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Graduate Minor

International Studies Program | SPPAIS




A graduate minor in international studies provides students in graduate programs other than international studies with the opportunity to acquire a basic graduate-level familiarity with international relations, global processes and cultural diversity around the world.

Students acquire a foundation in inter-governmental relations and research methodology. Beyond this, students work closely with an international studies advisor to fashion a program of study appropriate for their interests and post-graduate plans. The minor complements several other graduate degree programs.

Prerequisites for Admission

All prerequisites for entering the graduate program in international studies as a major apply to the minor with the exception of proficiency in a second language. Declaration of an international studies graduate minor is contingent on these additional pre-requisites:

  1. Applicants must be admitted to a master's or doctoral degree program
  2. Applicants must submit a letter of interest to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Andrew Garner (, including the background, anticipated course of study, and reason for seeking the minor.
  3. An interview with the director is also required.
  4. Students must be prepared for coursework in international studies at the graduate level and be willing to take prerequisite courses if necessary.

Course and Committee Requirements

Graduate students minoring in international studies must satisfy the requirements of their graduate major and take 12 credits of guided graduate coursework in international studies. With the approval of the department of the graduate major, these 12 hours may also count toward the major. Students are required to take at least 1 advanced theory course and 1 advanced research methods course. All courses will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Studies Director.

The committee makeup for the thesis or dissertation committee of the student's primary major will include at least one faculty member from international studies or the director of international studies. This committee member may serve as the outside member of the committee.

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