Minor in International and Global Studies orig

The Minor in International and Global Studies promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of global processes
and relationships between places, while fostering specialization in a particular world region and its language(s).
Students will prepare to meet increasingly complex twenty-first century challenges, including appreciating
human difference from multiple disciplinary perspectives and grappling with questions of social justice.

 Learning goals:

  • Gain understanding of the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experiences of
    and perspectives on the world.
  • Apply this understanding to a specific world region and situate this region in broader human and societal
    processes across time and space.
  • Complete language training through the intermediate course level as both a mode of communication and
    vehicle for cultural understanding.


Contact Professor Rennermalm and Program Assistant Duffy-Tumasz to learn more about the
Minor in International and Global Studies.
Current minors are encouraged to schedule meetings for personal advising to discuss progress and plans.
Online office hours scheduling site is here.

Contact and office hours info for spring 2015:

 Undergraduate Program Director: Professor Asa. K. Rennermalm
 Office: Lucy Stone Hall, room B214
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 Office hours: Mondays 1:30-3:30pm and by arrangement

MIGS Program Assistant: Amelia Duffy- Tumasz
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, room B119
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Office hours: Fridays 10am-noon and by arrangement

Minor Requirements

The Minor in International and Global Studies is 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 consists of eighteen (18) credits, which must be earned with a C or higher. Nine (9) of these must be at the 300-level or above. Each student will receive personal advising as they move through this interdisciplinary program. Course selections for the Minor not listed below must be approved by the Director.

  1. General Core (6 credits)
  2. Track Core (6 credits)
  3. Regional Specialization (6 credits)
  4. Language Proficiency Requirement (intermediate college-level proficiency in a language relevant to the chosen country or world region is required.)


Track Descriptions:

Three specified tracks offer students an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in the global age.

1. A focus on International Politics, Economics and Business will enable students to address issues relating to the management of global political and economic relationships and systems.

2. A focus on 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.

3. A focus on Environment and Development will enable students to address pressing global issues of the 21st century, including environmental change, human health and well being.



A. General Core. Two courses from the following:

Global and International Perspectives (6 credits)

01:070:101   Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

01:070:216   Anthropology and Modern Problems

01:070:302   Environment and Cultural Behavior

01:070:303   Wealth and Culture

01:070:305   Anthropology of Development

01:450:103   Human Geography: Space, Place, and Location       

01:450:205   World Cultural Regions

01:450:222   Cultural Geography

01:450:262   Geographic Background to Current World Affairs

01:506:364   Colonialism to Globalization

01:790:102   Introduction to International Relations

01:790:210   Comparative Politics

01:920:270   Sociology of the Third World

01:988:101   Women, Culture, and Society

01:988:160   Women/Global Economy

01:988:480   Ethics and Leadership: Global Human Rights


B. Track Core. Two courses from one of the three tracks:

B1. International Politics, Economics and Business(6 credits)

01:070:304   Political Anthropology

01:220:300   International Economics

01:220:335   International Trade

01:220:336   International Balance of Payments

01:220:339   Economic Development

01:220:349   Economics of Transition

01:220:362   Comparative Economic Systems

01:220:377   Economics of Population

01:360:290 Politics and Social Policy: Lessons From Europe 01:450:309   Economic Geography

01:450:405   Political Geography

01:790:290 Sane as 360:290 [SAS Signature Course]

01:790:311   European Politics

01:790:321   Theories of World Politics

01:790:322   Strategies of International Relations

01:790:327 International Political Economy

01:790:350   Environmental Politics – U.S. and International

01:790:357   Comparative Political Economy

01:790:361   International Organization

01:790:362   International Law

01:790:363   Conflict Resolution in World Politics

01:790:369   Topics in World Politics

01:920:375   Economic Sociology

01:988:270   War: Critical Perspectives [SAS Signature Course]

33:011:220   International Aspects of Business

37:575:309   Comparative Labor Movements

Open to Business Majors Only:

33:390:320   Global Capital Markets

33:390:375   Global Money Markets and Instruments

33:620:369   International Business

33:630:371   International Marketing


B2. Global Cultures and Social Systems (6 credits)

01:070:323   Women Writing Culture

01:070:324   Global, Sex & Family

01:070:378   Anthropology of Gender (same as 01:988:378)

01:450:361   Gender Geographies

01:508:369   Gender in Latin America

01:590:150   Latin American Women

01:685:396 Gender and Sexuality in Islam

01:790:365   Gender and Political Theory

01:790:423   Feminist Political Theory

01:790:424   Women and Political Development

01:920:216   Sociology of Women

01:920:324   Sociology of Gender (same as 01:988:324)

01:920:354   Third-World Women

01:988:235   Dynamics of Class, Race and Sex

01:988:301   Feminist Theories: Historical Perspectives

01:988:302   Feminist Theories: Contemporary Engagement

01:988:303   Comparative Feminisms

01:988:312   African Feminisms

01:988:329   Race, Gender, Nation

01:988:337   Globalization: Sex and Family 

01:988:396 Gender and Development

01:988:405 Gender and Human Rights

01:988:429   Engendering Development

01:988:491   Women’s Studies Seminar*

*This course should receive prior approval by the Certificate in International Studies advisor to ensure that this course will be applicable.


B3. Environment and Development (6 credits)

01:070:302   Environment and Cultural Behavior

01:220:339   Economic Development

01:220:377   Economics of Population

11:374:102   Global Environmental Processes and Institutions

11:374:315   International Environmental Policy

11:374:331   Culture and Environment

01:450:102   Transforming the Global Environment

01:450:360   Cultural and Political Ecology

01:450:363   Geography of Development

10:762:101   Intro to Policy, Planning and Health

10:762:233   Urban World

10:762:303   Poverty in Developing Nations

10:762:417   Population Tools and Policies

10:762:420   Global Health and Planning

10:762:462   Human Rights and Health

10:762:471   Globalization and Sustainability

10:762:474   Tourism Planning

10:762:476   Immigration Policy and Health

10:762:482   Gender and Development Planning

10:762:485   Gender and Development Planning

01:790:355   Women and Public Policy

01:790:424   Women and Political Development

10:832:414   Culture and Health

10:832:440   International Public Health

11:790:350   Environmental Politics-U.S. and International


C. Regional Specialization and Language Requirements. 6 credits

Students choose one out of six regions:
Middle East and North Africa
Sub-saharan Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Europe and Central Asia
South Asia
East Asia and the Pacific

Contact the advisor to inquire about what courses and langauges are pre-approved for each region.
Intermediate college-level proficiency in a language relevant to the chosen country or world region is required.

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