International Studies (MAIG)

MAIG 501   Intercultural Competency   3 Units

This course examines theories and issues related to intercultural communication, including principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another, how identity is negotiated in cross-cultural communication, and how communication across cultures affects behavior and attitudes. The course helps students implement strategies for effective interaction among members of different cultures.

MAIG 502   Global Politics and Leadership   3 Units

This course examines the most significant issues facing today's global politics and leadership, including the key factors governing international relations, the techniques, instruments and common practices. The course will further facilitate students' understanding and analysis on global politics and their subtleties so they could be prepared to dissect and develop new strategies as global politics evolve.

MAIG 503   International Social Research Methods   3 Units

This course will introduce students to fundamental social research methodologies and how they can be applied within international and multicultural contexts. Students will learn how to design experimental research, collect and analyze field data, and incorporate qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches. Throught the course Global Research Simulation assignment, students will integrate social research methodologies to benefit international cultures, communities and organizations.

MAIG 504   International Development Theory and Practices   3 Units

This course examines the key theories, models and macro concerns in development while giving a historic overview of the practice of development in a global context. It explores topics such as poverty, gender, human rights, debt, economic development, globalization, and transformational/holistic development as well as provides a broad survey of development concepts, trends, actors, and challenges. The signature assigment moves from these macro theories to application at the community level through the creation of a group project to help a specific group of people with a specific issue.

MAIG 505   Global Economics and Finance   3 Units

This course examines and appraises the global economic and financial systems including their current practices, challenges and opportunities. In the signature assignment, students are asked to describe, interpret and compare the economical and financial practices of their region of choice in light of the global economic and financial landscapes.

MAIG 506   Global Religious Landscape   3 Units

This course explains the world's major religions and interpret their core beliefs and practices against an increasingly globalizing and multi-cultural environment. By the end of the course, students will be able to examine and critique the major world religiions in a presentation or written reflection.

MAIG 507   Global Conflicts and Conflict Resolution   3 Units

Study the major conflicts faced by today's world and analyze functional strategies to resolve those conflicts in a global context. In the signature assignment, students are asked to identify, interpret and critique a major global conflict and its resolution before recommending and defending an alternate set of resolutions enlightened by this course. Insights on how the chosen global conflict impacts the student's region of focus should be included.

MAIG 508   Regional Focus   3 Units

This is a guided study course where students will gain historical and cultural understanding on the region of their choice from a more academic perspective. Students will also examine the various contemporary issues faced by students' chosen region and what the future would hold in that region. A non-refundable fee for the upcoming 3-week international field work will be assessed to this course.

MAIG 509   Social Change and Project Management   3 Units

Methodologies and strategies appropriate to a diverse global context are developed through practical and experimental implementation of project planning theories and research. Students will be asked to conduct research at an NGO/school/business in their area of concentration associated with an element of the project planning cycle.

MAIG 515   International Field Work   3 Units

This course is comprised of seven (7) weeks total, with two (2) weeks of pre-departure briefing and preparation, three (3) weeks in the field and two (2) weeks of post-travel reflection and report. The 3-week field work will be coordinated by MAIS and faculty-led to one of the four (4) regions of the student’s choice: China and its neighboring countries, Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and/or South America. The signature assignment for this course is in the format of a portfolio detailing their field work and reflection in light of the relevant theoretical frameworks learned previously in the program. The field work may include but is not limited to: experiential learning, business site visits and participatory service trips.

MAIG 600   Capstone Project   4 Units

This course will provide guidelines on how to complete the capstone project successfully within one 15-week semester. Students will be assigned a CUI-approved faculty advisor to guide through the project. The goal is for students to synthesize, integrate, apply and showcase the theories, principles and knowledge acquired through MAIG coursework and other learning experiences on one or more aspects linked to their region of focus. The completed project needs to be reviewed and approved by first the capstone adviser and then the course instructor. MAIG 600 is to be taken once all other required courses have been successfully completed. Students who do not complete the previous courses are not eligible for this course. Students who do not receive final approval in one 15-week semester must enroll in MAIG 600E in the next consecutive semester. The total length of completion for the portfolio project should not exceed four consecutive semesters. A graduation fee will be assessed upon the registration of MAIG 600. Graduation Application Fee: $185.

MAIG 600E   Capstone Project: Extension   4 Units

This is the extension course available to those who do not complete the Capstone Project in MAIG 600. Students are billed $1,000 for this extension course. Students in the extension course will continue to receive the same level of guidance and support from the Capstone adviser and the course professor. The completed project needs to be reviewed and approved by both the Capstone adviser and the course instructor. Those who do not receive approval by the end of the semester will need to repeat the 4-unit MAIG-600 course during the following semester. The total length of completion for the Capstone should not exceed four (4) consecutive semesters.