SFS students have the opportunity to complement their major course of study with an interdisciplinary certificate program. Certificates emphasize regional or thematic areas of interest and serve as a blueprint for selecting elective coursework. For example, a student majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) might choose to pursue a certificate in Arab Studies in order to integrate the student’s interests in technology with an understanding of its role in shaping revolutionary forces in the Middle East.

Students considering earning a certificate are encouraged to meet with their dean to explore ways to integrate certificate courses into their broader academic goals.

SFS students may pursue a certificate in any of the following programs:

  • African Studies
  • Arab Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian and New Zealand Studies
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
  • European Studies
  • Global Business Fellows Program
  • International Business Diplomacy
  • Islam and Muslim-Christian Understanding
  • Jewish Civilization
  • Journalism and Digital Media


Students can go beyond the foreign language proficiency requirement and pursue a language minor to further comprehend the intricacies of a language, literature, and culture. Foreign language learning has always been an integral part of the SFS, and the minor program allows students the chance to fully demonstrate their advanced study.

Students can also focus on a specific area of study through a minor. Students are able to complete an interdisciplinary certificate and a minor as part of the BSFS curriculum.

SFS students may pursue any of the following minors:

  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Catholic Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Disability Studies
  • Economics
  • Education, Inquiry, and Justice
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • French
  • Government
  • German
  • Greek
  • History
  • Hebrew
  • International Development
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Justice and Peace Studies
  • Korean
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Persian
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Bioethics
  • Physics
  • Portuguese
  • Public Health
  • Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs
  • Russian
  • Russian Literature and Culture
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theater and Performance Studies
  • Theology
  • Turkish
  • Women’s and Gender Studies