Interdisciplinary Minors

Offered through the College of Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Minors complement majors by allowing students to explore an interest as well as delve further into broader subject matter.

For example, minors that would complement a Women and Gender Studies major who wants to work in community outreach for women's shelters might choose Leadership, Justice and Peace Studies, or Pre-Law.

Read Course Descriptions in the Online Catalog

Interdisciplinary Minors

Learn more about each minor plus requirements. 

Catholic Studies

The Catholic Studies Minor at St. Ambrose University is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to offer the students an exploration of Catholic intellectual tradition. The goal is to gather students and faculty from all disciplines to engage in a critical, sympathetic investigation of Catholic thought and life.

Catholicism is complex; it is a faith tradition that incorporates doctrines, structures, rituals, customs, philosophical thought, sociological phenomena, and artistic secular, and therefore it is fitting that such a process of inquiry take place at a university setting.

Gaining Admittance – Contact your advisor or the program director.

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Catholic Studies (16-18 credits)

Required (7 credits)

+CATH 201 Introduction to Catholic Studies
+CATH 401 Capstone Course
+THEO 141 St. Ambrose of Milan

Electives (9 credits)

Choose one section (A-D) below. Within each section, 3 credits each must come from: Theology; in a field other than Theology; and a 300 level course or higher.

A. Individualized Emphasis
ENG 120: Topics: Catholic Literature
ENG 302 Medieval Literature
MUS 309 Music in Liturgy
PHIL 343 Peace & Non-Violence
PHIL 360 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
SOC 356 Sociology of Religion
THEO 107 Introduction to the Sacraments
THEO 110 Introduction to Moral Issues
THEO 130 Introduction to the Old Testament
THEO 132 New Testament
THEO 301 Prayer, Spirituality, and Liturgy
THEO 304 Celtic Spirituality
THEO 310 Social Justice
THEO 312 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Peace & Justice
THEO 402 Eucharist

B. Catholic Education Emphasis
• EDUC 355: Methods of Teaching the Catholic Faith (Cross-listed as CATH 355 Methods of Teaching the Catholic Faith)
• Further course suggestions include: ENG 120 Catholic Literature; PHIL 343 Peace & Non-Violence; THEO 312 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Peace & Justice; MUS 310 Music in Liturgy; or an appropriate course among the electives listed above.

C. Catholic Health Care Emphasis
• THEO 319 Bio-ethics and Health Care
• Further course suggestions include: SOC 336 Death & Dying; THEO 301 Prayer, Spirituality, and Liturgy; SOC 356 Sociology of Religion; or an appropriate course among the electives listed above.

D. Catholic History Emphasis
AH 250 Art through the Ages I (cross-listed as HIST 215 Classical Europe)
AH 251 Art through the Ages II
HIST 320 European Topics: Christianity and Culture, Early and Medieval -(cross-listed as ART 326 Early - Medieval Christian Art and Architecture)
THEO 341 History of Christianity, Ancient & Medieval
THEO 342 History of Christianity, Reformation & Modern
HIST 322 History of Rome (cross listed as Art History 323)
HIST 216 Medieval Europe
HIST 325 History of the Renaissance
HIST 326 The European Reformation

Classical Studies

The Classical Studies Minor at St. Ambrose allows students with an interest in ancient Greek and Roman cultures to pursue extended study and gain an appreciation of their relevance to their own lives.

Students wishing to minor in Classical Studies must major in either History, Art History, Philosophy, Theology, or Political Science.

Gaining Admittance
Approval and planning a course of study with an advisor and the program director in History is required.

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Classical Studies (21 credits)

Required:
+CSM 101 Intro to Classical Studies
LAT 101-202 First, Second, Third, and Fourth Semester Latin (12 credits)

Choose six credits:

+HIST 101 OR 102 History Matters
+HIST 216 Medieval Europe
+HIST 317 The Vietnam Wars
+HIST 321. Ancient Greece
+HIST 322 Roman History
+HIST 325. Renaissance
+HIST 350. TOPICS: MEDIEVAL WOMEN
HIST 393. Directed Readings in History
HIST 410. Capstone Research Experience

+AH 250 Art through the Ages I
+AH 251 Art through the Ages II
+AH 323 Greek Art History
+AH 324 Roman Art History
+AH 326 Early-Medieval Christian Art and Architecture
+AH 345 Renaissance Art
+AH 346 Baroque and Rococo Art

+PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
+PHIL 208 Philosophies of Life
+PHIL 210 Social/Political Philosophy
+PHIL 217 History of Ancient Philosophy
+PHIL 360 History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
+PHIL 365. History of 16th to 18th Century Philosophy
+PHIL 390 Special Topics
PHIL 451 Directed Readings
PHIL 490 Special Seminar in Philosophy

+PSCI 110 Law and Society: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
+PSCI 120 Truth, Justice, & Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
+199/PSCI 399 Special Topics
PSCI 340 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
PSCI 400 Research in Political Science

+THEO 101. Introduction to Theology
+THEO 130 Introduction to the Old Testament
+THEO 132 Introduction to the New Testament
+THEO 141 Ambrose of Milan
+THEO 275. Introduction to Judaism
+THEO 332. The Gospels: Diverse Interpretations of Jesus
+THEO 333. The Letters of St. Paul: Theology in Context
+THEO 334. Apocalypse: Now and Then
+THEO 341. History of Christianity: Early and Medieval
+THEO 344. Rome and Christianity
+THEO 351. Introduction to Religions of the West
THEO 360. Advanced Topics in Theology

Environmental Studies

This program challenges students to explore our physical environment from various perspectives, from literature to theology, and biology to sociology.

