Interdisciplinary minors are also called “concentrations” at Drake. They are avaialble in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. They require the same number of hours as a minor, but they require that students take courses from a variety of academic areas.
The program objectives/outcomes for the interdisciplinary minor in the six languages offered through the Department of World Languages and Cultures are:
1) To allow students to earn transcriptable recognition of their work in language and culture beyond a listing of individual courses, and;
2) To allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate competently in another language and culture.
Successful completion of all required courses shall indicate that a student has successfully achieved the desired outcomes. Prior to declaring a concentration through the Department of World Languages and Cultures, students must meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from WLC and obtain a signature from that WLC faculty member and from their primary advisor. The signed form must then be turned in at the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office (268A Fine Arts Center).
The interdisciplinary minors require that students complete a minimum of 18 credit hours, plus have a study abroad experience approved by a WLC advisor.
In order to reach the required 18 hours for the interdisciplinary minor, students must successfully complete the following:
1) Three semesters of language studies beyond the fourth semester (LANG 052) regardless of placement (9 credit hours);
2) Intercultural Communication (WLC 148) or equivalent (3 credit hours);
3) The series of study abroad courses (WLC 080 [1 credit hour], WLC 081 [2 credit hours], and WLC 082 [3 credit hours].
If you have any questions about the interdisciplinary minors, please contact the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Dr. Marc Pinheiro-Cadd.