Undergraduate

Minors

Reasons to consider an Academic Minor:  Pursuing an academic minor provides students with the opportunity to focus their free electives, general education and upper-level requirement courses.  Some academic minors are complementary to a student’s major.  For some students, an academic minor is a way to explore a different area of interest which is not covered in their academic major.  For most, it is means to build specific career related preparation which adds to and/or diversifies their portfolio.  

Career Readiness and Academic Minors:  The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) developed a list of eight competencies related to career readiness.  We have listed career readiness competencies which can be practiced in each academic minor.    For more information, please see the NACE Career Readiness for the New College Graduate handout.

Eligibility to pursue an Academic Minor: To declare and pursue an academic minor, degree-seeking students must have the ability to complete the academic minor in alignment with the USF System Policy 10-505 - Degree Progression and Completion Deadlines for Undergraduate Students.  

Declare your minor

General Requirements for Academic Minors:  If eligible to pursue a minor at USF, students must meet the following criteria in order to have the academic minor certification recorded on their USF transcript
(1)    Meet all the requirements for the USF academic minor with min GPA required
(2)    Complete a minimum of two courses of 3000+level USF courses (six credit hours) which are not used to meet requirements in their academic major or other declared minors.

For more information about USF academic minor policies, please see the USF System Regulation 03.038

Advisor Recommendations for Declaring an Academic Minor:

  • Do your research first - Confirm that you are eligible to add a minor by meeting with your academic advisor to discuss your declared major, what graduation requirements you have left, and learn how much room you have to add an academic minor.    Then explore the different academic minors to see what is a good fit for your interests and goals.  
  • Declare Early!   The sooner you make plans, the more likely you will be eligible to declare and have the ability to complete the minor on time and get the most out of the experience.
  • Connect with advising and submit your declaration before registration begins.  During Add/Drop Week (first week of the term) and during Priority Registration (11th-15th weeks of the term), most students are seeking advising support to ensure they can register for the correct classes as soon as possible.  Because of the high volume of urgent needs, declaration processes are delayed.  If you submit a minor declaration request during registration, please be patient and expect a longer response time.

List of Academic Minors

Our College has a variety of interesting and meaningful Academic Minors students can select to pursue.  Here is an overview of the minors offered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS):

Africana Studies

Overview: The USF Africana Studies minor (AFA) is open to students of any major and focuses on Africa and peoples of African descent in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Please review the AFA minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Global/Intercultural Fluency.

 Visit the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies Website for more information on theminor requirements.

American Studies

Overview: The American Studies minor (AMS) program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum dealing with the study of the United States. By means of a combination of foundational lecture courses, core seminars, American Studies courses, and courses from relevant disciplines (literature, history, the arts, and the social or behavioral sciences), students in the American Studies program explore diverse aspects of the American experience locally, nationally, and globally.  

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Anthropology

Overview: The minor in Anthropology (ANT) allows students in many other programs and majors find anthropological perspectives beneficial. A minor in anthropology is designed to provide a range of course options allowing students the flexibility to choose courses that best fit their interests and needs while still gaining valuable anthropological skills.  Please review the ANT minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Anthropology for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Astronomy

Overview: The Astronomy minor (AST) is of great value to students majoring in many different disciplines. In addition to enhancing the understanding of the physical nature of the universe, students will gain valuable insight into how scientists have made great discoveries in our solar system and beyond to the farthest reaches of space. It would be a great addition to any student’s transcript whether a science major or not.  Please review the AST minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Physics website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Biomedical Anthropology

Overview: The minor in Biomedical Anthropology (BAN) prepares undergraduates majoring in the biomedical sciences for futures in medical-related disciplines such as medicine, nursing, and dentistry. The required courses give students a strong foundation on evolutionary and cross-cultural factors affecting human biological variation. The elective course list provides students with ample choices among more specialized topics in biomedical anthropology.  Please review the BAN minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Anthropology for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Biomedical Physics

