The Global Studies minor at UW-Milwaukee provides an integrated international education experience incorporating Global Studies courses, an overseas experience, foreign language, and other internationally focused coursework. It is a particularly attractive option for students wishing to add a global perspective to their major, no matter what it may be.

At UWM, the Global Studies minor is a rigorous program that incorporates classes across disciplines, a required experience abroad and foreign language study. This challenging and rewarding program prepares students to excel in a job market that demands knowledge across subject areas and a culturally sensitive approach. With this minor, students enhance their analytical, communication, foreign language, and cross-cultural knowledge. This modern skill set prepares tomorrow's young professionals for future careers in a wide variety of industries and for many different roles. Career choices immediately after college are often influenced by the hands-on experiences obtained during the college years. Students are encouraged to explore all of their options through studying abroad or overseas internships, which may be completed for credit as part of the program. These overseas experiences, coupled with interdisciplinary coursework, often open up new opportunities, making the Global Studies minor a dynamic and practical pairing with most majors at UWM.


A minimum of 9 credits for the minor must be taken at the 300 level or above. These credits can include foreign language or additional study abroad coursework. At least 9 credits must be completed in residence at UWM. Credits earned in a UWM study abroad or exchange program count toward this requirement. No more than 9 credits from another major, minor, or certificate program may be counted toward the Global Studies minor. The College of Letters & Science requires that students achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including transfer work. 

The Global Studies Minor consists of at least 18 credits, distributed as follows:

Global Studies Core
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics (SS)
Introduction to Global Studies II: Economics and the Environment (SS)
Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology (SS)
World Language
Complete the fourth semester or more advanced course in a world language at the university level 13
Study Abroad
Complete at least three credits of one of the following with approval from a Global Studies advisor:3
Overseas academic experience
Internship outside of the U.S.
Global Content Electives 26
Total Credits18

The language requirement may be filled in one of the following ways: 

  • The student may take four semesters of one world language at UWM to meet this requirement; or
  • The student must successfully complete at least one 3-credit, university-level foreign language course of the fourth semester of a world language or a world language course at a higher level than the fourth semester. The student will thereby demonstrate the equivalent of having taken four years of that world language at the university level. 

Select six credits from the list below.

Approved Global Content Electives

Additional electives may be approved by a Global Studies advisor.

