Regional Studies Minor

Regional Studies Minor

Regional Studies

Minor

This is the regional studies minor, allowing cadets to pursue interdisciplinary studies. Cadets can choose from six distinct minor tracks.

Offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

Cadets can choose from six minor tracks.

 

Middle East Track

Cadets who choose the Foreign Area Studies: Middle East major are not allowed to choose this minor. Cadets in this minor can join the Model Arab League and compete against other universities, or explore Arab language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Arabic Forum.   Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad or experience an international AIAD in places like Jordan, Oman, or Morocco. 

 

East Asia Track

Cadets who choose the Foreign Area Studies: East Asia major are not allowed to choose this minor. Cadets in this minor can experience the Chinese language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Chinese Forum.  Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad in Taiwan at either Fu Jen University or National Tsinghua University, or experience summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Program in Chinese-speaking areas such as Taiwan, Singapore, or China. Cadets may also apply to attend the Taiwanese version of Airborne School to meet military training requirements. 

 

Africa Track

Cadets who choose the Foreign Area Studies: Africa major are not allowed to choose this minor. Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the French and/or Portuguese Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities like summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs.  

 

Europe Track

Cadets who choose the Foreign Area Studies: Europe majors are not allowed to choose this minor. Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the French Spanish, German, and/or Portuguese Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities. Cadets may also pursue immersion or summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs in France, Spain, Germany, or Portugal.  

 

Latin America Track

Cadets who choose the Foreign Area Studies: Latin America major are not allowed to choose this minor. Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the Spanish, and/or Portuguese Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities.  Cadets may also pursue immersion or summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs in places like Spain, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, or Brazil.  Cadets can also apply for a Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) in Chile to take part in the Chilean Mountain Warfare School. 

 

Eurasia Track

Cadets who choose the Foreign Area Studies: Eurasia major are not allowed to choose this minor. Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the Persian and/or Russian Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities. Cadets in this minor can also pursue immersion or summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs in places like Latvia, Georgia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, or Uzbekistan. Cadets can also apply for a Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) in the NATO-accredited Georgian Mountain Training School in the Caucasus Mountains.

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages.

The course of instruction for the Regional Studies Minor will consist of five courses that form a coherent, interdisciplinary study of a geographical region. Three of the courses must be in a foreign language at the 300 or 400 level. The other two courses must be regional or comparative course electives. For any single or dual foreign language majors choosing this minor, exceptions can be made to the language requirement if all possible language courses for the Cadets' chosen region have been completed as part of the major.

 

Regional Studies Minor (All Tracks)

Required Courses

The course of instruction for the regional studies minor will consist of five courses that form a coherent, interdisciplinary study of a geographical region. Three of the courses must be in a foreign language at the 300 or 400 level. The other two courses must be regional or comparative course electives. For any single or dual foreign language majors choosing this minor, exceptions can be made to the language requirement if all possible language courses for the cadet's chosen region have been completed as part of the major.

 

East Asia Track

Sample Electives

  • LC371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE CHINESE 
  • LC372 CHINESE FOR ORAL & WRIT COMM 
  • LC475 CHINESE RDG/WRTG THRU MEDIA 
  • LC476 MILITARY SPKG/RDG - CHINESE  
  • LC483 CHINESE CIVILIZATION I 
  • LC485 CHINESE LITERATURE I
  • LN440C CHINESE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
  • LN491 SEM ABROAD: ADV LANG & CULT I
  • EV372 GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA 
  • HI337 CHINA-C. KINGDOM TO COMM RULE 
  • HI347ASIAN WARFARE AND POLITICS 
  • PY369EASTERN THOUGHT 
  • SS372POLITICS AND GOV OF CHINA  
  • SS374POL & GOV OF KOREAS & JAPAN

To learn more, view the full Regional Studies: East Asia Minor Curriculum.

 

Europe Track

Sample Electives

  • F371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE FRENCH
  • LG37 1INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE GERMAN
  • LN440P PORTUGUESE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
  • LN440S SPANISH IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
  • LN451 ADV LANG & CULTURE IN CONTEXT
  • LN491 SEM ABROAD: ADV LANG & CULT I
  • EV386 GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE 
  • HI341 THE AGE OF EXPLORATION 
  • HI364 MODERN WESTERN EUROPE  
  • SS377 POLITICS & GOV OF EUROPE 
  • XH405 THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS LEGACY
  • DS455 COMPARATIVE DEFENSE POLICY 
  • EN351 WORLD LITERATURE 
  • EN362 FILM AND FILM THEORY 
  • EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES

To learn more, view the full Regional Studies: Europe Minor Curriculum.

