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International Studies

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

24 credits

The International Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that combines core courses in global and comparative politics with courses in geography and history to enhance awareness of historical, spatial, and power relationships throughout the world. All students who minor in International Studies must complete courses in the three content areas enumerated below, and must either complete one intermediate modern language course or pass the CLEP test for proficiency in a foreign language. Additionally, all students should seriously consider participating in the foreign study programs that are sponsored by the Global Education Office.


International Politics

8 credits

Select two of the following:

  • ISPOSC 220 Global Politics
  • ISPOSC 223 Introductory Comparative Government
  • POSC 321 U.S. Foreign Policy and Globalization
  • POSC 322 Global Political Economy
  • POSC 323 Advanced Comparative Government
  • POSC 401 Keystone (global or comparative content area)

These courses will provide a broad conceptual exposure to international systems, issue areas and interests, as well as methods for making sense of global culture and political economy.

Area Studies and Related Social Science

8 credits

Select two of the following:

  • ECON 470 International Trade and Finance
  • GEOG 303 The Politics of Place
  • GEOG 305 The Global Economy
  • GEOG 340 Topics in Regional Geography
  • GEOG 371 Geography Field Studies [abroad]
  • ISANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 316 Cultures of Southeast Asia
  • SOC 350 Sociology of Globalization

These courses will provide spatial and cultural awareness of area studies. It is the intent that academic advisors will strongly recommend that wherever possible, the courses selected by the student be in the same regions as the history courses below.


8 credits

Select two of the following:

  • HIST 122 Modern East Asia
  • HIST 290 with appropriate regional foci (Mideast or African)
  • HIST 322 The Chinese Revolution
  • HIST 324 Modern Japan
  • HIST 343 Europe Since 1945
  • HIST 367 Modern America: 1950-present

These courses will provide important 20th-century background to understand contemporary global relations. Those courses are selected because of regional importance of the subject matter material and the students are strongly advised to combine regions of the globe with counterpart history selections.