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Minor in International Studies

photo of students preparing for The Gambia

International Studies Minor Bridget Donley [left] assisting in preparation for a trip to The Gambia, West Africa. She chose The Gambia because she works to help families, primarily West Africans, immigrate legally to America. “After experiencing Africa for myself, I now have a much greater appreciation of the continent of Africa and the diversity of its land and people,” she says.

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The International Studies Minor provides students with the tools necessary to better understand the complex and changing world of the 21st century. Major objectives of the minor are to convey knowledge not only of international relations but also of comparative methods of analysis (i.e., the similarities and differences between and among states, societies, and cultures); and to provide an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the knowledge and methods that history, political studies, economics, sociology/anthropology, women and gender studies, and geography/environmental studies have to offer.

To earn a minor in international studies, students must complete a minimum of 15 or 16 credits of upper-division course work at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  In exceptional cases, a student may petition the International Studies Committee to accept up to eight hours of transfer credit.  Transfer students still must take the core course and follow distribution requirements.

The Core Course is GBL 301-Introduction to Global Studies. Electives totaling 12 credits must be taken from two areas: courses that provide an international perspective and courses that provide a comparative perspective.
Students may not take more than one course in their major field of study to fulfill the International Studies minor requirements. Students should consult with a Global Studies studies faculty member to ensure that they are meeting their individual needs and the requirements for the minor.

International courses include:
CRJ 415 ECCE: Crime and Sentencing: Global Issues
ECO 445 Economic Development
ECO 447 International Trade and Finance
ECO 449 International Business
ENS 311 Global Change and Local Places
ENS 412/HIS 459 World Environmental Though
ENS 446 ECCE: Population and Public Policy
HIS 325/SOA 325 Latina/o USA
HIS 375 ECCE: Conflict in the Middle East
HIS 378 ECCE: Christian-Muslim Encounters
HIS 470 Topics in 20th Century World History
HIS 443 American Foreign Relations in the 20th Century
MGT 485 International Management
MPH 301 ECCE: Global Environmental Health
MPH 471 ECCE: Emerging Diseases
PSC 373 ECCE:  Introduction to International Relations
PSC 478 & PSC 483 Model United Nations
PSC 428 Globalization and the Future of Democracy
PSC 462 International Law and Organizations
PSC 463 International Political Economy
PSC 470 Terrorism and Public Policy

Comparative courses include:
BUS 381 ECCE:  Business and Developing Countries.
COM 425 Intercultural Communication
CRJ 346 ECCE: International Criminal Justice Systems
CRJ 415 ECCE: Crime and Sentencing: Global Issues
ECO 302 Macroeconomics in a Global Economy
ECO 421 Comparative Economic Systems
ENS 461 Geopolitics: Geo. Aspects of International Affairs
GBL 331 Cultural Geography
HIS 476 Modern China
PSC 371 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 477 Russian Politics
SOA 302 Understanding Cultures
SOA 353/WGS 353 ECCE: Women Across Cultures
SOA 428 Culture, Health and Power
SOA 455 Women in Political Movements

Other courses are possible!