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English Minors

Asian Studies

The minor in Asian Studies allows students throughout the university to develop a more in-depth understanding of the history, literature, and culture of a vital part of the world. Besides taking core courses and electives drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, architecture, English, geography, history, philosophy, political science, and theater arts, students may also study Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese and are encouraged to take part in study abroad programs in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central/Inner Asia.

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Contact: Dr. Yuan Shu

 

Book History and Digital Humanities

The interdisciplinary minor in book history and digital humanities allows undergraduate students to study oral, written, and printed texts and visual and digital media in varied social, economic, and political contexts. Students explore book history and digital humanities on local, national and global scales, considering the various actors in textual creation, production, circulation, and reception, whether that text is a manuscript, book, graphic novel, film, digital media, etc... Courses in the minor cover a wide array of topics, including the creation of medieval manuscripts, the transition from oral to scribal to print texts, the nineteenth-century industrialization of print, the history of film, and the history of the internet and digital books, as well as letterpress print making and web design.

Students should consult with the minor director, Dr. Alison Rukavina, concerning course selection and progress toward the minor.

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Contact:Dr. Alison Rukavina

Film and Media Studies

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Film and Media Studies allows students to focus on the history and criticism of film and media. Student take courses in multiple disciplines, including anthropology, English, history, philosophy, and psychology, making the minor complementary to many majors. The interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies allows students to learn about the cinema cultures of many countries and language groups, and it offers the freedom to explore such questions as the role of media in historical and social change, issues of media preservation, the relationship between technology and artistic expression, media's relationship to cognition, and the study of media as a means of appreciating cultural diversity. Most of the courses focus on film, but courses in other media such as television, radio, photography, sound recording, video games, digital art, or the study of media industries, can also apply to the Minor.

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Contact: Dr. Allison Whitney

Linguistics

Linguistics is a scientific study of human language, its development, and use. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Linguistics provides a well-rounded training in linguistics by allowing students to take courses drawn from various departments across the campus: the Departments of Classics, Modern Languages, & Literatures (CMLL); English; Philosophy; Psychology; and Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work (SASW) in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Media & Communication; and the Department of Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Human Sciences.

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Contact: Dr. Aaron Braver

Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment

The minor in Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment (LSJE) provides a structured program that allows students to benefit from the creative possibilities of interdisciplinary research. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, LSJE minor compliments many majors and allows students to investigate course committed to empowering them as responsible and conscientious global citizens. This minor is intended to engage students with the most important contemporary developments in the study of race, gender, sexuality, global studies, and the natural environment. The program offers the freedom to explore diverse interdisciplinary approaches while developing a global consciousness rooted in a broad, yet practical understanding of the institutions that shape our human efforts.

Core courses in the Department of English focus on issues of social justice within the context of specific cultures and peoples. Within the LSJE curriculum, students may further explore discourse ranging from the gendered politics of the world of sports to historical treatments of nature and identity. They may choose to focus on topics of environmental ethics, political philosophy, and international politics. The program is flexible and adaptable to each student's needs.

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Contact: Dr. Cordelia Barrera

Technical Communication

Every profession requires communication skills. People with excellent communication skills get jobs and promotions. A minor in Technical Communication can help you learn the skills you need to succeed, no matter where your professional life takes you. Minoring in TC will also complement every major. Selecting TC as a minor will help you learn how to communicate with proficiency and confidence.

Students should consult with the director, Dr. Rich Rice, concerning course selection and progress toward the minor.

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Contact: Dr. Rich Rice