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Courses & Focus Areas

International Studies Approved Courses by Semester

The following course listings are tentative. For the most updated version, please see the university class schedule.

Choosing a Focus

You should choose an area of focus based on your academic interests, future academic goals, and career aspirations. The coursework you take as part of your focus will provide the academic background needed when applying for graduate school or a job.

Each focus allows students to arrange their coursework on an international theme and its impact across several regions and disciplinary perspectives. You must choose one focus and choose only approved courses for that focus.


Focus Areas

Select a focus area to learn more about this global theme and to see course offerings in this area. Classes shown here are not guaranteed to be offered during the time you spend here at the U, and are subject to change. Check each semester's course lists for the exact courses available.

The Culture & Identity focus allows students to explore how culture affects human interaction, language, and the arts. Students who choose this focus may work as an international educator promoting cross cultural educational programs or supporting international students in the U.S. They may also work to promote the arts of other cultures through local and international associations or may consult businesses, government, or organizations about the importance of cultural competence.

  • ANTH 3151 - Peoples of the Pacific (BF, IR)
  • ANTH 3110 - Women Cross Culturally (BF, IR)
  • ANTH 3120 - Friendship and Social Networks
  • ANTH 3134 - Anthropology of the Human Mind (BF)
  • ANTH 3135 - Symbolic Anthropology
  • ANTH 5255 - Race & Culture (DV)

  • ARCH 3210 - Survey of World Architecture I
  • ARCH 3211 - Survey of World Architecture II

  • ART 3010 - Language of Color (IR)

  • CLCS 3670 - Comparative World Literature & Civilization
  • CLCS 4325 - Muslim-Americans in the US (DV)

  • COMM 3190 - Intercultural Communication (DV)
  • COMM 3770 - Cross Cultural Documentary (IR)
  • COMM 5620 - International Communication (IR)

  • ED PS 4331 - International Children's Literature (IR)

  • ENGL 3780 - Global/Transnational Literature (IR)
  • ENGL 5930 - Theories of Race, Ethnicity, & Nation
  • ENGL 5950 - Theories of Culture

  • FCS 3370 - Parenting & Culture (IR)

  • FILM 3250 - Cinema of the Developing World (IR)
  • FILM 3270 - Foreign Eye (varying topics)

  • GNDR 4110 - Women Cross Culturally (BF, IR)
  • GNDR 4765 - Gender & War
  • GNDR 5760 - Gender & Sexuality in Int'l Literature (IR)

  • HIST 4770 - Modern Warfare

  • LING 3220 - World Englishes  (IR)
  • LING 3470 - Language & Culture (IR)
  • LING 3480 - Language and Social Justice (HF)
  • LING 3600 - Cross-Cultural Communication (DV)

  • MIDE 3710: Hinduism and Islam
  • MIDE 3713 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • MIDE 4007: Women’s Voices: Egypt and Iran
  • MIDE 4510 - Introduction to Islam (IR)

  • MUSC 3600 - World Music (FF, IR)

  • NUIP 3620 - Cultural Aspects of Food (IR)

  • PHIL 3640 - World Religions (IR, HF)

  • SOC 3440 - Sociology of Religion (BF)

  • SP ED 3020 - Special Education Global Perspectives 
  • SP ED 5020 - Special Education Global Perspectives 

  • WRTG 4010 - Writing across Borders (CW, IR)

Coursework from the Development & Sustainability focus identifies issues related to global population growth, migration, economic development, global climate change, and sustainability. International development attempts to find economic, political, and social solutions to alleviate poverty in developing nations. Students who choose this focus may be interested in working for an international humanitarian organization or development agencies like USAID. Organizations and agencies vary in focus including health, social justice, environment, political participation, and micro finance.

  • ANTH 3110 - Women Cross Culturally (BF, IR)
  • ANTH 3145 - Human Migration (IR)
  • ANTH 3484 - The Ecology of Hunters and Gatherers
  • ANTH 3486 - Human Ecology (BF, SF)
  • ANTH 4181 - Kinship & Marriage
  • ANTH 5187 - Economic Anthropology
  • ANTH 5234 - Population Issues in Anthro. (QB, QI)
  • ANTH 5255 - Race & Culture (DV)

  • BIOL 3440 - Global Change Ecology
  • BIOL 3450 - Rainforest Ecology (SF, IR)
  • BIOL 3460 - Global Environmental Issues (SF, IR)
  • BIOL 3470 - Conservation Biology (AS)

  • COMM 4360 - Consuming the Earth
  • COMM 5360 - Environmental Communication
  • COMM 5370 - Atomic West
  • COMM 5620 - International Communication (IR)

