In addition to minors offered within each department, the College also offers several interdisciplinary minors and certificates.  Students should consult with their Student Success Coach for information on these and other interdisciplinary programs offered by other schools in the University.

Minor in Healthcare Ethics

This minor focuses on moral values and ethical dilemmas in regard to health, disease and healthcare. It studies these values and ethical queries integrating a diversity of approaches with an attention to global concerns. Students taking the minor analyze and reflect on fundamental human conditions such as health, well-being, and human flourishing but also illness, disability, and suffering. The emphasis on values such as respect for human life, human dignity, human rights, and social justice will guide the development of students, encourage them to serve others and contribute to their professions, and reinforce values that give meaning to life and work. The minor is of particular interest to students who are planning to work with patients and health professionals, and who pursue a career in healthcare, nursing and health sciences.

Minor in Interreligious Studies

The increasing religious diversity of today's societies calls for better interaction among persons of different religions. Both here and abroad, whether in the public or the private sector, our alumni work for, with, or on behalf of employers, colleagues, clients, customers, students, or patients of differents religious persuasions; consequently, interreligious studies enhance our students' ability to use their skills and knowledge in their professional and personal lives.

Objectives of the Interreligious Studies Minor:
  • recognition of differences as well as similarities, with profound respect for religious diversity
  • promotion of interreligious relationships
  • commitment to the common good
  • appreciation for the importance of religious pluralism, expecially the kind of pluralism that emphasizes the civic good
Requirements for the minor

A total of 15 credits from at least two but preferably three disciplines. Three of the 15 credits may be earned in an internship with one of our faith-based community partners. Students should consult with their Student Success Coach for a complete list of course offerings.

Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

In support of Duquesne University's commitment to the liberal arts, interdisciplinary studies, and collaborative work among faculty, the College offers a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) to undergraduate students across the University.

This minor offers students a multifaceted program of study in the history, literature, philosophy, theology, art, architecture, language, and legacy of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. MARS provides students a variety of sources, methodologies, and disciplines for approaching people, events, texts, ideologies, institutions, and artifacts from late antiquity through the seventeenth century. It is structured to appeal to students who seek to understand how the Middle Ages and Renaissance were shaped by antiquity and how this period gave birth to the modern western world.

Requirements for the minor

Minimum 15 credit hours (5 courses)
No more than 6 credit hours (2 courses) from any given department may count toward the total of 15 credit hours
Students may count courses from their major(s), additional minor(s), or other course work toward the MARS minor provided that they do not count more than 6 credits (2 courses) from any given department
No more than one independent study/directed reading course (with MARS director approval) may count toward the minor.
Students should consult with the MARS director to devise the cluster of courses best suited for their personal interests and plan of study.

The study of a foreign language is strongly recommended but not required (Arabic, Latin, Italian, German, French, and Spanish).

Study Abroad is strongly recommended.

Minor in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution

The program furthers Duquesne's mission to help create a more peaceful and just world and to involve students in the search for solutions to critical domestic and international problems. This inter- and multi-disciplinary program includes courses cross-listed with departments and programs including History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Theology. The minor program helps students understand causes of war, violence and oppression, and develop skills in conflict analysis and resolution.

Requirements for the minor

15 credits, including either:

PJCR 100, Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution (3 credits), or
PJCR/SOCI 222, Introduction to Peace and Justice (3 credits).
At least two courses at the 300-level or above.

One course taken to fulfill requirements for another major or minor may also be counted toward the PJCR minor.

Certificate in Intercultural Engagement

Intercultural Engagement develops understanding and skills for communicating and working across cultures and encourages the international competence important to succeed in the global community.

The Certificate in Intercultural Engagement enhances many majors and is a great credential for employment in many fields, from business to education to health care.  The program is available to all Duquesne University students.  For students in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts the certificate serves as a College minor.

Requirements for the certificate

15-16 credits 

Choose one (1): 3 credits
SOCI 101: Survey of Sociology
SOCI 104: Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 124: Global Sociology

Choose one (1): 3 credits
COMM 114: Exploring Intercultural Communication
COMM 407: Intercultural Communication

Choose three (3) 9 credits
Self-designed - Thematic Concentrations Courses

Intercultral Competency Requirement (0-1): 0-1 credits
CLPR 352: Intercultural Competency: Becoming Global Citizens

Students should contact their Student Success Coach or the Center for Global Engagement for additional information.

