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Interdisciplinary Minors at Loyola University Maryland

Spanning multiple academic departments, interdisciplinary minors ignite students’ passions, broaden their knowledge, and deepen their thinking. Students approach a subject from multiple disciplinary perspectives through coursework as well as co-curricular activities and clubs. From African and African American studies to peace and justice studies, there is an interdisciplinary minor at Loyola to fuel students’ curiosity, while providing the flexibility and adaptability that are hallmarks of Jesuit education.

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African and African American Studies

Offers opportunities for critical examination and sophisticated understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic, and historical factors that have created and shaped Africa and its diaspora.

American Studies

Examines the American experience—past and present—through the literature, art, history, politics, and society of the United States. The minor culminates with an independent capstone project that combines the insights of two different disciplines and is mentored by faculty from those disciplines.

Asian Studies

Allows students to see how different disciplines bring their methodologies to bear on the study of Asia and fosters in students a global awareness and better understanding of both the East and the West, which can be applied to careers in business, government, education, law, journalism, and academia.

Business Journalism

Business Journalism is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the Communication and Media and Economics Departments. Business journalists report on financial markets, the economy, the corporate world and how these issues impact society at large. 

Catholic Studies

Provides students a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith and appreciate the integration of faith and intellect through courses in a variety of academic disciplines.

Classical Civilization

Study the civilization of the Greeks and Romans and characters like Cleopatra, Caesar, and Alexander the Great through their language, art, history, and literature—often in courses that also count for the Loyola Core.

Comparative Cultures & Literary Studies

Examine culture and literature across linguistic, national, and cultural boundaries. Students create their own program from modern languages and humanities courses. 

Data Science

The interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Data Science is offered jointly by computer science, statistics, and information systems. The minor gives students the analytic and computational skills that are useful for any domain.

Environmental Studies

With courses from the sciences, humanities, business and social sciences, this minor promotes the understanding of our impact on the environment and teaches students how to apply interdisciplinary perspectives to environmental issues.

Film Studies

Examines cinema as both an art form and as a reflection of modern history and consciousness by promoting a critical awareness of the power of images in our culture.

Forensic Science

Including course options from 17 academic departments, students learn to apply the knowledge, techniques, and technology from various disciplines to the investigation of crime and the courts of law.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Explore how gender and sexuality matter throughout history and across racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural contexts in the US and abroad. Multiple analytic tools enhance self-understanding and efficacy in serving others.

German Studies

Study German history, culture, philosophy, and literature across disciplines to understand the role of Germany and other German-speaking countries in Europe and the world today. Designed to familiarize students with the German language.

Health and Human Experience

A humanities and social sciences minor that prepares you to understand cultural factors in health and delivery of care. This medical humanities minor can enrich your pre-health studies in natural sciences or work as a meaningful unit own its own, relevant to all who are interested in topics such as history of medicine, bioethics, and global health.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn and discover the various functional areas of business and demonstrate innovative and entrepreneurial thinking through applying critical and creative thinking to ambiguous problems.

Italian Studies

Gives insight into Italy and the broader world via the language, the arts, history, the origins of traditions, and the current state of the country and its people, wherever they live.

Latin American and Latino Studies

Built on an historical, cultural, literary, sociological, and political understanding of the Spanish, Portuguese, and French speaking regions of the Americas to provide an appreciation for the diversity of Latin American and U.S. Latino experiences.

Medieval Studies

During the years 500-1500, parts of the world underwent a series of changes that drastically altered the political, social, religious, linguistic, and literary worlds. Students examine evidence from the era in order to understand current global issues.

Peace and Justice Studies

Explores the causes and consequences of violent conflict as well as the conditions that promote conflict resolution, peace, and justice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives,  including political, sociological, theological, philosophical, and literary.