College of Arts and Sciences
The interdisciplinary minor in actuarial science builds a foundation for students interested in a profession that provides advice and solutions for business and societal problems involving economic risk. To secure an entry-level position, a prospective actuary is expected to have passed on average two to three society (CAS/SOA) exams, as well as have acquired validation through education experience (VEE) credits in three areas: applied statistical methods, corporate finance, and economics. The varied courses in this interdisciplinary minor prepare students for most of these entry requirements. The suggested courses for the minor are any six of the following (courses with an asterisk are required): MATH 2356,* 4342,* 4343; FIN 3320, 3322, 4329; and ECO 2301 (or AAEC 2305), 2302, and 4305 (or AAEC 4302).
Contact information: Dr. Alexandre Trindade, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 806.742.2580, email@example.com.
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. The minor in Asian Studies requires 18-22 hours of coursework in addition to the courses taken to fulfill a student’s major. A minimum of 6 hours of junior/senior coursework is required for this minor, of which 3 hours must be completed in residency at Texas Tech. No more than 3 courses from one department can be counted toward the minor. Course offerings: ANTH 3304; ARCH 4311; CHIN 1501, 2301, 2302, 4300; CMLL 1501, 1502, 2301, 2302, 4300; ENGL 3387, 3391, 3394; GEOG 2351; HIST 2322, 3330, 3333, 3389, 3394, 3398, 4383, 4384, 4385, 4392, 4393, 4394, 4395, 4396; HONS 3303-H02; JAPN 1501, 1502, 2301, 2302, 4300; PHIL 2350, 3302; POLS 3300, 3361, 3364, 3368, 3371, 3376; SOC 4307; VIET 4300.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary minor in community and urban studies. This program exposes students to a variety of perspectives on conditions and problems of urban life, including issues of economics, politics, race and ethnicity, law, poverty, crime, environment, physical and mental health, art and design, planning, and others. The program is highly flexible and adaptable to each student’s needs.
To complete the minor in community and urban studies, students must complete 18 hours of courses approved by the director. The minor requires a minimum of 6 hours of upper division (3000-level courses or higher) coursework, of which 3 hours must be completed in residency at Texas Tech (as opposed to abroad). No more than 9 hours of coursework from one program can be counted toward the minor. Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward the minor. A list of approved courses can be found at www.depts.ttu.edu/artsandsciences/cus/.
Comparative literature is designed for students who are interested in critical studies of literatures and cultures across national boundaries. The program provides a minor for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The minor consists of 18 hours of courses, 3 hours of which must be at the 4000 level. Students may apply 6 hours of sophomore-level coursework from either the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of English if such coursework is not in the student’s major field. Students not majoring in a foreign language must complete at least 3 hours at the junior or senior level in a foreign language. Comparative literature minors must take at least 6 hours from the following courses: CLAS 3350; CLT 4300, 4305, 4317; ENGL 3337, 3384, 3389; GERM 3312; HUM 2301, 2302; SLAV 3301; and WS 4310.
Individual minor programs are arranged by the student and the director of the comparative literature program. This minor may not include coursework in the student’s major field unless such coursework is over and above the minimum catalog requirements for the major.
Contact information: Dr. John Beusterien, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, 806.742.3145, ext. 270, firstname.lastname@example.org
Administered by the Comparative Literature Committee, this interdisciplinary specialization gives students the opportunity to study literature from a global perspective, to study two or more national literatures, and to concentrate attention upon the following special fields: periods, genres, theories, or relationships between literatures and other arts and disciplines.
Students specializing in comparative literature at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels must be admitted to the program in which they plan to major (e.g., English, Spanish). The graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature oversees the preparation of the comparative literature specialization.
Comparative literature candidates who are not international students should have completed sufficient language study to begin or continue graduate work in the literature of at least two languages. Inquiries concerning sound preparation for specializations in comparative literature at the master’s and doctor’s level should be addressed to the graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature.
