Published: Jan. 5, 2022
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The Spring '22 semester is almost here, and we are gearing up to welcome CU Denver students back into our e-classrooms (as well as on campus for our in-person classes after January 28th) soon!

We've got awesome courses that still have some room left. Classes begin on January 18th, so make sure to book your spot now!

Undergraduate Classes

The system of nation states, concepts of national interest, goals of foreign policies, conduct of diplomacy, and the bearing of these elements on the problem of human rights. Presentation and evaluation of the solutions that have been offered for the securing of justice and the maintenance of peace.  Note: This course may count for the International Studies major or minor.  See your INTS advisor for more information.  May fulfill requirements for International Studies Major or Minor - See INTS Advisor for more

Examines old and emerging "threats" to national security, and policy responses, from theoretical, historical and geographical perspectives. Explores challenges of ethnic conflict, weapons of mass destruction, environmental and economic security. 

While the population of Ireland today is roughly five million, there are an estimated 80 million people worldwide and nearly 50 million people in North America who claim some Irish identity. This course will explore this massive, nearly 5 century old, diaspora, beginning with the Plantations of Ulster and subsequent Ulster Scots emigration to North America, through the Great Hunger of the 19th century and massive exodus to the United States, Canada, Australia, and beyond. The course focus heavily on Irish immigrant communities in early Colorado, specifically Leadville, examining the history of our own community as a window into the larger political, social, and economic structures that drove such a migration. The course will conclude with an examination of the N. Ireland Peace Process, Good Friday Agreement, and BREXIT, inquiring about the role that Ireland and the Irish Diaspora plays today in global politics. Note: Students in this course will travel to parts of Colorado that once had significant Irish immigrant communities, places such as Leadville, Cripple Creek/Victor, Nevadaville, and various Catholic parishes and cemeteries in Denver. Students will also be expected to perform primary source research on Irish communities in early Colorado. 

This course explores the intersection between politics and cinema in the Middle East. More precisely, it discusses the efforts of various international, regional, and local actors to construct meanings, mobilize support and legitimize their policies through film. Topics covered include nationalism and cinema, globalization and transnational cinema, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Political Islam and Islamic cinema. In addition to readings written by scholars from within and from outside the region, we will be analyzing American, Arab, Canadian, Iranian, and Israeli movies and documentaries that pertain to the topics covered in the course. The list of movies and documentaries watched in class will vary from year to year. Some of the movies that will be used frequently are: Lawrence of Arabia, Exodus, Argo and American Sniper. 

Get experience in the state's capitol as a legislative aide! Upon enrolling in this course, and before the class begins, students must contact the professor for assistance in securing a legislative internship with the CO General Assembly as a requirement for this class. This class is currently restricted to juniors and seniors. If you are not a junior or senior, but would like to enroll, reach out to

Graduate-Level Courses

Focuses on how public & private actors at various levels of governance address pressing social & environmental issues such as aging societies, drug abuse, air pollution & global warming. Students will learn to analyze the dynamics of conflict & cooperation, using main concepts and theories of governance literature.  Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors or undergraduate majors in the Bachelor's to Master's program (PSCI-BA-BMA or INTS-BA-BMA).

Examination of the effects of leaders, groups, institutions, strategic cultures and external influences on national foreign policy-making processes and comparative analysis of foreign policy making of great and emerging powers. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors or undergraduate majors in the Bachelor's to Master's program (PSCI-BA-BMA or INTS-BA-BMA).