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After you choose courses based on your program’s requirements, you may have room in your schedule to study a variety of electives or to follow a secondary interest.

If you are torn between several areas of interest or want to explore additional material that is related to your major program, you could consider pursuing a minor.

Some programs can be taken as a minor, but are available as a major program as well.

Hanna, fourth year Canadian Studies student with a minor in French

“As an undergraduate student at Carleton, I have had the opportunity to pursue a minor in French. I chose this minor because French is one of my favourite languages, and I like to be able to communicate with people who speak French across Canada. What I like most about taking a minor is the flexibility you have with your courses. Students are not required to take specific courses—instead, they are given the choice to choose courses based on their interests.”



The following programs are only offered as a minor program.


The minor in Archaeology, offered through the Greek and Roman Studies program in the College of the Humanities, is designed to allow students from any discipline to pursue a wide variety of approaches to the field of archaeology. The areas of focus are not limited to Greece and Rome. Students in existing field work courses offered by our department have already excavated at sites in the Ottawa area, on Baffin Island, and in Spain, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Russia, Israel and Jordan.

Students in the minor will be exposed to the use of digital media and new technology in archaeology for imaging artifacts and structures, data management, drawing, restoration, reconstruction, and analysis of finds. Our location in Ottawa allows for collaboration between the minor in Archaeology and the city’s many museums, academic associations and international embassies.

Arts Management

Arts and culture has become an important sector of Canadian industry, with ties to tourism, education and government. This minor is designed to equip students with the business and management skills to pursue careers in arts and culture, whether in institutions or as sole practitioners. Ottawa, with its world-class festivals and museums, its performing arts community housed in the National Arts Centre and the myriad of community based arts organizations provides an ideal learning environment for students interested in this field.

Christianity Studies

Take a credit in a specified Religion survey course, half a credit in a survey course on ancient Judaism or Greco-Roman Religion, plus 3.0 credits in courses pertaining to the study of Christianity from Religion, or—with the approval of the Religion coordinator—from another discipline.


The Minor in Design provides an opportunity for students from outside the Bachelor of Industrial Design to integrate design concepts into their main field of study. Students will learn about design thinking, design processes and user-centered design, along with innovation and idea creation for products, services, environments and systems. The design topics covered in the program relate to a wide range of disciplines that intersect with design.

Digital Humanities

The minor in Digital Humanities allows students to explore how new media are changing every aspect of culture and society, including literature and the arts, libraries and archives, politics, law and education. Courses will explore topics such as the fate of reading and writing in the age of Twitter, blogs and e-books; how social media is altering our individual and collective identities; and how digital networks are changing popular culture.

Disability Studies

The Disability Studies minor seeks to explore the historical, cultural, economic, physical and social aspects of disability. Students will focus on the discourses that create the category of disability in society. This emerging and exciting field of study draws on interdisciplinary approaches designed to open academic and community opportunities for students interested in disability studies. For example, areas of study for this minor include the relationship between disability studies and social work, philosophy, literature, history, gender studies, sexuality, the law and activism.

Drama Studies

The minor in Drama Studies allows non-English majors to make the study of the history and criticism of drama, and, to a lesser extent, dramaturgy, a substantive and separately identified part of their BA programs. The minor consists of a combination of workshops (in acting and stagecraft and/or writing for stage and screen) and the intensive study of world and historical drama, including Shakespeare.

Heritage Conservation

The discipline of Heritage Conservation is undergoing a period of expansion and evolution. Carleton’s minor in Heritage and Conservation provides students with an opportunity to critically examine definitions of heritage, why it matters, who it serves and who makes decisions as to what is preserved. Carleton offers a unique minor that addresses intersecting questions surrounding built heritage, intangible heritage, memory studies, sustainable heritage conservation, cultural landscapes, Indigenous and settler heritage, commemoration and tourism.

Industrial Economics

The minor in Industrial Economics is offered through the Department of Economics and is designed for engineering students who wish to learn the aspects of economics that are most relevant to their major.

Islamic Studies

Offered through the College of the Humanities program in Religion, the minor requires 3.5 credits in Religion courses on Islam and, if desired, an additional 0.5 credit—with the approval of the Religion coordinator—pertaining to Islamic Studies from another discipline.

