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Develop a global perspective

More than ever before, we live in a globalized world. The purpose of the international studies program is to promote a greater awareness of the shape and importance of international affairs in the contemporary world.

Central to the international studies program is the belief that educated citizens need to understand the trends that are transforming 21st century global relations. As the world's cultures, businesses, labor forces, financial structures, political institutions and media become more interconnected, we need to redefine our basic notions of citizenship, community and nation. 

A minor in international studies helps you develop a global perspective. With an interdisciplinary approach to issues of vital concern in the world economy, the international studies program will help you understand and participate effectively in the age of globalization.

Career opportunities spanning the globe

Careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors demand professionals who understand the world’s interdependence. Students with international studies backgrounds can find meaningful work in areas including international business, government, nonprofit and consulting. 

Your minor in international studies helps prepare you to solve problems in diplomacy, defense and development work. You can make a contribution in international law or human rights. You can also help companies in a wide range of industries improve their international business operations. You can help build organizational capacity through international education and cross-cultural training.

With an understanding of our interconnected world, you can make a difference.

Build your foreign language competence

A minor in international studies also gives you the opportunity to develop another critical skill for the 21st century world: proficiency in a second language. The ability to speak a second language is a significant advantage. 

The minor program requires competence in a foreign language through the second semester, or the 132 level of study. This requirement is waived for students whose primary education was in a language other than English.

Undergraduate programs and requirements 

Minor in international studies

The international studies minor requires 18 hours as follows: 

  • ANT 231: Cultural Anthropology
  • GEO 131: World Geography
  • PSC 332: International Politics
  • ECO 231: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Six hours of upper-level electives chosen from the following:
    • ANT 382: Area Studies in Anthropology
    • ANT 441: Qualitative Research Methods
    • CIS 308: Agency Response to Terrorism
    • CIS 350: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • COM 435: Special Topics in French Language and Civilization
    • ECO 339: Applied Statistics
    • ECO 480: International Economics
    • ENG 348: Study Abroad
    • ENG 405: Topics in Comparative World Literature
    • FIN 433: International Finance
    • FRE 330: French Civilization
    • GEO 365: Political Geography
    • HIS 303: Global Diplomacy
    • HIS 328: Contemporary Europe
    • HIS 332: History of Latin America, 1830-Present
    • HIS 352: Twentieth-Century Russia
    • LAS 300: Intro to Latin American Studies
    • MGT 422: International Management
    • MKT 452: International Marketing
    • PSC 304: Major Foreign Governments
    • PSC 333: International Political Economy
    • PSC 441: International Law
    • PSY 310: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • SOC 330: Sociology of Gender
    • SOC 357: U.S. and World Population Change
    • SOC 378: Methods in Social Research
    • SOC 379: Data Analysis
    • SPA 330: History of Latin American Culture

Students can apply two courses from their first major to meet the international studies requirements.

For more information on international studies course offerings, please visit the General Bulletin


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