The International Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor, comprised of a cluster of foreign culture, language and international affairs courses with a largely contemporary focus. It provides the students with enhanced understanding of the conditions in the rest of the world that are making themselves felt in the daily lives of Americans. In addition to the general liberal arts goal of broadening students’ horizons of awareness of other peoples and places, the minor offers a valuable complementary education for many career-oriented and pre-professional programs of study. The minor provides three principal categories of an international education: competency in a second language, knowledge of other cultures, and appreciation of global interdependence among nations.
For further information, contact the International Studies Minor Advisor, Dr. Oya Ozkanca, Department of Political Science.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
Explain the history, evolution, theory, and methods of inquiry of International Studies.
Describe the interrelationships among the political, historical, economic, legal, cultural, religious, and geographic dimensions of international affairs.
Communicate in a language other than English at an intermediate level through successful completion of 212 or an equivalent level.
Analyze the interdependencies related to diversity of people, cultures, organizations, and nations in the world through an international and interdisciplinary perspective.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form about a multicultural and/or international topic.
Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in research on topics related to international studies.
The requirements for an International Studies minor are 26 credits as follows:
Foundational requirement (4 credits):
Language requirement (8 credits):
Two semesters of modern language at the 200-level or above. At least one of these two courses should be taken at the Elizabethtown College. Up to 4 credits can be taken at an affiliated or approved non-affiliated study abroad program. Exceptions to this language requirement can be made by petitioning the Director of the International Studies Minor (for example, students who are native or near-native speakers of a language other than English).
Three elective courses (12 credits) to be chosen from this list:
Select any three courses from the following list, with the caveat that they cannot all come from the same discipline or language (defined in practical terms by course prefix). At least one of these elective courses should be taken at the 300- or 400-level. Up to 8 credits can be taken at an affiliated or approved non-affiliated study abroad program. In addition to the elective courses listed below, students may also take a number of 370 courses that are approved by the International Studies Minor Program Committee to satisfy the minor elective requirements. Currently, these courses include: AN 370 – Scandinavian Culture, EC 372 – United Nations Seminar, and EC 373 – United Nations Seminar.
Capstone requirement (2 credits):
The International Studies minors can double-count up to four courses (16 credits).