International Studies (INS)

College of Liberal Studies
Director: Eric Kraemer
245E Graff Main Hall,
(608) 785-8424
email: kraemer.eric@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/ls/programs/intlstudies.html

International Studies Minor

(All colleges) — 24 credits from approved curriculum, not including courses counted toward the major. Upon declaring the minor, each student consults with the director of International Studies and prepares an individual course of study with the director approval. Each individualized plan is subject to the following requirements:

  1. POL/GEO/ECO/SOC/ANT/HIS 202, three credits
  2. 18 credits from approved international studies course list including 6-12 credits from at least two departments selected from Category I: Global Issues (courses which focus on transregional zones or on issues which are transregional in scope); and 6-12 credits from at least two departments selected from international studies Category II, List A: National and Regional topics (courses which focus on issues which are national or regional in scope)
  3.  INS 495, three credits - capstone course
  4.  proficiency in a foreign language demonstrated through completion of 202 level course work or equivalent.
  5. 12 credits must be at 300 level or above.

Students are encouraged to design a program with a focus that reflects their particular interests. The three emphases that follow are examples of such focus.

International Studies Minor: European Emphasis

(all colleges) — 24 credits
Complete the international studies minor with the following specifications:

  1. POL/GEO/ECO/SOC/ANT/HIS 202, three credits.
  2. 18 credits from approved international studies course lists, specifically including: six credits from at least two departments selected from Category I: Global Issues; AND 12 credits from at least two departments selected from Category II, List B: European emphasis courses on national and regional topics.
  3.  INS 495, 3 credits - capstone course.
  4.  proficiency in a European language demonstrated through completion of 202 level course work or equivalent and
  5. 12 credits must be at 300 level or above.

International Studies Minor: Latin American Emphasis

(all colleges) — 24 credits

Complete the International Studies minor with the following specifications:

  1. POL/GEO/ECO/SOC/ANT/HIS 202, three credits.
  2. 18 credits from approved international studies course lists, including: six credits from at least two departments selected from Category I: Global Issues; AND 12 credits from at least two departments selected from Category II, specifically including SPA 321 and at least six credits from Category II, List C: Latin American Emphasis courses. (An additional course may come from Category II, List A.)
  3. INS 495, three credits - capstone course.
  4.  proficiency in a Latin American language demonstrated through completion of 202 level course work or equivalent and
  5.  12 credits must be at 300 level or above.

International Studies Minor: Asian Emphasis

(all colleges) — 24 credits
Complete the International Studies minor with the following specifications:

  1. POL/GEO/ECO/SOC/ANT/HIS 202, three credits.
  2. 18 credits from approved international studies course lists, including: six credits from at least two departments selected from Category I: Global Issues; AND 12 credits from at least two departments selected from Category II, List D: Asian Emphasis courses on national and regional topics. (Students are strongly recommended to take GEO 110 from Category I.)
  3.  INS 495, three credits - capstone course
  4.  proficiency in an Asian language (CHI 202, MLG 202 Japanese). Other appropriate foreign language experience demonstrated through completion of 202 level course work or equivalent; may be used with approval of program director; and
  5.  12 credits must be at 300 level or above.

Category I: Global Issues

Note that (P) indicates prerequisite required in the department in order to enroll for this course.  Check the department course listing for particular prerequisites.

ACC 447 (P)
ANT 266, 370 (P), 444
ANT/SOC 307 (P)
ARC 200
ARC/HIS 204
ART 301, 302
BUS 405 (P)
CST 332 (P)
ECO 120, 306 (P), 311 (P), 340 (P), 375 (P), 440 (P)
ENG 208 (P), 356 (P), 357 (P), 434 (P), 469 (P)
ESC 211
FIN 440 (P)
FRE 220
GEO 110, 200, 300, 306 (P), 307
HED 486 (P)
HIS 101 or 102 (may count in the minor only if not used to fulfill general education requirements), 205, 311, 330
INS 250, 251 (P), 252 (P)
MGT 360 (P), 430 (P), 431 (P), 484 (P)
MKT 341 (P), 445 (P)
MLG 299
PHL 220 (P), 230 (P), 345 (P), 349 (P), 350 (P), 401 (P)
POL 234, 246, 330 (P), 341 (P), 344 (P), 345 (P), 351 (P), 353 (P), 355 (P), 443 (P)
PSY 282 (P), 360 (P)
SOC 315 (P), 320 (P)
WGS 410 (P)

