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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 an intermediate foreign language requirement or demonstrate equivalent proficiency by one of the following:
    • 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 an average grade of C or better, three semesters of university-level courses in a single language starting at beginner level at WIU, or its equivalent through another university, college, high school, placement, or any combination thereof.
    • 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. Take a General Education course at WIU that is designated as “Global Issues.”
  3. Take a 300-level or higher course in the major, or in another department, at WIU that is designated as “Global Issues.”
  4. Participate in a WIU study abroad program of sufficient length and breadth.

Note: WIU may consider transfer coursework for Global Issues credit on a case-by-case basis. Students should contact their academic adviser.

General Education Courses Designated As Global Issues

  • ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ENG 358 Studies in Non-Western Literature
  • GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
  • HIST 125 Western Civilization to 1648
  • HIST 126 Western Civilization since 1648
  • HIST 144 History of the Middle East
  • HIST 145 History of Asia
  • HIST 311 History of Flight Culture
  • HIST 318 Women and Gender in European History
  • HIST 341 Latin America since 1860
  • HIST 344 Modern Middle East
  • INAG 310 International Agriculture in Developing Countries
  • IS 325 Global Social Networks
  • MUS 394 Music in World Cultures
  • PHYS 150 Energy and the Environment
  • POLS 228 Fundamentals of International Relations
  • POLS 267 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
  • POLS 329 Political Systems of Latin America
  • REL 110 Introduction to Eastern Religions
  • REL 111 Introduction to Western Religions
  • REL 365 Islam
  • WS 318 Women and Gender in European History

Discipline-Specific Courses Designated As Global Issues

  • AAS 466 Geography of Africa
  • ACCT 441 Advanced Accounting I
  • ANTH 305 Applied Anthropological Methods
  • ANTH 324 Religion, Magic, and Shamanism
  • ANTH 353 Cultural Psychology
  • ANTH 415 Environmental Anthropology
  • ANTH 463 Ethnobotany
  • ARTH 496 History of Contemporary Art
  • BC 325 Comparative Broadcasting Systems
  • BOT 463 Ethnobotany
  • CHEM 342 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry
  • COMM 381 Intercultural Communication
  • CS 320 Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in the Digital World
  • ECON 470 International Trade
  • ENG 350 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 357 Nation and Literature
  • ENG 392 National Cinemas
  • ENG 474 World Englishes
  • ENG 492 Religion, Literature, and Film
  • FCS 375 Diversity of Dress
  • FIN 497 International Financial Management
  • GEOG 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 445 Modern East Asia
  • HRM 444 International Human Resource Management
  • INAG 361 International Agriculture Travel Study in the Western Hemisphere
  • INAG 362 International Agriculture Travel Study in the Eastern Hemisphere
  • JOUR 410 International Communication and the Foreign Press
  • JOUR 436 International Public Relations
  • MGT 485 International Management
  • MKTG 317 International Business
  • MKTG 417 International Marketing
  • MUS 390 European Art Music I
  • MUS 391 European Art Music II
  • POLS 322 Political Systems of Europe
  • 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 International Security and Arms Control
  • POLS 446 Conflict Resolution and International Peacekeeping
  • POLS 465 Genocide in Our Time
  • PSY 353 Cultural Psychology
  • REL 350 Hinduism
  • REL 355 Buddhism
  • REL 456 Religion and War
  • REL 492 Religion, Literature, and Film
  • RPTA 462 International Tourism
  • SCM 411 Global Supply Chain Management
  • SOC 464 Sociology of Religion
  • SSED 495 Teaching with a Global Perspective
  • SW 380 Social Justice and Diversity
  • THEA 390 World Theatre History I