The PSFA International Studies Minor
It is open to any major in the University, and is particularly
valuable for any student seeking a career involving global awareness. The minor
seeks not only to provide an international experience for students but to deepen the meaning
of students’ experience by providing a process and context for critical awareness/
comparison, self reflection, as well as the specific professional skills they will utilize in their
"...individuals who decided to go abroad and conduct their research topics are better off than the average graduate. I believe this minor was very rewarding."
-- Jeffrey Jay Gonzalez
The minor consists of 18 units, twelve of which are required:
- PSFA 350 International Studies (3) - Awareness of international surroundings and creation of
global citizens in PSFA disciplines. Basic concepts of culture and self-awareness, dimensions
of culture, theoretical perspectives, behavioral patterns, and applications in PSFA disciplines.
- PSFA 501 Study Abroad I (3) - Intensive study and practical applications of PSFA-related intercultural
issues in a selected international setting. Areas of study within PSFA disciplines.
- PSFA 502 Study Abroad II (3) - Intensive study of global PSFA-related professional career
issues in a selected international setting. Focus on careers in disciplines within the College of
Professional Studies and Fine Arts.
- PSFA 550 International Studies Capstone (3) – Problem-based approach through which PSFA
students describe, analyze, compare and contrast the ways that the visited culture/society/
nation addresses a problem or issue relative to PSFA-related approaches taken in the US.
Electives – Take 6 units from among the following courses that have been identified as addressing
- ART 357 World Art in Contemporary Life (3) [GE]
- CJ 570 Organized Crime: Domestic and International Perspectives (3)
- COMM 371 Intercultural Communication (3)
- DANCE 382 Dance in World Cultures (3) (GE)
- JMS 450 Using Media to Understand Cultures (3)
- MUSIC 345 World Music in Contemporary Life (3) [GE]
- PA 580 Comparative Public Administration (3)
- RTM 404 Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism (3) [GE]
- TFM 363 International Cinema (3) [GE]
Courses used for the major may not be counted to satisfy
requirements for the minor.
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