University Catalog 2023-2024

GEP Global Knowledge

Requirement (1 course designated as a GEP GK course or an academic course taken via study abroad, 0 additional credit hours)

  • Choose one course from the university approved GEP Global Knowledge course list.
  • Courses on additional GEP course lists that satisfy the Global Knowledge co-requisite will have a “GK” co-requisite indicator next to the course.
  • Any academic course taken in a study abroad context may satisfy the GEP global knowledge requirement.
  • Special Note:  If a student changes a General Education course except for HES courses from a letter grade to credit-only (S/U), then the course will not satisfy the GEP requirements. Consult your academic advisor if you have questions.


  • A course taken to satisfy another GEP category may also be used to satisfy the Global Knowledge co-requisite if the course also exists on the university approved GEP co-requisite course list.


Global knowledge is necessary for students to understand the world and their place in it. The global knowledge requirement provides students the opportunity to explore the complex interrelationships among nations, to gain a deeper appreciation of other cultures and peoples, and to evaluate the impact of U.S. culture and policy on the rest of the world.

Category Objectives

Each course in Global Knowledge will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve goal #1 plus at least one of #2, #3, or #4.

  1. Identify and examine distinguishing characteristics, including ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, technological or scientific developments, and/or attitudes of people in a society or culture outside the United States. And at least one of the following:
    1. Compare these distinguishing characteristics between the non-U.S. society and at least one other society.
    2. Explain how these distinguishing characteristics relate to their cultural and/or historical contexts in the non-U.S. society.
    3. Explain how these distinguishing characteristics change in response to internal and external pressures on the non-U.S. society.
ADN 275Survey of Fibers in Art and Design3VPA
AEC 245Global Conservation Ecology3IP
AEC 380Water Resources: Global Issues in Ecology, Policy, Management, and Advocacy3IP
AFS 240African Civilization3HUM
AFS 275Introduction to History of South and East Africa3HUM
AFS 276Introduction to History of West Africa3HUM
AFS 342Introduction to the African Diaspora3HUM
AFS 475History of the Republic of South Africa3
AFS 476Leadership in Modern Africa3
AFS 479Africa (sub-Saharan) in the Twentieth Century3
AFS 575History of the Republic of South Africa3
AFS 576Leadership in Modern Africa3
AFS 579Africa (sub-Saharan) in the Twentieth Century3
ALS 494International Learning Experience in Agriculture and Life Sciences1-6
ANS 395Animal Science Study Abroad1-6
ANT 252Cultural Anthropology3SS
ANT 253Unearthing the Past: Introduction to World Archaeology3SS
ANT 261Technology in Society and Culture3IP, SS
ANT 315The Aztecs, Maya, and Their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica3SS
ANT 325Andean South America3SS
ANT 330People and Cultures of Africa3SS
ANT 345Anthropology of the Middle East3SS
ANT 371Human Variation3
ANT 461Wealth, Poverty and International Aid3SS
ANT 471Understanding Latino Migration3SS, IP
ANT 561Wealth, Poverty and International Aid3SS
ANT 571Understanding Latino Migration3SS, IP
ARC 141Introduction to Architectural History3VPA
ARE 345Global Agribusiness Management3
ARE 494Agribusiness Study Abroad1-6
ARS 251The Arts of a World Capital: London3HUM, VPA
ARS 252The Arts of Vienna 19003VPA
ARS 353Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts3VPA
ARS 354The Arts and the Sacred3VPA
ARS 410Art and History of World Puppetry3VPA
CLA 210Classical Mythology3HUM
CLA 215The Ancient World in Modern Media3HUM
CLA 320Masterpieces of Classical Literature3HUM
CLA 325Gender, Ethnicity & Identity in the Ancient World3HUM
COM 364History of Film to 19403VPA
COM 374History of Film From 19403VPA
COM 392International and Crosscultural Communication3SS, USD
COM 447Communication and Globalization3
