Interdisciplinary Minors

The College of Arts and Sciences offers minors Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies that do not reside within a department or program. These minors provide a blend of different disciplines from more than one area and can be combined with a variety of majors that are offered throughout the University.

Africana Studies

Students studying in Shaw Center.

The Africana Studies minor uses an interdisciplinary framework to explore the historical, political, cultural, and economic experiences of people of African descent around the world. There is a specific regional emphasis on the African continent, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Using the theoretical and methodological approaches of Africana studies, our goal is to equip you with the analytical skills required to produce creative scholarship across disciplines. An interdisciplinary minor can maximize your potential because you learn to articulate your perspectives to different audiences in other fields. The program also hosts events that function as a platform for sharing innovative projects with the larger University community.

You must complete 18 credits that include an introductory Africana Studies course, two electives in the social sciences, two electives in the humanities, and three credits of unrestricted electives. In addition, three credits toward the minor must be taken at the 300 level or above. Examples of courses include:

  • The Study of the Black Experience
  • The Black Family in American Society
  • Urban Politics
  • African American Music
  • African American Women Writers
  • Race and Ethnic Relations

For more information, and to see a complete list of minor requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

The backgrounds and research interests of our faculty are very diverse and include the social sciences and the humanities, in addition to practitioners in the fields of law, social work, and development. You will have opportunities for mentorship both academically and professionally.

Joyce Ashuntantang, PhD

Amanda Carlson, PhD

Markeysha Davis, Program Director

Woody Doane, PhD

Bilal D. Sekou, PhD

Bryan Sinche, PhD

Environmental Studies

Professor and students working in river.

The Environmental Studies minor gives you the opportunity to better understand environmental issues and to contribute more fully to modern society. The program is designed to foster an appreciation for science, social science, and humanities attitudes and approaches to studying the environment. You learn problem solving and decision making, skills and gain experience in an interdisciplinary setting.

You must complete 19-21 credits including the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of Environmental Studies  
  • Environmental Studies Capstone  

In addition, electives are required in the Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences categories. Examples include:

  • Environmental Communication  
  • Writing and the Environment  
  • Mind and Nature  
  • Living in the Environment  
  • Introduction to Environmental Science  
  • Ecology  

For more information, and to see a complete list of minor requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Student speaking in classroom.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor is interdisciplinary in nature, and includes courses on gender identity, women’s roles in society, women writers, men and masculinity, and human sexuality.  The curriculum draws upon the expertise of faculty in several colleges across the University.

You must complete a total of 18 credits. You may choose from courses in gender and sexuality studies, most of which are cross-listed with other programs. Such breadth reflects the strength and flexibility of an interdisciplinary program. Three courses toward the minor must be taken at the 300 level or above.
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (Required)
  • The History of Women in America
  • Women’s and LGBTQ+ Social Movements
  • Philosophy of Love and Sexuality
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Gender and Sex in Popular Culture

For more information, and to see a complete list of minor requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

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