Minor in International Studies

General Information

  • Offered by: The Department of Political Science
  • For further information: Consult the minor advisor, Dr. Greg Anderson, greg.anderson@ualberta.ca.

This minor is commonly taken as part of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program, which has additional regulations and requirements, including specific regulations for cross-listed courses.

Students from other programs should note the regulations and requirements on their own program page.

This interdisciplinary minor subject of concentration will enable students to examine the processes by which international forces of many sorts (particularly political, economic, and cultural forces) influence the lives people lead and the choices they face. Courses taken for this subject of concentration may also analyze international influences upon political, economic, social, cultural and environmental patterns and change in individual nations and communities.

Requirements for the Minor

  • See requirements for Minors found on the Bachelor of Arts (BA) page.
  • A minor in International Studies requires 12 to a maximum of 42 at the senior level, including at least 6 at the 300- and/or 400-level, in courses identified by the Faculty of Arts of which at least 3 must come from each of the following three lists.

Core Courses - Political

  • These core courses focus upon the political aspects of international studies:
  • POL S 261 - International Relations 
  • POL S 364 - Introduction to International Political Economy

Core Courses - Economic

These core courses focus upon the economic aspects of international studies:

  • ECON 213 - An Introduction to the Economics of Developing Countries 
  • ECON 323 - International Economics 
  • ECON 414 - Economics of Developing Countries 
  • ECON 421 - International Trade 
  • ECON 422 - International Payments

Core Courses - Cultural

These core courses focus upon the cultural aspects of international studies:

  • ENGL 223 - Reading Empire and the Postcolonial 
  • PSYCO 341 - Cultural Psychology 
  • PSYCO 440 - Advanced Topics in Culture and Psychology 
  • SOC 269 - Introductory Sociology of Globalization 
  • SOC 369 - Sociology of Globalization

Additional Courses

The following courses also engage political, economic, and/or cultural aspects of international studies, and can also be counted toward the minor

  • ECON 442 - The Economics of Financial Markets 
  • EDPS 425 - Global Education: Issues and Strategies for Teachers 
  • ENGL 481 - Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial 
  • HIST 339 - The Modern British Empire and the Commonwealth Experience 
  • HIST 490 - Topics in British Empire and Commonwealth History 
  • POL S 359 - Topics in International Politics
  • POL S 365
  • POL S 434
  • POL S 443 - Globalization, Ethnic Politics and the Nation-State 
  • POL S 462 - Political Economy of Global Governance 
  • PSYCO 344 - Intercultural Communication 
  • SC PO 261 - Relations internationales I 
  • SC PO 262 - Relations internationales II 
  • SOC 370 - Racism and Decolonization 
  • WGS 310 - Gender and Social Justice in Contemporary Africa

To change your Major or Minor or declare a Certificate, use the relevant form in the Faculty of Arts Forms Cabinet. The FAQs page has lots of answers, too

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For assistance contact:

Nancy Thompson
Undergraduate Advisor