Minors

A minor is a grouping of 6 or more courses, totaling 18 to 21 credits, of which a maximum of 9 credits have 2000-level course designations, and the remainder are at the 3000 or 4000 level. A minor may be similar to, and named for, an existing major such as criminal justice. Or, it may be a special, interdisciplinary grouping such as comparative psychology. The department(s) offering the minor determines which courses are required and any course options. Once a minor is established within a department or departments, it will be listed, along with the requirements of the minor, on the web page for that program or programs. A listing of available minors can be accessed by visiting minors.

» Minor in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse counseling
» Minor in American Studies
» Minor in Animal Behavior
» Minor in Biology
» Minor in Business
» Minor in Computer Information Systems
» Minor in Creative Writing
» Minor in Criminal Justice
» Minor in Data Analytics
» Minor in English
» Minor in Equine Studies
» Minor in Exercise Science
» Minor in Film and Literature
» Minor in Forensic Science/Crime Scene Processing
» Minor in Global Citizenship
» Minor in Health Analytics
» Minor in Health and Fitness
» Minor in Health Leadership and Management
» Minor in Holistic Health and Wellness
» Minor in Information Security
» Minor in Interactive Media Management
» Minor in Legal Studies
» Minor in Mathematics
» Minor in Psychology
» Minor in Sport Management

Enrolling in a minor: Restrictions, limitations, eligibility requirements

Pursuing a minor should be discussed with the academic advisor who will suggest a faculty member who may serve as a minor advisor. Students will complete a petition form, requesting to formally pursue the minor. This petition must be signed by the academic advisor, the minor advisor, the chair of the department(s) offering the minor, and the Chief Academic Officer. The form will be filed in the Registrar’s office and the minor will be entered on the transcript of academic studies by that office.

Formal petitions to pursue a minor should normally be filed by the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. A petition for a minor will not be accepted from a student who has not completed one year of college work (30 credits). A student may not enroll in a minor which requires fewer than FOUR courses not already specifically required for the degree program pursued by the student.

While courses used to fulfill the requirements of a minor may also be used to fulfill specific requirements within a major, substitutions of minor courses for major course requirements will not be made. Students are responsible for meeting all prerequisites for courses within the minor, which may add additional course requirements. Prerequisite waivers will not be issued solely because a student is enrolled in a minor; the burden of proof of having achieved the preparation assured in the prerequisite courses lies with the student. The approved declaration of a minor will be considered as meeting the requirement for taking a course which is open only to students in specific majors, assuming all other course prerequisites are met.

Department chairs, in consultation with department faculty, will determine limits or eligibility requirements for minors sponsored by their individual or collective departments. The sponsoring department(s) designate specific course requirements and options for the minor, which is then forwarded to the Chief Academic Officer for approval.

In cases where admission to a specific program carries requirements above that of admission to the college, those requirements may be made of students petitioning to pursue a minor.

Minor in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling

EXSC 3205 Drugs and Society
PSYC 3300 Addictions Counseling
PSYC 2303 Psychopharmacology for Counselors
PSYC 3301 The 12 Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor
PSYC 4903 Practicum in Addictions Counseling (300 Hours Supervised – 6 cr.)

Total Credits: 18

Meets the MBSACC (Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification) educational requirements for the CADC level Certification.  Work experience is still needed.

Minor in American Studies

HIST 1308, HIST 1309 and GOVT 1108 are pre-requisites for this minor.

Take one or more of the following courses:

HUMN 2207 American Cinema
HUMN 2208 American Film Genres
HUMN 2107 America and the Contemporary World

Take one or more from EACH of the following:

a. ENGL 3705 African American Poetry or ENGL 3802 African American Novel
b. ENGL 2200 American Literature I or ENGL 2201 American Literature II
c. GOVT 4100 American Constitutional Law or HIST 3100 American Constitutional History
d. ENGL 3801 American Short Story or ENGL 3704 Contemporary American Poetry
e. ENGL 3008 War in Literature and Film or ENGL 3100 Obsession and Violence in Shakespearean Drama and Film

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in Animal Behavior

Minor in Animal Behavior (please note, PSYC 1001 and either BIOL 1001/1002, BIOL 1005/1006 or BIOL 2503/2504 are minimum prerequisites for this minor.  Some course options have additional prerequisites which must be met if those courses are selected).

