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.
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 here)
- Requirement 2: Track Core: A total of 6 credits (students select Track 1 ,Track 2 or Track 3).
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. (course list is here)
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. (course list is here)
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. (course list is here)
- Requirement 3a: Regional Specialization: A total of 6 credits (students select one of the six regions below)
- 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:
- 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.
- Regional Understanding – Apply this understanding to a specific world region and situate this region in broader human and societal processes.
- Language Training – Complete language training through the intermediate level as both a mode of communication and vehicle for cultural understanding.