Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors allow OSU students to pursue their cross-disciplinary interests and receive recognition for their efforts. An interdisciplinary minor is granted upon completion of an OSU bachelor's degree and the specific requirements for the minor. Interdisciplinary minors are offered in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Ancient and Medieval Studies, Asian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Cognitive Science, Gender and Women's Studies, Hispanic and Latin American Studies, and Russian and East European Studies.

Each minor has unique requirements as described below. Since minor requirements may change from year to year, please be sure to meet with David Crawford in the College of Arts & Sciences Student Success Center (213 Life Sciences East, 744-5658) to ensure that you have completed the appropriate coursework for the minor upon graduation. It may be possible for students pursuing an interdisciplinary minor to take courses to be applied toward the minor by studying abroad during their undergraduate studies. For more information about study abroad program opportunities, contact the Study Abroad Office (005 Classroom Building, 744-8569).

Africana Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore African American issues and enhance the development of a multicultural orientation. Courses from Anthropology, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology are included in the curriculum. A minor in Africana Studies prepares the student for graduate or professional school or careers in business, education, management, law and government. The Africana Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours of African American related coursework, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

American Indian Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor enabling the student to develop an expertise in American Indian Studies and enhance the development of a multicultural orientation. Specialization in American Indian Studies contributes to the academic preparation of individuals who plan to work in areas related to American Indian as well as non-Indian communities and programs, such as public administration, business administration, teaching, and social services. The minor also provides a background for students who plan graduate study or research on American Indian culture. The American Indian Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework related to American Indian cultures, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

American Studies Minor

The Minor in American Studies will be supported by the American Studies Program. Student must complete a total of 18 hours with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better and no grade below “C.” The minor will consist of 3 hours in a required core American Studies class (AMST 3223 – Theory and Method of American Studies), 9 hours of additional upper-division AMST-prefix courses, and 6 hours drawn from a selected list of upper-division courses with a focus relevant to the field of American Studies. Requirements for Minor in American Studies.

Ancient and Medieval Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Ancient and Medieval culture and civilization. The minor allows the student to take courses offered by various departments including Art, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theatre. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of these formative periods of Western Culture. Students are required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Greek, Latin, or Anglo-Saxon. The Ancient and Medieval Studies Minor requires a minimum of 23 hours of coursework, including the aforementioned language competency and 18 hours of non-language coursework related to the ancient and medieval civilizations, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Asian Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Asian cultures and civilizations. The minor offers the student a specialized course of study in Asian cultures through language, history, art, philosophy, literature, religion, political science, and anthropology. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Asian cultures. Candidates are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in order to experience the culture and to enhance language skills. The Asian Studies Minor requires a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, including the aforementioned language competency and 18 hours of non-language coursework related to Asian culture, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Central Asian Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Central Asian Studies and allows the student to take courses offered by various departments, including Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Geography, and Economics. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Central Asian cultures. Students will be required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Russian. The Central Asian Studies Minor requires a minimum of 23 hours of coursework, including the aforementioned language competency and 18 hours of non-language coursework related to Central Asian cultures, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Classical Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore the Classical world. The minor allows the student to take courses offered by various departments including Art, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, and Philosophy. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of the Classical Period. Students are required to achieve language mastery by completing coursework through the second semester sophomore level in Greek or Latin. The Classical Studies Minor requires a minimum of 21 hours of coursework, including the aforementioned language competency and 9 hours of non-language coursework related to the Classical world, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Cognitive Science Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore the study of the mind and intelligence. The minor offers the student a specialized course of study in Cognitive Science through the departments of Psychology, Philosophy, Speech Communications, English, Computer Science and Management Sciences and Information Systems. The Cognitive Science Minor requires a minimum of 27 hours of coursework involving at least three different course prefixes, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Gender and Women's Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore gender and women's issues. Courses focus on the interface of public and private spheres of women's lives and on issues such as gender, theories of inequality, women's language, racial and ethnic perspectives on women. Courses for the Minor come from English, Education, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. A minor in Gender and Women's Studies is helpful in preparing for graduate and professional schools or careers in counseling, social service, journalism, business, political science, and human environmental science. The Gender and Women's Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 hours of coursework related to Gender and Women's Studies, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Hispanic and Latin American Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Hispanic and Latin American cultures and allows the student to take courses offered by various departments such as History, Geography, Political Science, and Foreign Languages and Literatures. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Hispanic and Latin American cultures. Students will be required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Spanish (or equivalent competency in Portuguese). Candidates are encouraged to participate in a study abroad minor in order to experience the culture and to develop language skills. The Hispanic and Latin American Studies Minor requires a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, including the aforementioned language competency and 18 hours of non-language coursework related to Hispanic and Latin American cultures, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Russian and East European Studies Minor...

is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Russian and East European Studies and allows the student to take courses offered by various departments such as Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Geography, Political Science, Geography, and Economics. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Russian and East European culture. Students will be required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Russian. The Russian and East European Studies Minor requires a minimum of 23 hours of coursework, including the aforementioned language competency and 18 hours of non-language coursework related to Russian and East European cultures, as listed in the Requirements for Arts & Sciences Minors.

Anthony Valentine, Interdisciplinary Minors Coordinator
213 Life Sciences East
(405) 744-5658
E-mail: david.crawford@okstate.edu