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International Studies Minor

Add a broad understanding of global affairs to your degree program.

Program Information

More information is also available on the International Studies program page.

What You'll Learn

Our international studies minor provides you with a well-rounded understanding of global affairs coupled with experiential learning and high-impact activities.

The curriculum requires Introduction to International Politics (3 credits), along with 18 credits from various disciplines to supplement and expand your knowledge:

  • Six credits focus on “conceptualizing the international.” These courses will help you understand the fundamental concepts within the international arena mainly through history and geography.
  • An additional 6 credits focus on “operationalizing the international.” These courses examine how individuals utilize and perform modern international practices from political science, economics and business.
  • The final 6 credits focus on “applying the international.”  These courses give students direct experience with modern international issues through study abroad, foreign languages, internships and experiential courses such as Model UN.

You can specialize in a specific region, supplementing your classes with language skills and study abroad, or take courses designed to illustrate the world at large. 

Upon completion of the program, you will not only have a strong background in international studies, but will have completed activities and courses that go beyond the classroom.

What You Can Do

Beyond the Classroom

While completing your degree, you can compete in Model United Nations conferences in the United States and Canada, study abroad in locations throughout the world, and attend information sessions on careers, research opportunities, scholarships and more.

In conjunction with the Walker Institute, we encourage you to take part in internship opportunities. Past students have interned with local aid agencies, the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and have travelled abroad to intern in areas such as Geneva, Switzerland and Kigali, Rwanda.

In the Field

An international studies minor prepares you for a variety of careers. It is an excellent launching point to go on to graduate school and/or careers in government and non-governmental organizations, journalism, law, international business and development, teaching and research.  

Career paths could include:

  • Foreign service
  • Governmental agencies (Department of State, CIA, NSA, Department of Defense, etc.)
  • Diplomacy
  • Congressional offices
  • Campaign management
  • International organizations and NGOs
  • Local NGOs (refugees, immigration, etc)
  • International Law and Social Justice
  • Private sector (multinational corporations, international banking, non-profit organizations, journalism, etc.)
  • International education and development
  • Humanitarian and human rights
  • Global health assistance
  • International law and related domestic law
  • Public research specialist
  • Tourism
  • Linguistics specialist

Degree Information

Degree Requirements

International studies minors must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 21 credit hours
  • Minimum grade of C in all minor courses (a C- is not accepted)

Course Requirements

Declare Your Minor

Contact the International Studies Academic Advisor to schedule a meeting.

Dr. Stephanie Wolfe
International Studies Advisor