Institute for Global Studies
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-9007
Fax: 612-626-2242
E-mail: igs@umn.edu

Area Studies Minor

The Area Studies minor allows students to take a variety of courses focused on one region of the world. Students are required to complete a total of 5 courses for 15 credits and fulfill 2 years of region specific language study. Non-language courses must be drawn from a minimum of 3 departments and be graded at a C- or higher.

Requirements by Region of Interest

For more information please refer to the Global Studies Student Handbook (PDF) or e-mail a Global Studies Advisor.

East Asian Area Studies

Language Requirements: Two years of an approved East Asian language

Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese

Course Requirements: 15 credits

  • Hist 3461: Introduction to East Asian History I—The Imperial Age          
  • Hist 3462: Introduction to East Asian History II—1600-2000
  • Two approved upper division humanities courses on East Asia or a single East Asian society.
  • Approved upper division social science course on East Asia or a single East Asian society.

European Area Studies

Language Requirements: Two years of an approved European language

Dutch, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek (Modern), Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Course Requirements: 15 credits

  • Geog 3161: Europe—A Geographic Perspective
  • Hist 3722:  20th Century Europe, 1945-1991
  • Two approved upper division humanities courses on Europe or a single European society.
  • Approved upper division social science course on Europe or a single European society.

Latin American Area Studies

Language Requirements: Two years of an approved Latin American language

Spanish, Portuguese

Course Requirements: 15 credits

  • LAS/Geog 4121 Latin America
  • LAS/Hist 3401 Early Latin American to 1825 or LAS/Hist 3402 Modern Latin America 1825 to present
  • Two approved upper division humanities courses on Latin America or a single Latin American society.
  • Approved upper division social science course on Latin America or a single Latin American society.

Russian Area Studies

Language Requirements: Two years

Russian

Course Requirements: 15 credits

  • Russ 3421 or 3422
  • Hist 3636 or 3637
  • Geog 3181 or Pol 4471
  • Approved upper division humanities course on Russia or Central Asia.
  • Approved upper division humanities or social science course on Russia or Central Asia.

South Asian and Middle Eastern Area Studies

Language Requirements

Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Turkish, Urdu

Course Requirements: 15 credits

  • Approved upper division humanities course on South Asia or the Middle East.
  • Approved upper division social science course on South Asia or the Middle East.
  • Approved upper division course from a different department then the two previous courses on South Asia or the Middle East.
  • Two approved upper division humanities or social science courses on South Asia or the Middle East.