Master’s Degree Program. Majors in classical humanities, English, French, German, and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature are available at the master’s level. Students are required to take at least five courses for the specialization at the master’s level, including at least two graduate literature courses in languages other than their major and at least two graduate comparative literature (CLT) courses. The fifth course may be an interdisciplinary elective approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. Degree plans must be approved by both the student’s major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
Doctoral Program. At the doctoral level, majors are offered in English and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature. Specialization involves a minimum of six courses, including at least two in comparative literature (CLT) and at least three graduate courses taught in one or more foreign languages. The sixth course may be an interdisciplinary elective approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. A student’s program is supervised by a doctoral committee drawn up in consultation with the student’s major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
The Department of English, Department of Theatre and Dance, and College of Media and Communication offer an interdisciplinary minor in dramatic writing. The program is designed to prepare students to write scripts for cinema, television, and stage productions. The minor consists of 18 hours—12 in writing and 6 in analysis. The 12 hours in writing are to be chosen from the following courses and must include at least one course from each department: ENGL 2351, 3351, 4351; EMC 4370, 4375, 4380; and THA 4303 (may be repeated for credit). The 6 hours in analysis will include THA 4300 and one course from the following: EMC 3345, ENGL 2388, 3388, 4312, 4315. Courses in which the student earns less than a C may not be counted toward the minor. This 18-hour requirement may not include courses taken to fulfill requirements in the student’s major field.
The college offers an interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies. This minor is nontechnical in nature and specifically designed for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree. It focuses on the interaction of humans and the natural environment and the consequences of that interaction.
The minor does not train professional environmentalists but will, in combination with existing major programs, give students a broad foundation as preparation for more advanced environmental studies programs; professional work in law, regional planning, or resource management; and various environmental positions in government, business, or teaching. The minor also will provide students with a better understanding of basic ecology and the nature of environmental problems in order to make more knowledgeable value judgments on environmental issues.
The minor consists of 18 hours of elective courses. No more than two courses from any department or program may count toward the minor. At least 6 hours must be from upper-division courses. Courses that students use to fulfill their major requirements may not be applied toward fulfillment of requirements for an environmental studies minor. A course may count toward a major or minor, but not both. Electives in the program include AAEC 4309; ARCH 1311; ATMO 1300, 2301; BIOL 1305, 1401, 1402, 3303, 3307, 3309; ECO 3336; EVHM 1301, 1302, 2302, 3300, 3305, 3306, 3350; GEOG 1300, 1401, 3300, 3301, 3310, 3335, 3353, 3360, 4301, 4321, 4357; GEOL 1303, 3322, 3323, 3328; HLTH 2302; HIST 3327, 4323; LARC 3302, 4302; NRM 2301, 2302, 2305, 2307, 3302, 3307; PHIL 3325; WE 1300, 2300.
The college offers an interdisciplinary minor in ethnic studies. The goals of the program are to increase students’ understanding of the nature and development of race relations and to stimulate a greater sense of dignity for minority students. Students may, if they wish, specialize in African-American, Mexican-American, or Native-American studies. All students minoring in ethnic studies must complete at least 18 hours in ethnic content courses. No more than three courses may be taken in one department. Electives in the program include, but are not limited to, the following courses: ANTH 1301, 2301, 2302, 3325, 3331, 3345, 3347, 3371, 4372; ARTH 3333, 4335; COMS 3332; ENGL 3322; HIST 3311, 3312, 3318, 3324, 3325, 3326, 3395, 4326, 4383; MUHL 3304; PSY 3305; SOC 3324, 4362; SPAN 4320, 4360.
Contact information: Dr. Julian Perez, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures,806.742.3145,, 806.742.1562, email@example.com
Ethnic studies is offered as an interdisciplinary minor for students who may find a greater knowledge of ethnic groups and majority–minority relations a useful complement to their major area of study. With the continued prominence of public issues related to race and ethnicity, students from diverse fields may benefit from either a broader or a more specialized knowledge of ethnicity. Students may focus on African-American, Mexican-American, or Native-American studies. The Ethnic Studies Committee, which is comprised of faculty from the departments offering courses acceptable as part of the minor, supervises the minor degree plans.
A doctoral minor consists of at least 15 hours of ethnic studies courses to be taken in at least two departments outside the student’s major field. A minor at the master’s level consists of 6 hours of ethnic studies courses in two departments outside the major. General rules of the Graduate School governing minors at both degree levels apply.
