International Studies & Programs

Undergraduate Minor

In the fall of 2015, the CASID and the College of Social Science began offering the Global Studies in Social Science undergraduate minor for students who want to add a global interdisciplinary element to their coursework and learn how global systems and cultures influence international relations and national trends.


To complete the minor, students must:

  • Take a minimum of 15 credits in courses that are 200 level or above from across the College of Social Science and other units at the university.
  • The courses must include at least two global conceptual courses that are thematic and cover more than one world region (advisors with the College of Social Science will help students select courses).
  • Take at least one course focusing on a single geographic area: Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language, equivalent to four semesters in a single language.

Students also take their knowledge out of the traditional classroom setting and apply it in a field experience, internship, independent study, or by writing a thesis. The minor culminates with a global studies capstone seminar that students select with their advisor. The College of Social Science has provided a list of approved courses for students interested in the global studies in social science minor. 

For more information, contact Nicolas Gisholt at the College of Social Science at gisholt(at)msu.edu or 517-432-2212. To see which courses will be offered in the coming semester, please see the Office of the Registrar.

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