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School of Arts & Sciences Minors

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The School of Arts and Sciences recognizes that pursuit of an academic minor enriches students’ overall educational experience, increases job prospects, and provides a unique context for learning in the nexus between two distinct knowledge domains. Academic minors are common in American institutions of higher education, and they form the basis for exploring interdisciplinary studies. The School of Arts and Sciences also believes that students should be encouraged to complete academic minors as part of a carefully planned program of study with minimal demand for courses beyond what is required to complete their chosen degree program.

MINOR IN HEALTH STUDIES

The minor in Health Studies provides students an opportunity to learn about global and local issues in health sciences and innovation that are needed to care for growing global populations and their healthcare needs. Students from all Schools can register for this minor. Students must complete a total of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • BIOL 201 or SCIE 201, CHEM 201, SCIE 241, SCIE 242, SCIE 251, SCIE 275, BIOL 311, SCIE 341, SCIE 351, and/or SCIE 475

MINOR IN HISTORY

The minor in History allows students to develop a focused knowledge of history, but is designed to allow the development of that understanding to be spread among various branches within the field of history. Courses that satisfy the International Studies Core may not be used to complete the minor in History. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses, with two of the courses being at the 300 level or higher:

  • ECON 310, HIST 201, HIST 202, HIST 212, HIST 251, HIST 252, HIST 310, HIST 350, HIST 401, MATH 310, MEST 210, MEST 315, MEST 330, and/or MEST 333

MINOR IN HUMANITIES

This minor allows students to explore the general field of subjects classified under the category of “humanities,” but it also allows them to investigate different subject areas in order to understand the importance of philosophy, arts, literature, and culture. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses and satisfy each category requirement, taking a minimum of one course and a maximum of two courses per category:

  • PHILOSOPHY (choose from 200- or 300-level courses)
  • ARTS (choose from ARTS 200, ARTS 201, ARTS 202, ARTS 203, ARTS 215, MEST 329, and/or VCDM 305)
  • Literature and Culture (200- or 300-level ENGL literature courses, MEST 310, MEST 317, MEST 318, MEST 323, and/or MEST 353)

MINOR IN LITERATURE

The Literature minor allows students to develop a focused knowledge of literature, while giving students the flexibility to direct their attention toward periods or genres that hold particular interest to them. Courses which satisfy the International Studies Core may not be used to complete the minor in Literature. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • ENGL 211, ENGL 212, ENGL 221, ENGL 222, ENGL 231, ENGL 232, ENGL 275-278 *, ENGL 305, ENGL 311, ENGL 312, ENGL 313, ENGL 314, ENGL 315, ENGL 316, MEST 317, MEST 384, and/or HUMN 275-278

*ENGL 278-275 may be repeated if topics are different.

MINOR IN MATHEMATICS

The minor in Mathematics allows students to complete the lower-division sequence of courses from a typical mathematics degree program, and it allows for emphasis in either theoretical mathematics or in probability and statistics. This minor is open to students majoring in any program area except Engineering. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours and satisfy each of the following requirements:

Required courses

  • MATH 210 and MATH 220

Complete a minimum of three courses from the following

  • MATH 230, MATH 231, MATH 240, MATH 250, ENGG 200, ENGG 222, ENGG 300, QUAN 301, and/or BDSC 401

MINOR IN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES

The minor in Middle Eastern Studies teaches students about the local geographical region, but it also allows them to investigate different subject areas in order to develop a broad understanding of the Middle East’s richness and complexity. This minor is open to students majoring in any field except International Studies, and courses counting toward the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies will not count toward this minor. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses and satisfy each category requirement:

  • 1 course in Politics (choose from MEST 319 or MEST 327)
  • 1 course in Business (choose from MEST 343or MEST 380)
  • 1 course in History (choose from MEST 210, MEST 315, MEST 330, MEST 333, MEST 352, or MEST 383)
  • 1 course in Culture (choose from MEST 310, MEST 317, MEST 318, MEST 329, MEST 350, MEST 353, MEST 381, or MEST 382)
  • 1 course in Religion (choose from MEST 320, MEST 323, MEST 327, MEST 329, or MEST 350)

MINOR IN POLITICS

The minor in Politics allows students to learn more about various aspects of politics and how it manifests itself in various locations. This minor is open to students majoring in any field except International Studies. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours and satisfy the following requirements:

Required course

  • POLS 200

Complete a minimum of four courses from the following

  • MEST 319, MEST 327, POLS 201, POLS 210, POLS 310, POLS 320, POLS 325, POLS 330, POLS 340, POLS 341, and/or POLS 415

MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

The minor in Psychology exposes students to a broad range of psychological topics and issues that shed light on human behavior, mental health, and community and organizational well-being. Students must complete a total of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • PSYC 201 (required)
  • 3 courses at 200 level (Choose from PSYC 210, PSYC 215, PSYC 220, PSYC 230, PSYC 231, and/or PSYC 232)
  • 1 course at 300 or 400 level (Choose from PSYC 313, PSYC 315, PSYC 365, PSYC 415, or PSYC 450)

MINOR IN SOCIAL SCIENCES

The minor in Social Sciences allows students to explore the general field of subjects classed under the category of “social sciences”, but it also allows them to investigate different subject areas in order to understand the importance of the social sciences. Courses that satisfy the International Studies Core may not be used to complete the minor in Social Sciences. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses and satisfy each category requirement:

  • 1 course in Human Sciences (choose from ANTH 201, PSYC 313, PSYC 415, SOCI 217, SOCI 301, SOCI 340, SOCI 342, SOCI 344, or SOCI 346)
  • 1 course in History (choose from ECON 310, HIST 201, HIST 202, HIST 212, HIST 251, HIST 252, HIST 310, HIST 350, HIST 401, MEST 210, MEST 315, MEST 330, or MEST 333)
  • 1 course in Social Institutions (choose from ECON 310, ECON 312, ECON 313, MEST 315, MEST 319, MEST 327, MEST 352, POLS 201, POLS 210, POLS 320, POLS 325, POLS 330, POLS 340, POLS 341, or POLS 415)
  • 1 course in Environment/Geography (choose from GEOG 310, MEST 380, POLS 310, or SCIE 311)
  • 1 Elective course (choose from MEST 350, WLDC 301, SSCI 275, SSCI 475, or any of the above courses not taken previously)

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