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Students wishing to minor in Philosophy may choose a general minor or a minor specializing in logic. There are no specific courses required for the general minor, so students may create a program to suit their own interests. The range of choice in the logic specialization is limited to the courses listed.

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies major and minor are designed to enable students to engage in critical, analytical thinking about religion, understand how to use and contextualize primary source materials, examine and interpret religion from a diversity of viewpoints, develop reflective understanding of the practices and practitioners of religion, discuss the relations between religion and ethics, and present complex and original ideas in written and oral formats.


The Department of Linguistics offers two minor programs:

  1. General Linguistics (listed below), which provides the student with basic knowledge of language structure and linguistic analysis.
  2. Linguistics for Language Teachers, which especially complements the major in English with the Teaching Area of emphasis; it is also of relevance to students interested in teaching foreign languages.



The minor in History equips students with the essential skills and basic knowledge necessary to navigate the modern world as well as a career in most professions. Through the study of past events and societies, students learn to read critically, debate issues and historical context substantively, and write with clarity. From courses in Asian, African, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, U.S. and World history, students choose three courses in one field and two courses in any field to complete the minor certification.


Whether their major is in Viticulture & Enology or Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – to name just two current examples – many students find that pursuing a minor in English allows them to develop their abilities to read and to write critically while enjoying all the pleasures that great literature has to offer. To complete the minor, students complete five upper-division courses, at least four of which focus on literature, film, or other media. Choices within the curriculum are unlimited by historical period, and can include a course in creative writing.

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.

Art History

Art History studies the changing visual expression of values, beliefs and experiences across diverse cultures and over time. It provides training in historical, social and aesthetic understanding, critical thinking, scholarly research, and lucid, thoughtful analysis and writing. More than any other discipline art history sharpens its students’ visual acuity and deepens their visual literacy. In so doing, it prepares them to face the increasingly complex visual world we find ourselves in today.