International Perspectives

International Perspectives: Develops students’ understanding of the history, cultures and/or traditions of any region, nation, or society beyond the United States. Students must fulfill this requirement in one of two ways:

  1. participating in a study abroad program that earns University at Albany academic credit
  2. taking a course that meets the learning objectives below (this includes courses taught in a foreign language beyond the elementary level that addresses histories, institutions, economies, societies, and cultures beyond those of the United States)

Students will demonstrate:

  • a knowledge and understanding of the history, cultures and/or traditions of any region, nation, or society beyond the United States; and how that development relates to other regions of the world

and at least one of the following:

  • an understanding of the variety of cultures, societies, and countries that make up the region studied
  • an understanding of a region or culture from the perspective of its people(s)
  • an ability to analyze and contextualize cultural and historical materials relevant to a region
  • an ability to locate and identify distinctive geographical features of a region
  • an understanding of the reciprocal interactions between individuals and global systems
  • an ability to use the analytic tools of a specific discipline to engage in comparative and/or historical analyses of cultures, nations, and regions
  • an understanding of the economic, political, historical, and cultural relationships between different world regions resulting from contact, interaction, and/or influence