International Development Minor

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21 credit hours are required to complete the minor program. 

Study abroad and study of a foreign language are highly encouraged, but not required for the minor. Language and foreign study enhance the ability to function effectively in other countries and increase employability in international professions. 

Required Introductory Course (3 Credits) 

Students should take this course as soon as possible after declaring the minor.

  • (INT 200) Introduction to International Studies

Foreign Language (3 Credits)

1 foreign language class in any language at any level (most courses fulfill gen-ed requirements).

Global Perspectives Elective (3 Credits)

Choose one course that develops global awareness by comparing the world’s cultures, economies, and political systems and/or investigating their linkages, interdependencies, and mutual influences.

  • ANT 105 Great Discoveries in Archaeology (gen-ed)
  • ANT 111 Cultural Anthropology (gen-ed)
  • ANT 211 Comparative Cultures
  • ANT 220 Anthropology for Intl. Studies
  • ANT 305 Food, Drink, and Culture
  • ANT 310 Magic, Science, and Religion
  • ANT 350 Medical Anthropology
  • *COM 245 Diversity and the Media
  • GEO 101 World Geography (gen-ed)
  • GEO 140 Human Geography (gen-ed)
  • GEO 230 Economic Geography
  • HCS 270 Intergroup/Intercultural Communication
  • ECO 321 International Economics
  • ENG 239 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 240 Global Literature
  • ENG 385 Studies in Literature of the Postcolonial World
  • HIS 106 Thinking Historically in Global Age (gen-ed)
  • HIS 304 American Diplomatic History
  • HIS 351 World History Since 1945
  • HIS 379 History of Science
  • INT 390 International Studies Internship
  • PHL 295 Comparative Religions
  • PLS 141 World Politics (gen-ed)
  • PLS 251 Introduction to Comparative Government
  • PLS 341 International Law & Organizations
  • PLS 343 Global Economics and Political Conflict
  • PLS 356 Politics of Developing Regions
  • PLS 357 Comparative Revolutions
  • PSY 365 Multicultural Psychology
  • SOC 248 Sociology of Religion
  • SOC 265 Global Society
  • SOC 365 Elites in Society
  • SOC 421 Impact of International Migration
  • SOC 440 Global Leadership for Global Society

Area Studies Elective (3 Credits)

Choose one course in the world area where you prefer to work in international development to deepen knowledge of a developing country or region. Study abroad in the country or region is highly encouraged, but not required for the minor.

†Requires an appropriate topic and an Exception Form signed by Director of International Studies for approval.

Africa and the Middle East

  • †ENG 385 Studies in Lit. of Post-Colonial World (a topic of African novel)
  • FRN 150 French Civilization (gen-ed)
  • FRN 204 Ideas and Cultures from the French-Speaking World (gen-ed)
  • FRN 331 Masterpieces of Francophone Literature (gen-ed)
  • †FRN 380 Aspects De La Civilisation Française/Francophone
  • †FRN 400 Seminar: Advanced Studies in French Language and Literature
  • †FRN 490 Selected Topics in French
  • GEO 307 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
  • †GEO 415 Regional Geographic Studies
  • †GEO 450 Geography-Geology Field Studies
  • HIS 339 The Central Islamic Lands, 500-1700
  • HIS 344 History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIS 376 History of Africa South of the Sahara
  • INT283 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • INT383 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • INT393 International Studies Internship

Asian Studies

  • †ENG 385 Studies in Lit. of Post-Colonial World (a topic of Asian novel)
  • GEO 313 Geography of South and S.E. Asia
  • GEO 317 Geography of East Asia
  • †GEO 415 Regional Geographic Studies
  • †GEO 450 Geography-Geology Field Studies
  • HCS 315 Asian-American Communication
  • HIS 353 Modern Southeast Asia
  • HIS 354 Traditional China
  • HIS 355 History of Modern China
  • HIS 381 Modern South Asia
  • HIS 454 China and the Outside World
  • INT284 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • INT384 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • INT 394 International Studies Internship
  • PHL 336 Concepts in Buddhism

Eastern Europe

  • GEO 305 Geography of Europe
  • HIS 325 Tsarist Russia
  • HIS 326 History of USSR
  • HIS 337 History of the Byzantine Empire
  • HIS 356 19th Century Europe
  • HIS 357 History of Holocaust
  • HIS 361 History of 20th Century Europe
  • HIS 423 Issues in 20th Century Europe
  • †INT285 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • †INT385 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • †INT 395 International Studies Internship
  • PLS 351 European Politics
  • †PLS 359 European Identity and Political Culture 

