International Studies

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

An 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 science, 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 16 semester hours 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 PSC 270 ECCE: Global Issues. Electives totaling 12 semester hours 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 an International Studies faculty member to ensure that they are meeting their individual needs and the requirements for the major.

International courses include
ECO 449 International Business 3 Hrs.
ENS 412/HIS 459 World Environmental Thought 4 Hrs.
HIS 443 American Foreign Relations in the 20th Century 4 Hrs.
PSC 473 War and Peace 4 Hrs.
PSC 474 American Foreign Policy 4 Hrs.
PSC 475 International Organizations and Integration 4 Hrs.

Comparative courses include
ECO 421 Comparative Economic Systems 3 Hrs.
HIS 476 Modern China 4 Hrs.
PSC 471 Comparative Politics 4 Hrs.
PSC 477 Russian Politics 4 Hrs.
PSC 479 African Politics 4 Hrs.
SOA 302 Understanding Other Cultures 4 Hrs.
SOA 353/WGS 353 ECCE: Women Across Cultures 4 Hrs.

Other programs associated with international studies include the following:

The Model United Nations Club (MUN) is designed to teach students how the United Nations fosters peace in the international system. The MUN Club allows students to participate in committee simulations where world problems are debated and solutions are presented. Students learn how to operate in a caucus environment while role-playing a country that is not their native homeland. The club is specifically designed to prepare UIS students to compete at the National Model United Nations Conference held annually in New York City.

The Global Experience/Study Abroad Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to participate in seminars organized by UIS faculty such as those in Ashikaga, Japan (UNI 460) and provide students with the option to study at any other university or academic program in the world, such as Southampton University in England and Trinity College in Ireland (UNI 480). For more information on those options, call 206-6678 or e-mail

The Faculty Exchange Program allows UIS and international faculty to exchange teaching assignments in the summer or academic year. Currently, UIS has an exchange program with Heilongjiang University in China. For more information on this, contact the Political Science Department at 206-6646.

Other UIS partnerships to promote international studies include the Sister Cities Association of Springfield, World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, and the Illinois International Studies and Foreign Language Consortium.


Undergraduate Minor


Associated Faculty: Heather Bailey, David Bertaina, Terry Bodenhorn, Peter Boltuc, Leonard Branson, Cecilia Cornell, Adriana Crocker, Heather Dell, Lan Dong, Kathryn Eisenhart, Lynn Fisher, Hilary Frost-Kumpf, Jennifer Herring, Jennifer Manthei, Adil Mouhammed, Ali Nizamuddin, Nancy Scannell, Stephen Schwark, Peter Shapinsky, Baker Siddiquee, Tih-Fen Ting
Adjunct Faculty: Erik Freas, Jonathan GoldbergBelle
Emeritus Faculty: Jan Droegkamp, Larry Golden, Hugh Harris, Remi Imeokparia, Sandra Mills, Proshanta Nandi, Michael Quam, Robert Sipe, Bill Warren, Roy Wehrle


Phone: 217/206-6650