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Minor in Global and International Studies

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Requirements for the Minor

Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

GIST Minor Core Requirements

GIST Regional Expertise. Global & International Studies Regional Expertise Requirement. Students must take 2 courses on 1 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 9 hours, a minimum of 6 must be at the 300 level or above. 6 hours from a KU or KU-affiliated study abroad program may be counted toward this requirement provided that students obtain prior approval from the undergraduate advisor. A list of the courses that satisfy the requirement by region is available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake. 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. Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses Africa. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • The Middle East. Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about the Middle East. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • Asia. Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Asia. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • Latin America & the Caribbean. Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Latin America and the Caribbean. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • Western Europe. Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Western Europe. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • Russia, Eastern Europe, & Central Asia. Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

GIST Substantive Specialization

Global & International Studies Substantive Specialization Requirement. Students must take 2 courses in 1 of the specialization fields.

  • Comparative Political & Social Systems. Satisfied by 3 approved courses in comparative political and social systems. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • The Global Economy. Satisfied by 3 approved courses about the global economy. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • Community Health & Development. Satisfied by 3 approved courses about community health and development. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Belief. Satisfied by completing three approved courses about culture, ethnicity, and belief systems. courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • Gender & Sexuality in the Global Context. Satisfied by completing three approved courses about gender and sexuality in the global context. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.
  • The Global Environment. Satisfied by 3 approved courses about the global environment. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

Global & International Studies Minor Foreign Language

Global & International Studies Foreign Language Course. Students are required to satisfy the CLAS Bachelor of Arts degree foreign language requirement. This may be done in 1 of the following ways: (1) pass the proficiency exam in 1 foreign language; (2) complete a fourth-semester-level course in 1 foreign language; or (3) complete any foreign language course that has a fourth-semester-level course as a prerequisite.

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.

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