Undergraduate minor: international studies
The International Studies Program provides students with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills that they can use to ethically engage with diverse people, and to effectively navigate the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world.
International Studies is one of the academic units in the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs.
Undergraduate Programs of Study
International Studies Courses
IS:1000 Designing Your International Studies Major1 s.h.
Importance of interdisciplinarity, global perspectives, and world language study for 21st-century liberal education; intentional planning of courses and other out-of-class experiences to prepare students for life and career after college.
IS:1030 International Events Attendance1 s.h.
Attendance at internationally oriented academic, artistic, or cultural events taking place in Iowa City.
IS:1101 Cultural Anthropology3 s.h.
Comparative study of culture, social organization. GE: Social Sciences; Values and Culture. Same as ANTH:1101.
IS:2000 Introduction to International Studies3 s.h.
Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of international studies; globalization, migration, and inequality. GE: International and Global Issues.
IS:2009 World Travel: Cross-Cultural Skills for International Business, Education, and Service1-3 s.h.
Cross-cultural skills and ethics for international business, education, and service.
IS:2012 Issues in International Studies1 s.h.
Modules focusing on varied topics, taught by international studies faculty members.
IS:2013 Issues in International Studies1-3 s.h.
Modules focusing on varied topics, taught by international studies faculty members.
IS:2014 Germany and the Amanas1 s.h.
Contemporary issues of Germany, patterns of immigration to Amana, Iowa.
IS:2020 World Events Today!3 s.h.
Current events that introduce students to political and cultural developments throughout the world. GE: Diversity and Inclusion.
IS:2041 Understanding "The Muslim World"3 s.h.
IS:2042 Intercultural Communication3 s.h.
Culture defined as a system of taken-for-granted assumptions about the world that influence how people think and act; cultural differences that produce challenges and opportunities for understanding and communication; those differences from several theoretical perspectives; opportunities to examine culture and cultural differences in practical, experience-driven ways. Same as COMM:2042, SSW:2042.
IS:2111 Developed and Developing Places3 s.h.
Geography and the world distribution of key cultural factors—population, religion, and per capita income; economic and demographic differences between developed and developing countries.
IS:2112 The European Union3 s.h.
Brief history and rationale for the European Union; environmental, economic, social, and political aspects of this potential superpower.
IS:2115 Introduction to Human Rights3 s.h.
Analysis and evaluation of the international human rights program; relationship between human rights and international law. Same as HRTS:2115.
IS:2120 World History: Stone Age to Feudal Age3 s.h.
World history from human origins, through classical antiquity, to the 16th century; political, economic, and environmental forces contributing to social transformations. Same as HIST:2120.
IS:2122 World History: Feudal Age to Nuclear Age3 s.h.
World history from the late 1400s to 1945; colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and industrialization as forces of global social and cultural transformation. Same as HIST:2122.
IS:2151 Global Migration in the Contemporary World3 s.h.
Examination of social, economic, and cultural dimensions of global migration in the contemporary world from a transnational and anthropological perspective; primary focus is on Asian migration to the United States, but in comparison to other migration trajectories. Recommendations: an introductory course in cultural anthropology is useful, but not required. GE: Diversity and Inclusion. Same as ANTH:2151, GWSS:2151.
IS:2190 Love Rules: Law and the Family Across Cultures3 s.h.
Recent debates over legalizing gay marriage remind us that the law is not an abstract concept, it is a social creation that emphasizes certain cultural norms over others, both powerful and changeable; family law outlines what one cultural vision of relationships—those between lovers, parent and child, and between kin—supposedly should look like in a given society, a vision always marked by gendered, racial, and sexual divisions of power; students consider what happens when legal norms intersect with diverse ways that people make families through topics including marriage, divorce, custody, and surrogacy across the world. Same as ANTH:2190, GWSS:2190.
IS:2248 The Invention of Writing: From Cuneiform to Computers3 s.h.
Invention of writing as one of the most momentous events in the history of human civilizations; how the use of written sign systems, notations, maps, graphs, encryptions, and most recently, computer programs have consequences that reach deeply into all aspects of people's lives; how writing fascinates and delights, fosters reflexive thinking and facilitates development of complex societies, and gives rise to institutions of social power and control; students explore the invention of writing and its consequences in broad international and interdisciplinary context. Same as ANTH:2248, ASIA:2248, CL:2248, CLSA:2048, COMM:2248, GRMN:2248, HIST:2148, LING:2248, TRNS:2248, WLLC:2248.
IS:2500 Working Internationally1 s.h.
Information on international job sectors; presentations by experts in the field; advice on what is required to work internationally.
IS:2570 Introduction to Islamic Psychology3 s.h.
Psychology in Islamic civilization; the nature of the human being; pathology, illness, healing, and therapies in the Islamic tradition; Islamic models compared with Euro-American frameworks. Recommendations: basic knowledge of psychology and Islam. Same as GHS:2570, RELS:2570.
IS:2600 Muslim Minorities in the West3-4 s.h.
Introduction to lives of Muslim immigrants in the USA, France, Germany, and England; examination of various theories on multiculturalism. Taught in English. GE: Values and Culture. Same as GRMN:2655.
IS:2700 Introduction to Latin American Studies3 s.h.
IS:3009 International Perspectives: Xicotepec2-3 s.h.
