Majors & Minors

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    Arabic (minor only)

    The demand for Arabic speakers has grown greatly since the U.S. State Department named it a "critical language." Minoring in Arabic and becoming proficient in this language can open many doors for careers in government, law and education.

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    Art History

    Art history examines visual culture from the ancient world to today in a historical and socio-economic context. Art historians analyze materials, organize ideas, and write and speak persuasively about representational issues.

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    Catholic Studies (minor only)

    A minor in Catholic studies explores how faith and reason are integrated into all parts of life. It also explores the Catholic expression in theology, philosophy, literature, history and art.

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    Communication is a liberal arts discipline, rooted in persuasive speaking and writing. It is also a pre-professional discipline that prepares you for a career in media and mass media.

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    Cultural Anthropology (minor only)

    The cultural anthropology minor at Manhattan College provides students with powerful tools for making sense of culture and society. Students develop an appreciation of different cultures, power structures and inequality in the world.

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    Digital Media Art (minor only)

    The minor in digital media art combines technology and art in a creative way. Digital media artists help us visualize the world by designing and creating graphic content, audio-visual content and interactive web content.

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    Economics - B.A.

    Economics is a social science that examines the production, distribution, sales and purchases of goods and services. The B.A. is ideal for students who want to take a social or analytical approach to studying economics or are interested in...

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    This major explores English language, literature and writing through a range of liberal arts and humanities courses. It provides skills that you can take with you no matter what profession you choose.

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    Environmental Studies

    Environmental studies combines several different disciplines including science, politics, economics and ethics to understand the relationship between human beings and their environment, and help solve complex problems.

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    Ethics (minor only)

    The ethics minor focuses on the principles that guide the choices of individuals, groups, institutions and professions. Ethical questions concerning what is right or wrong, good or bad, arise in nearly every field.

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    Film Studies (minor only)

    At Manhattan College, the film studies minor is interdisciplinary and includes the study of history, politics, religion and social identities. Your faculty advisor will help you choose a course of study based on your career goals.

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    More than 250 million people around the world speak French. It is known as a language of diplomacy and commerce. As a French major, you will become fluent in reading, writing and speaking the language, while also learning about French culture...

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    A government is the system and processes that control countries, states and communities. The study of government, whether at the local, national or international level, examines important political events, institutions and behaviors.

  14. History teacher in class.


    Historians explain how human relationships have changed over time. They are storytellers whose narratives are rooted in reality, and specific to a time and place. They are also scientists who weigh evidence, test theories and search for truth.

  15. Professor gives lecture on international relations.

    International Studies

    International studies focuses on international relations and culture and the transnational forces that have shaped them. Social, political, economic, environmental and other complex issues extend beyond language and borders in our globalized society.

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    Italian (minor only)

    Although Italian is the official language in only five countries, it has a broad cultural reach throughout the world. From Renaissance art to classical music and opera, a minor in Italian will broaden your horizons, especially in the liberal arts.

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    Japanese (minor only)

    As the world's third largest economy, Japan is a powerhouse in global affairs and international business. Minoring in Japanese provides both language skills and cultural knowledge.

  18. Student discovers the history of the labor movement in New York City.

    Labor Studies

    Labor studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the nature and meaning of human work. Topics include workers' rights, social and economic justice, the history and role of labor unions, fair trade, human resource management, and...

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    Medieval Studies (minor only)

    Medieval studies encompasses history, religion, philosophy, literature and art from the fourth through 15th centuries. Choosing to minor in and study this formative era helps you better analyze and solve the issues of today.

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    Music (minor only)

    Music is a universal language and functions as a "social text" that gives evidence to who we are as humans and what we desire to be. The music minor includes an interdisciplinary study of history, art, religion and more.

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    Peace Studies

    The peace studies major is interdisciplinary and includes courses in political science, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology and philosophy.

  22. Philosophy student on laptop.


    For 2,000 years, philosophy has been the foundation for a liberal arts education. The study of philosophy examines knowledge, truth, reality and existence. It teaches us to ask big questions about how the world works.

  23. Psychology student presents research results.


    The psychology program at Manhattan College emphasizes both the humanistic and scientific aspects of the field, and is designed for students who want to enter psychology as a profession or continue their education in a related field.

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    Religious Studies

    The field of religious studies explores religious beliefs, behaviors and institutions across cultures. It is a journey through the liberal arts that combines the study of philosophy, literature, history, sociology and fine arts.

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    The sociology program at Manhattan College emphasizes critical thinking and ingenuity. As a sociology major, you will become familiar with sociological concepts, theories, research methods and findings. You will gain exposure to diverse social...

  26. Spanish teacher in class.


    Spanish is the most common language in the U.S. after English, and it's the official language in more than 20 countries worldwide. Majoring in Spanish allows you to develop practical language and critical thinking skills that are applicable to any...

  27. Students perform in a play at the College.

    Theater (minor only)

    Theater is the activity or profession of acting in, producing, directing or writing plays or musicals. One of the oldest and richest forms of artistic expression, the theater minor is a live look into human emotion, history and social change.

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    Urban Studies

    Urban studies is the analysis of cities, the people who live in them, how they function and how they are governed. In fields like education, healthcare and law, urban areas present unique issues that don't exist in rural or suburban communities.

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    Women and Gender Studies (minor only)

    In the women and gender studies minor, you will examine social identities, such as gender, race class, ability, sexual orientation. You will also explore how these identities intersect with related systems of oppression, domination and...