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Global and International Studies Minor

The Global and International Studies minor: is an interdisciplinary minor that offers students the opportunity to address trans-cultural and trans-historical topics in global contexts. This minor provides broad curricular options so that students may move among disciplines to focus their minor in ways that will prepare them for their future graduate studies, or for jobs in our increasingly globalized marketplace.

Students are encouraged to take the Gateway Course (GIS 2350) and complete at least 15 semester credit hours of approved course work.

  • GIS 2350 - Introduction to Global and International Studies (open Honors)
    Global and International Studies gateway course examines major global trends from a multidisciplinary perspective with the emphasis on various dimensions of globalization and change.  The course addresses topics such as social, economic, political issues pertaining to trade, equality, development, migration, human rights, health, energy, environment, governance and security with the focus on key actors such as nation states, multinational corporations, intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations.  This course is offered with the aim of preparing students for future graduate studies, or for jobs in our increasingly globalized marketplace.

Concentrations: Students select a concentration that focuses on a topic, region, or period. The courses listed in each concentration are not exclusive to that concentration; students may complete their chosen concentration with relevant courses from the list as a whole, but only two courses may be taken in the same department. In all cases, students must select courses coherent with, and complementary to their area of concentration.

Affiliate Faculty: Students may be guided by Comparative Cultural Studies Faculty and Affiliate Faculty, who will assist them in focusing their GIS minor within their selected area of concentration. Students are encouraged to contact the CCS and Affiliate Faculty members listed in their concentration to discuss their course plan for the GIS minor.

No Double Counting: Note that no course taken to fulfill the GIS minor may be applied towards a student’s major or any other minor. (NB: Liberal Studies also prohibits any and all “double dipping” among the three minors required for the BA in Liberal Studies.) Students choose their concentration in consultation with relevant CCS and Affiliate Faculty members and with the minor’s Academic Advisor (Tamara Cobb), always with a view towards intellectual depth, focus, and coherence within a particular concentration. In exceptional cases, a student may design his/her concentration from the approved courses in consultation with a CCS or Affiliate Faculty member and the Departmental Advisor.

Prerequisites: If there are pre-requisites for a particular course that a student has not completed, he/she may request permission of the instructor to take the course, or select another course from those approved for the minor.

The Goal: The GIS minor offers the flexibility necessary to serve our students’ intellectual, professional, and personal goals as they enter our global village.


The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies is pleased to announce the Beatrice and Jesse Mladenka-Fowler Scholarship for full-time UH students.

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