Each series of specialized curricula offers a diverse set of courses designed to enhance the learning experience of the student.

Departments offering specialized curricula include:

Listed below are the five programs available this year. Each program is designed to provide a cohesive and integrated experience regardless of whether courses are taken separately or together, allowing students flexibility with enrollment choices.

All courses found in each curriculum can be added on MyUCLA.

For enrollment instructions, visit the Academic Course webpage that is applicable to you.


Experts from UCLA's world-renowned Center for East-West Medicine and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior (including leaders from both the Mindful Awareness Research Center, and the Tennenbaum Family Center for the Biology of Creativity) offer a series of courses focused on understanding the links among brain, mind and wellness.

The following three courses emphasize both the scientific foundations and practical applications of methods that aim to enhance health, well-being, and creativity. Explicitly transdisciplinary, the curriculum draws from practices that span the globe, and considers ancient traditions, current practices, and projected future developments.

Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 175: Mindfulness Practice and Theory
Mindfulness practice is one of the best-validated and practical methods by which the brain can modify its own functioning in a positive way. Students will learn not only the practices but also their theoretical background.

Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences M182: Personal Brain Management
The curriculum and experiential training exercises consider a range of methods for managing brain functions, and systematically review evidence about brain-mind mechanisms and functions through which these practices are currently thought to exert their effects.

Medicine 180: Integrative East-West Medicine for Health and Wellness
This course provides an overarching introduction to integrative medicine, including the theoretical underpinnings, scientific studies, and clinical applications. Particular emphasis will be given on the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities originated from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Each course, open to UCLA undergraduate students and graduate students, as well as students from other institutions, carries 4 quarter units of UC credit.

Communication Skills for International Students

The UCLA Communication Skills Institute for International Students offers two courses that are specifically designed for non-native speakers of English. Each course offers a comprehensive exposure to the nuances of America, American-style English, and American culture.

Whether you enroll in one or both of the courses, you will have a rich, integrated, and enjoyable educational experience, immersed in American-style English and culture.

COMMUNICATION 1A (Session A or Session C). Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers (4 units)
Designed for nonnative speakers of English to increase fluency and vocabulary while improving presentation skills, language usage, reasoning, style, and delivery. P/NP or letter grading.

COMMUNICATION 1B (Session A or Session C). Learning American English and Culture from Movies (4 units)
Designed for international students to increase fluency in conversational, American-style English and the underlying meaning of American popular culture through the disciplined study of current movies. P/NP or letter grading.

Please visit the UCLA Communication Skils Institute for International Students for more information.

Global Business

The International Institute offers two courses that focus on international business. Each course is open to UCLA undergraduate students and graduate students, as well as students from other institutions and carries 4 quarter units of UC credit.

GLOBAL STUDIES 160 Lecture 1: Introduction to International Business (Session A)
International business environment and appreciation of the complexities involved in operating in a world of increasing globalization.

GLOBAL STUDIES 160 Lecture 2: Diplomacy at Work - Hands-On Approach to International Relations (Session A)
Overview of the challenges and opportunities that social entrepreneurs face as they launch, fund, maintain and grow their enterprises around the world.

GLOBAL STUDIES 160 Lecture 3: Global Social Entrepreneurship (Session C)
Exploration of unique opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs who employ business skills and disciplines to tackle some of world's toughest social issues.

GLOBAL STUDIES 160 Lecture 4: Hollywood and America's Global Image (Session C)
Students look at critical aspects of Hollywood's role in shaping America's global image, and ask whether Hollywood can be more effective as America's de facto cultural ambassador.

Please visit the UCLA International Institute website for more information.

If you wish to enroll in two or more Global Studies 160 courses this summer, please email



The UCLA International Institute offers two courses that focus on the study of global health.

Each course is open to UCLA undergraduate students and graduate students, as well as students from other institutions, and carries 4 quarter units of UC credit.

GLOBAL HEALTH 100 - Global Health and Development (Session A)

Interdisciplinary examination of key issues in area of global health, with focus on developing world. Provides basis for understanding current debates that frame global health problems and actions in and across nations with strikingly different political-economic contexts. Discussion of how local and international communities attempt to address challenges of global health problems and how interventions play out through range of policy and programmatic approaches.

GLOBAL HEALTH 191- Health, Equity, and Social Justice for Most Marginalized Groups: Global Perspective (Session A)

Addresses issues of health, equity, and social justice with focus on most marginalized groups, particularly children. Examination of challenges and opportunities in global health in light of human-rights principles and international commitments. Students learn about social determinants of health, human-rights-based approach to development, and ways that human-rights principles are implemented on ground. Analysis of major global initiatives such as 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2016, with 169 targets to reach by 2030. Universal SDG goals aim at reducing disparities and promoting equity and social justice throughout world. Students encouraged to reflect upon their own surroundings and aspirations for creating better and healthier world. Interdisciplinary study encourages participation. Discussion and assignments analyze problems but focus on solutions.

International Development Economics

The International Institute offers two courses that focus on the study of economics of the developing world. Each course focuses on economic theories including:

  • Economic Growth
  • Fiscal policy
  • The history of international development
  • Measurement of economic development
  • Whether development aid can promote economic and human development.

Each course is open to UCLA undergraduate students and graduate students, as well as students from other institutions.


INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT M120 Political Economy of Development: (Session A)

Political economy approach to the puzzle of why some countries are rich and others are poor and why, among the latter, some have been able to achieve rapid rates of economic growth and others have not. Explanation and review of the logic behind the most important arguments that have been advanced to account for differences across countries in rates and levels of economic development.


INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 130 Economics of Developing Countries: (Session C)

Economic analysis of developing countries. Issues underlying the causes of underdevelopment and process of development. Topics include population growth, poverty, inequality, inflation, fiscal and monetary policy, and alternative development strategies.


Please visit the UCLA International Institute website for more information.