Minor in Global & International Studies

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Program Details

A degree in GIST will give you the tools to understand the rapid changes occurring internationally and transnationally throughout the world. In our interdisciplinary program, faculty and students think critically about some of the most fundamental global and regional issues facing societies today such as:

  • population growth,
  • politics and governance,
  • migration,
  • the global economy,
  • poverty and inequality,
  • religion, race and ethnicity,
  • gender and sexuality,
  • peace and conflict, and
  • climate change.

A degree in GIST is helpful for careers in journalism, Foreign Service, business and industry, education, law, politics and government, and social service agencies.

Besides access to quality instruction and content, our students have access to the amazing international resources that put KU on the top shelf for international education--a nationally-ranked Study Abroad Program, instruction in 40 foreign languages, and local, national, and international internship opportunities.

Global & International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills (6 hours):

  • GIST 220 Introduction to Global and International Studies

    and one of the following:
  • ANTH 100 General Anthropology
  • ANTH 160 The Varieties of Human Experience
  • ANTH 162 The Varieties of Human Experience, Honors
  • ANTH 360 The Varieties of Human Experience
  • ECON 104 Introductory Economics
  • ECON 105 Introductory Economics, Honors
  • ECON 144 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 145 Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors
  • GEOG 100 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 102 People, Place, and Society
  • GEOG 103 People, Place, and Society, Honors
  • GIST 210 Culture and Health
  • GIST 211 Culture and Health, Honors
  • HIST/EVRN 103 Environment and History
  • HIST/EVRN/GEOG 140 Global Environment I
  • HIST 144 Global Environment I: Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors
  • HIST/EVRN/GEOG 142 Global Environment II
  • HIST 145 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors
  • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
  • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics
  • or POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics Honors
  • REL 104 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • SOC 130 Comparative Societies
  • SOC 131 Comparative Societies, Honors

Issues in Global Studies (6 hours):

  • 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.

Global & International Studies International Electives (6 hours):

  • 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.

GIST Minor Hours & GPA:

  • While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average 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.

Brian Lagotte

Director, GIST Undergraduate Studies



Bailey Hall, 215

Nicholas Pellett

Academic Advisor, GIST Undergraduate Program

Jayhawk Academic Advising



Bailey Hall, 205D

We are happy you are interested in our program. We encourage you to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brian Lagotte, at lagotte@ku.edu to speak about the program and your interests. If you are ready to declare a minor in GIST, please make an appointment with GIST Academic Advisor, Nicholas Pellett, at npellett@ku.edu.