International Studies (Minor)

Minor: International Studies
Program Code: M753

About This Minor. . .

The International Studies Minor recognizes the complex interconnections between academic disciplines, peoples in cultural contexts, and opportunities for social and economic advancement for our graduates.

Students from a wide variety of disciplines can supplement their major in business, social sciences, natural sciences or humanities with an international focus through this minor. This will help them to understand the changing nature of their field while making their degree more marketable in a global workforce.

Students choose from a menu of options drawn from disciplines across the campus. The interdisciplinary nature of the international studies minor is essential for preparing our students to enter into the new global marketplace of ideas and goods. Students taking the International Studies Minor are encouraged to enhance their experience at Colorado Mesa by participating in a variety of Study Abroad opportunities available while attending CMU.

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Institutional Minor Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU minors. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • A minor consists of 15-24 semester hours. There may be prerequisites required for the minor which will increase the total number of credit hours for a student who has not already taken those prerequisites.
  • Courses taken to satisfy Essential Learning, major requirements, or electives can be counted toward the minor if applicable.
  • At least 33 percent of the credit hours required for the minor must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • At least 25 percent of the classes must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher for the courses used for the minor.
  • A minor is not a degree by itself and must be earned at the same time as a baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor must be outside the major field of study.
  • A student may earn up to five minors with any baccalaureate degree at CMU.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements sheet you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Minor Requirements

(24 semester hours)

  • As part of their program, students will be encouraged to participate in an international experience in consultation with their advisors.  This experience could be a semester or summer abroad, an international internship, an intensive immersion language program in another country, or participation in a growing number of study abroad opportunities offered by Colorado Mesa University.  The credits received from this experience could be used to fulfill essential learning requirements or program requirements including unrestricted electives, but are not intended to add to the 120-hour graduation requirement. Substitutions would need to be approved by an advisor and department chair prior to the international experience.
First Semester of a Second-Year Language
FLA_ 211Second Year (Language) I3
INTS 101Introduction to International Studies3
Select one of the following:3
International Business
Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS1
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
International Economics
International Financial Management
Principles of Marketing
Select one of the following:3
Western Civilization II-GTHI1
History of Modern Britain
Latin American Civilization
The 20th Century
History Of the Middle East
East Asia and the Modern World
Language and Literature
Select one of the following:3
Non-Western World Literature I-GTAH2
Non-Western World Literature II-GTAH2
Women in World Thought and Literature
20th Century British Literature
History and Culture of Spain
Special Studies in Foreign Languages
Natural Science and Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
Tropical Field Biology
Tropical Ecosystems
Environmental Chemistry
Introduction to Cartography
Weather and Climate-GTSC2
Natural Hazards and Environmental Geology-GTSC2
Survey of Energy-Related Natural Resources
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
Social and Behavioral Science
Select one of the following:3
World Regional Geography-GTSS2
Comparative Politics-GTSS1
World Politics
Government and Politics of Asia
Peace and Conflict Studies
Global Politics of Women and Gender
Politics of Global Governance
International Political Economy
International Relations Theory
Sociology of Religion
Select one of the following:3
Additional course from the Business, History, Languages and Literature, Natural Science and Mathematics, or Social and Behavior Sciences lists above
Complete 3 credits through a pre-approved study abroad program
Total Semester Credit Hours24

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a minor. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and developing a suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended minor.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a minor. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head for the minor. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

A minor cannot be awarded by itself.  It must be combined with a baccalaureate degree outside the major field of study. Students should follow the graduation process outlined for the baccalaureate degree and list their majors and minors on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.