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International Studies Courses

All INTL courses must be taken at UCSD. All courses must be taken for a letter grade C- or better.  Please note that successful completion of both INTL 101 and INTL 102 is a required prerequisite for INTL 190.

To view previous INTL offerings, course descriptions, and syllabi, please visit INTL Course Offerings Archive.

International Studies Course Descriptions

INTL 101. Culture and Society in International Perspective (4 units)

  • Course Description: Analysis of the cultural and social developments of the modern era from the perspective of interaction among societies.  Particular attention is paid to the definition, representation, and the negotiation of social and cultural boundaries over time. Prerequisites: Completion of college writing sequence.

INTL 102.  Economics, Politics, and International Change (4 units)

  • Course Description: Examination of the domestic and international sources of economic and political change. Topics include the rise of the nation-state, comparative economic development, authoritarian and democratic regimes, international and civil conflict, globalization and its domestic and international implications. Prerequisites: Completion of college writing sequence.

INTL 190. Capstone Seminar in International Studies (4 units)

  • Course Description: Required seminar for International Studies seniors.  Readings and discussion of topics in international and comparative studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Emphasis on independent work and completion of a research paper. Prerequisites: Declared International Studies major students, with successful completion of INTL 101 and 102, and senior standing. 
  • The topics for INTL 190 vary depending on each professor.

INTL 190H.  Honors Seminar in International Studies (4 units)

  • Course Description: Required of all honors students in International Studies.  Reading and discussion of topics pertaining to international and cooperative studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Emphasis on research design and completion of research paper in preparation of INTL 196H. (4 units) Prerequisites: International Studies major with 3.5 major GPA; department stamp, senior standing; completion of INTL 101 and INTL 102, consent of instructor, and completion of at least 5 disciplinary focus courses.
  • Refer to International Studies Honor's Program for more information.

INTL 196H.  International Studies Honors Program (4 units)

  • Course Description: Open only to seniors who have completed INTL 190H.  Completion of an honors thesis under the supervision of a member of the UCSD faculty. Prerequisites: International Studies major with 3.5 GPA, department stamp, senior standing, completion of INTL 190H with B+ or better, and consent of instructor.
  • Refer to International Studies Honor's Program for more information.