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)

Learning Objectives for General Education International Perspectives Courses

International Perspectives courses enable students to 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 region, nation, or society 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