ISTL - International Studies


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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Course Descriptions

Global Citizenship Program
Knowledge Areas
ARTS Arts Appreciation
GLBL Global Understanding
PNW Physical & Natural World
QL Quantitative Literacy
ROC Roots of Cultures
SSHB Social Systems & Human Behavior
Global Citizenship Program
Skill Areas
CRI Critical Thinking
ETH Ethical Reasoning
INTC Intercultural Competence
OCOM Oral Communication
WCOM Written Communication
** Course fulfills two skill areas


ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3)

This course serves to expose students to global issues and national cultures different from their own. It also introduces students to cross-disciplinary perspectives to key theoretical and methodological issues in international studies. GCP Coding: (GLBL) (INTC)

ISTL 1100 Introduction to Latin American Studies (3)

An interdisciplinary survey of the cultures and people of Latin America. Introduces students to the accomplishments and problems of Latin Americans and to the concepts and methodologies employed in area studies. GCP Coding: (GLBL) (INTC)

ISTL 1492 Topics in Latin American Studies (3)

A topical course integrating distance learning and/or attendance at lectures, films, plays, and artistic performances, as well as class discussions and other more traditional academic activities. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ISTL 1550 Topics in International Studies (1-3)

Introductory topical course in international studies. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit.

ISTL 1600 Introduction to International Tourism and Development (3)

Tourism is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon. It is of economic importance to most countries and a major source of foreign exchange for much of the developing world. It is also the most intimate of all industries, bringing culturally diverse people together in close association, and placing large numbers of tourists in sensitive situations and socially/ecologically fragile places. In addition, tourism plays a significant role in conflicts that arise over how people and their places are represented and served with identities. This course will explore some of the social, cultural and environmental consequences of travel and tourism. 

ISTL 2450 Modern Latin America (3)

This course analyzes the history of Latin American since independence with a focus on the twentieth century and after. As well as looking at political events, students will uncover the cultural and social history of the region with an emphasis on issues of class, race and gender. Cross-listed with HIST 2040 when appropriate.

ISTL 2500 International Field Experience in International Studies (1-6)

This course is for students embarking on travel and conducting topic-specific research through direct interaction and/or engagement with the material or people studied in a country other than that of the student's home campus. Requires prior and follow-up consultation with an appropriate faculty member approved by the head of the international studies program. To complete this course, the student must prepare a portfolio detailing the following: a comprehensive description of the intended field experience and projected itinerary, documentation of the travel and experiences, and a summary of and formal reflection on those experiences. Prerequisite: ISTL 1000, or registration in the international studies certificate program, or approval of the director of the international studies major.

ISTL 2550 Topics in International Studies (3)

Examines various international issues and topics from one or more disciplinary perspectives. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ISTL 2600 Natural Systems and Sustainable Ecologies (3)

Examines ecosystems, how they function, and how they shape and are shaped by human societies. Includes both a comparative and global perspective on environmental issues and ecology.

ISTL 3550 Advanced Topics in International Studies (3)

Allows students to pursue advanced studies in international studies or one of its subfields. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites: ISTL 1000 or permission of the instructor.

ISTL 3600 Intercultural Negotiations (3)

Human communication is a complicated process replete with challenges. These are particularly acute when those involved come from different cultural backgrounds and communicate according to different norms. In this course, students will analyze the conditions of negotiations across cultures (geographical, cultural and organizational context, identities, motivation), the potential obstacles to a satisfying outcome of these negotiations for the involved parties, and finally strategies for a meaningful resolution. In order to accomplish the course goals, students will cultivate cultural and linguistic awareness and sensitivity, learn how to interpret nonverbal cues, consider the implications of language choices and practice the integration of perspectives and the articulation of intercultural motivations, ideas and action steps. Prerequisites: ISTL 1000 or ISTL 1600. Knowledge of a second language is strongly recommended.

ISTL 4500 Capstone Seminar in International Studies (3)

Thematic topics chosen to encourage interdisciplinary engagement, such that students from different thematic and regional concentrations in international studies make special contributions. A senior project related to both the student's areas of concentration and the seminar theme is required to fulfill the overview requirement for students majoring in international studies.

ISTL 4510 European Studies Overview (0-1)

This course is required for and only open to European studies majors with senior standing. Students will write an 8-10 page essay that synthesizes their reading and course work on European politics, culture, and history. Each year there will be one question, general in nature, that provides an organizing theme for the capstone. The students themselves – in consultation with the instructor – will choose the question. The course will meet only intermittently -- at most, 3 times in a semester.

ISTL 4550 Topics Seminar in International Studies (3)

Allows students to pursue advanced studies in international studies or one of its subfields. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites: ISTL 1000 and senior standing or permission of the instructor. 

ISTL 4610 Reading Course (1-4)

Involves preparing a bibliography on a topic chosen by the student, submitting it to the instructor for approval, reading the listed books, meeting with the instructor, and writing papers. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites: ISTL 1000 and ISTL 2600.