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The International Business Certificate (IBC) is open to undergraduate students who are majoring in areas either in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.

The objective of the IBC is to provide business and liberal arts students the opportunity to develop a competent understanding of the complexities of the international business world. The IBC complements internationally minded students' majors by adding an international business dimension to their degrees.

While the IBC is not intended to serve as a "ticket" to a job overseas upon graduation, it can be a credential that draws the attention of prospective employers. Also, when combined with on-the-job experience and an otherwise demonstrated interest in international business, it may lead to international opportunities at a later point in a graduate's career.

The course work in the IBC program of study is concentrated in four areas: international business, international relations and institutions, world language or study abroad, and area studies. By acquiring knowledge and skills in these four areas, students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the economic and cultural forces that shape the global business environment.


ECON:1100(6E:001) Principles of Microeconomics 4 semester hours
ECON:1200(6E:002) Principles of Macroeconomics 4 semester hours
International Business (3 courses) 9 semester hours
International Relations & Institutions (2 courses) 6 semester hours
Area Studies (2 courses) 6 semester hours
World Language or Study Abroad  
Total Semester Hours: 29*

* Total semester hours does not include world language.

*Updated*: General Education courses that may also count toward the IBC

*New*: IBC plan of study examples

International Business

These courses provide students with an essential understanding of economics, which is central to all business operation. They also help students develop knowledge of the functional areas of international business.

Both of these:

ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics4 s.h.
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics4 s.h.

Three of these (total of 9 s.h.):

BUS:2450 Business and Culture in China3 s.h.
ECON:3345 Global Economics and Business3 s.h.
ECON:3620 Economic Growth and Development3 s.h.
ECON:4110 International Economics3 s.h.
ENTR:4460 Entrepreneurship and Global Trade3 s.h.
FIN:4240 International Finance3 s.h.
MGMT:3450 International Business Environment3 s.h.
MKTG:4300 International Marketing3 s.h.
LAW:8600 International Business Transactions3 s.h.
LAW:8631 International Trade Law: Basic Norms and Regulations3 s.h.

One of these may be counted toward the 9 s.h. requirement above:

CHIN:3103 Business Chinese I3 s.h.
FREN:3410 Business French3 s.h.
GRMN:3214 Business German3 s.h.
JPNS:3500 Business Japanese I3 s.h.
PORT:3130 Business Portuguese3 s.h.
SPAN:3040 Business Spanish3 s.h.

International Relations and Institutions

These courses familiarize students with comparative politics, social geography, foreign policy, and issues related to world population and the environment-topics relevant to decision making in the international business world.

Two of these (total of 6 s.h.):

