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Certificate in Global Perspectives

This certificate is available to School of Education students only.

Certificate advising: Students should consult with advising staff at Education Academic Services (EAS), Room 139 Education Buildlng, 1000 Bacom Mall, 608-262-1651. If necessary, students will be referred for additional assistance to Professor Nancy Kendall, nkendall@education.wisc.edu, 225 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, 608-263-2939.

It is increasingly evident that we live as members of multiple communities, from local communities to a world or global community. Understanding the variety of cultures, values, traditions of a world community and the ways in which these find expression in one's national, state and local communities becomes increasingly important to participating successfully as a global citizen and in professions where cross-cultural understanding and interaction is an essential part of one's work. The University of Wisconsin–Madison stresses the importance of an international perspective in university education and aims to develop the global competence of students.

The School of Education Global Perspectives Certificate is an interdisciplinary program of study offered for School of Education undergraduates. To fulfill requirements for this certificate, students mainly take courses in social sciences, humanities, and/or sciences that examine aspects of non-Western/non-European cultures, histories, arts, and environments. This focus does not subordinate western traditions to other traditions; rather, it expresses the belief that breadth in a liberal arts education should include study of cultures of non-western origin in addition to study of multicultural traditions within a western cultural context.

Credits used to fulfill the requirements for the certificate can also be offered to meet other liberal studies requirements or, for Elementary Education majors, in partial fulfillment of a minor. In meeting the goals of this certificate program, students will:

  • Extend their awareness of the variety within and among world cultures, as well as their sense of their own roles as world citizens;
  • Respect and value diversity and treat all people with respect and dignity;
  • Develop a critical understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically, and environmentally;
  • Inform their professional work in teaching, art, dance, innersole with an international perspective.

Students must complete the requirements below (21 credits total). Students must earn a 2.75 cumulative grade point average across all certificate courses. Elementary Education students must complete another 3-credit course approved by the Global Perspectives Certificate advisor to meet that program's minor requirement.

Students must complete the following requirements: 

  • 9 credits to include
    • one 3-credit course in United States/European history
    • Either Integrated Liberal Studies 209 Introduction to Global Cultures OR Anthropology 104 Cultural Anthropology and Human Development, 3 credits
    • Educational Policy Studies 335 Globalization and Education, 3 credits, taken as a capstone course and including an integrative paper or project (such as a teaching unit).
  • 12 additional credits from the approved list of non-Western/non-European courses below, to include
    • at least one course from each of two world areas (Africa, Arctic, East Asia, Latin America, Middle East–Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia);
    • at least one course at 300 level or above.

Global Perspectives Courses

AFRICA

African Languages and Literature (African)
201 Introduction to African Languages and Literature (L) P: Open to fr.
210 The African Storyteller (L) P: Open to fr.
211 The African Autobiography (H) P: Soph st or cons inst
230 Introduction to Yoruba Life and Culture (H) P: Open to fr.
270 The Hero and Trickster in African Oral Tradition (L) P: Open to fr.
277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (Z) P: Open to fr.
297 African and African-American Linkages: An Introduction (Z)
300 African Literature in Translation (L) P: Open to fr. with con. inst.
306 Hausa Verbal Arts in Translation (L) P: Gen ed Com A crse. Open to fr.
370 Islam: Religion and Culture (H) P: Open to fr.

Afro-American Studies (AfroAmer)
241 Introduction to African Art and Architecture (H) P: Open to fr.
277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (Z) P: Open to fr.
297 African and African-American Linkages: An Introduction (e Z) P: Open to fr.
320 Contemporary African Art (H) P: Soph st
330 African/Afro-American Historical Relationships: 1700 to the Present (S) P: Soph st
367 Art and Visual Culture: Women of the African Diaspora and Africa (H) P: Afro Am 242; majors only; soph st
377 Cultural Cross Currents: West African Dance/Music in the Americas (H) P: Soph st

Anthropology (Anthro)
277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (Z) P: Open to fr.
318 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (S)
333 Prehistory of Africa (S)

Art History (Art Hist)
241 Introduction to African Art and Architecture (H) P: Open to fr.
377 African Art: Paleolithic to the Rise of West African Empires (H) P: soph st or cons inst
378 African Art: West African Empires to the Start of the Colonial Era (H) P: soph st or cons inst

Dance
177 African Dance P: Open to fr.
277 African Dance Performance (H) P: Dance 177 or cons inst.

