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British and Colonial/Post-Colonial Studies

The British and colonial/post-colonial studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the culture and history of Great Britain and its former and current colonies. The minor also provides a framework for investigating globalization and how British politics, the economy, society, and culture have influenced the world and continue to do so today.

Because the minor is interdisciplinary, you can take courses in departments from across the university in areas of study as diverse as art history, economics, journalism, geology, English, political science and more.

Any major can be enriched by combining it with the British and colonial/post-colonial studies minor. In some cases, the minor enables you to take more courses in your major area if you’ve reached the limit of credits in the major.



Why Study British History?

British history is among the most important “national” histories in the development of western civilization, intertwined with and influencing other “national” histories on almost every continent. In studying Britain and the British Empire, you can examine globalization in all its manifestations, including political, economic, social and cultural.

Minoring in British and colonial/post-colonial studies helps leaders address problems related to the United States’ own imperial age. You’ll reflect critically on

The minor requires 18 hours that must be completed using courses from at least three different departments, including:

  • Two core courses (six hours): one course in Category A, which provides foundational knowledge of Britain, and one course in Category B, which introduces issues in colonial/post-colonial studies
  • Three courses (nine hours) of disciplinary concentration in one of the following two groups, with courses relevant to the minor taken from at least two different departments within that group:
    • Arts and humanities: Art history, communication studies, design, English, journalism, music, philosophy, religion, RTVF, theater.
    • Natural and social sciences: Economics, education, geography, geology, history, political science, psychology.
  • One additional elective course (three hours) selected from the list of core courses in categories A or B or any relevant course in any participating department.

While students may take courses for the concentration from their major department, no course may be applied to both major and minor requirements. Courses must draw from at least three different departments with no more than nine hours completed in one department. No more than six hours can be completed at the 10000/20000 level.

Though it’s not required for the British and colonial/post-colonial studies minor, we strongly encourage you to study in Great Britain for a summer or a semester. Up to 12 credit hours taken through a TCU study abroad program in Britain or elsewhere can be used toward the minor, but no more than six hours can be London Internship hours.

For more information, contact Program Director Dr. Jill C. Havens, 317A Reed Hall, at 817-257-6259, or

See the course catalog for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions.

Course Catalog