ANTH:1003 Anthropology of Violence3 s.h.
ANTH:1008 Anthropology of Immigration3 s.h.
ANTH:1040/LING:1040 Language Rights3 s.h.
ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046 People and the Environment: Technology, Culture, and Social Justice3 s.h.
ANTH:2100 Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3 s.h.
ANTH:2103/GHS:2000Introduction to Global Health Studies3 s.h.
ANTH:2136 Urban Anthropology3 s.h.
ANTH:3103 Environment and Culture3 s.h.
ANTH:3112 Environmentalisms3 s.h.
ANTH:3130 Cultural Politics3 s.h.
ANTH:3131 Anthropology and Human Rights3 s.h.
ANTH:4130/RELS:4730 Religion and Environmental Ethics3 s.h.
COMM:2042/SSW:2042/IS:2042 Intercultural Communication3 s.h.
GEOG:1090 Globalization and Geographic Diversity3 s.h.
GEOG:2110 Population Geography: Societies in Flux3 s.h.
GEOG:2130 World Cities3 s.h.
GEOG:2331 Human Dimensions of Climate3 s.h.
GEOG:2410 Environment and Development3 s.h.
GEOG:2910 The Global Economy3 s.h.
GEOG:3070/GHS:3070 Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food3 s.h.
GEOG:3910 Geographic Perspectives on Development3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice3 s.h.
GHS:4600 Global Health and Human Rights2-3 s.h.
HIST:3126 History of Globalization3 s.h.
HIST:3143 International Politics: The History of the Present3-4 s.h.
HIST:3145 Europe and the U.S. in the Twentieth Century3 s.h.
HIST:3155 The World Since 19453 s.h.
HIST:3157/GWSS:3157 Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights3 s.h.
HIST:4101 History of Human Rights3 s.h.
HIST:4125 War and Peace in the Twentieth Century3 s.h.
HIST:4162/GHS:4162 History of Global Health3 s.h.
HIST:4232 United States in World Affairs3 s.h.
HRTS:2115/IS:2115 Introduction to Human Rights3 s.h.
HRTS:3895 Human Rights and Community Development3 s.h.
HRTS:3900/IS:3900 Child Labor and International Human Rights3 s.h.
HRTS:3905/IS:3905 Topics in Human Rights1-3 s.h.
HRTS:3906 Human Rights Systems: Institutions and Mechanisms Enforcing and Implementing Human Rights3 s.h.
HRTS:3910/IS:3910 Human Rights Advocacy3 s.h.
HRTS:3915 Human Rights and the Arts3 s.h.
IS:2000 Introduction to International Studies3 s.h.
IS:2111 Developed and Developing Places3 s.h.
IS:2112 The European Union3 s.h.
IS:2115/HRTS:2115 Introduction to Human Rights3 s.h.
IS:3199 Global Environmental Politics3 s.h.
IS:3200 Pol Econ of Intl Development3 s.h.
IS:3910/HRTS:3910 Human Rights Advocacy3 s.h.
IS:4131/COMM:4131 Globalization and Culture3 s.h.
JMC:3130 Comparative Communication Systems3 s.h.
LAW:8570 Human Rights in the World Community3 s.h.
LAW:8649 Foundations of International Law3 s.h.
PHIL:2429 War, Terrorism, and Torture3 s.h.
PHIL:3430 Philosophy of Human Rights3 s.h.
POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics3 s.h.
POLI:1401 Introduction to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia3 s.h.
POLI:1403 Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:1500 Introduction to International Relations3 s.h.
POLI:1501 Introduction to American Foreign Policy3 s.h.
POLI:2700 Business, Government, and Society3 s.h.
POLI:3400 Introduction to Political Economy3 s.h.
POLI:3401 European Union3 s.h.
POLI:3403 Parties and Elections Around the World3 s.h.
POLI:3404 Public Policy Around the World3 s.h.
POLI:3405 Authoritarian Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3406 Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:3411 Democracy: Global Trends and Struggles3 s.h.
POLI:3417 Political Leadership3 s.h.
POLI:3450 Problems in Comparative Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3500 American Foreign Policies3 s.h.
POLI:3501 International Organization and World Order3 s.h.
POLI:3502 Politics and the Multinational Enterprise3 s.h.
POLI:3503 Politics of Terrorism3 s.h.
POLI:3504 Globalization3 s.h.
POLI:3505 Causes, Consequences, and Management of Civil War3 s.h.
POLI:3506 Consequences of War3 s.h.
POLI:3507 Women and Politics in Global Perspective3 s.h.
POLI:3509 International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3510 State Failure in the Developing World3 s.h.
POLI:3511 International Law3 s.h.
POLI:3512 International Conflict3 s.h.
POLI:3513 Politics of International Human Rights Law3 s.h.
POLI:3514 Regional Peace and Security3 s.h.
POLI:3515 Global Communication and Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3516 The Politics of International Economics3 s.h.
POLI:3517 Global Justice3 s.h.
POLI:3550 Problems of International Politics3 s.h.
RELS:1015 Religions in a Global Context: The Critical Role of Religion in International Affairs3 s.h.
SOC:3415 Global Criminology3 s.h.

World Language or Study Abroad Experience

Certificate students gain insight into the culture of another world region and deepen their understanding of their own language and culture by learning a world language or completing a study abroad experience.

Students who choose language study are required to develop intermediate-level competence in a language that is spoken in one of several geographic regions (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East/Africa, or Russia/Eastern Europe) by completing one of the approved language sequences below.

Students who choose to complete a study abroad experience are expected to coordinate it with the course work they use to fulfill the certificate's area studies requirement (see "Area Studies" below). They must earn at least 3 s.h. of graded credit for the study abroad experience.

For questions about languages not listed or about study abroad course work, see a Certificate in International Business advisor.


All of these:

ARAB:1001-ARAB:1002 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I-II10 s.h.
ARAB:2001-ARAB:2002 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I-II10 s.h.


