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International Studies Minor


 

The minor in international studies is designed for students who wish to concentrate coursework beyond their majors on selected nations, regions, or topics of international significance. Students can choose between an area studies emphasis with a focus on one of the following area studies:

or a thematic emphasis with a focus on a topic, such as poverty and development, international human rights, or peace studies.

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.

The 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 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 International Studies Committee for approval usually no later than the first quarter of their junior year. Students planning an off-campus program for their junior year should obtain this approval prior to their departure.

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

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

  • One course from POLI 2, POLI 25, or ANTH 3

Geography

  • One course in anthropology, sociology, or political science

Capstone Course  (Effective Fall 2007)

- A minimum of 20 hours in a class, internship, or community volunteer 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 Executive Director of 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, 166 
  • ETHN 135, 136
  • HIST 45, 104, 107, 141, 142, 143, 144, 149, 158, 193
  • FREN 111, 112, 113
  • POLI 146
  • RSOC 18, 19, 46, 81, 170, 191
  • TESP 131, 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
  • ECON 117
  • ENGL 114, 149, 155, 168L, - HIST 13, 120, 121, 124, 131, 132, 134, 135, 136, 139, 193
  • INTL 111, 119
  • FREN 108, 110, 111, 116, 170, 171, 172, 180, 182, 183
  • GERM 110, 111, 150, 151, 160, 182
  • ITAL 62, 112, 113, 180, 182
  • SPAN 125, 150, 151
  • PHIL 119, 119L, 129, 133, 144, 145,
  • POLI 119, 129, 132, 133, 134, 143, 144, 145


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
  • ARTS 17/117, 26/126
  • ECON 130
  • HIST 61, 62, 64, 161, 162, 163, 164, 169, 196
  • POLI 124, 136, 136A, 137, 140, 196
  • SOCI 134, 135
  • SPAN 112, 115, 117, 130, 131, 135, 140, 141, 145, 146, 148

 

THEMATIC EMPHASIS

Students must complete the following requirements for a minor in international studies with a 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 Literature.

Social Science

  • One course from POLI 2, POLI 25, or ANTH 3

Geography

  • One course in anthropology, sociology, or political science

 

Thematic Focus

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

Capstone Course (Effective Fall 2007)

A minimum of 20 hours in a class, internship, or community volunteer 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 Executive Director of International Programs.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION: You can declare the International Studies Minor by obtaining a declaration form from the Registrar's Office and setting up an appointment with Susan Popko (spopko@scu.edu), Associate Provost for International Programs and advisor for the minor.

 
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