As Thomas Friedman states in The World is Flat, “knowing how to deal with people of other nations is critical to success.” Through an interdisciplinary approach and a historical framework, students will analyze current issues, including immigration, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, international organizations, political economy, environmental degradation, cultural diffusion, oil politics, technological advances, and more. Further, students will be pushed to think critically about the historical events and ideas and determine the causes or constructs that led to the present. Assessment will rely on class participation, papers and projects