University Catalog 2023-2024

International Studies (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The International Studies Minor is offered to all students in the University who want to add a significant international dimension to their departmental majors. This minor program enables students to explore international topics, issues and research from cross-cultural, transnational perspectives. The program will provide some tools that students can use to understand better the global context of the modern world and to learn the international dimensions of their chosen fields of study.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply. Students interested in pursuing the International Studies minor should contact the person listed below.


Prior to the end of the first week of the student’s final semester, the student must sign the application form, indicating all grades received for the courses completed in the minor program and the courses to be taken during the student’s final semester. Also, the form must indicate that the student has completed or is completing the foreign language requirement, which is FLx 202. The contact person below will certify the completion of the minor.

Contact Person

Dr.  Haddy Njie
International Studies minor coordinator
107-C 1911 Building

SIS Code:  16ISM

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of 15 credit hours of coursework
  • Have successfully completed or completing the foreign language proficiency requirement FLx 202. FLx 202 does not count as a course for the minor.
  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
  • Only one (1) course at the 200-level from the three elective courses is permitted.
  • A maximum of two (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards major departmental  requirements and/or requirements for any additional minor(s). Students cannot obtain a minor in their major.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be applied towards the International Studies minor.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
Required Courses
IS 200Introduction to International Studies3
IS 393Theories of Globalization3
Elective Courses
Select one Elective Course in Group A3
Select one Elective Course in Group B3
Select one Elective Course in Group A or B3
Total Hours15

Group A: Comparative, Problem or Issue Type Courses

ANT 252Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 254Language and Culture3
ANT/SOC 261Technology in Society and Culture3
ANT 412Applied Anthropology3
ANT 431Tourism, Culture and Anthropology3
ANT 433Anthropology of Ecotourism and Heritage Conservation3
ANT 444Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women3
ANT 450Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Living3
ANT 460Urban Anthropology3
ARS 353Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts3
COM 392International and Crosscultural Communication3
COM 447Communication and Globalization3
EC 348Introduction to International Economics3
EC 449International Finance3
ENG/FL 219Studies in Great Works of Non-Western Literature3
ENG/FL 223Contemporary World Literature I3
ENG/FL 224Contemporary World Literature II3
ENG/FL 392Major World Author3
ENG/FL 394Studies in World Literature3
FLS 340Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures3
GEO 200Principles of Geography3
GEO/SOC 220Cultural Geography3
GPH 201Fundamentals of Global Public Health3
HA 201History of Art from Caves to the Renaissance3
HA 202History of Art From the Renaissance Through the 20th Century3
HI 207Ancient Mediterranean World3
HI 208The Middle Ages3
HI 232The World from 1200 to 17503
HI 233The World Since 17503
HI 419Modern European Imperialism3
HI 453United States-Latin American Relations Since 18233
HI 454History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 1900-Present3
HI 465Oil and Crisis in the Gulf3
HI 478Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa3
IS 250Globalizing North Carolina3
IS 301International Cultural Competency before Study Abroad1
IS 395Special Topics in International Studies1-3
IS 495Advanced Special Topics in International Studies3
IS 498Independent Study in International Studies1-6
MUS 320Music of the 20th-21st Centuries3
PHI 420Global Justice3
PS 231Introduction to International Relations3
PS 236Issues in Global Politics3
PS 241Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PS 331U.S. Foreign Policy3
PS 335International Law3
PS 336Global Environmental Politics3
PS 339Politics of the World Economy3
PS 431The United Nations and Global Order3
PS 433Global Problems and Policies3
PS 445Comparative Systems of Law and Justice3
REL 383Religion, Globalism, and Justice3
SOC 342International Development3
SOC 450Environmental Sociology3
STS 322Technological Catastrophes3
STS 323World Population and Food Prospects3
STS 402Peace and War in the Nuclear Age3
WGS 444Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women3

Group B: Area Studies Type

African Studies

AFS 240African Civilization3
AFS 241Introduction to African American Studies3
AFS 342Introduction to the African Diaspora3
AFS 343African American Religions3
AFS 442Issues in the African Diaspora3
ANT 330People and Cultures of Africa3
ENG/AFS 349African Literature in English3
AFS/HI 275Introduction to History of South and East Africa3
AFS/HI 276Introduction to History of West Africa3
AFS/HI 475History of the Republic of South Africa3
HI 476Leadership in Modern Africa3
AFS/HI 479Africa (sub-Saharan) in the Twentieth Century3
HI 478Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa3
REL 340Islam3

East and Southeast Asia (formally “East Asian Studies”)

ANT 346Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia3
ANT/FLJ 351Contemporary Culture in Japan3
ANT 354Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific3
FLJ 342Classical Japanese Literature in Translation3
FLJ 344Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation3
FLJ 345Modern Japanese Literature in Translation3
FLJ/ANT 351Contemporary Culture in Japan3
HI 263Asian Civilizations to 18003
HI 264Modern Asia: 1800 to Present3
HI 371Modern Japan, 1850 to Present3
HI 471Revolutionary China3
HI 473Japan's Empire in Asia, 1868-19453
MUS 350Music of Asia3
PS 342Politics of China and Japan3
REL 230Asian Religions3
REL 332The Buddhist Traditions3
REL 333Chinese Religions3
REL 334Japanese Religions3

South Asia and Middle East (formally “South and West Asian Studies”)