  • ECON 5080 - Marxian Economics (CW)
  • ECON 5170 - Feminist Economics (DV)
  • ECON 5530 - Principles of Economic Development (pre-req ECON 2010 and 2020)
  • ECON 5540 - Capitalism & Socialism
  • ECON 5560 - Gender & Econ. Development

  • ENVST 3210 - Global Climate Change (SF)
  • ENVST 3364 - Global Challenges to Sustainability (IR)

  • GEOG 3215 - Climate Change Impacts *(pre-requisite GEOG 3210)
  • GEOG 3270 - Global Patterns of Life (CW)
  • GEOG 3400 - Population Geography (CW)
  • GEOG 3610 - World Cities (BF)

  • GNDR 4765 - Gender & War (IR)

  • HIST 4210 - Global History of Poverty 
  • HIST 4620 - Gender and War
  • HIST 4855 - Environmental History of India
  • HIST 4860 - Environmental History of China

  • MIDE 4880 - Enviro Issues of MIDE & North Africa

  • PHIL 3730 - Justice & International Affairs (IR) 

  • POLS 3620 - United Nations
  • POLS 5322 - Enviro/Sustain Policy
  • POLS 5625 - International Ethics

  • PRT 5610 - International Tourism (IR, CW)
  • PRT 5855 - Seminar in Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism

  • SOC 3435 - Inequality, Power & Globalization
  • SOC 3436 - Global Social Structure & Change
  • SOC 3446 - Power, Politics, & People
  • SOC 3480 - Environmental Sociology (IR)
  • SOC 3486 - Global Environmental Crisis
  • SOC 3610 - Refugee Rights and Crime
  • SOC 3650 - Population & Society * (QB, IR, QI) 
  • SOC 3653 - Global Population Problems
  • SOC 3720 - Environmental Health Disparities
  • SOC 3741 - Migrants and Communities (IR)

  • SW 3720 - Immigration & Resettlement (DV)
  • SW 4100 - Global Comm BSD Research (IR)

The European Studies focus allows students to analyze European art, literature, history, and politics to gain a deeper understanding of the region. Through this study, students will expand their insight into current issues Europe is facing.  Students who choose this focus may pursue work within European politics, business, education, or other industries, and bring their regional insight into those fields.

  • ANTH 3126 - Mediterranean Cultures (BF, IR)
  • ANTH 3127 - Peoples of Europe (BF, IR)

  • ARTH 3250 - Baroque Art Europe
  • ARTH 4195 - Seminar: Medieval Books
  • ARTH 4240 - Topics of Renaissance/Baroque Art

  • ENGLISH - Any 3000+ level English course focusing on European literature
  • ENGL 5860 - Studies in Post Colonial Literature

  • FRENCH - Any 3000+ level French course

  • GERMAN - Any 3000+ level German course

  • HIST - Any 3000+ level History course focusing on European history periods

  • ITALIAN- Any 3000+ level Italian course

  • LINGUSTICS - Any 3000+ level Linguistics course focusing on European languages

  • POLS 3410 - European Politics (IR)               
  • POLS 5420 - The European Union (IR)

  • RUSS 3000+ - Any 3000+ level Russian course

  • SPAN 3000+ - Any 3000+ level Spanish course

  • THEA 4010 - Shakespeare in Performance (FF)

The Foreign Relations & Security focus concentrates on the relationship between nations during times of peace and conflict. Courses in this focus include topics such as terrorism, security policies, globalization, and international law. Foreign Service is an obvious career path for students who choose Foreign Relations and Security but students may also be interested in working for a variety of government agencies. Students may also pursue careers in peace and conflict resolution, law, think tanks or policy centers, or international security organizations.

  • ANTH 3138 - Anthropology of Violence/Nonviolence

  • ARTH 3010 - Art and Conflict

  • COMM 5610 - IT & Global Conflict (IR)
  • COMM 5620 - International Communication (IR)

  • GEOG 3320 - Terrorism & Security (IR)
  • GEOG 3420 - Political Geography
  • GEOG 3460 - Military Geography

  • GNDR 4765 - Gender and War

  • HIST 3210 - Age of Total War (HF, IR)
  • HIST 3220 - Post-War Europe, 1945-1991
  • HIST 4321 - America War 1898-1991
  • HIST 4760 - U.S. Foreign Relations: 20th Century
  • HIST 4765 - The Vietnam War
  • HIST 4770 - Modern Warfare
  • HIST 4780 - The Korean War (IR)

