Minor in Intercultural Studies

The Minor in “Intercultural Studies” provides students with a solid introduction and broad understanding of world cultures. This minor was specifically designed for students and professionals who wish to combine their main area of specialization with a solid background in the new and changing international landscape.

To declare this minor and/or to request advising information, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

Student Outcomes

The Minor in “Intercultural Studies” in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides students with the ability to:

  • Adapt and function well in unfamiliar environments and new situations
  • Communicate effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Negotiate difficult tasks with creativity and an acute sense of initiative
  • Analyze, evaluate, and assess cultural differences in professional settings
  • Apply the skills of the critical thinking, reading, writing, and the synthesizing information
  • Gain knowledge of various cultures

The many study abroad programs and internships within the School offer practical experience in new and exciting environments that help students succeed in the global marketplace.

Required Courses and Electives

The Minor in Intercultural Studies requires the completion of at least 18 units among the courses listed below. At least 9 units of work toward the minor must be completed at the University of Arizona.  A maximum of 6 units may be taken at the 100-200 level. All courses (except in Critical Languages) are taught in English and do not require the knowledge of a foreign language. The Minor in Intercultural Studies requires the completion of courses in at least three different departments in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures:
Many courses are available online. 
All courses below are taught in English unless indicated otherwise.

Africana Studies website

AFAS 204 - African Diaspora Religion and Culture
AFAS 218 - Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance
AFAS 230 - Introduction to African Literature
AFAS 245 - African Literature in Translation
AFAS 255 - African American Politics
AFAS 300 - Historical Overview of African and African Diaspora Cinema
AFAS 305 - The Birth of The Cool
AFAS 310 - Afro-Latin American Literature
AFAS 314 - Caribbean Literature and Culture (West Indies)
AFAS 318 - Pan African Dance Aesthetics:  Theory and Practice
AFAS 320 - The African American Slave Narrative: History and Literature AFAS
AFAS 335 - Rap, Culture, and God
AFAS 342 - Writers, Women, and the Gods
AFAS 344 - African American Religion
AFAS 345 - Caribbean Politics
AFAS 365 - Ancient African Civilizations
AFAS 371 - Hip-Hop Cinema
AFAS 373 - US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures
AFAS/HUMS 376 - Global Soccer
AFAS 377 - Digital Africana Studies: The Harlem Renaissance
AFAS 378 - AfroFuturism and Black Speculative Fiction
AFAS 385 - Race and Ethnic Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era
AFAS 400 - African Aesthetics:  Pan-African Dance Language of Liberation
AFAS 411 - Africana Theatre Aesthetics
AFAS 421 - Topics in Africana Studies
AFAS 423 - Topics in Caribbean Culture, Literature and Identity
AFAS 463 - Doing Business In/With Africa
AFAS 475 - USA & South Africa: Comparative Historical & Political Perspectives
AFAS 482 - African Americans & U.S. Foreign Policy

Critical Languages Program website

Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced classes available in the following languages:

Greek (Modern)



Students interested in other less commonly taught languages are welcome to contact the Critical Languages Program Directly

East Asian Studies Website

CHN 241 - Introduction to Chinese Religions
CHN 245 - Chinese Popular Culture
CHN 251 - New Chinese Cinema
CHN 276 - History of China
CHN 305 - Global Kung Fu Cinema
CHN 331 - Taoist Traditions of China
CHN 341 - Writers and Society in Modern China
CHN 345 - Buddhists, Bandits, and Beauties: Masterworks of Chinese Fiction from the 1500s to the Digital Age
CHN 410A - Ethnic Diversity in China
CHN 410B - The Anthropology of Contemporary China
CHN 444 - Chinese Media & Culture
CHN 468 - Women in China
CHN 481 - The Life and Times of Mao Zedong
CHN 482 - Social History of China
CHN 483 - Confucianism: The Classical Period

EAS  130 - Asian Religions
EAS 201 - Myth, Memory, and Mind
EAS 202 - Symbol, Society, and Social Change--Contemporary East Asia
EAS 222 - Introduction to Zen Buddhism
EAS 333 - Buddhist Meditation Traditions
EAS 384 - Religion and Conflict in East Asia EAS  402 - East Asian Buddhism in Regional Perspective
EAS 422 - Asian American Literature
EAS 444 - East Asian Traditions and the Rise of Commercial Civilization
EAS 451 - The United States and East Asia:  1840 to the Present
EAS 466 - Japanese and Chinese Nationalisms
EAS 484 - History of East Asian Buddhism

