Division of Social Sciences


Minor in Environmental Studies (18 Credit Hours)

The Environmental Studies Minor Program allows students to concentrate courses from a variety of disciplines (fields of study) in order to increase their awareness of the complex environmental issues faced by the human society.

The objective of the program is to provide students with a basic understanding of the scientific, technical, social, cultural, economic, and political issues that are related to global and regional environmental concerns, including the policy dimension of environmental issues. In addition, this program will allow students to refine their knowledge of environmental values, and prepare them to translate these values into practical actions in the society or simply as better informed individuals.

Admission to the Program:

  • A grade of “C” or better in each course.
  • At least 6 credit hours must be taken in upper level courses (300-level or above).
  • To complete a Minor in Environmental Studies, students must complete the following courses:
Environmental Studies Core Courses (3 Credit hours)

Choose from one of the following:

BIOL 105

Environmental Science

(3)[P]

CHEM 105

Environmental Chemistry

(3)[P]

PHYS 105  

Environmental Physics

(3)[P]


AND any 2 additional courses (6 credit hours) from the Computer Science Major Core Course Requirements.

Environmental Studies Electives (15 Credit hours)
Choose one natural science course, one math course, and three environmental studies courses:

Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)
Choose one course from the following:

BIOL 220

Ecology

(3)[P]

ENVS 220

Energy & the Environment

(3)[S]

ENVS 230  

Environmental Geology

(3)[P]


Math (3 credit hours)
Choose one course from the following:

STAT 201

Statistics

(3)[M]

ENVS 215

Environmental Data Analysis

(3)[S]

ENVS 230  

Environmental Geology

(3)[P]


Environmental Studies (9 credit hours)
Choose one course from the following:

ENVS 305

Environmental Health

(3)[P]

ENVS 310

Environmental Ethics

(3)[S]

ENVS 320  

Global Environmental Policy

(3)[S]

ENVS 388

Independent Study

(1– 3)

ENVS 389  

Special Topics

(1– 3)


Minor in History (18 Credit Hours)

Upon completion of the AUK History Minor, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic historical understanding of modern world history
  • Acquire familiarity with the uses of historical comparison as an analytic tool
  • Demonstrate the capacity to deal with differences in interpretation
  • Demonstrate an ability to recognize and interpret multiple forms of evidence (textual, visual, oral, statistical, artifacts from material culture)
  • Apply basic historical methods of research
  • Recognize the distinction between primary and secondary sources, understand how each are used to make historical claims
Students wishing to Minor in History are required to take 6 courses (18 credit hours) of which at least 3 courses (9 credits hours) must be taken at AUK. Students must complete 3 core courses (9 credit hours):

Students must take the following 4 core courses (14 credit hours):

HIST 105

World History Since 1900

(3)[S]

IR  205*

Modern Europe

(3)[S]

And one of the following:

HIST 110  

Twentieth Century Middle East

(3)[S]

HIST 201  

History and Politics of Kuwait

(3)[S]


*Since many history courses at AUK do not carry the HIST prefix, non HIST-prefix history courses are listed below and may be counted toward the Minor in History:

AMST 121

US History Since 1900

(3)[S]

AMST 220

Early American Political History

(3)[S]

AMST 402  

American Social History in the Twentieth Century

(3)[S]

AMST 409

American Foreign Policy Since WWII

(3)[S]

IR 204

Survey of European Political History

(3)[S]

IR 205

Modern Europe

(3)[S]

IR 310

Twentieth Century Arab Middle East

(3)[S]

IR 319  

The British Empire

(3)[S]

IR 400

Colonialism

(3)[S]

IR 484

Islamic Militant Movements

(3)[S]

Students must also take an additional three 300-level or above HIST courses (9 credit hours) and/or history courses which are 300-level and above in AMST or IR.


Minor in International Relations (18 Credit Hours)


Students wishing to Minor in International Relations are required to take 6 courses (18 credit hours) of which at least 3 courses (9 credits hours) must be taken at AUK. Students must complete the following four core courses (12 credit hours):

HIST 201

History and Politics of Kuwait

(3)[S]

IR 101

Introduction to International Relations

(3)[S]

PLSC 202  

International Relations

(3)[S]

AND

PLSC 203

Comparative Politics

(3)[S]

OR

PLSC 204

International Political Economy

(3)[S]


Students must also take an additional two 300-level or above courses (6 credit hours) in the following prefixes: AMST, HIST, IR, and PLSC. Students may also substitute one upper-level course approved by the Minor’s Program Lead from the following prefix designations: ECON, PHIL, and SBSA.


Minor in Social and Behavioral Sciences (18 Credit Hours)



Students must complete the following course

SBSA 101

Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences, concentration in Anthropology

(3)[S]

And 5 additional courses (15 credit hours), with at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) from the 300-level series in any of the three categories listed for the SBSA major above:  Category 1: Social and Cultural Formations, Category 2: Visual and Material Culture, Category 3: Applied SBSA.