All of these:

CHIN:1111-CHIN:1112 First-Year Chinese: First Semester - First-Year Chinese: Second Semester10 s.h.
CHIN:2101-CHIN:2102 Second-Year Chinese: First Semester - Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester10 s.h.


One of these:

FREN:1001-FREN:1002 Elementary French I-II (both courses)10 s.h.
FREN:1010 First-Year French Review5 s.h.

All of these:

FREN:2001-FREN:2002 Intermediate French I-II (both courses)8 s.h.
One course for which FREN:2002 is prerequisite (may include Iowa Regents Program credit)


One of these:

GRMN:1001-GRMN:1002 Elementary German I-II (both courses)8 s.h.
GRMN:1010 First-Year German Review5 s.h.

All of these:

GRMN:2001-GRMN:2002 Intermediate German I-II8 s.h.
One course for which GRMN:2002 is prerequisite


All of these:

SOAS:2101-SOAS:2102 First-Year Hindi-Urdu: First Semester - First-Year Hindi-Urdu: Second Semester10 s.h.
SOAS:3101-SOAS:3102 Second-Year Hindi-Urdu: First Semester - Second-Year Hindi-Urdu: Second Semester8 s.h.


One of these:

ITAL:1101-ITAL:1102 Elementary Italian-II (both courses)10 s.h.
ITAL:3002 Intensive Elementary Italian6 s.h.

All of these:

ITAL:2203-ITAL:2204 Intermediate Italian-II (both of these)8 s.h.
One course for which ITAL:2204 is prerequisite


All of these:

JPNS:1001-JPNS:1002 First-Year Japanese: First Semester - First-Year Japanese: Second Semester10 s.h.
JPNS:2001-JPNS:2002 Second-Year Japanese: First Semester - Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester10 s.h.


All of these:

ASIA:1101-ASIA:1102 First-Year Korean: First Semester - First-Year Korean: Second Semester8 s.h.
ASIA:2101-ASIA:2102 Second-Year Korean: First Semester - Second-Year Korean: Second Semester8 s.h.


One of these:

PORT:2000 & PORT:2500 Accelerated Elementary Portuguese - Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese (both courses)10 s.h.
PORT:3050 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers3 s.h.


One course for which PORT:2500 or PORT:3050 is prerequisite


All of these:

SLAV:1111-SLAV:1112 First-Year Russian I-II10 s.h.
SLAV:2111-SLAV:2112 Second-Year Russian I-II8 s.h.


One course for which SLAV:2112 is prerequisite


Both of these:

SPAN:1001-SPAN:1002 Elementary Spanish I-II10 s.h.

One of these:

SPAN:1501-SPAN:1502 Intermediate Spanish I-II (both courses)10 s.h.
SPAN:1503 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish6 s.h.


One course for which SPAN:1502 is prerequisite


All of these:

SWAH:3001-SWAH:3002 Elementary Swahili I-II8 s.h.
SWAH:3003-SWAH:3004 Intermediate Swahili I-II8 s.h.

Area Studies

Area studies topics are critical to students' understanding of how society and culture influence the people with whom they share the world-and with whom they may conduct business. The following courses help students learn about the culture, contemporary history, art, literature, and politics of a specific geographic region.

Students complete 6 s.h. from one geographic region. They should select a region that is related to their chosen world language or study abroad experience.


Appropriate for these languages: Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, or Korean

