Why study global and international studies?

Because global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring around the world.

Why study European studies?

European Studies, through interdisciplinary study, broadens, deepens, and strengthens a student’s knowledge and understanding of the enduring importance of our transatlantic partners, the Europeans.

Requirements for the Minor

Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

GIST Minor Core Requirements

Global & International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Satisfied by completion of GIST 220, and one course from the following list:

GIST 220Introduction to Global and International Studies3
and one of the following:
GIST 210Culture and Health3
or GIST 211 Culture and Health, Honors
GIST 215A Global History of Money: Aristotle to Bitcoin3
GEOG 100World Regional Geography3
or GEOG 101 World Regional Geography, Honors
ABSC 150Community Leadership3
ANTH 108Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3-4
or ANTH 109 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Honors
or ANTH 308 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
The Varieties of Human Experience
The Varieties of Human Experience
ECON 104Introductory Economics4
or ECON 105 Introductory Economics, Honors
ECON 144Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 145 Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors
GEOG 102People, Place, and Society3
or GEOG 103 Principles of Human Geography, Honors
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics3
or POLS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
POLS 170Introduction to International Politics3
or POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics Honors
REL 106Asian Religions3
or REL 107 Jews, Christians, Muslims
SOC 130Comparative Societies3
or SOC 131 Comparative Societies, Honors

GIST Regional Expertise. Global & International Studies Regional Expertise Requirement (6 hours/2 courses). Students must take 2 courses on one of the following regions of the world: Africa; the Middle East; Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Western Europe; and Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Of these 6 hours, a minimum of 3 must be at the 300 level or above and at least 3 of these must be taken from a regional overview course listed with the respective regions below.  Additional courses may be appropriate to fulfill the Regional Expertise and the Substantive Specialization requirement if approved by the Center for Global and International Studies.

  • Africa (6 Required). Satisfied by completing either AAAS 542, AAAS 305 or AAAS 300 and 1 additional approved course about Africa.
  • The Middle East (6 Required). Satisfied by completing either HIST 328 or POLS 661 and 1 additional approved course about the Middle East.
  • Asia (6 Required). Satisfied by completing either EALC 331, EALC 380 or EALC 656 and 1 additional approved course about Asia.
  • Latin America & the Caribbean (6 Required). Satisfied by completing LAA 300 and 1 additional approved course about Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Western Europe (6 Required). Satisfied by completing either EURS 302, EURS 503, or EURS 604 and 1 additional approved course about Western Europe.
  • Russia, Eastern Europe, & Central Asia (6 Required). Satisfied by completing either REES 492, REES 220, or REES 110 and 1 additional approved course about Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

GIST Substantive Specialization

Global & International Studies Substantive Specialization Requirement (6 hours/2 courses). Students must take 2 courses in one of the specialization fields.  The content of these courses must be global, trans-regional or relating to countries and regions outside of the student’s regional specialization.

  • Comparative Political & Social Systems. Satisfied by 2 approved courses in comparative political and social systems.
  • International Buisness and the Global Economy. Satisfied by 2 approved courses about the global economy.
  • Literature, Popular Culture, and the Arts in the Global Context. Satisfied by 2 approved courses about literature,m popular culture, and/or the arts in the global context.
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Belief. Satisfied by 2 approved courses about culture, ethnicity, and belief systems.
  • Gender & Sexuality in the Global Context. Satisfied by 2 approved courses about gender and sexuality in the global context.
  • The Global Environment. Satisfied by 2 approved courses about the global environment.

Global & International Studies Minor Foreign Language

Global & International Studies Foreign Language Course. Satisfied by completing one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above); or any available additional language course (3-5 hours).

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.