ANT 346Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia3
FLA 301Advanced Intermediate Arabic I3
FLN 301Twentieth Century Hindi & Urdu Fiction3
FLN 302Modern Hindi & Urdu Poetry3
FLN 401Hindi Literature and South Asian Cultural Contexts3
HI 263Asian Civilizations to 18003
HI 264Modern Asia: 1800 to Present3
HI 270Modern Middle East3
HI 370Modern Egypt3
HI 374Visual Culture of Modern South Asia3
HI 400Civilization of the Ancient Near East3
HI/REL 407Islamic History to 17983
HI/REL 408Islam in the Modern World3
HI 465Oil and Crisis in the Gulf3
HI 466History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict3
HI 474Modern India3
HI 477Women in the Middle East3
MUS 350Music of Asia3
PS 343Government and Politics in South Asia3
PS 345Governments and Politics in the Middle East3
REL 331The Hindu Tradition3
REL 332The Buddhist Traditions3
REL 340Islam3
REL 350Judaism3

European Studies

ARS 251The Arts of a World Capital: London3
ARS 252The Arts of Vienna 19003
CLA 210Classical Mythology3
ENG/FL 220Studies in Great Works of Western Literature3
ENG/FL 221Literature of the Western World I3
ENG/FL 222Literature of the Western World II3
ENG 246Literature of the Holocaust3
ENG 251Major British Writers3
ENG 261English Literature I3
ENG 262English Literature II3
ENG 362Studies in the British Novel 3
ENG 406Modernism3
ENG 407Postmodernism3
ENG 439Studies in English Renaissance Literature 3
ENG 452Medieval British Literature3
ENG 453Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature3
ENG 460Major British Author3
ENG 46218th-Century English Literature3
ENG 463The Victorian Period3
ENG 464British Literature and the Founding of Empire 3
ENG 465British Literature and the Dissolution of Empire3
FL 216Art and Society in France3
FLF 212French: Language, Culture, and Technology3
FLF 301Survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment3
FLF 302Survey of French Literature from Romanticism to the Contemporary Period3
FLF 315French Civilization and Culture3
FLF 318The Heritage of French Cinema3
FLF 321French Cultures and Contexts3
FLF 425Literature, Cinema and Culture of the Francophone World3
FLG 212German Language, Culture, Science, and Technology3
FLG 315Germanic Civilization and Culture3
FLG 325German Lyric Poetry3
FLG 318New German Cinema and Beyond3
FLG 320Introduction to German Literature3
FLG 323Twentieth Century German Literature3
FLG 390German Studies Topics3
FLG 398Independent Study in German1-6
FLG 420Current Issues in German-Language Media3
FLG 430Cultural Artifacts in the German-Speaking Countries3
FLG 440Green Germany: Nature and Environment in German Speaking Cultures3
FLG 492Senior Seminar in German Studies3
FLI 318Italian Society Through Cinema3
FLR 303Russian Literature in Translation: The Nineteenth Century3
FLR 304Russian Literature in Translation: The Twentieth Century3
FLR 318Russian Cinema and Society3
FLS 341Literature and Culture of Spain I3
FLS 342Literature and Culture of Spain II3
FLS 343Literature and Culture of Spain III3
FLS 360Hispanic Cinema3
FLS 411Topics in the Culture of Spain3
FLS 413Spain and the Americas in Transatlantic Perspective3
HA 40119th Century European Art from Revolution to Post-Impressionism3
HA 404Italian Renaissance Art and Material Culture3
HI 205Western Civilization Since 14003
HI 209From Renaissance to Revolution: The Origins of Modern Europe3
HI 210Modern Europe 1815-Present3
HI 221British History to 16883
HI 222History of British Cultures and Societies From 16883
HI 332Germany and the World Wars3
HI 403Ancient Greek Civilization 3
HI 404Rome to 337 A.D.3
HI 405History and Archaeology of the Roman Empire3
HI 406From Roman Empire to Middle Ages3
HI 410Italian Renaissance3
HI 411Trials of Faith: Religious Reformation in Early-Modern Europe3
HI 412The Sexes and Society in Early-Modern Europe3
HI 414From Kings to Revolution: The History of Early-Modern France3
HI 415The French Revolution3
HI 418Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany3
HI 419Modern European Imperialism3
HI 421European Intellectual History: The Eighteenth Century3
HI 422European Intellectual History: The 19th Century3
HI 423Women in European Enlightenment3
HI 425Tudor and Stuart England3
HI 42920th Century Britain3
HI 430Modern France3
HI 483Science and Religion in European History3
HI 484Science in European Culture3
MUS 310Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries3
MUS 315Music of the 19th Century3
PS 341European Politics3
REL 350Judaism3

Latin America Studies

ANT 325Andean South America3
FLS 351Literature and Culture of Latin America I3
FLS 352Literature and Culture of Latin America II3
FLS 353Literature and Culture of Latin America III3
FLS 360Hispanic Cinema3
FLS 412Topics in the Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean3
FLS 413Spain and the Americas in Transatlantic Perspective3
HI 215Colonial Latin America3
HI 216Modern Latin America3
HI 453United States-Latin American Relations Since 18233
HI 454History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 1900-Present3
HI 467Modern Mexico3
HI 469Latin American Revolutions3
PS 443Seminar in Latin American & Caribbean Politics3
SW 440International Learning Experience in Social Work6