ANTH:2108/GWSS:2108 Gendering India3 s.h.
ANTH:2175/JPNS:217 Japanese Society and Culture3 s.h.
ANTH:3108 North Korea and Totalitarianism3 s.h.
ANTH:3121/GWSS:312 Love and Kinship in South Asia3 s.h.
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070 Asian Art and Culture3 s.h.
ARTH:2220/ASIA:2231 Introduction to the Art of China3 s.h.
ARTH:2250/JPNS:2250 Introduction to the Art of Japan3 s.h.
ARTH:3220/ASIA:3219 Chinese Art and Culture3 s.h.
ARTH:3230/ASIA:3220 Chinese Painting I: Pagodas and Palaces3 s.h.
ARTH:3240 Chinese Painting II3 s.h.
ARTH:3260/JPNS:3260 Japanese Painting3 s.h.
ARTH:3270/ASIA:3270 Themes in Asian Art History3 s.h.
ASIA:1135 Korean Language in Culture and Society3 s.h.
ASIA:1704 The Languages of Asia in Cultural and Historical Perspective3 s.h.
ASIA:1706 Understanding Korean Culture Wave3 s.h.
ASIA:2444 Envision India3 s.h.
ASIA:2450 India Beat: The Aesthetics and Politics of India Today3 s.h.
ASIA:2606/HIST:2606 Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3 s.h.
ASIA:2887/HIST:2687 Perspectives on Korea3 s.h.
ASIA:4050/POLI:4050 Two Koreas: Political Economy or Regional Rivalry3 s.h.
ASIA:4508 Asian Studiesarr.
CHIN:1504 Asian Humanities: China3 s.h.
CHIN:1702 Chinese Popular Culture3 s.h.
CHIN:3202 Chinese Literature: Prose3 s.h.
CHIN:3341/CL:3341 Chinese Literature: Poetry3 s.h.
CHIN:4203/CL:4203 Modern Chinese Writers3 s.h.
CHIN:4204/RELS:4404 The Literature of Daoism3 s.h.
CHIN:4206/CINE:4674 Transnational Chinese Cinemas3 s.h.
CINE:2625 Introduction to Asian Film3 s.h.
CINE:4606/ASIA:4606 Topics in Asian Cinema3 s.h.
ENGL:3540 Literature of the Indian Subcontinent3 s.h.
GEOG:1060 Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan3 s.h.
GHS:3192 Environment and Health in Modern India3 s.h.
GWSS:1070 Asian American Women Writers3 s.h.
HIST:2602/ASIA:2602 Civilizations of Asia: China3 s.h.
HIST:2604/ASIA:2604 Civilizations of Asia: Japan3 s.h.
HIST:2606/ASIA:2606 Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4 s.h.
HIST:2607 Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4 s.h.
HIST:2609 India Now! A Survey from Bollywood Films to Global Terror3-4 s.h.
HIST:2687/ASIA:2887 Perspectives on Korea3 s.h.
HIST:4176 Vietnam War on Film3-4 s.h.
HIST:4605/GHS:4605 Disease, Politics, and Health in South Asia3 s.h.
HIST:4610/JPNS:4610 Japan—Age of the Samurai3 s.h.
HIST:4615/JPNS:4615 Modern Japan3 s.h.
HIST:4617 History, Memory, and Pacific War3 s.h.
HIST:4620/JPNS:4620 Japan-US Relations3 s.h.
HIST:4640 Imperialism and Modern India3 s.h.
HIST:4653 Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China3 s.h.
HIST:4655/ASIA:4655 China Since 19273 s.h.
HIST:4685 Modern Korean History3 s.h.
JPNS:1506 Asian Humanities: Japan3 s.h.
JPNS:3128 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics3 s.h.
JPNS:3135 Postmodern Aesthetics and Japanese Culture3 s.h.
JPNS:3202/CL:3204 Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation3 s.h.
JPNS:3203/CL:3203 Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3 s.h.
JPNS:3205 Major Authors in Modern Japanese Literature3 s.h.
JPNS:3206 Warriors Dreams3 s.h.
JPNS:3208 Japanese Film3 s.h.
JPNS:3401 Language in Japanese Society3 s.h.
JPNS:3402 Japan: Culture and Communication3 s.h.
JPNS:3601 Contemporary Japanese Culture3 s.h.
JPNS:3700/WLLC:3700/ASIA:3700 Topics in Global Cinema3 s.h.
PHIL:2343 Philosophy East and West3 s.h.
PHIL:3845/RELS:3645 Buddhist Philosophy3 s.h.
POLI:3408 Chinese Politics and Society3 s.h.
POLI:3414/ASIA:3414 Government and Politics of the Far East3 s.h.
POLI:3420 Southeast Asia: Democracy, Identity, and Developmentarr.
RELS:1404/ASIA:1040 Living Religions of the East3 s.h.
RELS:1410 Introduction to Indian Religions3 s.h.
RELS:1506/ASIA:1060 Introduction to Buddhism3 s.h.
RELS:1510/ASIA:1110 Gods, Buddhas, and Ghostly Officials: The Past and Present of Chinese Religions3 s.h.
RELS:1610/JPNS:1115 Japanese Religions3 s.h.
RELS:3431/GWSS:3131 Gender and Sexuality in Asia3 s.h.
RELS:3448/SOAS:3448 The Allure of Krishna: Sacred Sexuality in Indian Culture3 s.h.
RELS:3655/ASIA:3655 Zen Buddhism3 s.h.
RELS:3660/JPNS:3660 Japanese Religion and Thought3 s.h.
RELS:3666 The History of a Religious and Spiritual Practice: Yoga in Asia and Beyond3 s.h.
SOAS:1502/RELS:1502 Asian Humanities: India3 s.h.
SOAS:1550 Sex, Music, and Pop Culture in India3 s.h.


