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A minor 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 another field. Students pursuing a minor in International Studies are required to complete 18 credits distributed across relevant curricular areas. 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.

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
Russian Cultural and Intellectual History
Irish History
Blood and Revolution in China/Asian Studies
Japan's Modern Empire/Asian Studies
African History and Culture
Modern India
Italy: A Journey Through its Food, History and Culture (in Eng.)
Italian Cinema (in Eng.)
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
Human and Economic Geography
Global Philosophies
Philosophy of War and Peace
Human Rights: Theory and Practice
Introduction to International Relations
Public Diplomacy
Development, Globalization and Colonialism
International Law
Middle Eastern History and Politics
Complete a capstone course in international studies, decided in consultation with the international studies adviser.3
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/culture or anthropology all can satisfy this requirement.

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.