The Minor

Minors will select a nation or region of the world on which to focus their cultural and linguistic study.


Language is fundamental to understanding other societies. Each minor will fulfill the Carleton language requirement (or demonstrate equivalent ability) in the language of their focus area.

Additional upper-level language study is encouraged. Courses taken in the language and/or while abroad may count (depending on director approval) toward the requirements below.

Off-Campus Study

American students will also participate in an approved international program (one or more terms), in an area where a language related to their focus is spoken. International students are exempt from this requirement since Carleton is a study abroad experience for them, but they are also encouraged to go off campus.