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International Studies Minor

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The College of Mount Saint Vincent offers a Minor in International Studies, an interdisciplinary program of ten participating Departments jointly offering 61 courses. International Studies prepares students for dialogue between cultures and civilizations.

The International Studies Minor is a multi-disciplinary field in which students are exposed to economics, art, social and political history, literature, and a modern language (other than English) of their choice. Any discipline can enrich International Studies if it contributes to a better understanding of the nature of international issues. 

The International Studies Minor broadens the knowledge base of College of Mount Saint Vincent students wishing to pursue a graduate education in law or in international studies, as well as those who wish to obtain careers in international affairs, business, government, non-governmental organizations or international organizations.

The field of International Studies emphasizes a multicultural world view and values multi-lingual competency, fostering understanding and communication across cultural divides. College of Mount Saint Vincent students come from many different countries, and the proportion of students whose mother tongue is not English is over 40%. Given its multicultural orientation, the International Studies Minor meets both the interpersonal and the intellectual needs of this diverse group of students. 

Program Goals
The goal of the International Studies Minor is to contribute to a better understanding of the nature of international issues by equipping students with a relational, interdisciplinary and multi-cultural perspective on international society and systems, at both the intergovernmental and non-governmental levels. Emphasis is placed on cross-cultural communication and the acquisition of multilingual competency. 

Program Requirements

1. The Minor in International Studies is 18 course credits. 
2. One course must be in Modern Languages and Literatures, in addition to the 6-credit core curriculum requirement. This can be any 200- or 300-level language or culture course, according the students' needs. 
3. Five additional courses must be taken in the eligible disciplines, which include Business and Economics, Communications, English, Fine Arts, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy/Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Education, and Integrated Courses. 
4. At least one course must be in Business and Economics, and one in History. 
5. No more than two courses can be taken in any one discipline. 
6. At least four of the courses must be at the 300/400 level. 
7. A minimum grade of “C” is required for credit in each of the six courses. 
8. A maximum of six credits is accepted from courses that have been taken to satisfy requirements in a student's Major or Minor, or in the core curriculum. 
9. A Minor contract must be approved by the Coordinator(s) of the Minor in International Studies.

Course Requirements

Category A. One course in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, in addition to the 6-credit core curriculum requirement. This can be any 200- or 300-level language or culture course, according to the students' level of proficiency. See course descriptions. 3 credits.

Category B. Five courses from the following list of courses, no more than two of which can be taken in any one discipline. At least one course must be in Business and Economics, and one in History. 15 credits

Business and Economics 
BUSN 309 International Business  
BUSN/ECON 370, 470 Special Topics in Business/Economics
BUSN 401 International Political Economy 
BUSN 409 International Marketing 
BUSN 419 International Finance 
ECON 336 International Trade 

COMM 370, 470 Topics in Communication I, II, III, IV, V, VI
COMM 371 Intercultural Communication

ENG 215 Dialogue with World Writers
ENG 421 Topics in Literature

Fine Arts 
ART 313 Nineteenth Century Art 
ART 314 Modern Art 
ART 431 Art of Native Cultures 
ART 436 Topics in Art 

HIST 315 Colonial Latin America 
HIST 317 Modern Latin America in the 19th and 20th Centuries 
HIST 330 Colonialism in Africa and Asia
HIST 333 Modern Asia 
HIST 349 Modern Africa 
HIST 376, 476 Topics in World History 
HIST 414 History of Russia 
HIST 417 The U.S. Role in Vietnam, 1940-1975
HIST 430 Europe, 1830-1914: Industrialization, Ideologies, Imperialism
HIST 437 Europe, 1914-45: World Wars and the Holocaust
HIST 445 Europe, 1945-1995: From the Cold War to Democratic Revolutions
HIST 447 Modern Irish Politics: North and South
HIST 448 Modern France. 1789 to the Present
HIST 449 Europe: Modern Italy
HIST 466 International Terrorism 
Integrated Courses
INTG 325 A Nation of Immigrants 
INTG 328 Global Challenges 
INTG 391 Special Topics in Integrated Studies

Modern Languages and Literatures
Prerequisite for all 300-level courses is one of the following: French/Italian/ Spanish 209, and 210 or 216, or placement with an extraordinary background in French/Italian/Spanish, or near-native fluency. Prerequisite for all 400-level courses: 307, 350, and one of the following: 340, 341, 342 or 351; or with the permission of the Chairperson.

FREN 216/316 Aspects of French and Francophone Culture 
FREN 303 French and Francophone Culture through Film 
FREN 340 French Civilization 
FREN 341 Contemporary French Civilization 
FREN 342 The Francophone World: A Cultural Study 
FREN 420 Special Topics in French 
ITAL 216, 316 Aspects of Italian Culture 
ITAL 303 Italian Culture through Film 
ITAL 340 Medieval and Renaissance Italian Civilization 
ITAL 341 Contemporary Italian Civilization 
ITAL 420, 320 Special Topics in Italian 
SPAN 300 Hispanic Musical Heritage 
SPAN 303 Hispanic Culture through Film 
SPAN 340 Spanish Civilization 
SPAN 341 Latin American Civilization 
SPAN 420, 320 Special Topics in Spanish 
SPAN 440 Gender Studies in Hispanic Literature 

Philosophy/Religious Studies
PHIL 326 Thought and Culture 
PHIL 370, 470 Topics in Philosophy 
RELS 215 Introduction to the Eastern Religions 
RELS 370, 470 Topics in Religion 

PSYC 321 Social Psychology 
PSYC 330 Special Topics in Psychology 

SOC 302 Race and Ethnicity 
SOC 304 Globalization and Inequality 
SOC 305 Urban Sociology 
SOC 362 Organized Crime 
SOC 399 Sociology of Gender 

Teacher Education 
EDUC 504 Cross-Cultural Communication 

Dr. David Aliano
Founders Hall, Room 359
Phone: (718) 405-3494
Dr. Rosita E. Villagómez
Founders Hall, Room 359
Phone: (718) 405-3787