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Minor in International Studies

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

Students pursuing a minor in international studies are required to complete 18 credits in four years. Students are encouraged to meet with the international studies advisor to declare the minor by the end of their sophomore year or early in their junior year. 

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

Course Structure

Select two world language courses at the 200-level or above1

Select one course that explores a non-American culture. Examples include:2

AN 101

Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

AN 223

Latin American Societies and Cultures (LAS 223)

AN 229

Peoples of Africa

AN 337

Anthropology of Health and Medicine

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:

EC 250

International Economics

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:

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 321

Comparative Government3

Total Credits


1 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. 

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

3 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.