International studies students learn that the complexity of current world conditions requires a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. They take core international studies courses to learn key concepts and practical skills, and extend their education by choosing from an array of internationally focused courses from the social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

Students also are encouraged to develop real-world intercultural skills by studying abroad, engaging locally with international communities, service learning, internships, and conducting research. Through academic and cocurricular experiences, students become prepared to positively contribute to the world.

As a second major, international studies can add cross-cultural skills and perspectives to degrees in business, health sciences, journalism, and the arts.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • recognize that the complexity of current world conditions requires a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving,
  • analyze and synthesize information about key topics in international studies,
  • demonstrate intellectual open-mindedness when addressing global issues, and
  • apply cross-cultural skills when engaging respectfully with people from other countries and diverse communities in the United States.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in international studies requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 43 s.h. of work for the major. Students must complete at least 15 s.h. of work for the major at the University of Iowa. They must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. Students also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core. Students who declare or enter the major before the first day of the fall 2021 semester may choose to complete the international studies requirements as listed on their degree audit or may choose to complete the requirements below.

The international studies major is flexible, combining core international studies coursework with those drawn from across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Students work closely with an academic advisor to plan their program of study.

Students are encouraged to study or intern abroad and should work with their academic advisor to determine how credits earned from approved study abroad or international internships can fulfill the global perspectives, world cultures and societies, and/or language requirements for the major.

To benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of international studies, students choose from a wide range of courses. To ensure that students take courses from varied disciplines, they may count a maximum of 12 s.h. from any department or program toward the global perspectives and the world cultures and societies requirements as well as the language requirement.

Students may apply up to 12 s.h. of coursework from each additional major, minor, or certificate they earn toward the international studies major. Transfer credit approved by the International Studies Program may be applied to the major.

Students have the option to complete a 15 s.h. concentration. They choose global perspectives courses and world cultures and societies courses approved in one of the three concentrations: global business and communicationinternational human rights and public service, or international sustainable development.

The B.A. with a major in international studies requires the following coursework.

Foundation Courses10
Global Perspectives Courses12
World Cultures and Societies Courses12
Capstone Course3
Language Requirement6
Total Hours43

Foundation Courses

Students learn the core, multidisciplinary intellectual and interpersonal international studies skill set, and its applications for travel, employment, and understanding global issues.

All of these:
IS:2000Introduction to International Studies3
IS:2009World Travel: Cross-Cultural Skills for International Business, Education, and Service3
IS:2020World Events Today!3
One of these:
IS:1000Designing Your International Studies Major1
IS:2500Working Internationally1

Global Perspectives Courses

Students learn about global trends, comparisons, and interactions.

12 s.h. from these, including 6 s.h. numbered 2000 or above:
AFAM:2770/GHS:2770/SOC:2770Race, Space, and the Environment3
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:1401Language, Culture, and Communication3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Race, Place, and Power: Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2151/GWSS:2151/IS:2151Global Migration in the Contemporary World3
ANTH:2164/GHS:2164Culture and Healing for Future Health Professionals3
ANTH:2181/ASP:2181/GHS:2181The Anthropology of Aging3
ANTH:2191/GWSS:2900Love, Sex, and Money: Sexuality and Exchange Across Cultures3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ANTH:2320/GHS:2320Origins of Human Infectious Disease3
ANTH:3102/CBH:3102/GHS:3102Medical Anthropology3
ANTH:3103Environment and Culture3
ANTH:3110/GHS:3110/NAIS:3110Colonialism and Indigenous Health Equity3
ANTH:3123Making a Living: Perspectives on Economic Anthropology3
ANTH:3151/ASP:3151/GHS:3151The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life3
ANTH:3152/ASP:3152/GHS:3152Anthropology of Caregiving and Health3
ANTH:3190/IS:3190/SJUS:3190Global Debt3
ANTH:3237/HIST:3137/MUSM:3237Politics of the Archaeological Past3
ANTH:4130/RELS:4730Religion and Environmental Ethics3
ANTH:4140/CBH:4140/GHS:4140/GWSS:4140Feminist Activism and Global Health3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1090Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens3
ASP:3135/GHS:3050/SSW:3135Global Aging3
CL:2248/ANTH:2248/ASIA:2248/CLSA:2048/COMM:2248/GRMN:2248/HIST:2148/IS:2248/LING:2248/TRNS:2248/WLLC:2248The Invention of Writing: From Cuneiform to Computers3
CL:3222City as Text/Text as City3
CLSA:2127/JPNS:2127Global Manuscript Cultures3
CLSA:3020/GHS:3021Doctors and Patients3
COMM:2042/IS:2042/SSW:2042Intercultural Communication3
COMM:4131/IS:4131Globalization and Culture3
CPH:2200Climageddon: Understanding Climate Change and Associated Impacts on Health2
CPH:2230Finding Patient Zero: The Exploration of Infectious Disease Transmission and Pandemic Threats3
CPH:2400The U.S. Health System in a Global Context3
CPH:3400/GEOG:3210Health, Work, and the Environment3
CPH:3500/GHS:3500Global Public Health3
CPH:4200Agriculture, Food Systems, and Sustainability3
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
CRIM:3260Immigration and Crime3
CRIM:3415Global Criminology3
DANC:2060/DPA:2060Dance and Society in Global Contexts3
ECON:3345Global Economics and Business3
ECON:3620Economic Growth and Development3
ECON:3625/URP:3135Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ECON:3760Health Economics3
ECON:4110International Economics3
EES:1115/ENVS:1115/GEOG:1115/HIST:1115The History and Science of Oil3
ENGL:1510Introduction to Environmental Literature3
ENGL:2505Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3
ENGL:2510Selected Transnational Authors3
ENGL:3510Topics in Transnational Literature3
ENGL:3515Topics in Postcolonial Studies3
ENGL:3570/GWSS:3570Transnational and Postcolonial Writing by Women3
ENTR:4100International Entrepreneurship, Culture, and Social Impact1-3
ENTR:4460Entrepreneurship and Global Trade3
FIN:4240International Finance3
FREN:1006Global Sports and National Cultures3
FREN:3190/LING:3190/SPAN:3190Psycholinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism3-4
FREN:4017Global Comics3-4
FREN:4210/MUSM:4310/WLLC:4210Slavery Museums, Memorials, and Statues in the United States, Europe, and the Global South3-4
FREN:4890/TRNS:4497Techniques of Translation3
GEOG:1020The Global Environment3
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2013/BUS:2013/SUST:2013/URP:2013Introduction to Sustainabilityarr.
GEOG:2110/GHS:2110Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics3
GEOG:2410Environment and Development3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
GEOG:3070/GHS:3070Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food3
GEOG:3110/GHS:3111Geography of Health3
GEOG:3300/GHS:3300Envisioning Future Worlds: Sustainable Development and Its Alternatives3
GEOG:3331Human Dimensions of Climate3
GEOG:3760/GHS:3760Hazards and Society3
GEOG:3780/GHS:3780/HIST:3240U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context3
GEOG:4150/GHS:4150/IGPI:4150Health and Environment: GIS Applications3
GEOG:4750/URP:4750Environmental Impact Analysis3
GEOG:4770/AFAM:4770/GHS:4770Environmental Justice3
GHS:2000/ANTH:2103Introduction to Global Health Studies3
GHS:3010/IGPI:3011Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project3
GHS:3030/CPH:3240Global Health Today1
GHS:3034Doing Harm by Doing Good: The Ethics of Studying, Volunteering, and Working in Global Communities1
GHS:3035Engaging in Global Health1
GHS:3036Ethics, Politics, and Global Health3
GHS:3037Technology to Improve Global Health3
GHS:3060Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine3
GHS:3120Global Maternal and Child Health3
GHS:3170Visualizing Global Health Through Popular Fiction and Film3
GHS:3180Climate Change and Health3
GHS:3230Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees3
GHS:3325Global Epidemics3
GHS:3560Global Garbage and Global Health3
GHS:3720Contemporary Issues in Global Health3
GHS:3850/HHP:3850Promoting Health Globally3
GHS:4000Global Health Studies Service Learning: Local Health is Global Health4
GHS:4001Social Entrepreneurship and Global Health3
GHS:4002Working in Global Health3
GHS:4003Case Studies in Global Health Inequities3
GHS:4100Topics in Global Health1-3
GHS:4600Global Health and Human Rights2-3
GWSS:2080/GHS:2080The Cultural Politics of HIV-AIDS3
GWSS:2190/ANTH:2190/IS:2190Love Rules: Law and the Family Across Cultures3
GWSS:2500/ENGL:2570/SJUS:2500Love, War, Activism: Stories About Women from Across the World3
GWSS:2571/ENGL:2571/SJUS:2571Visualizing Human Rights3
GWSS:2650/GHS:2650Global Reproduction3
GWSS:3010/GHS:3015Transnational Sexualities3
GWSS:3118/ANTH:3118Politics of Reproduction3
GWSS:3157/HIST:3157Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights3
GWSS:3326/GHS:3327The Politics of Progress: NGOs, Development, and Sexuality3
GWSS:3350/ANTH:3125/IS:3350Transnational Feminism3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1101The Modern World3
HIST:3106History Behind the Headlines1-3
HIST:3126History of Globalization3
HIST:3143International Politics: The History of the Present3-4
HIST:3155The World Since 19453
HIST:3242The United States in World Affairs3-4
HIST:4101History of Human Rights3
HIST:4162/GHS:4162History of Global Health3
HRTS:2115/IS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
HRTS:3905/IS:3905Topics in Human Rights1-3
HRTS:3906Global Crises and Human Rights3
HRTS:3910/IS:3910Human Rights Advocacy3
IS:3199Global Environmental Politics3
IS:3200Sustainable Development3
IS:3560Global Food Migrations3
IS:3565Global Perspectives on Negotiation, Persuasion, and Communication3
IWP:3191/ENGL:3595/WLLC:3191International Literature Today1,3
JMC:3116/IS:3116Media and Global Cultures3
JMC:3150/CBH:3150/GHS:3150Media and Health3
LING:1010Language and Society3
LING:1040/ANTH:1040Language Rights3
LING:1060Languages of the World3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
MGMT:3450International Business Environment3
MGMT:4500Strategy, Innovation and Global Competition3
MKTG:4300International Marketing3
MUS:1310World Music3
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
OEH:4260/GHS:4260Global Water and Health3
OEH:4530/CPH:4220/GHS:4530Global Road Safety3
PHIL:2429War, Terrorism, and Torture3
PHIL:3430Philosophy of Human Rights3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1600Introduction to Political Communication3
POLI:2417Comparative Environmental Policy3
POLI:3405Authoritarian Politics3
POLI:3424Global Development3
POLI:3504Globalization3
POLI:3505Civil Wars3
POLI:3509International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics3
POLI:3516The Politics of International Economics3
POLI:3518Water Wars: Conflict and Cooperation3
POLI:3524Politics and Multinational Enterprises3
RELS:1015Global Religious Conflict and Diversity3
RELS:2041/ASIA:2041/IS:2041Understanding "The Muslim World"3
RELS:2674/GHS:2674/GWSS:2674Food, Body, and Belief: A Global Perspective3
RELS:2855Human Rights, Law, Religion, and Culture3
RELS:3580/ANTH:3113/ASIA:3561/GHS:3113Religion and Healing3
RHET:2090Conversation Practicum0-3
RHET:2135/SJUS:2135Rhetorics of Diversity and Inclusion3
RHET:3140Nature and Society: Controversies and Images3
SPAN:4205/GHS:4205Culture, Language, and Health3
SPST:2170Sport and Globalization3
SPST:3176Sport and Nationalism3
SPST:3500The Olympics3
SRM:1085Introduction to Travel and Tourism3
THTR:2320Playwriting in a Global World3
TRNS:2000Translation and Global Society3
TRNS:3179/CLSA:3979/ENGL:3850Undergraduate Translation Workshop3
TRNS:4480Literature and Translation3
URP:4170Megacities Seminar1-3
URP:4752Eight Generation Planning: Envisioning Regenerative Cities3
URP:6253/PBAF:6253Designing Sustainable and Healthy Cities1-3
WLLC:1100/CLSA:1100/GHS:1100/GRMN:1100/GWSS:1100Contraception Across Time and Cultures3
WLLC:1200/DST:1200/GHS:1200/GRMN:1200Disabilities and Inclusion in Writing and Film Around the World3
WLLC:2001/ASIA:2001/FREN:2010/RUSS:2001/SPAN:2001/TRNS:2001Global Science Fiction3