Courses in the ethnic studies program include but are not limited to the following:
Graduate Program Courses
- ANTH 5322 Social Anthropology (3:3:0)
- ANTH 5323* Topics in Cultural Anthropology (3:3:0)
- ANTH 7000* Research (V1-12)
- ARTH 5335 Arts of the Pre-Columbian and Native Americas (3:3:0)
- COMS 5302 Intercultural Communication (3:3:0)
- ECO 7000* Research (V1-12)
- EDBL 5332* Foundations of Bilingual Education (3:3:0)
- EDBL 5333* Teaching the Multicultural-Multilingual Student (3:3:0)
- EDCI 7000* Research (V1-12)
- EDEL 7000* Research (V1-12)
- HIST 5319 Studies in Native-American History (3:3:0)
- HIST 5333 Studies in African-American History (3:3:0)
- HIST 6304* Seminar in American History (3:3:0)
- HIST 7000* Research (V1-12)
- POLS 5327* Selected Topics in American Government and Politics (3:3:0)
- POLS 7000* Research (V1-12)
- SOC 5312 Seminar in Urban Problems (3:3:0)
- SOC 5313 Seminar in Minority Relations (3:3:0)
- SOC 7000* Research (V1-12)
- SPAN 5381 Hispanic Literature of the Southwest (3:3:0)
- SPAN 7000* Research (V1-12)
* Courses marked with an asterisk will be considered acceptable as part of the minor when the topic studied deals with ethnic groups..
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The interdisciplinary minor in European studies is designed to allow students to pursue interests in European society, culture, history, and politics. It offers them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the European continent from the British Isles to Russia and interactions between Europe and the wider world from ancient times to the postcolonial present. The program builds upon strengths of the Texas Tech faculty, invites students to take advantage of academic activities outside the classroom, and encourages study in Europe. The minor targets students with interests in the humanities and social sciences, fine and performing arts, and law and business. A European studies minor touching on contemporary European affairs, including European integration, would suit students planning graduate study in arts and sciences and anticipating careers in education, law, business, government, and nongovernmental agencies.
The minor consists of 18 hours of coursework divided into two tracks: Historical and Social Sciences (HSS) and Arts and Humanities (AH). Students will take at least 6 hours in each track, but the total hours will number 18. Students will choose from a curriculum that currently includes courses in architecture, art, classical and modern languages and literatures, English, history, music, philosophy, political science and theatre and dance. Students are encouraged to take appropriate courses in a European country. Basic courses and sophomore-level English courses will not count towards the minor.
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Human Sciences jointly offer an interdisciplinary minor in family life studies. The program involves an integrated course of study and provides the student with a variety of perspectives on the family. The minor consists of 18 hours chosen from several disciplines. No more than 6 hours may be taken from any one department. Courses counted toward the major will not count toward the minor. At least 6 hours must be at the junior-senior level.
Courses may be selected from the following: COMS 3333, 3334; HLTH 1300, 1305, 3313, 3314, 4312; HDFS 2300, 2303, 2322, 3301, 3320, 3321, 3322, 3324, 3326, 3331, 3332, 3350; HIST 3311, 3322, 3323, 3341, 3394, 4325, 4326, 4374, 4380, PFP1305, 3301; PSY 3341, 4300, 4301; SOC 2331, 3325, 3331, 3335; SW 3311, 3312.
The goal of the interdisciplinary minor is to offer students the opportunity to take courses pertinent to scientific and methodological issues associated with crime investigation and criminal behavior. All students minoring in forensic science must complete at least 18 hours in designated forensic-related courses. No more than 12 hours may be taken in one department or program. At least 12 hours must be taken in upper-division courses. Courses with a grade of D cannot be counted toward fulfillment of the minor. At least 6 hours of upper-division courses must be taken at Texas Tech. All students who are enrolled in the forensic science minor are required to enroll in the introductory forensic science course ANTH 2308.
Each student must choose one of the following tracks from which 15 credit hours must be chosen:
- Physical and Biological Sciences: CHEM 3141, 3341, 4010, 4114, 4314; BIOL 3416; MBIO 3401; ZOOL 4321; ENTX 4325, 4326; ANTH 2305, 4343; AHMT 4305; and NURS 3365.
- Social and Behavioral Science: ANTH 2305, 4320; PSY 4000, 4384; SOC 2335, 3326, 3327, 3335, 4325; GIST 3300;GEOG 3301; and NURS 3365.
Designated courses may require prerequisites before the student can enroll in them. Consult the catalog or contact the specific instructors for details. Prerequisite courses (except ANTH 2305) do not count toward the minor. Cross-listed courses that are required by the major cannot be counted toward the minor.
A Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies degree encompasses interdisciplinary study of global, international, and regional politics, economics, culture, and society. The global studies degree will provide students with training and education appropriate to individuals seeking careers in diplomatic service, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and foreign policy. Students will be prepared to undertake graduate studies in a variety of fields with international orientation. Graduates of the program will be able to contribute to Texas Tech’s vision of championing global engagement, educating a diverse and globally competitive work force, and enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world. The global studies major requires students to take 21 hours of required courses, 21 hours of prescribed electives, 6 hours of free electives, and 6 hours of third-year foreign language.
