International Studies Minor

Director: Benjamin Hadis

The purpose of this interdisciplinary minor is to provide students with an education that broadens their knowledge of the people of the world, international events, and the socio-economic and socio-political background to global affairs. To do this, it integrates area studies and the study of international problems viewed from a cross disciplinary perspective. New curricular efforts, including global perspectives in issues-oriented courses, are emphasized.

This minor provides a splendid foundation for careers in which an understanding of international economic, political, social, and cultural affairs is of importance; it also provides a foundation for graduate work in the field; and is an excellent complement to majors in the humanities, social sciences, arts and business.

Language Component (3 s.h.)

In addition to the six credits of an international language required by the university's world language requirement, students must take at least three additional credits in the same language. Students who demonstrate advanced level competency will be waived from this requirement.

Electives (12 s.h.)

These electives will include six credits in Area Studies courses that focus on the same regional area of studies:

  • Africa,
  • Asia,
  • Europe,
  • Latin America and Caribbean, or
  • the Middle East

(three of these six credits must be in Culture and Artistic Expression; and the remaining three credits in Area Studies courses must be taken in Social and Political Structures); plus three credits each in Global Issues courses and in courses with international focus.

All elective courses retain their prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions (as applicable). Only the departments offering a course can issue exemptions from their corresponding restrictions or prerequisites. No more than six credits can be taken as electives from one alpha course code.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
INTL 100Introduction to Global Issues3
INTL 400Integrative Seminar in International Studies3
Language Component
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate American Sign Language I
Intermediate American Sign Language II
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Advanced German I
Advanced German II
Intermediate Greek I
Intermediate Greek II
Intermediate Hebrew I
Intermediate Hebrew II
Italian III
Italian IV
Comprehensive Italian III and IV
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Portuguese III
Portuguese IV
Intermediate Russian I
Intermediate Russian II
Advanced Russian I
Advanced Russian II
Spanish III
Spanish IV
Area Studies Electives
Select the 2 requirements from the Area Studies Electives list (see below). Courses chosen must focus on the same regional area.6
Global Issues
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Anthropology of Globalization
Non-Western Contributions to the Western World
Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues
Legal, Ethical, and Global Environment of Business
Globalization, Communication and Media
World Dance
Principles of Geography
Planet Earth
Earth and the Environment
The Human Environment
World Geography
World Resources and Industries
World Resources and Industries
Economic Growth and Development
Comparative Economic Systems
Major Film Movements
World Film Before 1945
World Film After 1945
World Literature: The Coming of Age Theme
World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge
African, Asian and Caribbean Literature in English
Foundations of Global Civilization
Globalization and World Development
International Financial Markets and Investment
International Environmental Issues
Crime and Globalization
Languages of the World
Introduction to Music in World Cultures
Global Environmental Politics
Globalization and Security
Religions of the World
Religion and Social Activism
Study in World Religions
Study in World Religions
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations
Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Population
International Broadcasting
Transnational Feminisms
International Focus
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology
Global Textiles
Art in Non-Western Societies
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art
Human Geography
People and Cities: Comparative Urban Studies
International Economics
Special Topics in Comparative Literature
Comparative Studies of Global Families
International Financial Management
Introduction to Roman Law
Introduction to International Business
International Marketing
International Management
International Retailing
Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States
Introduction to International Justice
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Wildlife Trafficking
International Prisoners' Rights
Genocide
Introduction to General Linguistics
Language and Culture
Comparative and Historical Linguistics
Comparative Politics
International Relations
International Organizations
Politics of Development and Modernization
Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States
International Law
Urban Sociology
Social Inequality
Comparative Social Analysis
Sociology of Religion
Total Credits21

Area Studies Electives

Cultural and Artistic Impression
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Cultures of the Middle East
Cultures of South Asia
Cultures of Latin America
Peoples of Africa
Introduction to Arab Culture
Twentieth-Century Arabic Literature
Asian Art
African Art: Sub-Saharan
Greek Art
Renaissance Art in Italy: The Sixteenth Century
Introduction to Arab Culture
Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
Introduction to Chinese Culture
Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
Popular Music and Modern Chinese Culture
Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature
Survey of Brazilian Literature
Contemporary Irish Literature
Contemporary African Literature
Introduction to French Culture
French Film
Francophone Film
French Civilization 19th and 20th Centuries
Survey of French Poetry
Francophone Literature
French Perspectives
French Study Abroad
Introduction to French Culture
Myths and Images of Women in French Literature
Major Currents of Modern Thought in French Literature
French Film
Francophone Film
German Civilization I
Modern German Prose Fiction
Reading Asian Cultures
Italy on the Silver Screen: Topics in Italian Cinema
French Film
Francophone Film
Russian Culture and Civilization
Selected Topics in German Literature and Culture
German Expressionism
Italy on the Silver Screen: Topics in Italian Cinema
20th Century Italian Literature
An Introduction to Italian Literature I: Heroes, Humanists and Sages
An Introduction to Italian Literature II: The Modern, Post-modern and Beyond
Special Topics
Italian Study Abroad
Italian Humanism and Renaissance
Contemporary Italian Cultural Studies
Italian Literature of the 19th Century I
Italian Literature of the 19th Century II: Experimentalism
Italian Literature of the 20th Century I: A Changing Italy
Italian Literature of the 20th Century II: A Changing Italy
Italian Women Writers
Perspectives on Latin America
Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction
International Cuisine
Asian Philosophy
Voices of the Past and Present: Portugal
Voices of Past and Present: Brazil
Luso-Brazilian Culture
Buddhism
Asian Texts
Hinduism
Taoism
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Religion in Latin America
The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
Selected Topics Related to Russian Culture and Civilization
Russian Culture and Civilization
Women in Russian Literature
Voices of the Past and Present: Spain
Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America
Cultural Studies: Spain
Spanish Study Abroad
Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean
Spanish Film and Fiction
Contemporary Spanish Novel
The Latin American Essay
Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story
El Quijote
Senior Seminar
Puerto Rican Literature and Thought
Social and Political Structures
Select one of the following:3
Geography of East and Southeast Asia
Land and Life in Latin America
Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa
Geography of the Middle East
Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
History of Puerto Rico
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Economic History of Europe
Communist Revolution in China
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
Conflict in Modern Ireland
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of England 1714-1914
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Church and State in Latin America
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
Economic Relations in Latin America
Finance in Latin America
Government and Politics of Africa
Government and Politics of China and Japan
Contemporary Western European Politics
Government and Politics of India and South Asia
Government and Politics of Latin America
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Government and Politics in the Post-Soviet States
Government and Politics in the East European States
International Relations in Asia
Total Credits6