International Studies (minor)
The International Studies Minor provides an interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary global issues, dynamics, societies, and cultures. It is meant to complement a student’s primary major either by adding an international component to that major or by strengthening an existing international emphasis within the major. This can be achieved regionally and/or thematically. The International Studies Minor is designed to help prepare students for graduate study and/or professional careers in a variety of fields in which an awareness of the growing economic, political, social, and cultural interdependence of the world is important. This is accomplished by giving students flexibility and an opportunity to design their own course of study, within the structural parameters of the minor.
The International Studies Minor consists of six courses with a minimum of 20 semester hours, in addition to language competency. Students must take one of the following required gateway courses for the minor—COMM 25000: Communication Between Cultures, ECON 22700: Globalization in Economic Perspective, HIST 13800: World History 1800 to Present, or POLS 22300: Comparative Politics. Of the remaining five courses, one must be interdisciplinary and all of the other four must be chosen from at least two different disciplines outside of the student’s major(s). Proficiency in a language at the 202 level is required. A study-abroad course is strongly recommended, but not required. A student interested in the International Studies Minor must produce a clear statement of purpose and a list of relevant courses, and must explain how the proposed course of study contributes to the stated purpose. This statement of purpose and corresponding list of courses must be submitted and approved by the international studies minor coordinator before a student can declare the minor no later than the end of a student’s junior year.