Minors – Department of Social Sciences

Department Minors Include:

Minor in Ethnic Studies

The minor provides students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge, research ability, critical thinking skills, and effective written, oral communication skills necessary to live and work successfully in multicultural settings.

Academic Objectives

Upon the completion of the “Minor in Ethnic Studies” students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand how racial and ethnic identities are constructed and/or contested over times, cultures and nations/regions;
  • Explain the principles and dynamics that influence ethnic and inter-ethnic relations;
  • Use various methodologies, comparative models, and disciplinary perspectives to analyze contemporary issues of ethnicity;
  • Analyze local, national and global events from the perspective of ethnicity; and
  • Live and work effectively in a multicultural environment.

Academic Requirements

With the advice and approval of a faculty member in the Ethnic Studies Minor, students develop a plan of study that includes a minimum of eighteen credit hours of study selected from among courses at the junior and senior level (300 or 400 level courses). Appropriate graduate courses (500 level), taken for undergraduate credit, may also be used to fulfill degree requirements. Any deviations from the approved program of study must be approved in writing by a faculty member in the Ethnic Studies Minor. Existing or new courses may be included in the Ethnic Studies plan of study only if the content and intent of the course is directed at the study of ethnicity.

Required courses:

  1. SOC 310 – Racial & Ethnic Diversity
  2. HIST 466 – Immigration & Ethnicity in American History
  3. IDIS 484 – Ethnic Nationalism in the Modern World.

Elective courses:

  1. ENGL 311 – Ethnic American Women Writers
  2. ENGL 366 – Postcolonial Literatures
  3. FLL 490E – National, Racial & Ethnic Identity in Austrian Literature of the 20th Century
  4. IDIS 380 – Gender and Multiculturalism
  5. IDIS 490B – Native American Women’s Literature
  6. HIST 366 – Hispanic Heritage of the United States
  7. HIST 398 – The Afro-American Since 1865
  8. SPAN 335 – The Literature of the Spanish Speaking Peoples in the United States

Ethnic Studies Minor Academic Plan of Study (PDF)

Minor in Gender Studies

Drawing from several academic disciplines, this interdisciplinary minor will benefit students seeking careers in, for example, journalism, health care, psychology and counseling, human resource management, public relations, advertising, the media, social work, social service, public and higher education, law, medicine, and public administration.  It will also complement student preparation for graduate education in the social sciences and humanities, for example in literary studies, and for professional schools in law, social work, and medicine.

Academic Objectives

Upon completion of the “Minor in Gender Studies,” students are expected to be able to

  • Understand how ideas about sexual and gender differences have shaped the construction of gender and experiences in a global society;
  • Analyze the interplay of gender with sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, and nationality;
  • Apply theories of gender and methods of analysis to their on-going work in various disciplines;
  • Explain the way gender shapes families, workplaces, education, the media, the law, the military, religion, health, and other institutions;
  • Conduct research on topics and issues relevant to gender; and
  • Write about gender as it relates to various disciplines and genres including literature and film.

Academic Requirements

Students will work with their academic advisor or a faculty member in the Gender Studies Minor and the coordinator of the Gender Studies Minor to develop a plan of study that includes a minimum of fifteen credit hours of study selected from among courses at the 200, 300, and 400 levels. Any deviations from the approved program of study must be approved by the Gender Studies Oversight Committee. Existing or new courses may be included in the Gender Studies plan of study only if the content and intent of the course is directed at the study of gender.

Required courses:

IDIS 10600 – Introduction to Gender Studies

Elective courses:

  1. ANTH 23000 – Gender across Cultures
  2. PSY 23900 – The Psychology of Women
  3. WOST 28000 – Women’s Studies: An Introduction
  4. ENGL 31100 – Identity in Ethnic American Women’s Literature
  5. SOC 31501- Gender in Society
  6. SOC 35000 – Social Psychology of Marriage
  7. ENGL 36000 – Gender and Literature
  8. HIST 36500 – Women in America
  9. PSY 36500 – Development of Gender Roles in Children
  10. COM 37600 – Communication and Gender
  11. FLL 40100 – Sexuality and Submission: Latin American, South African, Austrian, and Norwegian Authors
  12. FLL 40300 – National, Racial and Ethnic Identities in Austrian Literature of the 20th Century
  13. PHIL 40800 – Philosophy of Love and Friendship
  14. GBG 45000 – Women in Business
  15. OLS 45400 – Gender and Diversity in Management

Gender Studies Minor Academic Plan of Study (PDF)

Minor in History

The minor in history will enrich a student’s educational experience by allowing them to explore historical topics, engage with different views of the past, and develop their own interpretations of history through an analysis of primary and secondary sources.  This minor is available to students completing a major in any area.