Take the following two courses:

PSYC2603  Brain and Behavior
ANSC3100 Animal in Society

Students are required to take 12 credits from the following:

ANSC2200 Dog Obedience
ANSC2202 Domestic Animal Behavior
EQST3100  Equine Behavior
VTSC3200  Clinical Animal Behavior
BIOL3201   Primatology
ANSC3101  The Human and Animal Bond
PSYC3605  Zoobiquity
4900 level 200 hour focused Externship approved by Minor Advisor and School of Animal Studies Externship Coordinator

Minor in Biology

Take up to three courses from group one, and three or more courses from group two, with a minimum of six courses and 18 credits:

Group One
ANSC 2000 Intro to Lab Animal Science
ANSC 2401 Animal Nutrition
ANSC 2403 Equine Nutrition
ANSC 2501 Animal Breeding
ANSC 2701 Equine Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2503 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL2504 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2502 Microbiology
EXSC 2205 Structural Kinesiology
FORE 2001 Introduction to Forensics
FORE 2002 Collection/Preservation of Evidence
PSYC 2603 Brain and Behavior
VTSC 1101 Clinical Skills I
VTSC 1102 Clinical Skills II
VTSC 2101 Hematology
VTSC 2102 Clinical Pathology

Group Two
ANSC 3100 Animals in Society
ANSC 3503 Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management
ANSC 4700 The World of Research
BIOL 3001 Cell Biology
BIOL 3100 Developmental Biology
BIOL 3201 Primatology
BIOL 3202 Histology
BIOL 3200 Biostatistics
BIOL 3500 Genetics
BIOL 3520 Genomics
BIOL 4200 Biotechniques
BIOL 4901 or 4902 Internship I or II
CHEM 3003 Biochemistry
EQST 3701 Equine Biomechanics and Conformation
EQST 4201 Equine Pathology and Disease
EXSC 3105 Nutrition
EXSC 3300 Exercise Physiology
EXSC 3500 Human Sexuality
VTSC 3100 Laboratory Animal Management
VTSC 3400 Immunology
VTSC 4102 Laboratory Animal Diseases

Reminder: A student may not enroll in a minor which requires fewer than FOUR courses not already specifically required for the degree program pursued by the student. Students need to plan their minor carefully, in consultation with their advisor, particularly when their major is in the sciences.

Minor in Business

MGMT1000 EXPLORE: Introduction to Business Models is a prerequisite for this Minor.

Take the following two courses:

MKTG2001 CREATE 1: Marketing, Branding, and Sales
ACCT2100 METRICS: Accounting

Additional 12 credits from the designation list below:

1 – 2000 level course
3 – 3000 3000+ level courses

ACCT
ECON
HSTR
MGMT
MKTG
SPMG
EQST 2801 Fundamentals of Farm and Stable Management
EQST 4500 Equine Facilities Management
GAME 3170 Game Production and Prototyping
COMM 4530 Professional Practices in Communication
CPTR 2400 Database Management
CPTR 2800 Information Security and Information Technology Fundamentals
CPTR 2801 Information Security Threat Landscape and Attacker Motivation
CPTR 2802 Defending and Attacking Modern Networked Computer Systems
CPTR 3801 Information Security Incident Handling
CPTR 3802 Business Communication for Information Security Professionals
CPTR 3803 Digital Forensics
CPTR 4801 Emerging Technologies and Implications for Information Security
CPTR 4802 Security Management and Policy Topics
GRPH 4530 Professional Practices in Graphic Design
INDS 4530 Professional Practices in Interior Design
INFO 2105 E-Commerce
INFO 2500 Data Visualization
INFO 3300 Business Analytics
LGLS 2205  Legal Aspects of Business
NURS 3102 Business in Nursing
VTSC 3100 Laboratory Animal Management

For a total of SIX courses

 

Minor in Computer Information Systems

Take Up to three courses from group 1, and three or more courses from group two, for a total of six courses.  No more than three courses can be taken in combination from the 1000/2000 level.