Through the successful completion of this interdisciplinary minor, students will learn diverse approaches to understand, relate to, and responsibly manage non-human nature. The coursework supports a scientific understanding of ecosystems; a philosophical, theological, artistic and literary basis for relating to the environment; socio-political, economic and historical contexts; and hands-on experience in conservation, preservation and restoration.

Gaining Admittance
You and your advisor need to consult with Program Coordinator Rev. Robert Grant.

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies (18 credits)

Required:
+BIOL 109 Environmental Science
+PHIL/THEO 311 Environmental Ethics
+ENGL 246 Literature of Place or WI-ENGL 319 Writing About Place
ENVS 400 Environmental Studies Capstone (1-3 credits)

6 credits of "green" electives from the following:
ECON 335 Environmental Economics
+NSCI 205 Physical Geography
+PSCI 375 Environmental Politics, Policy and Law
Any general education Biology course

French Studies

The French Studies minor is interdisciplinary. Its primary purpose is to promote biculturalism and prepare students to enter an interconnected, globalized world. The curriculum helps students to develop linguistic and cultural skills in order to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses in order to receive credit toward the minor.

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in French Studies (18 credits)

FREN 101, 102, 201, 202

Take 6 credits of electives from the following courses:

  • AH 346;
  • IS-210: Topics on French Film Studies;
  • HIST 217, 341, 342, 343;
  • PHIL 101, 375; PSCI 309, 313;
  • or other courses approved by the chair of the department.
Global Business Studies

Requirements for a Minor in Global Business

  • INTL 221, 372
  • Take 1 of the following: INTL 377, ECON 331, MKTG 349, or FNCE 302
  • Take 1 of the following: HIST 211, 213, SOC 210, or THEO 250
  • Take 1 of the following: PSCI 309, IS 310, or THEO 352
Hispanic Studies

The Hispanic Studies minor is interdisciplinary. Its primary purpose is to promote biculturalism and prepare students to enter an interconnected, globalized world. The curriculum helps students to develop linguistic and cultural skills in order to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Hispanic Studies (15 credits)

• SPAN 202
• Take 6 credits from the following courses: SPAN 203, 311, 313, 314, 316, or 317
• Take 3 credits from the following courses: IS 204, 210 (when revolving around Hispanic or Latino culture), or WGS 210
• THEO 321

Justice and Peace Studies

Available to any major, the Justice and Peace Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary academic focus on issues of social justice, with a special emphasis on peace, non-violence and conflict resolution.

In the Ambrose tradition of concern for dignity of all persons, social justice and respect for diversity, a variety of academic and co-curricular opportunities exist for students to enrich their education by exploring issues of justice and peace. The minor is sponsored jointly by the Theology and Philosophy departments but maintains an interdisciplinary focus.

Gaining Admittance

Approval and planning a course of study with the student's academic advisor and the JPS program director is required.

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Justice and Peace (15-17 credits)

Required:
Core Courses (6-8 credits)

JPS 101 Introduction to Justice & Peace Studies (3 credits)
JPS 105 Mediation and Conflict Resolution Skills (1 credit)*
JPS 201 Justice & Peace Studies Practicum (1-3 credits)
JPS 205 Justice & Peace Studies Capstone (1 credit)

*Students can use Mediation training to fulfill part of the Practicum requirement. Mediation training is not required, but the Practicum course is a requirement.
Affiliate Courses (9 credits)

Students should meet with the JPS program director and their academic advisor to prepare a curriculum plan that combines their academic, professional and research interests.

Select three:

CRJU 316 Juvenile Justice
CRJU 487 Race, Gender, Class & Criminal Justice

ENGL 223 Minority Voices
ENGL 243 Irish Literature

HIST 213 Latin America
HIST 317 The Vietnam War
HIST 318 American Women
HIST 319 African American Experience
HIST 330 American Immigration
HIST 337 Northern Ireland
HIST 344 Spanish Civil War

PHIL 210 Social & Political Philosophy
PHIL 302 Justice & Peace Seminar
PHIL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 311 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 343 Ethics of Peace & Non-Violence

PSCI 120 Truth, Justice & Politics
PSCI 130 Global Issues
PSCI 230 Global Terrorism
PSCI 232 War & Peace
PSCI 320 Virtue and Political Leadership
PSCI 313 Foreign Policy

