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International Studies Course Offerings

INTL / POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies (Core: BB)
The objective of this course is to promote an awareness of global interdependence, with its challenges and opportunities. The course is interdisciplinary — examining issues from several relevant and related points of view: political, ecological, cultural, economic and ethical. The content may vary from semester to semester. Examples of issues the course might examine are nationalism vs. the concept of an international community; U.S. foreign policy and human rights; foreign policy of communist countries; cultural diversity and international cooperation.

INTL 289 Special Topics (2 or 4 credits)
A study of a single topic of special interest to one or more students. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and approval by the director of international studies is required.

INTL / WMGS 300 Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture (Core: BB)
This course covers Latin American literature and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries across a variety of mediums, including film, music, telenovelas, pop culture, social media, news and current events, as well as comics and graphic novels, short stories, poetry, and novels, among others. The course will be structured around the following themes: Indigenous and Afro-Latinx communities; the Latin American Boom and Post-Boom; Latin American dictatorships and U.S.-Latin American relations; and Immigration and the U.S. Latinx experience. We will pay particular attention to the history of European colonialism and its legacies; U.S. socio-economic imperialism; and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. Spring semester.

INTL 361 Study Abroad: Political Science Elective
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad fulfills the requirement to take an international studies political science elective in the student’s area of interest.

INTL 363 Study Abroad: Language and Area Studies Elective
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad fulfills the international studies language and area studies elective requirement.

INTL 364 Study Abroad: Indigenous Language
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad fulfills the international studies indigenous language requirement for areas other than Spanish, German, French and Japanese.

INTL 375 Study Abroad: Civilization Study
Designation used to indicate an appropriate course taken during study abroad fulfills the international studies civilization requirement.

INTL 385 Reflection and Integration (2 credits)
The purpose of this course is to help students process their study abroad experience.  By means of digital storytelling, students will critically reflect on new experiences, articulate the deeper meaning of these experiences, and integrate this learning into expression of self. Students will also explore the interconnectedness of historical, socio-cultural, political, and educational issues. Prerequisite: Completed participation in an approved study abroad program. Credit/No credit.

INTL 400 International Studies Capstone
The International Studies Capstone provides International Studies majors with a culminating and integrative experience at the end of the major. This course is required for graduation. Students will explore and analyze various international events, problems, or phenomena, sharing the interdisciplinary tools they have gained throughout the course of their studies.  Students will be required to participate in an undergraduate research conference and complete an international education practicum as part of their senior capstone. Prerequisite: POLI 350.  Spring semester.

INTL 489 Special Topics (2 or 4 credits)
A study of a single topic of special interest to one or more students.  Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and approval by the director of international studies is required.

INTL 490 Independent Study (2 or 4 credits)
A tutorial course involving either a directed reading program in an area of special interest to the student or a project based on research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.  Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and approval by the director of international studies is required.

INTL 494 Internship in International Studies
The internship experience allows students to apply their studies in a supervised work situation.  Students benefit from gaining an inside look at one or more organizations, by having the chance to work in their field of study, and by gaining experience with state-of-the-art equipment and practices.  Permission of the instructor and approval by the director of international studies is required.

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