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Programs and Certificates

If you're interested in exploring topics related to world cultures and diversity, WVU has many options for tailoring your degree.

Africana Studies

Minor / Morgantown

The Africana Studies program offers a multidisciplinary minor, which seeks to analyze the African world experience from the point of view of African people and those of African descent.

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Arabic Studies

Minor / Morgantown

The minor in Arabic will provide you the opportunity to to gain basic skills in the Arabic language and culture. Studying Arabic and learning about the Arabic-speaking world is of increasing importance in today's society. A minor in Arabic complements any major field.

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Certificate of Global Engagement

Certificate / Morgantown

Students in the Eberly College may earn this Certificate, regardless of their major. Completion of the Global Engagement Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds.

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Chinese Studies

Major and Minor / Morgantown

Chinese is currently spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, including over one billion people speaking Chinese as their native language. Studying Chinese will prepare you for the opportunities and challenges involving the greater China region and to participate in the global socio-political and economic arena.

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French

Major and Minor / Morgantown

The program provides the ideal place for you to delve into the exciting and vibrant French world. In this program, you can acquire or hone the four language skills (oral comprehension, reading, speaking and writing) while also expanding your knowledge of French and Francophone culture and literature.

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German Studies

Major and Minor / Morgantown

Our program features a variety of courses, including contemporary culture and literature, business German, pronunciation and film. We also offer study and work abroad programs to Fulda, Bamberg and Marburg, Germany.

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Gerontology Certificate

Certificate / Morgantown

The Certificate affords students an opportunity to explore the basic biological, psychological and sociological processes of aging, their effect on the needs of older people and the impact of social policies related to human aging.

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Global Mountaineers Certificate

Certificate / Morgantown

The Global Mountaineers Certificate program provides WVU undergraduate students the opportunity to develop global competencies by building core skills, knowledge and applications without adding significant time to degree.

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Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Studies

Certificate / Morgantown

The Certificate in Disability Studies prepares students, as citizens, to cope with the complex economic and social issues related to disabilities by learning directly from persons with disabilities and their families.

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Italian Studies

Minor / Morgantown

Learning Italian is a connection to one of the world's richest cultural traditions and to one of Europe’s most dynamic contemporary societies. Italian artistic traditions are well known — according to UNESCO, over 60 percent of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy. Italian is an important language for research in art history, music, philosophy, literary studies and archeology.

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Japanese Studies

Minor / Morgantown

A minor in Japanese studies helps students explore Japanese language, culture and history. Students acquire the language skills and cultural understanding to function in social settings and a variety of careers.

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Latin American Studies

Minor / Morgantown

A minor in Latin American studies is interdisciplinary and draws from numerous disciplines, such as sociology, history, literature, political science, geography, gender studies and economics. The minor helps students consider a variety of perspectives and employ diverse analytical tools in their work.

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LGBTQ+ Studies

Minor / Morgantown

The minor in LGBTQ+ Studies will critically examine the relationship between queer, sexual and gender identities, experiences, cultures and communities in a wide range of historical and political contexts, and investigate the intersections with other social categories, such as race, ethnicity, class, disability, veteran status, national origin and religion.

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Native American Studies

Minor / Morgantown

Native American Studies (NAS) is an interdisciplinary academic program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The NAS minor curriculum is designed to help students develop a greater respect for and understanding of diverse Native cultures by providing historical context and contemporary perspectives.

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Religious Studies

Major and Minor / Morgantown

The program for religious studies offers instruction in the history and practice of many world religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Near Eastern traditions.

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Russian Studies

Major and Minor / Morgantown

Russian is a vibrant modern language with a rich and fascinating history. Today, more than 280 million people speak Russian in many different countries. Learning Russian is a challenge, but it is also useful.

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Slavic and Eastern European Studies

Minor / Morgantown

The Slavic and East European Studies (SEES) interdisciplinary minor offers an integrated approach to the study of the languages, cultures, history, geography, politics, economies, religions and societies of Eastern Europe.

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Spanish

Major and Minor / Morgantown

Not only will Spanish prepare you for living in an increasingly global society, but you also will develop a better understanding of other peoples´ values and beliefs, and ultimately, a better knowledge of your own culture.

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Women’s and Gender Studies

Major and Minor / Morgantown

Women’s and Gender Studies examines the contributions, perspectives, experiences, roles and status of individuals within an historical and multicultural framework. Challenging stereotypes, our students explore the ways gender, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, race, ethnicity and age shape experience.

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