Purpose. The undergraduate minor in International Studies contributes to both the professional development and intellectual enrichment of participating undergraduate students, enabling them to develop a broad understanding of the rapidly changing global environment in which they will be expected to function during their professional careers. The Minor provides a rigorous and intellectually challenging interdisciplinary program that supplements other undergraduate programs and the student's major area of study.
Requirements. Completion, with grades of C or better, of 15 (business majors) to 18 (all others) credits of course work, primarily at the 3000 and 4000 level, that focuses on global issues and/or countries other than the United States from the 19th century to the present. No more than 3 independent study credits may be counted toward the minor. Students must complete at least one course from three of the following four areas:
Courses in Group 1 will generally be drawn from the fields of Political Science and/or History; courses in Group 2 from Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and/or Business. Those in Group 3 will generally be taken in Sociology and/or Anthropology, and those in Group 4 in the fields of Art, Art History, Literature and/or Philosophy. No more than two courses (6 credits) taken to earn the minor may be double counted toward the student's major. Students select course work for the Minor in consultation with the International Studies Undergraduate Advisor.
Tools and Experience. In addition to the course requirements, to qualify for the Minor in International Studies, a student must meet one of the following three requirements:
Language. Advanced intermediate competence in a modern language other than English, which may be demonstrated through course work (i.e., equivalent to 2 courses at the 3000 level or above with grades of C or better) taken at UConn or in an approved study abroad program or via an examination administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
Study Abroad. For U.S. students, participation in an approved study abroad program that includes at least six weeks residence in a country other than the United States. International students meet this requirement through enrollment at UConn for at least one semester.
Internships. An international internship (with or without pay) of at least six
weeks duration with an organization in another country, or an internship
with a strong international component in an organization in the United
States. The International Studies Undergraduate Advisor must approve
the internship in advance. The student may apply no more than 3 credits
of appropriate internship course work to the International Studies
Click here to download the International Studies Minor Plan of Study Form. This form, along with required signatures, must be turned into the Registrar’s Office no later than the 4th week of classes of the semester in which you expect to graduate. To meet with an advisor for the International Studies minor, you can schedule an appointment with Monica van Beusekom or LuAnn Saunders-Kanabay via AdvApp (listed under “Enrichment Programs”). http://www.iisp.uconn.edu/im_intlst.html
Students in the Master of Arts program in International Studies may pursue a general program or a concentration in European Studies or Latin American Studies. Students in the general program are expected to develop individualized concentrations, such as development studies, human rights, or a traditional academic discipline.
Information regarding the general Master's program in International Studies as well as the European Studies Concentration may be obtained from Dr. Elizabeth Mahan, (860) 486-2908.
Information regarding the Master's program in Latin American Studies may be obtained from Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, (860) 486-4964.
Dual and Concurrent M.A. Degrees
M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. The dual M.A. and M.B.A. degree program consists of 72 credits of course work distributed between International Studies and Business Administration. The M.B.A. portion of the program consists of 42 credits in business, plus fifteen credits of electives. The M.A. portion of the program comprises 30 credits of course work, of which 15 credits count as electives in the M.B.A. portion.
When completing the application form, applicants to the dual M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. must indicate clearly as Degree Sought that pursuit of the "Dual M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. Program" is intended. Applicants must submit the both the School of Business application form and the general Graduate Application, although only one application fee must be paid. Applicants are expected to provide three letters of recommendation and scores from both the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
For information about the M.B.A. program, visit the M.B.A. website: http://www.sba.uconn.edu/ and follow the Navigation links to the M.B.A. Program.
M.A. in International Studies and Master of Public Administration. This concurrent degree program is appropriate for students who wish to combine the Master of Public Administration theory and skill-based courses relevant to a career in public service with in-depth knowledge of International Studies or one of the area studies concentrations. Students wishing to earn the M.A./M.P.A. must apply and be admitted to both graduate programs, and, once accepted, meet all the requirements of each program. The M.A./M.P.A. requires a minimum of 48 graduate credits. To satisfy the requirements of the M.A. degree in International Studies, students complete a minimum of 30 credits, 12 credits of which may be earned in M.P.A. courses. The M.P.A. portion of the degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of M.P.A. courses, including a 12-credit hour concentration in an international or area studies field. For information and an application to the M.P.A. program, visit the M.P.A. website.
M.A. in International Studies and Master of Survey Research. This concurrent degree program is appropriate for students who wish
to combine the Master of Survey Research theory and skill-based courses
with in-depth knowledge of International Studies or one of the area
studies concentrations: African Studies, European Studies, or Latin
American Studies. Students wishing to earn the M.A/M.S.R. must apply
and be admitted to both graduate programs, and, once accepted, meet
all the requirements of each program. The M.A./M.S.R. requires a minimum
of 48 graduate credits. To satisfy the requirements of the M.A. degree
in International Studies or one of the area studies concentrations,
students complete a minimum of 30 credits, 6 credits of which may
be earned in Survey Research courses. The M.S.R. portion of the degree
requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of courses. Visit the M.S.R.
program website for more information.
Application materials can be downloaded from the Graduate
School website. Scores from the General Test of Graduate Record
Examination, a personal statement, official transcripts from all previously
attended post-secondary institutions, and three letters of recommendation,
preferably from individuals familiar with your academic work and potential
for graduate study, are required for admission. All application materials
should be compiled and submitted together to University of Connecticut,
Graduate Admissions, 438 Whitney Road Ext. Unit 1006, Storrs, CT 06269-1006.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in accordance with Graduate
School guidelines. Applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid must submit their complete applications by February 15.
Financial aid includes a small number of Graduate Assistantships and
University of Connecticut Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in varying amounts.
Students wishing to be considered for financial aid should so indicate
on the application form. Information is also available on the Financial
The Office of International Affairs and the area studies programs sponsor an array of co-curricular events and outreach activities. The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center houses major archival and special research collections, notably the Nürnberg Trials archive, the papers of the African National Congress and the Hispanic Culture and History Collection. The Latin American Survey Data Bank, in the Roper Center for Public Opinion and Research, offers historical and current national-level surveys from throughout the region. Through the University’s membership in the Latin American Studies Consortium of New England, Latin American Studies students have access to the resources of the other members (the University of Massachusetts, Brown University and Yale University), including classes and libraries.