Overview: The Biomedical Physics (BPH) minor combines fundamental knowledge of physics acquired through the General Physics lectures and laboratories to applications that cover a wide spectrum of topics of interest to students pursuing a future clinical or research career in the areas of biology, medicine, biophysics, and other related areas.   Please review the BAN minor handout to learn more.  Please review the BPH minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Physics website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Chemistry

Overview:  The Chemistry minor (CHM) provides a broad and general exposure to the traditional areas of the chemical sciences.  Please review the CHM minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Creativity and Problem Solving, Technical Application, and Teamwork and Collaboration

 Visit the Department of Chemistry website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Chinese Language

Overview: The minor in Chinese Language (CHI) is designed for majors in any field who wish to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Chinese language, culture and society. The minor in Chinese is designed to equip students with a foundation in Chinese language and culture necessary to interact successfully with Mandarin Chinese-speaking peoples around the world. Students who complete the Chinese minor will be able to acquire and develop the sociocultural skills necessary for interaction with Chinese speakers in professional contexts. Chinese is spoken by more than one billion people across the globe and has been designated a national Critical Language by the US government. High level Chinese language skills equip students to be highly competitive for China-related jobs in government, international business, international law, education, and the non-profit sector.  Please review the CHI minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

Visit the Department of World Languages for more information about the discipline and the minor requirements.

 

Classics

Overview: The Classics minor (CLS) provides students with a beginning foundation in either Classical Greek or Latin languages and in Greco-Roman civilization, literature, mythology, and religion. Faculty offer courses in diverse aspects of the Greek and Roman world and mentor students in the acquisition of specific applied skills through their studies. Studying ancient languages is of special interest to those students who desire such careers as law, medicine, and education. It also provides a valuable skillset for those who plan graduate study in a humanistic discipline, such as critical thinking, reading & writing; oral & written communication; intercultural and global fluency, and more.  Please review the CLS minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

Visit the Department of World Languages for more information about the discipline and the minor requirements. 

Communication

Overview: Students pursuing a minor in Communication (SPE) study the theory and science of how and why people communicate. Students have the opportunity to study specialized areas such as health communication, persuasion, group dynamics, performance, gender issues and intercultural communication.  The program also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies including law school and other professional careers.Please review the SPE minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Oral/Written Communications, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Global/Intercultural Fluency.

 Visit the Department of Communication website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

To begin the declaration process, submit your intent by emailing CommunicationAdvise@usf.edu or scheduling an appointment via Archivum with a Communication Advisor.

Creative Writing

Overview: The Creative Writing minor (ENW) is designed for aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, and many other genres. Students learn to read others’ work and produce their own with attention to cultural and philosophical contexts. As they explore their individual interests in small, workshop-oriented classes, they also gain valuable career competencies and skills necessary to enter multiple graduate programs.  Please review the ENW minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Teamwork/Collaboration, Global/Intercultural Fluency, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, and Professionalism/Work Ethic 

 Visit the Department of English for more information on the minor requirements.

Economics

Overview: Economics minor (ECO) focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which means the Minor in Economics can pair well with any major.  Please review the ECO minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic and Global/Intercultural Fluency.

Visit the Department of Economics Website for more information on the minor requirements.

To begin the declaration process, submit your intent by emailing EconAdvise@usf.edu or scheduling an appointment via Archivum with the Economics Advisor.

Environmental Policy

Overview: The USF Environmental Science and Policy minor (EVP) is open to students of any major and focuses on critical topics in environmental policy, regulation and conservation.  Please review the EVP minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Global/Intercultural Fluency. Visit the USF School of Geosciences Website for more information on the minor requirements.

Visit the School of Geosciences Website for more information on the minor requirements. 

Film and New Media Studies

Overview: The Minor in Film and New Media Studies (FMN) is designed to train students in the historical contexts and analytical skills necessary to understand how film and new media (including television, video games, and Internet culture) communicate cultural values and shape our apprehensions of the world. 

