2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog
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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog > Academic Programs and Courses > Academic Enrichment and Learning > Interdisciplinary Studies > International Studies Minor
The International Studies Minor at East Stroudsburg University is designed to provide the undergraduate student with an interdisciplinary program of coursework and international experience that enhances the knowledge and skills acquired in the student’s chosen major.
Students pursuing this minor become better equipped to engage the process of globalization in an informed way. In addition, they develop a multilingual dimension that is not only sought by employers but also advocated nationally as a step toward constructive world citizenship. The minor is open to all matriculating students at East Stroudsburg University, and it may be used to enrich any degree program.
In conjunction with his or her academic adviser and with a member of the Modern Language Department, the student develops a plan of coursework fulfilling two areas of study, as follows:
International themes might include area studies, economic interdependence, global environmental issues, comparative cultural studies, transnational business, world political systems, international healthcare alternatives, or others.
At least six of the 12 credits must be from the following departments: Economics, Geography, History or Political Science. Only three of the 12 credits may be from a 100-level course. At least six of the 12 credits must be at the 300/400 level. All courses must fit the student’s pre-approved study plan.
More than 12 credits may be accepted for this requirement if fulfillment of the language requirement (below) requires fewer than nine credits.
Students must achieve Intermediate-level fluency in a second (or third) language. This requirement may be met in a number of ways.
Students will be very strongly encouraged to engage in a semester-length or summer study abroad experience, with appropriate guidance provided. Credits earned overseas can be applied toward completion of the minor’s 21 credits.
A quality point average of 2.5 must be maintained.
Upon completion of both components of the minor the student will write a final essay that includes reflections on his or her coursework and intercultural experiences.
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