Why study global and international studies?

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


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 210/ANTH 201Culture and Health3
or GIST 211 Culture and Health, Honors
or ANTH 202 Culture and Health, Honors
GIST/HIST 215A Global History of Money: Aristotle to Bitcoin3
GEOG 100World Regional Geography3
or GEOG 101 World Regional Geography, Honors
GEOG 102People, Place, and Society3
or GEOG 103 People, Place, and Society, Honors
ANTH 108Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3-4
or ANTH 109 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Honors
or ANTH 308 Fundamentals of 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
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
HIST 103Environment and History3
HIST/EVRN/GEOG 140Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change5
HIST/EVRN/GEOG 142Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization5
REL 106Asian Religions3
or REL 107 Jews, Christians, Muslims
or REL 108 Asian Religions, Honors
or REL 109 Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors
SOC 130Comparative Societies3
or SOC 131 Comparative Societies, Honors
ABSC 150Community Leadership3

Issues in Global Studies: (6 hours/2 courses). Minors must take 2 courses from an approved list of GIST courses focusing on contemporary global themes on subjects such as human trafficking, the global environment, terrorism, transnational migration and borders, global issues in gender, citizenship, indigenous peoples, the global economic system, and globalization. Courses offered as: GIST 550: Issues in Global Studies:__________ are always approved to fulfill this requirement.

Issues in Global Studies6
World Indigenous Literatures
Global Environmental Literature
Key Themes in Modern Global History
Globalization: History and Theory
Globalization: A Geographic Approach
Environmental Geopolitics
Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas
Genocide and Ethnocide
Global Internship
Issues in Global Studies: _____
Seminar in Urban Geography
The Literature of Human Rights
Gender, Culture, and Migration
Anthropology of Violence
Geopolitics and Genocide
Indigenous Peoples of the World
Islam and Politics
International Human Rights
Sociology of Global Health
Wealth, Power, and Inequality
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of Sport

Global & International Studies International Electives.(6 hours/2 courses) Minors must take 2 courses from the list of approved international elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to strategically select courses that would help them to maximize its linkage to another major or minor with another program, or use the electives to help fulfill requirements from the KU Core. Students may, however, select from any of the approved courses available. 

The following list shows the most commonly taught approved international electives.  To see a full list of approved courses for the international elective, consult our website.  Other courses may also be approved in consultation with the department.

Modern Africa
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
The United States in Global Context
Indigenous Traditions of Latin America
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Eastern Civilizations
International Trade
The European Union
Environmental Policy Analysis
History of the International Sound Film Post 1950
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Geography of African Development
Geography of Latin America
Peoples and Cultures of South Asia
Social Movements in the Middle East
The Modern Middle East
Introduction to History of Japan: Anime to Zen
Introduction to International Business
International Management
Latin American Culture and Society
Politics of the Middle East
United States Foreign Policy
Chinese Foreign Policy
Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe
Societies and Cultures of Eurasia
Religion in India
Population and Society
Wealth, Power, and Inequality
From Mystics to Feminists: Women's History in Europe 1600 to the Present

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.