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Global and International Studies

The interdisciplinary GIS minor will enable students not only to learn about global and international issues at UC Davis, but also to gain first-hand academic experience abroad. The GIS minor is designed to give recognition for upper division course work completed while studying abroad; however, it can also be completed with approved course work taken at UC Davis.

Students will be expected to work closely with the GIS academic advisor in developing an intellectually coherent program of study. Each proposal must be approved by the Faculty Director of Study Abroad.


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)

  • 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 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

Aspen Felt
(530) 752-5607

Brianne Holden
(530) 752-5713

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