Minors

The Department of Global and Intercultural Studies offers 5 minors.

American Studies

This interdisciplinary minor is open to all students and provides valuable context for majors from across the university including business, communication, education, fine arts and science; it also complements well-established liberal arts fields such as political science, English, history, sociology, and psychology.

Focusing broadly on American culture and society in global context, the minor fosters critical and creative thinking, intercultural awareness, interdisciplinary research skills, synthetic analytical skills, strong writing and oratory skills, an understanding of multiple kinds of media and texts, and a broad understanding of social, cultural, and historical contexts—skills necessary to succeed in professional work in any field.

Students take three core courses in American Studies and then work with the program director to develop an area of concentration that reflects their specific intellectual interests. This allows students to individually tailor the minor to support work they are doing in their major field.

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor fosters the critical and interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in an increasingly interconnected world. Students develop a deep understanding of the particular historical, social, cultural, and political experiences of individual racialized groups within and beyond the United States, as well as the relations among them.

Latin American Latino/a Caribbean Studies

Latin American Latino/a & Caribbean Studies (LAS) offer an interdisciplinary minor that is open to all students and is a valuable complement to a wide range of majors. Students may enroll in the program by declaring intent with an LAS advisor. Information about the LAS major can be found on the GIC majors page.

All students must complete at least 18 credit hours. In addition to taking an introductory LAS course, students must take 6 additional credits of LAS courses, or their cross-listed equivalents, as part of their core courses, including at least one LAS course at the 300-level or higher. At least 9 credit hours that count toward the LAS minor must come from outside of the student's major.

The Garrote Scholarship is open to outstanding undergraduates who seek an opportunity to advance scholarship in Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies. See LAS section of GIC Majors.

Middle East, Jewish, and Islamic Studies

This minor offers students an interdisciplinary grounding in the cultures, religious systems, histories, and politics of the Islamic and Jewish worlds, with an emphasis on the Middle East.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality.