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


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 courses taken abroad, 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 Experiential Global Learning 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 Experiential Global Learning program 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.


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

Plan of Study Form

Minor final plan of study forms are submitted electronically through the Student Admin system. Global Studies minors must fill out and attach a final plan of study form when they submit their final plan electronically in Student Admin. Look for the “Attach” button on the Final Plan of Study Comments page near the Comments box.