In the Fall of 2019, the International Studies Minor was renamed to International Affairs Minor. Students who were enrolled prior to the Fall 2019 term have the option to stay in the International Studies Minor or change to the International Affairs Minor. Students who choose to complete the program under the International Studies name must do so by Spring 2024 term. There is also a 3-credit increase to the minor.
Contact: Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, Director of History and Political Science Program
A minor in International Affairs will prepare you to live and work in our increasingly globalized community. The International Affairs minor integrates a strong foundation in political science and economics with interdisciplinary electives and foreign language study. Students are required to gain intercultural competency via an approved study abroad program or international field experience. International Affairs minors are encouraged to participate in applied service-learning, internship, and research experiences that are multicultural or international in scope. Students pursuing the International Affairs minor may be interested in careers and graduate study in fields such as international affairs, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, diplomacy, global environmental policy, human rights, international law and organization, international business, international political economy, international development, peace and conflict resolution, international service, and international humanitarian relief.
Overview of Program Requirements:
Total credits for minor: 21
Course Requirements for the Minor:
Core classes (6 credits):
Electives in Comparative Government and Politics and International Politics (3-6 credits, at least one upper level):
Electives in Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing (3-6 credits, at least one upper level):
Interdisciplinary Electives (3-6 credits):
Intercultural Competency via Approved Study Abroad Program or International Field Experience (3 or more credits):
International Affairs minors are required to gain intercultural competency by participating in an approved study abroad program or international field experience. Students may study abroad during the fall, spring, or summer terms. If planning on studying abroad, students should consult with the Director of Study Abroad as well as their advisor in planning their course of study. In lieu of studying abroad, students may also participate in a directed research, directed study, or internship experience that is international in scope. Students should consult with their advisor as to which type of experience would meet this requirement and best serve their professional interests and career goals. Students are encouraged to complete minor requirements while studying abroad.
Foreign Language Study (0-6 credits):
International Affairs minors are required to gain foreign language competency in preparing for careers and graduate study in which foreign language competency is often used as a criterion in hiring and admissions decisions.
- This requirement can be met via any of the following credit-bearing options:
- 1 semester of language study during a study abroad program
- 2 semesters of elementary-level language study in one language
- 2 semesters of language study of two different languages (1 semester in each language) Student who has passed at least 1 semester of language study at the intermediate level or higher (students may also count such intermediate or advanced language courses as interdisciplinary electives for the International Affairs minor)
- This requirement can also be met via any of the following non-credit-bearing options, by permission of the program director:
- Bilingual student if testing in at intermediate level
- Student who has studied at a secondary-level institution or university outside the United States, in a non-English language
Total Credits for Minor: 21