College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2017-2018

Department of Politics and International Affairs

International Studies, Minor


What Can I Do with a Minor in International Studies?

This interdisciplinary minor provides you with an opportunity to design a program of study emphasizing the global community. This minor can involve study abroad experiences, sustainability, ecosystems or even tourism. It is also affiliated with the Global Village Learning Community. With your advisor, you can choose an array of classes to meet your individual needs.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the history, structure, and operation of the international system and apply this to modern political systems and conflicts.
  • Identify the role and impact of the US in the international system and analyze ongoing political issues in light of this information.
  • Understand and apply forces shaping political outcomes such as history and culture to current events and issues.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the discussion to policy and “real world” applications.
  • Critically reflect upon the nature and consequences of diversity (e.g. race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, culture, nation), and develop an understanding of how this diversity both alters and is altered in a world characterized by increasing global interaction.


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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