World Cultures and Societies Courses

Students gain place-based knowledge.

12 s.h. from these:
ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046/SJUS:1046Environmental Politics in India3
ANTH:2108/GWSS:2108Gendering India3
ANTH:2160/GHS:2160Culture, Health, and Wellness: Southeast Asia in Focus3
ANTH:2175/JPNS:2175Japanese Society and Culture3
ANTH:2182/GHS:2182Africa: Health and Society3
ANTH:3111/GHS:3040/LAS:3111Health in Mexico3
ANTH:3121/GWSS:3121Love, Marriage, and Family in India3
ANTH:3170Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia3
ANTH:3171Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia3
ANTH:3172/ASIA:3172Chinese Marriage and Family in Comparative Perspective3
ARAB:1050Topics in Middle East/Muslim World Studies I3
ARAB:2025Study Abroad: Culture and Society1
ARAB:2050Topics in Middle East/Muslim World Studies II3
ARAB:3005Culture and Resistance: The Modern Middle East3-4
ARAB:3050Arab Culture Through Dialects3
ARTH:1020Masterpieces: Art in Historical and Cultural Perspectives3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:2020Western Architecture from Prehistory to the Present3
ARTH:2120Art and Architecture of the Islamic World3
ARTH:2220/ASIA:2231Introduction to the Art of China3
ARTH:2250/JPNS:2250Introduction to the Art of Japan3
ARTH:3020Paris and the Art of Urban Life3
ARTH:3150Art of West Africa3
ARTH:3151Art of Central Africa3
ARTH:3160Themes in African Art3
ARTH:3225Contemporary Art and Culture in China3
ARTH:3230/ASIA:3220Chinese Painting I: Pagodas and Palaces3
ARTH:3270/ASIA:3270Themes in Asian Art History3
ARTH:3280The Materialization of Sexuality in China and Beyond3
ARTH:3375/RELS:3375The Great Collision3
ASIA:1016/WLLC:1016Classical Chinese Short Fiction1
ASIA:1510/WLLC:1510Ghost Stories and Tales of the Weird in Premodern Chinese Literature3
ASIA:2222/GWSS:2222/WLLC:2222Women in Premodern East Asian Literature3
ASIA:2450India Beat: The Aesthetics and Politics of India Today3
ASIA:3208/TRNS:3208/WLLC:3208Classical Chinese Literature Through Translation3
ASIA:3431/GWSS:3131/RELS:3431Gender and Sexuality in East Asia3
CHIN:1504Asian Humanities: China3
CHIN:1702Chinese Popular Culture3
CHIN:3103Business Chinese I3
CHIN:3104Business Chinese II3
CHIN:3341Chinese Literature: Poetry3
CHIN:4203Modern Chinese Writers3
CHIN:4206Transnational Chinese Cinemas3
CL:1241World Literature: 1700 to Present3
CLSA:2127/JPNS:2127Global Manuscript Cultures3
COMM:1898/LATS:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
COMM:2086Global Media Studies3
COMM:4131/IS:4131Globalization and Culture3
DANC:1150/LAS:1150Brazilian Culture and Carnival3
DANC:2065Performing Power/Performing Protest: The Body, Identity, and the Image3
ENGL:2330Topics in Modern British Literature After 19003
ENGL:2360Twentieth-Century British Literature3
ENGL:2361Twenty-first-Century British Literature3
ENGL:2369Topics in British Culture and Identity3
ENGL:2560Topics in Culture and Identity3
ENGL:3182Digital Cultures and Literacies3
ENGL:3329Literature and Culture of Eighteenth-Century Britain3
ENGL:3338Literature and Culture of the Romantic Period3
ENGL:3339Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Britain3
ENGL:3348Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Scotland3
ENGL:3350Literature and Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century Britain3
ENGL:3355British Poetry3
ENGL:3360British Fiction3
ENGL:3467/LATS:3467Latina/o/x Literatures and Cultures3
ENGL:3525Literature and Culture of the Americas3
ENGL:3530Caribbean Literature and Culture3
ENGL:3535/LAS:3535Topics in Literature and Culture of the Americas3
ENGL:3540Literature of the Indian Subcontinent3
ENGL:3550/AFAM:3550African Literature3
ENGL:3555/AFAM:3555Topics in African Cinema3
FREN:1005Texts and Contexts: French-Speaking World3
FREN:1007Nature/Ecology French Philosophy and Fiction3
FREN:1510Cultural Misunderstandings: France and U.S.A.3
FREN:3120French Civilization3
FREN:3130French-Speaking Cultures3
FREN:3225Studies in Modern France3
FREN:3232/TRNS:3232French Literary Translation Workshop3
FREN:3250Topics in French Studies I3
FREN:3410Business French3
FREN:4015Francophone Cinema3-4
FREN:4030Aspects of Poetry3-4
FREN:4080Post-Colonial Literature in France3
FREN:4090Quebec Literature3
FREN:4100French Cinema3-4
FREN:4110Francophone Literature of the African Diaspora3
FREN:4433/HIST:4433France Under Nazi Occupation, 1940-19443-4
FREN:4520Versailles Under the Sun King3-4
FREN:4540/GWSS:4540Gender and Sexuality in French Cinema3-4
FREN:4750Topics in French Studies II3
GEOG:1060Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan3
GRMN:2275Scandinavian Crime Fiction3
GRMN:2550/WLLC:2550Mardi Gras and More: Cultures of Carnival3-4
GRMN:2600Witch Hunts in Fact and Fiction: A Global History of Exclusion3-4
GRMN:2618/WLLC:2618Film and Literature of the Holocaust3-4
GRMN:2620/WLLC:2620Anne Frank and Her Story3-4
GRMN:2630German Cinema: Greatest Hits3-4
GRMN:2650German Nationalism from Enlightenment to Present3-4
GRMN:2655/IS:2600Muslim Minorities in the West3-4
GRMN:2666/RUSS:2666/WLLC:2666Pact with the Devil3-4
GRMN:2675The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/113-4
GRMN:2720/HIST:2420Germany in the World3-4
GRMN:2770Norse Mythology: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Northern Europe3-4
GRMN:2785Cyborgs, Monsters, and the Uncanny3-4
GRMN:3200/TRNS:3200Literary Translation from German3
GRMN:3214Business German3
GRMN:3236German Film3
GRMN:3250Brief Texts About Big Events3
GRMN:3405German Cultural History3
GRMN:3501German Writers Engaged3
GRMN:3550The Politics of Remembrance in German Multicultural Literature and Film3
GRMN:3860/LING:3860German Language and Society3
GRMN:3865History of the German Language3
GRMN:4315German Society Today3
GWSS:1600/WLLC:1600Wonder Woman Unleashed: A Hero for Our Times3
GWSS:2400/CPH:2240/LATS:2400Health Disparities and Intersectionality with U.S. Latina/o/x Peoples3
GWSS:3427/HIST:3427Family, Gender, and Society in Early Modern Europe3
HIST:1010History Matters3
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606/RELS:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607/ASIA:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HIST:1609/ASIA:1609India Now! Surveying the World's Largest Democracy3-4
HIST:1708Civilizations of Africa3
HIST:2461/CLSA:2461/RELS:2361Middle East and Mediterranean: Alexander to Suleiman3
HIST:2462Middle East and Mediterranean: Saladin to Napoleon3
HIST:2465Europe Since 19453
HIST:3143International Politics: The History of the Present3-4
HIST:3190/RELS:3190Medieval to Modern: The Birth of Protestantism3
HIST:3217/LAS:3217/LATS:3217Latina/o/x Immigration3
HIST:3251/AMST:3251The Office: Business Life in America3
HIST:3289/NAIS:3289The Atlantic World c. 1450-18503
HIST:3416Modern Britain: War and Empire in the Twentieth Century3
HIST:3420/GHS:3420Health and Healing in Early Modern Europe3
HIST:3475Germany's Twentieth Century3-4
HIST:3501/LAS:3501Rebel Island: A History of Cuba3
HIST:3508/GHS:3508/LAS:3508Disease and Health in Latin American History3
HIST:3515/LAS:3515Introduction to Modern Latin America3
HIST:3652/ASIA:3652Twentieth-Century China3
HIST:3685/ASIA:3685Modern Korean History3
HIST:3745/IS:3745/RELS:3845Islam in Africa4
HIST:3755/GHS:3555/IS:3555Understanding Health and Disease in Africa3
HIST:3760/AFAM:3760The Making of Modern Africa3