KOR 220 - Korean Religions and Philosophies
KOR 245 - K-pop, Webtoons, Ethnic Food, and More: Understanding Korean Popular Culture
KOR 251 - Introduction to Korea through Films
KOR 352 - Class, Gender, and Family in Korea

JPN 220 - Religion in Japanese Society
JPN 245 - Japanese Anime and Visual Culture
JPN 272 - Japanese Civilization
JPN 308 - Does Pikachu Have a Buddha Nature? Buddhism in Japan
JPN 310 - Japanese Literature and War
JPN 311 - Death in Traditional Japanese Literature
JPN 314 - Samurai, Kamikaze, and the Rising Sun: The History of Shinto
JPN 362A - The Culture of Food and Health in Japan
JPN 362B - The Samurai in War and Peace, History and Memory
JPN 418 - Japan in World History: Contrasts and Commonalities
JPN 425A - Anthropology of Japan: Images and Realities
JPN 462B - The History and Culture of Edo Japan (1600-1868)
JPN 462C - The History of Modern Japan, Meiji to the Present
JPN 485 - History of Japanese Religions: Ancient
JPN 486 - History of Japanese Religions: Medieval
JPN 489 - History of Japanese Religions: Modern

French Studies website

Italian Studies website

FREN 230 - French Culture (1789 - present)
FREN 231 - Fashion and Culture in France and Italy
FREN 245 - African Literature in Translation
FREN 249 - Images of Africa
FREN 280 - Introduction to French Language, Linguistics and Culture
FREN 282 - The French Novel and Society
FREN 283 - Existentialism and the Absurd: The French Foundations
FREN 284 - French Theater in Translation
FREN 373 - US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures
FREN 374 - The Politics of Protest in Africa and the Diaspora
FREN 375 - Franco-American Relations
FREN 473 - Contemporary French Cinema

ITAL 230 - Introduction to Italian Culture
ITAL 240 - Italian Folklore and Popular Culture
ITAL 250A - The Italian Middle Ages
ITAL 250B - The Italian Renaissance
ITAL 250C - Intermediality: Italian Theatre, Opera, and Film
ITAL 250D - Italian Literature in Translation: The Novel
ITAL 330A - Resisting Fascism
ITAL 330B - Once Upon a Time In Italian American Cinema
ITAL 330C - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Italian Cinema
ITAL 330D - Empowered Women in Italian Literature and Culture
ITAL 420 - Italian Civilization

German Studies website

GER 233 - Fascism and Resistance: Propaganda and Ideology in German Literature and Culture
GER 242 - Thinkers and Dreamers: Challenges of the Imagination in German History
GER 244 - Language and Power
GER 246 - German Culture, Science, and Technology
GER 272 - Changing the World: Ideas, Experiences and Stories in the German-speaking Tradition
GER 273 - Wicked Tales and Strange Encounters: German Romanticism and Beyond
GER 276 - Crisis and Rebellion: Germany and Beyond
GER 278 - Medieval Answers to Modern Problems
GER 312 - War, Death, and the Hero: Medieval Epics: Beowulf, Nibelungenlied, and Rolandslied
GER 320 - History of Tolerance from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Beyond 
GER 325 - History of German Cinema
GER 327 - Recycling Culture: Environmentalism Made in Germany
GER 371 - Contemporary German Culture
GER 373 - Women's Fictions in Twentieth-Century Germany
GER 375 - The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna
GER 376 - German-Jewish Writers
GER 379 - Religion in German Culture
GER 380 - The Middle Ages: The Enigmatic Precursor to Modern Europe 
GER 422 - When African Americans Came to Berlin
GER 440 - Jews and Judaism in German Culture
GER 455 - Music and German Literature
GER 459 - German Politics
GER 461 - The Task of the Translator

HUMS 372 - Intercultural Competence: Culture, Identity, Adaptation, and Intercultural Relations
HUMS/AFAS 376 - Global Soccer