Appropriate for these languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish

ARTH:3020/FREN:3030 Paris and the Art of Urban Life3 s.h.
ARTH:3864 Nazi and Stalinist Art: Aesthetics of Power3 s.h.
CINE:2621 Introduction to European Film3 s.h.
CINE:4604 Topics in European Film3 s.h.
CL:3263 Studies in 20th-Century European Literaturearr.
ENGL:2330 Topics in Modern British Literature After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2360 Twentieth-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2361 Twenty-first-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3320 Modern British Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3350 Literature and Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century Britain3 s.h.
FREN:1510 Cultural Misunderstandings: France and U.S.A.3 s.h.
FREN:3120 French Civilization3 s.h.
FREN:3130 French-Speaking Cultures3 s.h.
FREN:3225 Studies in Modern France3 s.h.
FREN:3540/CINE:3647/GWSS:3540 Gender and Sexuality in French Cinema3 s.h.
FREN:4015 Francophone Cinema3-4 s.h.
FREN:4026/GWSS:4026 French Women Writers3-4 s.h.
FREN:4080/CL:4368 Post-Colonial Literature in France3 s.h.
FREN:4100/CINE:4100 French Cinema3-4 s.h.
GRMN:2618/CL:2618 The Third Reich and Literature3 s.h.
GRMN:2650 German Nationalism After WWII3-4 s.h.
GRMN:2675 The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/113-4 s.h.
GRMN:2720/HIST:2420 Germany in the World3 s.h.
GRMN:2775 Scandinavian Crime Fiction3 s.h.
GRMN:3236 German Film3 s.h.
GRMN:3250 Brief Texts About Big Events3 s.h.
GRMN:3405 German Cultural History3 s.h.
GRMN:3501 Introduction to German Literature3 s.h.
GRMN:3550 The Politics of Remembrance in German Multicultural Literature and Film3 s.h.
GRMN:4315 Contemporary German Civilization3 s.h.
GRMN:4540 Literature in Film3 s.h.
HIST:2465 Europe Since 19453 s.h.
HIST:3145 Europe and the U.S. in the Twentieth Century3 s.h.
HIST:4435 War and Society in Modern Europe3 s.h.
HIST:4438 Modern European Imperialism3 s.h.
HIST:4460 Twentieth-Century Europe: The Nazi Era3 s.h.
HIST:4461 Twentieth-Century Europe: The Cold War and After3 s.h.
HIST:4465 Modern France 1870-Present3 s.h.
HIST:4466/FREN:4466 France and Algeria from Pirates to Terrorism3 s.h.
HIST:4470 France from 1815-Present3 s.h.
HIST:4475 Germany Since 1914: Weimar, Hitler, and After3 s.h.
HIST:4478 Holocaust in History and Memory3 s.h.
HIST:4486 Modern Britain: The Twentieth Century3 s.h.
ITAL:1050 Italy Live3 s.h.
ITAL:2550 Images of Modern Italy3 s.h.
ITAL:4350 Studies in Italian Language3 s.h.
ITAL:4667 Modern Italian Fiction3 s.h.
ITAL:4668 Modern Italian Poetry and Drama3 s.h.
POLI:3401 European Union3 s.h.
POLI:3403 Parties and Elections Around the World3 s.h.
POLI:1449 Introduction to European Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3416 France in the 21st Century3 s.h.
PORT:3500 Introduction to Portuguese Literature3 s.h.
SPAN:1900 Diversity and Cultures in Spain3 s.h.
SPAN:2400 Readings in Spanish Literature3 s.h.
SPAN:3600 Cultures of Spain3 s.h.
SPAN:3620 Madrid3 s.h.
SPAN:3630 Spanish Youth Culture3 s.h.
SPAN:3820 Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature3 s.h.
SPAN:3830 Spanish Literature of the Transition3 s.h.
SPAN:3840 Contemporary Spanish Short Story3 s.h.
SPAN:4830 The Hispanic World in the Digital Era3 s.h.
SPAN:4860 The Spanish Civil War 3 s.h.
WLLC:2550 Mardi Gras and More: Cultures of Carnival 3-4 s.h.

