Loyola University Chicago

Global and International Studies



The minor in Global and International Studies benefits students who want to engage in a focused program of coursework in international studies, but are majoring in disciplines the provide them with few opportunities to pursue their interest. The minor also benefits students whose majors allow them to explore aspects of the international system, but who want to broaden their studies to include perspectives of other disciplines or to focus more closely on particular regions of the world.

Upon completion of the program, Global and International Studies minors will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to analyze, interpret, or describe various dimensions of international or global issues, such as international political economy, culture, nationalism, religion, and colonialism
  2. Interpret, analyze, or describe some important contemporary global concerns (e.g., the environment, violence, human trafficking, poverty, child labor)
  3. Demonstrate geographical and historical knowledge of different world regions (Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, and the Middle East)
  4. Interpret, analyze,  or describe important elements of some non-US cultures
  5. Interpret, analyze,  or describe the modern political system of countries outside of North America

Minor Requirements

The curriculum leading to a minor in global and international studies consists of 18 semester hours of coursework (6 courses) and the fulfillment of a language proficiency requirement. Courses completed to satisfy the language requirement do not count toward the 18 semester hours of coursework.

Of the 18 hours of coursework leading to a minor in international studies, students must successfully complete all of the following:

  • GIST 101 Introduction to International Studies
  • Two general courses focusing on various aspects of international studies. See list of course offerings.
  • Three regional studies courses focusing on Africa, Asia (including East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia), Eastern or Western Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East. No more than two of these courses may examine the same region.

In order to ensure the interdisciplinary character of the program, no more than two courses eligible for international studies minor credit may be taken in a single academic department, with the exception of courses used to fulfill the modern language requirement.  A maximum of two (2) courses may count toward the GIST minor and another major.  A maximum of two (2) courses may count toward the GIST minor and another minor.  No more than three courses total can count for the GIST minor and all other declared majors/minors.

Language Requirement

The language requirement for the minor in Global and International Studies may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  • Successful completion of three or more years of high school instruction in the same modern language, other than English.
  • Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better of a 103-level or higher course in one of the languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
  • Completion of a language proficiency examination or the equivalent, administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, demonstrating proficiency at the 103 level or higher.
  • Determination by the director of the International Studies Program, in consultation with appropriate specialists, that a student has at least a 103-level reading and writing proficiency in a language that is not taught or tested at Loyola.

Declaring a Minor in Global and International Studies

Utilize LOCUS to declare a minor. It is also encouraged that you meet with the Global and International Studies program assistant, director, or assistant director to fill out basic paperwork and discuss program requirements, career goals, and internship options.