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International Studies Minor

Current political, economic, and social trends indicate that the world is changing from a system of predominantly self-contained nation states towards a globally integrated community with multiple independent actors, including regional custom unions, economic communities, transnational enterprises, and individuals. Those wishing to compete successfully in the global society must understand the new complexities of the international environment. The minor is designed to introduce students to some of the more salient aspects of international phenomena, and thus to help in preparing them for a responsible role in the world.

  1. The minor is available to full-time, degree-candidate students who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.33 or higher.
  2. To qualify for the minor, students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language.
  3. The minor requires completion of five specific international courses including:

    From the Politics Department students must complete two of the following courses:

PO104 Comparative Politics  
PO106 International Relations  
PO214 International Law
PO224 International Organization
PO330 International Political Economy
PO347 Justice and War in International Relations

* Politics majors may only credit one core politics course to the International Studies minor

From the History Department), students must complete any two of the following courses
(of which only one may be a geography course):

HI275 Asian Civilization  
HI277 Modern Africa  
HI330 Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
HI331 European Socialism
HI333 Europe Since 1945
HI355 Modern American Foreign Relations
HI376 History of Latin America
HI377 History of Russia
HI378 History of Modern China   
HI382 History of the Middle East
GE202 Political Geography
GE212 Cultural Geography
GE221 Economic Geography

From the Economics and Business department, Students must  complete one of the following:

EC249 International Economics*
EC322 International Business Management
EC337 International Marketing*

* denotes that course has prerequisites

  1. By the end of the second semester of the sophomore year, students must declare to the chair of the minor their intention to work towards the minor.
  2. Comprehensive examinations, both written and oral, are required, with questions being tailored to the student's focus in the program. These exams will have a language component for students who do not have a language minor or who are not modern language majors.
  3. To obtain the minor, students must have achieved at least a C+ (2.33) average in the minor courses and in the comprehensive examinations.