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Academic Areas of Inclusion

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.

Contact: Dr. Yuan Shu, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies. yuan.shu@ttu.edu

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Ethnic Studies, Undergraduate Minor

The college offers an interdisciplinary minor in ethnic studies. The goal of the program is to increase students' understanding of the nature and development of race relations in a globalized society. 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. At least 6 hours of upper-division coursework is required.

Contact: Dr. Luis Ramirez; Associate Professor Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; l.ramirez@ttu.edu

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Human Devlopment & Family Studies HDFS Graduate Minor in Cross-Cultural Studies

The HDFS Graduate Minor in Cross-Cultural Studies (CCS) is designed to provide fundamental competencies on multicultural and international/transnational issues affecting diverse populations as well as core principles of human development and socio-political change from a global perspective. The CCS Graduate Minor is supported by a multidisciplinary curriculum geared toward enhancing cross-cultural knowledge, skills, leadership, and lifetime professional success in a broad variety of traditional and non-traditional career paths. The CCS Graduate Minor is offered to all master's and doctoral students in the University (TTU-TTUHSC) as well as non-traditional students seeking to enhance their professional expertise by incorporating a cross-cultural dimension to their programs of study.

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies elizabeth.trejos@ttu.edu

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Women's & Gender Studies

Women's & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. Women's & Gender Studies offers a number of opportunities of study for undergraduate and graduate students. We have an online and face-to-face Minor for undergraduate students and participate in the Graduate Certificate Program specific to Women's & Gender Studies. Whether students are choosing to go into fields of study such as Business Administration, Medicine, Law or Public Relations, courses in women's and gender studies provide critical professional development. You can use these skills in a variety of careers in order to be a more successful leader and a better colleague who will know how to be effective in diverse work settings.

Contact Tricia Earl patricia.a.earl@ttu.edu, Undergradate Advisor and Dr. Charlotte Dunham charlotte.dunham@ttu.edu, Graduate Advisor.

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