Latin America & Caribbean

  • ANT 360 Aztec and Maya Archaeology
  • †FRN 380 Aspects De La Civilisation Française/Francophone
  • †FRN 400 Seminar: Advanced Studies in French
  • Language and Literature
  • †FRN 490 Selected Topics in French
  • GEO 308 Geography of Latin America
  • †GEO 415 Regional Geographic Studies
  • †GEO 450 Geography-Geology Field Studies
  • HIS 349 History of Latin America
  • HIS 360 History of Mexico
  • HIS 366 History of Brazil
  • HIS 493 History of Women in Latin America
  • HON 397 Honors Service-Learning Seminar: Reach Out
  • INT286 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • INT386 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • INT 396 International Studies Internship 
  • PLS 252 Costa Rica: Politics, Economy and Society
  • PLS 347, 348 or 349 Applied Diplomacy (a topic of Model Organization of American States)
  • SPN 150 Spanish Civilization and Culture (gen-ed)
  • SPN 204 Ideas and Cultures from the Spanish Speaking World (gen-ed)
  • SPN 361 Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature
  • †SPN 385 Aspectos De La Civilización Hispana

Work Sector (9 Credit hours in one Option or Sub-option)

Select one of the six work sector options or sub-options below. Leveraging concrete knowledge and skills is central to on-the-ground international development work.

Option 1: Education

*Course requires field placement(s) in local public school(s) coordinated through the Office of Field Experience and Partnerships. Prior to first field placement, student must obtain teaching clearances, including a criminal background check.

1.a. Early Childhood/Elementary Education: Pre-K to 4 Grade Education (Restricted to Pre-K to 4 majors)

  • ECH210 The Early Childhood Profession
  • ECH453 Integrated Curriculum
  • RDG363 Reading and Writing in PreK-4

1.b. Elementary/Middle Level Education: Grades 4-8 (Restricted to Mid-Level majors)

  • RDG232 Reading in the Elementary School
  • TCH206 Social Foundations of Middle Level
  • TCH261 Adolescent Development and Language Theory

1.c. English Secondary Education (Restricted to English Secondary majors)

  • EDU 290 Introduction to English/Language Arts Education
  • RDG 413 Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
  • EDU 422 Methods of Teaching English in Secondary Schools

1.d. Mathematics Education (9-11 crs)

Required course (3 crs):

  • EDU 434 Teaching of Mathematics in the Secondary Schools I

Electives (6-8 crs):

  • Any 200- or 300-level Math courses

Recommended Electives:

  • MAT 205 - Conceptual Mathematics for Middle-Level Teachers
  • MAT 225 Discrete Math 

1.e. Science/ Mathematics Education (9-11 crs)

Required course(s) (3 or 6 crs):

  • EDU 434 - Teaching of Mathematics in the Secondary Schools I
  • *EDU 440 - Teaching of Science in the Secondary Schools I

Electives (6-8 crs)

  • Any courses in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics or Sustainability at 200-level (prereqs vary)

1.f. Special Education

  • *EEC 273 or HON 411 Introduction to Exceptionalities
  • *EEC 423 Effective Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities
  • *EEC 483 Assessment for Students with Exceptionalities

1.g. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

  • *EDU 290 - Introduction to English/Language Arts Education
  • EDU 426 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages (Prereq EDU 290)
  • TESL 450 Foundations of English Language Learner Instruction

Option 2: Health

2.a. Biology/Pre-medicine

  • BIO 161 Principles of Biology: Cell Structure and Function
  • BIO 162 Principles of Biology: Organismal Diversity (gen-ed, prerequisites for 300-level classes)
  • BIO 220 Microbiology
  • BIO 237 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 238 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 317 Parasitology
  • GEO 402 Medical Geography
  • SOC 369 Medical Sociology

2.b. Disability Studies

  • DS 100 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • SOC 320 Sociology of Disability
  • SOC 369 Medical Sociology

2.c. Exercise Science

  • ESC 200 Lifestyle Management
  • ESC 207 Stress Management
  • ESC 250: Introduction to Kinesiology
  • ESC 278: Medical Terminology
  • ESC 340: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (Prereq ESC 250)

Option 3: Environment

3.a. Biology, Botany or Ecology

  • BIO 162 Principles of Biology: Organismal Diversity (4 crs., gen-ed)
  • BIO 205 Marine Biology
  • BIO 208 Field Biology
  • BIO 210 Zoology
  • BIO 230 Botany
  • BIO 242 Ecology
  • BIO 444 Conservation Biology

