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International Studies Minor

International Studies

Director: Susan Popko

The International Studies Minor enables students to study global issues or problems, or focus on a geographic area -- Africa, Europe or Latin America - through an interdisciplinary lens.  The International Studies Minor provides a framework for adding a global dimension to a major or providing preparation for a career working with diverse, intercultural teams.  The minor consists of: four Foundation Courses; three Emphasis Courses; plus a Capstone.  Students have the opportunity to customize their interests through either the Global Thematic Emphasis or Area Studies Emphasis

Requirements for the Minor

For the minor in international studies, students must complete:

  • Four Foundation courses, and
  • Three Global Thematic or Area Studies Emphasis courses, and
  • Capstone course

Foundation courses

Choose two social science courses, one of which must be from courses indicated with an "*", below and two upper-division modern language courses in a language related to the chosen Global Thematic or Area Studies emphasis or the equivalent, as demonstrated through placement examination through the Modern Languages Department (MODL)

Two social science courses, one of which must be from courses indicated with an "*" below: 

  • ANTH 3 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology*
  • ANTH 50 World Geography*
  • ANTH 156 Anthropology of Muslim Peoples and Practices
  • ANTH 159 Globalization and Cultural Change
  • COMM 2 Media in a Global World
  • COMM 107A Intercultural Communication*
  • COMM 162B Visual Cultural Communication
  • ECON 3 International Economics, Development & Growth
  • ECON 181 International Trade
  • ECON 182 International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • POLI 2 Introduction to Comparative Politics*
  • POLI 25 Introduction to International Relations*
  • POLI 121 Politics of the Global Economy
  • POLI 132 Transnational Political Movements
  • SOCI 133 Politics and Society in Developing Societies*
  • SOCI 134 Globalization and Inequality*
  • SOCI 137 Global Development and Social Change

The Global Thematic Emphasis (GTE)

Propose three courses, at least two of which must be upper division and no more than one of which may be in the student's academic major.  The (GTE) offers students the opportunity to focus on an international issue or problem that that transcends a single nation or geographic area. In the GTE, students may choose a topic such as:

  • Poverty and development
  • Global health
  • International law and human rights
  • Global sustainability and climate change
  • Peace and conflict resolution
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • International social justice in the arts
  • Community arts in a global context
  • Technology and globalization
  • The global dimensions of natural and physical sciences
  • Diplomacy
  • Gender and society
  • International women's rights

Examples of courses, in addition to Foundation courses above:

  • ANTH 4 Vanished Peoples and Lost Civilizations
  • ANTH 160 The Global Coast
  • ANTH 180 Study of Selected Cultures
  • COMM 2 Media in a Global World
  • COMM 105A Multicultural Folktales and Storytelling
  • ENGL 154 Environmental Literature
  • ENGL 153 LBGTQ Studies: Global Perspectives
  • PHSC 103 Advanced Global Health

OR

The Area Studies Emphasis (ASE)

Choose three courses, at least two of which must be upper division and no more than one of which may be in the student's academic major. The ASE allows students to focus on a selected geographic areas; Africa, Europe, or Latin America. The ASE 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. Other courses than those below may be approved with the permission of the Associate Provost for International Programs. Courses for area studies in:

  • AFRICA: ECON 134, 135; ENGL 35, 130, ENVS 149; ANTH 50; 157, 164, 165, 166; FREN 111, 112, 113, 114; HIST 12A, 91, 104, 140, 141, 141, 142, 1442, 149, 157, 193S; POLI 146; RSOC 19, 46, 81, 170, 191; SOCI 133, 135; TESP 184
  • EUROPE: ARTH 11A; CLAS 19; ENGL 150; FREN 108, 110, 111, 112, 117, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 161, 170, 171, 173 , 170, 171, 172, 173, 175, 183, 184, 185, GERM 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 130, 140, 141, 150, 151, 160, 174, 183; INTL 110; ITAL 12A, 110, 111, 113, 120, 121, 125, 180, 182, 183; MUSC 139; PHIL 123; 133, 137, 145; POLI 118, 119, 119L, 132, 134, 144, 145; 149; SPAN 125, 150, 151, 175;
  • LATIN AMERICA: ANTH 184, 185; ECON 130,  ENGL 36, 136; HIST 64, 85, 161, 162, 163, 164S, 166, 169, 196S; POLI 136, 137, 140, 196; SOCI 133, 135; SPAN 22, 112, 113, 130, 131, 132, 135, 137, 139, 140, 141, 145, 147, 148, 149, 156; TESP 59

AND

Capstone Course

  • A minimum of 20 contact hours in a class, academic internship, or community-based learning experience abroad. The course must include academic oversight and assessment. This requirement may be fulfilled by a minimum of one quarter study abroad related to the chosen Area Studies or Global Thematic emphasis. Students should communicate with the Associate Provost for International Programs to request approval for alternative capstone courses.

 

 

 

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  • African Studies
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Declare Your International Studies Minor

Get your International Studies Minor plan approved by the Associate Provost for International Programs

  1. Download and complete the Academic Plan and Capstone Oversight Form
  2. Email the completed  to the Associate Provost at spopko@scu.edu
  3. Once your Academic Plan is approved and signed by the Associate Provost, a scanned copy of the signed form will be emailed to you for your records
  4. Note: portions of the Capstone Summary must be completed by the on-site supervisor of the capstone experience.
  5. Download the Program Petition form for Undergraduates from the Registrar’s website: https://www.scu.edu/registrar/forms/. Complete the form and bring to the Associate Provost for International Programs’ office in Varsi Hall for signature and then returned the signed form to Enrollment Services/OneStop.

International Studies Minor Requirements and Forms

Last updated February 11, 2019

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