Courses

Voices of Discovery-Intergroup Dialogue | IDS 253

IDS 253 introduces the intergroup dialogue model of peer learning and involves semi-structured face-to-face meetings across social identity groups, discussion of relevant reading material, and exploration of group experiences in social and institutional contexts. The goal is to create a setting in which students engage in open and constructive dialogue and explore issues of intergroup relations, intellectual diversity, free speech, conflict, and community. In the process, students learn about themselves and peers with different social identities while gaining valuable skills in cross-cultural communication and team-building.

Introduction to Study Abroad | IDS 154 

Introduces students to cultural basics, skills, and host-country specifics required for maximizing their study abroad experience and for respecting and interacting with people in other cultures. Students will consider questions, issues, and challenges that will be part of their travel, study, and daily lives while studying abroad and develop tools for increased cultural competencies.

In this course, you will:

  • GAIN tips for maximizing your study abroad experience
  • LEARN cultural adjustment strategies
  • EXPLORE your own culture and background
  • UNDERSTAND health and safety best practices
  • REVIEW country-specific information

Study Abroad Re-Entry | IDS 156

This course guides students on a journey of unpacking their international travel experiences and reflecting on what it means to cross cultures. Along the way students will explore their own identity while identifying ways to integrate their global experiences into their lives now and in the future.

Limited to students who have studied abroad, including current international students here at Miami. 

Strength Through Cultural Diversity | IDS 159

This course serves as an interdisciplinary introduction to diversity. A primary goal of this course is to facilitate students' abilities to build their cultural competencies and their abilities to work toward a socially just and inclusive world by providing the conceptual tools and vocabulary to think about, discuss and experience diversity. Topics covered include multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, privilege, the impacts of social and cultural change, and the engagement of students in the global community.

Students will be expected to attend three out-of-class co-curricular events.

Introduction to the Miami Tribe of  Oklahoma | IDS 259

Offers an interdisciplinary examination of the Myaamia as a living people, within a living culture - a people with a past, present and future. Explores pre-contact economy, social and political organization; the historic period of contact, treaties and federal legislation and the cultural basis of Myaamia responses; and present-day issues of concern to the dependent sovereign nation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

katie's headshot"IDS 154 prepared me to face the things I wasn't used to experiencing." 

Katie, Class of 2020