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Requirements for the International Studies Minor

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).


CORE: 9 semester hours

INTL 1000

Introduction to International Studies


Choose two from the following; maximum of one from any discipline.

ANTH 2005

Environmental Anthropology

ECON 3353

Development Economics

GEOG 3003

Political Geography

HIST 1030

World Civilizations to 1500

HIST 1031

World Civilizations Since 1500

RELI 1690

World Religions

POLS 2010

Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics

POLS 2020

Introduction to International Relations


Choose one concentration: 12 semester hours 

Asian Studies                                                                      

Choose four from:

ANTH 3002

Cultures of East Asia

ANTH 3004

Cultures of the South Pacific

ANTH 3009

Motherhood of God in Asian Traditions

GEOG 3051


HIST 3610

History of East Asia to 1600

HIST 3611

History of East Asia Since 1600

HIST 5300

Comparative History of Non-Western Civilizations

HIST 5680

Diplomatic History of Modern Asia

INTL 2003

Introduction to Chinese Culture

INTL 2004

Introduction to Japanese Culture


Latin-American Studies 

Choose four from:

ANTH 3016

Cultures of the Caribbean

ANTH 3017

Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala

ANTH 3018

Cultures of South and Central America

ECON 3353

Development Economics

FORL 2661

Latin American Literature in Translation

FORL 2666

Latino Texts

GEOG 2110

World Geography: Less Developed Regions

GEOG 3049

Latin America

GEOG 3056

Middle America

HIST 3710

Introduction to Latin American History: Colonial Period

HIST 3711

Introduction to Latin American History: Since 1808

HIST 3780

Mexico and Central America

HIST 5765

Latin America: 1492 to the Present

INTL 3010

Field Study in Latin America

POLS 3270

Latin-American Political Systems

SPAN 1220

Conversational Spanish Practiced in a Spanish-Speaking Country

SPAN 1440

Hispanic Culture Experienced in a Spanish-Speaking Country

SPAN 2222

Intermediate Spanish Conversation or SPAN 3220 – Adv. Oral Comm. through Multimedia

SPAN 2441

Latin-American Culture and Civilization

SPAN 4560

Major Latin-American Authors

SPAN 4561

Latin-American Texts of the Pre-Columbian and Colonial Periods

SPAN 4563

Latin-American Texts: The Boom and Beyond


African Studies

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

ANTH 3003

Cultures of Africa

GEOG 3050


HIST 3810

History of Africa

POLS 3265

African Political Systems

Choose an additional 6 semester hours from the remaining courses above or from the following list or a combination of the two.

ANTH 2010

Societies Around the World

ANTH 4054

Anthropology of Religion

ECON 3353

Economics of Underdeveloped Countries

ENGL 3750

Introductionary Linguistics

FORL 2624

Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation

FREN 2443

FREN 3558

Readings in the Francophone Cultures of Africa

The Francophone World: Colonization to Independence

FREN 3560

The Contemporary French and Francophone World

GEOG 2110

World Geography: Less Developed Regions

HIST 5300

Comparative History of Non-Western Civilizations



European Studies

Choose one from Group I – Fine Arts, Literature, Music, and Philosophy

ART 1907

Art History Survey

ART 2900

History of Prints and Drawing

ENGL 3460

Literature and Classical Mythology

ENGL 3330

Early Twentieth Century Drama

ENGL 3340

Contemporary Drama

ENGL 3450

Northern European Mythology

ENGL 3600

Classics from Homer to Dante

FORL 2620

French Literature in Translation

FORL 2660

Spanish Literature in Translation

FORL 2680

German Literature in Translation

FREN 2440

Readings in the Culture of France I

FREN 2441

Readings in the Culture of France II

GERM 2420

Culture of the German Speaking World

GERM 3340

Civilization of the German Speaking World II

INTL 2100, 2101

Arts and Sciences Abroad: Humanities

INTL 2200, 2201

Arts and Sciences Abroad: Arts

MUSC 1406, 2406, 2416

Music History and Literature

PHIL 2453


PHIL 3331

Modern Philosophy

RUSS 3220

Nineteenth Century Russian Literature in Translation

RUSS 3221

Twentieth Century Russian Literature in Translation

SPAN 2440

Spanish Culture and Civilization

Choose one from Group II: Geography and Political Science

GEOG 3047

Western Europe

INTL 2400, 2401

Arts and Sciences Abroad:  Social Sciences

POLS 3234

West European Political Systems

POLS 3235

East European Political Systems



Choose one from Group III: History 

HIST 3420

Early Modern Europe to 1648

HIST 3430

History of Europe, 1815-1914

HIST 3435

History of Europe Since 1914

HIST 5310

Intellectual History of Europe

HIST 5670

A Diplomatic History of Europe, 1815 to the Present

INTL 2400, 2401

Arts and Sciences Abroad: Social Sciences

Group IV: Choose one additional course from Groups I, II, or III, or any subject related course with prior approval of International Studies coordinator 

Specialized Concentration:
With the advice and written approval of the coordinator and the coordinating committee of the international studies minor, a student may develop a topical course of studies (totaling 12 s.h.) around a specific theme in international studies. The following examples are suggestive of possible themes: international environmental problems, global communications, human rights issues, peace and world order studies, international trade/technology, population/demographic issues, international art, comparative religions, comparative literatures, comparative gender relations, language, and civilization.

3.Senior Seminar 3 s.h.

INTL 5000

Senior Seminar in International Studies