International Studies Minor

Changes to the Minor

Effective May 1, 2018, the requirements and the name of the International Studies minor have changed. If you declared the International Studies minor before May 1, 2018, you may choose to follow the old or the new minor requirements (see Global Studies tab above for the new 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 or 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 still list the new name “Global Studies.”

If you declare the minor after May 1, 2018, you must follow the new plan. You can declare the Global Studies minor at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Services Center online program change page.

International Studies

Course Requirements

The minor is comprised of 18 credits of course work (15 credits for business majors), primarily at the 3000 and 4000 level, which focuses on global issues and/or countries other than the United States from the 19th century to the present. Please consult with Krista Rogers when choosing courses for the minor.

You must complete at least one course from three of the following four core areas; these courses are international in scope, with a body of knowledge applied to more than one region and/or the interactions between actors in different world regions:

  • Group 1 — International Politics and History (courses in Political Science and/or History)
  • Group 2 — The Global Economy (courses in Economics, Business, and/or Agricultural and Resource Economics)
  • Group 3 — Global Society and Culture (courses in Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Group 4 — International Dimensions of the Arts and Humanities (courses in Art History, Literature, and/or Philosophy)

The remaining courses (electives) may focus on a single region or country and may come from either the core or elective list of courses.

No more than 3 independent study credits may be counted toward the minor, and only 2 courses (6 credits) taken to earn the minor may be double counted with the courses of the student’s major(s). Students must earn a minimum C (2.0) in all courses that are part of the minor.

Tools and Experience Requirements

You must complete at least one of the following:

  • Language — Advanced intermediate competence in a modern language other than English, which may be accomplished through regular course work (i.e. advanced work equivalent to 2 courses at the 3000-level or above with grades of C or better) taken at UConn or in an approved study abroad program, or via examination administered by the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.
  • Study Abroad — Participation in an approved study abroad program that includes at least six weeks residence in a country other than the United States.
  • Internship — An international internship (with or without pay) of at least six weeks duration with an organization in another country or an internship with a strong international component with an organization in the United States.


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

Plan of Study Form — required attachment

Minor final plan of study forms may now be submitted electronically through the Student Admin system. International 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.

  • Plan of Study Form (required attachment for electronic submission of final plan of study)