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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Minor in International Studies

Why minor in International Studies?

Graduates with knowledge of other cultures, languages, and governments have a tremendous advantage over other candidates in an increasingly competitive job market.  The minor in International Studies provides the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to help students succeed in a globalized economy.​

This minor is available to students at UC Denver as well as to students at International College in Beijing.

The minor requires 18 credits in International Studies courses.  

One required introductory class from the following list:

PSCI 3042 Introduction to International Relations
PSCI 3022 Introduction to Comparative Politics
HIST 4032 Globalization in World History

One required Capstone course:
PSCI 4216 Introduction to International Political                 Economy

A choice of any four upper division courses (3000-4000 level) with international focus from Communications, Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science.

Take four of the following suggested elective courses using the following guidelines:

  1. Students cannot take more than two upper-division classes from the same department.
  2. Extra introductory classes will be accepted as minor elective classes, but a minimum of 3 credits must be upper-division.
  3. Courses in addition to those listed below may be accepted with the approval of the appropriate campus advisor (whether at the ICB or Auraria).

*Please note that because the capstone course is currently a PSCI course, students who select PSCI 3042 or PSCI3022 for their introductory course will need to take these upper division courses outside of Political Science.

Suggested courses for the minor can be found on the webpage under the "degree information" tab in the list of courses for the INST major.  Additional courses may be used for the minor with prior approval from the International Studies advisors.