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Global and International Studies

The interdisciplinary Global and International Studies (GIS) minor provides an opportunity for students to integrate global education curriculum through coursework and study away programs. The flexibility of this minor allows students to take upper division coursework on campus, or while participating in a study abroad or a USA Study Program.

Students will be expected to work with their GIS academic advisor in developing an intellectually coherent program of study. Each proposal must be approved by the Minor Advisor and Faculty Director of the Global Learning Hub.


23-25 units

Requirement one (4 units)

  • ANT 004 Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics (4 units)
  • ANT 020 Comparative Cultures (4 units)
  • IRE 001 Global Interdependence (4 units)
  • POL 003 International Relations (4 units)
  • SOC 005 Global Social Change: An Introduction to Macrosociology (4 units)

Requirement two (3-4 units)

  • Upper division UC Davis courses in the area of global/international studies from this list.

Requirement three (16-17 units) may be met in one of two ways:

(1) Completion of a minimum of 16-17 units in a themed cluster by taking approved UC Davis upper division courses in the area of global/international studies from this list, and/or approved upper division courses taken while participating in a study abroad program.

  • Students must meet with the GIS advisor and complete a Course Cluster Worksheet to demonstrate subject interrelatedness.
  • Suggested course clusters include: A specific country or region, or courses themed around a field in global and international studies such as: people and nationalities, the individual and society, arts, language, literature and culture, world trade and development, peace and security, global environment, health, and natural resources, etc. (see cluster worksheets below for examples)

(2) Completion of up to 12 units in a UC Davis accredited international internship, plus approved UC Davis courses sufficient to total 16-17 units.


  • No more than two courses from a single department may be used.
  • Only one course that overlaps with your major may be used and none from a second minor.

Total = 23-25 units


Minor Advisors

Last names beginning with A-L:    

Ashley Arvanites
(530) 752-4407

Last names beginning with M-Z:

Christina Siracusa
(530) 752-4148

Interest Groups: