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Minor in International Studies

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Minor Overview

In today’s complex world, the pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, peace and human rights are all threads in a tightly woven global narrative. The international studies minor exposes you to the history, societies and cultures of people from nearly every continent, as well as the challenges facing the international community.

Our interdisciplinary program stresses the importance of international relations with respect to business, politics, health, communications and law. It provides a strong foundation in the economic, sociological, intellectual and artistic developments of influential regions of the globe. The minor encourages you to use the world as your classroom through study abroad opportunities or service trips. All of this prepares you for an exciting, international career.

Curriculum and Requirements

International Studies Minor Curriculum

Students are required to satisfy the following requirements within the 18-credit minor; at least 6 credits must be completed at the 300 level.

Select two world language courses at the 200-level or above 16
Select one course that explores a non-American culture. Examples include: 23
AN 101
Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
HS 227
Russian Cultural and Intellectual History
HS 229
Irish History
HS 235
History of Modern China/Asian Studies
HS 236
History of Modern Japan/Asian Studies
HS 273
African History and Culture
Select one course in international business/economics at the introductory or advanced level depending on the student’s major concentration:3
IB 201
Globalization and International Business
IB 311
International Marketing
IB 324
Negotiating Internationally
Select one course in geography, philosophy or political science. Examples include:3
GP 101
Introduction to Geography
PL 265
Living Religions of the World
PL 320
Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL: Service Learning)
PL 337
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)
PO 211
Introduction to International Relations
PO 311
Topics in International Relations
PO 317
International Law (LE 317)
PO 331
Topics in Comparative Government
PO 333
Middle Eastern History and Politics
PO 334
Topics in African Politics
Select one capstone course in international studies:
PO 321Comparative Government 33
Total Credits18

In languages without advanced course offerings, students may complete two courses in a second language where the first language was pursued through the 102 course.


Courses offered in history, art, comparative literature or anthropology can all satisfy this requirement.


Required course for all students who choose to minor in international studies.

Students are encouraged, but not required, to take off-campus studies, either in the form of a study abroad or an internship in, for example, Washington, D.C.

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