International Studies Minor

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

Dartmouth's International Studies Minor

Watch a video about the IS minor and how it gives students a sense of how the world works. 

Education for Global Citizenship

The international studies minor provides rigorous training in relevant bodies of knowledge and values, and makes students cognizant of the interplay between local and global processes, human and environmental interactions, and places, identities, and cultures of a rapidly changing world. The minor helps students prepare to live productive, responsible lives in an interconnected world.

Application for the minor ideally should 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 courses:  (Updated 5/10/2015)

  • INTS 15: Violence and Security (offered  15F at 2A *as GOVT 50.02, 16S at 10)

(INTS 15 substitution for Fall 2015 - GOVT 50.02: Civil War, Insurgency, and the International Response)

  • INTS 16: Introduction to International Development (offered 15F at 10A; 16W and 16S at 10 )
  • INTS 17: Cultures, Places, and Identities (offered 16W and 16F at 2, 17S at 2A, more offerings forthcoming)
  • INTS 18: Global Health and Society (offered 15X at 10; 16W at 2A; 16S at 2)

Core Course Descriptions (pdf)

Note: 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.

IS Minor Electives (pdf)

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.

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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