You are here


The Spanish minor assures a basic proficiency in Spanish and acquaints students with the language, literature, and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world. In today's global economy, this minor is an asset to almost any major.


The Russian minor assures a basic proficiency in Russian and acquaints students with the language, literature and traditions. In today's global economy, this minor is an asset to almost any major.

Middle East/South Asia Studies

Similarly to the major, the ME/SA Studies Minor offers comparative studies of the Middle East and South Asia, regions that have been integrally linked for centuries by trade, migration, exchange of scientific, mathematical, political and philosophical ideas, religion, literature, and art.The ME/SA Studies Minor is a brief introduction to the field of ME/SA Studies.


A minor in Japanese provides a significant complement to any declared major in the sciences, social sciences, humanities or the arts. The Japanese minor is comprised of a balance of literature and culture courses taught in English or Japanese, and a minimum of beginning third-year language proficiency. Whatever path one follows upon graduation, fulfilling the Japanese minor prepares the student for the increasingly global contexts of the modern world.


The Italian curriculum provides solid foundations for a variety of career paths by developing linguistic and cultural proficiency and strengthening students’ habits of critical thinking, effective writing, and cross-cultural communication. According to a recent departmental survey, our alumni include physicians, attorneys, fashion designers, college professors, high-school teachers, professional artists, entrepreneurs and diplomatic service employees.


The Department offers a German minor consisting of at least 20 upper-division units of courses taught in German. Students wishing to minor in German should consult the undergraduate advisor.


The minor program develops proficiency in all four language skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—and acquaints students with the intellectual and cultural contributions of the French-speaking world through the study of its literature, traditions, and institutions.

The Program. The department encourages its students to work closely with the academic advisor in designing a minor tailored to their needs and interests within the broad requirements prescribed by the program and to avail themselves of the guidance of an excellent teaching faculty.

East Asian Studies

Courses taken for the minor are expected to reflect a predominant interest in East Asia or Southeast Asia. All upper division courses counting towards the East Asian Studies major, may be used to fulfill the requirements for the minor program, as long as they deal predominantly with East Asia or Southeast Asia.

Comparative Literature

The minor in Comparative Literature allows students to combine courses in Comparative Literature with courses in a national literature, including English or foreign literature in translation. There is no foreign language requirement for the minor.