Feb 26, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024

International Studies Minor

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 Dursun-Ozkanca.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Draw effectively on primary and/or secondary sources to analyze a multicultural and/or international topic from a political, historical, economic, legal, cultural, religious, or geographic perspective.
  • Communicate in a language other than English at an intermediate level.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing about a multicultural and/or international topic.

 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).

Elective courses (12 credits):

Select any three courses from the following list, with the caveat that two would come from the same discipline or language (defined in practical terms by course prefix), and one would come from a different 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 170- and 370-series courses that are approved by the International Studies Minor Program Committee to satisfy the minor elective requirements.


 The International Studies minors can double-count up to 18 credits.