Radford University offers five interdisciplinary minors that are administered outside the context of a single academic department. These minors have a number of features in common: all afford students a wonderful opportunity to explore in depth special areas of interest that do not fit neatly within disciplinary boundaries; all are excellent complements to any academic major; all require students to take courses in a variety of subjects; all are administered by a director or chairperson, in conjunction with an advisory group of faculty from a variety of disciplines; and all require students to receive special advising services so that they meet graduation requirements. Specific and detailed information about the three interdisciplinary minors (Intercultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Minor in Forensic Studies, International Studies, Peace Studies, and Women’s Studies) is provided below. For more information, contact the director or the chairperson noted.
Philip Sweet, Chairperson
Students who desire to complement their foreign language skills with a cultural focus may obtain an Intercultural Studies Minor. A student seeking a minor in Intercultural Studies must complete 21 semester hours, which must include Understanding Cultures (SOCY 110 ) and at least one course in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Interdisciplinary Minor in Forensic Studies
Tod W. Burke, Coordinator
While emphasizing mastery of a student’s primary field of study, the Interdisciplinary Minor in Forensic Studies allows the student the opportunity to explore allied fields as well as the operation of the judicial system. The minor complements majors in the liberal arts disciplines as well as professional fields such as Business, Nursing, and Social Work.
James H. Radford, Director
248 Russell Hall
Committee on International Studies
The Committee on International Studies, although centered in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, is an interdisciplinary committee with membership drawn from all of the university’s colleges. The committee collaborates closely with the Office of International Education in encouraging Radford University students to see study abroad as an integral and essential component of their undergraduate education. The committee also works closely with individual departments and faculty advisors on campus to design programs of study that are both vital and relevant to their majors.
Glen T. Martin, Chairperson
706 Fairfax Street E105
The Peace Studies (PEAC) minor provides students with an opportunity to complement a wide range of major courses of study with systematic examination of the causes of world conflict and the possible means of both managing that conflict and creating a more peaceful world. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature and allows the student to design a program of study that focuses on particular issues relating to world peace and security. Students who wish to enroll should consult a PEAC faculty member.
Moira P. Baker, Director
138 Russell Hall
The Minor in Women’s Studies offers students an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on women, the contributions they have made to society, and gender as a category of analysis. The Minor stresses not only gender but also race, class, ethnicity, physical ability, age and sexuality as they affect women’s lives, often creating inequalities. Students will have the opportunity to carry out an internship in a setting or agency that addresses issues related to women and gender.
Forensic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
Intercultural Studies Minor
International Studies Minor
Peace Studies Minor
Women’s Studies Minor