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CLA majors, minors & certificates

How to declare 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

English minor
Environment and Sustainability B.A. (ES) Environment and Sustainability minor
French Studies B.A. (FR) French Studies minor
Geographic Information Science B.A. (GIS) Geographic Information Science minor
Geography B.A. (GEOG) Geography minor
German Studies B.A. (GER) German Studies minor
Hispanic Studies B.A. (SPAN) Hispanic Studies minor
History B.A. (HIST) (fall 2017) History minor

Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. (IS) (fall 2017 change coming)

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Information Design minor
International Studies B.A. (INTS) International Studies minor
Journalism B.A. (JOUR) Journalism minor
Latin American Studies B.A. Latin American Studies minor
Linguistics B.S. (LING) Linguistics minor

Philosophy B.A. (PHIL)
Applied Ethics

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies minor (LGBT)
Political Science B.A. (POL) Philosophy minor
Sociology B.A. (SOC) Political Science minor
Tribal Administration and Governance B.A. (TAG) Professional Writing minor
Urban and Regional Studies B.A. (URS) Russian Area Studies minor
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies B.A. (WS) Sociology minor

Writing Studies B.A. (WRIT)

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 in either emphasis (Professional Writing or Journalism) 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, and philosophy (if an additional PHIL 3xxx course is taken).