Folklore
210 The African Storyteller (L) P: Open to fr.

Gender and Women's Studies (Gen&WS)
367 Art and Visual Culture: Women of the African Diaspora and Africa (H) P: Afro Am 242; majors only; soph st

Geography (Geog)
277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (Z) P: Open to fr.
355 Africa, South of the Sahara (S) P: soph st

History
105 Introduction to the History of Africa (Z)
376 History of Africa to 1500 (S) P: soph st
377 History of Africa, 1500–1870 (S) P: soph st
378 History of Africa Since 1870 (S) P: soph st

Music
377 Cultural Cross Currents: West African Dance/Music in the Americas (H) P: soph st

Political Science (Poli Sci)
277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (Z) P: Open to fr.
362 African International Relations (S)

Sociology (Soc)
277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (Z) P: Open to fr.

Theatre
277 African Dance Performance (H) P: Dance 177 or cons inst

ARCTIC

American Indian Studies (Amer Ind)
317 Peoples and Cultures of the Arctic (S) P: Anthro 100 or 104 or cons inst

EAST ASIA (China, Japan, Korea)

Art History (Art Hist)
203 Survey of Asian Art (H) P: Open to fr.
307 Early Chinese Art: From Antiquity to the Tenth Century P: Open to fr.
308 Later Chinese Art: From the Tenth Century to the Present P: Open to fr.
370 Arts of China (H) P: soph st or cons inst
371 Chinese Painting (H) P: soph st or cons inst
372 Arts of Japan (H) P: soph st or cons inst
375 Later Japanese Painting and Woodblock Prints (H) P: soph st or cons inst
379 Cities of Asia (H) P: Open to fr.

Dance
326 Introduction to Asian Performance (H) P: Jr. St

Folklore
326 Introduction to Asian Performance (H) P: Jr. St.

East Asian Area Studies (E A Stds)
222 Introduction to East Asian Civilization P: Open to fr.
300 Humanities Topics in East Asian Studies—specific topic must be approved— (introduction to Korean Civilization particularly recommended)
301 Social Studies Topics in East Asian Studies—specific topic must be approved—(Modern Korea: North & South or Understanding 1st—Century China topics particularly recommended

East Asian Languages and Literature (E Asian)
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H)
251 Chinese Civilization (H) P: Open to fr.
253 Introduction to Japanese Culture & Civilization (H)
273 Religion in History and Culture: The East (H) P: Open to fr.
277 Beginning Kendo: Integration of Martial Arts and Liberal Arts (S)
300 Humanities Topics in East Asian Studies—specific topic must be approved (H)
336 Social & Intellectual History of China, 1400 BC—589 AD (Z) P: soph st or Hist 103
337 Social & Intellectual History of China, 589 AD—1919 (Z) P: soph st or Hist 103
338 Social & Intellectual History of China, 1911—1949 (Z) P: soph st or Hist 103
340 Introduction to the I-Ching: Book of Change (H) P: soph st
350 Introduction to Taoism (H) P: soph st
351 Survey of Chinese Literature, I (H)
352 Survey of Chinese Literature, II (H)
353 Survey of Japanese Literature, I (H)
354 Survey of Japanese Literature, II (H)
355 Arts of China (H) P: soph st
356 Chinese Painting (H) P: soph st
357 Arts of Japan (H) P: soph st
363 Introduction to Confucianism (H) P: soph st
364 Introduction to Buddhism (H) P: open to fr
367 Japanese Poetic Tradition (L) P: jr st
371 Topics in Chinese Literature (L) P: soph st

Geography
358 China and Southeast Asia (S) P: soph st

History
103 Introduction to East Asia: China (Z)
104 Introduction to East Asia: Japan (Z)
336 Social & Intellectual History of China, 1400 BC—589 AD (Z)
337 Social & Intellectual History of China, 589—1919 (Z)
338 Social & Intellectual History of China, 1911—1949 (Z)
341 History of Modern China, 1800—1949 (S) P: soph st
342 History of the People's Republic of China, 1949—present (S) P: soph st

Interdisciplinary Courses—L&S (lnter-LS)
220 Windows on the World topic Legacies of Colonialism in East Asian

International Studies (Intl St)
140 Asia: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization (Z) P: Open to fr.

Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA)
100 Introduction to Cultures of Asia P: Open to fr.
140 Asia: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization (Z) P: Open to fr.
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H)
300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia (H) selected topic must be approved P: Open to fr.
379 Cities of Asia (H) P: Open to fr.

Literature in Translation (Littrans)
261 Survey of Chinese Literature, I (L) P: Open to fr.
262 Survey of Chinese Literature, II (L) P: Open to fr.
263 Survey of Japanese Literature, I (L) P: Open to fr.
264 Survey of Japanese Literature, II (L) P: Open to fr.
372 Classical Japanese Prose in Translation (L)
373 Topics in Japanese Literature (L)(H)

Political Science (Poli Sci)
222 Introduction to East Asian Civilization (Z) P: Open to fr.
342 Japan in the World (S)
346 China in World Politics (S)

Religious Studies (Relig St)
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H) P: Successful completion or exemption from Comm A
273 Religion in History and Culture: The East (H) P: Open to fr.
340 Introduction to the I-Ching: Book of Change (H) P: soph st
350 Introduction to Taoism (H) P: soph st
351 Religions of the Ancient Near East (H) P: soph st
352 Shamanism (Z) P: none
363 Introduction to Confucianism (H) P: soph st
364 Introduction to Buddhism (H) P: Open to fr.

Theatre
326 Introduction to Asian Performance (H) P: Jr st
351 Fundamentals of Asian Stage Discipline (H) P: Cons of inst.

LATIN AMERICA

Anthropology (Anthro)
326 People of the Andes under Inca and Spanish Rule (S)
327 People of the Andes Today (S)
329 The Anthropology of Lowland South America (no breadth designation)
334 Civilization of Ancient Mexico (S)
335 The Ancient Maya (S)

Geography (Geog)
260 Latin America: An Introduction (S)
348 Latin America (S) P: soph st

History
241 Colonial Latin America: From 1780–1940 (S) P: soph st
242 Modern Latin America, 1898 to the Present (S) P: soph st
243 Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World (S) P: Open to fr.
260 Latin America: An Introduction (S)

Literature in Translation (Littrans)
226 Introduction to Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literature (L) P: open to all undergrads

Political Science (Poli Sci)
260 Latin America: An Introduction (S)
261 Introduction to Latin American Politics (S) P: Open to fr

Sociology (Soc)
260 Latin America: An Introduction (S) P: none

Spanish
260 Latin America: An Introduction (S) P: none

MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA

Folklore
279 Introduction to Turkish Folk Literature (L)

Hebrew and Semitic Studies (Hebr St)
343 Israeli Fiction in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.
346 Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period (L)
351 Religions of the Ancient Near East (H) P: soph st
356 Zionism in Thought, Culture, and Literature: From Inception to the State (H) P: Open to fr.
377 Jewish Cultural History I (H) P: soph st
378 Jewish Cultural History II (H) P: soph st

History
106 Invasions and Empires: Central Asia from Genghis Khan to Stalin (S) P: Open to fr.
138 Introduction to Hist and Soc of E Mediterranean & Muslim Worlds 1258–1918 (S)
139 The Middle East in the 20th Century (S)
205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East 500–1500 (H)
265 An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan (H) P: Open to fr.
309 The Crusades: Christianity and Islam (H) P: soph st
332 Islam Reform and Revolution in Central Asia (S) P: soph st
371 The Modern Arab World (S) P: soph st
375 The Middle East in World Affairs since 1900 (S) P: soph st
379 Islam in Iran (H) P: soph st

Jewish Studies (Jewish)
377 Jewish Cultural History I (H) P: soph st
378 Jewish Cultural History II (H) P: soph st

Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA)
100 Introduction to Cultures of Asia P: Open to fr.
106 Invasions and Empires: Central Asia from Genghis Khan to Stalin (S) P: Open to fr.
140 Asia: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization (Z) P: Open to fr.
203 Civilization of Central Asia (H) P: Open to fr.
205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East 500–1500 (H)
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H)
265 An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan (H) P: Open to fr.
273 Religion in History and Culture: The East (H) P: Open to fr.
279 Introduction to Turkish Folk Literature (L)
300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia (H) selected topic must be approved P: Open to
357 Literatures of Muslim Societies (L) P: Open to fr.
370 Islam: Religion and Culture (H) P: Open to fr.
379 Cities of Asia (H) P: Open to fr.

Literature in Translation (Littrans)
214 Literatures of Central Asia in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.
217 Islamic Mystical Poetry in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.
214 Literatures of Central Asia in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.
217 Islamic Mystical Poetry in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.

