CALS International Studies Courses

Goals & Criteria

Required of all CALS majors, the IS requirement is intended to: 1) increase students’ understanding of contemporary global, socio-political, and scientific issues; 2) equip students to analyze these transnational issues critically and comparatively; 3) and inspire students to further engagement in international issues.

Courses that satisfy the 3-credit CALS International Studies requirement must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • include discussion of the role of the U.S. in world affairs;
  • include comparative and/or multinational content;
  • include substantial non-U.S. content (typically >50% of the content or assignments or grade in the course).

Students: to request permission to count a course not listed here, please complete a Request for DARS Exception form.


New Course List

The list of courses that satisfy the CALS International Studies Requirement is currently being revised.

The following courses have been approved to satisfy this requirement, effective Fall 2015. This list is not yet finalized, and we expect to add courses as they are reviewed by the CALS Curriculum Committee over the next couple months.

If you like to see the previous course list, please see below.

Animal Sciences Courses

  • 370: Livestock Production and Health in Agricultural Development

Anthropology Courses

  • 100: General Anthropology
  • 104: Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
  • 430: Language and Culture
  • 448: Anthropology of Law

Agricultural and Applied Economics Courses

  • 244: Environment and the Global Economy
  • 350: World Hunger Malnutrition
  • 373: Globalization, Poverty and Development
  • 374: The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy
  • 375: Latin American Economic Development
  • 473: Economic Growth and Development in Southeast Asia
  • 474: Economic Problems of developing Areas
  • 477: Agricultural and Economic Development in Africa

Agronomy Courses

  • 370: Grassland Ecology

Art History Courses

  • 379: Cities of Asia
  • 411: Topics in Asian Art: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
  • 428: Visual Cultures of S. Asia
  • 500: Taste
  • 621 Sect. 1/LCA 621 Sect. 2: Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces

Community & Environmental Sociology Courses

  • 540: Sociology of International Development, Environment and Sustainability

Economy Courses

  • 467: International Industrial Organizations

Entomology Courses

  • 201: Insects and Human Culture
  • 371: Medical Entomology

Forest and Wildlife Ecology Courses

  • 360: Extinction of Species

Geography Courses

  • 101: Introduction to Human Geography
  • 120: Global Physical Environments
  • 127: Physical Systems of the Environment
  • 139: Resources and People
  • 309: People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems
  • 337: Nature, Power and Society
  • 339: Environmental Conservation
  • 340: World Regions in Global Context
  • 349: Europe
  • 353: Russia and the NIS-Topical Analysis
  • 355: Africa, South of the Sahara
  • 358: Human Geography of Southeast Asia
  • 434: People, Wildlife and Landscapes
  • 537: Culture and Environment
  • 538: The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development

History Courses

  • 103: Introduction to East Asian History: China
  • 104: Introduction to East Asian History: Japan
  • 105: Introduction to the History of Africa
  • 108: Introduction to East Asian History-Korea
  • 120: Europe and the Modern World 1815 to the Present
  • 124: British History: 1688 to the Present
  • 130: An Introduction to World History
  • 142: History of South Asia to the Present
  • 242: Modern Latin America, 1898 to the Present
  • 244: Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines
  • 246: Southeast Asian Refugees of the “Cold” War
  • 255: Introduction to East Asian Civilizations
  • 276: Chinese Migrations since 1500
  • 277: Africa: An Introductory Survey
  • 279: Afro-Atlantic Histories and Peoples, 1791 – Present
  • 308: Introduction to Buddhism: Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem
  • 319: The Vietnam War
  • 328: Environmental History of Europe
  • 335: Korean History, 1945 to present
  • 341: History of Modern China, 1800-1949
  • 342: History of the People’s Republic of China, 1949 to the Present
  • 347: The Caribbean and its Diasporas
  • 349: Contemporary France, 1914 to the Present
  • 350: The First World War and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Europe
  • 355: Work, Freedom and Democracy in the Americas, 1491-the Present
  • 357: The Second World War
  • 359: History of Europe Since 1945
  • 363: China and World War II in Asia
  • 378: History of Africa Since 1870
  • 410: History of Germany, 1871 to the Present
  • 419: History of Soviet Russian
  • 424: The Soviet Union and the World, 1917-1991
  • 425: History of Poland and the Baltic Area
  • 441: Revolution and Conflict in Modern Latin America
  • 444: History of East Africa
  • 445: History of Equatorial Africa
  • 456: Pearl Harbor & Hiroshima: Japan, the US & the Crisis in Asia
  • 458: History of Southeast Asia since 1800 (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 475: European Social History, 1914-Present
  • 514: European Cultural History Since 1870

