Do you like to travel, or enjoy learning about different cultures? Your personal interests outside the classroom can help you find your academic path. If you’re interested in different cultures or working with others, here are some ways to explore this semester.
1. Go to these events and programs
This monthly lunchtime event features a panel of students from a specific region of the world and, of course, free pizza! Come hear different international student perspectives on culture, life here in the U.S. and life back home. Events this semester feature Scandinavia, West Africa, Spain and Portugal.
Are you interested in working outside of the United States some day? In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies to help you with searching for international jobs and identify helpful resources. This workshop is open to all students.
The Conference on World Affairs (CWA) is a weeklong event that features over 200 events with 100 speakers and performers. Thought-leaders from across the globe share a range of perspectives on the pressing issues of the day. Past speakers have included Annie Leibovitz, Joe Biden, Rachel Maddow and Steve Wozniak.
This is the largest student-organized event on campus. Meet people from all over the world, learn about other cultures and celebrate the diversity of our campus community at this annual event!
2. Check out student organizations and spaces
Between anime, foreign languages, dance and more, there are many student organizations with a cultural focus. Browse the “Cultural and International” category in BuffConnect or visit the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) to get involved this semester.
You could also check out the Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC). ALTEC is dedicated to deepening cultural understanding through innovative approaches to language learning and teaching. The have many free events and resources for students to learn and engage with others.
If you love to travel and learn about other cultures, consider Education Abroad. There are nearly 400 programs in about 70 different countries. Going abroad allows you to immerse yourself in a new location, explore your passions and gain skills that can serve you beyond your time at CU.
3. Consider these academic programs
Begin your studies with a survey of the most compelling global issues of the day. You’ll then go on to detailed analyses of international relations and economics. Courses also focus on problems of international development, the environment, international economic relations and United States foreign policy. This major prepares you for careers in the federal government, international organizations and agencies, international nonprofit organizations, international businesses and the Peace Corps.
While learning about the intellectual, political, economic, cultural and social forces that have influenced today’s world, the study of history also develops your ability to read critically, ask intelligent questions and express ideas orally and in writing. This program provides you with an intellectual framework and practical skills that will serve a wide range of future pursuits. CU Boulder history graduates have careers in public relations, banking, consulting, journalism, marketing, education and the government. Also, libraries, museums, historical societies and national parks may offer attractive history-related career options.
Art history courses encourage you to consider stylistic, historical, intellectual and critical analyses of works of art from many different historical and contemporary periods and cultures. Students in this program become adept writers, thinkers and cultural leaders. Curatorial positions in museums and galleries, library work, public relations, commercial illustration, advertising, marketing and publishing are areas that use skills acquired by art graduates.
This program initiates and promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching in African American studies, American studies, Asian American studies, Chicana/o studies, and cross-cultural and comparative studies. In addition, you’ll develop skills in oral and written expression, research design and critical thinking. This program provides you with training for fields such as law, education, medicine, public health, social work, journalism, business, urban planning, politics, counseling, international relations and creative writing, as well as university teaching and research.
Foreign language programs
These majors and minors help you learn skills and information that are relevant to careers in nearly every area. A knowledge of foreign language is extremely useful in business, industry, commerce, the civil or foreign service, law, library science, the media, the natural sciences, economics, public administration, government, the health professions, the social sciences and teaching.
- Asian Languages & Civilizations
- Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures
- French & Italian
- Spanish & Portuguese
Geography is the study of human activity and the natural environment. Geographers are interested in a wide range of phenomena and often focus on environmental change, global development and other social and economic issues. The skills and knowledge of geographers are in demand, leading you to entry-level positions in areas like land use planning, urban and regional planning, environmental analysis and monitoring, location analysis for the siting of facilities, remote sensing using satellite imagery, international development and a wide variety of spatial analyses of issues in transportation, recreation, population and resources.
Religion is a major force in shaping human culture, and religious factors are prominent in many current social, ethical, cultural and political issues. You’ll acquire the critical thinking and communication skills valued by employers in diverse fields, like finance, law, medicine and the nonprofit sector. Additional possible careers include those in secondary school teaching, publishing, social service, journalism and law.
Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. It considers how society influences individuals, and how individuals influence society. Sociology majors may work as government researchers or data analysts, business managers, writers or editors, public health interviewers or demographers or conflict resolution mediators. You could also work in social services, or in community relations as neighborhood organizers.
This major or minor offers you a rigorous but flexible program of study that examines women, gender and sexuality in relation to race, class, national identity and ability. Graduates have gone on to careers in fields such as law, medicine, government, public health, public policy, social work, teaching, counseling, advocacy, media, public relations, education, politics, fundraising, small business development, librarianship and arts administration.
This certificate program allows you to study the history, cultures, languages, arts, policies and rights of Indigenous peoples from the Americas and around the globe. It encourages intersectional study that develops your awareness of the diversity and complexity of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and nations. It also encourages you to link their academic study of Indigeneity with community outreach and service learning.
This certificate program is the academic investigation of sexuality in established fields such as literature, history, theatre, law, medicine, economics, sociology, anthropology and political science. As an academic discipline, LGBTQ Studies examines the history of queerness, the politics of sexual oppression and empowerment, the relationship of sexual identity, the representation of sexualities in music, literature and art and the meaning of queerness in individual identity and the examined life.
This certificate program is designed to help you explore why conflict and violence occur and to learn how conflict can be managed and transformed to accomplish constructive ends. After graduation, career paths may lead you to graduate study and a growing number of organizations working to moderate conflict and build peace and justice at all levels of national and global society.
Visit your advisor to find out more on how your interest in other cultures can shape your journey at CU Boulder.