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Education for Global Citizenship

The minor in international studies allows all Dartmouth students, regardless of major, to become educated in the cross-cutting global forces that shape the vital issues of our day. These issues - environmental change, global health crises, global inequality, terrorism and violence - transcend boundaries by their very nature, and as such cannot be understood from a single disciplinary perspective.

At the same time, a strong disciplinary grounding is essential for providing a rigorous training and relevant bodies of knowledge to ascertain facts and understand values. The international studies minor aims to make students cognizant of the interplay between local and global processes, human and environmental interactions, and places, identities, and culture. Through this understanding we help students to prepare to live productive, responsible lives in an interconnected and rapidly changing world.

Application for the minor should ideally be made by the student’s sixth term of study, and must be made no later than the third term prior to graduation.


A total of six courses, to include the following:

Four ‘core’ multidisciplinary courses: (Updated 6/18/2014)

INTS 15: Violence and Security (offered  14F, 15W, 15F, 16W at 12)

INTS 16: Introduction to International Development (offered 14F at 2, 15W, 16W at 10, 15F at 10A)

INTS 17: Cultures, Places, and Identities (offered 15S at 12, 15F on M3-6, 16S at 2A)

15S at 12, Aguado, Memories from the Dark Side: Political Repression in Europe

15F on M3-6, Martin, The Humanities and Human Rights

16S at 10A, Spitta & Gemunden, Migration Stories

INTS 18: Global Health and Society (offered 15W & 16W at 2A, 15S & 16S at 2, 15X at 10)

pdf Core Course Descriptions

The above courses are offered annually. Students for whom the D-plan renders it impossible to take the specific courses above may petition the Steering Committee to substitute a similar course offered at the College. No more than two of the four core courses may be substituted. Substitutions are permitted at the discretion of the Steering Committee.

• One advanced Language and Literature Course (a course beyond the 1,2, 3 introductory sequence and excluding literature courses taught in English.)

• One Elective Course selected from a list of courses (regular department/program offerings that meet the program’s aims) approved by the Steering Committee (Note: FSA or LSA courses not eligible for the major or other minor MAY be eligible for the IS minor, at the discretion of the Steering Committee.)

pdf IS Minor Electives.pdf

Students are strongly encouraged to pair their study with at least one international experience – a language or foreign study program, an international internship, or an international research program.

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