Area Studies Minors
Holloway Hall

Welcome to the Fulton School’s Area Studies Minors Website

Area Studies Minors

Latin American Studies
Dr. Eric Rittinger, Interim Coordinator
Assistant Professor of History
FH 280D

LAS minor checklist

European Studies
Dr. Kristen Walton, Coordinator
Associate Professor of History
HH 332

ES minor checklist

East Asian Studies
Dr. Taehyun Nam, Coordinator
Associate Professor of Political Science
FH 280

EAS minor checklist

South Asian Studies
Dr. Joerg Tuske,
Associate Professor of
PL 203
SAS minor checklist

African Studies
Dr. Joseph Venosa, Interim
Assistant Professor of History
HH 382
AS minor checklist (PDF)

The Fulton School offers five exciting Area Studies Minors to help prepare our students for life, work and citizenship in the global 21st century: 

  1. Latin American Studies
  2. European Studies
  3. East Asian Studies
  4. South Asian Studies
  5. African Studies

All of the Fulton School’s Area Studies Minors have the following in common:

  • 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 Sciences.
  • 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 Studies minors.)
  • 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 student’s major.
  • Students who choose to spend a semester studying abroad at the foreign partner institution take SU courses, earn an SU-applicable GPA, and pay SU prices.
  • 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 considered 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 as possible.)

The Area Studies Minors are currently linked with the following semester programs offered at these SU foreign partner institutions:

Latin American Studies


European Studies


East Asian Studies

South Asian Studies

  • Salisbury Abroad: India Semester (for information, please contact Dr. Joerg Tuske. or 410-677-5369






African Studies




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 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. 

For 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. Darrell Newton, Associate Dean of the Fulton School, at or 410-677-5060.

Site last updated: July 8, 2014.


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