Area Studies Minor

Separate from the major or minor in International Studies, a student may earn a Minor in a geographical area in order to increase expertise and in-depth knowledge. A Minor in an Area Study is offered in Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American and Iberian Studies, and Africa/Middle East Studies. The requirements for the Area Studies Minor are described below.

Asian Studies

  

The minor in Asian Studies requires 15 hours of coursework. The first 6 hours (two courses) must be chosen from the four categories of the International Studies Basic Curriculum. Each of the two courses must be from a separate category: World Cultures, International Politics, International Economics, or the Global Perspective. The next 9 hours (three courses) must be chosen from the Asian Studies curriculum, with at least one course from each of the two groups: Group I (Social Sciences) or Group II (Humanities and Arts). At least nine hours must be at the 3000 level or above. If a student is an International Studies major, only one course from the Area Studies curriculum may be double counted toward the Area Studies minor. 

A co-curricular requirement for the minor in Asian Studies is two years of college-level study of an Asian language. This requirement may be met through examination, the transfer of language study credit from another university, or by taking courses on campus. 

To maximize the educational experience, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester or summer studying in Asia. Most of the courses taught in University study-abroad programs in Asia may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

For additional information about Asian Studies courses, click here.

European Studies

  

The minor in European Studies requires 15 hours of coursework. The first 6 hours (two courses) must be chosen from the four categories of the International Studies Basic Curriculum. Each of the two courses must be from a separate category: World Cultures, International Politics, International Economics, or the Global Perspective. The next 9 hours (three courses) must be chosen from the European Studies curriculum, with at least one course from each of the two groups: Group I (Social Sciences) or Group II (Humanities and Arts). At least nine hours must be at the 3000 level or above. If a student is an International Studies major, only one course from the Area Studies curriculum may be double counted toward the Area Studies minor. 

A co-curricular requirement for the minor in European Studies is two years of college-level study of a European language, other than English. This requirement may be met through examination, the transfer of language study credit from another university, or by taking courses on campus. 

To maximize the educational experience, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester or summer studying in Europe. Most of the courses taught in University study-abroad programs in Europe may be applied to the European Studies minor.

For additional information about European Studies courses, click here.

Latin American and Iberian Studies

  

The minor in Latin American and Iberian Studies requires 15 hours of coursework. The first 6 hours (two courses) must be chosen from the four categories of the Basic Curriculum. Each of the two courses must be from a separate category: World Cultures, International Politics, International Economics, or Global Perspectives. The next 9 hours (three courses) must be chosen from the Latin American and Iberian Studies curriculum, with at least one course from each of the two groups: Group I (Social Sciences) or Group II (Humanities and Arts). At least nine hours must be at the 3000 level or above. If a student is also an International Studies major, only one course from the Area Studies curriculum may be double counted toward the Area Studies minor. 

A co-curricular requirement for the minor in Latin American and Iberian Studies is two years of college-level study of Spanish or Portuguese. This requirement may be met through examination, the transfer of language study credit from another university, or by taking courses on campus. 

To maximize the educational experience, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester or summer studying in Latin America or Iberia. Most of the courses taught in University study-abroad programs in Latin America/Iberia may be applied to the Latin American and Iberian Studies minor.

For additional information about Latin American and Iberian Studies courses, click here.

Africa/Middle East Studies

  

The minor in Africa/Middle East Studies requires 15 hours of coursework. The first 6 hours (two courses) must be chosen from the four categories of the Basic Curriculum. Each of the two courses must be from a separate category: World Cultures, International Politics, International Economics, or Global Perspectives. The next 9 hours (three courses) must be chosen from the Africa/Middle East Studies curriculum, with at least one course from each of the two groups: Group I (Social Sciences) or Group II (Humanities and Arts). At least nine hours must be at the 3000 level or above. If a student is also an International Studies major, only one course from the Area Studies curriculum may be double counted toward the Area Studies Minor. 

A co-curricular requirement for the minor in Africa/Middle East Studies is two years of college-level study of a language native to Africa or the Middle East. This requirement may be met through examination, the transfer of language study credit from another university, or by taking courses on campus. 

To maximize the educational experience, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester or summer studying in Africa or the Middle East. Most of the courses taught in University study-abroad programs in Africa/Middle East may be applied to the Africa/Middle East minor.

For additional information about Africa/Middle East courses, click here.

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