Latin America

Appropriate for these languages: Portuguese or Spanish

ANTH:2110 Latin American Economy and Society3 s.h.
ANTH:3111/GHS:3040 Health in Mexico3 s.h.
CINE:2624 Introduction to Latin American Film3 s.h.
CINE:4678/SPAN:4810 Topics in Latin American Cinema3 s.h.
CL:3396/SPAN:3420 Cuban American Literature and Culture3 s.h.
DANC:1150 Brazilian Culture and Carnival3 s.h.
ENGL:3530 Caribbean Literature and Culture3 s.h.
ENGL:3535 Inter-American Studies3 s.h.
HIST:2288 Introduction to Mexican American History3 s.h.
HIST:4216 Mexican American History3 s.h.
HIST:4217 Latina/o Immigration3 s.h.
HIST:4501 Society and Revolution in Cuba3 s.h.
HIST:4502/AINS:4502 History of Mexico3 s.h.
HIST:4505 Topics in Latin American History3 s.h.
HIST:4508/GHS:4508 Medicine and Public Health in Latin America, 1820-20003 s.h.
HIST:4515 Introduction to Modern Latin America3 s.h.
HIST:4520 Latin America and the U.S.: The Historical Perspective3 s.h.
HIST:4525 Latin American Revolution3 s.h.
HIST:4526 Dictatorships of Latin America3 s.h.
LAS:2700/IS:2700/PORT:2700/SPAN:2700 Introduction to Latin American Studies3 s.h.
LAS:4700/PORT:4700/CL:4700/ANTH:4700/SPAN:4900/HIST:4504 Latin American Studies Seminar3 s.h.
MUS:2311 Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3 s.h.
POLI:2415 Latin American Politics3 s.h.
PORT:1800 Contemporary Brazilian Narrative3 s.h.
PORT:2800 Topics in Cultural Studies3 s.h.
PORT:3400 Brazilian Literature After 19003 s.h.
PORT:3800 Mapping Portuguese Cultures: Portugal and Africa3 s.h.
PORT:4000 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature3 s.h.
SPAN:1800 Contemporary Spanish American Narrative3 s.h.
SPAN:2200 Introduction to Spanish American Cultures3 s.h.
SPAN:2500 Readings in Spanish American Literature3 s.h.
SPAN:2800 Screening Latin America3 s.h.
SPAN:2900 Music of the Hispanic World3 s.h.
SPAN:3200 Cultures of Spanish America3 s.h.
SPAN:3230 Modern Mexico3 s.h.
SPAN:3270/CL:3262 Pan-Caribbean Literary Currents3 s.h.
SPAN:3290 Topics in Cinema and Society3 s.h.
SPAN:3300 Contemporary Spanish American Fiction3 s.h.
SPAN:3310 Spanish American Short Story3 s.h.
SPAN:3320 Spanish American Poetry3 s.h.
SPAN:3350 Contemporary Spanish American Literature3 s.h.
SPAN:3360/GWSS:3360 Latin American Women Writers3 s.h.
SPAN:3440 Topics in Latino/a Literature and Culture3 s.h.
SPAN:3840 Contemporary Spanish Short Story3 s.h.
SPAN:4310 Cultural Identity in Caribbean Literature3 s.h.
SPAN:4350 Twentieth-Century Spanish American Theater and Performance3 s.h.
SPAN:4370 Literature and Mass Culture in Latin America3 s.h.
SPAN:4380 Narratives of Underdevelopment3 s.h.
SPAN:4820 Latino/a Popular Culture3 s.h.
SPAN:4830 The Hispanic World in the Digital Era3 s.h.
SPAN:4880 Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Hispanic World3 s.h.

