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Minor in International Studies

85% of today's college students will have careers with direct international dimensions. The international studies minor is designed to help prepare you for success in the international aspects of your career. This minor provides a central core of international study along with a world region or academic topic and is available to students in any undergraduate division of the university. The minor provides insight into social, political, cultural, and economic areas of international importance in our increasingly globalized society.

To plan your course schedule, please see the details of the requirements for the degree and sample concentration tracks used by recent graduates. Please refer to the undergraduate course catalog to find more about specific courses. feel free to contact the Director of the International Studies Minor program with any questions you may have: Dr. Marie Olson Lounsbery, Brewster A-120, 252-328-2349, email: olsonlounsberym@ecu.edu.

The international studies minor program is designed to provide a central core of study along with a world region or international topic and is available to students in any undergraduate division of the university. The minor provides insight into social, political, cultural, and economic areas of international importance in our increasingly globalized society.

The minor program requires 24 semester hours (s.h.) credit and can be earned with or without participation in either overseas opportunities or language training, although both are encouraged. Questions about course planning can be addressed to the International Studies Coordinator, Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning, office Ragsdale 116B, phone 252-328-5520, e-mail hennings@mail.ecu.edu. No course credit counted toward a student's major may be used to fulfill the requirements of the program.

Course requirements detailed below are divided into:

  1. Core Courses (Intro, plus a choice 2 other Core Courses)
  2. Concentration Courses (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Specialized Studies) and
  3. Senior Seminar (a capstone core course, completing the courses for the minor).

See minor catalog entry here

Examples of International Studies Minor Concentrations and Courses

The lists below include examples of courses taken by recent ECU graduates in fulfilling the 24 semester hours required for the International Studies Minor. These examples are meant to give you ideas of how you can structure an interdisciplinary International Studies minor course of study. There are many variations possible in concentrations and in courses to take for the minor. A detailed list of courses that can be used to meet the requirements for the International Studies Minor is available at: International Studies Minor Requirements. Questions about course planning should be addressed to the International Studies coordinator, Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning, office Ragsdale 116B, Phone 252-328-5520, e-mail hennings@ecu.edu.

International Studies Minor Concentration

Human Rights Studies
Core Course 1 - INTL 1000 Intro to International Studies
Core Course 2 - POLS 2020 Intro to International Relations
Core Course 3 - ANTH 2005 Environmental Anthropology
Core Course 4 - INTL 5000 Senior Seminar in International Studies
Concentration Course 1 - ANTH 2010 Societies Around the World
Concentration Course 2 - ECON 3353 Development Economics
Concentration Course 3 - GEOG 2110 World Geography: Less Developed Regions
Concentration Course 4 - POLS 3265 African Political Systems
African Studies
Core Course 1 - INTL 1000 Intro to International Studies
Core Course 2 - ANTH 2005 Environmental Anthropology
Core Course 3 - ECON 3353 Development Economics
Core Course 4 - INTL 5000 Senior Seminar in International Studies
Concentration Course 1 - ANTH 2010 Societies Around the World
Concentration Course 2 - HIST 3810 History of Africa
Concentration Course 3 - GEOG 2110 World Geography: Less Developed Regions
Concentration Course 4 - POLS 3265 African Political Systems
Asian Studies
Core Course 1 - INTL 1000 Intro to International Studies
Core Course 2 - POLS 2020Intro to International Relations
Core Course 3 - RELI 1690World Religions
Core Course 4 - INTL 5000 Senior Seminar in International Studies
Concentration Course 1 - INTL 2004 Intro to Japanese Culture
Concentration Course 2 - HIST 3620 History of Modern Japan
Concentration Course 3 - GEOG 3051 Asia
Concentration Course 4 - HIST 3611 History of East Asia since 1600
European Studies
Core Course 1 - INTL 1000 Intro to International Studies
Core Course 2 - RELI 1690 World Religions
Core Course 3 - HIST 1031 World Civilization since 1500
Core Course 4 - INTL 5000 Senior Seminar in International Studies
Concentration Course 1 - SPAN 2440 Spanish Culture and Civilization
Concentration Course 2 - ART 1907 Art History Survey II
Concentration Course 3 - INTL 2400 Arts and Sciences Abroad: Social Sciences
Concentration Course 4 - POLS 3234 West European Political Systems
Latin American Studies
Core Course 1 - INTL 1000 Intro to International Studies
Core Course 2 - ANTH 2005 Environmental Anthropology
Core Course 3 - HIST 1031 World Civilization since 1500
Core Course 4 - INTL 5000 Senior Seminar in International Studies
Concentration Course 1 - ANTH 3017 Cultures of Mexico & Guatemala
Concentration Course 2 - ANTH 3018 Cultures of South and Central America
Concentration Course 3 - HIST 3710 Into to Latin American History: Colonial Period
Concentration Course 4 - GEOG 2110 World Geography: Less Developed Regions

A minor in International Studies can complement a wide variety of majors, adding an international dimension and opening up exciting career opportunities. Here are some examples:

Major in Political Science + Minor in International Studies >>>
Government, National Security, Non-Governmental Organizations, Intergovernmental Organizations
Major in a Foreign Language + Minor in International Studies >>>
NGO’s, Tourism
Major in Business + Minor in International Studies >>>
International Business
Major in Communications + Minor in International Studies >>>
Public Relations, Media, Advertising
Major in Chemistry or Biology + Minor in International Studies >>>
International Pharmaceutical Companies
Major in History + Minor in International Studies >>>
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