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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
Declaration of an international studies minor is contingent on admission to a master's or doctoral degree program. Application is in the form of a letter of interest to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. David Messenger, including the background, anticipated course of study, and reason for seeking the minor. An interview with the director is also required. 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. 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 twelve credits of guided graduate coursework in international studies. With the approval of the department of the graduate major, these twelve hours may also count toward the major. Students are required to take at least one advanced theory course and one advanced research methods. 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.