International Studies (Minor)

The international studies minor provides an interdisciplinary examination of cultures and societies outside the United States as well as an exploration of political, economic, social, and cultural interconnections among nation states, nongovernmental organizations, and ethnic and religious groups around the world. International studies coursework is combined with language study, study abroad, and a presentation of the capstone thesis to include 15 credits plus study abroad and language. Please see Graduation Honors for information about counting study abroad credits toward graduation honors.

Minor Requirements

SOC 203The Global Village *

3

Twelve (12) elective credits outside the required coursework for the student's major, in at least three different disciplines, from the following:

ECO 211Principles of Macroeconomics *

3

ECO 485International Economics *

3

EN 204Global Literary Voices II *

3

FR 303Topics in French Civilization

3

HI 311Modern European History: 1914 to the Present *

3

IS 421Project

1

IT 110Information Technology in the Global Age *

3

MGT 385International Business *

3

MKT 485International Marketing *

3

PH 365Asian Philosophy *

3

POL 102International Relations *

3

POL 103Comparative Politics *

3

POL 240Global Security *

3

POL 241Global Political Economy *

3

POL 380Politics of Latin America *

3

POL 381Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa *

3

POL 382Politics of Western Europe *

3

POL 385Politics of South Asia *

3

POL 386Politics of East Asia *

3

PSY 325Cultural Psychology *

3

SOC 204Cultural Diversity *

3

SOC 365Gender Inequality in Global Perspective *

3

SOC 375Topics in Human Rights *

3

SOC 385Global Inequality and Community Development *

3

SP 303Topics in Spanish Civilization and Culture

3

TRS 202Religions of the World *

3

TRS 325Religious Approaches to Death *

3

TRS 345Buddhist Traditions *

3

Language

Students must show a level of skill in a non-native language equivalent to the successful completion of a second-semester college-level language course. There are two different ways to meet the requirement:

  1. Complete six (6) credits of college-level coursework at the elementary level, which may include courses combining language and culture, or complete three (3) credits of college-level foreign language at the intermediate level. AP, IB, and CLEP equivalencies are accepted.
  2. Receive a waiver from a faculty member of the International Studies Steering Committee. Waivers will be granted when a student can show knowledge of a language equivalent to two semesters of college-level work either in a proctored exam or with a transcript showing prior schooling in a language other than English.

Study Abroad

Students must have a minimum of three (3) credits in a study abroad program approved by the Center for Global Education. A full semester abroad is strongly recommended. Students with substantial experience living outside the United States may request a waiver from a faculty member or the International Studies Steering Committee.

With the approval of the International Studies Steering Committee, up to three (3) credits of a language course may count toward the elective requirement.

With the approval of the International Studies Steering Committee, courses taken during an approved study abroad program may count as international studies electives provided they cover international studies, broadly defined.