Undergraduate Catalog

Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement

Candidates for a baccalaureate degree at Western Illinois University are required to complete the Foreign Language/Global Issues requirement established for their major program of study. Students will complete at least one of the options listed below, as determined by their academic department. Students should refer to the specific Foreign Language/Global Issues requirement for their degree program in the Academic Departments, Programs, and Courses section of this catalog.

  1. Successfully complete one of the following options:
    • Complete three years of high school language study in a single language with an average grade of C or better.
    • For students whose native language is English, pass an appropriate test offered by the WIU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
    • Complete, with a grade of C or better, a University-level course which meets the goals and objectives of the foreign language requirement.
    • For international students whose native language is not English and who have been admitted to WIU, satisfy WIU’s admission requirements for English language proficiency.
  2. Earn credit for a General Education course that is designated as “Global Issues.”
  3. Earn credit for a 300-level or higher course in the major, or in another department, that is designated as “Global Issues.”
  4. Successfully complete a WIU Study Abroad program of sufficient length and breadth.

General Education Courses Designated as Global Issues

ANTH 110—Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ECON 351—Global Economic Poverty Issues
ENG 358—Studies in Non-Western Literature
F L 101—Introductory Seminar in World Languages and Cultures
GEOG 100—Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 110—World Regional Geography
GER/HIST 337—The Holocaust
HIST 115—World History to 1500
HIST 116—World History since 1500
HIST 211—Technology and Science in World History
HIST 245—History of Asia
HIST 311—History of Flight Culture
HIST/WS 318—Women and Gender in European History
HIST/GER 337—The Holocaust
HIST 341—History of Latin America
INAG 310—International Agriculture in Developing Countries
IS 325—Global Social Networks
MUS 394—Music in World Cultures
NUTR 300—Food and Culture
PHYS 150—Energy and the Environment
POLS 228—Fundamentals of International Relations
POLS 267—Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
POLS 329—Latin American Politics
REL 110—Introduction to Eastern Religions
REL 111—Introduction to Western Religions
REL 365—Islam
SOC/WS 285—Women: A Global Perspective
WS/SOC 285—Women: A Global Perspective
WS/HIST 318—Women and Gender in European History

Discipline-Specific Courses Designated as Global Issues

AAS/GEOG 466—Geography of Africa
ACCT 441—Advanced Accounting I
ANTH 305—Applied Anthropological Methods
ANTH/REL 324—Religion, Magic, and Shamanism
ANTH/PSY 353—Cultural Psychology
ANTH 415—Environmental Anthropology
ANTH/BOT 463—Ethnobotany
ARTH 496—History of Contemporary Art
BC&J 351—Comparative Broadcasting Systems
BC&J 353—International Communication and the Foreign Press
BC&J 456—International Public Relations
BOT/ANTH 463—Ethnobotany
CHEM 342—Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry
COMM 381—Intercultural Communication
CS 320—Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in the Digital World
CSTM 440—Green and Sustainable Construction
ECON 470—International Trade
EDS 428—English Language Learners and Bilingualism: Theory, Policy, and Practice
ENG 350—Postcolonial Literature
ENG 357—Nation and Literature
ENG 392—National Cinemas
ENG 474—World Englishes
ENG/REL 492—Religion, Literature, and Film
FIN 497—International Financial Management
GEOG/AAS 466—World Regions
HIST 304—United States Military History
HIST 307—U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1898
HIST 312—Technology, Culture, and Society
HIST 346—Japan
HIST 347—Modern East Asia
HIST 380—The Great War, 1914–1918
HIST 421—Seminar in Global Environmental History
HRM 444—International Human Resource Management
IDT 390—Interactive Distance Learning
INAG 361—International Agriculture Travel Study in the Western Hemisphere
INAG 362—International Agriculture Travel Study in the Eastern Hemisphere
MGT 485—International Management
MKTG 317—International Business
MKTG 417—International Marketing
MUS 390—European Art Music I
MUS 391—European Art Music II
NURS 316—Transcultural Nursing
POLS 322—European Politics
POLS 331—United States Foreign Policy
POLS 334—Politics of the Global Economy
POLS 338—The United Nations and International Organization
POLS 353—Terrorism and Political Conflict
POLS 400—Comparative Public Policy
POLS 440—National Security and Arms Control
POLS 446—Conflict Resolution and International Peacekeeping
POLS 465—Genocide in Our Time
PSY/ANTH 353—Cultural Psychology
REL/ANTH 324—Religion, Magic, and Shamanism
REL 350—Hinduism
REL 355—Buddhism
REL 456—Religion and War
REL/SOC 464—Sociology of Religion
REL/ENG 492—Religion, Literature, and Film
RPTA 462—International Tourism
SCM 411—Global Supply Chain Management
SOC 440—Global Sociology
SOC/REL 464—Sociology of Religion
SSED 495—Teaching with a Global Perspective
SW 380—Social Justice and Diversity
THEA 390—World Theatre History I