Armenian Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a minor in Armenian Studies, consisting of Armenian language, literature, culture, and history courses. The Department also offers a Major Track in Russian/East European/ Eurasian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Armenian.

For more information, see Major Tracks and Minor Tracks in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.


Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared before the first day of classes in your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). For summer graduates, minors must be declared prior to the first day of Summer Session A. 

  2. All upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade. 

  3. A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.

  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in the upper-division courses to fulfill the minor requirements.

  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.

  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.

  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Courses Prerequisites 1
ARMENI 1AIntroductory Armenian3
ARMENI 1BIntroductory Armenian3
Requirements 2
ARMENI 101AContinuing Armenian3
ARMENI 101BContinuing Armenian3
Select three from the following 3
ARMENI 102Advanced Readings in Specialized Armenian4
ARMENI 124Armenian Literature in Social Context4
ARMENI 126Armenian Culture and Film4
ARMENI 128Arts and Culture in Armenia and the Diaspora Since 19913
HISTORY 177AArmenia: Armenia from Ethnogenesis to the Dark Ages4
HISTORY 177BArmenia: From Pre-modern Empires to the Present4

 Or equivalent as determined by examination.


 Or equivalent as determined by examination. If the upper-division language requirements (Armenian 101A and 101B) are passed by examination: two additional courses relevant to the minor should be added, to be determined in discussion with the Undergraduate Adviser.


Courses beyond those listed also apply, to be determined in discussion with the Undergraduate Advisor.

Related Courses


The department provides programmatic and individual advising services to prospective and current students who are pursuing major and minor tracks. Advisers assist with a range of issues including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience. Students who are looking to explore their options or are ready to declare a major, double major, or minor should contact the undergraduate student services adviser.

Advising Staff and Hours:

Amanda Minafo

6303 Dwinelle Hall



Contact Information

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


Phone: 510-642-2979


Department Chair

Anne Nesbet

Undergraduate Student Services Advisor

Amanda Minafo

6303 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4661

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