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College of Arts & Sciences

Explore how culture and politics affect societies across the world. Through this interdisciplinary minor, you'll gain tools to better understand diverse cultural perspectives around the world.

The comparative and transnational focus will encourage you to:

  • Learn about other cultures and social systems
  • Reflect back on your own society
  • Discover how you want to position yourself as a globally engaged citizen

Comparative Cultural Studies — International Minor Requirements


The coursework will give you the opportunity to gain expertise in areas or peoples outside of the United States.

It is critical for contemporary students to understand the impact of politics and policies on people’s lives and global social injustice, inequality, and conflict. The courses recommended for the minor examine such issues as:

  • Racial and gender politics
  • Media, power, and politics
  • Nationalism, ethnicity, and ethnic conflict
  • Literature, film, performance, and politics
  • Globalization, international development, and community mobilization
  • Human trafficking
  • Global public health
  • Diaspora, migration, and displacement

Prepare for Your Career

Develop comparative and international perspectives valued by public and private employers.

This minor will help prepare you for a wide variety of jobs, including:

  • U.S. government positions
  • Social and popular media
  • Private business ventures
  • Cultural organizations
  • Non-profit organizations

This minor will also help prepare you to pursue graduate and professional degrees, including:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Non-profit administration
  • Public policy
  • Public health
  • Communication
  • Cultural studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Media studies
  • Anthropology
  • Social work
  • Business