Any student at the University of Mississippi can minor in international studies. Students do not have to apply to the Croft Institute to declare international studies as their minor. Students can simply start taking the courses required for the minor, but it is useful to declare the minor. Students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal Arts should visit Ventress to declare, while students in other schools should visit their respective dean's office.
If you are a current Ole Miss student interested in the International Studies minor, please let us know who you are! We would like to keep you informed about international studies-related news and events happening on campus as well as give you an early look at the Inst-designated courses that will be taught in the coming semester. Click on the link in the upper right-hand corner of this web page.
Course Requirements: A minor in international studies consists of 18 hours, including Pol 102 (Introduction to Comparative Politics) and 15 hours of 300-level (or higher) course work selected from Inst-designated courses. A minimum grade of C is required in all course work to be counted toward the international studies minor.
Other Academic Requirements: Students must demonstrate competency in a modern language other than English by completing 3 hours of 300-level course work in a modern language with a minimum grade of C.
Students who have taken Inst 101 as international studies majors and would like to complete the minor can substitute Inst 101 for Pol 102.
This course examines the various components of the European social model from the end of World War II to the present. Through the lens of history, sociology and public policy, the course addresses such issues as universal health care, labor market regulations, retirement pensions, and education. More broadly, “The European Welfare State” examines how and why European states allocate resources and redistribute wealth. Throughout the course, we will explore similarities and differences among many European states, from Italy to Sweden and from the United Kingdom to the Soviet Union. Part 1 of the course focuses on the consolidation of the European welfare state from 1945 to 1968. Part 2 examines neoliberal critiques of the European social model and related attempts to overhaul the welfare state during the 1980s and 1990s. Part 3 addresses recent mitigating factors such as immigration, the growth of inequality, and attempts to reform aspects of the welfare state in light of demographic changes. In the fourth part of the course, students will work independently on their own research projects.
This course will focus on the security and politics of the Gulf Cooperation Council states (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar) after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, particularly in the context of regional dynamics and what has been popularly described as the new cold war. Key issues such as sectarianism, elections, regional foreign policies and the impact of the 2011 Arab uprisings on the politics and foreign policies of the GCC states are examined through course readings, news articles, and guest speakers. Finally, students will engage in a semester-long research project on a question and case study of their choosing.