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The global studies minor is designed to provide an exciting interdisciplinary global perspective on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The program is flexible, designed to complement any major and help put your knowledge to work in an international environment.
This minor gives students knowledge of other cultures and the diversity of people around the world. Students will learn intercultural communication skills in group and individual settings.
- Courses and requirements
The global studies minor is flexible, designed to complement any major. You can include interests outside your major, add international perspective to what you're already studying, focus on a region or culture, pursue topics with global implications — it's up to you.
Students must complete 18 -19 credit hours.
These credits include:
- 1 core course in the student's learning outcome category (12-13 credits)
- 2 course electives (6 credits) in any of the thematic categories listed in the program of studies, while also focusing on two different learning outcomes
- Nine credits of approved course work at the 300-400 level.
Students must complete one semester of foreign language study at WSU beyond the admissions requirement. At least 12-13 credit hours must be taken in residence at WSU or through a study abroad experience approved by WSU.
See the WSU Catalog for requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University’s general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. More about WSU scholarships and financial aid.
For students in global studies
The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad. Visit the school’s scholarship page for more information.
Global studies students may also apply for more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Visit the CAS website for more scholarship information.
- Student clubs
There are many student clubs that can enhance your experience and develop global perspective. Here are a couple you might want to consider:
- Careers in Global Studies
A global studies minor can help advance careers in:
- Public relations, marketing, and advertising
- International business, banking, and finance
- Travel, tourism, and hospitality
- Health and social services
- Science, engineering, and technology
- Music, film, drama, entertainment, photography
- Journalism, publishing, and editing
- Translation and interpretation in healthcare and legal services professions
- Education/teaching in middle school, high school, and college
- Customer service and personnel management
- Customs and immigration
- Law enforcement
- Intelligence (CIA, FBI, National Security)
- Peace Corps and aid agencies
Skills you can market with a Global Studies minor:
- Proficiency in a language other than English
- Cross-cultural communication
- Awareness of cultural differences and sensitivity to cultural issues
- Global experience
- Ability to adjust to new environments
- Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds
- Enhanced speaking and writing abilities
- Enhanced reading and listening comprehension skills
- Independent, critical, and creative thinking with increased analytical and problem-solving skills