CS 224Seeds, Biotechnology and Societies3IP
CS 230Introduction to Agroecology3IP
DAN 227African Dance I1HES
DAN 228African Dance II1HES
DAN 322Dance and Society3VPA
E 480Namibia Wildlife Aerial Observatory6IP
EC 449International Finance3
ECD 225Foundations of Cultural Competence3HUM, USD
ENG 219Studies in Great Works of Non-Western Literature3HUM
ENG 220Studies in Great Works of Western Literature3HUM
ENG 221Literature of the Western World I3HUM
ENG 222Literature of the Western World II3HUM
ENG 223Contemporary World Literature I3HUM
ENG 224Contemporary World Literature II3HUM
ENG 246Literature of the Holocaust3HUM
ENG 255Beyond Britain: Literature from Colonies of the British Empire3HUM
ENG 275Literature and War3HUM
ENG 282Introduction to Film3VPA
ENG 326History of the English Language3HUM
ENG 329Language and Globalization3HUM, IP
ENG 364History of Film to 19403VPA
ENG 374History of Film From 19403VPA
ENG 378Women & Film3VPA
ENG 380Modern Drama3HUM
ENG 382Film and Literature3VPA
ENG 385Biblical Backgrounds of English Literature3HUM
ENG 390Classical Backgrounds of English Literature3HUM
ENG 392Major World Author3HUM
ENG 393Studies in Literary Genre3HUM
ENG 394Studies in World Literature3HUM
ENG 399Contemporary Literature3HUM
ENG 406Modernism3HUM
ENG 407Postmodernism3HUM
ENG 439Studies in English Renaissance Literature3HUM
ENG 451Chaucer3HUM
ENG 464British Literature and the Founding of Empire3HUM
ENG 465British Literature and the Dissolution of Empire3HUM
ENG 551Chaucer3HUM
ENT 207Insects and Human Disease3IP, NS
ES 100Introduction to Environmental Sciences3IP
ES 113Earth from Space3NS
ES 150Water and the Environment3IP
ES 200Climate Change and Sustainability3IP
ES 300Energy and Environment3IP
ES 449Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3IP
ES 450Sustaining Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3IP
FL 210Global Literature and Culture3HUM
FL 211Introduction to the French-speaking World3HUM
FL 216Art and Society in France3VPA
FL 218The Harlem Renaissance in Paris: Paris Noir3USD, , I, VPA
FL 219Studies in Great Works of Non-Western Literature3HUM
FL 220Studies in Great Works of Western Literature3HUM
FL 221Literature of the Western World I3HUM
FL 222Literature of the Western World II3HUM
FL 223Contemporary World Literature I3HUM
FL 224Contemporary World Literature II3HUM
FL 246Literature of the Holocaust3HUM
FL 250Austrian Culture Up Close3HUM
FL 275Literature and War3HUM
FL 392Major World Author3HUM
FL 393Studies in Literary Genre3HUM
FL 394Studies in World Literature3HUM
FL 406Modernism3HUM
FL 407Postmodernism3HUM
FLA 318Egyptian Culture through Film3HUM
FLA 320Arabic for Professional Purposes3
FLA 351Modern Arab Popular Culture3HUM
FLC 202Intermediate Chinese II3
FLC 351Modern Chinese Popular Culture3HUM
FLC 402Advanced Chinese: Readings in Literature and Science3HUM
FLF 202Intermediate French II3
FLF 212French: Language, Culture, and Technology3IP
FLF 301Survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment3HUM
FLF 302Survey of French Literature from Romanticism to the Contemporary Period3HUM
FLF 315French Civilization and Culture3HUM
FLF 318The Heritage of French Cinema3VPA
FLF 425Literature, Cinema and Culture of the Francophone World3HUM
FLF 525Literature, Cinema and Culture of the Francophone World3HUM
FLG 202Intermediate German II3
FLG 212German Language, Culture, Science, and Technology3IP
FLG 315Germanic Civilization and Culture3HUM
FLG 318New German Cinema and Beyond3VPA
FLG 320Introduction to German Literature3HUM
FLG 323Twentieth Century German Literature3HUM
FLG 325German Lyric Poetry3HUM
FLG 440Green Germany: Nature and Environment in German Speaking Cultures3IP
FLI 202Intermediate Italian II3
FLI 315Italian Civilization and Culture3HUM
FLI 318Italian Society Through Cinema3HUM
FLJ 202Intermediate Japanese II3
FLJ 342Classical Japanese Literature in Translation3HUM
FLJ 344Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation3HUM
FLJ 345Modern Japanese Literature in Translation3HUM
FLN 202Intermediate Hindi-Urdu II3
FLN 301Twentieth Century Hindi & Urdu Fiction3HUM
FLN 302Modern Hindi & Urdu Poetry3HUM
FLN 351Hindi-Urdu Popular Culture3HUM
