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Are you an undergraduate student who wants to experience more of what the world has to offer but aren't sure how it fits in with your current degree?

Minor in International Studies

The minor in International Studies provides undergraduate students of any major better understand the social, politial, economic and cultural contrasts throughout our world.


You will structure the minor from three clusters of courses and learning experiences, which encompasses International Decision Making (6 credit hours), International Environment (9 credit hours) and an international experience (3 credit hours). In addition, each student must complete 6 credit hours of a foreign language or provide proof of foreign language competency.


The minor is easy to add to any degree plan - just contact your undergraduate adviser to declare! The minor must be declared prior to the semester of graduation. 

 What are the approved courses?


  • International Decision Making Courses (6 credit hours needed)
    AGEC   4343   (I)   International Agricultural Markets, Trade and Development
    AGED   4713   (I)   International Programs in Agricultural Education and Extension
    AGLE   3803   (I)   Global Leadership in Agriculture
    ANSI   3903   (I)   Agricultural Animals of the World
    BADM   3713      International Business
    BHON   4053     Critical Issues in Global Business
    DHM   4423     Heritage III: Designing for Progress
    ECON   3613   (S)   International Economic Relations
    ECON   4643   (I,S)   International Economic Development
    EEE   4603   (I)   Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa
    FIN   4213      International Financial Management
    HRAD   3223   (I)   International Travel and Tourism
    HRAD   4090     International Hospitality Studies
    HRAD   4783     Critical Issues in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
    LSB   4633   (I)   Legal Aspects of Intl' Business Transactions
    MGMT   4613   (I)   International Management
    MGMT   4693     International Human Resource Management
    MGMT   4883   (I)   Multiple Perspectives in Global Management
    MGMT   4943   (I)   International Sports Management
    MKTG   3993   (I)   International Business
    MKTG   4553      International Marketing
    NREM   4093   (I)   Natural Resources, People and Sustainable Development
    NREM   4473     Global Issues of Water and Ecosystem Management
    POLS   4013     American Foreign Policy
    SOC   4043   (D,S)   Gender and Work
    SOC   4453   (S)   Environmental Inequality
    SOC   4653   (I,S)   Gender and the Middle East
    SPCH   4753   (I)   Intercultural Communication
    SPM   3843     Contemporary Sports Media
    TCOM   3153   (I)   International Telecommunications Business Environment


