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International Studies


Course Descriptions


IST 101 – World Regional Geography
(3) IR
Interdisciplinary survey of world geography
and cultures. Overview of the physical,
political, and economic geography of
world regions.

IST 225 – Chinese Civilization and Culture
(3) IR
Introduction to ancient and modern
Chinese culture as evident in literature,
art, music, education, marriage, health
care, and other areas. No knowledge of
Chinese language required.

IST 235 – Russian Civilization and Culture
(3) IR
Introduction to ancient and modern
Russian culture as evident in literature,
art, music, education, marriage, health
care, and other areas. No knowledge of
Russian language required.

IST 247 – Japanese Civilization and Culture
(3) IR
Introduction to modern Japan, Japanese
society and culture, economy and business,
politics and diplomacy. Offered
only as part of the Japan summer program
at Osaka International University.
Acceptance in Japan summer program
required.

IST 248 – American Civilization and Culture
(4) IR
Interdisciplinary introduction to modern
American culture, geography, history,
society. Emphasis on multiculturalism,
U.S. politics and government, economy,
business. Permission of instructor
required.

IST 300 – Topics in Chinese Studies
(3) IR
Intensive study of primarily contemporary
issues in Chinese life and culture.
No knowledge of Chinese language
required.

IST 400 – Contemporary International Problems
(1–3) IR
Consideration of one or more contemporary
problems which are international
in scope. Prerequisite: permission of
instructor. (Limit of six credit hours.)

IST 470 – Internship in International Studies
(3–6) IR
Guided experience in international firm
or agency. Written reports and periodic
meetings with adviser and field supervisor.
Prerequisites: Upper level standing
and permission of instructor and division
dean.

IST 471 – Internship in Japanese Studies
(3) IR
Guided experience in a Japanese business
or government office. Written
reports, readings, and periodic meetings
with adviser and field supervisor.
Offered only as part of the Japan summer
program at Osaka International
University. Acceptance in Japan summer
program required.

IST 487 – Senior Seminar in International Studies
(3) Y
Consideration of one or more international
problems.

IST 490 – Independent Study
(1–6) IR
Exploration of an international problem
in depth. Individual independent study
on plan submitted by student. (No more
than three hours in any semester.) Refer
to College regulations concerning independent
study for guidelines.

Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
S=Spring
IR=irregularly
F=Fall
U=Summer Session
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time.