Jan 16, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies

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Note: the International Studies minor will be eliminated at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

Most contemporary global issues are inherently trans-disciplinary.  The International Studies interdisciplinary minor offers students the opportunity to pursue a coherent, multi-disciplined program of study that includes courses that focus on global processes and courses that focus on a specific region.  The interdisciplinary minor also requires advanced language courses and at least one experience abroad.


  1.  Six courses chosen from the list of approved courses in international studies. Three courses shall be of a general international or multi-cultural nature; three courses shall be related to one particular geographic area. The six courses, at least two of which must be at or above the 300-level, shall be distributed among at least three departments and may include no more than two courses from the department of the applicant’s major. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned on any graded course in order for the course to count toward the interdisciplinary minor. The approved list of courses is updated annually and available from the chair of the faculty International Education Committee.
  2. Advanced course work in a modern foreign language, at a level well beyond the graduation requirement for foreign language. Students should consult the list of course requirements in various foreign languages found on the application for the interdisciplinary minor. 
  3. A summer, semester, or year during the student’s college career spent in study or work outside the United States. Each candidate shall submit a reflective and substantive paper based on the experience abroad to the chair of the International Education Committee by early April of the senior year, according to standards specified by that committee. Note: In those individual cases in which financial limitations cannot be overcome and thus prevent an international experience, the International Education Committee may assign a substitute experience.


Application Procedure:

The International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor is administered by the International Education Committee of the faculty. Contact Prof. Jonathan Berkey in Chambers 3254 for a list of current committee members. Students shall submit a written application to the Committee by the conclusion of the late Drop/Add period of the fall semester of the senior year. Certification of completion of all the requirements for the interdisciplinary minor is made by the Registrar upon the recommendation of the International Education Committee.

General International Multicultural Courses

Three courses from the General International Multicultural Courses are required. 

Area Courses

Three courses shall be related to one particular geographic area.

East Asia

The Americas (excluding the U.S.)

Western Europe

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