  • HNKLY 4905 - John Price Think Tank

  • MIDE 4107 - Model Arab League
  • MIDE 5635 - Politics/Society of Iran

  • MIDE 5647 - International Relations of Middle East

  • PHIL 3730 - Justice & International Affairs (IR)

  • POLS 3410 - European Politics (IR)
  • POLS 3440 - Comparative Politics of Middle East
  • POLS 3530 - Peace and Conflict in Asia
  • POLS 3450 - Politics of China
  • POLS 3550 - Politics of Latin America
  • POLS 3620 - United Nations
  • POLS 3680 - Globalization & World Politics (IR)
  • POLS 3960 - Global Populism 
  • POLS 5410 - New Democracies
  • POLS 5420 - European Union (IR)
  • POLS 5450 - Political Violence & Terrorism
  • POLS 5460 - International Relations of Africa
  • POLS 5470 - International Relations of Middle East
  • POLS 5480 - International Relations of East Asia (IR)
  • POLS 5600 - Democracy Latin America
  • POLS 5610 - International Law
  • POLS 5625 - International Ethics
  • POLS 5630 - Global Governance
  • POLS 5660 - American Foreign Policy (IR)
  • POLS 5690 - Foundations of International Security
  • POLS 5710 - Intro to Int'l Political Economy
  • POLS 5750 - Rise of Global Capitalism
  • POLS 5800 - Theories of International Relations (IR)
  • POLS 5810 - Research Seminar (topics vary) (CW)

  • SOC 3446 - Political Sociology
  • SOC 3486 - Global Enviro Crisis
  • SOC 3569 - Terrorism, Violence, & Aggression
  • SOC 3610 - Refugee Rights, Health & Crime
  • SOC 3741 - Immigrants & Communities (IR)

  • WRTG 3019 - Writing about War (CW, HF)

The Global Health focus allows students to study international public health issues. Students who choose to focus on health may pursue a career as a public health official either domestically or abroad.  Public health officials can educate communities on local health concerns, research infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, or advocate for clean water and the removal of environmental toxins.  Students who choose this focus may continue on to medical school or may pursue degrees in public health, nursing, pharmacy, or other health related fields.

  • ANTH 3293 - Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 3291 - Evolution of Human Health
  • ANTH 5234 - Population Issues in Anthropology (QB, QI)
  • ANTH 5433 - Maternal & Child Health

  • BIOL 3440 - Global Change Ecology
  • BIOL 3460 - Global Environmental Issues (SF, IR)

  • COMM 5116 - Health, Communication, Culture

  • CLCS 3720 - Empathy, Medicine, and Human Condition

  • ETHNC 3590 - Pacific Islander Health Disparities

  • FCS 3370 - Parenting & Cultures (IR)

  • GEOG 3090 - Intro to Medical Geography

  • HIST 4075 - History of Medicine in Western Society 
  • HIST 4080 - History of Medicine (IR, HF)

  • H EDU 3035 - Medical Spanish
  • H EDU 5060 - International Health Promotion (IR)

  • HUM 4700 - Medicine and Literature

  • LEAP 3050: Dealing with Difference: International Perspectives (transfer students only)

  • NUIP 3220 - Food Communication: Nutrition, Culture, and Sustainability (BF)
  • NUIP 3620 - Cultural Aspects of Food (IR)

  • PBHLT 4500 - Ph: Global Perspective (IR)
  • PBHLT 5520 - Surgery in the Global Context
  • PBHLT 5530 - Global Health

  • PSY 3450 - Cross Cultural Psychology (DV)

  • SOC 3610 - Refugee Rights, Health & Crime
  • SOC 3650 - Population & Society (IR, QI)
  • SOC 3673 - Social Epidemiology (QB, QI)
  • SOC 3720 - Environmental Health Disparities
  • SOC 3741 - Migrants & Communities (IR)
  • SOC 4674 - Global Health

  • SW 3720 - Immigration & Resettlement (DV)

One of the pivotal events of the 21st century was the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document is the global standard for all nations and impacts international and domestic policy to this day. This focus area draws on multiple perspectives to discuss and address the moral, political, and conceptual aspects of human rights, alongside studies of specific human rights issues such as immigration, equality, and access to education. Students who select this focus area may be interested in pursuing a career in law, non-profits, government work, research, advocacy, refugee assistance, and much more.

