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International Studies Minor

Careers in an Interconnected World

UCM’s International Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses from various academic disciplines that offer students the opportunity to study and critically analyze issues from different economic, social, and political perspectives. This minor allows you to pursue both thematic and geographic concentrations as you study issues such as climate change, refugees, food insecurity, terrorism, trade, war, human rights, economic development, and economic inequality. A minor in International Studies helps you develop knowledge and skills that will help you pursue a career in international business, non-governmental organizations, and federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

Meet the Program Coordinator

Darlene BuddDr. Darlene Budd is the program coordinator for the International Studies program. She received her B.S. from Indiana University-Bloomington, a M.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She teaches courses on Asian politics, women and politics, globalization and international studies, and is the advisor for the Model United Nations student organization. Dr. Budd’s recent publications include a Journal of Research on Women and Gender article on how a gendered policy agenda may be used to close the mayoral ambition gap, and two book chapters on Japan’s global climate change policies and ASEAN’s response to the rise of ISIL (Routledge 2017 and 2016).



The International Studies Program

Content Specializations

Students choose from four content specializations:

  • Global Society and Culture
  • International Relations Peace and Justice
  • International Political Economy and Policy Studies
  • Human Development and the Physical Environment.

Geographic Specializations

Students choose from five geographic specializations:

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle East Studies.

Get Engaged and Study Abroad


Study Abroad

International Studies majors can study abroad in a range of countries for a 3-week study tour, a summer, or a semester abroad.

Model UN

Join Model UN

International Studies majors benefit from high-impact learning outside the classroom. The Model United Nations Club is a great way to learn about the United Nations while developing important communication and teamwork skills.

Global Issues

A Global Perspective

International Studies majors benefit from classes that are taught by Professors who conduct research on a wide range of global issues.

Related Programs

  • Political Science
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Sociology


Dr. Darlene Budd
Professor, Political Science
203 Wood Hall
Tel: (660)543-8948


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