Frequently Asked Questions
Who can take the International Studies Minor?
The minor is open to all SDSU students and at all undergraduate levels.
What is required to take the minor?
There is no pre-requisite for taking the minor.
When will I be able to enroll in the minor?
Any time. Stop by PSFA 231 to get the minor declaration form filled out and signed.
What is the first step once I’ve declared the minor?
The first step is to take the Introduction course: PSFA350. This will help you pick a program and prepare you for your study abroad experience. You must take this course before study abroad.
When is PSFA 350 offered?
PSFA 350 is offered in both spring and fall semesters. The class typically meets once a week at 4:00-6:40pm.
When is PSFA 550 offered?
Also in both spring and fall; and typically meets once a week at 4:00-6:40pm.
What are PSFA 501 & 502?
PSFA 501/502 are courses you will take abroad. They may be any subject.
Do I have to take these courses in sequence?
Yes, you’ll need to take PSFA350 first, then, study abroad for PSFA501/2, and finally, PSFA550. The electives may be taken any time before you graduate.
Do I need to take these courses back-to-back?
No, they just need to be in sequence.
Will I have to study abroad in order to complete the minor?
Yes, the international studies minor (ISM) requires a study abroad experience. You may substitute any study abroad credits as long as they are academic credits and taken after you have declared the minor and successfully completed PSFA 350.
Do I need to do two separate study abroad programs?
No, the minor requires 6 units (2 courses) worth of study abroad. You can typically do it in one semester or a summer.
Are there restrictions as to where I study abroad? Are there designated countries for the minor?
No, as long as the course is taken abroad and earns you academic credits.
How do I pick the country for study abroad?
Some students may already have ideas about where their destinations should be. For others, you’ll be guided in PSFA 350 to combine your interest with the country where it’s most suitable to research your topic.
I’ve taken some courses at SDSU that are for my major, but are listed as electives for the ISM, can I “double dip” them?
No, you cannot “double dip” a course from your major (required or electives) for the international studies minor. This is University policy.
Does it matter when I take the electives?
No, you may take your electives any time during your study at SDSU.
If I’ve taken a course that’s on the elective list prior to declaring the minor, would it be counted if it’s not for my major?
Yes, it can be used toward the minor.
I have studied abroad prior to signing up for the international studies minor, could I use it to fulfill the minor’s study abroad requirement?
Unfortunately, you cannot back track prior experiences into the ISM, because the specific requirement for the ISM is based on the completion of 501 and 502 during which you will need to be collecting data for your research project.
If a class on the elective list is a GE course that I’ve taken, can I use it for the ISM?
Yes, and you may use it for GE and the minor.
If I have taken some courses similar to some of the electives, can I use them for the minor?
It is possible. Please consult the advisor.
What’s the cost for study abroad?
This really depends on where you’re going, the type of program, length of stay, . . . Each program is different. However, if you’re going through one of the SDSU exchange programs, there will NOT be extra cost beyond your regular SDSU tuition. You ARE responsible for your international travel and living costs abroad.
May I use my financial aid for study abroad?
Yes, you can use your financial aid for most regular, residence study abroad programs.
Is there financial help on and off campus?
Yes, there are many scholarship and stipend programs on and off campus depending on where you’re traveling to. Please consult with the International Student Center for specific information. You may also contact Mr. Giancarlo Taylor for assistance.
If I found out that I’m not able to complete the minor due to any reason, will I be able to drop it?
Of course, you’ll just need to fill out a form to drop it any time before you graduate.