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International Studies Minor

History, Political Science & International Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 21
This minor increases students' familiarity with their global surroundings and their understanding of important global issues and concerns. It provides them with an awareness of various aspects of international relations and an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities confronting specific world regions.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
World language study and/or study abroad are strongly recommended.
Core (6 cr)
INTS 1010 - Introduction to International Studies [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
POL 1050 - International Relations [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Core Elective (3 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 1205 - Our Globalizing World [SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 1400 - Modern World History from 1500 to present [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Electives (12 cr)
Students propose at least 4 courses, from at least 2 different subjects and at least 12 credits at or above the 2xxx level. One proposed course must be at least 3 credits at the 3xxx level or higher. Students may apply study abroad, including short-term programs, or other appropriate courses with approval from the INTS director. Other courses must be approved by the INTS director prior to the completion of the courses. Approved course lists are available within the International Studies major.
* Student proposes electives
 
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INTS 1010 - Introduction to International Studies (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the field of International Studies, examination of the implications of our global world, and analysis of a selection of issues in contemporary international affairs.
POL 1050 - International Relations (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to contemporary international politics: levels of analysis; the international system; nation-state behavior; foreign policy decision making; economic and defense policy issues.
ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to representative cultures of the world and to concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, focusing on range of variation and degree of uniformity in human behavior and in cultural adaptations.
GEOG 1205 - Our Globalizing World (SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course analyzes the relationship between the environment, economic development, culture, and politics by examining human geography in the context of global regions. This course introduces core concepts in human geography such as space, place, and scale, and globalization, and applies those concepts to understand the diversity of our globalizing world. Topics from the impact of climate change, to colonialism, the geography of agriculture, urbanization, geopolitics, and ethnic and national identities are explored.
HIST 1400 - Modern World History from 1500 to present (LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Summer Even Year
This course surveys the evolution of the world from relatively isolated regions around 1500 to the global interdependence whose trends continues to the present day. This course will examine the emergence of the interdependence among major civilizations, especially between the West and the East. This latest interaction was initiated by the European colonizations and sustained by the contributions of other civilizations. Major themes of the course include the social, cultural, political, economic, demographic, and environmental ramifications of the global interaction.