Social Sciences


A minor allows a student to specialize in a discipline outside their major. To pursue a minor, you must first be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.

A student may minor in any subject, provided the title of the minor differs from the title of their major or major concentration. Minors offered by the Department of Social Sciences are listed below.

""American Studies

Gain a deeper understanding of American society and current affairs through studies in history, politics, and social institutions. The American Studies minor draws upon the disciplines of history, sociology, political science, anthropology, and literature.

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""Environmental Studies

Explore the social and political dimensions of contemporary environmental issues. The Environmental Studies minor emphasizes the environmental aspects of public policy, sociology, anthropology, history, and ecology.

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""Historical Studies

The Historical Studies minor blends archaeological and historical perspectives on human society. Course work in archaeology exposes students to the unwritten record and to prehistory; and course work in history provides insights into the past through the written record and the analysis of societal development.

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""International Studies

Study culture, politics, history, and the environment from global and comparative perspectives. The International Studies minor focuses on the histories and cultures of Europe and developing nations. Through course work in comparative social systems and the international dimensions of specific current issues, you will develop an indispensable skill set for examining US society and politics.

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""Law and Society

Interested in law? Gain a foundation in government and policy issues. The Law and Society minor allows you to choose from a wide variety of courses, including international law, political philosophy, environmental policy and politics, intellectual property law, and more.

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""Social and Behavioral Studies

Equip yourself to investigate the social causes and consequences of human behavior. The Social and Behavioral Studies minor focuses on the relationship among society, culture, and the individual in institutional life. The minor course work is designed to introduce students to the research, theory, and applications of social scientific knowledge, focusing on how people think, behave, and interact within cultures, societies, group structures, and organizations.

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