International Business Courses

  • 200: International Business
  • 365: Worldwide Internship Program Online Seminar

International Studies Courses

  • 101: Introduction to International Studies
  • 317: The Politics of Human Rights
  • 318: The Comparative Study of Genocide
  • 335: Globalization and Education
  • 373: Globalization, Poverty and Development
  • 523: International Internship (previously 320, Worldwide Internship Program Online Seminar)

Jewish Studies Courses

  • 211: Introduction to Judaism
  • 278: Food in Rabbinic Judaism
  • 318: Modern Jewish Literature
  • 515: Holocaust: History, Memory, and Representation (1)
  • 515: Holocaust: History, Memory, and Representation (2)

Marketing Courses

  • 420: Global Marketing Strategy

Medical History and Bioethics Courses

  • 213: Global Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

Nutritional Sciences Courses

  • 203: Introduction to Global Health

Plant Pathology Courses

  • 123: Plants, Parasites, and People
  • 311: Global Food Security

Political Science Courses

  • 103: Introduction to International Relations
  • 106: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • 222: Introduction to East Asian Civilization
  • 224: Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines
  • 252: The Civilizations of India-Modern period
  • 253: Russia an Interdisciplinary Surveye
  • 254: Eastern Europe: An Interdisciplinary Survey
  • 260: Latin America: an Introduction
  • 277: Africa: an Introduction Survey
  • 312: Politics of the World Economy
  • 316: Principles of International Law
  • 317: The Politics of Human Rights
  • 318: The Comparative Study of Genocide
  • 327: Indian Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • 337: International Organizations and World Order
  • 338: The European Union: Politics and Political Economy
  • 346: China in World Politics
  • 359: Problems in American Foreign Policy
  • 362: African International Relations
  • 376: Analysis of International Relations
  • 377: Nuclear Weapons and World Politics
  • 378: Conflict Resolution
  • 401: Political Economy of Development
  • 401: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • 401: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • 401: German Politics
  • 423: Contentious Politics
  • 505: The Challenge of Democratization
  • 601: Decision Making in World Politics
  • 631: The Arab-Israeli Context
  • 618: Political Islam
  • 630: Latin-American Politics
  • 633: Russian Politics
  • 639: Politics of Southeast Asia
  • 642: Political Power in Contemporary China
  • 643: Women and Politics – Global Context
  • 657: Comparative Political Culture
  • 659: Politics and Society:Contemporary Eastern Europe
  • 660: African Politics
  • 665: Israeli Politics and Society

Population Health Courses

  • 370: Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives

Religious Studies Courses

  • 101: Religion in Global Perspective

Previous Course List

These courses will continue to satisfy this requirement if they are taken prior to the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester. At that time, courses from this list that have not yet been reapproved by the CALS Curriculum Committee will no longer satisfy the International Studies Requirement.
Agricultural & Applied Economics Courses

  • 244: The Environment and the Global Economy (Spring)
  • 350: World Hunger and Malnutrition (Spring)
  • 374: The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy (Fall)
  • 462: Latin American Economic Development (Spring)
  • 473: Economic Growth and Development in Southeast Asia (Fall)
  • 474: Economic Problems of Developing Areas (Spring)
  • 477: Agricultural and Economic Development in Africa (Spring)
  • 567: Public Finance in Less Developed Countries (Spring)

Agronomy Courses

  • 377: Cropping Systems of the Tropics (Spring)

Animal Sciences Courses

  • 370: Livestock Production and Health in Agricultural Development (Fall)

Anthropology Courses

  • 100: General Anthropology (Fall and Spring)
  • 104: Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 260: Latin America: An Introduction (Spring)
  • 277: Africa: An Introductory Survey (Fall and Spring)
  • 318: People and Cultures of Africa (Spring)
  • 327: Peoples of the Andes Today (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 350: Political Anthropology (Fall and Spring)
  • 358: Anthropology of China (Spring)
  • 470: Ecological Anthropology (Fall and Spring)

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Courses

  • 121: Atmospheric Environment and Society (Fall and Spring)
  • 132: Earth’s Water: Natural Science and Human Use (Spring)

