Interdisciplinary Minors

By combining courses from various disciplines, students may develop minor areas of interest.

American Studies

The Interdisciplinary minor in American Studies offers students an opportunity to learn about America’s past and present from multiple disciplines. As a result of this dynamic approach, students will have a unique opportunity to gain a fuller synthesis and understanding about the culture and society of the United States. It will also allow students the flexibility to design their own educational experiences while sharpening their writing, research, and critical thinking skills. The minor will enhance preparedness for teaching, law, business, government service, communication, and graduate studies. A minimum of 18 credits is required for the American Studies minor. Half of the required courses must be taken at Georgian Court University. Students may apply to Dr. Paul Cappucci, the American Studies advisor, for approval of a course that is not currently listed.


Select one of the following:3
American Literature Before 1865
American Literature Since 1865
HNR American Literature & Culture
HST110U.S. History Survey I3
or HST111 U.S. History Survey II
300-level or higher courses selected from Approved American Studies Courses List 16
Electives at any course level selected from Approved American Studies Courses List6
Total Credits18

Approved American Studies Courses

AN244City, Suburb, & Society3
AN312Native Cultures of North America3
CJ111The Criminal Justice System3
CJ167Race, Ethnicity & Criminal Justice3
CJ313Constitutional Law3
EN310American Drama3
EN321American Renaissance3
EN322American Realism3
EN323Modern American Literature3
EN327Make It New: Modern American Poetry3
HST304American Revolution & Aftermath3
HST308Civil War & Reconstruction3
HST312U.S. Politics & Society, 1890-19453
HST316America Since 19453
HST320Rebels & Radicals in U.S. History3
HST330America & the World Since 18983
HST331Vietnam & America3
IH345Native American Medicine3
MU214Music of the Americas3
PO211American National Government3
PO221State & Local Government in America3
SP425Lat Am Lit I3
SP426Lat Am Lit II3

International Area Studies

Information in this area is of a highly specialized nature, depending largely upon the student’s major field. It is strongly recommended that the student contact the international area studies advisor, Dr. Scott Bennett, so that an individualized course of study may be implemented as early as possible.

General Requirements

A minimum of 18 credits above the 111/112 level, within a minimum of three different disciplines as listed below. Possible courses are given as examples only. Specific courses are to be decided by the student and the advisor together. Courses in the minor may also be used to meet applicable requirements in General Education or in the student’s major(s) or other minor(s).

Foreign language proficiency will be determined by successful completion (minimum grade of C) of a 300-level course taught in the target language.

A senior project is to be completed on a subject related to the program studied, under the direction of one or more faculty members cooperating in the program.

EC382International Finance & Economics3
EC481Comparative Economic Systems3
HST120World History Survey I3
HST121World History Survey II3
HST220Modern Asian History3
HST340Mediterranean Encounters 1100-17003
HST390Special Topics in History3
SP350Hispanic Women in Life & Literature3
SP415Spanish Civilization3
SP418Latin America: Past & Present3
SP419Contemporary Latin American Culture3
Religious Studies
RS340A Survey of Eastern Religious Thought3

Latina/o and Caribbean Studies

Students pursuing the minor in Latina/o and Caribbean Studies choose courses from a variety of disciplines, such as sociology, art, music, philosophy, criminal justice, English, French, Spanish, and social work. For a full description of the requirements and curriculum, see the World Languages and Cultures section of the catalog. For more information about the Latina/o and Caribbean Studies minor, contact Dr. Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez.

Politics, Law & History

The interdisciplinary minor in Politics, Law, and History offers students an opportunity to learn about America’s political system, constitutional/legal principles, and modern history from multiple perspectives and disciplines. The program will sharpen students’ writing, research, and critical thinking skills. It will prepare students for graduate school; for active citizenship and the pursuit of social justice and social welfare; and for careers in teaching, law, business, government, international relations, public service, and communications. A minimum of 18 credits is required for the Politics, Law, and History minor. At least half of the required courses must be taken at Georgian Court University. Courses at the 300 level and higher cannot count toward both a student’s major and the Politics, Law, and History minor (except that Criminal Justice majors may count two criminal justice courses toward the major). For more information or approval of a course that is not currently listed, contact Dr. Scott H. Bennett.


