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Independent Minors

Africana Studies

Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore the diaspora of Africa. This minor enhances the development of a multicultural academic orientation for students. Courses from Anthropology, Business, 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, among others.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies minor is geared to encourage students to expand their cultural knowledge and to gain an appreciation for American Indian cultures of Oklahoma, the region, and the nation. The overarching purpose of the minor is to offer an interdisciplinary program for Native American and non-Native American students who wish to concentrate in the study of American Indian law, culture, history, and language, or who may be preparing for careers in tribal affairs or other related professional employment.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Ancient and Medieval Studies

Ancient and Medieval Studies 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.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Asian Studies

Asian Studies 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.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Central Asian Studies

This interdisciplinary minor is for students who would like to explore Central Asian Studies. This minor allows students to take courses offered by various departments, including Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Geography, and Economics. With an emphasis placed on foreign language skills, students learn to utilize language 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.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Classical Studies

Classical Studies 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.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Dance

The Dance minor offers fundamental grounding in the theory and history of dance, along with various dance techniques. This program is designed to serve students with a background in dance and a desire to continue, and those wishing to expand their creative vocabulary. This is a perfect fit for students who desire to study dance not only as recreation, but as performing art.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

European Studies

The minor in European Studies allows students to choose from two tracks: European Society, which focuses on geography and history; or European Culture, which concentrates on art, architecture, music, and philosophy. With an emphasis placed on foreign language skills for both tracks, students learn to utilize language as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of European cultures.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

American Sign Language

The ASL minor will help students learn to communicate through visual and gestural methods, rather than aurally or orally. Students will develop ASL interpretation skills, learn about Deaf culture in the community, and study ASL poetry and storytelling.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Chinese

The Chinese minor at OSU is designed to give students majoring in any field an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to Chinese language and literature. It also equips students with a basic foundation in Chinese culture necessary to successfully interact with Chinese people. Business majors often pursue a Chinese minor. Students in the Chinese minor program are strongly encouraged to study abroad in China through a program at OSU.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Japanese

The Japanese minor will help students acquire proficiency in the language, while gaining an understanding of the cultural and historical background of Japan and its people. Many students spend a semester or a year studying in Japan, and some have found internships and job opportunities in Japan afterwards.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Russian

The Russian minor will help students develop speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills in Russian, and will increase their knowledge of Russian culture. Russian minors come from a variety of majors.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Greek

The Greek minor will give students the skills to read a range of works in the original language, including Plato, Sophocles, Thucydides, and the New Testament. For students in the arts or humanities, the exposure to ancient Greek culture and literature is irreplaceable. The study of the language itself strengthens analytical abilities which are invaluable to all students, while the knowledge of Greek roots will help master general English vocabulary and scientific terminology.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Latin

Studying Latin enables students to read classical authors as well as later religious and philosophical texts. The poetry of ancient Rome remains vivid today, while the philosophy and oratory of Roman writers are essential to understanding later political and philosophical developments. With a Latin minor, students will be able to engage directly with these works, and learn the necessary insight into ancient Roman culture necessary to understand them.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Gender and Women's Studies

Gender and Women’s Studies 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 along with issues such as gender, theories of inequality, women's language, and 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.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Hispanic and Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Hispanic and Latin American cultures, while allowing 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.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Linguisitics

The Linguistics minor is designed to introduce students to the theory and research of language, underpinning its use by humans, animals, or machines. The linguistics minor will provide students with background relevant for a wide range of areas, including computational linguistics; native, foreign, and second language education and learning; language and technology; language and the law; communications disorders; language variation and change; studies in discourse and interaction; and communication in a variety of public and institutional settings.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Middle East Studies

This interdisciplinary minor is for students who would like to expand their knowledge on the Middle East. This minor allows students to take courses offered by various departments, including Foreign Languages in either Arabic, Farsi, modern Hebrew, or Turkish; History; Religious Studies; and Geography.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Religious Studies

In the diverse workplace and global economy of today, knowledge about other cultures and religious values is invaluable. Thoughtful individuals are in high demand. Succeeding in your career is not just about information—it’s about making connections with people. Studying religion is about people and their many perspectives. In jobs that require relating to others, building bridges, and valuing many perspectives, a religious studies minor is an asset to any major.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Russian and East European Studies

Russian and East European Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that 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.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.