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Global and International Studies

Minor in Global and International Studies

The world is becoming a smaller place in which to live, and the interdependence of our political, cultural and economic systems is growing by the day.  Locally, Indiana’s economic health is increasingly tied to foreign investment and exports of agricultural, life science, or automotive products.  The ‘Crossroads of America’ is now a major international freight hub.  Record numbers of immigrants from places like Mexico, South Asia, and West Africa are transforming our cultural landscape.  Meanwhile, Hoosiers are serving abroad in the military, in the Peace Corps or as members of the international business community.  To prepare students for life and careers in an increasingly globalized world, the School of Liberal Arts offers a minor in Global and International Studies. 

Requirements for the minor neatly complement most majors at IUPUI.  The 100- and 200-level courses satisfy General Education requirements for Cultural Understanding, Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities, while most electives count towards students’ major requirements.  Students may also apply credits hours earned through study abroad programs towards the Electives requirements.  Taken together, the inter-disciplinary courses help students develop a broad awareness of the major cultural, political, and economic forces at work in the twenty-first century, better equipping you to pursue a professional career or graduate studies in an interdependent world.

A minor in Global and International Studies (INTL) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html

Minor Requirements

  • INTL-I 100: Introduction to International Studies (3 cr.)

“Windows on the World” requirement (3 cr.) from one of the following courses:

  • ANTH-A 104: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 130: Introduction to World Geography (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 109: Perspectives on the World since 1800 (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 219: Introduction to International Relations (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 133: Introduction to Religion (3 cr.)

Electives (9 cr.)

Electives are selected from any of the five regional or six thematic concentrations found on our Global and International Studies Course List.  The three courses must come from at least two different departments.  Students might wish to complete these 9 credits from one of the specific regional or thematic concentrations to facilitate transferring to the major later (if interested).  Completing the courses from one area or thematic concentration is not, however, required for the minor.  Students may also apply credit hours earned through university-approved study abroad programs as long as the courses include global learning content.  Foreign language courses may not be applied towards the minor. 

The Global and International Studies Course List by Regional and Thematic Concentrations is available at our program website under the Courses tab (add this link: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/international/pages/courses/index.php

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.