Minor in Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies minor is an interdisiplinary minor that promotes understanding of Jewish identity and heritage and fosters dialogue and understanding with members of other faiths.  

Requirements for the minor

15 credits including:

  • JWST 212 Introduction to the Sacred Scriptures of Ancient Israel
  • JWST 271 Anti-Semitism
  • SOCI 272, MLFR/MLGE/MLIT/MLSP 270 Perspectives on the Holocaust
  • Two elective courses.  Students should contact their academic advisor for approved list of courses.

Minor in Qualitative and Interpretive Methods

This interdisciplinary minor aims to help undergraduate students distinguish themselves in preparation for the job market and academic field. This minor may be especially valuable to students who have presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or at similar Undergraduate Research conferences, who have had research-related internships or who have had courses in which qualitative research of some kind is a requirement. Knowledge in qualitative and interpretive research is a fundamental component of many disciplines and being versed in these methods has both practical and intellectual implications. After successfully completing the Qualitative and Interpretive Methods minor (QIM), students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of qualitative procedures, utilize these methods in research papers, and apply qualitative analysis in community-based research or internship experiences. Duquesne is one of the only universities that offers this valuable minor to undergraduate students, making it a unique addition to resumes and applications.

Requirements for the minor

• A total of 15 credit-hours (5 courses) of approved classes must be completed.
• One of these courses must be the pro-seminar (CLPR 450), offered once every two years. This requirement can also be completed as an independent study.
• At least one of these courses must involve fieldwork with a focus on qualitative methods. This requirement can be fulfilled in a CETR course, a research-oriented internship or a study abroad experience.
• One course must be an overview of qualitative methods (apart from the pro-seminar).
• All approved courses, for this minor, are listed below. If a student would like to utilize a course not on the approved list, then they must show that the course generates knowledge in the field of qualitative or interpretive methods or has a philosophical or theoretical background.
• Students can double count a relevant college or university core course.

**All students interested in this minor should schedule a meeting with the program director, Dr. Erik Garrett (, in order to ensure proper steps are taken toward completing the QIM minor.

Approved Courses:

CLSX 402 Archeological Research
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
COMM 388 Corporate and Integrated Marketing Communication Research
COMM 402 Argumentation
COMM 459 Philosophy of Communication
COMM 461 Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 300(W) Critical Issues in Literary Studies
ENGL 411(W) Shakespeare and Ethics
ENGL 416 Performing Spaces
ENGL 420 Victorian Sensation
ENGL 424 Race, Gender, and Empire
ENGL 428 Black Women and Fiction
ENGL 433-62 History and Structure of English Language
ENGL 460 Writing and Social Justice
ENGL 471 Early American Literature
HIST 300(W) Writing History (restricted to majors)
HONR 100 Honors Research
MDIA 471 Investigative Reporting
PHIL 204 Philosophy and Literature
PHIL 216 Social Justice
PHIL 352(W) Contemporary Social and Political Phil
PHIL 495(W) Phenomenology of Race
Political Science
POSC 298 Intro to Political Analysis
POSC 300 Research in Political Science
PSYC 201 Research Methods
PSYC 321 Laboratory in Psychological Research
PSYC 345 Forensic Psychology
PSYC 480 Psychology and Social Engagement (restricted to majors)
SOCI 104 Cultural Anthropology (must do an ethnographic study)
SOCI 200(W) Classical Theory (restricted to majors)
SOCI 201 Research Methods (Methods 1) (restricted to majors)
Core Curriculum
UCOR 100 Research and Information Skills

**Course Modifications: Students may propose the use of a nonapproved course to fulfill the QIM undergraduate minor. All proposals must be taken to the program director for approval.

Minor in World Literature

The World Literature minor is an interdisciplinary minor that addresses not only the diversity of the world's literatures, but also the variety of intellectual approaches to that study. 

The World Literature  minor is valuable to students who are interested in literature, international relations, law, political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy, journalism, languages and history as well as business and the sciences, given the increasingly global nature and reach of commerce and technology.

Requirements for the minor
  • 15 credits
  • ENGL 322 Global Literature Survey (3 credits)
  • 6 of the remaining 12 credits must be taken outside of the English department.  At least 3 credits must be taken in either Classics or Modern Languages.