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

French

Overview: The French minor (FRE) provides students with advanced proficiency in French.  French is a truly global language, the official or second language in over 40 countries worldwide and an important tool in business and diplomacy. Our faculty offer a large variety of courses including literature and culture across genres, centuries, and geographical regions. Our faculty, a good mix of French and American scholars, is attentive and our students are close-knit. French language skills place students in such careers fields as business, international law, politics, federal government jobs, and to writing novels recognized by The New York Times.  Please review the FRE minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

Visit the Department of World Languages for more information about the discipline and the minor requirements.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Technology

Overview: The GIS and Technology minor (GIST) is open to students of any major and focuses on technical and research skills relating to digital mapping and geo-visualization.  Please review the GIST minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Digital Technology

Visit the School of Geosciences Website for more information on the minor requirements. 

Geology

Overview: The Geology minor (GLY) is open to students of any major and focuses on core geology concepts including mineralogy, geochemistry, sedimentary processes, structural geology, paleontology and more.  Please review the GLY minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, and Oral/Written Communication. Visit the USF School of Geosciences Website for more information on the minor requirements.

Visit the School of Geosciences Website for more information on the minor requirements. 

German Studies

Overview: The German Studies minor (GMS) provides students with advanced oral and written proficiency in German, as well as an in-depth familiarity with the culture(s) of the German-speaking countries (German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and has over 100 million native speakers around the world). The program prepares students in communicative proficiency and cultural literacy so that they are able to competently engage in global and transcultural interactions in the 21st century. Students will be prepared for such careers in education, international business, foreign affairs, the arts, politics, tourism & hospitality, science & research (German is the 2nd most commonly used scientific language), communication & media, and international law.  Please review the GMS minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the Department of World Languages website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

History

Overview: The History minor (HTY) is open to students from any area and will help prepare students to read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, conduct complex research effectively participate knowledgably in world affairs, understand yourself and global society in connection to the earlier times and places, develop an informed perspective and a mature view of human nature, exhibit sensitivity to human values in varied cultural traditions while developing your own values, appreciate the natural and cultural environments and understand the human impact of scientific and technological developments. Relevant career fields include; Local/state/federal government; Education/academia; Business; Cultural Resource management; Admin work; Law, Public Relations.   Please review the HTY minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Global/Intercultural Fluency, Digital Technology

 Visit the Department of History website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Humanities

Overview: The Humanities minor (HUM) program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that investigates the visual arts, music, and literature, and the cultures from which they emerge.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations

Overview: The Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations (ICC) minor provides students with a a broad-based area of study encompassing the literature, history, linguistics, art & archaeology, philosophy, and religion of Greece, Rome, and the Near East from pre-history to late antiquity. For centuries, the study of these vibrant societies has been recognized as essential to a proper understanding of our own culture and, recently, there has been a renewed recognition of the skills such study develops. Students pursuing the ICC minor are offered a unique interdisciplinary approach that allows a customized exploration of the ancient world. Faculty from multiple departments offer a range of courses in diverse aspects of the ancient world.  Please review the ICC minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the Department of World Languages website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Intelligence Studies

Overview: The Minor in Intelligence Studies (IQS) provides an introductory foundation to the profession and practice of intelligence. Students are acquainted with the structure and function of the US Intelligence Community; ethical and professional issues in the intelligence field; intelligence analytic methods; tools and techniques for collecting/analyzing data and information from publicly available sources; and professional writing and briefing skills that are essential for effective analytic communication. Please review the IQS minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the School of Information website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

To begin the declaration process, complete this form and submit it by email to IFSadvise@usf.edu!

International Studies

Overview: The USF International Studies minor (INT) is open to students of any major and focuses on world affairs with a special emphasis on International Relations and Comparative Politics.  Please review the INT minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Italian

Overview: The Italian minor (ITA) is an interdisciplinary program with courses in Italian language and electives in film, literature, history, cultural studies, Italian-American studies, and the culture of food, offered both in Italian and English. The objective of the program is to prepare students to become receptive to the global concerns of our society and to increase their capabilities in such skills as critical writing and speaking, interpersonal communication, effective global citizenship, intercultural fluency & literacy, and more. These are all skills that are useful for a variety of professions.  Please review the ITA minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the Department of World Languages website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Linguistics

