International Studies Minor

This interdisciplinary minor enables students, regardless of their fields of concentration, to develop a broad understanding of the rapidly changing global environment. Students must complete 15-18 credits of course work, primarily at the 3000 and 4000-level, which focus on global issues and/or countries other than the United States from the 19th century to the present. No more than 3 independent study credits may be counted toward the minor, and only 2 courses (6 credits) taken to earn the minor may be double counted with the courses of the student’s major(s).

Students must complete at least 1 course from 3 of the following 4 core areas:

  1. International Politics and History (generally, courses in Political Science and/or History)
  2. Global Economy (generally, courses in Economics, Business, and/or Agricultural and Resource Economics)
  3. Global Society and Culture (generally, courses in Sociology and Anthropology)
  4. International Dimensions of the Arts and Humanities (generally, courses in Art History, Literature, and/or Philosophy)

In addition to completing the required course work, International Studies minors must meet 1 of 3 tools and experience requirements:

  1. Advanced intermediate competence in a modern language other than English, which may be accomplished through regular course work (i.e., advanced work equivalent to 2 courses at the 3000-level or above with grades of C or better) taken at UConn or in an approved Education Abroad program, or via an examination administered by the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages;
  2. Participation in an approved Education Abroad program that includes at least six weeks residence in a country other than the United States;
  3. Completion of an international internship (with or without pay) of at least six weeks duration with an organization in another country or an internship with a strong international component in an organization in the United States.

This minor is administered by the Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Program. For more information, visit the International Studies minor website or call IISP at (860) 486-3631.


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