Minor in Applied International Studies

The Minor in Applied International Studies is designed to help students integrate a practical, applied international experience into a coherent course of study. The minor is built around four key principles:

  • Local understanding with a global perspective
  • Theory combined with in-the-field experience
  • Applied cross-cultural communication skills
  • Independent research skills

The result is a comprehensive plan of study that allows students to gain the skills necessary for a productive, sustainable career in the global economy.

The Minor in Applied International Studies consists of six subjects from any program in the School of Humanities, Art, and Social Sciences, including:

  • At least two subjects focused on one area of the world, including at least one in the social sciences. Qualifying subjects will be determined with the help of the minor advisor.
  • The equivalent of four semesters of college language training related to the student's geographical specialization. Upper-level language subjects (beyond first-year subjects) may count toward the six-subject total.
  • An intensive international experience (MISTI, D-Lab, or other experience for at least two to three months).
  • A research seminar in international studies and social science, 17.591 Research Seminar in Applied International Studies. In consultation with the instructor, students pick a topic for extensive independent research and, over the course of the semester, complete a lengthy term paper. Normally students will take this seminar after completing some coursework and their international experience.

Students seeking additional information or wishing to plan their minor should contact Tobie Weiner, E53-483, 617-253-3649, or Professor Ben Schneider, E53-423, 617-253-7207.