International Studies Minor – 25 credit hours

Effective as of Fall 2013

The International Studies minor consists of 25 credit hours. This includes 16 credit hours from specified core courses and nine credit hours from approved 300 or 400 level courses with a regional or thematic focus. Students design their programs of study in consultation with the International Studies academic advisor. Additionally, students must participate in an approved study abroad program or complete a substantial research paper in IS. During their senior year students take IS 490 (one credit hour) in which they complete a self-reflective project that draws together several aspects of their experiences in the course works and the study abroad program (or their research paper).

Foreign Language(s) (six credit hours)

   - Six credit hours in any foreign language(s) beyond the ISU Foundational Studies requirement for foreign language.

World History (three credit hours)

   - HIST 102: Studies in World Civilization since 1500

International Social Processes (six credit hours)

 Students must take two courses from the following four. Only one may be in political science.

   - Economics: ECON 100: Basic Economics

   - Cultural: ENVI 130: World Cultures and Environments

   - Political Science: PSCI 271: Introduction to International Relations | PSCI 280: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Thematic or Regional Focus (nine credit hours)

   - Three courses at the 300 or 400 level focused on a particular region or theme. These must be approved by the IS academic advisor.

Study Abroad Program

 The Study Abroad Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of six credit hours (or equivalent) on site in an ISU-approved program.
  • Minimum of four weeks residence in the country where the study is pursued.

 Note: Study abroad courses may be in any discipline, but if appropriate they can also be used for the foreign language or regional/thematic focus requirements.

Capstone Course (one credit hour)

   - International Studies: IS 490: Senior Project in International Studies