FLN 401Hindi Literature and South Asian Cultural Contexts3HUM
FLR 202Intermediate Russian II3
FLR 303Russian Literature in Translation: The Nineteenth Century3HUM
FLR 304Russian Literature in Translation: The Twentieth Century3HUM
FLR 318Russian Cinema and Society3HUM
FLS 202Intermediate Spanish II3
FLS 212Spanish: Language, Technology, Culture3IP
FLS 335Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers3HUM
FLS 340Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures3HUM
FLS 341Literature and Culture of Spain I3HUM
FLS 342Literature and Culture of Spain II3HUM
FLS 343Literature and Culture of Spain III3HUM
FLS 351Literature and Culture of Latin America I3HUM
FLS 352Literature and Culture of Latin America II3HUM
FLS 353Literature and Culture of Latin America III3HUM
FLS 360Hispanic Cinema3VPA
FW 221Conservation of Natural Resources3IP, NS
GEO 220Cultural Geography3SS
GRK 202Intermediate Greek II3
HA 240Introduction to Visual Culture3HUM, IP
HI 207Ancient Mediterranean World3HUM
HI 208The Middle Ages3HUM
HI 209From Renaissance to Revolution: The Origins of Modern Europe3HUM
HI 210Modern Europe 1815-Present3HUM
HI 214History and Archaeology of Ancient Latin America3HUM
HI 215Colonial Latin America3HUM
HI 216Modern Latin America3HUM
HI 217Caribbean History3HUM
HI 221British History to 16883HUM
HI 222History of British Cultures and Societies From 16883HUM
HI 232The World from 1200 to 17503HUM
HI 233The World Since 17503HUM
HI 240Introduction to Visual Culture3HUM, IP
HI 263Asian Civilizations to 18003HUM
HI 264Modern Asia: 1800 to Present3HUM
HI 270Modern Middle East3HUM
HI 275Introduction to History of South and East Africa3HUM
HI 276Introduction to History of West Africa3HUM
HI 307Jewish History3HUM
HI 317Cuba Today: Historical and Sociopolitical Perspectives3HUM
HI 321Scientific Revolution and European Society, 1500-18003IP, HUM
HI 324History of Common Law and Constitution3HUM
HI 332Germany and the World Wars3HUM
HI 335The World at War3HUM
HI 338Empire, War, and Revolution in Russia3HUM
HI 340History of Agriculture3HUM
HI 342Global Environmental History3IP, HUM
HI 361Global History of American Food and Drink3IP, HUM
HI 370Modern Egypt3HUM
HI 371Modern Japan, 1850 to Present3HUM
HI 374Visual Culture of Modern South Asia3HUM
HI 375Global History of Travel and Tourism3HUM
HI 376Global Migrations3HUM
HI 377The Silk Road in the Medieval World3HUM
HI 381NGO Nonprofits in a Global Context3HUM
HI 402Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius3HUM
HI 407Islamic History to 17983HUM
HI 408Islam in the Modern World3HUM
HI 410Italian Renaissance3HUM
HI 411Trials of Faith: Religious Reformation in Early-Modern Europe3
HI 412The Sexes and Society in Early-Modern Europe3
HI 414From Kings to Revolution: The History of Early-Modern France3
HI 415The French Revolution3
HI 418Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany3
HI 419Modern European Imperialism3
HI 421European Intellectual History: The Eighteenth Century3
HI 422European Intellectual History: The 19th Century3
HI 423Women in European Enlightenment3
HI 425Tudor and Stuart England3
HI 42920th Century Britain3HUM
HI 430Modern France3
HI 465Oil and Crisis in the Gulf3
HI 466History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict3
HI 467Modern Mexico3
HI 468Slavery in the Americas3
HI 469Latin American Revolutions3
HI 470Exploring World History3
HI 471Revolutionary China3
HI 472Fashion, Food, and Fun: Material Culture in Chinese History3
HI 473Japan's Empire in Asia, 1868-19453
HI 474Modern India3
HI 475History of the Republic of South Africa3
HI 476Leadership in Modern Africa3
HI 477Women in the Middle East3
HI 478Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa3
HI 479Africa (sub-Saharan) in the Twentieth Century3
HI 483Science and Religion in European History3IP
HI 484Science in European Culture3IP
HI 486Science and Empire3HUM
HI 511Trials of Faith: Religious Reformation in Early-Modern Europe3
HI 512The Sexes and Society in Early-Modern Europe3
HI 514From Kings to Revolution: The History of Early-Modern France3
HI 515The French Revolution3
HI 518Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany3
