CIL Course List

CIL Courses

You must take 12 course credits from the following list of CIL-approved courses.

The courses taken must be from at least two different disciplines (e.g., not all of your courses can be ANTHR or POL S). In the case of culturally-focused courses, you are encouraged to explore a culture other than your own.

No more than half of the course requirements for this certificate may overlap with the requirements of another certificate.

Special topics courses will be considered CIL-approved courses only when the topic satisfies the CIL course criteria (see criteria at the bottom of this page). You will be required to provide a course syllabus that outlines the course content.

Courses taken as exploration credits count, as long as they’re not on the exclusion list.

The course list is reviewed and updated annually. Please note that not all courses on the list are offered each term. See BearTracks for information on current course offerings.

For students who were in Open Studies and are now accepted into a degree program or who are in an after-degree program, all CIL approved courses completed in Open Studies or in their prior undergraduate degree(s) will be accepted.

Search a Course

To search your courses, we recommend 1) filtering by subject, i.e. course codes like "SOC," "NS," "ECON," etc. as keywords or 2) by catalog number, e.g., "251", "380", etc. or 3) by keyword searches only if you are looking for terms in the course title. If you want to look for another course, you must clear the search field before you search again.

See the Course List of current CIL-approved courses.

Courses Not on the List

If you come across a course that you think should qualify as a CIL-approved course, send the course syllabus and, if the course was taken at another institution, credit transfer information to When reviewing such requests, the CIL Academic Director will consider the following:

  • Is the course a 200-level course or higher? 100-level courses will not be considered.
  • Is the focus or content of the course international or intercultural in nature? The course must satisfy a 50% international/intercultural content threshold.
  • If the course explores theories or ideas that originated from other parts of the world, are these theories or ideas considered in the regional or cultural context from which they came? Courses that explore thinkers but not the regional or cultural influences that shaped their ideas will not be approved.