Religious Studies website

Classics website

CLAS 220 - Classical Tradition
CLAS 221 - Classical Tradition
CLAS 222 - Classics Through the Ages: Ancient Greek and Roman Influences on Western Civilization and Beyond
CLAS 240 - Ancient Athletics
CLAS 301A - The Literature of the Ancient Greeks: From Homer to the Novel
CLAS 301B - The Literature of the Ancient Romans: Latin Literature in English Translation
CLAS 300 - Classical Ideals in 1930s Art
CLAS 302 - Mythology and Landscape of Ancient Greece and Turkey
CLAS/RELI 305 – Greek and Roman Religion
CLAS/RELI 306 - Christianity in the Greco-Roman World
CLAS 310 - Rome in Film: The City as Text
CLAS 311 - Athens through the Ages
CLAS 312 - Animal Encounters: The Real and Fantastic Creatures of Antiquity
CLAS 313 - Health and Medicine in Classical Antiquity
CLAS 323 - Ancient Empires
CLAS 329 - Art History of the Cinema
CLAS 335 - The Roman Empire: Rulers and Ruled
CLAS  338 - Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology
CLAS  340A - Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
CLAS 362 - Women and Gender in Antiquity

RELI 201 - Religion and Medicine in the Western Healing Traditions
RELI 210 – Religion in the American Experience
RELI 211 - Life After Death in World Religions and Philosophies
RELI 212 - Introduction to American Indian Religious Traditions
RELI 227 – Religion and Film
RELI 230 – Religions and Cultures of India
RELI 235 - Religion, Violence, and Terrorism
RELI 280 - Introduction to the Bible: New Testament
RELI 300 - Christian Literature and Thought
RELI 301 - Contemporary Catholic Thought
RELI 302 - Ellis Island, 9/11, and Border Walls: Religion and Immigration in the U.S.
RELI 303 - Spirituality and Sickness: Religion and Health in the U.S.
RELI 304 - The Question of God
RELI 306 - Christianity in the Greco-Roman World
RELI 323 - Women, Goddesses, and Power in Hinduism
RELI 324 - Women and Religion in the U.S.
RELI 326 - God, Humanity & Science
RELI 327 - Women and Christianity
RELI 335 - Rap, Culture and God
RELI 336 - Spirituality, Psychology, and the Mind
RELI 345 - Religion and the Arts in India
RELI 350 - Hindu Mythology
RELI 358 - Tibetan Buddhism
RELI 359 - Buddhism and Healing
RELI 360 - Religion and Ecology
RELI 363 - Religion and Sex
RELI 367 – Yoga
RELI 381 - African/Indigenous Religions
RELI 404 - Religion, Gender, and the Body
RELI 412 - Religion and Literature in Latin America
RELI 413 - Mormonism in American History and Culture
RELI 428A - Globalization, the Environment, and Indigenous Religions
RELI 430 - Religious History of India
RELI 481 - Jews in the Roman Empire
RELI 482 - Tantric Buddhism
RELI 490 - Indian Religions and Spirituality

Russian & Slavic Studies website

RSSS 210 - Utopian Visions: Promises and Reality in 20th Century Russia
RSSS 212 - Mythic Russia: Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore
RSSS 275 - Eastern Europe & the Balkans: Constructing Identity in Contact and Conflict
RSSS 280 - Sports and Empire: Sport in Soviet & Post-Soviet Eastern European Society
RSSS 304 - A History of Soviet and Post-Soviet Film
RSSS 305 - Russian and American Foodways: Cultivation, Culture, and Connectedness
RSSS 310 - Red Stars, Cosmonauts, and Robots: Soviet and East European Science Fiction
RSSS 311 - Love for Sale: Fallen Women in Art and Literature
RSSS 315 - Werewolves and Vampires: Slavic Folklore in our Culture
RSSS 317 - History of Russian Theatre and Performance: From Pushkin to Pussy Riot
RSSS 320 - Criminal Russia: From Rasputin to Putin
RSSS 325 - Eastern Orthodoxy in a Global Age
RSSS 328 - Women in Russian Literature and Culture
RSSS 340 - The Pen and the Sword: Russian Writers and Autocracy 1825-1905
RSSS 345 - World War II: The Soviet Cultural Experience
RSSS 350 - The Soviet Experiment

For advising, students can email:


Complete advising support can be found at the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

For any additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Karen Seat, Director of SILLC