The minor in international studies provides an interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary global issues, societies, and cultures. International studies minors acquire knowledge that will enable them to understand and contribute to shaping the rapidly evolving global community. The minor in international studies helps prepare students for graduate study or professional careers in a variety of fields in the national and international job markets such as international affairs and public policy, international business and finance, international organizations, and academic research and teaching. Requirements for the minor include a core set of courses: an introductory sequence (Global Cultures and Society, Global Politics, World History and Global Economics) and two quarters of the International Studies Public Forum. Students then choose both a regional focus (three upper-division courses on Europe and Eurasia, Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, or Asia) and a functional focus (three upper division courses on Global Security, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, International/Comparative Law, International/Transnational Organizations and Movements, Global Ethics and Human Rights, Global Identities, Global Trade, Investment and Finance, Global Development, Public Health,& Environment, or Global Population, Migration, and Diaspora). Minors in international studies are encouraged to study abroad.

Required Courses:

Select one from core sequence:

INTL ST 11 Global Cultures and Society,

INTL ST 13 Global Economy,

INTL ST 14 Introduction to International Relations

Regional Focus:

Three upper-division courses, at least two that focus on one geographic area. Courses must be from at least two different disciplines and include material on at least two different countries:

Europe and Eurasia

Africa and the Middle East

The Americas (including the US)


Functional Focus

Three upper-division courses in one of the following areas:

Global Issues and Institutions (International/Transnational Organizations and Movements; International/Comparative Law; Global Trade, Investment and Finance; Global Development, Public Health, and Environment)

Global Conflict and Negotiation (Global Conflict and Conflict Resolution; Global Security)

Global Role of U.S. and California

Global Society and Culture (Global Population, Migration, and Diaspora; Global Identities; Religion, Nationalism, Gender; Global Ethics and Human Rights)

One (1) quarters of INTL ST 183A International Studies Forum



For a quarterly list of approved upper division courses, please visit the Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office:

For a quarterly list of approved upper division courses, please visit the Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office:

UCI General Catalogue

International Studies Minor Requirements


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