Middle East/Africa

Appropriate for these languages: Swahili, or proficiency in another contemporary Middle Eastern or African language

ANTH:2182 Africa: Health and Society3 s.h.
ARAB:1050 Topics in Middle East/Muslim World Studies I3 s.h.
ARAB:2025 Study Abroad: Culture and Society1 s.h.
ARAB:2050 Topics in Middle East/Muslim World Studies II3 s.h.
ARTH:1040 Arts of Africa3 s.h.
ARTH:2160 Introduction to Art and Life in Africa3 s.h.
ARTH:3150 Art of West Africa3 s.h.
ARTH:3170 The Art of Central Africa3 s.h.
ARTH:3325 Kings, Gods, and Heroes: Art of the Ancient Near East3 s.h.
ASIA:1770 Asian Humanities: Middle East3 s.h.
ASIA:3120 Autobiography in Islamic Literary Cultures3 s.h.
ASIA:3550 Islam, Secularity, Modernity3 s.h.
ENGL:3550/AFAM:3550 African Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3555/AFAM:3555 Topics in African Cinema3 s.h.
FREN:3130 French-Speaking Cultures3 s.h.
FREN:4015 Francophone Cinema3-4 s.h.
FREN:4110 Francophone Literature of the African Diaspora3 s.h.
FREN:4466/HIST:4466 France and Algeria from Pirates to Terrorism3 s.h.
GEOG:2404 African Development3 s.h.
GEOG:4960 The Middle East3 s.h.
GHS:3555/HIST:3755/IS:3555 Understanding Health and Disease in Africa3 s.h.
HIST:2708 Civilizations of Africa3 s.h.
HIST:4715/AFAM:4715 African History Since 18803 s.h.
HIST:4723 Slavery, Gender, and Identity in East Africa3 s.h.
HIST:4724 Crossing the Indian Ocean3 s.h.
HIST:4725/GWSS:4725 Women and Gender in African History3 s.h.
HIST:4728/SWAH:4000 Identity, Trade, and Diaspora3 s.h.
HIST:4730 Slavery, Jihads, and Saints in Islamic Africa3 s.h.
HIST:4810 History of the Modern Middle East3 s.h.
HIST:4815 Topics in the Modern Middle East3 s.h.
POLI:1403 Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:3406 Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:3418 Governance in the Middle East3 s.h.
POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:3421 Southern Africa: Development and Governance3 s.h.
POLI:3422 Transnational Issues and the Horn of Africaarr.
POLI:3423 The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy3 s.h.
PORT:3800 Mapping Portuguese Cultures: Portugal and Africa3 s.h.
RELS:1130/HIST:1130Introduction to Islamic Civilization3 s.h.
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052 Women in Islam and the Middle East3 s.h.
RELS:3020 Religion and Politics3 s.h.
RELS:3834/COMM:3834/IS:3834/JMC:3146/WLLC:3834 Arab Spring in Context: Media, Religion, and Geopolitics3 s.h.
RELS:3855 Human Rights and Islam3 s.h.
RELS:4133 Special Topics: Islamic and Middle Eastern Societies3 s.h.
RELS:4768 Islamic Sects3 s.h.

Russia/Eastern Europe

Appropriate for these languages: Russian, or proficiency in a modern Slavic language

HIST:4493 Soviet Union 1917-19453 s.h.
POLI:1401 Introduction to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia3 s.h.
POLI:3401 European Union3 s.h.
POLI:3405 Authoritarian Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy3 s.h.
POLI:3413 Russian Politics3 s.h.
SLAV:1131 Introduction to Russian Culture3 s.h.
SLAV:1132 Russia Today3 s.h.
SLAV:1450 Diversities of Eastern Europe: Culture, Art, and Politics3 s.h.
SLAV:1500/CL:1500 Ukraine, a Country at the Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Ukrainian History and Culture3 s.h.
SLAV:1531 Slavic Folklore3 s.h.
SLAV:1532 Religion and Culture of Slavs3 s.h.
SLAV:2100 Secrets of Russian Mentality3 s.h.
SLAV:2122 Cult Films of the Last Soviet Generation3 s.h.
SLAV:2131 Women in Russian Society3 s.h.
SLAV:2232/CL:2700 Romani (Gypsy) Cultures of Eastern Europe3 s.h.
SLAV:2531/CL:2531 Topics in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies3 s.h.
SLAV:3082 Youth Subcultures After Socialism3 s.h.
SLAV:3100 West and East: Women in the Slavic World3 s.h.
SLAV:3122/CL:3122 Tolstoy and Dostoevsky3-4 s.h.
SLAV:3124 Invitation to Nabokov3 s.h.
SLAV:3131/GHS:3131 Health Care and Health Reforms in Russia3 s.h.
SLAV:3202/CL:3302 Russian Literature in Translation 1860-19173 s.h.
SLAV:3221/CL:3221 Twentieth-Century Czech Authors3 s.h.


