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.

THE MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (18 SEMESTER HOURS)

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 carrying the “A” and “E” designations in the REAL curriculum for their remaining courses. Through these learning experiences, students acquire important skills and knowledge to prepare them for success in future careers and a life of active world citizenship in our globalized society

Requirements

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

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.  

 

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Take one of the following two courses:

 

INST 488 - International Studies: Senior Project

This course is a capstone experience that will ideally be completed during the student’s last two years of study at Radford University, and it demonstrates the culmination of the international knowledge and experiences gained in the minor coursework.  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

This course is a capstone course which enables students to synthesize all that they have learned in the International Studies minor, building on the foundation of the course Introduction to International Studies (INST 101) and other electives. In this senior seminar, participants will learn to analyze international trends, global events, and complex challenges facing the world such as sustainable development, global capitalist economy, globalization, human rights, corruption, poverty, gender equality, pandemics, armed conflicts, international terrorism, refugees and migration, climate change and global warming. Specific topics of the seminar may change each semester in accordance with the interests of instructors and important world events.

 

One Course Designated “A” (3 credits)

One course in Cultural and Behavioral Analysis designated “A” in the REAL curriculum from the following selection of internationally focused courses:

 

ANSC 106 Cultural Anthropology

ART 216 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary

ECON 309 Comparative Economic Systems

ECON 311 Economic Development

ECON 340 Global Economy and Business

GEOG 101 Europe and the Americas (World Geography)

GEOG 102 Africa and Asia (World Geography)

GEOG 103 Introduction to Human Geography

GEOG 305 Population Geography

PEAC 200 Introduction to Peace Studies

POSC 231 Comparative Politics

POSC 241 International Relations

POSC 343 Asian Politics

POSC 344 Middle East Politics

POSC 345 Developing Countries

POSC 357 International Political Economy

POSC 360 International Organizations

SOCY 121 Understanding Cultures

WGST 200 Women in the World: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

 

One of the Following Courses Designated “E”    (3 credits)

One of the following courses is required.

 

ENGL 201 World Literature

HIST 102 World History since 1500

RELN 112 Survey of World Religions

THEA 180 World Cinema

 

Two Additional Courses Designated “E” (6 credits)

Two additional courses in Humanistic or Artistic Expression designated “E” in the REAL curriculum from the following selection of internationally focused courses (6 credits). At least one “E” course must be at the 300 level.

 

ARTH 316 Art Outside the Western Tradition

CCST 103 Trademarks in Chinese Culture

ENGL 201 World Literature

HIST 102 World History since 1500

HIST 313 History of China

HIST 314 Imperial India

HIST 323 Middle East in the World 1700 - Present

HIST 326 20th Century Africa

HIST 343 Europe since 1890

HIST 346 Soviet Russia

HIST 347 Stalin and Stalinism

RELN 112 Survey of World Religions

RELN 350 Religion in India

RELN 360 Religions in China and Japan

THEA 180 World Cinema

 

Foreign Language

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

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