International and Global Studies Minor

The International and Global Studies minor provides students with the tools necessary to better understand the complex and changing world of the twenty-first century. The learning objectives of the minor are to convey knowledge not only of global issues, but also of comparative methods of analysis (i.e., the similarities and differences between and among states, societies, and cultures); and to provide an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the knowledge and methods that history, political science, economics, sociology/anthropology, women and gender studies, and geography/environmental studies have to offer.

To earn a minor in International and Global Studies, students must complete a minimum of 15 or 19 semester hours of upper-division course work at UIS. In exceptional cases, a student may submit a Student Petition to have up to eight hours of transfer credit accepted toward the minor. Transfer students still must take the core course and follow distribution requirements.

The required core for the minor is IGS 301. In addition, electives, totaling 12-16 semester hours, must be taken from two areas:

  1. Two courses (six - eight credits) that provide an international perspective. and
  2. Two courses (six - eight credits) that provide a comparative perspective.

Students may not take more than one course in their major field of study to fulfill the International and Global Studies minor requirements. Students should consult with a International and Global Studies faculty member to ensure that they are meeting their individual needs and the requirements for the major.


Core Course
IGS/PSC 301Introduction to Global Studies3
International courses6-8
International Trade and Finance
China's Environment and the World
Islamic Civilization
ECCE: Conflict in the Middle East
ECCE: Christian-Muslim Encounters
Studies in Latin American History
Europe In The 20th Century
Topics in 20th Century World History
ECCE: The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia
Russia from the Revolution to the New Cold War
Modern China
International Human Rights Law: Skills and Advocacy
International Management
Introduction to International Relations
Globalization and the Future of Democracy
ECCE: Economic Analysis
International Law and Organizations
International Political Economy
Foreign Policy Analysis
ECCE: Global Issues
Terrorism and Public Policy
War and Peace
American Foreign Policy
International Politics of the Middle East
National Model United Nations
Model United Nations
Mexican Migration to the U. S.
Comparative courses6-8
Business and Developing Countries
ECCE: International Criminal Justice Systems
ECCE: Crime and Sentencing: Global Issues
ECCE: Intercultural Communication
Macroeconomics in a Global Economy
Economic Development
ECCE: Global Change in Local Places
Our Changing Climate
ECCE: Culture Wars/Europe
ECCE: Nationalism and Imperialism
ECCE: From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate's World History
Cold War and the Middle East
ECCE: Cultural Geography
Global Environmental Health
Emerging Diseases
Comparative Philosophy of Religion
ECCE: Political Ideas and Ideologies
ECCE: Comparative Politics
ECCE: Latin American Politics
Politics of Western Europe
Understanding Cultures
ECCE: Latina/o USA
ECCE: Culture, Health, and Power
ECCE: Global Social Stratification
Women in Political Movements: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Global Masculinities
Total Hours15-19