HIST:3808Art, Power, and Resistance in the Modern Middle East and North Africa3
HIST:3810History of the Modern Middle East3
HIST:4148Global History as Local History: European Immigration in Iowa1, 3-4
HIST:4216/LAS:4216Mexican American History3
HIST:4334Topics in American Borderlands History3
HIST:4415/MDVL:4415European Intellectual History Medieval to Modern3
HIST:4438Modern European Imperialism3
HIST:4478Holocaust in History and Memory3
HIST:4499First World War3-4
HIST:4502/LAS:4502/NAIS:4502History of Mexico3
HIST:4505Topics in Latin American History3
HIST:4510Colonial Latin America3
HIST:4610/JPNS:4610Japan - Age of the Samurai3
HIST:4615/JPNS:4615Modern Japan3
HIST:4620/JPNS:4620Japan-U.S. Relations3
HIST:4666/ASIA:4166Topics in Asian History3
HIST:4815Topics in the Modern Middle East3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3-4
ITAL:2770The Mafia and the Movies3
ITAL:4550Topics in Italian Studies3
ITAL:4633Dante's Inferno3-4
ITAL:4634The Italian Renaissance3
ITAL:4667Modern Italian Fiction3
ITAL:4668Modern Italian Poetry and Theater3
IWP:3191/ENGL:3595/WLLC:3191International Literature Today1,3
JMC:1500Social Media Today3
JMC:3142/IS:3142Social Media for Social Change3
JPNS:1506Asian Humanities: Japan3
JPNS:3201/TRNS:3201Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation3
JPNS:3202Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation3
JPNS:3203Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3
JPNS:3204Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation3
JPNS:3206Warriors' Dreams3
JPNS:3207Japan Illuminated: Japanese Literature and Visual Culture3
JPNS:3208Japanese Film3
JPNS:3210Japanese Theater3
JPNS:3401Language in Japanese Society3
JPNS:3402Japan: Culture and Communication3
JPNS:3500Japanese for Professional Purposes I3
JPNS:3501Japanese for Professional Purposes II3
JPNS:3601Contemporary Japanese Culture3
JPNS:4201The Tale of Genji3
KORE:1135Korean Language and Contemporary Pop Culture3
KORE:1500Asian Humanities: Korea3
KORE:3070Topics in Korean Studies3
LAS:2700/COMM:2800/IS:2700/PORT:2700/SPAN:2700Introduction to Latin American Studies3
LAS:4700/ANTH:4700/HIST:4504/PORT:4700/SPAN:4900Latin American Studies Seminar3-4
LATS:2280/HIST:2280/SPAN:2280Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies3
LATS:3550Topics in Latina/o/x Studies: History and Culture1-3
LAW:8698Law in the Muslim World2-3
LING:3080/WRIT:3080History of the English Language3
MUS:1800/DPA:1800World of the Beatles3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS:3163Intermediate Steel Band1
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
PHIL:2352Chinese Philosophy3
POLI:1401Introduction to Russian Politics3
POLI:1410Introduction to Asian International Relations3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
POLI:3104/LAS:3104/LATS:3104Immigration Politics3
POLI:3408Chinese Politics and Society3
POLI:3410Russian Foreign Policy3
POLI:3420Southeast Asia: Politics and Development3
POLI:3422Horn of Africa: Politics and Transnational Issues3
POLI:3423The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy3
POLI:3425South Asia: Politics, Identity, and Conflict3
PORT:3400Brazilian Literature After 19003
PORT:3850/SPAN:3850Topics in Cultural Studies3
PORT:4000Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature3
PORT:4100Topics in Luso-Brazilian Culture3
RELS:1001Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:1350/AFAM:1250Introduction to African American Religions3
RELS:1404/ASIA:1040/HIST:1610Living Religions of the East3
RELS:1410Introduction to Indian Religions3
RELS:1506/ASIA:1060/HIST:1612Introduction to Buddhism3
RELS:1670/ASIA:1670/KORE:1670Korea in the World3
RELS:1765/LATS:1765U.S. Latina/o/x Religions3
RELS:2041/ASIA:2041/IS:2041Understanding "The Muslim World"3
RELS:2289/CLSA:2489Jerusalem: The Holy City3
RELS:2775The Bible and the Holocaust3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:3655/ASIA:3655/HIST:3655Zen Buddhism3
RELS:3808/AFAM:3500/HIST:3160Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3
RELS:3855/IS:3855Human Rights and Islam3
RELS:3976/NAIS:3276American Indian Environmentalism3
RELS:4155/HIST:4455Religious Conflict: Early Modern Period3
RELS:4352/CLSA:4452The Dead Sea Scrolls3
RUSS:1082Youth Subcultures After Socialism3
RUSS:1131/WLLC:1131Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:1500Ukraine, a Country at the Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Ukrainian History and Culture3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:2050/WLLC:2050Women from an Unknown Land: The Fight for Independence3
RUSS:2100Russian Mindset: Sex, Business, and Politics3
RUSS:2110Russian Sports: Politics, Scandal, Glory3
RUSS:2232Romani (Gypsy) Cultures of Eastern Europe3
RUSS:2531Topics in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studiesarr.
RUSS:3131/GHS:3131Models of Health Care Delivery in Russia3
RUSS:3200Advanced Russian Through Music, Literature, and Film I3
RUSS:3201Advanced Russian Through Music, Literature, and Film II3
RUSS:3202/TRNS:3203/WLLC:3202Russian Literature in Translation 1860-19173
SOAS:1502/RELS:1502Asian Humanities: India3
SOAS:1620/RELS:1620/TRNS:1620Bhagavad Gita: Essential Teachings of Indian Religion3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latina/o/x Literature in the United States3
SPAN:1800Contemporary Spanish American Narrative3
SPAN:2005Writing Global Spanish3
SPAN:2050Spanish in the United States3
SPAN:2080Business Spanish4
SPAN:2090/GHS:2090Medical Spanish in Contemporary Society4
SPAN:2200Introduction to Spanish American Cultures3
SPAN:2400Readings in Spanish Literature3
SPAN:2500Readings in Spanish American Literature3
SPAN:2800/LAS:2800Screening Latin America3
SPAN:2810Screening Spain3
SPAN:2900/LAS:2900Music of the Hispanic World3
SPAN:3020/JMC:3445/LAS:3020Journalistic Writing in Spanish3
SPAN:3030Translation Workshop: English to Spanish3
SPAN:3045/GHS:3045Spanish Health Narratives3
SPAN:3050Translation Workshop: Spanish to English3
SPAN:3080Spanish for International Business3
SPAN:3130Introduction to Bilingualism3
SPAN:3200Latin American Cultural Studies3
SPAN:3210Cultural Storytelling3
SPAN:3215/LAS:3215Medellin3
SPAN:3230Modern Mexico3
SPAN:3310Spanish American Short Story3
SPAN:3320Spanish American Poetry3
SPAN:3350Contemporary Spanish American Literature3
SPAN:3370Topics in Literatures and Cultures3
SPAN:3440/LATS:3440Topics in Latina/o/x Literature and Culture3
SPAN:3500Topics in Culture of the Hispanic World3
SPAN:3600Cultures of Spain3
SPAN:3620Madrid3
SPAN:3820Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature3
SPAN:3840Contemporary Spanish Short Story3
SPAN:4160/LATS:4160Language, Justice, and the Law3
SPAN:4205/GHS:4205Culture, Language, and Health3
SPAN:4330Colonial Spanish American Literature3
SPAN:4350Twentieth-Century Spanish American Theater and Performance3
SPAN:4360The Orient in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture3
SPAN:4390/LAS:4390Topics in Spanish American Literature3
SPAN:4650Don Quijote3
SPAN:4690Topics in Spanish Literature3
SPAN:4815/LAS:4815Lost Childhoods: Marginal Children of Latin America3
SPAN:4820/AMST:4800/LATS:4800Latina/o/x Popular Culture3
SPAN:4840Visual Culture in Modern and Contemporary Spain3
SPAN:4980Advanced Translation: Spanish to English3
SWAH:1010Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture2
SWAH:4050Kiswahili in Cyberspace3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3

