The College of Arts and Sciences offers minors Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender 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.
The Africana studies program 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
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.
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
A complete list of courses can be found in the course catalog.
The gender studies program 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 women's and gender studies, masculinity, and sexuality, most of which are cross-listed with other programs. Such breadth reflects the strength and flexibility of an interdisciplinary program. Three credits toward the minor must be taken at the 300 level or above.
- Introduction to Gender Studies (Required)
- Women in the Economy
- Women’s and Gay Rights Social Movements
- Philosophy of Love and Sexuality
- Rhetorics of Gender Activism
- Gender and Sex in Popular Culture
A complete listing of courses can be found in the course catalog.