International Minors

Enhance your major with an International Minor

In an increasingly interconnected global society, an international minor helps you to integrate, explore, and think clearly about issues that are important to the world today.

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Enhance your major by earning an international minor

What International Minors are available?

International Studies Minor

Increasingly, global programs are both interdisciplinary and transnational.  The International Studies Minor gives students a platform for exploring selected regions, by choosing the Area Studies Emphasis or focusing on an interdisciplinary global problem by choosing the Global/Thematic Empahsis. 

Global Thematic Empahsis

The Global Thematic Emphasis (GTE) offers students the opportunity to examine broad international issues that transcend a single nation or geographic area. In the GTE  students focus on a topic such as poverty and development, global health, international law, international human rights, peace and conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, international social justice in the arts, technology and globalization, the global dimensions of natural and physical sciences, diplomacy, gender and society. Such subjects require systematic approaches distinct from the examination of single-nation or area studies. Some of the most compelling Global Thematic emphasis topics in recent years have included international law, global issues of sustainability, international women’s rights, and community arts in the global context.  The Global Thematic Emphasis is highly individualized and students are encouraged to develop a focus that relates to their broader interests. You develop your own theme and present a detailed proposal to the Associate Provost for International Programs for approval usually no later than the first quarter of junior year. Students planning to participate in a program abroad should obtain approval prior to departure.

Within the Area Studies Emphasis students select one of three options:

  • African Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies

The Area Studies emphasis may include a focus on Africa, Europe, or Latin America. The Area Studies emphasis offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the cultures, languages, politics, and global challenges facing the region. The Area Studies emphasis with a focus on Africa also includes study of the African diaspora and related issues of slavery, colonialism, and globalization. 

How do I declare an International Studies Minor?

Step 1: Get your International Studies Minor plan approved through the Global Engagement Office

  1. Download and complete the Academic Plan and Capstone Oversight Form
    • If you would like to set up an appointment for general advising on the International Studies Minor and/or the Academic Plan Form, please contact the Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost at: (408) 551- 3085,
  2. Submit the completed Academic Plan Form to the Associate Provost at
    • If you have already completed the capstone component of your proposed academic plan, submit the Capstone Summary with your Academic Plan. If you have not yet fulfilled the capstone requirement, the Capstone Summary Form should be submitted upon completion of your capstone experience (see 4).
    • The Associate Provost will notify you regarding the approval of your academic plan. The Academic Plan must be approved and signed by the Associate Provost. 
  3. Once your Academic Plan is approved, a scanned copy of the signed form will be sent to you for your records
  4. Upon completion of the capstone requirement, e.g., study abroad, internship, international experience, etc., the Capstone Summary must be completed and submitted to the Associate Provost for International Programs at Please note: portions of the Capstone Summary must be completed by the on-site supervisor of the capstone experience.

Step 2: Obtain approval for your Academic Plan from the Associate Provost for International Programs via signature or email at

  1. Obtain a Program Petition form from One-Stop in the Registrar's Office
  2. Following approval of the International Studies Academic Plan, submit completed Program Petition form to the Associate Provost for International Programs for signature.
  3. You will be notified when your Program Petition has been signed and is ready to be picked up from the the Associate Provost.
  4. Turn in your signed Program Petition to the Drahmann Center.

Step 3: Fulfill all requirments in the International Studies Minor Requirements Table


  1. International Studies Minor Table
  2. Capstone Summary

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Last updated February 13, 2014

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