Jewish Studies

Offered through the College of the Humanities program in Religion, the minor requires a half-credit in a specified Religion survey course, plus 3.5 credits in courses with a Jewish theme from Religion or—with the approval of the Religion coordinator—from other disciplines.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The objective of the LACS minor is to provide students with opportunities to learn more about this diverse, exciting and growing world region. It will foster a sense of community in this field and present students with new possibilities in research and participation in community-building, bringing together perspectives from disciplines such as Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Human Rights, History and Law.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

What were the Middle Ages and how did they give way to modernity? How did people in sixth-century Paris, twelfth-century Constantinople or sixteenth-century Baghdad live differently despite sharing political, intellectual and religious traditions inherited from the past? The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) program addresses these and other questions by exploring modern understandings and misrepresentations of the medieval and early-modern world from the fifth to the seventeenth century.

Modern Languages

Students can pursue a minor in any of these modern languages: American Sign Language, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Offered through the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, the minor program requires 4.0 credits in the specific language studied, including 1.0 credit in a third-year or higher level course. A language minor will enhance career opportunities, and fulfill an international language university admission requirement.

The minor in American Sign Language will be of particular interest to students considering postgraduate work in speech pathology and audiology.

Professional Writing

The Professional Writing Minor is unique in the National Capital Region. Our students understand writing as a practice embedded in culture, situate writing in specific contexts, and gain experience writing in the workplace. Writing is one of the most valuable transferable skills in today’s knowledge-based economy, and our students leave prepared for their professional lives in government, NGOs, medical institutions, and beyond.

Sexuality Studies

Administered through the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, the minor in Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to a fast growing field of study. Sexuality will be examined in its historical context and through current social, political and cultural practices. The complex role of gender identities—gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and heterosexual—will also be analyzed.

Students will be introduced to a diverse range of topics: queer and trans theory and politics, marriage and the family, gay and lesbian parenting, human rights and diversity, law and sexuality, pornography and censorship, reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS activism.

The minor consists of two required 0.5 credit courses in Sexuality Studies and 3.0 credits chosen from a list of existing courses drawn from the various contributing departments. The program will be of particular interest to those who are interested in sexuality studies in general and those who plan to work or are working in national and international community organizations involved with such issues as HIV/AIDS, human rights, marriage debates, reproductive rights and technologies, youth health, and hate crime issues and policies.

South Asian Studies

The Minor in South Asian Studies engages students in the cultures, histories and literature of what is now India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The courses examine a wide variety of cultural elements unique to South Asian culture such as South Asian religions, philosophies, art, music, film and English literature. In doing so, the Minor engages students in one of the world’s most prominent regions and cultures through both historical and contemporary lenses

Technology, Society, Environment Studies

Multidisciplinary in nature, the minor in Technology, Society, Environment Studies (TSE) addresses the problems that have been created by the interactions of technology, society and the environment. The program draws students from across all faculties and these students in turn bring a diverse range of perspectives to the issues explored.

The courses in this program cover a wide range of topics from technology in ancient societies to contemporary issues in risk, innovation, forecasting, information technology, environmental sustainability, product life cycle analysis, energy use and the philosophy of technology. New courses are developed to address concerns of the times. The minor in TSE requires 4.0 credits drawn from a selection of TSE and Interdisciplinary Science (ISCI) courses. It is also possible to take a coherent pattern of courses related to TSE for a BA in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies.

Urban Studies

Urbanization has become a defi ning feature of the twenty-fi rst century. Rapidly urbanizing areas pose both challenges and opportunities with regards to sustainability, social justice, equity and human rights. The minor in Urban Studies helps students understand how cities work (or fail to work), and provides the concepts and skills needed to tackle critical questions of metropolitan governance, urban development, and quality of life.

Major programs available as minors

The following programs can be taken as a minor, but are available as a major program as well.

  • African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business*
    *A minor in Business designed specifically for Engineering students is also available
  • Canadian Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences: Earth Resources and Processes
  • Economics
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Studies
  • European and  Russian Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geomatics
  • Greek and Roman Studies
  • History
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Geography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

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