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Undergraduate Minor Requirements

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.

Students must meet the following requirements.

Credit Requirements

Complete a minimum of 15 credits in courses at the 200 level or above excluding any credits in courses that are used to satisfy the Foreign Language Proficiency requirement referenced in item 2. below. Not more than 4 of the 15 credits may be in 200–level courses. 

Foreign Language Proficiency

Demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language equivalent to four semesters of study at the university level. The results of the Michigan State University foreign language placement test will be considered in determining whether or not the student has fulfilled this requirement. The student is encouraged to complete a fifth semester of study in the language that focuses on the culture, history, and literature of a developing region of the world. 

Conceptual Courses

Complete at least two of the following courses that are in a field other than the student's major (6 credits):

  • ABM 427   Global Agri-Food Industries and Markets  (3 credits)
  • ANP 321   Anthropology of Social Movements   (3 credits)
  • ANP 370   Culture, Health, and Illness   (3 credits)
  • ANP 431 Gender, Environment and Development   (3 credits)
  • ANP 436   Globalization and Justice: Issues in Political and Legal Anthropology   (3 credits)
  • ANR 250   Global Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources   (3 credits)
  • ANR 475   International Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources   (2 to 6 credits)
  • ANS 480   Animal Systems in International Development   (3 credits)
  • EC 410   Issues in the Economics of Developing Countries (W)   (3 credits)
  • EEP 260   World Food, Population and Poverty   (3 credits)
  • GEO 435   Geography of Health and Disease   (3 credits)
  • GEO 454   Geography of Environment and Development   (3 credits)
  • MC 320   Politics, Society and Economy in the Third World   (3 credits)
  • PLS 342   Comparative Political Economy   (3 credits)
  • PLS 344   Politics of Developing Countries   (3 credits)
  • PLS 347   Democratic Regimes   (3 credits)
  • PLS 363   International and Domestic Political Conflict   (3 credits)
  • SOC 310   Global Migration   (3 credits)
  • SOC 362   Developing Societies   (3 credits)
  • SOC 416   Global Regions   (3 credits)
  • SOC 451   Dynamics of Population   (3 credits)
  • SOC 452   Environment and Society   (3 credits)
  • WS 403   Women and Change in Developing Countries   (3 credits)


4. Regional Courses: Complete at least one course in any one of the following four geographic areas:

Africa and the Middle East

ANP 416   Anthropology of Southern Africa   (3 credits)

ANP 419   Anthropology of the Middle East   (3 credits)

EC 414   Economic Analysis of Sub–Saharan Africa (W)   (3 credits)

GEO 338   Geography of Africa   (3 credits)

GEO 339   Geography of the Middle East and North Africa   (3 credits)

HST 208   Introduction to African History, Culture and Society   (4 credits)

HST 361   African History since 1800   (3 credits)

HST 364   South Africa: From Shaka Zulu to Mandela   (3 credits)

HST 373   The Modern Middle East: From Empires to Nation States   (3 credits)

HST 450   Special Topics in African History   (3 credits)

HST 484   Seminar in African History (W)   (3 credits)

MC 324A   Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Middle East   (4 credits)

MC 324B   Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Sub–Saharan Africa   (4 credits)

PLS 346   Middle East Politics   (3 credits)

PLS 351   African Politics   (3 credits)



ANP 414   Anthropology of South Asia   (3 credits)

ANP 415   China: Culture and Society   (3 credits)

ANP 437   Asian Emigrant Communities: A Global Perspective   (3 credits)

EC 413   Economic Analysis of Asia (W)   (3 credits)

GEO 337   Geography of Asia-Pacific   (3 credits)

HST 210   Modern East Asia   (4 credits)

HST 367   Imperial China   (3 credits)

HST 368   China since 1900   (3 credits)

HST 369   Japan to 1800   (3 credits)

HST 370   Japan Since 1800   (3 credits)

HST 451   Special Topics in Asian History   (3 credits)

HST 485   Seminar in Asian History (W)   (3 credits)

MC 323   Japanese Foreign Policy   (4 credits)

MC 324D   Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in Asia   (4 credits)

PLS 354   Politics of Asia   (3 credits)



EC 406   Economic Analysis of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (W)   (3 credits)

GEO 336   Geography of Europe   (3 credits)

GEO 340   Geography of Eurasia   (3 credits)  

HST 336   Contemporary Europe, 1870 to Present   (3 credits)

HST 342   Modern East-Central Europe   (3 credits)

HST 344   Russia in the Twentieth Century   (3 credits)

HST 348   Modern Germany   (3 credits)

HST 452   Special Topics in European History   (3 credits)

MC 328   Russian Foreign Policy   (4 credits)

PLS 356   Politics of Europe and the European Union   (3 credits)

PLS 358   Politics of the U.S.S.R. and Its Successor States   (3 credits)


Latin America and the Caribbean

ANP 410   Anthropology of Latin America   (3 credits)

EC 412   Economic Analysis of Latin America (W)   (3 credits)

GEO 335   Geography of Latin America   (3 credits)

HST 212   National Latin America   (3 credits)

HST 382   Modern Brazil   (3 credits)

HST 383    The Caribbean   (3 credits)

HST 384   Modern Mexico   (3 credits)

HST 453   Special Topics in Latin American History   (3 credits)

HST 486   Seminar in Latin American History (W)   (3 credits)

MC 324C   Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Latin America and the Caribbean   (3 credits)


5.Field Experience, Internship, Thesis, or Independent Study (3 or 4 credits). Complete one of the following three options:

  • An overseas field experience or internship in one of the four geographic areas listed in item 4. above
  • A domestic internship that involves working on global issues
  • A thesis or independent study under the direction of a faculty member


6. Senior–level Seminar Course (3 or 4 credits). Complete one course with significant global content, approved by the College of Social Science academic advisor for the Global Studies in Social Science minor.

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