Academic Catalog

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ofer Harel, Ph.D., Interim Dean
Evelyn Tribble, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Humanities and Undergraduate Affairs
Mansour Ndiaye, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Executive Director of CLAS Academic Services

Alternative Areas of Study

Asian and Asian American Studies Institute

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute is a multidisciplinary research and teaching program. Comprised of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, the Institute’s research output and course offerings engage Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas as sets of shifting historical, geographic, and geopolitical zone of interaction, struggle, and cooperation.

The institute fosters intellectual endeavors that concern the broad historical and contemporary experiences of people of Asian descent in Asia and in different parts of the world, inclusive of North and South Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Australia.

The Institute offers courses and the description of a minor in Asian American Studies is listed in the “Minors” section of this Catalog.

For further information, contact the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, Beach Hall, Room 416, (860) 486-4751 or visit their website at asianamerican.uconn.edu.

Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS) is for students who like literature but do not wish to major in English or in a single language offered by the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages. It is an individualized major in Literature itself. The program draws on all departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and works in conjunction with European Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Medieval Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Contemporary African Studies, the Center for Asian Studies and the School of Fine Arts, Film Studies, Mideast Studies and Judaic Studies.

For further information, contact the Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Program, Oak Hall, Room252 or AUST, Room 135; clcs.uconn@gmail.com or visit their website at languages.uconn.edu/programs/clcs.

El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o Caribbean and Latin American Studies

El Instituto is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program that advances the research and undergraduate and graduate teaching of Latina/o, Caribbean, Puerto Rican, and Latin American Studies. El Instituto faculty are engaged in regional, national, and international academic exchanges and scholarship that enhance the understanding of global diasporic issues, social justice, critical thinking, and historical inequalities affecting the Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American experience.

Offering degrees grounded in both traditional disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies, El Instituto is at the forefront of new ways of thinking about hemispheric Latina/o disaporas, U.S. Latina/os, Latin American and Caribbean societies and U.S./Latin American relations related to coloniality, race, migration, education, media, economics, health, cultural studies and human rights. The institute, located on the second floor of the Ryan Building provides a central place for research, scholarship, and academic programs uniting over 60 scholars at the University of Connecticut. It also offers linkages to local, regional, national and hemispheric academic communities and areas of investigation with a historical research focus on the life of Latino and Puerto Rican communities in New England.

Courses are offered under Latino and Latin American Studies (LLAS) and the descriptions of minors in Latin American Studies and Latino Studies are listed in the “Minors” section of this Catalog.

For further information contact, 860-486-5508, elinstituto@uconn.edu or visit their website at elin.uconn.edu.

Judaic Studies

The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut in Storrs is housed in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The threefold purpose of the Center is to foster academic study and research in Judaic Studies, offer undergraduate and graduate courses for academic concentration and enrichment as well as training for service in the community by providing a Judaic Studies component, and provide resources for continuing education in Judaic Studies and related areas of scholarly inquiry.

Courses in Hebrew and Judaic Studies are listed under Hebrew and Judaic Studies (HEJS) as well as History (HIST) and Sociology (SOCI). Students may major in Judaic Studies through the College of Liberal Arts. The description of a minor in Judaic Studies is listed in the “Minors” section of this Catalog.

For further information, contact the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Unit 1205, Dodd Center, (860) 486-2271 or visit their website at judaicstudies.uconn.edu.

Law

Please refer to the “Student Resources” section of this Catalog for information about pre-law advising.

Medicine and Dentistry

Students planning for a career in medicine or dentistry need a rigorous and broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as a strong record of academic achievement. Guidance in the structuring of academic programs, including selection of a major, should be done in consultation with advisors from the Pre-medical/Pre-dental Advising office.

For further information about admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, and other health-related disciplines, contact the advisors. Please visit their websites at premed.uconn.edu/advisor-profiles and premed.uconn.edu/advising-appointments.

Medieval Studies Program

Faculty in the Departments of Art and Art History; English; History; Literatures, Cultures and Languages; and Music offer courses with an interdisciplinary approach to provide education to students of the Middle Ages.

In addition to graduate degrees, the program offers a minor for undergraduate students. The description of a minor in Medieval Studies is listed in the “Minors” section of this Catalog.

For additional information, contact the Medieval Studies Program, 215 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4025; uconn.medieval.studies@gmail.com or visit their website at medievalstudies.uconn.edu.