International Studies Minor

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International Studies is a multidisciplinary minor designed to complement any major by adding international perspectives and competencies to any chosen field of specialization. It provides a broad appreciation of contemporary global issues such as war and terrorism, human rights, refugees and migration, international trade, and climate change. Students will take two International Studies core courses and choose electives from three areas of study: (1) politics and economics; (2) geography, history, and the environment; and (3) society, culture, foreign languages and literatures. Through these learning experiences, students acquire important skills and knowledge to prepare them success in future careers and a life of active world citizenship in our globalized society.


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The Minor in International Studies is an interdisciplinary minor meant to complement any major on campus either by adding an international component to that major or by strengthening an existing international emphasis. The minor provides a broad overview of international issues while also permitting some degree of specialization on a particular issue or region of the world.

These objectives are accomplished not only through a flexible selection of coursesoutside the major, but also through direct engagement that might include studyabroad, internships, home-stays, the study of foreign language, and the development of a final senior project that allows the student to integrate learning from both majorand minor into a project with an international focus.

The Program of study should have either a topical or regional focus and courses in the Core Requirements should be selected from at least two disciplines outside the student’s major. Study abroad is an important component of this minor and students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities for overseas study offered by Radford University or other institutions.

The content of the minor will vary with each student. The following suggest some of the possibilities, but are not fully inclusive: The Role of Dance in Culture, Economics of Developing Countries, Japanese (or European) Studies, Educational Systems in Africa, the Politics of Fundamentalist Islam.


Requirements for the Minor in International Studies total 18 semester hours, including the following four areas:

Introductory Course (3 credits)

  • INST 101 - Introduction to International Studies
  • Introduction to International Studies is the foundation course in International studies emphasizing the foundational knowledge and core skills necessary to analyze and appreciate the global experience and world issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.  

Electives (12 credits)

Students are required to take 12 hours of courses with international content, at least one from among the following three areas. One or more courses in the core may overlap with the student’s major(s). One or more courses may overlap with the University or College core. Students with a regional focus, such as Europe, Asia, Latin America or Africa, are encouraged to take courses to complement and build their expertise in the region of concentration.

Politics and Economics (at least 3 credits)
  • ECON 309 - Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 311 - Economic Development
  • ECON 340 - Global Economy and Business
  • ECON 442 - International Trade Theory and Policy
  • ECON 443 - International Monetary Theory and Policy
  • POSC 231 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POSC 241 - Introduction to International Relations
  • POSC 341 - European Politics (CG)
  • POSC 343 - Asian Politics (CG)
  • POSC 351 - Model United Nations (IR)
  • POSC 352 - International Development (CG/IR)
  • POSC 360 - International Law and Organization (IR)
  • POSC 445 - Government and Politics in the Developing World (CG)
  • POSC 458 - Force in International Relations (IR)
  • POSC 461 - Government and Politics of Latin America (CG)
  • POSC 463 - International Political Economy (IR)
  • POSC 466 - Travel Study in Political Science
  • POSC 498 - Independent Study (AG; CG; IR; PA; PT: as designated) where approved on international topic
Geography, History and the Environment (at least 3 credits)
  • GEOG 101 - Europe and the Americas (World Geography)
  • GEOG 102 - Africa and Asia (World Geography)
  • GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEOG 140 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (SS)
  • GEOG 305 - Population Geography (SS)
  • HIST 101 - World History to 1500
  • HIST 102 - World History since 1500
  • HIST 300 - The 20th Century World (A, B, C)
  • HIST 302 - War in the Modern Age (A, B)
  • HIST 303 - Studies in Military History (*)
  • HIST 304 - Environmental History (A, B, C)
  • HIST 313 - History of China (C)
  • HIST 314 - Imperial India: India from Mughal Times to the Present (C)
  • HIST 317 - National Latin America (C)
  • HIST 320 - The Vietnam War (A, C)
  • HIST 323 - Middle East in the World: 1700-Present (C)
  • HIST 326 - 20th Century Africa (C)
  • HIST 338 - Modern British History (B)
  • HIST 339 - Scotland and Ireland in the Modern Age (B)
  • HIST 343 - Europe Since 1890 (B)
  • HIST 349 - Modern Germany: From Bismarck through Hitler (B)
  • HIST 350 - Modern European Intellectual History (B)
  • HIST 466 - History Travel Study (*)
Society, Culture, and Foreign Languages and Literatures (at least 3 credits)

Courses in Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • ENGL 201 - Readings in World Literature
  • RELN 112 - Survey of World Religions
  • RELN 205 - Religion and Culture
  • RELN 350 - Religion in India
  • RELN 360 - Religion in China and Japan
  • SOCY 121 - Understanding Cultures
  • SOCY 250 - Social Inequality
  • SOCY 301 - Culture Change and Globalization
  • SOCY 333 - Social and Cultural Diversity
  • SOCY 441 - Global Inequalities
  • WGST 200 - Women in the World: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

  • INST 488 - International Studies: Senior Project

  • INST 490 - Capstone Seminar on Global Issues

INST 488 - International Studies: Senior Project   is a capstone experience that can be completed during the student’s last two years of study (ideally in the last semester) at Radford University, and it demonstrates the culmination of the international knowledge and experiences gained.  An International Studies: Senior Project may be a research paper, a work of art or multi-media presentation, a film, or a series of articles. The senior project proposal must be submitted to the Director of the International Studies minor for approval in the semester prior to the student’s enrollment.  Students must secure the commitment of a faculty member to supervise their senior project.  They are encouraged to give a public presentation of their work in some forum or public meeting.  Grades for the capstone experience must be B- or better to satisfy this requirement.

INST 490 - Capstone Seminar on Global Issues  is a new capstone course created for the International Studies minor.

Foreign Language

The study of foreign language is important in the understanding of international issues, and as such, students are encouraged to complement their minor with foreign language study.

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad as part of their International Studies minor.  Students will benefit immeasurably from seeing in the real world the issues they have been studying in their coursework.  The Director of International Studies will work with students to determine how overseas coursework and faculty-led travel/study can be used to satisfy the requirements for the minor. 


Find the International Studies: Senior Project application (here)

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