Santa Clara University

Global Engagement Office

International Studies Minor

The International Studies Minor is designed for students who wish to concentrate coursework beyond their majors on selected nations, regions, or topics of international significance.

International Studies Minor Overview Sheet 

Students can choose between:

  1. Global/Thematic emphasis with a focus on a topic, such as poverty and development, international human rights, peace studies, etc.
The Global/Thematic emphasis offers students the opportunity to examine broad international issues that transcend a single nation or geographic area. Subjects such as international organization, poverty and development, cultural interdependence, diplomacy and law, etc. are by their very nature international. Such subjects require systematic approaches distinct from the examination of single-nation or area studies. Students develop their own themes and present a detailed proposal to the Associate Provost for International Programs for approval usually no later than the first quarter of their junior year. Students planning to participate in an off-campus program should obtain this approval prior to their departure.
  1. Area Studies emphasis with a focus one of the following:
The Area Studies emphasis on Africa offers an introduction to the cultures, languages, politics, and global challenges facing the continent of Africa and its people spread across the planet through colonialism, slavery, and globalization. The Area Studies emphasis on Europe offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the cultures, languages, politics, and global challenges facing the continent. The Areas Studies emphasis on Latin America offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the cultures, languages, politics, and global challenges facing the region.


GLOBAL/THEMATIC EMPHASIS

Students must complete the following requirements for a minor in International Studies with a Global/Thematic emphasis:

Foreign Language

  • Two upper-division courses in a foreign language
  • The foreign language requirement may be fulfilled by examination through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Social Science

  • Two relevant courses in Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology (at least one of which must be ANTH 3, COMM 107A, ECON 3, ECON 129, ECON 137, POLI 2, POLI 25, SOCI 133, or SOCI 134)

Capstone (Effective Fall 2007)

  • A minimum of 20 hours in an internship or community engagement activity overseas with academic or other appropriate oversight and assessment. The requirement may be fulfilled by a minimum of one quarter study abroad at an appropriate site which included community involvement outside of the classroom or an alternative approved by the Associate Provost for International Programs.

Thematic Focus

  • Four courses selected with the approval of the Associate Provost for International Programs, at least three of which must be upper division and no more than two of which may be in the student’s academic major

 

AREA STUDIES EMPHASIS

Students must complete the following requirements for a minor in International Studies with an Area Studies emphasis:

Foreign Language

  • Two upper-division courses in a foreign language related to the chosen Area Studies emphasis:

Africa:  French or Arabic

Latin America:  Portuguese or Spanish

Europe:  French, German, Italian, or Spanish

  • The foreign language requirement may be fulfilled by examination through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Social Science

  • Two relevant courses in Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology (at least one of which must be ANTH 3, COMM 107A, ECON 3, ECON 129, ECON 137, POLI 2, POLI 25, SOCI 133, or SOCI 134)

Capstone (Effective Fall 2007)

  • A minimum of 20 hours in an internship or community engagement activity overseas with academic or other appropriate oversight and assessment.  The requirement may be fulfilled by a minimum of one quarter study abroad at an appropriate site which included community involvement outside of the classroom or an alternative approved by the Associate Provost for International Programs.


African Studies (Effective January 1, 2007)

Four courses from the following, at least three of which must be upper division and no more than two of which may be in the student’s academic major:

  • ECON 134, 135
  • ENGL 35, 130, 157, 164, 165, 166 
  • HIST 91, 104, 107, 140, 141, 142, 144S, 149, 157, 193S
  • FREN 111, 112, 113, 114
  • POLI 146
  • RSOC 19, 22L, 46, 81, 170, 191
  • TESP 184


European Studies

Four courses from the following, at least three of which must be upper division and no more than two of which may be in the student’s academic major:

  • COMM 199 (appropriate topic only)
  • ENGL 149
  • HIST 115, 119, 121, 130A, 130B, 131, 132, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 192S
  • INTL 110, 119
  • FREN 108, 110, 111, 112, 116, 170, 171, 172, 173, 182, 183
  • GERM 108, 110, 111, 150, 151, 160, 182, 183
  • ITAL 113, 180, 182, 183
  • SPAN 125, 150, 151
  • PHIL 119, 129, 133, 137, 145,
  • POLI 118, 119, 119L, 133, 134, 143, 144, 145, 149


Latin American Studies

Four courses from the following, at least three of which must be upper division and no more than two of which may be in the student’s academic major:

  • ANTH 185
  • ECON 130
  • HIST 64, 95, 161, 162, 163, 164S, 166, 169, 196S
  • POLI 136, 136A, 137, 140
  • SOCI 134, 135
  • SPAN 112, 113, 130, 131, 135, 137, 140, 141, 145, 146, 148, 149


Declaring an International Studies Minor

Contact:
Global Engagement Office
(408) 551-3085
geo@scu.edu

 

Updated: 3/12/2014