  • ANTH 3110: Women Cross Culturally (BF, IR)
  • ANTH 3138: Anthropology of Violence and Non-Violence
  • ANTH 3145: Human Migration (IR)
  • ANTH 5255: Race & Culture (DV)

  • COMM 3150: Foundations of Argument, Conflict, and Dialogue    
  • COMM 5200: Persuasion and Political Communication
  • COMM 5330: Visual Rhetoric and Political Argumentation
  • COMM 5340: Communication and Law
  • COMM 5490: Communication and Social Justice
  • COMM 5610: IT and Global Conflict (IR)
  • COMM 5620: International Communication (IR)

  • ECON 5170: Feminist Economics (DV)
  • ECON 5560: Gender and Economic Development 

  • ENGL 5930: Theories of Race, Ethnicity, & Nation

  • ENVST 3364: Challenges to Global Sustainability (IR)
  • ENVST 3365: Environmental Justice (DV)

  • ETHNC 4560: Chicano Civil Rights Movement
  • ETHNC 5350: Transnationalism, Migration, and Diasporic Communities
  • ETHNC 5663: Criminal Justice & Law

  • FILM 3520: Documentary and Social Justice (FF)

  • GNDR 3575: Trans Studies
  • GNDR 3635: The Price of Gender (QI)
  • GNDR 4765: Gender & War (IR)
  • GNDR 5170: Feminist Economics (DV)
  • GNDR 5560: Gender, Economic Development, & Globalization

  • HIST 3910: Comparative Slavery (special topics)
  • HIST 4095: Governing Bodies (HF)
  • HIST 4230: Global Islam
  • HIST 4865: Gender, Race, and Empire in Asia

  • LEAP 3050: Dealing with Difference: International Perspectives (transfer students only)

  • MIDE 3710: Hinduism and Islam
  • MIDE 4007: Women’s Voices: Egypt and Iran
  • MIDE 4325: Muslim-Americans in the US (DV)

  • PHIL 3700: Political Philosophy (HF)
  • PHIL 3710: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 3730: Justice and International Affairs        
  • PHIL 5700: Advanced Political Philosophy

  • POLS 3490: Religion & Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 3530: Peace and Conflict in Asia
  • POLS 3620: United Nations
  • POLS 5085: Islam and Democracy
  • POLS 5440: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • POLS 5610: International Law
  • POLS 5625: International Ethics

  • PSY 3450: Cross-cultural Psychology (DV)

  • SOC 5830: Dialogue Models (when taught by Dave Derezotes)

  • SOC 3051: Living in a Digital Society (CW)
  • SOC 3435: Inequality, Power & Globalization
  • SOC 3436: Global Social Structure & Change
  • SOC 3486: Global Environmental Crisis
  • SOC 3446: Political Sociology
  • SOC 3610: Refugee Rights, Health & Crime
  • SOC 3720:  Environmental Health Disparities
  • SOC 3741: Migrants & Communities (IR)

  • SP ED 5010: Human Exceptionality
  • SP ED 5020: Special Education Globalization Perspectives

  • WRTG 4050: Writing and Cultural Rhetorics (DV)
  • WRTG 4890: Writing, Persuasion, and Power

Coursework from the Trade & Commerce focus allows students to investigate how business is conducted in other countries and to study the interconnectedness of world economies. In an age of globalization, doing business often means doing business abroad.  To do so effectively, students must be able to effectively communicate and market products across borders. Students who choose this focus may be interested in working within a realm of international business or with a federal agency that focuses on international economic development.

  • ACCTG 5140 - International Accounting $ (IR)

  • ANTH 5187 - Economic Anthropology

  • BUS 3840 - Geography of China
  • BUS 3840 - Global Economic & Business Geography
  • BUS 3850 - Rise of Global Capitalism
  • BUS 3850 - Government & Politics of Mexico
  • BUS 3870 - Contemporary Chinese Society
  • BUS 3930 - Asia in Global Perspective
  • BUS 3940 - Globalization in Literature & Film
  • BUS 3940 - Global Indian Ocean
  • BUS 3940 - Topics in Languages, Literature, and Business

  • CHIN 3510 - Business Chinese (in Chinese)

  • ECON 3380 - Manias, Panics, and Crashes
  • ECON 3500 - International Economics (QI, IR)
  • ECON 3540 - Current Economic Problems
  • ECON 5080 - Marxian Economics (CW)
  • ECON 5170 - Feminist Economics (DV)
  • ECON 5400 - Mid East Economic History
  • ECON 5420 - China & the Global Economy (IR)
  • ECON 5430 - Asian Economic History (IR) (pre-requisite ECON 2010 & 2020)
  • ECON 5460 - Latin American Economic History & Development
  • ECON 5510 - International Monetary Relations (Prerequisite:  ECON 4020 and 3200 or 3500)
  • ECON 5520 - Multinational Firms (ECON 4010 & 4020)
  • ECON 5530 - Principles of Economic Development (pre-req ECON 2010 and 2020)
  • ECON 5540 - Capitalism & Socialism
  • ECON 5550 - International Trade Policy
  • ECON 5560 - Gender & Economic Development 

