Our interconnected world has made cross-cultural understanding and empathy crucial to success. The minor in Intercultural Global Studies (IGS) helps you expand your critical and analytical skills and apply them to coursework across multiple academic disciplines.
IGS emphasizes connecting classroom study to real-world engagement through service learning, study abroad and field study. As part of the minor, you'll immerse yourself in community work domestically or abroad through an internship. As a capstone of the minor, you'll participate in a mini conference, which gives you a platform to share your insights with other scholars and professionals.
The skills you'll develop both inside and outside the classroom will empower you to pursue careers in a variety of globally minded organizations in areas such as nonprofit humanitarian work, international and intercultural education, or community activism.
The minor in Intercultural Global Studies at DU offers:
Individualized course plans built by a faculty advisor to help you create a cohesive, interdisciplinary course of study.
Real-world engagement experiences that turn the world into your classroom.
A capstone experience as part of the Diversity Summit, Internationalization Summit, or Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium at DU.
- To minor in intercultural global studies, you will need to complete 24 credit hours across multiple disciplines.
- Four of these hours will be drawn from introductory courses across nine academic fields.
- Four hours will be from real-world engagement experiences.
- 16 hours will be from elective courses at 2000 and 3000 levels.
- The capstone experience (not for credit) will give you professional experience with conferences and symposia.
See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.
About this Course
This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology. As one of anthropology’s main sub-fields, cultural anthropology provides conceptual and analytical tools for a comprehensive understanding of culture and its manifestations. It is concerned with the ways in which individual experience is inserted in social and historical contexts, providing meanings to everyday life. We will explore ideas and behaviors related to culture in different societies and social groups. Topics include culture, meaning, development, globalization, experience, kinship, identity, social hierarchy, and conflict. Course material combines introductory readings, academic articles and films with the analysis of journalistic pieces addressing currently important issues. It also combines the study of culture in the United States with that of other countries. Class meetings will consist of lectures to introduce topics and concepts and group discussions to apply the concepts and examine them critically. Students will also work on an ethnographic project, derived from the service-learning component that consists on volunteering with Casa de Paz, an Aurora, Colorado non-profit organization that offers support to migrants recently released from detention.
About this Course
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