  • International Environment Courses (9 credit hours needed)
    AGEC   4803   (I)   International Agricultural Economics Tour
    AGED   4803   (I)   International Study Tour in Agricultural Education
    ANTH   3353   (I,S)   Cultural Anthropology
    ANTH   3443   (I,S)   Peoples of Mesoamerica
    ANTH   4883   (I,S)   Comparative Cultures
    ART   3683   (H,I)   History of 20th Century Art
    AVED   4653   (I)   Intl Aerospace Issues
    BADM   4093   (I)   Study Abroad: Business Impacts of Contemporary International Culture
    CTED   4333   (I)   International Career and Technical Education
    CIED   4724     Planning and Management in the Multicultural Secondary Classroom
    CIED   4730     Planning and Management in the Multicultural Art Classroom K-12
    CIED   4734     Planning and Management in the Multicultural Foreign Language Classroom K-12
    EDUC   3080     Intl Perspectives in Literacy
    ENGL   3173   (H,I)   World Literature II
    ENGL   3463   (H,I)   History of International Film
    FLL   3103   (H)   Hispanic Literature in Translation
    FLL   3113   (H)   French Literature in Translation
    FREN   3343     Business French
    FREN   4153     History of French Literature I
    FREN   4163     History of French Literature II
    FREN   4173     History of French Literature III
    FREN   4183     History of French Literature IV
    FREN   4333     Background of Modern French Civilization
    GEOG   3053   (I,S)   Introduction to Central Asian Studies
    GEOG   3133   (I,S)   Political Geography
    GEOG   3723   (I,S)   Geography of Europe
    GEOG   3733   (I,S)   Geography of Russia and its Neighbors
    GEOG   3743   (I,S)   Geography of Latin America
    GEOG   3753   (I,S)   Geography of Asia
    GEOG   3763   (I,S)   Geography of Africa
    GEOG   3783   (I,S)   Geography of the Middle East and Southwest Asia
    GEOG   3793   (I,S)   Geography of Australia and the Pacific Realm
    GEOG   4143     Geography Travel and Tourism
    GRMN   4543     Contemporary German Literature
    HIST   3053   (I,S)   Intro to Central Asian Studies
    HIST   3113    (H,I)   Germany Since 1815
    HIST   3133   (H)   African Diaspora History
    HIST   3163   (H,I)   Russia Since 1861
    HIST   3273   (H,I)   Modern Europe Since 1914
    HIST   3323   (H)   Modern France 1789-Present
    HIST   3333   (H,I)   History of the Second World War
    HIST   3343   (H,I)   World War I in Modern European Culture
    HIST   3413   (H,I)   East Asia Since 1800
    HIST   3423   (H,I)   Modern Japan
    HIST   3433   (H,I)   Modern China
    HIST   3443   (H)   Gender Relations in Chinese History
    HIST   3463   (H,I)   Modern Latin America
    HIST   3493   (H,I)   Scandinavia Since 1500
    HIST   3513   (H,I)   Modern Middle East Since 1800
    HIST   3543   (H,I)   Israel & Palestine in Modern Times
    HIST   3553   (H,I)   Media & Popular Culture/Arab &Middle East
    HIST   3963   (H)   Ideas & Ideologies in Modern Europe
    HIST   4543   (H,I)   Vietnam War
    HIST   4980     Contemporary Chinese Society
    HONR   300     Advanced Honors Topics
    HONR   3013     Holocaust Studies Seminar
    HONR   3023      Contemporary Cultures of the Western World
    HONR   3033     Contemporary Cultures of the Non-Western World
    HONR   4933      Honors Creative Component
    HORT   4053   (I)   International Experience in Horticulture
    HDFS   3203   (I)   Childrens Play: A World Perspective
    LA   4433     Land Use and Community Planning
    LA   4573     Recreation Planning
    LA   4583     Environmental Planning
    MC   4153   (I)   International Mass Communication
    MUSI   3583   (H,I)   Traditional World Music
    NSCI   3543   (I,S)   Food and the Human Environment
    PHIL   3943   (H,I)   Asian Philosophy
    PHIL   4943     Indian Philosophy
    PHIL   4953     East Asian Philosophy
    POLS   3003   (I,S)   The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture
    POLS   3033       International Law
    POLS   3053   (I,S)   Intro to Central Asian Studies
    POLS   3123   (I)   Government and Politics of Russia
    POLS   3143   (I)   Politics of Western Europe
    POLS   3163   (I)   Politics of Africa
    POLS   3193   (I,S)   Politics of Latin America
    POLS   3223     Politics of East Asia
    POLS   3313     Politics of the Middle East
    POLS   4010     Topics in International Relations
    POLS   4043     Politics of the Global Economy
    POLS   4053   (I)   War and World Politics
    POLS   4113     International Institutions
    REL   4113   (H,I)   The World of Islam: Cultural Perspectives
    REL   4213   (H,I)   Understanding Global Islam
    RUSS   3003   (I,S)   The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture
    RUSS   3053   (I,S)   Introduction to Central Asian Studies
    RUSS   3123   (H)   Russian Culture and Civilization
    RUSS   4013     Survey of Russian Literature I
    RUSS   4023     Survey of Russian Literature II
    RUSS   4113   (H)   Russian Literature in Translation I
    RUSS   4123       Russian Literature in Translation II
    RUSS   4133   (I)   Gay and Lesbian Literature in Russia
    SCFD   4913   (I)   International Problems & Role of the School
    SOC   4033   (I,S)   Comparative Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems
    SOC   4533     World Population Problems
    SOC   4950     Women and the Middle East
    SPAN   3013     Survey of Latin-American Literature
    SPAN   3023     Survey of Peninsular Literature I
    SPAN   3033     Survey of Peninsular Literature II
    SPAN   3053     Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
    SPAN   4183     Spain and Islam
    SPAN   4223     Contemporary Hispanic Literature
    SPAN   4253       Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature I
    SPAN   4263      Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature II
    SPAN   4333     Latin American Civilization
  • International Experience (3 credit hours needed)

    To earn a minor in International Studies, you must have an international experience. This will typically be a study abroad program, foreign internship or foreign service project. 


    Additionally, this requirement can be met through a non-credit international experience of at least 4 weeks in length. If any of the above items are for non-credit activity, the 3 credit hours must be obtained through enrollment in any of the above approved courses. International students will be exempt from this requirement but must achieve the 3 credit hours through other options available.


    Our Study Abroad Office has many options for programs, internships and service learning projects. You can check out available programs and chat with a peer adviser about your options!

  • Foreign Langauge Requirement 

    You must complete the equivalent of 9 semester hours of foreign language (defined as a language that is not the student’s native language). You can count your langauge coursework taken to meet requirements of your major or other programs. 


    If you have previously established proficiency, you may be exempted by proof of examination. Information on examinations may be obtained from the OSU Testing Center or the Foreign Language Laboratory.


    International students are exempt from this requirement. 

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