3.b. Environmental Science/Geology

  • ESS 210 Physical Geology
  • ESS 451 Coastal Environmental Oceanography
  • GEO 224 Soils
  • GEO 226 Hydrology (Prereq for 400-level courses)
  • GEO 404 Groundwater
  • GEO 446 Water Res. Mgt.
  • GEO 450: Geography & Geology Field Studies
  • CIVE 330: Environmental Engineering (Prereqs GEO224 & CHM122 Chemical Dynamics)

3.c. Natural Resources Conservation/Sustainability

Required courses (6 crs):

  • ESS 108 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability  or BIO 145 Environmental Biology (gen-ed)
  • GEO 427 Environmental Sustainability Seminar

Elective (3 crs):

  • Any BIO or ESS courses from Sustainability minor

Recommended Electives:

  • ECO 355 Environmental Economics (Prereq ECO 102)
  • GEO 450: Geography & Geology Field Studies

Option 4: Agriculture

  • Bio 162 Principles of Biology: Organismal Diversity (4 credits) (gen-ed)
  • BIO 230 Botany
  • BIO 360 Invertebrate Zoology
  • ECO 102 Microeconomics
  • GEO 224 Soils

Option 5: Youth in Development

**Course requires field placement(s) in local public school(s) coordinated through the Exercise Science Department. Prior to the field placement, the student must obtain clearances and complete mandatory training.

5.a. Human/Community Development

  • BIO 150 (gen-ed) or BIO 238 or BIO 350 (preq)
  • ESC 243 Foundations of Exercise Physiology or ESC 321 Exercise Physiology I
  • ESC 348 Group Exercise Techniques and Leadership
  • **ESC 400 Methods of Coaching (includes 40 hrs. of field experience) 

5.b. Family Studies

  • PSY 265 Childhood and Adolescence
  • PSY 410 Psychology and Women
  • SOC 257 American Families
  • SOC 258 Women's Roles and Status
  • WST 100 Introduction to Women's Studies

5.c. Social Work

  • SWK 150 Human Relations Laboratory
  • SWK 250 Assessing Individuals in the Soc. Environment
  • SWK 265 Understanding Diversity for Soc. Work Practice

 Option 6: Community Economic Development

6.a. Accounting, Banking or Finance

  • ACC 200 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 201 Managerial Accounting (Prereq ACC200)
  • ECO 305 Money and Banking (Prereq ECO 101)
  • FIN 311 Financial Management (Prereq ACC200, ECO113, or ECO102)
  • FIN  314 Financial Institutions (Prereqs FIN 311 & SCM 200)

6.b. Business

  • BSN 110 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • ECO 280 Managerial Economics (Prereq ECO 102 or 113, MAT 181)
  • ECO 321 International Economics (Prereq ECO 102 or 113)
  • MGT 305 Organizational Behavior (Prereq junior standing)
  • MGT 370 International Business (Prereq junior standing)
  • MGT 470 International Management (Prereq MGT370)

6.c. International Business

Non-majors taking these courses are advised to declare a Business Minor (18 crs.) in order to satisfy various prerequisites.

  • ECO 321 International Economics (Prereq ECO 102/113)
  • ‡FIN 425 Global Financial Management
  • ‡MGT 349 International Human Resource Administration
  • MGT 370 International Business (Prereq junior standing)
  • MGT 470 International Management (Prereq MGT370)
  • ‡MKT 360 International Marketing  

6.d. Public Administration

  • PLS 271 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PLS 371 Public Management
  • PLS 372 Public Personnel Administration
  • PLS 373 Public Financial Administration

Suggested Global Perspectives elective for students in the Public Administration field:

  • PLS 356 Politics of Developing Regions

6.e. Mass Communications

  • COM 111 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COM 112 - Media Writing
  • COM 245 - Diversity and the Media

6.f. Graphic Design

  • ART 217 Computer Design I
  • ART 319 Computer Design III (Prereq ART 217)
  • ART 430 Computer Design V

6.g. Computer Science

  • CSC103 Overview of Computer Science (gen-ed)
  • CSC104 Programming in Python (gen-ed)
  • CSC180 Microcomputer Basic (gen-ed)
  • CSC110 Computer Science I (lab co-req of either CSC106 or CSC107)
  • CSC111 Computer Science II
  • SWE200 Design Patterns