Category II: National and Regional Topics

List A: General Course List

ANT 290 (P), 342, 354 (P)
ANT/ARC/HIS 353
ARC 275 (P), 280, 285, 340, 350 (P),353
ARC/HIS 331, 332, 365, 366, 372
ART 251, 252 (P), 331 (P), 332 (P), 341 (P)
CST 414 (P)
ENG 203 (P), 204 (P), 205 (P), 206 (P), 363 (P), 364 (P), 366 (P), 434 (P), 463 (P), 464 (P), 466 (P), 467 (P)
FRE 305 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 321 (P), 325 (P), 326 (P) 351 (P), 403 (P), 404 (P), 405 (P), 406 (P), 407 (P), 450 (P), 495 (P)
GER 300 (P), 301 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 326 (P), 351 (P), 399 (P), 400 (P), 401 (P), 403 (P), 406 (P), 420 (P), 450 (P), 491 (P), 495 (P)
RUS 305
SPA 305 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 321 (P), 326 (P), 351 (P), 390 (P), 402 (P), 403 (P), 420 (P), 421 (P), 425 (P), 440 (P), 441 (P), 450 (P), 470 (P), 491 (P), 495 (P)
GEO 304, 312, 328, 331
HIS 230, 240, 250, 285, 314, 323, 327, 328, 329, 334, 335, 337, 349
INS 225, 230 (taught in Scotland)
MKT 440 (P)
MLG 491 (P)
MUS 201, 202 (P), 204 301 (P), 302 (P), 403 (P), 407 (P)
PHL 205 (P), 206 (P), 323 (P)
POL 333 (P), 336 (P), 337 (P), 338 (P), 339 (P)
THA 250, 251, 350, 351 (P)

List B: European Emphasis

ANT 342
ARC 275
ARC/HIS 331, 332
ART 251 (P), 252 (P), 332 (P), 341 (P)
ENG 203 (P), 204 (P), 205 (P), 206 (P), 363 (P), 364 (P), 366 (P), 463 (P), 464 (P), 466 (P), 467 (P)
FRE 305 (P), 315 (P),  320 (P), 325 (P), 326 (P), 351 (P), 404 (P), 405 (P), 406 (P)
GER 300 (P), 301 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 326 (P), 351 (P), 399 (P), 400 (P), 401 (P), 403 (P), 406 (P), 420 (P)
RUS 305
SPA 320 (P), 351 (P), 402 (P), 403 (P), 440 (P), 441 (P)
GEO 304
HIS 230, 240, 323, 339, 346, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 354, 355
INS 230 (taught in Scotland)
MKT 440 (P)
MUS 201, 202 (P), 301 (P), 302 (P), 403 (P), 407 (P)
PHL 205 (P), 206 (P), 323 (P)
POL 338 (P)
THA 250, 251, 350

List C: Latin American Emphasis

ANT 290
ANT/ARC/HIS 353 (P)
ANT/SOC 354 (P)
ARC 280, 285
SPA 315 (P), 321 (P), 326 (P), 351 (P), 390 (P), 420 (P), 421 (P), 425 (P)
GEO 316, 317, 318
HIS 341, 342, 344, 345, 347, 356
MUS 204
PHL 345 (P)
POL 339 (P)

Additional courses which may be available for international studies credit. Students may obtain credit for the following courses by making application to the director of international studies. The director will determine the placement of the course into the above categories (depending upon course content) and the credit to be applied toward the minor. Please note that most of these courses have prerequisites, although not indicated with a (P).

ACC 450
BUS 400
CHI 398
EFN 495
ENG 348, 403, 494, 495
ESS 395
FLG 491
FRE 351, 403, 450, 491, 495, 498, 499
GEO 470, 475, 490, 495
GER 450, 498, 499
HIS 497
INS 350, 425, 426, 450
MGT 452
MKT 499
PHL 494, 495
POL 499
PSY 295
SOC 300

+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.


