MU ALERT ISSUED

International Studies Minor


Faculty and Advising

Students thinking about minoring in International Studies should meet with an International Studies faculty advisor early in their academic career to declare the minor and to complete an IS advising worksheet.

International Studies Faculty

Chad Rector, Chair

Department of Politics, School of Arts and Sciences

Janine DeWitt

Department of Sociology, School of Education and Human Services

Matt Bakker

Department of Sociology, School of Education and Human Services

Katie Peebles

Department of Literature and Languages, School of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Garces-Foley
Department of Theology/Religious Studies 

 

Coursework (15 credits)

Answer

SOC 203 The Global Village (3 credits) is a required course for all students minoring in International Studies. In addition, 12 credits of IS electives, outside of the student's major, in a minimum of 3 academic disciplines, are required. 

International Studies elective courses include:

  • 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
  • IS 421 Thesis Project in International Studies
  • HI 311 Modern European History: 1914 to the Present
  • IT 110 Information Technology in the Global Age
  • MGT 385 International Business
  • MKT 485 International Marketing
  • PH 365 Asian Philosophy
  • POL 102 International Relations
  • POL 103 Comparative Government
  • POL 355 Global Security
  • POL 360 Global Political Economy
  • POL 380 Politics of Latin America
  • POL 381 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • POL 382 Politics of Western Europe
  • POL 385 Politics of South Asia
  • POL 386 Politics of East Asia
  • PSY 325 Cultural Psychology
  • SOC 204 Cultural Diversity
  • SOC 365 Gender Inequality in Global Perspective
  • SOC 375 Topics in Human Rights
  • SOC 385 Global Inequality and Community Development
  • SP 303 Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • TRS 202 Religions of the World
  • TRS 325 Religious Approaches to Death
  • 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.

Language Proficiency

Answer

Students must show a level of skill in a non-native modern language equivalent to the successful completion of a second-semester, college level language course. Students can meet this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete a second-semester college-level foreign language course (AP, IB, and CLEP course equivalencies are accepted).
  • Receive a waiver from the International Studies Steering Committee by demonstrating knowledge of a language equivalent to two semesters of college-level work, either in a proctored exam or with a transcript showing prior schooling in a language other than English.

Study Abroad

Answer

Students are required to complete at least one study abroad program. A semester-long study abroad program is strongly encouraged; a single short-term study abroad course counting for 3 credits is the minimum.

International studies electives that include a study abroad component may count toward the study abroad requirement; courses taken during a study abroad program do not need to be specifically on an international studies topic in order to count for the study abroad requirement.

The IS steering committee may waive the study abroad requirement for students who have spent a substantial part of their lives living and studying in a country outside the United States.

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