Find Your Way in a Growing World

International Studies Minor

As technology and the forces of globalization make everyone in the world more closely connected, it is important that students know more about the world in which they will have to live and work. At Salisbury University, we believe this means not only knowing about the history, politics and cultures of other countries, but communicating with other people in their own languages and developing experience abroad. The international studies minor helps students achieve the knowledge and skills to find their way in a growing world.

Why Choose International Studies at SU?

Our program encourages students to view the world from different perspectives and consider social, political, economic, historical and cultural processes, power relations and linkages that connect individuals, communities, states and regions. We educate students in understanding the world outside the United States so that they can better serve as informed citizens in a democratic society and also as professionals in careers spanning national boundaries.

This minor requires that students have knowledge of a language and culture different from that of the United States. At least 15 hours taken to complete the minor must be from courses not used to satisfy General Education requirements, and at least nine hours must be taken at SU. No more than three courses in the minor can be taken from courses in a student’s major. Grades of C or better are required for all courses in the major.

Students in the international studies minor must complete POSC 210 Introduction to International Relations.

In addition, they must complete one course from the following:

  • ECON 150 Principles of Economics
  • ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics

Students must also complete one course from the following:

  • ANTH 100 Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics
  • GEOG 101 World Geography: Europe and Asia
  • GEOG 102 World Geography: Africa and Americas
  • GEOG 203 Economic Geography
  • SOCI 250 Diaspora and Today’s Race Relations: A Global Socio-Historical Perspective

In addition, students must select four courses that can be used to satisfy the requirements for one of the three concentrations within the international studies major: global cultural studies, international political economy and international relations (see checklist for details). No more than two courses can be from the same department. At least three courses must be at the 300/400 level.

Students must also demonstrate mid-level proficiency in a foreign language by completing a 202-level language course with a grade of C or better or by scoring above 202 level on a placement test. 

For a more in-depth study, SU also offers an international studies major.

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