Academic Requirements

Students wishing to complete a history minor should work with a historian in the Department of Social Sciences to develop a cohesive plan of study.  Students will successfully complete five courses in history, four of which must be at the 30000 level or above.

History Minor Academic Plan of Study (PDF)

Minor in Latin American Studies

The minor in Latin American Studies provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of Latin America and to sharpen their research, critical thinking, and written and oral skills. It will also assist students to live and work successfully in multicultural settings. It can provide an appropriate background for careers in business, journalism, government, teaching, or the nonprofit sector, or for graduate studies in one of the humanities or social sciences.

Students will complete fifteen credit hours of undergraduate coursework that introduces them to the history, culture, language, and literature of Latin America. Students are required to have on file a plan of study approved by one of the faculty in the Latin American Studies program. Students planning to complete the Latin American Studies minor should enroll in Spanish to fulfill the language component of their general education degree requirements (three semesters).

With the advice and approval of a faculty member in the Latin American Studies minor, students develop a plan of study that is required to include an introductory course in Latin American Studies (LALS 101) and a minimum of twelve credit hours of study selected from among courses at the sophomore, junior and senior level (200, 300 or 400 level courses). Appropriate graduate courses (500 level), taken for undergraduate credit, may also be used to fulfill degree requirements. Any deviations from the approved program of study must be approved in writing by a faculty member in the Latin American Studies minor. Existing or new courses may be included in the Latin American Studies plan of study only if the content of the course is directed at the study of Latin American history, culture, language, or literature.

Required course:

LALS 10100 – Introduction to Latin American Studies

Elective courses:

  1. HIST 27100 Latin America to 1824
  2. HIST 27200 Latin America after 1824
  3. HIST 36600 Hispanic Heritage of U.S.
  4. HIST 40100 Indigenous Heritage of Latin America
  5. HIST 30501 Latin American History through Film
  6. HIST 36110 Environmental History of Latin America
  7. HIST 35201 Revolution in Contemporary Latin America
  8. FLL 40500 Globalization: Latin American Literature and Transnational Conflicts
  9. SPAN 23500 Latin American Literature in Translation
  10. SPAN 28000 Second-Year Spanish: Special Topics
  11. SPAN 33500 The Literature of Spanish-Speaking People in the United States
  12. POL 30800 United States Foreign Policy and Latin America

Latin American Studies Minor Academic Plan of Study (PDF)

Minor in Psychology

The Psychology Minor will provide flexibility to students to allow them to obtain either breadth or depth of psychological knowledge if they so choose. Depending on which courses students choose to take, the minor will allow them to either expand their knowledge of psychology in a variety of fields or will give them more focused knowledge in one particular area. This psychological knowledge will complement any Major because it will allow students to understand their interactions with individuals they encounter as they pursue their degrees and future careers. Students who successfully complete the Psychology Minor will have it designated on their official PNC transcript.

Academic Requirements

Required courses include PSY 120, any 200 level psychology course, and any three courses in psychology numbered 300 or above. A total of 15 credit hours. This Minor can be attached to any Major at PNC whose department will allow it. The Psychology Minor may not be pursued by students who complete the Psychology Option for the Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences degree or the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree.

Psychology Minor Academic Plan of Study (PDF)

Minor in Sociology

A Sociology Minor will be available to students completing a Major in any area, and will enrich their educational experience. The minor has, as its base, core sociological concepts that all student pursuing the Minor are required to take. Three advanced courses in Sociology provide more in-depth knowledge for students, allowing students to build either a broadly generalist education in Sociology or a more focused knowledge base. Students who successfully complete the Sociology Minor will have it designated on their official PNC transcript.

Academic Requirements

Required core courses include SOC 10000, SOC 22000, and at least three 30000- and 40000—level courses in Sociology taken at PNC. A total of 15 credit hours. This Minor can be attached to any Major at PNC whose department will allow it. The Sociology Minor may not be pursued by students who complete the Sociology Option for the Bachelor in Behavioral Sciences degree.

Sociology Minor Academic Plan of Study (PDF)