Interdisciplinary minors

Interdisciplinary Minors

An interdisciplinary minor allows you to explore a special interest to have a more enriching experience at the University of North Texas.

An integral part of the interdisciplinary approach is that the course work is taught by faculty members representing multiple departments, colleges and schools. You gain a broader, more holistic perspective on the history, culture and experiences of a particular society or a deeper understanding of a particular subject by studying it from a variety of viewpoints.

Pursuing an interdisciplinary minor is useful for careers in business, government, education and public service. We offer minors in:

  • African American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Mexican American Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Religious Studies

Minors are also available in Alternative Dispute Resolution; International Studies; Social Science; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; and Women’s Studies. For more information on these minors, visit

The interdisciplinary minors

African American Studies

In three core courses, you will gain a historical perspective on the defining events that affect African American culture in America. You also acquire a general background in African history.

The remaining three courses may be selected from course work offered by another department provided it deals substantially with the African American experience. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Music Cultures of the World
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Race, Gender and the Media
  • History of Black Women in America
  • Modern Africa

For more information
Dr. Jennifer Wallach

Asian Studies

You will learn about one of the most dynamic and significant areas of the world: East Asia and South Asia. The program’s curriculum focuses on the culture, history, languages and politics of some of the world’s oldest civilizations and rapidly developing new economic and military powers, including India, China and Japan. Our courses are taught by internationally recognized experts in Chinese and South Asian history, philosophy and art.

The new perspectives you gain will personally enrich you and professionally prepare you as our world and nation become more diverse and interconnected.

For more information
Dr. Harold Tanner

Classical Studies

In this minor you will receive an in-depth understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Course topics range from the civilizations’ art, culture and language to their literary, philosophical and religious influences.

Two Latin or ancient Greek language courses are required in addition to two other courses chosen from a designated list of classes.

This minor is best for those pursuing careers in law, library and information sciences, the ministry, politics, teaching, writing, and graduate study in the humanities.

For more information

Dr. Dean Cassella or Dr. Christopher J. Fuhrmann or
940-565-4515 or 940-565-4527

Jewish Studies

UNT offers the only Jewish Studies Program at a public university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and will:

  • Broaden your understanding of Judaism and Israel
  • Enhance your understanding of a major world religion that has helped shape Western civilization and influence world events

The program features 47 courses on Jews and Judaism, including 13 on the State of Israel. Our 28 faculty members offer expertise on the Hebrew Bible, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, ancient Israel, the State of Israel and many other topics.

We also award numerous scholarships to qualified students and bring multiple speakers to campus, primarily from Israel.

For more information
Dr. Richard Golden

Mexican American Studies

You will study the social, cultural, political and economic experiences Mexican Americans have faced historically and currently. You will also gain a greater knowledge of Mexican American contributions, strengths, and past, present and future political needs. Texas will have a Mexican American (and Latino) demographic majority by 2020, making this minor more valuable than ever to potential employers.

For more information
Dr. Roberto R. Calderón

Peace Studies

We are the only university in the southern United States that offers a minor and a concentration in this rapidly growing area of study. Course work focuses on why violence occurs and how conflicts may be resolved or settled without violence. You can study subjects focusing on terrorism, interstate and civil war, ethnic conflict, peacekeeping, mediation, and human rights, among others.

Our graduates have pursued careers in foreign service, international and human rights law, the Peace Corps, and organizations concentrating on Third World issues. Many have enrolled in graduate or law schools.

Required courses include Introduction to Peace Studies and at least one course from each of the following areas: determinants of violence, conflict management and issues of justice.

Scholarships are available if you decide to pursue this minor. Scholarship information and the application are available at the program’s website.

For more information
Dr. T. David Mason

Religious Studies

You will examine questions concerning religion, which combines philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, literature and music. This minor helps you understand the connection between religion and your major area of study.

Our course work and faculty members address areas such as:

  • Historical, cultural, and conceptual origins and development of world religions
  • How religion is similar to and different from philosophy, literature, sociology, anthropology and history
  • How to study and evaluate the content and meaning of religions
  • Philosophical underpinnings of religion

For more information
Dr. David M. Kaplan

How to enroll at Unt

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at