Community and Environmental Sociology Courses

  • 222: Food, Culture, and Society (Fall and Spring)
  • 230: Agriculture and Social Change in Western History (Occasionally)
  • 260: Latin America: An Introduction (Spring)
  • 613: Social Ecology of the Amazon Basin (Fall and Spring)
  • 630: Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World (Fall and Spring)

Economics Courses

  • 467: International Industrial Organizations (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 474: Economic Problems of Developing Areas (Spring)
  • 567: Public Finance in Less Developed Countries (Spring)

Entomology Courses

  • 201: Insects and Human Culture-a Survey Course in Entomology (Fall)
  • 371: Medical Entomology (Fall)

Forest and Wildlife Ecology Courses

  • 360: Extinction of Species (Fall and Spring)
  • 430: Agroforestry (Spring)
  • 450: Communities and Forests (Spring)
  • 452: World Forest History (Fall)

Geography Courses

  • 120: Global Physical Environments (Fall and Spring)
  • 127: Physical Systems of the Environment (Fall and Spring)
  • 139: Resources and People (Fall and Spring)
  • 244: Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Fall and Spring)
  • 260: Latin America: An Introduction (Spring)
  • 349: Europe (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 353: Russia and the NIS-Topical Analysis (Fall)
  • 355: Africa, South of the Sahara (Fall and Spring)
  • 538: The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development (Fall and Spring)

History Courses

  • 103: Introduction to East Asian History: China (Fall and Spring)
  • 104: Introduction to East Asian History: Japan (Fall and Spring)
  • 142: History of South Asia to the Present (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 242: Modern Latin America, 1898 to the Present (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 260: Latin America: An Introduction (Spring)
  • 277: Africa: An Introductory Survey (Fall and Spring)
  • 349: Contemporary France, 1914 to the Present (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 359: History of Europe Since 1945 (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 410: History of Germany, 1871 to the Present (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 419: History of Soviet Russian (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 440: History of North Africa (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 441: Revolution and Conflict in Modern Latin America (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 444: History of East Africa (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 445: History of Equatorial Africa (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 446: History of Southern Africa (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 458: History of Southeast Asia since 1800 (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

International Business Courses

  • 200: International Business (Fall and Spring)

Life Sciences Communication Courses

  • 440: Contemporary Communication Technologies and Their Social Effects (Fall and Spring)

Marketing Courses

  • 420: Global Marketing Strategy (Fall and Spring)

Nutritional Sciences Courses

  • 350: World Hunger and Malnutrition (Spring)

Political Science Courses

  • 103: Introduction to International Relations (Fall and Spring)
  • 106: Introduction to Comparative Politics (Fall and Spring)
  • 222: Introduction to East Asian Civilization (Fall)
  • 244: Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Fall and Spring)
  • 252: The Civilizations of India-Modern Period (Fall and Spring)
  • 254: Eastern Europe: An Interdisciplinary Survey (Occasionally)
  • 260: Latin America: An Introduction (Spring)
  • 277: Africa: An Introductory Survey (Fall and Spring)
  • 312: Politics of the World Economy (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 331: Latin-American International Relations (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 333: International Politics of the Middle East (Occasionally)
  • 338: The European Union: Politics and Political Economy (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 342: Japan in the World (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 346: China in World Politics (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 362: African International Relations (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 505: The Challenge of Democratization (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 618: Political Islam (Fall and Spring)
  • 627: The British Political System (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 630: Latin-American Politics (Occasionally)
  • 633: Russian Politics (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 639: Politics of Southeast Asia (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 640: Politics of Japan (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 642: Political Power in Contemporary China (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 650: Comparative Politics of the Middle East (Fall and Spring)
  • 651: Politics of South Asia (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 652: The Politics of Development (Fall and Spring)
  • 659: Politics and Society: Contemporary Eastern Europe (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 660: African Politics (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 663: South Asia and the Global System: Economy, Security, and Culture (Fall and Spring)
  • 665: Israeli Politics and Society (Spring)

Sociology Courses

  • 244: Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Fall and Spring)
  • 252: The Civilizations of India-Modern Period (Fall)
  • 260: Latin America: An Introduction (Spring)
  • 277: Africa: An Introductory Survey (Fall and Spring)
  • 614: Social Structures of Muslim Societies (Occasionally)
  • 634: Social Structure of India (Occasionally)