School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Minor in International Studies

Why Choose the International Studies Program?

Students who have an international interest, but who are majoring in other fields, may benefit from a minor in International Studies. The minor is especially helpful to students in modern languages, political science, journalism, education, and anyone pursuing a career where a basic understanding of world affairs strengthens other program interests. Completion of the approved minor is certified on student’sofficial transcript upon graduation.

Academics and Curriculum

View the International Studies Minor degree requirements in the University Catalog.

International Studies Minor Check Sheet (PDF)


The International Studies (IS) program fosters life-long learning by providing students with the tools of language, critical thinking and analysis. The major prepares students to assume their roles as effective and informed global citizens, while laying the groundwork for promoting international understanding.

Each semester IS majors choose from dozens of courses, drawn from across the university (the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the physical sciences, and business).