Welcome to the Fulton School’s Area Studies Minors Website
The Fulton School offers five exciting Area Studies Minors to help prepare our
students for life, work and citizenship in the global 21st century:
- Latin American Studies
- European Studies
- East Asian Studies
- South Asian Studies
- African Studies
All of the Fulton School’s Area Studies Minors have the following in
They are interdisciplinary, so students view an area of the world
from multiple perspectives.
They require five courses spread across at least three different
areas of study, including Fine Arts, History, Humanities, and Social
- They require either
two semesters (through the 102 level) of foreign language study
in a language appropriate for the area of the world in question
or testing results that demonstrate a 102-level proficiency.
(Note: This requirement is in addition to the five courses for the Latin
American Studies and European Studies minors; it is
incorporated into the five courses for African, East Asian and South Asian
They require study abroad——a minimum of one course, but students are
encouraged to spend as much time studying abroad as possible.
They feature at least one SU foreign partner institution where
students may choose to spend a full semester abroad and take four courses/16
credits toward the minor via SU courses taught abroad.
Although studying abroad via one of SU’s foreign partner institutions is
not specifically required of the area studies minors, doing so provides some
significant advantages, such as:
The minors—along with the semester abroad program with the foreign partner
institution—are specifically designed so that students may, if they choose
to do so,
complete the minor, in most cases, in one semester at SU and one semester
abroad, thus making it relatively easy and convenient for students to
pick up one of these exciting and useful minors,
as well as experience a full semester abroad in the process, no matter what the
Students who choose to spend a semester studying abroad at the foreign
partner institution take SU courses, earn an SU-applicable GPA, and pay
Students who spend a semester studying at an SU foreign partner institution
may earn up to four courses/16 credits because the courses in question are
SU courses—not transfer courses/credits; they are simply delivered
off the SU campus and by foreign partner institution faculty.
(Students may also choose to study abroad via an institution or study abroad
provider other than an SU foreign partner institution, but students—as
per SU regulations—may only transfer nine such credits into the minor and
the grades for these credits/courses will not be factored into the students’
SU GPA. The minor’s study abroad requirement, as stated above,
is only one course, but students are encouraged to study abroad for as long
The Area Studies Minors are currently linked with the following semester
programs offered at these SU foreign partner institutions:
An important note
regarding Area Studies Minors-applicable study abroad options.
Students are strongly encouraged to choose one of the
Salisbury Abroad semester programs listed both above,
if at all possible, as they have been developed via the close
and official relationship that SU enjoys with each of our
partner institutions in the countries in question. The semester
programs also provide students with a much longer--and more
independent--international experience than the short-term
programs. The semester-long Salisbury Abroad programs also
cost about as much as remaining at SU for the semester (counting
room and board); most financial aid is applicable to these
semester programs as well. Short-term (winter or summer), often SU
faculty-led, study abroad programs are also available, however,
and many of those can be used to fulfill the Area Studies Minor
study abroad requirement as well.
Visit the Salisbury University Center for International
Education's study abroad website at
www.salisbury.edu/intled/studyabroad to learn more about all
available programs. If you are interested in one of
them, contact the person in charge of the program in question,
but also be sure to contact your Area Studies Minor director to
confirm that the program will contribute to your minor.
more information regarding a particular Area Studies
Minor, please contact the appropriate ASM coordinator and/or
access the minor checklist, as listed in the box above.
Please feel free to direct
questions regarding the Fulton School's Area Studies Minors in
general to Dr. Keith Brower, Associate Dean of the Fulton
firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.543.6442. Dr. Brower
welcomes questions or suggestions concerning this website, as
updated: October 8, 2013.
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