Global Studies Minor

Effective May 1, 2018, the requirements and the name of the International Studies have changed. Described below are the new requirements of the Global Studies minor. If you declared the International Studies minor before May 1, 2018, you may choose to follow the old or the new minor requirements (see the International Studies tab above for the old requirements). Meet with an advisor to discuss which plan is likely to work best for you. If you wish to change to the new requirements, please e-mail registrar@uconn.edu or degreeaudit@uconn.edu indicating that you wish to follow the new Global Studies requirements. Please provide your name and your 7-digit Student Admin number.

Note: Even if you stay with the old requirements your transcript will show “Global Studies.”

You can declare the Global Studies minor at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Services Center online program change page.

Global Studies Minor

The Global Studies Minor introduces students to the study of global issues and transnational processes and allows them to explore such themes as: peace, conflict, and security; international economics and development; natural resources and the environment; global health; and comparative cultures, arts, and identities.

Students pursuing this minor should select their program of study in close consultation with a minor advisor.

Courses

The Global Studies Minor comprises 18 credits of coursework, which must include the following:

  1. One course that serves as an introduction to Global Studies, drawn from the following list:
    • GEOG 2000 Globalization
    • NRE 2600 Global Sustainable Natural Resources
    • POLS 1402 Introduction to International Relations
    • SOCI 1701 Society in Global Perspective
    • WGSS 2124 Gender and Globalization
  2. Three courses selected from a single theme from the approved courses list. The themes are:
    • Peace, Conflict, and Security (PCS)
    • International Economics and Development (IED)
    • Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
    • Global Health (GH)
    • Comparative Cultures, Arts, and Identities (CCAI)
  3. Two other courses from the approved courses list.

The minor may include education abroad courses, special topics courses, and variable topics courses when they focus on global issues, processes, trends, and systems. Three credits of independent study may be included when the independent study is focused on a global theme. Inclusion of such courses requires the approval of the Global Studies Minor Committee.

Important Overlap Rule! No more than six credits may be taken in any one department or overlap with the plan of study of any one other major or minor.

International Experience

The minor requires participation in an approved Education Abroad program that includes at least six weeks residence in a country other than the United States.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of the Global Studies Minor Committee, this requirement may also be satisfied by either:

  • An approved Education Abroad experience of shorter duration or
  • Completion of two semesters of college-level language study in addition to the university requirements. This may be advanced study of a language the student has already begun to learn or more basic study of a different language or
  • Completion of an internship for six credits with an organization outside the United States or an internship with a strong international component in an organization in the United States.

Advising

To discuss your plans to pursue a minor in Global Studies, schedule an appointment with Krista Rogers on Nexus