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Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Minors

The Department offers a number of different minors.

Requirements for All Minors:

Minimum credit hours required: 18.

Restriction: If a student takes more than one minor in the Department, only six (6) credit hours of one minor may be applied towards another minor.

Additional requirements as listed under each minor.

Minor in Hispanic Studies

The following courses are required:

  • One of the following sequences (6):
  • SPAN 113 and 114, Elementary Spanish I and II.
  • SPAN 113N and 114N, Spanish for Native Speakers.
  • An additional 12 credit hours in any topic relevant to Hispanic Studies with the consent of the minor advisor.

Minor in History

The following courses are required:

  • A 100‐level history course sequence (6).
  • Twelve (12) additional credit hours in history courses. Of these 12 credit hours, six (6) credit hours may be taken in art history or music surveys.
  • Students taking the history minor are strongly encouraged to take the 12 additional credit hours from as wide a variety of topics as possible.

Minor in Literature

The following courses are required:

  • 18 credit hours in ENGL literature courses.

Minor in Philosophy

Philosophy provides a practical set of skills for critical reasoning, empathetic understanding, and reflective practice. A concentrated education in philosophy is useful in everyday life for problem solving, communication, and persuasion, as well as in professional careers such as teaching, medicine, law, computer science, management, publishing, sales, criminal justice, public relations, and public policy. Students of philosophy score among the highest on graduate school entrance exams, such as the LSAT and the GRE. Learn more about philosophy.

The following courses are required for the Minor:

  • Three (3) credits of philosophy (PHIL) at the 100/200 level.
  • Six (6) credits of philosophy (PHIL) courses at the 300/400 level.
  • Nine (9) credits of philosophy and/or similar humanities and social science courses approved by the student’s minor advisor.

Minor in Technical Communication

The following courses are required:

  • TC 151, Visual Communication (3).
  • TC 202, Elements of Editing (3).
  • TC 211, Media Studies (3).
  • Nine (9) additional credit hours of TC courses.

Minor in Science, Technology, and Society

The following courses are required:

  • SS 130, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (3)
  • Six (6) credits of social science (SS) courses in science and technology studies with at least
    three at the 300 level.
  • Nine (9) credits of social science in science and technology studies and/or similar humanities and social science courses approved by the student’s minor advisor.

Minor in Music

The following courses are required:

  • Eight (8) credits in Performance Courses
  • An additional ten (10) credits in MUS or music‐related Humanities courses approved by the minor advisor.   Students may fulfill three (3) of these credits by taking a language course in German (GERM) or French (FREN).

Suggested tracks in the Minor in Music:

  • Voice ‐ MUS 331, 332
  • Chamber Choir Strings ‐ MUS 351,352 Chamber Orchestra
  • Brass and Woodwinds ‐ MUS 389 Beginning Band