What are i-courses?

i-courses are courses that have been verified as “internationalized.” Because of their focus on intercultural awareness, communication, and collaboration, they help prepare students to successfully interact in a global community. They help prepare you to work with people from different cultures, travel abroad, and live elsewhere.

I’m not interested in pursuing a degree in international studies or working internationally.  Why are i-courses valuable to me?

By taking i-courses, you will gain broader global awareness and perspectives. In today’s global world, we interact every day with people different from ourselves, so these courses will help you become part of the larger community. They will help you become a more valuable citizen and employee.

How many i-courses are available?

33 courses have been verified as i-courses. Many additional courses throughout the curriculum are pending verification. Additional courses are expected to be revised or developed each year to become i-courses.

Are there prerequisites for taking an i-course?

At this time, there are 10 i-courses in the Core Curriculum. The others are in various disciplines and some of those have prerequisites. Over time, there will be more i-courses in the Core Curriculum as well as upper level courses that have few prerequisites.

Will becoming an i-course change the kind of coursework in a class?

Existing assignments may be modified, and some may be added, but the course will not become totally different. i-courses are not necessarily more difficult than other courses. Not every course or section of every course will become an i-course.

Are i-courses identified in Banner?

Yes. Each verified i-course is designated in Banner as an internationalized course with the attribute INTL. Also, i-courses will appear on your transcript with the attribute INTL.

Will taking an i-course delay my graduation date?

No. i-courses include traditional courses that complement a student’s core studies or chosen degree.

Now that GGC has i-courses, does that mean that if a course is not an i-course it won’t have any international content?

Not at all. i-courses have at least 30% international or global content. Many courses have international content, but not enough to be designated an i-course.