is a powerful fact. Through an exploration of societies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe, this Foundational Area opens the doors into varied cultures and issues that challenge a parochial understanding of the world.
You may select courses that focus on the major issues of contemporary world politics, including management of conflict, economic competition, and environmental threats to the quality of life. Other courses emphasize either a comparative or cross-cultural examination of societies, polities, and belief systems and acknowledge the importance of recognizing and overcoming cultural barriers.
Finally, some courses focus on the dilemma of the global majority—the three-quarters of the world’s population who live in countries striving for national identity as well as economic and political development.
All courses in this area encourage a better understanding of the dimensions of experience and belief that distinguish cultures and countries from one another and, conversely, the commonalities that bind human experience together. The courses stimulate awareness of the need for enhanced international and intercultural communication.
explore those habits of thought and feeling that distinguish regions, countries, and cultures from one another
discuss, in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, the concepts, patterns, and trends that characterize contemporary global politics
develop your capacity to critically analyze major issues in international and intercultural relations, especially how categories of difference are organized within and across cultures and how they affect political systems
ANTH-110 Culture and Human Experience ANTH-210 Roots of Racism and Interracial Harmony ANTH-215 Sex, Gender and Culture ANTH-220 Living in Multicultural Societies
Arab World Studies
AWST-115 Introduction to the Arab World
AWST-225 Arab Societies
COMM-280 Contemporary Media in a Global Society
ECON-110 The Global Majority
EDU-285 Education for International Development
GOVT-130 Comparative Politics
GOVT-235 Political Conflict
HIST-120 Imperialism and Revolution
HIST-225 Russia and the Origins of Contemporary Eurasia
HIST-250 Empires and States in East Asia
HIST-285 Understanding Africa: Conquests, Protests, and Post-Independence Struggles
IBUS-200 The Global Marketplace
LIT-250 Literature, Film and Globalization LIT-267 Literatures of Global South
MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship MGMT-230 Global Sustainability
RELG-145 Religion Without Borders RELG-185 Forms of the Sacred
RELG-210 Non-Western Religious Traditions RELG-245 Stories of South Asia
School of International Service
SISU-105 World Politics SISU-130 Intercultural Understanding SISU-140 Cross-Cultural Communication SISU-211 Civilizations of Africa SISU-212 China, Japan & the U.S.
SOCY-110 Views from the Global South SOCY-235 Gender in Transnational Perspectives
World Languages and Cultures
SPAN-210 Latin America: History, Art, Literature
RUSS-200 Russia and the United States