 

Africa Track

Sample Electives

  • LF371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 
  • LF372 FRENCH FOR ORAL & WRITTEN COMM
  • LN440P PORTUGUESE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 
  • LN451 ADV LANG & CULTURE IN CONTEXT 
  • LN491 SEM ABROAD: ADV LANG & CULT I
  • EV375 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA  
  • HI341 THE AGE OF EXPLORATION  
  • HI345 MODERN AFRICA 
  • SS485 GOV & POLITICS SUB-SAHARAN AFR
  • DS455 COMPARATIVE DEFENSE POLICY  
  • EN351 WORLD LITERATURE  
  • EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 
  • EV375 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA

To learn more, view the full Regional Studies: Africa Minor Curriculum.

 

Latin America Track

Sample Electives

  • LN440S SPANISH IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
  • LN440P PORTUGUESE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 
  • LN451 ADV LANG & CULTURE IN CONTEXT
  • LN491 SEM ABROAD: ADV LANG & CULT I
  • EV373 GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
  • HI341 THE AGE OF EXPLORATION 
  • HI348 MODERN LATIN AMERICA 
  • SS384 POLITICS & GOVT-LATIN AMER
  • DS455 COMPARATIVE DEFENSE POLICY 
  • EN351 WORLD LITERATURE 
  • EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 
  • EV373 GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA 
  • EV482 MILITARY GEOGRAPHY 
  • HI341 THE AGE OF EXPLORATION

To learn more, view the full Regional Studies: Latin America Minor Curriculum.

 

Middle East Track

Sample Electives

  • LA371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE ARABIC 
  • LA372 ARABIC FOR ORAL & WRITTEN COMM
  • LN440Z PERSIAN IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 
  • EV375 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA 
  • EV376 GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST 
  • HI339 THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST 
  • HI383 MIDDLE EASTERN WARFARE  
  • SS383 POLITICS & GOVT-MIDDLE EAST
  • DS460 INSURGENCY & COUNTERINSURGENCY 
  • EN351 WORLD LITERATURE  
  • EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES  
  • EV375 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA

To learn more, view the full Regional Studies: Middle East Minor Curriculum.

 

Eurasia Track

Sample Electives

  • LN440R RUSSIAN IN CULTURAL CONTEXT  
  • LN440Z PERSIAN IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
  • LN451 ADV LANG & CULTURE IN CONTEXT
  • LN487 ADV IND STUDY-FOREIGN LANGS 
  • LN488 ADV IND STUDY-FOREIGN LANGS
  • EV371 GEOGRAPHY OF RUSSIA 
  • HI367 IMPERIAL AND SOVIET RUSSIA 
  • SS375 GOV & POL RUSSIA & NEIGHBORS
  • DS455 COMPARATIVE DEFENSE POLICY 
  • EN351 WORLD LITERATURE 
  • EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES  
  • EV371 GEOGRAPHY OF RUSSIA 
  • EV482 MILITARY GEOGRAPHY 
  • HI344 MODERN DIPLOMACY

To learn more, view the full Regional Studies: Eurasia Minor Curriculum.

Middle East Track

Cadets in this minor can join the Model Arab League and compete against other universities, or explore Arab language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Arabic Forum.   Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad or experience an international Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience, in places like Jordan, Oman, or Morocco. 

 

East Asia Track

Cadets in this minor can experience the Chinese language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Chinese Forum.  Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad in Taiwan, at either Fu Jen University or National Tsinghua University, or experience a summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Program in Chinese-speaking areas such as Taiwan, Singapore, or China. Cadets may also apply to attend the Taiwanese version of Airborne School as a Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD).

 

Africa Track

Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the French and/or Portuguese Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities like summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs.  

 

Europe Track

Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the French Spanish, German, and/or Portuguese Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities. Cadets may also pursue immersion or summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs in France, Spain, Germany, or Portugal.  

 

Latin America Track

Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the Spanish, and/or Portuguese Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities.  Cadets may also pursue immersion or summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs in places like Spain, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, or Brazil.  Cadets can also apply for a Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) in Chile to take part in the Chilean Mountain Warfare School. 

 

Eurasia Track

Cadets in this minor may enrich their experience through interaction with the Persian and/or Russian Forums where they can learn about language and culture through trip sections and other activities. Cadets in this minor can also pursue immersion or summer Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs in places like Latvia, Georgia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, or Uzbekistan. Cadets can also apply for a Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) in the NATO-accredited Georgian Mountain Training School in the Caucasus Mountains.

 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages or the center associated with this department/area of study.