International Studies Minor

(The Interdisciplinary Studies: International Studies minor is housed in the Department of Politics and International Affairs.)
Office: E390 Thompson Hall
(716) 673-3887
Ivani Vassoler, Coordinator

Requirements for the Minor in International Studies (25 credit hours)

Core Requirements (10 credit hours):

Core requirements are intended to introduce students to international studies from the perspective of history, politics, and culture.

INTL 101Introduction to International Studies


HIST 102World History II


POLI 150World Affairs


ANTH 115Introductory Anthropology


Upper Level Course Requirement (9 credit hours):

Three courses at the 300 or higher level.


  • All three courses must come from the same International Studies Specialization as defined in the University Catalog (the specialization tracks are: International Political Economy; Advanced Industrial Societies; Cultural Studies of the Americas; The Developing World; European Cultural Studies; Peace and Conflict).

Total Credit Hours: 25

Foreign Language Requirement (minimum 3 credit hours):

The foreign language requirement may be completed via any of the following options:

  1. Completion of course work through the 216 level (second-semester intermediate)

    Important note about this requirement:

    If a language is offered by Fredonia at the elementary (115-116) level only, then, after completing these two courses, a student has the following options for completing the foreign language requirement, with the approval of the program advisor:

    1. With courses taken during a study-abroad program in a country where that language is spoken;

    2. With intermediate-level language courses taken at an approved institution in the U.S., including courses offered online through the SUNY Learning Network;

    3. By taking an additional foreign language sequence at the 115-116 level.

  2. Students with demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language must take a minimum of one course (3 credit hours) at the college level. Students may complete this requirement at Fredonia, in a program at an approved institution in the U.S., or in a foreign country.
  3. Additional foreign language coursework at the 300- and 400-levels is strongly recommended.

International Experience (3 credit hours):

All International Studies minors must complete a 3-credit "international experience," which can be fulfilled via enrollment in a short-term or long-term study-abroad program or the completion of an internship with an international agency.