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Minor inInternational Studies

Minoring in International Studies involves an interdisciplinary examination of the forces that shape the globe through courses in geography, political science, history, economics, sociology, art and communications. You’ll gain a broader sense of the world and your place in it—by studying cultures (food, music, art, literature) that provide its vibrancy; systems (economic, political, sociological, historical)
that shape its challenges; and opportunities (via geography, technology, communications, youth) that show its future potential—as you take 24 credit hours toward an international studies minor.

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International Studies Curriculum Overview

Minoring in International Studies involves an interdisciplinary examination of the forces that shape the globe through courses in geography, political science, history, economics, sociology, art and communications. You’ll gain a broader sense of the world and your place in it—by studying cultures (food, music, art, literature) that provide its vibrancy; systems (economic, political, sociological, historical) that shape its challenges; and opportunities (via geography, technology, communications, youth) that show its future potential—as you take 24 credit hours toward an international studies minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.
You’ll also experience real learning beyond the classroom, developing your global perspective through study abroad opportunities, language study, and internships with government agencies, businesses, banks and other agencies with international connections. And because we design our international studies program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant minor if you intend to pursue a career in international service and business, non-governmental organizations, human rights advocacy, the Foreign Service, the Peace Corps or another related field in the humanities and social sciences.

Required: 12 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
POL - 241 Cont. World Problems:Glbl Pol. 4
HIS - 334 US Foreign Policy 4
POL - 401 Rsrch & Writing in Pol. Scienc 2
POL - 487 Rdngs Seminar: Tpcs in Pol Sci 2

Survey and examination of the current issues and problems around the world. Course will also discuss themes and approaches in the study of global politics. Students will specifically examine how the current global system is constructed and how nations interact. Topics include contemporary issues like globalization, trade, immigration, war and peace, arms control, terrorism, climate change, and global poverty.

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This course examines the goals and consequences of American foreign policy and diplomacy from the founding of the republic to the present day. Topics include commercial and territorial expansion, America's relationships with other states and nations, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, Vietnam, U.S. imperialism, and the current conflicts over terrorism and natural resources. The perspectives of other peoples and nations will be emphasized.

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This serves as research and writing capstone course for all students in the Political Science program. After reading other scholars' ideas and interpretations in various classes, students will now have the opportunity to research, analyze, and write their own original work of scholarship. Students will do original research projects using primary source materials (government documents, policy reports, newspapers, election data, personal correspondence, etc.), rather than scholarly articles or books. Student can select their own topic, but must work with an instructor. Assessment goals include sound research, adequate content and coverage of the subject, strong critical analysis of sources, and writing style.

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Readings/Research Seminar in Political Science covering selected topics. This course will emphasize the use of scholarly and primary source materials, individual research, and student participation.

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Electives: 12 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
COM - 309 Intercultural Communication 4
ECO - 401 Global Economics 4

Students explore the principles and processes of communication between cultures. Course topics include intercultural communication models, the impact of different cultural patterns on the communication process, the anthropological concept world view and its impact on intercultural communication, detection of communication problems in intercultural situations, gender and diversity issues in intercultural communication, and constructing valid strategies for communicating interculturally. (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)

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This course will introduce students to the theories explaining trade and financial (exchange rates, foreign direct investment) markets in the economy. The course will also focus on policy issues in the trade and financial sectors such as the effectiveness of domestic trade and monetary policy, coordination of international exchange rates and the role of institutions such as the Federal Reserve System and the World Trade Organization in the present global economy. The course will also introduce students to national and local ethnic markets.

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

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Dr. Basma Ibrahim DeVries Ph. D. Professor of Communications Studies

Career Potential

  • Government Offices
  • Global Logistics
  • Government/Legislative Services
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services
  • International Advancement Programs
  • International Business
  • International Banking
  • International Finance
  • International Security Services
  • Language Services
  • Private/Non-Profit Management
  • Relief Organizations
  • Tourism
  • Study Abroad Offices
  • Trade Commissions Travel Services
  • World Health Organizations

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