There are several minors offered by programs within the Division of Humanities and Culture. Supplementing your major with a minor is often easy, generally requiring a few extra courses to complete. A minor can complement your major, bolster your resume, and help you explore another interest or field of study.

English Minor: The English Minor covers subjects like literature, rhetoric, advanced composition, literature and writing pedagogy, and linguistics. We hope students' experiences in the English minor broaden their knowledge and their worldview as well. Students interested in pursuing a minor in English should consult an advisor in the program and be aware of any course prerequisites.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Minor: the GSWS Minor is part of an interdisciplinary program emphasizing the teaching and study of gender, sexuality, and women in society, culture, and history. Courses in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies examine the numerous ways in which gender and sexuality intersects with multiple social forces and shapes human experience. Through this minor program, students learn about themselves and the world through critical thinking and personal and social empowerment.

International Studies Minor: A minor in International Studies explores global events and the origins of contemporary conditions from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of international, cultural, economic and political affairs grounded in a historical and social context. Students working toward a minor in international studies are required to register with an international studies advisor.

Latin American Studies Minor: Latin American studies is an interdisciplinary, regionally focused minor with a social science emphasis. Students examine aspects of Latin American geography, history, society, economics, politics, and culture to form an integrated understanding of the region. The holistic regional focus provides a valuable support to majors in international studies, Spanish language and culture, and the social sciences, as well as students pursuing careers in education and international business.

Native American Studies Minor: the Native American studies minor emphasizes the culture, history, art, and literature of the indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada. This minor can be completed with a variety of courses in Native American Studies and other programs, including English, History, Psychology, and Social & Anthropology.

Philosophy Ethics Minor: The ethics minor comprises at least 24 credits of philosophy and ethics courses, 12 of which are upper division. Please email Devora Shapiro at with further questions.

Philosophy Rhetoric and Reason Minor: the rhetoric and reason minor is part of an interdisciplinary program comprised of courses drawn from the humanities, social and natural sciences. A minor in rhetoric and reason provides a foundation in thinking creatively and analytically. The program engages students in the pursuit of the practical and theoretical questions at the heart of human interactions and endeavors.

Spanish Minor: The Spanish Minor adds valuable foreign language and cultural competency and international or multicultural experience to knowledge in other disciplines and major degree areas, and helps prepare students for careers in government or civil service, law and law enforcement, health and human services, travel and tourism, international business, and education.


Native American Studies Certificate: At 36 credits, this program is a bit more in-depth than the minor. A Certificate in Native American Studies prepares students to work effectively in Indian country. Students will leave equipped with the requisite knowledge and experience for any number of career paths, in addition to fostering personal growth and enrichment.