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The minor requires 18 credits total from the course list, with the following restrictions. First, the 18 credit hours must include courses from at least three distinct disciplines. Note that all foreign language courses fall into the single discipline of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Second, at least four of the six required classes must be taken from the intermediate or advanced categories. The remaining two may be taken from the introductory and/or basic language categories. It is recommended that students take one introductory course before taking the 300 or 400 level classes.

Other courses with significant medieval and/or renaissance content may be counted towards the minor with the coordinator's approval. Students interested in pursuing an individual research project worth three credits should directly contact the specific faculty member with whom they wish to work to determine the feasibility. Only one such independent study will count towards the minor.

Approval by the minor coordinator will also be required in the following two cases. First, classes in the course list noted with an asterisk will count towards the minor only if their content is focused on the medieval and/or renaissance periods. Second, because the content of GHUM 200, GHUM 250, and GHUM 252 may vary, the minor coordinator shall determine the appropriate disciplinary category for such courses.