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CLA majors, minors & certificates

How to declare or drop a CLA program?

Is a minor required for CLA majors?
Is advanced writing required?

Health, Law, Medical, etc

Students interested in pre-professional fields of study, such as health, law, medical, and other related studies while enrolled in CLA.


Students interested in business have access to a variety of business related courses within CLA and complementary business minors through the Labovitz School of Business & Economics.

CLA Majors:

CLA Minors:

American Indian Studies B.A. (AMIN) African and African American Studies minor (AAAS)
Anthropology B.A. (ANTH) American Indian Studies minor
Chinese Area Studies B.A. (CHIN) Anthropology minor
Communication B.A. (COMM) Chinese Area Studies minor
Criminology B.A. (CRIM) Cognitive Science minor
Cultural Entrepreneurship B.A. (CUE) Communication minor
English B.A. (ENGL)
Literary Studies
Literature, Language and Culture
Digital Writing, Literature & Design minor (new fall 2017)
News release
Environment and Sustainability B.A. (ES) English minor
French Studies B.A. (FR) Environment and Sustainability minor
Geographic Information Science B.A. (GIS) French Studies minor
Geography B.A. (GEOG) Geographic Information Science minor
German Studies B.A. (GER) Geography minor
Hispanic Studies B.A. (SPAN) German Studies minor
History B.A. (HIST) (fall 2017) Hispanic Studies minor
Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. (IS) 
(program & application information)
History minor
International Studies B.A. (INTS) Information Design minor (discontinued; see DWLD minor)
Journalism B.A. (JOUR) International Studies minor
Latin American Studies B.A. Journalism minor
Linguistics B.S. (LING) Latin American Studies minor
Philosophy B.A. (PHIL)
Applied Ethics
Linguistics minor
Political Science B.A. (POL) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies minor (LGBT)
Sociology B.A. (SOC) Philosophy minor
Tribal Administration and Governance B.A. (TAG) Political Science minor
Urban and Regional Studies B.A. (URS) Professional Writing minor
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies B.A. (WS) Russian Area Studies minor
Writing Studies B.A. (WRIT) Sociology minor
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor

Certificate Programs

Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Museum Studies (MST)

See the University Studies program for more certificate information and the online application.

Is a minor required for CLA majors? (effective fall 2016)

All CLA majors require a minor or second major except for the following programs: English (literature, language, and culture), environment & sustainability, interdisciplinary studies, tribal administration and governance, and urban and regional studies.

Students majoring in Hispanic Studies cannot minor in Latin American Studies, but may double major. Students majoring in Latin American Studies cannot minor in Hispanic Studies, but may double major. Students double majoring in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies must have a third field of study (another major or minor).

Students majoring in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and minoring in LGBTQ studies must declare a third field of study (either another major or minor). This addresses the overlapping of courses across programs.

Students majoring in Writing Studies must complete a minor or second major in a field other than Journalism, Professional Writing, or Information Design. (This pertains to students who are following the fall 2015 or earlier degree requirements.)

Is advanced writing required?

Most CLA majors require WRIT 31xx-Advanced Writing. Some majors require a particular advanced writing course (ex: WRIT 3160-Advanced Writing: Social Sciences.) Majors exempt from the advanced writing requirement are: English, communication major with a journalism minor, history (fall 2017 major requirements) and philosophy (if an additional PHIL 3xxx course is taken).