Enhance your skillset as part of your degree program in a way that can set you ahead in your career. Consider a minor, designed to provide the option of an additional area of specialization that complements but does not overlap your Bachelor’s degree program. All minors consist of five courses that align with a specific topic or content area.

Choose from:

Adult Learning and Development

This minor provides knowledge to maximize adult learning in training, consulting, or instructional environments. Students will develop an understanding of the unique qualities, motivations, and capabilities of the adult student.

  • INST 605 Teaching and Learning in Adulthood
  • INST 607 The Learning Workplace OR
  • INST 610 Instructional Design and Interactive Learning
  • INST 650 Program Development and Learning*
  • PSY 615 Psychology of Adulthood*
  • PSY 616 Psychology of Occupational Stress

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Develop sufficient understanding of adult learner behaviors and capacities to enable the student to respond effectively to possible professional scenarios.
  • Apply knowledge of adult development and learning to solving problems in the context of the student’s professional field.
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field.

Digital Communication and Social Media

The Minor in Digital Communications and Social Media enables students to explore the role of social media in the rapidly evolving world of digital communications. Students will gain an understanding of interactive artifacts through various platforms; and identify trends in communication technologies. This minor is designed to assist the student in application of digital communications to their professional field of study.

  • COMM 505 Foundations of Digital Media Production
  • COMM 601 Trends in Digital and Social Media
  • CMPL 622 Human Computer Interaction
  • Choose Two Approved Electives: ARTS 504; COMM 504, COMM 604, COMM 602; MGMT 514, MKTG 515.

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Distinguish the role of digital social media through analysis of interactive artifacts; including but not limited to games, applications, and websites.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various media delivery platforms.
  • Identify and predict emerging trends in social media by utilizing knowledge of past, current and future communication technologies.
  • Develop an understanding of human behavior particular to the utilization of interactive software.
  • Apply knowledge of digital and social media across their field of study.

Family Studies

This minor explores evolving family structures in contemporary American society. With a foundation in family communication patterns, family life stages, systems theory and family functioning, students are prepared to support children and families in educational, social, and human service organizations.

  • HLTC 629 Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services
  • PSY 509 Human Development
  • SOSC 604 Dynamics of Family Relationships
  • SOSC 605 Stress and the Family
  • Choose One Approved Elective: EDU 602*, 603; MGMT 621; PSY 508, 510, SOC 607; SOSC 630*, 637*; (PSY 508 Child Development or EDU 602 Young Children with Special Needs* is recommended).

*Note:  These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Develop a foundation of knowledge related to evolving and diverse familial structures within the American Society.
  • Apply knowledge of relationship dynamics to social, human service or psychological professional context.
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field of Family Studies

Finance

This minor provides foundational skills for careers related to finance. It can also prepare the student to be a member of the financial management team in small or mid-sized enterprises or for self-employment.

  • MGMT 511 Financial Accounting*
  • MGMT 611 Money and Banking*
  • MGMT 612 Investment Principles*
  • MGMT 613 Financial Management* OR ECO 600 International Economics*
  • MGMT 625 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business Management* OR MGMT 615 Financial Modeling and Decision-Making*

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of essentials in the field of finance so as to accurately interpret financial data and processes to users of financial services and business financial processes.
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field of Finance.

Healthcare

This minor explores significant areas of the dynamic and complex health care industry. It provides a solid foundation for health care managers and staff, human resource professionals, and others whose work responsibilities intersect with this growing industry.

  • HLTC 550 The Emerging U.S. Health Care System
  • HLTC 629 Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services
  • HLTC 638 Health Care Policy*
  • MGMT 555 Introduction to Fiscal Management in Health Care
  • Choose One Approved Elective: APST 515; HLTC 627*; MGMT 608*, 620*, 621; PSY 616; SCI 508, SCI 509; SOSC 630*

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Apply general management or human resource management skills to realistic situations in the field of health care
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field of health care.

Human Development

This minor provides a closer look at the development of the individual from conception to death. Students will gain an overall perspective on human development and will also study a particular age range. This minor is helpful to those working in developmental and educational service organizations and provides a foundation for advanced studies in social work or human services.