INS 225 Cr. 1-3 Seminar in World Area Studies

An interdisciplinary examination of the geography, history, culture, and political, economic and social systems of a particular country or world area. Topics vary. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.

INS 226 Cr. 1 Seminar Foreign Study Tour

Group travel to a selected country or world area, to provide direct contact with the geography, history, culture, and political, economic, and social systems of that region. Must be taken concurrently with a university course that includes foreign travel or foreign tour. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading. Offered occasionally.

INS 230 Cr. 3 Introduction to British Life and Civilization

An interdisciplinary survey of the geography, history, culture, and political, economic, and social systems of Great Britain. This course is taught in the Study In Scotland Study Center in Edinburgh, Scotland and may be offered at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as warranted. Offered occasionally.

+ INS 250 Cr. 1 Orientation to Study Abroad

This course is required for students accepted into all semester-long study abroad programs offered under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It is designed to provide an introduction to the various challenges (cultural, social, linguistic, academic, political, and economic) related to resident study and research in a foreign country. Students learn about stages and theories associated with culture shock, intercultural sensitivity and communication, and reverse culture shock. Students also learn how to apply these theories to their own upcoming international experience. Must complete 250, 251, and 252 to receive General Education credit. Offered Fall, Spring.

+ INS 251 Cr. 1 Study Abroad Practicum: Journaling

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the various stages and theories associated with culture shock, intercultural sensitivity and communication and reverse culture shock presented in INS 250. Through journaling students will apply an understanding of the various stages and theories associated with culture shock to their lived experiences in their host country. To accomplish this, students will complete a series of guided written assignments that deal with these specific topics. Students must complete this course while on study abroad. Prerequisite: INS 250. Must complete 250, 251, and 252 to receive General Education credit. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

+ INS 252 Cr. 1 Cross-Cultural Re-entry from Study Abroad

This course is designed for students returning from a study abroad experience. This course will review the concept of re-entry shock discussed in INS 250, examine the process of re-entry, and provide strategies for integrating the study abroad experience with academics, professional goals and personal development.  Prerequisite: INS 250 and 251. Must complete 250, 251, and 252 to receive General Education credit. Offered Fall, Spring.

INS 300 Cr. 3-16 Foreign Study

Resident study for an extended term at an approved university or other institution of higher education outside the U.S. Foreign study programs are available in virtually all major fields and in more than 50 countries around the world. Admission requirements, prerequisite, and costs vary. Complete information is available from the UW-L Office of International Education. Upon satisfactory completion of course work abroad, appropriate credits are entered upon the student’s permanent record. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

INS 350 Cr. 1-6 Independent Foreign Research

An individually designed, directed research project in a foreign country, dealing with a significant research problem. Open to students in any department, the course permits in-depth, independent research using foreign sources, facilities, and resource persons. Requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to work independently. Prerequisite: INS 250, junior/senior standing, and consent of the director of the Office of International Education. Offered occasionally.

INS 425/525 Cr. 2-3 Interdisciplinary Seminar in
International Studies                 

An in-depth examination of selected topics in international studies. The course is interdisciplinary and organized along thematic lines. Topics vary. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.

INS 426/526 Cr. 1 International Study Tour

Group travel to explore selected topics in international studies. Must be taken concurrently with university course at upper level or graduate level that includes foreign travel or foreign tour. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading. Offered occasionally.

INS 450 Cr. 1-6 International Internship

An academically relevant, professional field experience in a foreign country. Students must be approved and advised by the Office of International Education. Determination of relevancy shall be made by the Office of International Education with the advice and consent of the Director of International Studies curriculum. Students are responsible for finding an appropriate faculty adviser to supervise and grade the internship. Language proficiency must be demonstrated where applicable. Students must be on their internship worksite during the semester for which they are registered for academic credit. One credit/35 hours of experience. Prerequisite: junior standing and 2.75 cum. GPA or consent of the Office of International Education and INS program. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.

INS 495 Cr. 3 Directed Readings in International Studies

Supervised, directed readings on a topic in international studies which is not accommodated by other courses in the university curriculum. Students design individual plans of study in consultation with appropriate faculty. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and of the director of international studies curriculum. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.