CGIS Undergraduate

Academic Director: Mike Wuthrich, Assistant Director, Center for Global and International Studies, mwuthrich@ku.edu.   
Academic Advisor: Laura Leonard, laleonar@ku.edu. To make an advising appointment, please call 785-864-3500.

Requirements for the Minor

Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

GIST Minor Core Requirements

Global & International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Satisfied by completion of GIST 220, and one course from the following list:

GIST 220 Introduction to Global and International Studies 3
and one of the following:  
GIST 210/ANTH 201 Culture and Health 3
or GIST 211 Culture and Health, Honors
or ANTH 202 Culture and Health, Honors
GIST/HIST 215 A Global History of Money: Aristotle to Bitcoin 3
GEOG 100 World Regional Geography 3
or GEOG 101 World Regional Geography, Honors
GEOG 102 People, Place, and Society 3
or GEOG 103 Principles of Human Geography, Honors
ANTH 108 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3-4
or ANTH 109 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Honors
or ANTH 308 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology
The Varieties of Human Experience  
The Varieties of Human Experience
ECON 104 Introductory Economics 4
or ECON 105 Introductory Economics, Honors
ECON 144 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
or ECON 145 Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors
POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
or POLS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics 3
or POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics Honors
HIST 103 Environment and History 3
HIST/EVRN/GEOG 140 Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change 5
HIST/EVRN/GEOG 142 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization 5
REL 106 Asian Religions 3
or REL 107 Jews, Christians, Muslims
or REL 108 Asian Religions, Honors
or REL 109 Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors
SOC 130 Comparative Societies 3
or SOC 131 Comparative Societies, Honors
ABSC 150 Community Leadership 3

Issues in Global Studies: (6 hours/2 courses). Minors must take 2 courses from an approved list of GIST courses focusing on contemporary global themes on subjects such as human trafficking, the global environment, terrorism, transnational migration and borders, global issues in gender, citizenship, indigenous peoples, the global economic system, and globalization. Courses offered as: GIST 550: Issues in Global Studies:__________ are always approved to fulfill this requirement.

Issues in Global Studies (6) 6
World Indigenous Literatures  
Global Environmental Literature  
Key Themes in Modern Global History  
Globalization: History and Theory  
Globalization: A Geographic Approach  
Environmental Geopolitics  
Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas  
Genocide and Ethnocide  
Global Internship  
Globalization  
Issues in Global Studies: _____  
Seminar in Urban Geography  
The Literature of Human Rights  
Gender, Culture, and Migration  
Anthropology of Violence  
Geopolitics and Genocide  
Indigenous Peoples of the World  
Islam and Politics  
International Human Rights  
Sociology of Global Health  
Wealth, Power, and Inequality  
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations  
Sociology of Violence  
Sociology of Sport  

Global & International Studies International Electives.(6 hours/2 courses) Minors must take 2 courses from the list of approved international elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to strategically select courses that would help them to maximize its linkage to another major or minor with another program, or use the electives to help fulfill requirements from the KU Core. Students may, however, select from any of the approved courses available. 

The following list shows the most commonly taught approved international electives.  To see a full list of approved courses for the international elective, consult our website.  Other courses may also be approved in consultation with the department.

Modern Africa  
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies  
The United States in Global Context  
Indigenous Traditions of Latin America  
Introduction to Intercultural Communication  
Eastern Civilizations  
International Trade  
The European Union  
Environmental Policy Analysis  
History of the International Sound Film Post 1950  
Introduction to Cultural Geography  
Geography of African Development  
Geography of Latin America  
Peoples and Cultures of South Asia  
Social Movements in the Middle East  
The Modern Middle East  
Introduction to History of Japan: Anime to Zen  
Introduction to International Business  
International Management  
Latin American Culture and Society  
Politics of the Middle East  
United States Foreign Policy  
Chinese Foreign Policy  
Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe  
Societies and Cultures of Eurasia  
Islam  
Religion in India  
Population and Society  
Wealth, Power, and Inequality  
From Mystics to Feminists: Women's History in Europe 1600 to the Present  

Global & International Studies Minor Foreign Language

Global & International Studies Foreign Language Course. Satisfied by completing one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4thsemester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above); or any available additional language course (3-5 hours).

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.


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