College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

International Engagement

The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences has a strong commitment to international studies that cuts across the areas of teaching, research and service. The departments of CSBS, with their focus on individual, social and cultural behaviors, have integrated international studies into everything we do. We believe that knowledge and appreciation of the social, cultural, political and economic interconnectedness of peoples, is an important part of what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad can enrich a student’s education and better prepare graduates for an increasingly globalized society and economy. CSBS provides financial support through its Dean's Fund for Excellence to students in the college who wish to study abroad. Students majoring in CSBS programs are eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit and review the
CSBS Study Abroad Funding Application.

For information on campus-wide international programs and study abroad opportunities, visit the Office of International Programs and UNI Study Abroad.

Focus your program of study with a major (or complementary second major!) in Global Studies or minor in International Affairs.

CSBS Capstone Courses

Several CSBS professors lead capstone courses over the summer, allowing students to study abroad without a full semester commitment.

2020 CSBS Capstone Courses include:

“Capstone in Greece”  - CAP 3123 - Greece: From the "Cradle of Democracy" to Today (3 credit hours)

Led by professor Gregory Bruess (history) and Isabela Varela (ISSO)
A three-week, summer study-abroad and experiential learning course in Greece that allows students to experience Greece and its diverse cultural heritage from the perspectives of geography, history, religion, material culture (i.e., visits to archaeological sites, museums, monuments, churches, etc.) and contemporary Greeks. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

“Capstone in Uganda” - CAP 3125 - Globalization, Cultural Pluralism and International Security (3 credit hours)

Led by professor Brian Warby (political science)
Go off the beaten path to Uganda to experience its natural beauties and cultures; its challenges and solutions. Students will talk to former child soldiers and the people who helped them recover, meet with rural subsistence farmers and see what it takes to survive in sub-Saharan Africa, and visit both a rural health clinic and the capital’s premier health center. Meetings with a number of NGOs operating in Uganda will introduce students to the work of activists, academics and government officials and give them a deep understanding of the issues they work on. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

“Capstone in London” - CAP 3130 - Science and Pseudoscience: Critiquing the World Around You (3 credit hours)

Led by professor Carolyn Hildebrant (psychology)
Explore the history of science and pseudoscience through visits to research institutes, museums and historic sites including Stonehenge, Bath, Freud’s house in London, Darwin’s house in Downe and the Institute of Anomalistic Psychology at Goldsmiths College, London University. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable) 

“Capstone in Mexico” - CAP 3131: Analysis of Social Issues (3 credit hours) 

Led by professor Fernando Calderón (history)
This course exposes students to the history, anthropology and cultural heritage of Mérida, Mexico and the Yucatán, and includes daily excursions to archeological sites, local museums, ecological reserves, colonial neighborhoods and several other areas. Students will seek to understand the development of the Maya civilization, the role of the colonial church in local history and the post-conquest Mayan society. In addition, we will analyze a range of contemporary social issues pertaining to local indigenous communities and how they have dealt with globalization, capitalism, racism and marginalization. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable) 

“Capstone in Sweden” - CAP 3550: Constructing Cross-Cultural Bridges (3 credit hours) 

Led by professors Michael Fleming (family services) and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi (interior design)
This interdisciplinary course set in Sweden incorporates a variety of learning experiences that explore the cultural relationships among social values and practices. Students will gain a unique understanding of how individuals across cultures work together in order to enhance their lives in sustainable ways as they interact with Swedish designers, entrepreneurs, cultural ambassadors and community activists. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable) 

“Capstone in Peru” - CAP 3158: The Water Planet (3 credit hours)

Led by professors Alex Oberle and Lisa Millsaps (geography)
Machu Picchu and the Andes Mountains of Peru are ideal locales for observing and understanding the complex interrelationship among water, people, and the physical environment. Traveling to Peru allows for an unparalleled opportunity to see firsthand and to critically evaluate the whole continuum of water issues, thus serving as a case study for these issues at a global scale and in other countries or world regions. This program is also custom-tailored to teacher education students and includes visits to Peruvian school settings. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

“Capstone in Spain” - CAP 3124: Democracies (3 credit hours)

Led by professors Ana Kogl (political science) and Heather Jerónimo (languages and literatures)
This course will consider the varieties of democracy and its alternatives as they appeared in the context of Spain's Civil War (1936 - 1939). Participants will travel throughout Spain, engaging in a variety of learning experiences, including not only historical sites but also the exploration of trenches, battle sites and a bombed city. These experiences will enable participants to understand the ways in which politics and culture are integrated into real life. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)