  • FINAN 4550 - International Finance (IR) (pre-requisite FINAN 3040 or 3041)

  • FRNCH 4510 - French Business and Current Issues (in French)

  • GEOG 3440 - Global Economic Geography 

  • HIST 4740 - US Economic History (contains global content)

  • JAPAN 3510/3520 - Commercial Japanese (in Japanese)

  • MGT 4900 - International Management (IR)

  • MKTG 4840 - International Marketing $# (IR) (pre-requisite MKTG 3000 or 3010)

  • OIS 5620 - Global Supply Chain Mgt (IR)

  • POLS 3680 - Globalization and World Politics IIR)
  • POLS 5710 - Politics of Int'l Economics Relations
  • POLS 5750 - Rise of Global Capitalism
  • POLS 5625 - International Ethics

  • PRT 5610 - Social Media in International Tourism (IR, CW)
  • PRT 5855 - Seminar in Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism

  • PTGSE 4510 - Business Portuguese (in Portuguese)

  • SOC 3410 - Globalization
  • SOC 3435 - Inequality, Power, & Globalization

  • SPAN 3510/3520 - Business Spanish (in Spanish)

  • STRAT 4900 - International Management (IR)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in International Studies must complete 6 credits of culture electives from the below approved list of courses. All courses are taught in English. Through these courses, students will explore various cultural expressions and identity through the study of literature, film, communication, language, and folklore.

  • ARAB 4207 - Women's Voices: Egypt and Iran

  • CHIN 3390 - Chinese Calligraphy
  • CHIN 4610 - Narrative Literature (CW)

  • CLCS 3670 - Comparative World Literature & Civ.
  • CLCS 3720 - Empathy, Medicine, and the Human Condition
  • CLCS 3900 - Prophets on the Edge
  • CLCS 3940 - Cultures in Contact/Community Engaged Learning
  • CLCS 4325 - Muslim Americans in the US (DV)
  • CLCS 4940 - Film & Culture
  • CLCS 4970 - Premodern Japanese Literature

  • COMM 3190 - Intercultural Communication (DV)
  • COMM 3770 - Cross-Cultural Documentary (IR)
  • COMM 3775 - Korean Media & Culture

  • ENGL 3750 - Asian American Literature (DV)
  • ENGL 3770 - Chicana/o Literature (DV)
  • ENGL 3780 - Global/Transnational Literature (IR)
  • ENGL 5950 - Theories of Culture

  • FRNCH 3800 - French Literature in Translation
  • FRNCH 3900 - French Pop Culture (HF)

  • GERM 3750 - From Grimm to Disney (HF)

  • HINDI 3710 - Hinduism & Islam
  • HINDI 4610 - South Asian Literature & Culture
  • HINDI 4620 - Popular Culture of South Asia
  • HINDI 4630 - Bollywood: Indian Films

  • HUM 4900 - Indigenous Peoples: Cultural & Social Perspectives

  • ITAL 3700 - Italian Cinema
  • ITAL 3800 - Italian Literature in Translation

  • JAPAN 4570 - Multicultural Japan
  • JAPAN 4580 - Japanese Korean Pop Culture
  • JAPAN 4680 - Modern Japanese Literature in Translation

  • LING 3220 - World Englishes (IR)
  • LING 3470 - Language & Culture (IR, HF)
  • LING 3480 - Language and Social Justice (HF)
  • LING 3600 - Cross-Cultural Communication (DV)

  • MIDE 3710 - Hinduism and Islam
  • MIDE 3713 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • MIDE 3880 - The Jewish Experience
  • MIDE 3880 - Religion & Fashion in the Middle East
  • MIDE 4007 - Women’s Voices: Egypt and Iran
  • MIDE 4510 - Introduction to Islam (IR)

  • PERS 4325 - Muslim-Americans in the US (DV)
  • PERS 4880 - God, Love, and Mysticism

  • PTGSE 4710 - Luso-Brazilian Cinema

  • RELS 3620 - Thinking about Religion

  • RUSS 3550 - Russia under the Czars
  • RUSS 3560 - Soviet Culture (HF)
  • RUSS 3580 - Russia & Asia
  • RUSS 4720 - 20th Century Russian Literature (CW)
Last Updated: 10/18/22