 Group 1

CPTR 1100 Computer Programming 1
CPTR 1400 Computer Programming 2
CPTR 2300 Data Structures
CPTR 2400 Database Management
CPTR 2800 Information Security and IT fundamentals

 Group 2

CPTR 3400 Data Warehousing
CPTR 3600 Networking 1
CPTR 4600 Networking 2
INFO 3300 Business analytics
MGMT 3800 Management Information Systems

Minor in Creative Writing

Take the following two courses:

ENGL 3205 Creative Writing
ENGL 3206 Creative Nonfiction

 Take one or more of the following courses:

ENGL 3704 Contemporary American Poetry
ENGL 3705 African American Poetry
ENGL 3801 American Short Story
ENGL 3802 African American Novel
GAME 4120 Literary Development of Virtual Worlds

 Take up to three courses designated ENGL 2000+ or HUMN 2000+, excluding ENGL 2003 Public Speaking

Minor in Criminal Justice

Note:  It is RECOMMENDED that students also take JUST1100 Criminal Justice System and Process; this course meets a social science elective.

Take three of the courses below:

JUST 2202 Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice
JUST 2203 Corrections, Systems & Process
JUST 2204 Victimology and Victim Services
JUST 2207 Police and the Community; Prerequisite: JUST1100 or permission of the instructor
JUST 2209 Probation and Parole
SOCI 2001 Criminology; Prerequisite: PSYC1001 or SOCI1001

Take three additional courses from this list:

JUST 3001 Police Administration and Management; Prerequisite: JUST2207
JUST 3200 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
JUST 4001 Research in Criminal Justice; Prerequisite: SOCI1001 and PSYC1001
JUST 4100 Directed Study in Criminal Justice; Prerequisite: JUST4001
SOCI 3100 Juvenile Delinquency; Prerequisite: PSYC1001 or SOCI1001
SOCI 4001 Data Analysis; Prerequisite: PSYC1001 or SOCI1001, and MATH2200

Minor in Data Analytics

INFO4200 Predictive Analytics
INFO2500 Data Visualization
MATH2400 Discrete math or MATH2105-Finite Math
MATH3200 Multivariate Statistics
CPTR3400 Data Warehousing or approved elective 3000 or above
CPTR2400 Database Management

Minor in English

Take up to three courses from the list below:

ENGL 2102 Advanced Comp
ENGL 2202 Intro to Drama
ENGL 2302 Short Story
ENGL 2405 Leadership and Literature
ENGL 2500 Mythology
ENGL 2600 Literature by Women
ENGL 2700 English Literature I
ENGL 2701 English Literature II
ENGL 3008 War in Literature and Film
ENGL 3100 Obsession and Violence in Shakespearean Drama and Film

Take three or more courses from the list below:

ENGL 2200 American Literature I
ENGL 2201 American Literature II
ENGL 3205 Creative Writing
ENGL 3206 Creative Nonfiction: Telling True Stories
ENGL 3704 Contemporary American Poetry
ENGL 3705 African American Poetry
ENGL 3801 American Short Story
ENGL 3802 African American Novel

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in Equine Studies

EQST 1601 (Foundations in Equine Care) is a pre-requisite for several courses in this minor.

Take the following Course:

ANSC 2701 Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Take two from Group A, and three from Group B; or, take one from Group A and four from Group B

Group A:

ANSC 2403 Equine Nutrition
EQST 2001 Principles of Riding Instruction I
EQST 2002 Principles of Riding Instruction II
EQST 2200 Equine Industry and the Law
EQST 2801 Farm and Stable Management

Group B:

EQST 3001 Principles of Riding Instruction III
EQST 3100 Equine Behavior
EQST 3200 Basic Training Methods
ANSC 3503 Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management
EQST 3701 Conformation and Biomechanics
EQST 4200 Training Under Saddle
EQST 4500 Equine Facilities Management
EQST 4201 Equine Pathology and Disease

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in Exercise Science

Note: BIOL 2503 and BIOL 2504 are pre-requisites for EXSC 3300 and should be the science electives taken by students choosing this minor.

