International Studies Minor

Coursework (15 credits)


Students pursuing the International Studies (IS) minor must complete the following course requirements:

  • SOC 203 The Global Village (3 credits)
  • 4 IS elective courses outside of the student’s major in a minimum of 3 academic disciplines (12 credits)

International studies elective courses include:

  • ECO 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 485 International Economics
  • EN 204 World Literature, Romanticism through Post-Modernism
  • FA 110 Cross-Cultural Visual Thinking
  • FR 303 Contemporary French Civilization
  • IS 421 Thesis Project in International Studies
  • HI 311 Modern European History: 1914 to the Present
  • IT 110 Information Technology in the Global Age
  • MGT 385 International Business
  • MKT 485 International Marketing
  • PH 365 Asian Philosophy
  • POL 102 International Relations
  • POL 103 Comparative Government
  • POL 240 Global Security
  • POL 241 Global Political Economy
  • POL 380 Politics of Latin America
  • POL 381 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • POL 382 Politics of Western Europe
  • POL 385 Politics of South Asia
  • POL 386 Politics of East Asia
  • PSY 325 Cultural Psychology
  • SOC 204 Cultural Diversity
  • SOC 365 Gender Inequality in Global Perspective
  • SOC 375 Topics in Human Rights
  • SOC 385 Global Inequality and Community Development
  • SP 303 Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • TRS 202 Religions of the World
  • TRS 325 Religious Approaches to Death
  • TRS 345 Buddhist Traditions

With the approval of a member of the IS faculty committee:

  • Up to 3 credits of language study may count toward the elective requirement
  • Courses taken during an approved study abroad program may count as IS electives provided they are on the subject of international studies (broadly defined)

Language Proficiency


Students must show a level of skill in a non-native modern language equivalent to the successful completion of a second-semester, college level language course. Students can meet this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete a second-semester college-level foreign language course (AP, IB, and CLEP course equivalencies are accepted).
  • Receive a waiver from the International Studies Steering Committee by demonstrating knowledge of a language equivalent to two semesters of college-level work, either in a proctored exam or with a transcript showing prior schooling in a language other than English.

Study Abroad


Students are required to complete at least one study abroad program. A semester-long study abroad program is strongly encouraged; a single short-term study abroad course counting for 3 credits is the minimum.

International studies electives that include a study abroad component may count toward the study abroad requirement; courses taken during a study abroad program do not need to be specifically on an international studies topic in order to count for the study abroad requirement.

The IS faculty committee may waive the study abroad requirement for students who have spent a substantial part of their lives living and studying in a country outside the United States.

If you are interested in adding a global focus to your academics here at Marymount, consider adding an International Studies Minor to your degree. Our International Studies Minor is a way to add a unique perspective to traditional studies. Students in the International Studies Minor will learn to navigate the globalized world they live in today and to apply this knowledge to their majors and other courses. Courses in this minor have a global perspective and develop skills such as intercultural communication, writing, foreign language skills, and cultural sensitivity. These skills better prepare our students to face the challenges and take advantage of today’s interconnected, intercultural world.

Students thinking about minoring in International Studies should meet with an International Studies faculty advisor early in their academic career to declare the minor and to complete an IS advising worksheet.


International Studies Faculty Committee


Chad Rector, chair
Political Science and International Relations

Matt Bakker

Kathleen Garces-Foley
Theology and Religious Studies

Katie Peebles
Literature and Languages