Capstone Course

Students apply their knowledge in internationally focused experiences.

One of these:
IS:3010Designing an International Studies Project3
IS:3012Service Learning in International Studies3

Language Requirement

By fulfilling the language requirement, students gain language competence needed for work and life in the increasingly globalized world.

All students must complete a minimum of two semesters of language study beyond that required by the GE CLAS Core. This additional language requirement may be met either by completing two semesters of upper-level study in the same language used to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement or by completing two semesters, or the equivalent, of a second world language at any level.

In satisfying this requirement, most students are eligible to receive an additional 4 s.h. of ungraded credit under the Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP). This credit may be applied to the minimum 120 s.h. required for graduation, but it does not count toward requirements for the international studies major.

Optional Concentrations

Students have the option to complete a 15 s.h. concentration. This may be done by choosing global perspectives courses and world cultures and societies courses which are approved in one of the three concentrations—global business and communication, international human rights and public service, and international sustainable development.

Global Business and Communication

This concentration enables students to understand the complex forces which shape global commerce on the macro and micro levels. Students use multidisciplinary perspectives to understand the economic and cultural impacts of globalization processes, including on globalized systems and cultures of business, communication, and media. It offers social scientific and humanistic approaches to global business and communication. This background enables students who earn the concentration to stand out among entry-level business applicants; students develop the knowledge and skills needed for engaging in ethical and effective intercultural communication and action in the global business world, which are valued by multinational corporations and businesses worldwide.

15 s.h. from these:
ANTH:3123Making a Living: Perspectives on Economic Anthropology3
ANTH:3190/IS:3190/SJUS:3190Global Debt3
COMM:1898/LATS:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
COMM:2042/IS:2042/SSW:2042Intercultural Communication3
COMM:2086Global Media Studies3
COMM:4131/IS:4131Globalization and Culture3
ECON:3345Global Economics and Business3
ECON:3620Economic Growth and Development3
ENTR:4460Entrepreneurship and Global Trade3
FREN:1510Cultural Misunderstandings: France and U.S.A.3
FREN:3410Business French3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
GRMN:3214Business German3
HIST:3251/AMST:3251The Office: Business Life in America3
JMC:1500Social Media Today3
JMC:3116/IS:3116Media and Global Cultures3
JMC:3142/IS:3142Social Media for Social Change3
JPNS:3402Japan: Culture and Communication3
JPNS:3500Japanese for Professional Purposes I3
MGMT:3450International Business Environment3
MGMT:4500Strategy, Innovation and Global Competition3
MKTG:4300International Marketing3
POLI:3516The Politics of International Economics3
POLI:3524Politics and Multinational Enterprises3
RHET:2090Conversation Practicum0-3
RUSS:2100Russian Mindset: Sex, Business, and Politics3
SPAN:2080Business Spanish4
SPAN:3080Spanish for International Business3
SRM:1085Introduction to Travel and Tourism3
TRNS:2000Translation and Global Society3

International Human Rights and Public Service

This concentration is designed to provide a combination of philosophical and practical knowledge related to social justice and human rights. The study of human rights is inherently multidisciplinary, and students have the opportunity to become familiar with international human rights standards, their application, and implications through coursework in a variety of disciplines. Students are expected to understand how to discuss and address human rights concerns from a number of distinct perspectives and to apply critical thinking skills to complex problems. Students also develop an understanding of the ways that cultural and political-economic systems reflect specific place-based contexts as well as complex world histories of colonization, resistance, migration and globalization. They gain knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to public service careers in government and nongovernmental organization, in the United States and abroad, as well as graduate programs of study such as law and public policy.

This course:
HRTS:2115/IS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
One of these:
HRTS:3906Global Crises and Human Rights3
HRTS:3905/IS:3905Topics in Human Rights (must take for a total of 3 s.h.)1-3
And 9 s.h. from these:
AFAM:3500/HIST:3160/RELS:3808Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3
ANTH:1040/LING:1040Language Rights3
ANTH:2151/GWSS:2151/IS:2151Global Migration in the Contemporary World3
ANTH:3110/GHS:3110/NAIS:3110Colonialism and Indigenous Health Equity3
ENGL:2505Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3
ENGL:2560Topics in Culture and Identity3
ENGL:2571/GWSS:2571/SJUS:2571Visualizing Human Rights3
FREN:4210/MUSM:4310/WLLC:4210Slavery Museums, Memorials, and Statues in the United States, Europe, and the Global South3-4
GEOG:4770/AFAM:4770/GHS:4770Environmental Justice3
GRMN:2675The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/113-4
GHS:4003Case Studies in Global Health Inequities3
GHS:3034Doing Harm by Doing Good: The Ethics of Studying, Volunteering, and Working in Global Communities1
GWSS:3157/HIST:3157Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights3
GWSS:3326/GHS:3327The Politics of Progress: NGOs, Development, and Sexuality3
HIST:4478Holocaust in History and Memory3
POLI:3509International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics3
RHET:2135/SJUS:2135Rhetorics of Diversity and Inclusion3
RELS:2855Human Rights, Law, Religion, and Culture3
RELS:3855/IS:3855Human Rights and Islam3
RUSS:2050/WLLC:2050Women from an Unknown Land: The Fight for Independence3

International Sustainable Development

Students learn about the multiple dimensions to social change and human development in areas of the world categorized as developing societies, including poverty reduction; health; the environment and sustainability; climate change; food security; communication for development; cultures of developing societies; and historical, cultural, and critical perspectives on the idea of modern development. They gain an understanding of development as a cultural and political-economic process which directly influences the environment. Students also study the ways in which direct and indirect policy making by social, economic, and political institutions affect environmental issues. In this way, they develop an appreciation of the complexity of development and environmental problems in the globalized world. This concentration gives students the knowledge and skills needed for jobs or graduate education in international development and sustainability work after graduation.

15 s.h. from these:
ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046/SJUS:1046Environmental Politics in India3
ANTH:2136Race, Place, and Power: Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2160/GHS:2160Culture, Health, and Wellness: Southeast Asia in Focus3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
CPH:4200Agriculture, Food Systems, and Sustainability3
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:2013/BUS:2013/SUST:2013/URP:2013Introduction to Sustainabilityarr.
GEOG:2410Environment and Development3
GEOG:3300/GHS:3300Envisioning Future Worlds: Sustainable Development and Its Alternatives3
GWSS:3326/GHS:3327The Politics of Progress: NGOs, Development, and Sexuality3
HIST:3508/GHS:3508/LAS:3508Disease and Health in Latin American History3
HIST:3755/GHS:3555/IS:3555Understanding Health and Disease in Africa3
IS:3200Sustainable Development3
POLI:2417Comparative Environmental Policy3
POLI:3420Southeast Asia: Politics and Development3
POLI:3424Global Development3
RUSS:3131/GHS:3131Models of Health Care Delivery in Russia3
URP:4752Eight Generation Planning: Envisioning Regenerative Cities3

Students who declared the major before the first day of the fall 2021 semester may choose to complete the prior honors requirements as listed in the 2020-21 General Catalog but are encouraged to complete the new requirements listed below; other students wishing to complete honors in the major are held to the new requirements below.

Honors in the Major

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. International studies honors students must maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in all coursework for the major and in all coursework that may be applied to the major.

To graduate with honors in the major, students must complete a minimum of 46 s.h. for the major (an additional 3 s.h.), including at least 6 s.h. in courses designated as honors courses.

