalism, and problems of independence. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 3515
HIST 3726 - Modern Middle East: 18th Century-Present
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines developments of politics, religion, culture in the contemporary Middle East from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics include contacts with the west, connections between modernity, democracy and Islam; gender; national identity; globalization and societal transformation in the urban Middle East.
HIST 3735 - Muslim Societies (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Muslim Societies examines the political, religious, and cultural bases of societies in which Islam is the predominant, but not the only, faith. It covers Islamic origins, expansion; and innovation in the premodern period as well as global socio-political issues of the modern era.
POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Comparative analysis of development and operation of political-governmental institutions and processes in selected Western European countries: political and ideological patterns and trends; problems of democratic politics; policy issues in advanced industrial societies; and the future of the "welfare state." prereq: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This class is a comparative study of the states in Asia namely India, China, Japan, and others. The class will explore the historical trajectories of these states; will study how these histories have given rise to different forms of their current state formations; will explore their contemporary political systems; economies; their socio-cultural and gender dynamics; and contemporary policy issues faced by these states. The class will also analyze the geo-strategic significance of Asia to the West/United States in the contemporary eras of globalization. pre-req: POL 1500 or instructor's consent
POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A comparative examination of politics and development in the Latin American region. Topics of this course include transition to democracy, democratic consolidation, rule of law, human rights, the military and politics, women and politics, executive-legislative relations, civil society, and economic development. prereq: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3580 - Central American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Explores the history, politics, culture, and modern problems in Central America. Includes examination of the differences and similarities in colonial history among Central American countries, the role of U.S. influence on Central American politics and the economy, and legacies of civil wars. Then, it focuses on modern problems of violence against women, gangs, violent crime, and governance, and how international and local organizations and individuals can (or cannot) contribute to alleviating these problems. prereq: 1050 and 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
WS 3001 - Gender Relations in the Global South (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Using comparative historical, political, socioeconomic and feminist perspectives this course critically examines how factors such as colonialism, imperialism, and globalization continue to impact, construct, and reconstruct gender relations in post-colonial cultures with adverse consequences for women in Third World countries. It also examines how conditions in Third World countries are shaped by global economic systems, which lead to massive migrations of Third World women into the United States. It critically evaluate the concepts of universal subordination, particularly, a consciousness which categories women in the Global South as "overall victims," the other, or exotic.
WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of contemporary economic and socio-political issues affecting Latin American women. prereq: 1000 or 2101 or instructor consent
WS 3750 - Voices of African Women (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course critically examines African women's daily-lived experiences. It explores the impact of global, historic, economic, and political forces, such as colonialism, neocolonialism, and current globalization impacts on their lives. This course studies the challenges of universalizing Western feminism, as a panacea to Africa women's problems. Using African eyes through African voices in texts, novels films photograph and living history, African women will be studies as knowing subject, social actors, and change agents but not as universal victims. Differences between women on the basis of class, ethnicity, religion, age sexuality, rural/urban residence, levels of education and marital status will be examined. The course will explore the rich diversity of African cultures, peoples, and natural resources. It will answer such important question as Why are African women portrayed as the poorest of the poor, victims of their cultures, traditions and African male sexism?
FR 4412 - Contemporary French Culture and Society (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of contemporary social, cultural, and political issues in France and other Francophone regions. Conducted in French. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with grade of C or higher; or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of German written and visual texts and exploration of women's oppression within repressive political systems as well as Western democracies; women's exploration of their selves; and the question of whether there is a "female writing". Conducted in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4305 - German Cinema (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the history of German cinema and to film analysis with a focus on the relationship among German film, history, literature, culture, and politics. The course will examine representative works from various cinematic periods. Taught in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Civilization, culture, and politics of Germany and German-speaking countries since 1945. Research term paper in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 3042 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities in Latin America (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical overview and survey of key themes of Latin America until the present day. Analysis of key cultural (literary, filmic, artistic, architectural, and musical) texts. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent
SPAN 3044 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities of Spain (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical overview and survey of key themes of the Iberian Peninsula from pre-history until the present day. Analysis of key cultural (literary, filmic, artistic, architectural, and musical) texts. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent
SPAN 4011 - Latin American Prose (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Prose fiction with emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Attention also to cultural background. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4017 - Latin American Cinema and Culture (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Exploration of the production of cinema paired with the analysis of and insight into Latin American cinema and culture. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4018 - Latin America From Within (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of selected Latin American countries: historical, political, cultural, and other defining moments and literary expressions of those moments, with the goal of seeing the country from within. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4019 - Seminar: Latin America in the 21st Century (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
A study of longer, newer, or less studied (yet important) literary works, as well as their relevant cultural background. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4027 - Contemporary Literature and Culture of Spain (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The study of twentieth and twenty-first century literature and culture of Spain from the Second Republic until the present day. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4028 - Literature and Culture of Spain 18th to the 20th Century (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Literature and culture (art, film, music, architecture, popular culture) of the Spanish Enlightenment through the twentieth century. Texts will be studied within their historical, political and social contexts and will shed light on the author/composer/artist's ideology vis-a-vis dominant philosophical and political climates. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Overview of cinema of Spain. Examines a variety of filmic genres. Spanish national identity will be the main axis of inquiry. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
INTS 3191 - International Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 15.0]
Prerequisites: department consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
For students who want to take an independent study course while traveling or living in a foreign country. Course must be approved by supervising faculty member and director of international studies. prereq: department consent
INTS 3197 - International Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 50 credits, department consent; max 4 cr may be applied to IntS major
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised work experience involving international interaction. prereq: minimum 50 credits, department consent; max 4 cr may be applied to IntS major