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2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies Minor

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Offered by: Cal Poly Pomona, University Interdisciplinary Programs

The interdisciplinary International Studies minor was created for Cal Poly Pomona students in any major who want to complement their major degree studies with a self-structured course of study that will enhance their understanding of the world in which they will be living. The minor requires that students participate in at least one program of study outside the United States and that they either demonstrate or gain proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to at least one year of university-level study. Coursework selected for the minor, along with the overseas experience and language acquisition, should help the student gain an appreciation for the history, culture, and social systems in another part of the world.

The minor works closely with the Cal Poly Pomona International Center which offers a wide range of international study programs ranging from intensive courses over a few weeks during a school break to quarter- , semester- and year-long programs at overseas locations. The coursework required includes an introductory course designed in part to help prepare students for the overseas experience and a capstone seminar designed to help students evaluate the overseas experience when they return to campus. The additional coursework is drawn from the many offerings that various departments across campus already provide to their students. Each student will develop an agreement with an International Study Minor adviser about which courses will best serve the student’s interests and needs.

Depending on whether the student is required to learn a completely new language for the minor, the number of units required by the major ranges from 29 (the student is already competent in a second language) to 41 (the student needs to take three quarters of a foreign language at Cal Poly Pomona).

For more information, students may contact the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office at (909) 869-3500.

Theme Courses: 12 units

Select 4 units of course work from each of the following three clusters of courses for a total of 12 units.

Foreign Language: 0-12 units

Students must demonstrate competence in a language other than English at the level expected of a student who completed the first three quarters of language study at Cal Poly Pomona. The Foreign Language program may test the student for proficiency or the student may complete the requirement by coursework. Language proficiency is not limited to languages offered at Cal Poly Pomona. Students who are not U.S. citizens and who are not native-English speakers will be deemed to have met this requirement upon completion of ENG 104 .

Overseas Study: 4-12 units

Students are required to participate in one of the Cal Poly Pomona international study programs or one of the CSU system-wide international study programs. Other international study programs may be approved as equivalents.

Electives: 0-8 units

Students who earn 12 units in overseas study are not required to take additional courses. Students who earn fewer than 12 units in overseas study should select additional course offerings from among the Cultural, History, and Social Science course offerings so that the total of Overseas Study and Electives is equal to 12 units. However, 4 units earned in overseas study is a minimum requirement for the minor.

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