Medieval
309 The Crusades: Christianity and Islam (H) P: soph st

Religious Studies (Relig St)
205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East 500–1500 (H)P: open to all undergrads
217 Islamic Mystical Poetry in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H) P: Successful completion or exemption from Comm A
273 Religion in History and Culture: The East (H) P: Open to fr.
309 The Crusades: Christianity and Islam (H) P: soph st
351 Religions of the Ancient Near East (H) P: soph st
357 Literatures of Muslim Societies (L) P: Open to fr.
370 Islam: Religion and Culture (H) P: Open to fr.
377 Jewish Cultural History I (H) P: soph st
379 Islam in Iran (H) P: soph st

SOUTH ASIA (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet)

Art History (Art Hist)
203 Survey of Asian Art (H) P: Open to fr.
362 Arts of India (H) P: Open to fr.
379 Cities of Asia (H) P: Open to fr.

Folklore
326 Introduction to Asian Performance (H) P: Jr. st.
374 Indian Folklore (H) P: Open to fr.

Geography (Geog)
252 The Civilizations of India—Modern Period (Z) P: Open to fr.

History
142 History of South Asia to the Present (S)
252 The Civilizations of India—Modern Period (Z) P: Open to fr.

International Studies (Intl St)
140 Asia: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization (Z) P: Open to fr.

Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA)
100 Introduction to Cultures of Asia P: Open to fr.
140 Asia: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization (Z) P: Open to fr.
201 Introduction to Indian Literatures (L)
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H)
251 The Civilizations of India: Classical Period (H) P: Open to fr.
252 The Civilizations of India—Modern Period (Z) P: Open to fr.
274 Religion in South Asia (H) P: Open to fr.
300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia (H) selected topic must be approved P: Open to fr.
311 Modern Indian Literatures (L) P: Open to fr.
312 Classical Indian Literatures (L) P: Open to fr.
355 Hinduism (Z) P: Open to fr.
357 Literatures of Muslim Societies (L) P: Open to fr.
362 Arts of India (H) P: Open to fr.
364 Introduction to Buddhism (H) P: Open to fr.

Literature in Translation (Littrans)
211 Modern Indian Literatures in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.
212 Classical Indian Literatures in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.; LCA majors reg for LCA 312
273 Urdu Prose Fiction in India and Pakistan in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.

Political Science (Poli Sci)
252 The Civilizations of India—Modern Period (Z) P: Open to fr.

Religious Studies (Relig St)
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H) P: Successful completion or exemption from Comm A
251 The Civilizations of India: Classical Period (H) P: Open to fr.
274 Religion in South Asia (H) P: Open to fr.
357 Literatures of Muslim Societies (L) P: Open to fr.
364 Introduction to Buddhism (H) P: Open to fr.
367 Jainism: Religion of Non-Violence (H) P: Open to fr.
370 Islam:Religion and Culture (H) P: Open to fr.

Sociology (Soc)
252 The Civilizations of India—Modern Period (Z) P: Open to fr.

Theatre
326 Introduction to Asian Performance (H) P: Jr st
351 Fundamentals of Asian Stage Discipline (H) P: Cons of inst.

SOUTHEAST ASIA (Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)

Dance
353 Javanese Performance (no breadth designation) P: Jr.st. or cons inst.

Folklore
326 Introduction to Asian Performance (H) P: Jr. st.
353 Javanese Performance (no breadth designation) P: Jr.st. or cons inst

Geography (Geog)
244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Z) P: Open to fr.

History
142 History of South Asia to the Present (S)
244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Z) P: Open to fr.
319 The Vietnam Wars (S) P: soph st

International Studies (Intl St)
140 Asia: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization (Z) P: Open to fr.

Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA)
100 Introduction to Cultures of Asia P: Open to fr.
140 Asia: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization (Z) P: Open to fr.
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H)
244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Z) P: Open to fr.
361 Survey of Indonesian Cultures (H) P: Open to fr.
364 Introduction to Buddhism (H) P: Open to fr.
379 Cities of Asia (H) P: Open to fr.

Literature in Translation (Littrans)
301 Modern Indonesian Literature in Translation (L)
303 Southeast Asian Literature in Translation (L)
304 Southeast Asian Literature in Translation (L)

Political Science (Poli Sci)
244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Z) P: Open to fr.

