The Minor in International Studies is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the global environment in which they are living. Students completing this program will develop knowledge of a foreign language, have experience living in another country, and acquire a general background of different cultures and societies. A total of 18 approved hours must be completed to earn the minor, including two courses focused on international studies. The Introduction to Global Studies course serves as an introduction to global concerns and responsibilities that can begin on the MSU campus. The Cross-Cultural Leadership course serves as a capstone to bring the ideas of students in the program together, addressing ways to use their experiences and knowledge to become leaders in the world.

Certain students will be chosen each spring, based on an application process, to become International Studies Scholars. Each scholar will receive one $1000 scholarship to go towards a study abroad experience and will be expected to participate in a service project that supports new international students at MSU.