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International Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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International Studies - IST Courses

Courses (I/ST)

General Education Foundation must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.


200. Introduction to International Studies (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of all GE Foundation courses.
Analyses of “the international.” Theoretical, political, social and cultural perspectives on contemporary globalization, modern European colonialism, and the historical and contemporary relationship of the United States to global relations and processes.



317I. Problems in International Social Conflict (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one Explorations course, and upper division standing.
Interdisciplinary analysis of social conflict in the world. Topics may include ethnocentrism; nationalism; globalization; trade; aid; economic development; poverty; inequality; the environment; war; ideological, ethnic, gender, and religious conflict; democratization; social movements; new forms of civil society and social solidarity.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as SOC 317I.


318I. Cases in International Social Conflict (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one Explorations course, and upper division standing.
Interdisciplinary analysis of social conflict in the world. Case studies will focus on globalization; technology; economic development; trade and aid; population growth; immigration; ideological, religious, ethnic and gender conflicts; war and civil unrest; human rights; democratization; global citizenship; environmental sustainability.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as SOC 318I.


319I. International Development (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one Explorations course, upper-division standing.
Theoretical and practical analysis of social, political, and economic development and alternative developmental models. Contemporary and historical comparisons of how “developed” and “developing” areas of the world have confronted various economic, social, and political challenges.
Same course as GEOG 319I.


355I. International Environmental Issues (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one Explorations course, and upper division standing.
Examines the deterioration, destruction, maintenance and restoration of environmental systems and resources. Identifies and analyzes major environmental problems that have international dimensions. Investigates ongoing and potential efforts to resolve them.
Same course as GEOG 355I.


451. International Women’s Movements (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Examines the origins, nature, and impact of global women’s movements. Issues include women and violence; war and militarism; economic and political inequalities; environment and development; labor; international tourism; global sex work and trafficking.
Letter grade only (A-F).


478. Foreign Relations of the U.S. (3)
Incorporates a global perspective and considers the influence of such issues as domestic politics, bureaucratic rivalry and decision-making, economics, ideology, race, and the role of special interest groups on the making of foreign policy.
Same course as HIST 478.


490. Senior Research Seminar in International Studies (3)
Prerequisites: Senior status or consent of the International Studies advisor and instructor.
Capstone research seminar for International Studies majors. Classroom preparation for directed research by students on a topic of their choice integrating international economics, international politics, cross-cultural communication, development studies, contemporary belief systems, language skills, and a geographic area.
Letter grade only (A-F).


492. International Studies Internship/Foreign Study (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of I/ST advisor; completion of a minimum of 15 upper division units required for the major in International Studies. A qualified study abroad program or an internship with internationally-oriented, governmental, non-governmental, and for-profit organizations required of I/ST majors.
Internship conducted under joint supervision of program sponsor and CSULB faculty. Final report required for internships.
Credit grading only.


493. Special Topics (1-6)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Analysis of contemporary issues and problems in International Studies.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.


499. Directed Studies (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Individually directed studies of special problems in International Studies.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of program director. May not be credited toward the major in International Studies without written department consent in advance of enrollment. (Supervised) Letter grade only (A-F).