Area Studies Minors

Area Studies Minors

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Area Studies Minors

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African Studies
Dr. James King, Coordinator, Associate 
Professor of English
HH 389
AS minor checklist (PDF)

East Asian Studies
Dr. Taehyun Nam, Coordinator
Associate Professor of Political Science
FH 280
EAS minor checklist (PDF)

European Studies
Dr. Kristen Walton, Coordinator
Associate Professor of History
HH 332
ES minor checklist (PDF)

Latin American Studies
Dr. Eric Rittinger,
Assistant Professor of Political Science, FH 280E,
LAS minor checklist (PDF)

South Asian Studies
Dr. Joerg Tuske,
Associate Professor of
PL 203
SAS minor checklist (PDF)

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Welcome to the Fulton School’s Area Studies Minors Website

The Fulton School offers five exciting Area Studies Minors to help prepare our students for life, work and citizenship in the global 21st century:

  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • South Asian Studies

All of the Fulton School’s Area Studies Minors have the following in common:

  • They are interdisciplinary, so students view an area of the world from multiple perspectives.
  • They require five courses spread across at least three different areas of study, including Fine Arts, History, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • They require either two semesters (through the 102 level) of foreign language study in a language appropriate for the area of the world in question or testing results that demonstrate a 102-level proficiency. (Note: This requirement is in addition to the five courses for the Latin American Studies and European Studies minors; it is incorporated into the five courses for African, East Asian and South Asian Studies minors.)
  • They require study abroad——a minimum of one course, but students are encouraged to spend as much time studying abroad as possible.
  • They feature at least one SU foreign partner institution where students may choose to spend a full semester abroad and take four courses/16 credits toward the minor via SU courses taught abroad.

Studying abroad is not required for area studies minors, but it is highly recommended because:

  • When minors do a semester abroad program with our institutional partners, students have the ability to complete the minor, in most cases, with one semester at SU and one semester abroad. This makes it easy for you to choose one of these minors, and experience a full semester abroad, no matter what your major is.
  • Students who choose to spend a semester studying abroad at the foreign partner institution take SU courses, earn an SU-applicable GPA, and pay SU prices.
  • Students who spend a semester studying at an SU foreign partner institution may earn up to four courses/16 credits because these courses are considered SU courses—not transfer courses/credits. They are simply delivered off campus by faculty of a foreign partner institution. Students who choose to study abroad with an institution other than an SU partner institution should consult the transfer policy in the SU catalog, or speak with the program coordinator.

For more information on these semester programs, please see the following:

African Studies

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East Asian Studies


European Studies


Latin American Studies


South Asian Studies

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The Salisbury semester abroad programs have been developed with partner institutions in a variety of countries. They provide a much more thorough international experience than short-term programs, because they allow you to immerse yourself within the cultures that country represents. They also cost about as much as being at SU for the semester (including room and board). Financial aid can be applied to these semester programs as well.

Short-term winter or summer programs led by SU faculty are also available, and many of these can be used to fulfill Area Studies Minor requirement. Please visit the Salisbury University Center for International Education's (SUCIE) study abroad website at to learn more about these programs, and others. If interested, contact the person in charge of the program and contact your Area Studies Minor coordinator to make sure that the program will work for your minor.

For more general information, please contact the appropriate coordinator and read the minor checklists listed above. You can also contact Dr. Darrell Newton, Associate Dean of the Fulton School, at or 410-677-5060.

Site last updated: January 26, 2016.

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