AFRIC 232Survey of African Societies and Cultures3
AFRIC 311African Religious Thought and Social Organizations3
AFRIC 320Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 329Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa3
AFRIC 565Selected Texts/Topics in African & African Diaspora Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
AIS/ANTHRO/GLOBAL 362System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction3
ANTHRO 250Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
ANTHRO 320Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
ANTHRO 326Peoples and Cultures of South Asia3
ANTHRO 349Seminar in Ethnography and Cultural Processes3
ANTHRO 355Globalization, Culture, and Environment3
ANTHRO/AIS/GLOBAL 362System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction3
ANTHRO/GLOBAL 443Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age3
ANTHRO 543Cross-Cultural Study of Religion3
ARABIC 390Islam: Religion and Culture3
COMMUN 350Intercultural Communication3
COMMUN 450Cross-Cultural Communication3
COMMUN 550International and Global Communication3
COMMUN 631Current Topics in Interpersonal Communication/Conflict Management: (with appropriate subtitle)3
COMMUN 655Cultural Training and Adjustment3
CES 210Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science3
COMPLIT 230Literature and Society: (with appropriate subtitle)3
COMPLIT 360Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (with appropriate subtitle)3
CRM JST 291Current Issues in Criminal Justice: (“International Terrorism” subtitle)1-3
ECON 351Introduction to International Economic Relations3
ECON 353Economic Development3
ECON 454International Trade3
ECON 455International Finance3
ENGLISH 316World Cinema: (subtitle)3
ETHNIC 250Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
FILMSTD/JEWISH 350Global Jewish Film and Television: (subtitle)3
FILMSTD 412Global Cinema and Media: (subtitle)3
FRENCH 426Growing Up French3
FRENCH 432Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: (with appropriate subtitle)1-3
FRENCH 450Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France3
GEOG 213Geography of Asia3
GEOG 309Nationalities and Nations of the World3
GEOG 330Europe: East and West3
GEOG 350Conservation of Natural Resources3
GEOG 464Environmental Problems3
GEOG 540Globalization and the City3
GERMAN 334Introduction to German Studies3
GERMAN 415Topics in German Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
GLOBAL 311Contexts for Global Management3
GLOBAL 351Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications3
GLOBAL/AIS/ANTHRO 362System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction3
GLOBAL 371Rethinking Global Security3
GLOBAL 421Cities in the Global Economy3
GLOBAL/ANTHRO 443Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age3
GLOBAL 447The Global Politics of Human Rghts3
GLOBAL 451Access, Security, and Intercultural Contexts in Global Communications3
GLOBAL 471Strategies for Realizing Security in Global Contexts3
GLOBAL 541Cross-Cultural Management3
GLOBAL 699Advanced Independent Study 11-3
HIST 282The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries3
HIST 287The Vietnam War3
HIST 372Topics in Global History: (with appropriate subtitle)3
HIST 378Revolution in China3
HIST 392The History of Southern Africa3
HIST 393History of Mexico3
HIST 395History of Japan Since 16003
HIST 434The United States as a World Power in the 20th Century3
ITALIAN 245Italy and Its Global Fictions: (subtitle)3
ITALIAN 258Contemporary Italian Society and Culture3
ITALIAN 312Contemporary Italian Language and Culture3
ITALIAN 329Italian Cinema3
ITALIAN 357Topics in Italian Culture in Translation: (with appropriate subtitle)3
ITALIAN 457Topics in Italian Literature and Culture in Translation: (with appropriate subtitle)3
JAMS 562Media Studies and Culture3
JAMS 620Seminar in Global Media3
PEACEST 203Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies3
PHILOS 204Introduction to Asian Religions3
POLISH 236Polish Culture in its Historical Setting3
POL SCI 300Western European Politics3
POL SCI 302Politics of Eastern Europe3
POL SCI 310Russian and Post-Soviet Politics3
POL SCI 316International Law3
POL SCI 325Latin American Politics3
POL SCI 330The Politics of International Economic Relations3
POL SCI 337International Organization and the United Nations (or UN Summer Seminar)3
POL SCI 339European Integration3
POL SCI 340Politics of Nuclear Weapons3
POL SCI 343Asian International Relations3
POL SCI 346U.S.-Latin American Relations3
POL SCI 359Problems of American Foreign Policy3
POL SCI 365Theories and Methods in International Politics3
POL SCI 370International Conflict3
POL SCI 371Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict3
POL SCI 423Conduct of American Foreign Affairs3
PORTUGS 225Understanding Brazil: (with appropriate subtitle)3
PORTUGS 360Luso-Brazilian Culture:3
RUSSIAN 245Russian Life and Culture3
SOCIOL 235Social Change in the Global Economy3
SPANISH 225Understanding the Hispanic World:3
SPANISH 491Topics in Hispanic Culture: (with appropriate subtitle)3
WGS 401Global Feminisms3

With approval of Global Studies advisor.

Letters & Science Minor Advising

Advising for the minor takes place within the department by a faculty member or staff member. Follow the steps using the "Declare a Minor" button on the department’s website which may include instructions on how to select a faculty advisor if there is more than one to choose from.

Students who already have an L&S college advisor because their degree plan is in L&S can discuss the minor with them as well since they will be familiar with any minor in L&S. Students who are working on a degree from a UWM college other than the College of Letters & Science will not need an L&S college advisor for just a minor and one will not be assigned. These students should work with the faculty or staff advisor they receive as part of the minor declaration process or contact the department directly for assistance.

Applicants who have not started classes at UWM yet who wish to declare a minor should wait until they are registered for their first UWM classes and then can declare the minor using the “Declare a Minor” button on the program’s website. If you have questions about the minor before then, contact

Global Studies minors will be advised by Christine Wolf and minor declaration can be made on the Global Studies website.