Minors

Personal Importance of a College Minor

Having a minor may be personally important to you if you minor in a subject that you are passionate about. You may also be personally interested in gaining skills and training in a certain field but not interested in pursuing the topic to the extent that a major would require.

Professional Importance of a College Minor

Professionally speaking, minors can be a great help. You may need additional training for a career path that a minor can provide. You may also want to improve your resume by taking courses and receiving training in a field you know employers are always interested in. You may want to complement one part of your academic training with another that will be provide both practical and theoretical knowledge. (For example, you may be majoring in business management but minoring in women's studies if you want to work in a non-profit that focuses on women's issues.) Additionally, you may be interested in teaching, in which case a minor can come in handy for expanding what subject areas you're allowed to teach.

Academic Importance of a College Minor

Your minor may also be important when it comes to applying to graduate school or other academic endeavors. Your minor can show that you have additional skills and interests while also showing a bit about who you are as a person. While your minor probably won't make or break your application, it can serve as an additional piece of information to make you stand out a bit from the rest of the academic crowd.

Requirements: 6 courses

At least 3 of the 6 courses must be taught in Portuguese or include a preceptorial (P) component. See Portuguese course listings.

Up to 2 of the following Portuguese language courses may be counted towards the minor:

Study Option: Duke-approved courses taught in Portuguese in Study Abroad Programs may also count towards this minor concentration, with approval of the program advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Requirements: 5 courses

Study Option: Duke-approved courses taught in French in Study Abroad Programs may also count towards this minor concentration, with approval of the program advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Requirements: 6 courses

Overall, at least 3 of the 6 courses must be taught in Italian or include a preceptorial component. See Italian course offerings.

At least 1 of the following core courses:

Up to 2 of the following Italian language courses may be counted towards the minor:

Study Option: Duke-approved courses taught in Italian in Study Abroad Programs may also count towards this minor concentration.

Requirements: 5 courses

All 5 courses must be at the 300 level or above and must be taught in Spanish. See Spanish course offerings.

Study Option: SPANISH 490S-2 Special Topics may be substituted for one of the five courses counted towards the minor.