Minor in International Studies

Program Contact: Sean Duffy   203-582-8324

A minor program in international studies is designed to stress connections between “classroom” learning and the international experience as well as to increase program options available to students with an interest in international studies who are pursuing major programs of study in fields such as English, history, legal studies, communications, political science, psychology, social services, sociology and Spanish, as well as programs in business and the health sciences. 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 adviser to declare the minor by the end of their sophomore year or early in their junior year.

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
Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Latin American Societies and Cultures (LAS 223)
Peoples of Africa
Anthropology of Health and Medicine
Russian Cultural and Intellectual History
Irish History
History of Modern China/Asian Studies
History of Modern Japan/Asian Studies
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
International Economics
Globalization and International Business
International Marketing
Negotiating Internationally
Select one course in geography, philosophy or political science. Examples include:3
Introduction to Geography
Living Religions of the World
Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL:Service Learning)
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)
Introduction to International Relations
Topics in International Relations
International Law (LE 317)
Topics in Comparative Government
Middle Eastern History and Politics
Topics in African Politics
Select one capstone course in international studies:
PO 321Comparative Government 33
Total Credits18
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.