Area Studies

Requirements

  • Major and Minor in Area Studies

    Requirements for the Major:

    At least 10 credits

    • Core courses (3 of 4 courses)
      • Economics 110: Principles of Economics
      • History 110: Introduction to Historical Study: World Civilizations to 1650
      • Politics 110: Introduction to Global Politics
      • Sociology & Anthropology 110: Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
    • Research methods courses (1 course)
      • An appropriate statistics or research methods course, agreed upon in consultation with an Area Studies advisor
    • Area of focus electives (4 courses)
      • Courses, tutorials, or research projects from these disciplines: History, Politics, Economics, Business, Sociology and Anthropology, Religion, Psychology, Education, Modern Languages and Literatures related to the area of concentration, agreed upon in consultation with an Area Studies advisor, with at least one course at the 300 level or above.  (When appropriate, as determined by the Area Studies advisor, language courses for a region of study should be included in the selection of electives.)

    • Experiential Learning (1 course)
      • Field research independent study project, internship, or off-campus study program
    • Senior Studies (1 course)
      • Senior thesis, approved research project, or appropriate senior seminar in one of the disciplines listed above.

    Requirements for the Minor:

    At least 6 credits

    • Core courses (2 of 4 courses)
      • Economics 110: Principles of Economics
      • History 110: Introduction to Historical Study: World Civilizations to 1650
      • Politics 110: Introduction to Global Politics
      • Sociology & Anthropology 110: Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
    • Area of focus electives (3 courses)
      • Courses, tutorials, or research projects from these disciplines: History, Politics, Economics, Business, Sociology and Anthropology, Religion, Psychology, Education, Modern Languages and Literatures related to the area of concentration, agreed upon in consultation with an Area Studies advisor, with at least one course at the 300 level or above.
    • Experiential Learning (1 course)
      • Field research independent study project, internship, or off-campus study program
    Examples of possible Area Studies concentrations:
    • African Studies:  Combines coursework and experiential learning in politics, economics, history, literature, sociology and anthropology, and religion, along with Arabic when doing a North African focus.
    • European Studies:  Combines coursework with off-campus experiences in a language with courses in history, politics, literature, art, economics, and philosophy. 
    • Middle Eastern Studies:  Combines courses in Arabic, politics, economics, and religion with work in history and sociology and anthropology, and potential off-campus experience.
    • Russian and East European Studies:  Combines courses in history, politics, economics, religion, and literature, and potential off-campus experience.
    • Analysis of a global issue, such as economic development, immigration, health care, hunger, clean water, human trafficking, foreign trade, or microfinance through related coursework, independent research and experiential learning.

    Area Studies students will determine, in consultation with the Chair of Area Studies, the official name of the major or minor that will appear on the transcript.  The region or topic of emphasis will be included, such as Area Studies: Eastern Europe, Area Studies: African Health Care, or Area Studies: Middle East.