Course Descriptions

IS-155 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

IS-201 Intercultural Communication

This course develops awareness and skills for effective communication among people of different cultures. It explores problems related to value differences and examines perceptual relativity, cultural self-awareness, verbal and nonverbal behavior, value analysis, and communication strategies. For both United States and International students. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

IS-220 Introduction to International Studies

This course is designed to familiarize students with some of the many interpretive and methodological approaches used by scholars in the growing field of International Studies. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand the global flow of people and commodities as well as some key events and institutions that shape contemporary power relations. Also listed as ANTH 220. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

IS-255 Special Topics

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Credits: 1.00

IS-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

IS-305 West Meets East: Develop Intercult Comp

This course provides advanced theoretical framework and applications of intercultural communication geared toward the contrast between generalized Eastern and Western cultures. Relevant intercultural concepts and theories related to communication styles and cultural patterns will be given to analyze various intercultural situations and/or experiences that involve Asian cultures. Many examples will be drawn from the Japanese and Chinese cultures, which contrast most drastically with the generalized Western civilization. A variety of issues related to individualism and collectivism will be revisited in depth. Through many case studies, students will explore the most effective approaches to intercultural communication situations. Applying those theoretical knowledge and communication skills, at the end of the semester, students will write their own critical incidents to demonstrate and share their intercultural competence. Students are expected to bring some intercultural experience and issues to the class, and participation of each student is fundamental to the course. Also listed as HUM 305. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits). Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural or International Perspectives. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

IS-355 Special Topics

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Credits: 1.00

IS-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

IS-401 Senior Seminar and Thesis

Sources, materials, and methods of research, writing, and critical analysis. Preparation and defense of major research project. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and declared International Studies major. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

IS-402 Senior Seminar and Thesis

A continuation of IS 401. Sources, materials, and methods of research, writing, and critical analysis. Preparation and defense of major research project. Prerequisite: IS 401. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

IS-450 Special Topics in International Studies

This seminar course is an elective which focuses on topics of special interest to students and International Studies faculty. The course allows students to explore possible topics for their thesis and the methods for approaching those topics. Students may take the course concurrently with IS 401. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and study abroad. May be repeated for credit. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

IS-455 Special Topics

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Credits: 1.00

IS-475 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

IS-495 Independent Research

Designed to assist students who are embarked upon Senior Thesis work. These are student-conducted individual research projects. Senior Standing in IS. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

SA-476 Overseas Study


Credits: 1.00