International Studies, Minor

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About This Degree

A minor in international studies prepares students to understand the complex issues of the cultures, histories, arts, and languages, and politics from a global perspective.


The International Studies Minor offers all students in the University an opportunity to add a significant international dimension to their departmental majors. It draws upon faculty and courses from departments throughout each of the University's colleges. This minor program explores vital global and regional issues of our time. Environmental degradation, the global health crisis, the spread of international terrorism and disease, world poverty and human rights—these are transnational issues of urgency that cry out for regional and global solutions. By its very nature, these issues merit cross-disciplinary as well as cross-divisional inquiry.

The International Studies Minor also contributes to its participants both the professional development and intellectual enrichment, enabling them to develop a broad understanding of the rapidly changing cultural, artistic, and social environment in which they will be expected to function during their professional careers. Students who complete this minor will be better equipped to meet the challenges of the twenty-first-century complex and interconnected world.

The course of study provides a rigorous and intellectually challenging interdisciplinary program. Students take courses from a wide array of department offerings, including classes in Art and Music, Political Science and Sociology, Latin American and Afro-American Studies, Foreign Languages, English, Health and Business.

The 24-credit- hour course of study can be completed along with the regular major. Although not required for the International Studies Minor, education abroad is strongly encouraged. The faculty, together with the Office of International Programs, will try to place interested students in an appropriate program of study abroad. As an alternative, the faculty, together with the Office of Cooperative Education, will place students in an internship organization (with or without pay) in the United States with a strong international component. Academic credits earned from either experience will be applied to the requirements of the minor.

Contact Us

Professor Louise Stanton, Coordinator
Karnoutsos Hall 640
Phone: 201-200-3231