Introduction to provision of service to a community in a less-developed country; development of discipline-specific projects aimed at improving community life in Xicotepec, Mexico in collaboration with Rotary International; cultural and professional preparation for team work in an international environment; service-learning course requiring travel to Xicotepec, Mexico during spring break.
IS:3010 Creating a Proposal for International Research2 s.h.
Major components of research process; development of intellectually challenging and personally engaging topics of international research. Requirements: junior or higher standing.
IS:3011 Library Strategies for International Research1 s.h.
Skill development in international research; academic projects; work with research librarian; activity-based introduction to article, statistical, and governmental databases; research and popular materials; information discovery process (tools and search strategies); enhancement of critical thinking skills. Same as ULIB:3011.
IS:3020 Writing Projects in International Studies0-3 s.h.
Writing project completed with the supervision of an approved faculty mentor.
IS:3116 Media and Global Cultures3 s.h.
Communication as a vital component for any effort to create social change; necessary communication to reach out to target audiences—people and communities in need—from campaigns persuading communities to change knowledge, attitudes, and practices to aiding other development efforts in areas of health, education, rural development, or sustainable agricultural practices; importance of communication as an integral part to any effort aimed at creating large-scale social change. Same as JMC:3116.
IS:3199 Global Environmental Politics3 s.h.
Survey of major environmental crises and conflict between environmental groups and their detractors; climate change, global warming, loss of biodiversity, pollution, toxins, nuclear power, deforestation.
IS:3200 Sustainable Development3 s.h.
Overview of development theory and debate; increasing role of China and other new players in development funding and projects; development-oriented projects, career paths.
IS:3333 Economics and Islam3 s.h.
Origins, functions, and impact of Islamic and related religions' ideas and practices in the realms of economic development, financial services and products, business models, and matters of social justice. Same as RELS:3333.
IS:3350 Transnational Feminism3 s.h.
Exploration of feminist perspectives from the United States and outside of the United States; how geopolitics shapes understanding of familiar feminist issues (e.g., reproduction, cultural practices, sexualities, poverty); emphasis on global south regions and populations. Same as ANTH:3125, GWSS:3350.
IS:3550 Special Topics in International Studies1-3 s.h.
Special topics related to international studies.
IS:3555 Understanding Health and Disease in Africa3 s.h.
IS:3560 Global Food Migrations3 s.h.
Understanding how food influences, and is influenced by, social, political, and cultural factors.
IS:3565 Global Perspectives on Negotiation, Persuasion, and Communication3 s.h.
Cross-cultural approach to preparation for negotiation; exploration of how culture simultaneously enhances and complicates persuasive interactions at the individual, organizational, and global levels; evaluation and improvement of negotiation and cross-cultural communication skills through experiential in-class exercises.
IS:3600 Development in a Global Context I: Preparing for an Internship in Health, Gender, and Environment1 s.h.
Students work with a UI faculty mentor to articulate an international development project and apply to an international development organization for an internship; students are matched to an organization/project and begin preparation for their internship by communicating with onsite mentor/supervisor.
IS:3700 Development in a Global Context II: Reflections on Real World Interventions2 s.h.
Students produce a research paper analyzing their personal internship in an international development program.
IS:3745 Islam in Africa4 s.h.
African Islamic history beginning with earliest Muslim migrants from Arabia to Ethiopia in early 7th century C.E. to dawn of 21st century; focus on historical development of Islam on African continent, specific regions, and particular themes; part of Islamic Studies Virtual Curriculum and Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) CourseShare Program. Same as HIST:3745, RELS:3845.
IS:3834 Arab Spring in Context: Media, Religion, and Geopolitics3 s.h.
Protest movements that started in Tunisia in 2011 and swept across North Africa and the Middle East transforming Arab and Islamic societies in radically different ways; function of social media, satellite television, communication technology; influence of religious leaders and groups on some protest outcomes; impact of wealth and geopolitics on social fabric of Islamic societies within and outside Arab countries. Same as JMC:3146, RELS:3834, WLLC:3834.
IS:3855 Human Rights and Islam3 s.h.
Human rights in religious and secular discourse, seventh century to present; Islamic law, human rights law, religion, politics. GE: International and Global Issues. Same as RELS:3855.
IS:3905 Topics in Human Rights1-3 s.h.
Examination of emerging human rights issues from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as HRTS:3905.
IS:3910 Human Rights Advocacy3 s.h.
Theoretical foundations and critical issues for international human rights advocacy and international humanitarian movements. Same as HRTS:3910.
IS:3990 Independent Study in International Studiesarr.
Research on a topic of international significance. Requirements: international studies major.
IS:4131 Globalization and Culture3 s.h.
How context for everyday experience has increasingly become globally determined (e.g., ever-increasing transnational migration of people, spread of American culture, growth of international corporations and trade, rise of international conflict and transnational activism); range of theoretical and critical readings on globalization; various phenomena and perspectives regarding topic; themes directly relevant to lives of modern youth; how globalization affects opportunities and risks, identities and relationships. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2045, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, AFAM:2070, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, RELS:2930, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091, CL:2248). Same as COMM:4131.
IS:4653 Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China3 s.h.
Survey of legal system of China and Chinese society from 1400 to 1980s. Same as HIST:4653.
IS:4990 International Studies Senior Project3 s.h.
Prerequisites: IS:3010. Requirements: international studies major.