Honors students must choose IS:3010 Designing an International Studies Project for their capstone option, and complete IS:4991 Honors Thesis in International Studies. Students also are encouraged to present their research in a public venue, such as the Spring Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF).

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students have opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the international studies major.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge and a focused practice of transferable skills necessary for a lifetime of learning.

GE CLAS Core courses are particularly valuable for students making the transition into the University of Iowa. They help students understand the academic expectations of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while providing the knowledge and skills needed for more advanced work in the major.

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn an undergraduate degree—Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or Bachelor of Music (B.M.)—must complete the requirements of the GE CLAS Core.

GE CLAS Core Areas and Requirements

The GE CLAS Core has 11 required areas, grouped into three categories. Students must fulfill the requirements in each GE CLAS Core area. The requirements below are for students who entered the University of Iowa during Summer 2017 or after. Students who entered during a previous semester are held to different requirements as indicated on a student's degree audit.

Communication and Literacy:

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences:

Culture, Society, and the Arts:

Students may count transfer credit and/or credit by exam toward some GE CLAS Core requirements. See CLAS Core Policies for details regarding use of transfer credit, credit by exam, and other policies for how GE CLAS Core requirements may be fulfilled.

Communication and Literacy

Rhetoric

Rhetoric courses develop speaking, writing, listening, and critical reading skills and build competence in research, analysis, and argumentation.

All entering first-year students are required to complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric (4-5 s.h.). Because rhetorical skills lay the foundation for further study at the University, most students register for RHET:1030 during their first year at Iowa. Students in some majors, such as English or journalism and mass communication, enroll in RHET:1030 during their first semester.

Students who must enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as determined by their English proficiency evaluation must complete all ESL courses before they may register for RHET:1030 Rhetoric.

Students who have transfer credit in composition, speech, and argumentation but have not been granted an A.A. degree must complete the equivalent of RHET:1030 Rhetoric and often must take RHET:1040 Writing and Reading or RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading in addition to their transfer courses in composition and/or speech.

Each entering student's degree audit shows the course(s) that must be completed in order to fulfill the Rhetoric requirement.

The following courses are approved for the Rhetoric area.

RHET:1030Rhetoric4-5
RHET:1040Writing and Reading3
RHET:1060Speaking and Reading3

Transfer of Credit for Rhetoric

Transfer students who have been granted an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from an Iowa community college, Waldorf College in Iowa, or Black Hawk College in Illinois have satisfied the Rhetoric requirement.

Transfer credit for students without an A.A. degree is evaluated as follows:

  • transfer students who have completed composition I, composition II, and speech at another institution have satisfied the GE CLAS Core Rhetoric requirement of RHET:1030 Rhetoric;
  • transfer students who have completed only composition I must complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed only speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and II or only composition II must complete RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • for transfer students who have completed any other course at another institution that may be equivalent to RHET:1030 Rhetoric, the University of Iowa Office of Admissions examines the content of the course and decides on equivalency based on the content of that course, conferring with the Department of Rhetoric on the correct equivalency, if necessary.

Interpretation of Literature

Courses in the Interpretation of Literature area focus on the major genres of literature (short and long fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama), improving students' abilities to read and analyze a variety of texts. Small group discussions in these courses challenge students to think critically, to share insights, and to listen thoughtfully to the arguments of others.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Interpretation of Literature area. The following courses are approved for the area.

CLSA:1200Interpretation of Ancient Literature3
ENGL:1200The Interpretation of Literature3
FREN:1005Texts and Contexts: French-Speaking World3
FREN:1007Nature/Ecology French Philosophy and Fiction3
WLLC:1510/ASIA:1510Ghost Stories and Tales of the Weird in Premodern Chinese Literature3

World Languages

GE CLAS Core courses in World Languages provide the practice of important communication skills in a second language as well as the knowledge of the cultures in which the language is spoken. This in-depth study allows students to better understand how languages as a whole function, encouraging students to learn more about their own first language, including how it creates both inclusion and diversity. To fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement in World Languages, students may choose one of the following options:

  • complete four years of a single world language in high school; or
  • achieve the fourth level of proficiency in a world language by completing the appropriate sequence of courses offered at the University of Iowa; or
  • achieve the fourth level of proficiency by completing appropriate courses at another college or university or through approved study abroad courses; or
  • achieve an equivalent score on a related Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other approved college-level examination accepted by the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (see Credit By Exam Options on the Office of Admissions website); or
  • earn an equivalent score on both a UI written placement test and on a UI oral proficiency exam in a language taught at the University of Iowa (see World Languages Placement Test (WLPT) on the New Student Services website); or
  • earn an equivalent score on a proficiency exam in a language that is not taught at the University of Iowa (see Proficiency Examinations for Languages Not Taught at UI on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website).

A fourth level of proficiency is equivalent to the successful completion of an intermediate II language course (or of a second-year second semester course, for example) as taught at the University of Iowa. Depending on a student's placement test results and the language taken, a student may need to take four semesters of a language, starting with a beginning course and ending with a second semester intermediate course. Other students may be able to start elsewhere in the language sequence and complete the GE World Language requirement by taking two or three courses. See "World Languages Placement Tests" under Placement Tests on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Semester hours earned for these courses vary by language. Students should be sure to take the placement test for the language of interest and should be aware of the course sequence required to fulfill the GE requirement in World Languages for that particular language.

Once the World Languages requirement is completed, a student may earn up to an additional 8 s.h. of college credit while studying a world language. See Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Students may use the following language course sequences to fulfill the World Languages requirement. To avoid duplication or regression, consult the appropriate language department before registering for courses.

American Sign Language

Courses in American Sign Language (ASL) are offered by the American Sign Language Program. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ASL:1001American Sign Language I5
ASL:1002American Sign Language II5
ASL:2001American Sign Language III5
ASL:2002American Sign Language IV5

Students with previous knowledge of American Sign Language should consult the ASL program for placement.

Arabic

Courses in Arabic are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ARAB:1001Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:1002Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II5
ARAB:2001Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:2002Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II5

Students with previous knowledge of Arabic should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Chinese

Courses in Chinese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Chinese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

CHIN:1111First-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:1112First-Year Chinese: Second Semester5
CHIN:2101Second-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:2102Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Chinese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Heritage learners and students who have studied Chinese abroad may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting CHIN:2103 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: First Semester and CHIN:2104 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester for CHIN:2101 and CHIN:2102. Consult the department for more information.

French

Courses in French are offered by the Department of French and Italian. For students without previous knowledge of French, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

FREN:1001Elementary French I5
FREN:1002Elementary French II5
FREN:2001Intermediate French I5
FREN:2002Intermediate French II5

Students may use varied combinations of French language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of French may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting FREN:1010 First-Year French Review for FREN:1001 and FREN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for FREN:2001 or FREN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

German

Courses in German are offered by the Department of German. For students without previous knowledge of German, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

GRMN:1001Elementary German I4
GRMN:1002Elementary German II4
GRMN:2001Intermediate German I4
GRMN:2002Intermediate German II4

Students may use varied combinations of German language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of German may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting GRMN:1010 First-Year German Review for GRMN:1001 and GRMN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for GRMN:2001 or GRMN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

The department also offers accelerated intensive courses, GRMN:1020 Intensive Elementary German and GRMN:2020 Intensive Intermediate German, which may be appropriate for students with strong language learning abilities or experience. The intensive courses may be combined with nonintensive courses to create other sequences that may be used to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Consult the department to identify an appropriate course sequence.

Greek

Courses in Greek are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Greek should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

CLSG:1001Classical and New Testament Greek I3, 5
CLSG:1002Classical and New Testament Greek II3, 5
CLSG:2001Second-Year Greek I3
CLSG:2002Second-Year Greek II3

Students with previous knowledge of Greek should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Italian

Courses in Italian are offered by the Department of French and Italian. Students without previous knowledge of Italian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

ITAL:1101Elementary Italian I5
ITAL:1102Elementary Italian II5
ITAL:2203Intermediate Italian I4
ITAL:2204Intermediate Italian II4

Students with strong language learning abilities or a background in another Romance language may be able to complete the requirement by substituting ITAL:3002 Intensive Elementary Italian (course number for ITAL:3002 will change to ITAL:1103 effective winter 2021) for ITAL:1101 and ITAL:1102 in the sequence above. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

Japanese

Courses in Japanese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Japanese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

JPNS:1001First-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:1002First-Year Japanese: Second Semester5
JPNS:2001Second-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:2002Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Japanese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Japanese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Korean

Courses in Korean are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Korean, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

KORE:1101First-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:1102First-Year Korean: Second Semester4
KORE:2101Second-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:2102Second-Year Korean: Second Semester4

Students with previous knowledge of Korean should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Latin

Courses in Latin are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Latin should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence. Students must take both CLSL:2001 and CLSL:2002 in order to fulfill the World Languages requirement. These courses require a similar knowledge of Latin, but one focuses on poetry and the other on prose. Other world languages permit a student to complete the last courses in the sequence to meet the GE CLAS Core requirement since the final course is more difficult than the previous ones. This is not true with the Latin sequence, and thus, both courses must be successfully completed.