Contact information: Dr. John Barkdull, Department of Political Science, 806.742.4043, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Degree pending THECB and SACSCOC approval
An interdisciplinary minor in health professions is intended for students who are planning to apply to post-graduate health profession programs with very specific prerequisite requirements. The minor will meet the needs of pre-professional health careers students who may require courses outside their major. All students who are enrolled in the health professions minor will be required to complete ZOOL 2403 (Anatomy). The minor requires the following:
- A minimum of 18 hours of approved classes.
- A minimum 2.0 GPA.
- No more than three classes from any department or program. Classes with a corresponding lab (e.g., CHEM 1305/1105) will count as one class.
- A minimum of 6 hours at the junior/senior level taken at Texas Tech.
- No substitutions to the existing course list (see below) unless made with prior approval of the advisor if a course is shown to be a prerequisite for a specific health professions program.
- No courses used to fulfill requirements for the major may be applied toward the minor (excludes adjunct requirements).
Approved courses for the minor include the following: BIOL 1402; CHEM 1305/1105, 1307/1107, 1308/1108, 2303/2103, 3305/3105; ENGL 2311; ESS 3301, 3303, 3305; HDFS 2303; HUSC 3221; MATH 1451, 2300; MBIO 3400 or 3401; NS 1325 or 1410; PSY 3400, 4301, 4305; ZOOL 2403, 2404, 3303.
Contact information: Pamela Hellman, Department of Biological Sciences, 806.742.2710, email@example.com
An interdisciplinary minor in international studies is offered for students who wish to gain an understanding of how the nations of the world are economically, politically, socially, and culturally interdependent. The minor is made up of a 9-hour core of required courses and 9 hours of electives. The core courses are ECO 3333, International Economics; GEOG 2351, Regional Geography of the World; and POLS 3361, International Politics. The advisor may allow substitutions in the core when it can be shown that they fit in with the student’s major program and academic objectives. Elective courses are selected from among courses that deal with international topics in departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. Courses from other colleges may be accepted if they have been previously approved by the program advisors. The international studies minor is a required concentration area in the global affairs specialization for the Bachelor of General Studies degree.
The Interdepartmental Committee on Linguistics offers a minor in linguistics for the B.A. degree. The minor consists of 18 hours of required and elective courses drawn from the Departments of English; Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures; Communication Studies; English; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; and Curriculum and Instruction.
Linguistics is concerned with (1) the scientific description and analysis of languages; (2) the study of language in its social and cultural context; (3) the evolution and historical development of language; (4) the formal study of communication systems involving the acquisition and use of language; (5) the relation of language to literature, philosophy, and other fields in the humanities; and (6) human biology and neurology as they affect the use of language.
Linguistics shares interests with speech and hearing sciences, psychology, anthropology, sociology, literature, philosophy, and computer science. It is, therefore, an interesting and useful minor area for students majoring in these fields and one that can help to develop a more focused area of academic or professional specialization.
Of the 18 hours of credit required for a linguistics minor, 3 hours (i.e., one course) must be taken from each group listed below. The remaining 6 hours may be taken from courses within Groups B, C and D, but only 3 hours can be taken from Group A. Students should work with a linguistics professor to construct an appropriate individualized program of courses.
Group A — ANTH 3305, ENGL 3371, LING 4335
Group B — ASL 3312; ENGL 3373; FREN 4302; GERM 4301; LAT 4302; SPAN 4303, 4305; LING 4315
Group C — EDBL 3337; ENGL 3372, 4373; LING 4311, 4327, 4332
Group D — ANTH 3351; LING 4383; COMS 3332; EDBL 3334; EDLL 3352; ENGL 2371, 4300, 4371;
PHIL 4310, 4331; PSY 4324, 43433
Contact information: Dr. Min-Joo Kim, Department of English, 806.742.2500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate study in linguistics may be pursued through either the Department of English or the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures or students may pursue an interdisciplinary program combining courses not only from these departments but also others.
A Master of Arts degree is offered through the Department of English. Students may select a 36-hour nonthesis or a 30-hour plus thesis option with a concentration in linguistics. The department also offers a doctorate with a concentration in linguistics requiring students to take 18 hours of linguistics and write a dissertation on linguistics under the guidance of English faculty. English also offers a Certificate in Linguistics that can be earned by completing a minimum of 12 hours of linguistics courses in the Department of English. Students may earn a certificate without being admitted to a graduate degree program in the Department of English.
