International Studies Minor

The International Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary exploration of the cultures, histories, arts, and politics that makeup our increasingly connected global community. Economic development, human rights, international diplomacy, world music,and global health are just some of the topics that are covered by the core courses in the minor. The elective courses allow for a more regional focus, such as French Modernity, Caribbean Art, Modern Italy, or the Arab-Israeli Conflict. If you are interested in the interplay of global forces, this minor may be for you!

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 AdvApp; she is listed under “Enrichment Programs.”

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)