International Studies Minor

The International Studies minor is an attractive enhancement to any of the majors currently offered at Iowa Wesleyan University. This minor will introduce students to concepts of cultural diversity and cultural competency as well as to major international issues that are shaping the world today. The program will introduce issues such as population and migration, poverty and international development, human rights and international law, terrorism and conflict resolution. Students will consider their place and role in the global community and enhance their understanding of themselves as engaged global citizens who can make a difference in the world.

Iowa Wesleyan has a vibrant International Student Program with over 100 international students from over 25 different countries. The International Student Body Government hosts cultural events throughout the year.

This rich international diversity on campus provides opportunities for authentic cross-cultural interaction to complement what students explore in the classroom. One such venue is the International Conversation Cafe, an initiative of the ESL Program that meets regularly throughout the semester to provide conversation and cultural exchanges between international and domestic students. Faculty, staff, and community members participate as well to provide a fun and friendly environment to expand the understanding of cultures throughout the world.

Program Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will develop intercultural knowledge and competence, increasing their understanding of and appreciation for people of all backgrounds, cultures, and religions.
  2. Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of the major international issues that are currently shaping the world.
  3. Students will become informed, open-minded, and responsible persons who experience a sense of belonging to a common humanity and see themselves as global citizens who can make a difference in the world.

List of courses and prerequisites:

Track 1 – Study Abroad Approach for 18 Credit Hours (Sharing no more than 1 course with student’s Major)

Required Courses – 9 Credit Hours:

  • IS 100 – Introduction to International Studies
  • IS 101 – Life and Culture
  • IS 400 – International Studies Capstone or International Internship
  • Study Abroad for an Academic Semester or an Academic Year (to include three culture, language, or history courses) – 9 Credit Hours

Track 2 — Mapped Approach for 18 Credit Hours (Sharing no more than 1 course with Wesleyan Studies)

Required Courses — 18 Credit Hours:

  • IS 100 – Introduction to International Studies
  • SOC 105 – Introduction to Anthropology OR SOC 310 – Race and Ethnicity
  • IS 101 – Life and Culture
  • REL 300 – Religion in Western Civ OR REL 265 – War and Peace
  • ENG 341 – Masters of World Lit
  • IS 400 – International Studies Capstone; May Term or Summer Session of Study Abroad; or International Internship