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 business
» Minor in creative writing
» Minor in criminal justice
» Minor in English
» Minor in equine studies
» Minor in exercise science
» Minor in film and lit
» Minor in forensic science/crime scene processing
» Minor in global citizenship
» Minor in health and fitness
» Minor in legal studies
» Minor in psychology

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
PSYC4903 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 business

Take the following two courses:

ACCT 2004 Entrepreneurial Accounting –  or – MGMT 3490 Accounting for Managers (with approval)
MGMT 2200 Principles of Management and Leadership

Take four additional courses from the course designation list below:

1 – 2000+ level course
3 – 3000 or 4000 level courses

ACCT
ECON
HSTR
MGMT
MKTG
OPER
SPMG
EQST 4500 Equine Facilities Management
GRPH 4530 Professional Practices in Graphic Design
INDS4530 Professional Practices in Interior Design
NURS 3102 Business in Nursing

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in creative writing

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 3008 War in Literature and Film
ENGL 3100 Obsession and Violence in Shakespearean Drama and Film
HUMN3205 Detective Films: Origins and the Evolution of a Genre

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

For a total of SIX courses

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 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
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 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 lit

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

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
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
GRAPH2170 Principles of Digital Imaging

Minor in global citizenship

Required Courses (9 credits)

HUMN2103 Global Citizenship and Community Engagement
PSYC2203 Understanding Diversity
HUMN3100 Intercultural Communications

Choose three from the following (9 credits)

HUMN2107 American and the Contemporary World
SOCI2400 Social Problems
HUMN2405 Religions of the World
Any language course
SOCI2100 Women of the World: Health, Social Challenges, and Solutions
HUMN2401 Elements of Japanese Culture
HUMN2603 Islam: Faith, Culture, and History
HUMN2200 Cultural Anthropology
ENGL3509 World Literature
HUMN4105 Religion, Peacemaking, and Social Transformation
MGMT4300 Managing in the Global Economy
VTSC30UG One Health

Minor in health and fitness

EXSC 2205
EXSC 2705
3 credits of EXSC 2000+

9 credits from the following:

EXSC 3000+
PSYC 3700

For a total of SIX courses

Minor in legal studies

LGLS2102 Criminal Law
LGLS2107 Family Law
LGLS2600 Computer Applications for 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 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 of the following:

PSYC 3100 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 3200 Psychology of Family
PSYC 3305 Group Counseling
PSYC 3603 Positive Psychology
PSYC 3700 Sports Psychology
PSYC 4306 Counseling Theory and Practice

For a total of SIX courses

 

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