CLSL:1001Elementary Latin I3, 5
CLSL:1002Elementary Latin II3, 5
CLSL:2001World of Cicero3
CLSL:2002Golden Age of Roman Poetry3

Students with previous knowledge of Latin should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Portuguese

Courses in Portuguese are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Two sequences in Portuguese are approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. All courses are open to entering first-year students.

PORT:2000Accelerated Elementary Portuguese5
PORT:2500Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese5

Students may also substitute PORT:2010 Elementary Portuguese I and PORT:2015 Elementary Portuguese II for PORT:2000 in the sequence above.

Students with previous knowledge of Portuguese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Russian

Courses in Russian are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students without previous knowledge of Russian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

RUSS:1111First-Year Russian I5
RUSS:1112First-Year Russian II5
RUSS:2111Second-Year Russian I4
RUSS:2112Second-Year Russian II4

Students with previous knowledge of Russian should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Sanskrit

Courses in Sanskrit are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students without previous knowledge of Sanskrit should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence. Each of these courses is open to entering first-year students.

SOAS:2901/CLSA:2901First-Year Sanskrit: First Semester4
SOAS:2902/CLSA:2902First-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester4
SOAS:3901/CLSA:3901Second-Year Sanskrit: First Semester3
SOAS:3902/CLSA:3902Second-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester3

Students with previous knowledge of Sanskrit should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Spanish

Courses in Spanish are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For students without previous knowledge of Spanish, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

SPAN:1001Elementary Spanish I5
SPAN:1002Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN:1501Intermediate Spanish I5
SPAN:1502Intermediate Spanish II5

Students may use varied combinations of Spanish language courses to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Spanish may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting SPAN:1003 Elementary Spanish Review for SPAN:1001 and SPAN:1002 in the sequence above.

The summer course SPAN:1004 Accelerated Elementary Spanish, which combines SPAN:1001 and SPAN:1002, may be appropriate for some students.

The accelerated course SPAN:1503 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish, which combines SPAN:1501 and SPAN:1502, may be appropriate for some students.

The accelerated course SPAN:1505 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers may be appropriate for other students.

Pappajohn Education Center students may use the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

CLAS:1002Elementary Spanish I4
CLAS:1003Elementary Spanish II4
CLAS:1501Intermediate Spanish I3
CLAS:1502Intermediate Spanish II3

Students with previous knowledge of Spanish should take the language placement test in Spanish to help determine proper placement.

Swahili

Courses in Swahili are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Each of these courses is open to entering first-year students.

SWAH:1001Elementary Swahili I4
SWAH:1002Elementary Swahili II4
SWAH:2001Intermediate Swahili I4
SWAH:2002Intermediate Swahili II4

Students with previous knowledge of Swahili should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Other Course Sequences

A student who successfully completes a four-semester world language sequence that has not been approved for the GE CLAS Core may have the sequence substituted for a proficiency test to fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement.

Students who complete a world language sequence this way should notify the department that offers the sequence; the department will contact Graduation Analysis in the Office of the Registrar, which will update a student's degree audit to show fulfillment of the World Languages requirement.

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Courses in the Natural Sciences area explore the scope and major concepts of a scientific discipline. Students learn the attitudes and practices of scientific investigators: logic, precision, experimentation, tentativeness, and objectivity. In courses with a laboratory component, students gain experience in the methods of scientific inquiry.

All students must complete at least 7 s.h. of coursework in the Natural Sciences area, including at least one natural science lab component. The following courses are approved for the area; courses with a lab component are noted "(lab)."

ANTH:1301Human Origins3
ASTR:1060/BIOL:1060/EES:1060Big Ideas: Origins of the Universe, Earth, and Life3
ASTR:1070Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1079Introductory Astronomy Laboratory (lab)1
ASTR:1080Exploration of the Solar System (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1085Citizen Astronomy3
ASTR:1091Life in the Universe3
ASTR:1771Introductory Astronomy I: Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy (lab)4
ASTR:1772Introductory Astronomy II: Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy (lab)4
BIOL:1140Human Biology: Nonmajors (lab)4
BIOL:1141Human Biology: Health Professions (lab)4
BIOL:1251How the Brain Works (and Why it Doesn't)3
BIOL:1260Plants and Human Affairs2-3
BIOL:1261Introduction to Botany (lab)4
BIOL:1370Understanding Evolution (formerly Ecology and Evolution)3
BIOL:1411Foundations of Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1412Diversity of Form and Function (lab)4
BIOL:2120Good Genes Gone Bad: Genetic Disorders of Notable Celebrities3
CHEM:1050Chemistry of Our World3
CHEM:1060Technology and Society Laboratory (lab)1
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3
CHEM:1080General Chemistry II3
CHEM:1100Chemistry in Industry and the Economy3
CHEM:1110Principles of Chemistry I (lab)4
CHEM:1120Principles of Chemistry II (lab)4
CHEM:1160Principles of Chemistry Lab (lab)2
EES:1030/CEE:1030Introduction to Earth Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1031/CEE:1031Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory (lab; students must have previously completed EES:1030/CEE:1030 without the lab)1
EES:1040Evolution and the History of Life (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1050Introduction to Geology (lab)4
EES:1061/ANTH:1061/ASTR:1061Big Ideas: Evolution of Life on Earth and the Search for Life in the Universe (lab)4
EES:1070Age of Dinosaurs (lab)4
EES:1080/ENVS:1080Introduction to Environmental Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.; not for students who have taken EES:1085 or ENVS:1085)3-4
EES:1085/ENVS:1085Fundamentals of Environmental Science (lab; not for students who have taken EES:1080 or ENVS:1080)4
EES:1081/ENVS:1081Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory (lab)1
EES:1290Energy and the Environment3
EES:1400Natural Disasters3
GEOG:1020The Global Environment3
GEOG:1021The Global Environment Lab (lab)1
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1110Human Anatomy Laboratory (lab)1
HHP:1150Human Anatomy Lecture with Lab (lab)4
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:1400Human Anatomy and Physiology3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
HONR:1640Honors Seminar in Natural Sciences3
PCOL:2220Drug Use and Abuse3
PHYS:1100From Quarks to Quasars (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1200Physics of Everyday Experience3
PHYS:1400Basic Physics (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1409Basic Physics Lab (lab)1
PHYS:1410Physics of Sound (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1511College Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1512College Physics II (lab)4
PHYS:1611Introductory Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1612Introductory Physics II (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1619Introductory Physics II Lab (lab)1
PHYS:1701Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1702Physics II (lab)4

Quantitative or Formal Reasoning

Courses in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area help develop analytical skills through the practice of quantitative or formal symbolic reasoning. Courses focus on presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument; understanding the use and misuse of data; and organization of information in quantitative or other formal symbolic systems, including those used in computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, and statistics.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area. Students also may fulfill this GE CLAS Core requirement by completing a course that lists an approved GE CLAS Core course as a prerequisite. The following courses are approved for the area.

COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument4
CPH:1600Public Health Science: Inquiry and Investigation in Public Health3
CS:1020Principles of Computing3
CS:1110Introduction to Computer Science3
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
LING:1050Language and Formal Reasoning3
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1120Logic of Arithmetic4
MATH:1250Mathematics for Arts and Humanities3
MATH:1260PokeMath: The Mathematics of Pokemon Go3
MATH:1340Mathematics for Business4
MATH:1350Quantitative Reasoning for Business4
MATH:1380Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1460Calculus for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1550Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus4
MATH:1850Calculus I4
PHIL:1636Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate3
POLI:1050/RELS:1050Big Ideas: Introduction to Information, Society, and Culture3
POLI:1700Introduction to Political Analysis3
PSY:2811Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I3
STAT:1010Statistics and Society3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
STAT:2010Statistical Methods and Computing3

Social Sciences

Courses in the Social Sciences area focus on human behavior and the institutions and social systems that shape and are shaped by that behavior. Courses provide an overview of one or more social science disciplines, their theories, and their methods.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Social Sciences area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:1401Language, Culture, and Communication3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Race, Place, and Power: Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
CPH:1400Fundamentals of Public Health3
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
CSD:3117/LING:3117Psychology of Language3
CSD:3118/LING:3118Language Acquisition1-3
ECON:1100Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2110/GHS:2110Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
HIST:1219/SOC:1219Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America3
HONR:1660Honors Seminar in Social Sciences3
JMC:1100Media Uses and Effects3
LING:1010Language and Society3
LING:1060Languages of the World3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
POLI:1100Introduction to American Politics3
POLI:1200Introduction to Political Behavior3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to Russian Politics3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:1600Introduction to Political Communication3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
PSQF:2115Introduction to Counseling Psychology3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
PSY:2301Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
PSY:2601Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3
SOC:1010Introduction to Sociology3-4
SOC:1220Principles of Social Psychology3-4
TR:1070Perspectives on Leisure and Play3
URP:2020Environment and Society: Sustainability, Policy, and Politics (GE status effective spring 2022)3

Culture, Society, and the Arts

Diversity and Inclusion

Courses in the Diversity and Inclusion area help to develop students’ recognition of their positions in an increasingly pluralistic world while fostering an understanding of social and cultural differences. Students reflect critically on their own social and cultural perspectives while increasing their ability to engage with people who have backgrounds or ideas different from their own. Students also explore the historical and structural bases of inequality and the benefits and challenges of diversity.