PSYC 203 Women & Gender
PSYC 325 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSYC 327 Psychology & Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
PSYC 328 Psychology and Treatment of the Crime Victim

SOC 120 Social Problems
SOC 235 Deviant Behavior
SOC 340 Race & Ethnicity
SOC 365 Social Stratification& Inequality
SOC 375 Conflict Resolution

THEO 125 Racial Justice & The Christian Faith
THEO 304 Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland
THEO 310 Social Justice
THEO 311 Environmental Ethics
THEO 316 Justice & Peace in Comparative Religions
THEO 319 Bioethics & Healthcare
THEO 321 Theologies of Liberation
THEO 337 Bible & Social Justice
THEO 355 Holocaust

WGS 201 Cross Cultural Introduction to Women's Studies
WGS 210 Latina Literature
WGS 340 Women and Madness

Leadership Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Leadership seeks to enhance the skills, vision, and moral code of students drawn to leadership. The minor will challenge students to critically analyze and build on their ability to act as knowledgeable, ethical, and caring leaders for the diverse worlds in which we live including business, political civic and community service and engagement. The mission of the minor is fulfilled by the achievement of three goals:

First, the students are introduced to basic theories, skills and practices of leadership.

Second, students examine how leadership theories and practices are applied to the public and nonprofit sectors to enhance their effectiveness as citizens in society.

Third, students explore the relationship between leadership and the private sector with an emphasis of leadership in management situations.

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Leadership (15 credits)

Entry procedure: Approval and planning a course of study with an advisor and the program director in Political Science.

Required
+PSCI 104 Introduction to Leadership Studies
+WI-PSCI 310 Virtue & Political Leadership OR WI-PSCI 365 Political, Civic & Community Leadership

Select 3-6 credits from the following electives
+PHIL 207 Ethics
+PHIL 210 Social/Political Philosophy
+PHIL 305 Business Ethics
+THEO 110 Introduction to Moral Issues
+SOC 325 Sex and Gender
+SOC 340 Race and Ethnicity
+SOC 375 Conflict Resolution
+WI-PSCI 370 Public Administration
PSYC 323 Personality Theories
+WGS 201 Women's Studies: A Cross-Cultural Introduction

Select 3-6 credits from the following electives
+COMM 203 Interpersonal Communication
WI-COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods of Decision-Making
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
WI-ENGL 315 Written Business Communication
KIN 190 Introduction to Sport Management
WI-MGMT 310 Principles of Management
WI-MGMT 325 Leadership in Organizations
MGMT 332 Organizational Theory and Behavior
MGMT 336 Conflict Management and Negotiation
MGMT 338 Diversity and Gender in the Workplace

Pre-Law Studies

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Pre-Law is for students interested in studying law. It has a threefold mission.

First, it seeks to encourage sustained reflection upon the relationship between law and human nature.

Second, it seeks to give students a practical introduction to the basic elements of the American legal system, as well as other legal systems, and the history of legal thought and practice.

Third, it seeks to provide students with the background and skills necessary for success in law school and in the field of law. Special attention will be given to logical and critical thinking, persuasive argument, and cogent speaking and writing.

Entry Procedure for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Pre-Law Studies: Approval and planning a course of study with an advisor and the program director in Political Science is required.

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Minor in Pre-Law Studies (18 credits)

Students may not count more than 12 hours of Political Science toward the minor. 9 hours must be from approved General Education courses.

Foundation Course Required:
+PSCI 110 Law and Society: An Introduction to the American Legal System

Choose One:
CRJU 400 Criminalogical Theory
+PHIL 210 Social/Political Philosophy
+PSCI 320 Natural Law, Natural Rights & the Common Good
+THEO 310 Social Justice

Choose Two:
COMM 432 Media Law
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJU 410 Crime Policy Analysis
CRJU 411 The Constitution and Criminal Justice
CRJU 487 Race, Gender, Class, and Criminal Justice
CRJU 499 Comparative Justice Systems
+WI-ENGL 303 Shakespeare
+HIST 307 Revolutionary America, 1763-1815
+HIST 350 Advanced Topics in History
+PSCI 304 U.S. Constitution and Civil Liberties
PSCI 360 Administrative Law and Regulations
PSYC 321 Psychology and Law
PSYC 325 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSYC 327 Psychology and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
PSYC 328 Psychology and Treatment of the Crime Victim
+SOC 120 Social Problems
+SOC 235 Deviant Behavior
+SOC 340 Race and Ethnicity
+WI-SOC 365 Social Stratification and Inequality

Choose One:
+COMM 228 Argumentation and Advocacy
+COMM 329 Business and Professional Speaking
WI-ENGL 216 Persuasive Writing
WI-ENGL 315 Written Business Communication
LAT 101 First Semester Latin
+PHIL 201 Logic
+PSCI 305 Mock Trial (1 credit)

Capstone experience:
WI-PSCI 400, or capstone in major with permission.

+ = satisfies a general education requirement
WI = writing intensive course

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