The Department of English offers graduate study focusing on the core areas of linguistics (e.g., syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics) as well as the structure of English, including its historical development and contemporary American dialects. The department includes specialists in East Asian languages and in Old, Middle,and Modern English. Limited support is available for teaching assistantships in composition and lower-level courses.
A Master of Arts degree in applied linguistics is offered through the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. Students may select a 36-hour nonthesis or a 30-hour plus thesis option in either general applied linguistics or in teaching English as a second or foreign language.
The option in general applied linguistics prepares students who plan to design programs for and/or teach second or foreign languages; it also provides a foundation in applied linguistics for students who plan doctoral studies in first and second language acquisition, second and foreign language teaching and learning, language testing and assessment, studies in second language composition, translation, language planning, or corpus linguistics. Both options include work using CMLL’s digital language laboratory and SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning) facilities for teaching and research. Faculty from several areas (anthropology, bilingual education, English, language literacy education, mass communications, psychology, and Spanish) offer supporting courses that may count toward the degree.
Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of a language other than English prior to entering the program. There is no foreign language requirement as part of the program. Oral and comprehensive examinations are required. Limited support is available for teaching assistantships in TESOL and may be available for teaching assistantships in Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, and Japanese.
A minor in religion studies is offered to students who wish to enhance their understanding of religion by studying it from a variety of academic perspectives. The program is intended to enable students to place their understanding of religion in the broader frameworks of several academic disciplines.
A minor in religion studies for a baccalaureate degree is composed of courses drawn from several departments in the college. Eighteen hours of coursework are necessary to complete the minor, including courses from at least three disciplines. Four of the courses in the minor must be from the core courses and such courses must be taken from at least two disciplines. Courses taken must reflect the study of at least two religious traditions. The 18 hours may not include courses taken to fulfill requirements in the student’s major.
Students may use one independent topics course for the minor when the topic is religion. Prior to registration, the student should consult the director of the program concerning availability of courses and the student’s progress in the minor.
Core Courses: ANTH 3323; CLAS 3302, 3350; ENGL 3383, 3384; HIST 3328, 3344, 4347, 4349, 4384, 4385; PHIL 2350, 3302, 3324; POLS 3339, PSY 3310; SOC 4331
Other Courses: ANTH 3325, 3346; ARTH 3320, 3345, 4340; HIST 3301, 3302, 3342, 3348, 3394, 3395, 3398; PHIL 2320; POLS 3330, 3332
A major or minor in Russian language and area studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of integrated coursework in several departments. The degree is offered to students who wish to study the Russian language and aspects of culture; literature; history; politics; economic relations; and society in Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia. The program is intended to give students qualifications for various types of professional work that require knowledge of Russia and other nations that were once republics of the Soviet Union and to prepare motivated students for further study.
The major requires 33 semester hours of coursework. RUSN 1501 and 1502 are prerequisites of, but do not count towards, the major or minor. RUSN 2301, 2302 (or their equivalents), and 3304 are required for all students seeking a major. In addition, majors need to take 24 hours of approved courses offered by the Departments of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Economics, History, and Political Science. Prior to enrolling in the program and to registering for courses, students should consult one of the program directors.
For the minor, 18 hours of coursework is necessary from courses approved for the major. RUSN 2301, 2302 (or their equivalents), and 3304 are required for all students seeking a minor. At least one course must be at the 4000 level. Courses taken for this major or minor may not be used to satisfy requirements for another major or minor. Standard requirements for a B.A. degree must be met.
Contact information: Dr. Anthony Qualin and Dr. Erin Collopy, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, 806.742.3145 ext. 244, email@example.com
The 18-hour Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies enables students whose study and research relate to Medieval and Renaissance materials to obtain an interdisciplinary certificate that will give them an advantage for positions in the field. The certificate will be of particular interest to students working toward a master’s or doctoral degree in art history, classics, English, romance languages, German, history, music or architecture.
MRST 5301 is the only required course. Students may choose the remaining 15 hours from CLAS 5311, 5350; FREN 5312; GERM 5314; ITAL 5301; SPAN 5345, 5361, 5362; ENGL 5301, 5303, 5304, 5305, 5334, 5364; HIST 5341, 5342, 5351, 5366; ARTH 5305, 5320, 5340; MUHL 5320, 5322, 5331; and THA 5325, 5333.
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