HI 519Modern European Imperialism3
HI 521European Intellectual History: The Eighteenth Century3
HI 522European Intellectual History: The 19th Century3
HI 523Women in European Enlightenment3
HI 525Tudor and Stuart England3
HI 530Modern France3
HI 568Slavery in the Americas3
HI 569Latin American Revolutions3
HI 570Exploring World History3
HI 571Revolutionary China3
HI 573Japan's Empire in Asia, 1868-19453
HI 575History of the Republic of South Africa3
HI 576Leadership in Modern Africa3
HI 579Africa (sub-Saharan) in the Twentieth Century3
HI 583Science and Religion in European History3IP
HI 584Science in European Culture3IP
HI 586Science and Empire3HUM
HON 293Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/Global Knowledge3IP
HON 311Words through Space and Time3IP
HON 353Code Breakers: Unlocking the Mysteries of One Human Language3SS
HON 355Feelings of/from Technology: Analog Bodies in Digital Spaces3IP
HON 356Sweet: A Global History of Sugar3IP
HON 360Music and Resistance3IP
HON 390Music and the Celtic World3VPA, IP
HSS 392International and Crosscultural Communication3SS, USD
HUMG 295Humanities and Global Knowledge Special Topics3HUM
IDS 201Environmental Ethics3IP
IDS 220The Science and Art of Happiness3IP, USD
IDS 310Animals in the Global Community3IP
IPGK 295Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Knowledge Special Topics2-3IP
IS 200Introduction to International Studies3IP
IS 471Understanding Latino Migration3SS, IP
MEA 100Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections4NS, IP
MUS 105Introduction to Music in Western Society3VPA
MUS 200Understanding Music: Global Perspectives3IP, VPA
MUS 201Introduction to Music Literature I3VPA
MUS 202Introduction to Music Literature II3VPA
MUS 310Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries3VPA
MUS 315Music of the 19th Century3VPA
MUS 320Music of the 20th Century3VPA
MUS 330Survey of Musical Theater3VPA
MUS 350Music of Asia3IP, VPA
NSGK 295Natural Sciences and Global Knowledge Special Topics3NS
NTR 220Food and Culture3
PER 202Intermediate Persian II3
PRT 449Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3IP
PRT 450Sustaining Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3IP
PS 231Introduction to International Relations3SS
PS 236Issues in Global Politics3SS
PS 241Introduction to Comparative Politics3SS
PS 335International Law3SS
PS 336Global Environmental Politics3SS
PS 339Politics of the World Economy3
PS 341European Politics3SS
PS 342Politics of China and Japan3SS
PS 345Governments and Politics in the Middle East3SS
PS 431The United Nations and Global Order3
PS 433Global Problems and Policies3
PS 441Politics and Policies of the European Union3
REL 200Introduction to the Study of Religion3HUM
REL 210Religious Traditions of the World3HUM
REL 220Religion in the Contemporary World3HUM
REL 230Asian Religions3HUM
REL 311Introduction to the Old Testament3HUM
REL 312Introduction to the New Testament3HUM
REL 314Introduction to Intertestamental Literature3HUM
REL 317Christianity3HUM
REL 327Issues in Contemporary Religion3HUM
REL 331The Hindu Tradition3HUM
REL 332The Buddhist Traditions3HUM
REL 333Chinese Religions3HUM
REL 334Japanese Religions3HUM
REL 340Islam3HUM
REL 350Introduction to Judaism3HUM
REL 383Religion, Globalism, and Justice3HUM
REL 402Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius3HUM
REL 407Islamic History to 17983HUM
REL 408Islam in the Modern World3HUM
REL 412Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels3HUM
REL 413The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul3HUM
REL 424Religion and Politics in Global Perspective3HUM
REL 482Religion and Conflict3HUM
REL 489Interpretations of Religion3HUM
SOC 220Cultural Geography3SS
SOC 261Technology in Society and Culture3IP, SS
SOC 342International Development3SS
SOC 351Population and Planning3SS
STS 302Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values3IP
STS 320Cycling Cities: STS, the Bicycle and Urban Transportation3IP
STS 323World Population and Food Prospects3IP
SW 440International Learning Experience in Social Work6
SW 540International Learning Experience in Social Work6