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Minor in International and Global Studies

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The Minor in International and Global Studies is an interdisciplinary minor offered under the auspices of the Geography Department in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), but is open to ALL Rutgers University Students. The Minor promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of global processes and relationships between places, while fostering specialization in a particular world region and its language(s). The purpose of the Minor is to prepare our students to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, including appreciating human difference from multiple disciplinary perspectives and grappling with questions of social justice.

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Minor Requirements

The Minor requires 18 credits (six 3 credit courses) in the distribution below, and an approved language proficiency.

  • Requirement 1: General Core: A total of 6 credits (see detailed course list on degree navigator)
  • Requirement 2: Track Core: A total of 6 credits (students select Track 1 ,Track 2 or Track 3, see detailed course list for each track on degree navigator).

Track 1: International Politics, Economics and Business. Will enable students to address issues relating to the management of global political and economic relationships and systems.

Track 2: Global Cultures and Social Systems. Will enable students to better understand forms of human difference and their relation to social justice in diverse cultural settings.

Track 3: Environment and Development. Will enable students to address pressing global issues of the 21st century, including environmental change, human health and well being.

  • Requirement 3a: Regional Specialization: A total of 6 credits (student select one of the six regions below, see detailed course list on degree navigator)
    • East Asia and the Pacific
    • Europe and Central Asia
    • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Middle East and North Africa
    • South Asia
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Requirement 3b: Language Proficiency: Intermediate college-level proficiency in a language approved for the selected region (Requirement 3a, see list of what languages are pre-approved for each region on degree navigator).
  • Requirement 4: Upper level courses: A total of 9 credits in the minor must be earned at the 300-level or above. This requirement overlaps with requirements 1, 2 and 3a.

Students must receive a C or higher in each course that counts toward the MIGS minor.

Learning Goals for the Minor in International and Global Studies

This program has three learning goals:

  1. Global Literacy Gain an understanding of the degree to which forms of   human difference shape a person’s experiences of and perspectives on the world.
  2. Regional Understanding Apply this understanding to a specific world region and situate this region in broader human and societal processes.
  3. Language Training Complete language training through the intermediate level as both a mode of communication and vehicle for cultural understanding.

The Rutgers catalog is the final authority regarding courses and academic requirements.

Contact Us

Department of Geography-Rutgers University
Lucy Stone Hall
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045
Voice  848.445.4103 or 848.445.4107
Fax  732.445.0006
Email: Cleo.Bartos@rutgers.edu