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Interdisciplinary Minors

American Ethnic Studies
American Ethnic Studies (AES) is an interdisciplinary minor that encourages the study and understanding of race, ethnicity, and diversity, as well as salient issues such as immigration. Students learn about the duality and the complexity of people who represent various minorities, racial and multi-racial backgrounds, ethnicities, and those who are trying to make sense of those complexities. Students can take classes in both the humanities and the social sciences.

Cultural resource preservation
The Departments of Anthropology, Art, History, and Sociology offer an interdisciplinary minor in cultural resource preservation which gives students preliminary training in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource management aimed at the protection and enhancement of archaeological, historical, and architectural resources.

Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
The Wake Forest Program in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship offers an interdisciplinary minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. Through this minor, students are encouraged to take advantage of their knowledge, creative skills, and resources to identify and pursue opportunities, initiate change, and create sustainable value in their lives and the lives of others. A minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, coupled with any major within the College or the Schools of Business, is designed to encourage innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in a student’s specific discipline or area of interest.

Environmental Sciences
This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the human-environment interaction. The program seeks to identify and apply perspectives from biology, chemistry, physics, geography, English, government, economics, history, law, and anthropology to the human impact on the natural environment. Students can choose either of two tracks: an Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Science, focusing on the science aspect, or an Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies, which focuses more on the humanities and economic aspects of the environment.

Film Studies
Film Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of film through a body of courses that expose students to the cultural, political, social, performative, and aesthetic implications of cinema. Courses in the minor provide students with the critical tools necessary to evaluate film and the production skills to make high quality work.

Global trade and Commerce Studies
The Global Trade and Commerce Studies minor offers students an opportunity to pursue coursework across disciplines focused on the global environment with an emphasis on economics and/or business. This program of study, with its required study abroad experience, gives students insight into the issues and forces impacting international commerce in today’s world.

Health policy and administration
The Health Policy and Administration Minor is designed to give students a concentration in the area of public health policy and the study of health care delivery.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and minor encourage the pursuit of ideas across the disciplinary lines of such fields as history, philosophy, literature, politics, religion, and the arts. The Program provides for concentrations in Humanities, Culture, and History; Humanities, Imagination, and the Arts; Humanities and Ethics in the Professions; Humanities in Spiritual and Family Life; and Public Humanities. The six course minor can be completed with or without a capstone independent thesis.

Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine ProgramThe Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine Program at Wake Forest provides undergraduate students majoring in the humanities or the arts and minoring in Interdisciplinary Humanities a vibrant intellectual education to prepare for, and be assessed for admission to, Wake Forest School of Medicine. Successful participants will complete both undergraduate and medical degrees. These participants trained in the humanities or arts, as well as the sciences, will enrich the education of themselves and their peers during medical school and be ready to marry clinical skills with training in interdisciplinary humanities and a strong commitment to patient care and societal need upon completion of their MD degree.

International Studies
The minor provides an opportunity to explore the various facets of an increasingly globalized world. It is designed to expose students to a variety of transregional themes on the one hand and particular knowledge of specific regions on the other. Building upon an approved study abroad experience, students are able to develop a broader understanding of the complex and interdependent global forces that shape our current world.

The Linguistics Minor offers an interdisciplinary insight into the study of human language: its structure, acquisition, origin and history, diversity, social variation, and cognitive and cultural bases. The courses that count in the minor (both in general linguistics and in the linguistics of particular languages) offer diverse perspectives in analysis, theories, topics, and exploration of social and political issues surrounding language.

Medieval studies
Medieval Studies involves faculty from the departments of English, history, art history, classics, romance languages, German, philosophy, music, and religion. The program integrates practices of thinking across periods, cultures, territories, and disciplines. Medieval Studies at Wake Forest emphasizes the importance of intensive training in disciplinary knowledge and practice.

Neuroscience encompasses the study of the nervous system and its role in regulating behavior. This minor provides students with the opportunity to study how we learn, process, and remember information from the molecular to the philosophical level. Subjects ranging from the molecular pharmacology of brain function to the mind-body problem are examined.

International Minors
At Wake Forest University, we recognize that our students live, learn, and work in an increasingly interconnected and global society.  By pursing an internationally-focused minor, students will acquire a global understanding of issues and become empowered to apply their knowledge within specific regional and thematic contexts.