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International Studies Minor

Marymount University's interdisciplinary minor in International Studies involves the study of contemporary cultures and societies outside the United States as well as the complex political, economic, social and cultural interconnections among nation-states, non-governmental organizations, and ethnic and religious groups across the contemporary world. The purpose of this minor is twofold: (1) to encourage students to learn about the world beyond the United States (i.e., global, international, and area studies) and the implications of increasing global connections through a combination of course work, language study, and study abroad, and (2) to recognize the accomplishments of students who design globally-focused courses of study.

The minor is ideal for students interested in a variety of careers in government, non-profit, or the private sector that involve connections with societies or cultures originating from outside the United States.

Students in the International Studies Minor will:

  • Learn how social, political, religious, and economic forces have shaped the contemporary world.
  • Develop the skills to to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human experience on a national, regional, and global scale.
  • Discover, through a study abroad experience, the relationships between culture, language, and community.

Working with an adviser from a major field and a member of the IS Faculty Steering Committee, the student will choose elective courses, language study and a study abroad experience that will form the foundation for a senior project that integrates what the student has learned through study in multiple fields.

Please contact Chad Rector at crector@marymount.edu with any questions or to schedule an advising appointment.


To complete the minor, students take

  • SOC 203 The Global Village (3 credits)
  • 15 credits of IS electives, taken in a minimum of 3 academic disciplines, chosen from the list below. At least 12 of the elective credits must be taken outside of the student’s major field.
  • IS 421 Senior Project (1-4 credits).

In addition, the minor requires students to complete language study equivalent to at least two college-level semesters, and a study abroad experience coordinated through the Center for Global Education.

International Studies elective courses:

  • ECO 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 485 International Economics
  • EN 204 World Literature: Romanticism through Post-Modernism
  • FA 110 Cross-Cultural Visual Thinking
  • FR 303 Contemporary French Civilization
  • IT 110 Information Technology in the Global Age
  • MGT 385 International Business
  • MGT 485 International Management
  • MKT 485 International Marketing
  • POL 220 International Relations
  • POL 225 Comparative Government
  • POL 380 Politics of Latin America
  • POL 386 Politics of East Asia
  • POL 389 Area Studies
  • PSY 325 Cultural Psychology
  • SP 303 Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • TRS 202 Religions of the World
  • TRS 345 Buddhist Traditions
  • With the approval of a member of the IS Steering Committee, up to 3 credits of language study may count toward the elective requirement.
  • With the approval of a member of the IS Steering Committee, courses taken during an approved study abroad program may count as IS electives provided they are on the subject of international studies, broadly defined.

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