PO211American National Government3
PO221State & Local Government in America3
Law and Internships
CJ313Constitutional Law3
Select one of the following:3
Criminal Law & Practice
Internship in Criminal Justice
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
International Human Rights Law
Global Justice & Law
Any Political Science (PO) internship course
Select one of the following:3
America & the World Since 1898
Vietnam & America
U.S. & 9/11 Wars & Era
Select one of the following:3
Gandhi & King
America & the World Since 1898
Vietnam & America
U.S. & 9/11 Wars & Era
Europe Since 1914
Total Credits18

Social Media Marketing

This minor challenges students to take an in-depth look at today’s constantly evolving world of social media and how theories can be applied to target and attract online communities and spread messaging to a new group of customers. The minor combines social media theories and practice with traditional marketing strategies to provide students with knowledge and skills for today’s new user-driven marketplace while also teaching students the essential skills of online writing, e-commerce, communications, and graphic design. Please see the full description of the minor in the School of Business and Digital Media section of the catalog.


Recognizing severe imminent threats to various forms of life on this planet, the program in sustainability is intended to disseminate and develop the new knowledge, new skills, and new values necessary to sustain ecological systems for future generations. Students will gain a basic understanding of the impact of human activity, culture, and social policy on the organic and nonorganic systems of the earth.  

Students who complete the program should be able to:

  • Speak knowledgeably, from both a historical and contemporary perspective, about the natural systems of which humans are a part, the social systems humans create, and the interactions between these systems.
  • Critically evaluate sustainable policies from environmental, economic, and equality perspectives.
  • Bring insight of sustainable issues to challenges being addressed in their chosen career field.

For more information, contact Dr. Louise Wootton.

Program Requirements: 16 core credits plus one 2- to 4-credit elective (courses in the program may also be used to meet applicable requirements in General Education or in the student’s major(s) or other minor(s)):

Core Courses
BI109Environmental Biology4
AN/SO304Globalization & Sustainability3
BI/SC360Environmental Sustainability3
BU325Business & Sustainability3
SUS400Transitioning to a Sustainable Society3
Select 2-4 credits from the following:2-4
City, Suburb, & Society
Biological Interactions: Ecology
Managerial Communications
Environmental Chemistry
Human Geography
Climate Change
Internship in Sustainabillity
Any other internship 1
Total Credits18-20

Service Learning or Internship: This requirement may be met through carrying out a sustainability-related service learning project associated with any of the courses within the core of the minor, or through carrying out a sustainability-related internship in the student’s major, coordinated with that major’s internship supervisor and the director of the sustainability minor.

Women’s Studies

The various courses offered in the Women’s Studies minor examine the status and roles of women, past and present, stressing women’s special contributions to culture and society, and as agents of social change. The Women’s Studies minor enhances preparedness in such careers as business management, counseling, education, health care, law, psychology, sociology, social work, and others. For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia Ninivaggi.

A minimum of 18 hours is required. These may be chosen from:

AR244Women in Film3
AR310Women, Art & Society3
HST210Women in America3
WS/RS201Women & Religion3
WS/RS213Women & the Bible3
WS/EN217Women in Literature I3
WS/EN218Women in Literature II3
WS/PS242Psychology of Gender3
WS280Selected Topics in Women's Studies3
WS315/IH310Integrative Women's Health3
WS311Shaping Lives: Women & Gender3
WS/BU318Women's Leadership Styles3
WS/ES320Gender in Sports3
WS/CJ325Gender & Crime3
WS/SP350Hispanic Women in Life & Literature3
WS/AN370Women and Work3

Special topics courses related to women. Courses in the minor may also be used to meet applicable requirements in General Education or in the student’s major(s) or other minor(s).

Please consult the academic departments section for course descriptions and any prerequisites. 

WS280  Selected Topics in Women's Studies  (3 Credits)  

This course gives the students the opportunity to explore the discipline of women's studies in depth. Special areas of study will be based on student interest. One topic will be explored intensively for the total course content. The course may be repeated for the majoring or minoring student when differing topics are offered.

WS311  Shaping Lives: Women & Gender  (3 Credits)  

This interdisciplinary course considers gender as both a critical field of inquiry and as a social construct that influences experiences, relationships, and outcomes of women in society. The course is organized around three main themes: (1) foundations for understanding women and gender; (2) the six institutions that impact and are impacted by women (e.g., work, education, politics); and (3) leadership and activism. Emphasis on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status.