Overview: The Linguistics minor (LIN) can complement any language major, as well as many other majors. In the linguistics minor, you will have the opportunity to take upper-level classes focusing on language, culture, pedagogy and theoretical linguistics. The minor can prepare you for teaching a foreign language in the United States, teaching English overseas, working for a company in which there are multinational employees, and other similar careers. It will also give you a foundation to pursue graduate work in applied linguistics or languages. Knowledge of the structure of language will help you hone your analytic thinking skills, which can be transferred to other areas such as succeeding on the LSAT or entering a career in the field of computer science. Linguistics courses can also help you improve your writing-related skills, oral communication, & intercultural communication.  Please review the LIN minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the Department of World Languages website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Literary Studies

Overview: The Literary Studies minor (LTS) is designed to provide curious students with the opportunity to study a wide range of works from a diverse collection of authors. Students engage with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, comics, and film while developing analytical thinking skills and gaining empathy for multiple perspectives. Classes are discussion-driven and build both valuable career competencies and skills necessary to enter multiple graduate programs.    Please review the LTS minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Global/Intercultural Fluency, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, and Professionalism/Work Ethic 

 Visit the Department of English for more information on the minor requirements.

Mass Communications

Overview: Students pursuing the minor in Mass Communications (COM) have the option of specializing in a field of mass communications including advertising, public relations, broadcasting, or print journalism. Alternatively, students can take a survey-level introductory course in all four of the concentrations that the Zimmerman School offers. Most courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, and most of our courses require pre-requisites, so we encourage students to meet with an advisor before registering.  Please review the COM minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies: Oral/Written Communication, Digital Technology, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Career Management

For more information on the minor, including advising contact information, visit the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications.

Mathematics

Overview: The Mathematics minor (MTH) offers a diversity of courses designed to emphasize the broad nature of modern mathematics and its close associations with the real world. Students with majors in the sciences, engineering, business, and the social sciences are particularly encouraged to pursue the math minor.  Students who major in Statistics cannot minor in Mathematics.  It is highly recommended to start the minor before your junior year. Please review the MTH minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

To begin the declaration process, submit your intent by emailing MathAdvise@usf.edu and be sure to include your name and U#.

Microbiology

Overview: Students who complete the Microbiology minor (MIC) can get exposure to help in careers related to microbiology which can include agricultural, biotechnology, healthcare, and food industry. In addition, students can pursue careers in research, K-12 education, and university teaching or management positions in a biology or related field. Please review the MIC minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

Visit the Biology Advising website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

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Philosophy

Overview: The Philosophy minor (PHI) prepares students for graduate school, medical school, law school, or the workforce in public, private, governmental, and non-profit agencies in a wide array of occupations. Students who graduate with experience in Philosophy acquire such marketable skills as critical thinking, problem solving, oral/written communication, ethical reasoning & decision making, research methods, and more. Given the intensity and rigor of study, including analytical reading and critical writing, the minor can make students attractive to a broad range of potential employers.  Please review the PHI minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the Department of Philosophy website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Physics

Overview: The Physics minor (PHY) provides students who enjoyed their General Physics lectures and laboratories an opportunity to further explore physics through upper-level coursework.  Please review the PHY minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

Visit the Department of Physics website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Political Science

Overview: The USF Political Science minor (POL) is available to students of any major and will introduce students to the philosophy and institutions of government, as well as the behavioral elements of politics. Students can focus their studies on American political institutions, state and local government, political behavior, law, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.  Please review the POL minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor:  Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Global/Intercultural Fluency.

Visit the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies Website for more information on the minor requirements.

Professional Writing, Rhetoric, & Technology

Overview: The Professional Writing, Rhetoric, & Technology (PRT) minor is designed to provide students with both a practical and theoretical orientation to communication in a variety of media and genres. In doing so, it helps prepare them to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields – from government to business to medicine – as well as providing the skills necessary to enter multiple graduate programs. Please review the PRT minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Digital Technology, Global/Intercultural Fluency, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, and Professionalism/Work Ethic 

 Visit the Department of English for more information on the minor requirements.