Transfer credit is not accepted for the Diversity and Inclusion requirement; students must complete this requirement with coursework taken at the University of Iowa.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Diversity and Inclusion area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1020/AMST:1030Introduction to African American Culture3
AFAM:1030Introduction to African American Society3
AFAM:1130The History of African American Film3
AFAM:1241/MUS:1741The Soundtrack of Black America3
AFAM:2064/SOC:2064African American Families: Urban and Suburban3
AFAM:2070/COMM:2069Black Television Culture3
AFAM:2500Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues3
AMST:2025Diversity in American Culture3
ANTH:2151/GWSS:2151/IS:2151Global Migration in the Contemporary World3
ANTH:2165/AMST:2165/NAIS:2165Native Peoples of North America3
ARTS:2100Printmaking and Politics of Protest3
ASIA:2222/GWSS:2222/WLLC:2222Women in Premodern East Asian Literature3
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
CINE:1195Video Games and Identity3
CINE:1625Race, Gender, and Sexuality on Screen3
CLSA:2800Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean World3
COMM:1168Music and Social Change3
COMM:1898/LATS:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
CSD:1200Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities3
DANC:2065Performing Power/Performing Protest: The Body, Identity, and the Image3
DANC:2085Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Movement Practices (GE status effective fall 2021)3
DST:1101Introduction to Disability Studies3
EDTL:2670Peacebuilding, Singing, and Writing in a Prison Choir3
EDTL:4900Foundations of Special Education3
EPLS:1240Finding Your Path in Higher Education3
GRMN:2600Witch Hunts in Fact and Fiction: A Global History of Exclusion3-4
GRMN:2620/WLLC:2620Anne Frank and Her Story3-4
GRMN:2675The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/113-4
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1002Diversity and Power in the U.S.3
HHP:2280Cultural Competency in Health Promotion3
HIST:1040Diversity in History3
HIST:2267/AFAM:2267African American History to 1877: From Slave Cabin to Senate Floor3
HIST:2268/AFAM:2268African American History Since the Civil War3
IS:2020World Events Today!3
ITAL:2660The Italian American Experience3
JMC:2500Community Media3
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
LATS:2280/HIST:2280/SPAN:2280Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies3
LING:1070Language Attitudes: Is How You Sound How You Are Seen?3
MATH:1210Diverse Perspectives in the Mathematical Sciences (GE status effective fall 2021)3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
POLI:1601Introduction to Social Media and Politics3
POLI:1800Introduction to the Politics of Class and Inequality3
POLI:1900Introduction to the Politics of Race3
POLI:1950Introduction to the Politics of Religion3
PSY:1501Everyone's a Little Bit Biased: The Science Behind Prejudice3
RELS:1015Global Religious Conflict and Diversity3
RELS:2330Wealth, Inequality, and Islam3
RELS:2620Politics, Sex, and the Bible3
RHET:2135/SJUS:2135Rhetorics of Diversity and Inclusion3
RUSS:2232Romani (Gypsy) Cultures of Eastern Europe3
SJUS:1001/GWSS:1003Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC:1030Contemporary Social Problems3-4
SOC:2830Race and Ethnicity3
SPAN:2050Spanish in the United States3
SRM:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3
SPST:1074/AMST:1074/GWSS:1074Inequality in American Sport3
THTR:2320Playwriting in a Global World3
THTR:2405Staging Americans: U.S. Cultures Through Theatre and Performance3
THTR:2601Theatre for Community Engagement3
THTR:2605/EDTL:2963Monsters, Victims, and Villains: Changing Perceptions3
TRNS:2000Translation and Global Society3
WLLC:1200/DST:1200/GHS:1200/GRMN:1200Disabilities and Inclusion in Writing and Film Around the World3
WLLC:2001/ASIA:2001/FREN:2010/RUSS:2001/SPAN:2001/TRNS:2001Global Science Fiction3
WRIT:2100Writing and Community Outreach3

Historical Perspectives

Courses in the Historical Perspectives area help students comprehend the historical processes of change and continuity; develop the ability to generalize, explain, and interpret historical change; and understand the past in its own terms.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Historical Perspectives area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1201World Archaeology3
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1090Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens3
ARTH:2320/CLSA:2226Ancient Art from the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Colosseum in Rome (GE status effective fall 2021)3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
CLSA:1181/GHS:1181Ancient Medicine3
CLSA:1830Greek Civilization3
CLSA:1840Roman Civilization3
CLSA:2127/JPNS:2127Global Manuscript Cultures3
EES:1115/ENVS:1115/GEOG:1115/HIST:1115The History and Science of Oil3
FREN:3120French Civilization3
HIST:1010History Matters3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1101The Modern World3
HIST:1261American History to 18773
HIST:1262American History 1877-Present3
HIST:1401The West and the World: Ancient3
HIST:1402The West and the World: Medieval3
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3
HIST:1601/ASIA:1601Civilizations of Asia: China from Origins to the 17th Century3
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606/RELS:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607/ASIA:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HIST:2461/CLSA:2461/RELS:2361Middle East and Mediterranean: Alexander to Suleiman3
HONR:1610Honors Seminar in Historical Perspectives3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
JMC:1200Media History and Culture3
MUS:1303Roots, Rock, and Rap: A History of Popular Music3
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
RELS:1001Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
RELS:1225/HIST:1025Medieval Religion and Culture3
RELS:1250/HIST:1050Modern Religion and Culture3
RELS:2930/COMM:2079Digital Media and Religion3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Traces of Ancient Russian Culture (IX-XVII Centuries): Vikings, Mongols, and Tsars3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

International and Global Issues

Courses in the International and Global Issues area focus predominantly on countries or issues outside the United States, encouraging students to understand contemporary issues from an international perspective. Students develop knowledge of one or more contemporary global or international issues, gain a greater awareness of varied international perspectives, and improve their skills of analysis and critical inquiry.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the International and Global Issues area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046/SJUS:1046Environmental Politics in India3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Race, Place, and Power: Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
FREN:1006Global Sports and National Cultures3
FREN:1510Cultural Misunderstandings: France and U.S.A.3
GEOG:1060Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan3
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
GHS:2000/ANTH:2103Introduction to Global Health Studies3
GRMN:2720/HIST:2420Germany in the World3
GRMN:4315German Society Today3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3
HIST:1601/ASIA:1601Civilizations of Asia: China from Origins to the 17th Century3
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606/RELS:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607/ASIA:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HONR:1620Honors Seminar in International and Global Issues3
IS:2000Introduction to International Studies3
ITAL:2770The Mafia and the Movies3
LING:1040/ANTH:1040Language Rights3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to Russian Politics3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:3855/IS:3855Human Rights and Islam3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:2050/WLLC:2050Women from an Unknown Land: The Fight for Independence3
SPST:2170Sport and Globalization3

Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Courses in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area provide students with opportunities to appreciate the arts and to analyze them within their historical and theoretical contexts. They also help students develop the analytic, expressive, and imaginative abilities necessary for understanding, appreciating, and creating art.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1240/MUS:1740The Art of Listening to Jazz3
AMST:1800American Gothic: Film, Literature, and Popular Culture3
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1020Masterpieces: Art in Historical and Cultural Perspectives3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1095/NAIS:1095Native American Art3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
ARTS:1010Elements of Art3
ARTS:1030Elements of Jewelry and Metal Arts3
ARTS:1050Elements of Printmaking3
ARTS:1080Elements of Sculpture3
CERM:2010Ceramics I: Handbuilding3
CHIN:1702Chinese Popular Culture3
CINE:1100The Art of Smartphone Filmmaking3
CINE:1602Introduction to Film Studies3
CINE:1610Contemporary Cinema3
CL:1240/CLSA:1040World Literature: Antiquity to 17003
CL:1241World Literature: 1700 to Present3
CLSA:1010Hero, God, Mortal: Literature of Greece3
CLSA:1020Love and Glory: The Literature of Rome3
CLSA:1740/WRIT:1740Writing Strategies: Word Origins and Word Choice3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CNW:1620Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3
CW:1800Creative Writing Studio Workshop3
DANC:1010Beginning Tap2
DANC:1020Beginning Jazz2
DANC:1025Beginning Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:1030Beginning Ballet2
DANC:1040Beginning Modern Dance2
DANC:1110Continuing Tap1-2
DANC:1120Continuing Jazz2
DANC:1125Continuing Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:1130Continuing Ballet2
DANC:1140Continuing Modern Dance2
DANC:2020Intermediate Jazz2
DANC:2025Intermediate Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:2029Intermediate Ballet for Nonmajors2
DANC:2040Majors Intermediate Contemporary Movement Practices3
DANC:2060/DPA:2060Dance and Society in Global Contexts3
EDTL:2122Creativity, Imagination, Play, and Human Development through the Arts3
ENGL:1100City of Literature3
ENGL:1320Heroes and Villains3
ENGL:1330The Art of Storytelling3
ENGL:1345American Lives3
ENGL:1350Literature and Sexualities3
FREN:4100French Cinema3-4
GRMN:2275Scandinavian Crime Fiction3
GRMN:2630German Cinema: Greatest Hits3-4
GRMN:2666/RUSS:2666/WLLC:2666Pact with the Devil3
GRMN:2785Cyborgs, Monsters, and the Uncanny3
HONR:1630Honors Seminar in Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts3
ITAL:2440Italian Arts for International Success3
MUS:1001Group Piano I: Non-Music Majors1
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1012Creativity in Music3
MUS:1020Performance Instruction for Nonmajors1
MUS:1066Introduction to Film Music3
MUS:1301Concepts and Contexts of Western Music3
MUS:1302Great Musicians3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:1800/DPA:1800World of the Beatles3
MUS:2005Issues in Popular Music: Women Who Rock3
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
PORT:2850/LAS:2850/SPAN:2850Brazilian Narrative in Translation3
SCLP:2810Undergraduate Sculpture I3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latina/o/x Literature in the United States3
SPAN:1800Contemporary Spanish American Narrative3
THTR:1140Basic Acting3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3
THTR:2301Playwriting I3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

