Jul 18, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

International Studies, Minor


Students minoring in International Studies build the knowledge and skills needed to understand and work effectively in a global society. In addition to examining theories and practices of international relations and affairs, students engage in multi-disciplinary study in order to appreciate the politics, history, economy, language and culture of a particular region of the world.

Minor Requirements: 20 Credits

Electives: 8 Credits

8 credits, at least 4 credits at the 300 level or above, from the list electives.

Take four credits from the following:

1) Any 300- or 400-level course in the World Languages (CHIN, FREN, GER, JAPN, SPAN) except FREN 311/411, FREN 312/412, GER 315, SPAN 301, SPAN 315.

2) Any international short-term prep and travel courses. (Domestic short-term travel courses with IS Chair approval). Check Office of International Programs for available courses. Be aware that prep courses are required and for travel courses and occur the semester prior to travel, so advanced planning is helpful. Check all pre-requisites. Examples from Summer 2021 include ENG 326 “Travel Writing in Italy”, IS 236 “Costa Rica Travel”, BIOL 366 “Galapagos and Ecuador.”

3) Any courses from the following list (other courses not listed below must be approved by the Chair of International Studies):

Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing Pacific University’s International Studies minor will:

  • Demonstrate at least an intermediate-level competency in a second language (for most students at Pacific this means completing a 202-level language course).
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking related to global issues, policies, processes and trends.
  • Clearly articulate, consider, and argue issues through the use of diverse frames of reference and engagement with concepts of cultural relativity.