Religious Studies (Relig St)
217 Islamic Mystical Poetry in Translation (L) P: Open to fr.
235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing (H) P: Successful completion or exemption from Comm A
273 Religion in History and Culture: The East (H) P: Open to fr.
309 The Crusades: Christianity and Islam (H) P: soph st
352 Shamanism (Z) P: none
357 Literatures of Muslim Societies (L) P: Open to fr.
364 Introduction to Buddhism (H) P: Open to fr.
370 Islam: Religion and Culture (H) P: Open to fr.

Sociology (Soc)
244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Z) P: Open to fr.

Theatre
326 Introduction to Asian Performance (H) P: Jr st
351 Fundamentals of Asian Stage Discipline (H) P: Cons of inst.
353 Javanese Performance (no breadth designation) P: Jr.st. or cons inst.

COURSES THAT ARE NOT REGION SPECIFIC

Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAE)
344 The Environment and the Global Economy (S) P: Open to fr.
350 World Hunger and Malnutrition (B) P: none
373 Globalization, Poverty, and Development
374 The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy (no breadth designation) P: Econ 101 or 102, or AAE 215, or equiv

Agronomy
350 World Hunger and Malnutrition (B) P: none
377 Cropping Systems of the Tropics P: Intro to Botany course

Anthropology (Anthro)
104 Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity (S) P: open to fr
105 Principles of Biological Anthropology (B) P: open to fr with HS Biology or cons inst
106 Human Biology Laboratory (B) P: Anthro 105 or 107, or con reg, or cons inst
211 Global Language Issues (Z) P: Open to fr.
300 Cultural Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography (S) P: soph st or cons inst
321 The Emergence of Human Culture (S) P: prior course in archaeology, soph st or cons inst
322 The Origins of Civilization (S)
330 Topics in Ethnology (S)
350 Political Anthropology
365 Medical Anthropology

Community and Environmental Sociology (C&E Soc)
140 Introduction to Communitiy and Environmental Sociology (S) P: open to all undergrads

Comparative Literature (Comp Lit)
203 Introduction to Cross-cultural Literary Forms (L)
379 Literature and Ethnic Experience (L)

Dance
165 World Dance Cultures: Traditional to Contemporary

Economics (Econ)
365 Issues in Comparative Economics (S)

Environmental Studies (Nelson Institute; Envir St)
139 Resources and People (S) P: open to fr
309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems (S) P: soph st
344 The Environment and the Global Economy (S) P: Open to fr.
368 Environmental Law, Toxic Substances, and Conservation (S) P: soph st

Folklore
100 Introduction to Folklore (H) P: Open to fr.
103 Introduction to Music Cultures of the World (H) P: Open to fr.
211 Global Language Issues (Z) P: Open to fr.

Gender and Women's Studies (Gen&WS)
322 Women and the Life-Cycle: A Cross-cultural Perspective (S) P: soph st or cons instr
325 Global Feminism (S) P: A Gen&WS course or cons instr 

Geography (Geog)
101 Introduction to Human Geography (S) P: Open to fr.
139 Resources and People (S) P: Open to fr.
140 World Regions: Concepts and Problems (S) P: Open to fr. and not to seniors
309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems (S) P: Soph st
319 Environmental Evaluation and Adaptation (S) P: Soph st.
339 Environmental Conservation (S) P: Soph st.

Integrated Liberal Studies (ILS)
209 Introduction to Global Cultures (Z) P: Open to fr.

Interdisciplinary Courses—Ag (Inter-AG)
350 World Hunger and Malnutrition (B) P: Open to fr.

International Business (Intl Bus)
200 International Business

International Studies (Intl St)
374 The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy (no breadth designation)

Music
103 Introduction to Music Cultures of the World (H) P: Open to fr.

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (see Environmental Studies, above).

Nutritional Sciences (Nutr Sci)
350 World Hunger and Malnutrition (B) P: none

Political Science (Poli Sci)
106 Introduction to Comparative Politics (S)
186 Introduction to Comparative Politics—Honors (S)
231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies (S)
353 The Third World in the International System (S)

Sociology (Soc)
140 Introduction to Rural Sociology and Development (S) P: open to all undergrads
170 Population Problems (S) P: Open to fr and soph only until end of fr reg period

School of Business—International Business (Intl Bus)
200 International Business (S) P: Econ 101 or 102 or cons instr