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Stretch your mind: Minor in Humanities and Social Sciences

Do you love your major—but hate being limited?  Do you find it fun to explore all your interests—but wish you could get some official credit for doing that?

Maybe you’re an engineer with a passion for history . . . or a biologist who wants to look at scientific advances in a social context . . . or a future business owner interested in government and politics . . . or a computer scientist who’s always reading and thinking . . . or . . . .   If versatile describes you, read on.

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers three kinds of minors: disciplinary, thematic, and individually designed.  Each consists of a coherent set of five courses beyond Great Ideas, at least three of which must be taken at Clarkson, plus completion of a minor portfolio.

Disciplinary Minors:

  • Political Science
  • History
  • Literature
  • Film
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology

Thematic Minors:

  • Internaltional and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Global Studies
  • War Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

Design Your Own Minor:
Working with a faculty advisor, students draw on their own interests to propose a list of courses and explain how these courses, taken together, make up a coherent area of study.  Once the proposal is approved, it functions as a road map for the completion of the minor.

The Minor Portfolio
After completing the minor courses, students work with their faculty advisors to compile a minor portfolio that represents their learning experience in the minor.  Typically it will include samples of student work and a brief essay focusing on the ways in which their work in the disciplinary or theme area has contributed to their learning experience at Clarkson.

For more information, contact Professor Bill Vitek, Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences, at 268-4424 or