Coordinator: David Changnon, Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
The minor in global studies offers students the opportunity to acquire a strong global focus for their program of studies. Such a global focus is important for making students competitive in the increasingly globalized economy and society. The global studies minor is open to students in all disciplines and fields and is appropriate for students planning careers in business, government, foreign service, social science teaching at the secondary level, and law, or graduate study in international studies or a related discipline. It may be especially useful for business, foreign language, and journalism students wishing to supplement their credentials.
Students in the minor select courses from the foundation courses and then choose courses from within one of the several options that provide greater depth through study in either global business studies in commerce, global political studies, global development studies, or global arts studies.
Students taking the global studies minor are strongly encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program and to complete the four-semester sequence in a relevant foreign language. Course credit earned through an approved NIU study-abroad program or a globally-focused engaged learning opportunity through an independent study or internship is also strongly encouraged as an option toward satisfying the minor requirements.