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New CoAS Major and Minors for 2019

August 15, 2019

Cultivate your intellectual passions and diversify your skills and with one of these new CoAS programs!

Asian Studies (Minor)

Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages

Asia holds a critically important geopolitical position in the world. As partners in trade and security, the countries of East, Southeast and South Asia are extremely significant, and the region’s diverse history, politics, religions and cultures enrich studies in this area.

The Asian Studies minor compliments any degree by adding area-studies expertise. It is interdisciplinary, drawing from majors across the University, and includes courses taught in English on a range of Asian-studies topics. Students in this minor also gain instruction in one of our three Asian languages (Chinese, Korean or Japanese), which may be used to complete an Intermediate Language Proficiency Certificate.

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History of Capitalism (Minor)

Department of History

The minor in History of Capitalism is dedicated to the study of capitalism and the emergence of the modern-world economy from an historical perspective. In addition to the core course HIST315: History of Capitalism, students choose from a range of history elective courses including Technology in American Life, History of Work and Workers in America, and Empire and Environment.

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Medical Sociology (Minor)

Department of Sociology

The minor in Medical Sociology is designed to give students a broader understanding of the social dimensions of contemporary medical practice. Investigating health and illness from a national and global perspective, the minor helps students understand the relations between inequalities, health care and social justice; trends in health professions; and the importance of different kinds of health care organizations. For students majoring in such fields as health sciences, nursing or biology, the minor in Medical Sociology complements their scientific training with a social science focus on humans, policy and power in health care.

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Middle East and North Africa Studies (Minor)

Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is one of the most volatile regions in the world and plays a central role in global politics today. With its great diversity of people, languages and cultures, it is also home to the fastest growing religion in the world. Add to that immense socio-economic and political transformations, the highest percentages of youth in the world, and massive financial and strategic mineral resources, it certainly is one of the most crucial areas of global studies today.

Drexel’s minor in Middle East and North Africa Studies provides students with the necessary tools to understand and critically engage with the MENA region. Students will be able to specialize in MENA by taking social science and humanities courses, in addition to developing Arabic language skills. The minor covers a wide range of topics such as development, social movements, gender studies, labor, geopolitics, security, religion, law and culture. Coursework in the MENA minor covers the Arabic-speaking countries, in addition to Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Israel, and may be used to complete an Intermediate Language Proficiency Certificate.

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Religious Studies (Minor)

Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages

The minor in Religious Studies is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religions across time and place. Students learn about religions from a global perspective — examining world religions, folk religions and alternative religions — and reflect on the search for meaning in the varied perspectives present in belief systems. The Religious Studies minor reflects the scholarship of faculty across the humanities and social science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, equipping students with discrete yet overlapping disciplinary models.

The Religious Studies minor includes core courses and electives across many of the College’s departments. New courses have also been specifically designed for this minor and are listed as special topics courses. Recent special topics courses include T180: The Historical Jesus in the history department and the anthropology course T280: Secularism and Spirituality.

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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Major)

Department of English and Philosophy; Department of Politics; School of Economics

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) exemplifies the University’s commitment to a comprehensive education at the intersection of thought and practice. A joint endeavor of the School of Economics, the Department of Politics and the Department of English and Philosophy, the BA in PPE provides a multidisciplinary foundation for students who want to address the complex, interconnected challenges of contemporary life. Students in the program build on a foundation of rigorous philosophical thought, applied research skills, and scientifically grounded political and economic theory. Each discipline enhances the others by providing complementary and critical perspectives on the subject matter.

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