  • PSY 509 Human Development
  • PSY 608 Social Psychology*
  • PSY 609 Cognition and Learning*
  • One Course From: PSY 508 Child Development, PSY 615 Psychology of Adulthood,* SOSC 630 Aspects of Aging*
  • Choose One Approved Elective: HLTC 629; PSY 508, 510, 602*, 606*, 615*; SCI 502, 600*; SOC 601*, 607; SOSC 604, 630*, 637*

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Acquire knowledge of human development across the lifespan that can be applied to understanding realistic scenarios in personal, community, and professional settings.
  • Apply knowledge of development to creative and constructive problem-solving in the student’s personal, community, and professional life.
  • Ask critical questions about information and rationale.

Human Resources

This minor develops skills for the varied and significant roles that the human resources professional fills in an organization. The minor focuses on developing leadership and managerial skills for the HR professional as an agent of organizational change in the workplace.

  • MGMT 518 Human Resource Administration
  • MGMT 566 Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 606 Human Resources and Organizational Development*
  • MGMT 607 Human Resources and the Law* OR
  • MGMT 625 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business Management*
  • Choose One Approved Elective: APST 515; INST 605, 607, 610; MGMT 608*, 620*, 621; PSY 603, 616; SOC 603

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

 

Students will:

  • Apply key concepts and legal/ethical frameworks in human resources to effectively resolving real or potential challenges in organizations.
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field of human resources.

Human Services

This minor enables a student to examine the organization and delivery of a wide range of human services and professions. Focus areas include ethical practice, intervention approaches, and skill development and theory that students can apply in support roles in a variety of social service and health care agencies.

  • BEHS 502 Human Services and the Helping Process
  • PSY 603 Crisis Intervention
  • PSY 604 Counseling Theories*
  • Choose Two Approved Electives: APST 515; CRIM 603; HLTC 612*, 626, 629, 630*; MGMT 621; SCI 600*; PSY 509, 602*, 608*, 616, 617*; SOC 601*, 607; SOSC 604, 605, 630*, 637*.

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will

  • Develop knowledge of a diverse array of psychological and social theories, approaches and practices.
  • Apply knowledge of human and social behaviors across social and health care professional settings.
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field of Human Services.

Information Technology

This minor enables managers at any level to understand and use information technology as a resource to improve an organization’s efficiency.

  • CMPL 515 Programming Fundamentals*
  • CMPL 612 Advanced Software Tools*
  • CMPL 614 Computer and Network Systems*
  • MGMT 622 Database Management Systems*
  • MGMT 623 Systems Analysis and Design*

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Acquire managerial knowledge of informational technology software, hardware and programming.
  • Apply technological skills to advance efficiency of professional settings.
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field of Information Technology.

Management

This minor provides a foundation in management theory and practice for those interested in public or private sector management. Students may choose electives that complement their career interests and primary area of study.

  • MGMT 500 Principles of Management OR
  • MGMT 501 Introduction to Public Administration
  • MGMT 511 Financial Accounting*
  • MGMT 566 Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 625 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business Management*
  • Choose One Approved Elective:ECO 600*; HLTC 627*, 629, 638*; INST 607, 610; PSY 616; SOC 603; or one upper level MGMT elective

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Utilize knowledge of managerial theory and practice in application to the professional private and public sector of business.
  • Ask critical questions about information and research in the field of Management

Marketing

A minor in Marketing supplies students across various programs, a unique set of skills that they may use in a diverse array of professional settings post-graduation. This minor is a nice addition to the skills students need entering into managerial levels in human services/social sciences, behavioral sciences, and would be particularly useful as an addition to the service hospitality and business-oriented programs.

  • MGMT 500 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 514 Principles of Marketing
  • MKTG 617 Consumer Behavior*
  • Choose Two Approved Electives:MGMT 618*, 624*, 626*, 629*; MKTG 616*, 515*, 615*, 617*; COMM 601*, 602*

*Note: These courses have prerequisites.

Students will:

  • Identify core marketing and management concepts; and the impact of international markets on strategy.
  • Explore diverse subfields of marketing.
  • Develop sound integrated marketing plans, inclusive of communication within businesses or organizations, particularly businesses or organizations relevant to the students’ major field of study.