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Minor in Philippine Studies

The minor in Philippine Studies, an interdisciplinary area studies minor, is housed in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The program focuses on the language, literature, culture, history, and society of the Philippines. It provides students with a greater awareness and appreciation of diverse peoples and cultures as well as a greater sensitivity toward the problems and issues facing the Philippines today.

The program makes students more attractive job candidates in an increasingly competitive global market, and enables them to better meet the needs and demands of the Philippine community in New York City.


The Philippine Studies minor is a 6-course, 18-credit program of study. The following courses are required:

  • Introduction to Tagalog I and II (Filipino 101-102)
  • Aspects of Philippine Culture (Filipino 216)
  • Philippine Civilization (Filipino 340)

A maximum of two approved courses related to Philippine studies from other disciplines may be applied toward the minor, provided that students complete a contract ensuring that they will complete a significant portion of their research and assignments on issues related to the Philippines.

Students may also complete their requirements by taking two courses in Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaii. Up to two courses counting toward the major may also be applied to fulfill minor requirements.

Approved Courses

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

FILI 101-102 Introduction to Filipino (Tagalog) I and II

FILI 216 Aspects of Philippine Culture

FILI 340 Philippine Civilization

Department of Accounting, Business, and Economics

ECON 336 International Trade

ECON/BUS. INTL 370: Emerging Markets in Asia

ECON 370 Women in Labor Markets

BUSN 309 International Business

BUSN 401 International Political Economy

BUSN 409 International Marketing

BUSN 419 International Finance

Department of Communication

COMM 351 Intercultural Communication

Department of History

HIST 330 Colonialism in Africa and Asia

HIST 333 Modern Asia

HIST 364 Islam and Politics: From Democracy to Theocracy to Islamism

HIST 463 Crossing International Borders: World Migration 1800 to present

HIST 466 International Terrorism

Department of Sociology

SOC 202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

SOC 302 Race and Ethnicity

SOC 304 Globalization and Inequality

SOC 305 Urban Sociology

SOC 315 Women and Violence

SOC 345 New York City Ethnic Communities

Integrated Courses

INTG 325 A Nation of Immigrants

INTG 328 Global Challenges

INTG 391 Special Topics in Integrated Studies