EXSC 2202 Emergency Responder
EXSC 2205 Structural Kinesiology
EXSC 2705 Advanced Personal Trainer
EXSC 3105 Nutrition EXSC 3300 Exercise Physiology
EXSC 4105 Strength and Conditioning or EXSC 4800 Assessment and Prescription in Health and Fitness

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in Film and Literature

Take a minimum of two of the following courses:

HUMN 2207 American Cinema
HUMN 2208 American Film Genres
ENGL 2202 Intro to Drama
ENGL 2302 Short Story
ENGL 2405 Leadership and Literature
ENGL 2500 Mythology
ENGL 2600 Literature by Women
ENGL 2700 English Literature I
ENGL 2701English Literature II
ENGL 3205 Creative Writing
ENGL 3206 Creative Nonfiction: Telling True Stories

Take three or more courses from the list below:

ENGL 2200 American Literature I
ENGL 2201 American Literature II
ENGL 3006 Coming of Age in World Fiction and Film
ENGL 3205 Creative Writing
ENGL 3206 Creative Nonfiction: Telling True Stories
ENGL 3704 Contemporary American Poetry
ENGL 3705 African American Poetry
ENGL 3802 African American Novel
ENGL 3008 War in Literature and Film
ENGL 3100 Obsession and Violence in Shakespearean Drama and Film

Take the following course:

HUMN 3303 Studies in Film Analysis

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in Forensic Science/ Crime Scene Processing

Take these three courses:

FORE2001 Introduction to Forensics
FORE2002 Collection/Preservation of Evidence
FORE3100 Criminal Investigation

Take three of the courses below, with no more than one course at the 2000 level:

JUST2202 Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice
JUST2203 Corrections, Systems & Process
JUST2204 Victimology & Victim Services
JUST2207 Police and the Community; Prerequisite: JUST1100 or permission of the instructor
JUST2209 Probation and Parole
LGLS2102 Criminal Law
JUST3001 Police Administration and Management; Prerequisite: JUST2207
JUST3200 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
JUST4001 Research in Criminal Justice; Prerequisite: SOCI1001 & PSYC1001
JUST4100 Directed Study in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies; Prerequisite: JUST4001
SOCI2001 Criminology; Prerequisite: PSYC1001 or SOCI1001
GRPH2170 Principles of Digital Imaging

Minor in Global Citizenship

Required Courses (9 credits)

HUMN2103 Global Citizenship and Community Engagement
SOCI2400 Social Problems
HUMN3100 Intercultural Communication

Students will choose three courses (9 credits) from the following list:

PSYC 2203 Understanding Diversity
HUMN 2401 Elements of Japanese Culture
HUMN 2405 Religions of the World
HUMN 3110 Voices of the World I:  Global Cultures
HUMN 3120 Voices of the World II:  The American Immigrant Experience
SOCI 2100 Women of the World:  Health,  Social Challenges, and Solutions
SOCI 3600 Global Poverty and Economic Inequality
ANTH 3200 Cultural Anthropology
Any language course

Minor in Health Analytics

Required courses: 4 from List A courses, 1 from List B and at least 1 elective courses from List C courses

List A Courses (4 required courses)

MATH2200 Statistics or BIOL3200 Biostatistics
MATH3200 Multivariate Statistics
NURS3200  Nursing Informatics and Patient Care Technology
INFO4200 Predictive Analytics

List B Course (1 required course)

NURS3100 Research in Nursing (Nursing and Healthcare Majors)
Or
PSYC4005 Research Methods in Behavioral Science (with lab) (for Psychology Majors)

SOCI4001 Data Analysis
ANSC4700 The World of Research

List C Course (1 elective course)

CPTR2400 Database Management
CPTR3400 Data Warehousing
INFO2500 Data Visualization
INFO4300 Big Data Analysis

Minor in Health and Fitness

EXSC 2205 Structural Kinesiology
EXSC 2705 Advanced Personal Trainer
3 credits of EXSC 2000+

