Global Studies minor

Global studies examine economic, political, social cultural, and scientific practices in a transnational and cross-cultural perspective. The Global Studies minor is designed to provide students with an integrated exposure to globally related scholarship across the disciplines and encourages a student in any major discipline to think in terms of the globalization that marks the contemporary world.

The program of study is designed to provide an exciting interdisciplinary global perspective on the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, and is complementary to a broad range of majors and perspectives.

Student learning outcomes: The minor gives students a competitive edge in the global job market. Students earning the minor will be prepared to:

  1. understand connections that can be made from historical, cultural, economic and political contexts that shape society and reflect global systems;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of an be sensitive to others’ differing identities and values across cultures;
  3. apply intercultural communication skills to interact effectively with individuals, and in groups; and
  4. interact respectfully and responsibly across boundaries in diverse environments.

Course offerings

Courses below are usually offered at WSU Vancouver at least once every two years.

Important: No more than two courses with the same prefix may be taken towards this interdisciplinary minor. Nine credits at the 300 or 400 level are required.


Choose one course from each of the following outcomes (four total):

Connections Among Contexts

  • ANTH 203 [DIVR]
  • ECON 101 [SSCI]
  • POLS 103 [SSCI]
  • SOC 415

Knowledge About Identities and Values

  • ANTH 316 [DIVR]
  • FA 202
  • POLS 428 [CAPS]

Communication Skills

  • One semester of FL beyond admissions requirement
  • SPAN 203
  • LATIN 101

Respectful Interaction

  • COM 105 [HUM]
  • FORL 120 [DIVR]


Choose one course from any two outcomes (two total):

Connections Among Contexts

  • ANTH 260 [BSCI]
  • ENGL 373
  • GEOL 390
  • HIST 494
  • HIST 495 [CAPS]
  • IBUS 380
  • POLS 429
  • SOC 334

Knowledge About Identities and Values

  • ANTH 301 [ARTS]
  • BIOL 407
  • ENVRSCI 101 [BSCI]
  • FORLANG 110
  • HUM 350
  • POLS 435

Communication Skills

  • Second semester of FL beyond admissions requirement
  • SPAN 204
  • LATIN 102

Respectful Interaction

  • HIST 491
  • Vancouver only: can substitute WS 332

As course offerings may change, please confirm availability with the offering department before committing to a program of study. See the WSU catalog for the full list of courses in this program.