  • Undergraduate students pursuing a degree from the University of Iowa are eligible for the certificate.
  • Students who already have earned a baccalaureate degree from the University of Iowa may return to complete or earn the certificate if they are not enrolled in a graduate or professional program.
  • Holders of baccalaureate degrees from other institutions who are not enrolled in a graduate or professional program may enroll at the University of Iowa to complete the certificate.
  • Students must declare their intention to pursue the certificate with an advisor and submit a plan of study.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 must be maintained on all IBC course work.
  • Certificate courses may not be taken pass/nonpass.
  • A minimum of 20 semester hours of certificate course work (other than language courses) must be completed at the University of Iowa or in approved study abroad programs.
  • A course may not be used to satisfy more than one certificate requirement.
  • IBC courses may also satisfy major or minor requirements.
  • University of Iowa Guided Independent Study is accepted toward the certificate.
  • Students who want to use credit earned while studying abroad should consult an IBC advisor before leaving campus.
  • When students complete the certificate requirements and graduate, the Certificate in International Business is noted on their transcript.

How to Declare the IBC

You may declare the IBC by logging into your MyUI account and navigating to Student Information > Advising > Programs of Study And Advisors.

Students who want to pursue the International Business Certificate are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an IBC advisor to learn more about the program.

  • Students admitted to the Tippie College of Business, or advised in the Tippie Undergraduate Program Office, will receive IBC advising from their major advisor, as assigned, in C140 PBB.
  • Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are assigned an IBC advisor in the Academic Advising Center, C210 Pomerantz Center.

It is beneficial to consult an IBC advisor early in the undergraduate course of study because many of the classes that satisfy IBC requirements may also apply to general education credit and a major or minor. Declaring the certificate will ensure that you receive the latest information about future classes and other activities that may be of interest to you as you progress toward graduation and completing the IBC requirements.

Study Abroad

A study abroad experience is an excellent complement to the IBC. Many IBC participants find that study abroad proves to be highly enriching. The IBC provides broad exposure to the global business environment, while the study abroad experience immerses the student in the culture and social environment of a specific country. IBC course requirements may be satisfied with credit earned at another university, if prior approval for the course work is received from the IBC advisor.

To view some potential study abroad business course equivalencies, see the Tippie College database.

To view previous study abroad liberal arts course approvals, visit the MyUI Transfer Courses page.

Students interested in pursuing study abroad opportunities should visit UI Study Abroad in 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Recent IBC participants have studied in:

Hong Kong, China
Alicante, Spain
Lyon, France
Newcastle, Australia
Montevideo, Uruguay
Santiago, Chile
Freiburg, Germany
Montreal, Canada
Madrid, Spain
Vienna, Austria

Paderno del Grappa, Italy (CIMBA
Moscow, Russia
Seville, Spain
Herida, Costa Rica
Nagoya, Japan
Merida, Venezuela
London, England
Frankfurt, Germany
Tilburg, Negtherlands


Students who want to pursue the International Business Certificate are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an IBC advisor to learn more about the program.

  • Students admitted to the Tippie College of Business, or advised in the Tippie Undergraduate Program Office, will receive IBC advising from their major advisor, as assigned, in C140 PBB.
  • Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are assigned an IBC advisor in the Academic Advising Center, C210 Pomerantz Center.

It is beneficial to consult an IBC advisor early in the undergraduate course of study because many of the classes that satisfy IBC requirements may also apply to general education credit and a major or minor. Declaring the certificate will ensure that you receive the latest information about future classes and other activities that may be of interest to you as you progress toward graduation and completing the IBC requirements.