Values and Culture

Courses in the Values and Culture area focus on how culture shapes the human experience and the role of values in society, with students asking fundamental questions regarding the human experience while exploring their own values and beliefs.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Values and Culture area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AMST:1010Understanding American Cultures3
AMST:1154Food in America3
AMST:2000Introduction to American Studies3
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:2175/JPNS:2175Japanese Society and Culture3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1045Race and Art in America3
ARTH:1095/NAIS:1095Native American Art3
ARTS:2000/ASP:2000/EDTL:2000/RHET:2000Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime3
ASIA:2450India Beat: The Aesthetics and Politics of India Today3
CHIN:1504Asian Humanities: China3
CHIN:1800Chinese Character Writing and Calligraphy (title changes to Chinese Calligraphy and Culture in spring 2022; GE status effective spring 2022)3
CLSA:1340Magic in the Ancient World3
CLSA:1875Ancient Sports and Leisure3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CLSA:2482/RELS:2182Ancient Mediterranean Religions3
CLSA:2651/GWSS:2651Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
DANC:1150/LAS:1150Brazilian Culture and Carnival3
ENGL:1420Technologies and Literatures of the Future3
EPLS:4180Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
GRMN:2550/WLLC:2550Mardi Gras and More: Cultures of Carnival3-4
GRMN:2618/WLLC:2618Film and Literature of the Holocaust3
GRMN:2650German Nationalism from Enlightenment to Present3-4
GRMN:2655/IS:2600Muslim Minorities in the West3-4
GWSS:1060/AMST:1060/ENGL:1410Sex and Popular Culture in America3
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HIST:1609/ASIA:1609India Now! Surveying the World's Largest Democracy3-4
HIST:1708Civilizations of Africa3
HONR:1670Values and Culture3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
ITAL:2880Italian Food Culture3
JMC:1500Social Media Today3
JPNS:1506Asian Humanities: Japan3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
NAIS:1049/AMST:1049/HIST:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
PHIL:1861Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL:2402Introduction to Ethics3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
RELS:1070Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament3
RELS:1080Introduction to the New Testament3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:1350/AFAM:1250Introduction to African American Religions3
RELS:1404/ASIA:1040/HIST:1610Living Religions of the East3
RELS:1506/ASIA:1060/HIST:1612Introduction to Buddhism3
RELS:1702Religion in America Today3
RELS:1810Happiness in a Difficult World3
RELS:1903Quest for Human Destiny3
RELS:2700/NAIS:2700Sacred World of Native Americans3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:2986Religion and Women3
RHET:2070Persuasive Stories3
RUSS:1082Youth Subcultures After Socialism3
RUSS:1131/WLLC:1131Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Traces of Ancient Russian Culture (IX-XVII Centuries): Vikings, Mongols, and Tsars3
RUSS:2100Russian Mindset: Sex, Business, and Politics3
SOAS:1502/ASIA:1502/RELS:1502Asian Humanities: India3
SOC:1310/GWSS:1310Gender and Society3
SOC:2710The American Family3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latina/o/x Literature in the United States3
SPAN:2901Diversity and Cultures in Spain3
SRM:1072Leisure and the Liberal Arts3
SSW:1022/SOC:1022Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States3
THTR:1411Comedy and Society3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3

The flexible structure of the international studies major allows students to tailor the degree to fit a wide range of academic interests and career goals. International studies is an ideal complement to a variety of academic degree programs and many students combine the international studies major with another major such as in world languages, business, journalism, health sciences, or the arts.

International studies alumni find employment in a range of career sectors such as education, nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), business, government, and translation/ interpreting.

Specific examples of organizations where recent graduates have found post-graduation opportunities include Doctors without Borders (New York City, New York), the International Visitor Leadership Program/U.S. Department of State (Washington, D.C.), Coyote Logistics (Chicago, Illinois), Peace Corps (Cambodia and Uganda), American Councils for International Education (Washington, D.C.), CET Study Abroad Programs (Greece), RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps (Des Moines and Iowa City, Iowa), Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (Japan), The Bold Italic (San Francisco, California), and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (Austin, Texas).

International studies graduates also have used their cross-cultural, interdisciplinary education to win prestigious awards such as the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (Czech Republic, Taiwan, Brazil, Russia), the Gilman Scholarship, the Stanley Undergraduate Award for International Research, the Princeton in Latin America Fellowship, and the Critical Language Scholarship.

Additionally, the international studies major is excellent preparation for graduate and professional programs in law, international development, medicine, nonprofit management, higher education, public health, and urban and regional planning.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan.

Students who intend to study abroad during their junior year should schedule an appointment during their fourth semester to meet with an advisor from International Programs Study Abroad; those who intend to study abroad during their senior year should schedule an appointment during their sixth semester.

Before the fifth semester begins: at least two 3 s.h. foundation courses, and one global perspectives course or world cultures and societies course.

Before the seventh semester begins: at least nine courses in the major and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree.

Before the eighth semester begins: at least 12 courses in the major.

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining coursework in the major (including capstone course if not already taken), all remaining GE CLAS Core courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate.

Iowa Degree in Three

University of Iowa majors who are strongly motivated can graduate with a degree in three years under the Iowa Degree in Three. The program is available to students who can complete more semester hours each term than they would on the Four-Year Graduation Plan.

Students sign an agreement during their first semester of enrollment; meet with an advisor at least once a semester to review their plans and progress; take courses during summer sessions, if necessary; meet specific course checkpoints; and maintain the grade-point average required for the major.

Students are allowed to bring Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or transfer credit upon admission to reduce the number of semester hours required for their degree. They should consult their advisor about the program.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

International Studies, B.A.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
The International Studies program encourages students to develop cross-cultural skills through study abroad and/or involvement with internationally-focused U.S.-based organizations. a  
Honors students must choose IS:3010 Designing International Studies Project for their capstone option and complete IS:4991 Honors Thesis in International Studies.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
IS:2000 Introduction to International Studies b 3
ANTH:1101 Cultural Anthropology c, d 3
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: World Languages First Level Proficiency e 4 - 5
First-Year Seminar course with international content encouraged 1
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours16-18
Spring
IS:2500
Working Internationally b
or Designing Your International Studies Major
1
Major: World Cultures and Societies course (may select Optional Concentration course) f, g 3
ENGL:1200
The Interpretation of Literature
or Rhetoric
3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency e 4 - 5
Elective course h 3
 Hours14-16
Second Year
Fall
IS:2020 World Events Today! b 3
Major: World Cultures and Societies course (may select Optional Concentration course) f, g 3
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences without Lab i 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency e 4 - 5
Elective course h 3
 Hours16-17
Spring
IS:1000
Designing Your International Studies Major b
or Working Internationally
1
IS:2009 World Travel: Cross-Cultural Skills for International Business, Education, and Service b 3
GE CLAS Core: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts i 3
GE CLAS Core: Quantitative or Formal Reasoning i 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Fourth Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Elective course h 2 - 3
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall
Major: Global Perspectives course (may select Optional Concentration course) c, f 3
Major: Language Requirement course j 3 - 5
GE CLAS Core: Historical Perspectives i 3
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences with Lab i 4
Elective course h 2 - 3
 Hours15-18
Spring
Major: Global Perspectives course (may select Optional Concentration course) c, f 3
Major: Language Requirement course j 3 - 5
Elective course h 3
Elective course h 3
Elective course h 3
 Hours15-17
Fourth Year
Fall
IS:3010
Designing an International Studies Project k
or Service Learning in International Studies
3
Major: World Cultures and Societies course (may select Optional Concentration course) f, g 3
GE CLAS Core: Social Sciences i 3
Elective course h 3
Elective course h 3
 Hours15
Spring
Major: Global Perspectives course (may select Optional Concentration course) c, f 3
Major: World Cultures and Societies course (may select Optional Concentration course) f, g 3
Elective course h 3
Elective course h 3
Elective course h 3
Degree Application: apply on MyUI before deadline (typically in February for spring, September for fall) l  
 Hours15
 Total Hours122-134