9 credits from the following:

EXSC 3000+
PSYC 3700 Sports Psychology

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in Health Leadership and Management

Required courses: 4 from List A courses and at least 2 elective courses from List B courses

List A Courses (4 required courses)

MGMT2200 Principles of Management and Leadership
MGMT2500 Small Business Management (Psychology or Non-Nursing Majors)
Or
NURS3102 Business in Nursing (Nursing or Health Majors)
MGMT2505 Small Business Entrepreneurship
MGMT3400 Human Resource Management
NURS4402 Nursing Leadership and Politics

List B Courses (2 elective courses)

IDHE1206 Medical Terminology
MGMT3200 Financial Management
MGMT3600 Management Decision Making and Problem Solving
MGMT4195 Leadership Communication and Change
MGMT4200 Training and Development
MGMT4400 Current Issues in Strategic Planning

Minor in Holistic Health and Wellness

Required courses: 4 from List A courses and  2 elective courses from List B courses

List A Courses

EXSC2203 Personal and Community Health
EXSC3105  Nutrition
NURS3002 Complementary Alternative Modalities
NURS4401 Holistic Nursing Practice: Techniques and Application

List B Courses

EXSC2204 Fitness for Life
EXSC3201 Consumer Health
EXSC3205 Drugs and Society
EXSC3300 Exercise Physiology
NURS4001 Community and Population Health
NURS4404 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Minor in Information Security

Take CPTR 2800, and five other courses from the list below, with no more than 3 courses total at the 2000 level.

CPTR 2800   Information Security and Information Technology Fundamentals
CPTR 2801   Information Security Threat Landscape and Attacker Motivation
CPTR 2802   Defending and Attacking Modern Networked Computer Systems
CPTR 3801   Information Security Incident Handling
CPTR 3802   Business Communication for Information Security Professionals
CPTR 3803   Digital Forensics
CPTR 4801   Emerging Technologies and Implications for Information Security
CPTR 4802   Security Management and Policy Topics

Minor in Interactive Media Management (for Business Majors only)

GAME1120 Introduction to Game Design is a prerequisite for this Minor

1 – 2000+ level GAME course or MATH2200 Statistics
GAME2175 Prototyping, Playtesting and Production
GAME3175 Agile Project Management with Scrum
GAME3900 or GAME3901 Game Studio or Live Studio – taken twice for a total of 6 credits
GAME4200 Game Analytics

Minor in Legal Studies

LGLS2102  Criminal Law
LGLS2107  Family Law
LGLS2600 Computer Applications for the Legal Profession
LGLS3200 Topics in Law and Society
GOVT3001 Political Theory
GOVT4100 American Constitutional Law*

*GOVT1108 is a prerequisite for this course and can be used to fill a social science requirement.

Minor in Mathematics

MATH2302  Calculus II
MATH3200  Multivariate Statistics
MATH3305  Linear Algebra
MATH2400  Discrete Math
DATA2001   Data Science Tools and Techniques

One of the following:
CPTR4100  Machine Learning
INFO4300  Big Data Analytics

Minor in Psychology

Choose one of the following courses:

PSYC 2001 Psychology of Adjustment
PSYC 2002 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 2300 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 2400 Forensic Psychology
PSYC 2603 Brain and Behavior
PSYC 2806 Educational Psychology

Choose one from EACH of the following:

a. PSYC 2105 Social Psychology or PSYC 2203 Understanding Diversity
b. PSYC 3400 Abnormal Psychology or PSYC 3402 Child Psychopathology
c. PSYC 2808 Psychological Tests & Measures or PSYC 2107 Experimental Psychology

Choose two additional courses from PSYC 3000+

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in Sport Management

Take six courses from the following list, with no more than two at the 2000 level:

SPMG2302 Intro to Sport Management

SPMG2400 Sport Marketing and Event Management

SPMG2600 Sport Administration and Governance

SPMG3100 Sport Facility Management

SPMG4500 Sport Finance and Economics

SPMG4200 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports

SPMG4900 Sport Management Internship

SPMG4901 Practicum in Sport Management

 

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