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International Minors

Enhance your major with an International Minor

In an increasingly interconnected global society, an international minor helps you to integrate, explore, and think clearly about issues that are important to the world today.

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Enhance your major by earning an international minor

What International Minors are available?

International Business Minor

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International Studies Minor

Increasingly, global programs are both interdisciplinary and transnational.  The International Studies Minor gives students a platform for exploring selected regions, by choosing the Area Studies Emphasis or focusing on an interdisciplinary global problem by choosing the Global/Thematic Empahsis. 

The Global/Thematic emphasis offers you the opportunity to examine broad international issues that transcend a single nation or geographic area. Previous students have focused their Global Thematic Emphasis in such areas as: global women's health; international trafficking; global legal perspectives; international organizations; poverty and development;international human rights; peace and conflict studies; and diplomacy. Subjects which are most appropriate for the Global Thematic Emphasis benefit from systematic approaches distinct from the examination of single-nation or area studies. You develop your own theme and present a detailed proposal to the Associate Provost for International Programs for approval usually no later than the first quarter of junior year. Students planning to participate in a program abroad should obtain approval prior to departure.

Students must complete the following requirements for a minor in International Studies with a Global/Thematic emphasis: International Studies Minor Requirements Table


Within the Area Studies Emphasis students select one of three options:

  • African Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies

The Area Studies Emphasis provides students a framework for delving into cultures, languages, politics, and global challenges facing the particular region.  Students must complete the following requirements for a minor in International Studies with an Area Studies Emphasis: International Studies Minor Table

How do I declare an International Studies Minor?


  1. Download and complete the International Studies Minor Academic Plan
    • If you would like to set up an appointment for general advising on the International Studies Minor and/or the Academic Plan Form, please contact the Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost at: (408) 551- 3085,
  2. Submit the completed Academic Plan Form to the Associate Provost at
    • If you have already completed the capstone component of your proposed academic plan, submit the Capstone Summary with your Academic Plan. If you have not yet fulfilled the capstone requirement, the Capstone Summary Form should be submitted upon completion of your capstone experience (see 4).
    • The Associate Provost will notify you regarding the approval of your academic plan. The Academic Plan must be approved and signed by the Associate Provost. 
  3. Once your Academic Plan is approved, a scanned copy of the signed form will be sent to you for your records
  4. Upon completion of the capstone requirement, e.g., study abroad, internship, international experience, etc., the Capstone Summary must be completed and submitted to the Associate Provost for International Programs at Please note: portions of the Capstone Summary must be completed by the on-site supervisor of the capstone experience.
  1. Obtain a Program Petition form from One-Stop in the Registrar's Office
  2. Following approval of the International Studies Academic Plan, submit completed Program Petition form to the Associate Provost for International Programs for signature.
  3. You will be notified when your Program Petition has been signed and is ready to be picked up from the the Associate Provost.
  4. Turn in your signed Program Petition to the Drahmann Center.

Last updated February 13, 2014