Psychology

Overview: The USF Psychology minor (PSY) provides excellent foundational training for students who wish to pursue graduate work in Psychology-related specializations. Because psychology minor students are not required to take PSY 3213, a permit may be required for courses with the pre-requisite of PSY 3213 Research Methods in Psychology.    Please review the PSY minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

Visit the Department of Psychology for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Public Service & Leadership

Overview: The minor in Public Service and Leadership (SLE) provides an introduction to career opportunities in public service for students from all academic disciplines. It is a smart choice for any student considering future employment in the public sector, as well as for those who would like to “give back” and “make a difference” in their careers.  The courses introduce you to the context of public service, the challenges of ethically and effectively serving the public interest, the nuances of networked organizations, and the theories of leadership necessary to be an effective change-maker! Please review the SLE minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Global/Intercultural Fluency, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Digital Technology, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

Visit the School of Public Affairs website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Queer and Sexuality Studies

Overview: The minor in Queer and Sexuality Studies (QSS) trains students in the critical analysis of sexuality. It examines the rich history and cultural contributions of LGBTQIA people as well as the processes of normalization and pathologization that have structured sexual relations in different contexts. The aim of the minor is to prepare students to enter post-graduate study in queer studies and/or to enter the workforce well-trained in cultural sensitivity to the needs and issues of LGBTQIA populations.   Please review the QSS minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

Visit the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Religious Studies

Overview: In the Religious Studies minor (REL), students are exposed to a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary study of the way in which both individuals and civilizations are deeply influenced by human religious experience. The goal is to enable the educated person to understand better the various ways in which religious values and institutions shape human behavior through a comparative study of religions and cultures. Such an education is invaluable for careers as diverse as journalism, law, medicine, business, as well as careers more directly related to the practice of religion.  Please review the REL minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the Department of Religious Studies website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Russian Studies

Overview: The Russian minor (RSS) seeks to prepare students to understand the language, literature, and culture of Russia.  One of the program's primary goals is to prepare students to be able to interact productively with Russian speakers.  In order to achieve this goal, the Russian Program treats language and culture as an inextricably bound up nexus that has to be inculcated at every step of the learning process. Students who earn the minor will build desirable skills for a wide variety of careers, such as education, foreign affairs & policy, national security, international business, international law & politics, and more.   Please review the RSS minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

Visit the Department of World Languages website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Sociology

Overview: The Sociology minor (SOC) is designed to provide students with a greater understanding of the social systems and processes that bear upon everyday lives. Please review the SOC minor handout to learn more.

 NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the Department of Sociology website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Spanish

Overview: Students who pursue the minor in Spanish (SPA) build competencies in speaking, reading, & writing in the Spanish language, which is essential for any career where they will encounter & interact with Spanish-speakers. In today's multicultural global economy, knowledge of the Spanish language & the culture of the Spanish speaking countries is an invaluable asset.  Please review the SPA minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Global/Intercultural Fluency

 Visit the Department of World Languages website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Urban Studies

Overview: The Urban Studies minor (UST) provides an understanding of the economic, social, cultural, political, and spatial phenomena of urban areas, and how they came to be. It offers students the opportunity to supplement their education and training with a focus on the problems and potentials of the urban world around us. This interdisciplinary minor is a great complement to any degree program. Students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree are strongly encouraged to consider this field of study. Please review the UST minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Global/Intercultural Fluency, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Digital Technology, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

 Visit the School of Public Affairs website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.

Women’s and Gender Studies

Overview: The minor in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) offers students from other majors the opportunity to learn more about feminist analysis, research, and activism. The minor is flexible enough to allow students to tailor it to their interests so that it can complement or augment their major. The minor offers a professional credential for students who seek to address gender issues in the workplace or who want to pursue feminist studies at the graduate level.  Please review the WGS minor handout to learn more.

NACE Competencies Gained from this Minor: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, and Professionalism/Work Ethic

Visit the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies website for more information on the minor requirements and link to online permit form.