Minors

Arabic Minor

Arabic Minor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures 

A minor in Arabic requires 18 semester hours, including 15 hours of Arabic at the intermediate and advanced levels and 3 hours of electives.

Required Courses (15 hours)

Certain study abroad programs may substitute some of the courses below.

  • ARAB 2010 - Intermediate Arabic I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ARAB 1020 or permission of instructor. An intermediate course designed to improve language skills in Arabic, including reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehensive.

  • ARAB 2020 - Intermediate Arabic II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ARAB 2010 or permission of instructor. Continuation of ARAB 2010.

  • ARAB 3010 - Advanced Arabic I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ARAB 2020. First advanced course in Modern Standard Arabic.

  • ARAB 3020 - Advanced Arabic II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ARAB 3010. Second advanced course in Modern Standard Arabic.

  • ARAB 3030 - Media Arabic  3 credit hours  

    ARAB 3030 - Media Arabic

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ARAB 3010 or permission of instructor. Provides a strong foundation in the vocabulary and structures of Arabic used in media throughout the Arabic speaking world.

Guided Elective (3 hours)

Students may select one additional course in Middle East Studies such as MES 2100, study abroad, or other courses related to the field as approved by advisor.

  • HIST 3090 - Topics in European History  1 to 3 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)

    HIST 3090 - Topics in European History

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120. A detailed examination of a topic pertinent to European history. May be taken more than once for credit with different topic.

  • MES 2100 - Introduction to Middle East Studies

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the people, culture, geography, and history of the Middle East from the distant past to the present. Includes ancient history, the rise of Islam, Arab nationalism and formation of the modern states, the creation of Israel, oil and natural resources, social structures and family life, international diplomacy and peacemaking, problems of Westernization and modernization, and political Islam.

French Minor

French Minor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

A minor in French requires 18 semester hours (excluding FREN 1010), including 9 hours of 3000- and/or 4000-level courses.

German Minor

German Minor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

A minor in German requires 18 semester hours (excluding GERM 1010), including 9 hours of 3000- and/or 4000-level courses.

Italian Minor

Italian Minor

A minor in Italian requires 18 semester hours (excluding ITAL 1010) including 9 hours of 3000- and/or 4000-level courses.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • ITAL 1020 - Elementary Italian II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ITAL 1010 or advanced placement. Continuation of ITAL 1010. Increased emphasis on the acquisition of fluency in Italian.

  • ITAL 2010 - Intermediate Italian I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ITAL 1020 or permission of instructor. A review of Italian grammar with reading and oral exercises designed to improve understanding of written and spoken language.

  • ITAL 2020 - Intermediate Italian II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ITAL 2010 or permission of instructor. Continuation of ITAL 2010.

Guided Electives (9 hours)

  • HUM 3065 - Topics in Italian Culture

    3 credit hours

    Offers both Italian language and non-language students an introduction to Italian culture and society focusing on key historical, social, and cultural topics essential to understanding modern Italy. Taught in English; no background knowledge of Italy or the Italian language required.

  • ITAL 3010 - Advanced Italian I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ITAL 2020 or permission of instructor. Advanced level practice in language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Continued study of the Italian language and culture.

  • ITAL 3020 - Advanced Italian II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ITAL 3010 or permission of instructor. Further advanced level practice in language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Continued study of the Italian language and culture.

  • ITAL 3990 - Study Abroad  3 to 12 credit hours  

    ITAL 3990 - Study Abroad

    3 to 12 credit hours

    No language prerequisite. Designed for students participating in Study Abroad courses for the existing consortium agreements or other study abroad programs approved by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The credits depend on the number of hours of study in the foreign country (e.g., a four-week, six-week, or semester program).

Japanese Minor

Japanese Minor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

A minor in Japanese requires 18 semester hours (excluding JAPN 1010).

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese  6 credit hours  (3 hours)

    JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

Electives (9 hours)

Choose 9 credit hours from any of the courses below in consultation with the minor advisor:

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3015 - Business Japanese I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or permission of instructor. Basic linguistic and cultural skills to conduct business in Japan or any other Japanese setting.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

  • JAPN 3035 - Business Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. Advanced linguistic and cultural skills necessary to conduct business in Japan or any other Japanese setting.  

  • JAPN 3570 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3030 or permission of instructor. Introduces linguistic study of the Japanese language with emphasis on theoretical, social, and applied linguistic concepts and data in Japanese. Taught in Japanese.

  • JAPN 3900 - Japan Study Abroad

    3 credit hours

    Students will explore various traditional and modern aspects of Japan while studying abroad. Counts toward the Japanese concentration or minor as a guided elective. May be repeated.

  • JAPN 4020 - Modern Japanese Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3030 or permission of instructor. Examines Japanese modern literary works, techniques, and authors from early-to-mid twentieth century to the present. Taught in Japanese.

  • JAPN 4040 - Advanced Japanese in Cultural Context I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3030 or permission of instructor. Building on advanced skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Japanese with particular emphasis on the study of a variety of content topics.

  • JAPN 4050 - Advanced Japanese in Cultural Context II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 4040 or permission of instructor. Building on advanced skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Japanese with particular emphasis on the study of a variety of content topics.

  • JAPN 4900 - Directed Study in Japanese  1 to 6 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)

    JAPN 4900 - Directed Study in Japanese

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individualized intensive reading in primary and secondary sources relating to specific topic in Japanese language and/or culture.

Portuguese Studies Minor

Portuguese Studies Minor

Advisor: Soraya Nogueira, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Portuguese Studies minor is designed to develop basic reading, writing, and conversation skills in Portuguese, as well as obtain greater cultural knowledge of the Portuguese-speaking world.

The minor consists of 18 hours. All students will be required to take12 hours in Portuguese grammar and conversation and 6 hours in elective courses. The integration of language and culture classes will provide students with a well-rounded view of the Portuguese-speaking world.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Except for the Paralegal Studies minor, no course may be counted both for major and minor credit. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.

Required Portuguese Language and Conversation Courses (12 hours)

  • PORT 1020 - Elementary Portuguese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PORT 1010 or permission of instructor. Continuation of materials introduced in PORT 1010.

  • PORT 2010 - Intermediate Portuguese I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PORT 1020 or permission of instructor. A review of Portuguese grammar with readings and oral exercises designed to improve the student's skills and understanding of Brazilian culture.

  • PORT 3010 - Advanced Portuguese I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PORT 2020 or permission of instructor. Advanced-level practice in language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including review of Portuguese grammar.

Elective Courses (6 hours)

  • ANTH 3517 - Peoples and Cultures of Brazil

    3 credit hours

    The diverse peoples and cultures of Brazil. History, sociocultural systems, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

  • ANTH 4940 - Ethnographic Field School

    3 to 6 credit hours

    Field experience in a cross-cultural setting. Training in ethnographic research techniques.

  • HUM 3070 - Brazilian Popular Culture

    3 credit hours

    Provides the necessary context, critical analysis, and perspectives on contemporary culture studies in Brazil. There is no language prerequisite for this course.

  • PORT 3020 - Advanced Portuguese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PORT 2020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of PORT 3010.

A study abroad program in Brazil is available through the KIIS program. For more detailed information, please visit its official website at http://www.kiis.org.

Spanish Minor

Spanish Minor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

A minor in Spanish requires 18 semester hours (excluding SPAN 1010), including 9 hours of 3000- and/or 4000-level courses.