Undergraduate Minors

Students pursue minor and/or certificate programs to broaden knowledge of non-major disciplines, develop skills around an area of interest, and expand potential for success in their chosen endeavors.

Most minor programs require 15 hours of course work with at least 12 hours at the 3000 level or higher. Consult an advisor in the school offering the minor to plan appropriate courses and ensure that you meet all requirements. Minors are posted on your final transcript.

Available Minors

  • This program is for students interested in expanding their knowledge about content including the history, politics, economics, languages, media, cinema, and literatures related to East Asia.

  • This minor program provides a general acquaintance with economic thought and is valuable for students considering graduate work in law or business administration.

  • This minor prepares students to work in the lucrative field of energy, given the continuous increase in the demand for energy and the interest in non-conventional energy sources.

  • The Film and Media Studies Minor, which offers students the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of film and media through concentrated study in courses offered by three schools.

  • This minor will prepare students to be catalysts for improving the lives of the world’s vulnerable communities in a sustainable manner. It will combine engineering, technology, and design with the social sciences and humanities to solve practical problems in the developing world. Students will learn and apply analytical skills and practical problem-solving techniques, gain technical competence, become conscious of variations in local cultures and social conditions, and master the ability to collaborate across disciplines to solve problems in Global Development.

  • The HMS minor is intended for all students interested in issues surrounding the social, cultural, and historical aspects of health and medicine. The minor is open to anyone, but is particularly recommended for students interested in health or medicine professions.

  • For students who want to broaden their educations, the study of history provides a context for understanding the world and develops analytical abilities, verbal and written communications skills, and the critical thinking that is the bedrock of active citizenship. It is also good preparation for a broad array of careers, including business, education, government, and law.

  • The minor in International Affairs is especially useful for students preparing for graduate school or careers in internationally oriented fields. Completing a minor in international affairs signals to a prospective employer or graduate admissions committee that you have acquired a significant amount of knowledge about international affairs.

  • The School of Modern Languages and the Scheller College of Business offer an interdisciplinary minor in “International Business, Language, and Culture” (ILBC). The minor is comprised of both advanced management courses and advanced courses in a foreign language, and is designed to prepare students for global leadership by equipping students with the fundamentals of business and the ability to communicate across different languages.

  • This program is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Chinese and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture

  • This program is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in French and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • This program is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in German and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • This program is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Japanese and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture

  • This program is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Korean and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture

  • This program is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Russian and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • This program is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Spanish and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture

  • The pre-law minor allows undergraduate students to take up core courses in Constitutional Issues, Judicial Process, Legal Practice and several electives.

  • The minor in Leadership Studies is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of leadership theory, skills, and experience through a rigorous and multi-disciplinary program of study.

  • The Schools of Modern Language, History and Sociology, and International Affairs offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS). This interdisciplinary minor connects studies of the regions and countries in the Middle East and/or North Africa—their languages, their cultures, and their peoples, both concurrently in their national and international relationships as well as longitudinally over the course of history. This minor is designed for undergraduates who will enter a wide range of careers that can lead directly or indirectly to interactions with the people, the social organizations and businesses, and governments of the Middle East and/or North Africa, both abroad and here in the U.S., especially in terms of the critical technological, social, and policy decisions facing the world today.

  • The Performance Studies Minor entails the study of not only of the traditional performing arts but of anthropological and sociological conceptions of performance as an intrinsic part of human life. Students pursuing the minor will receive both a solid grounding in performance studies and the opportunity to connect performance studies with various other disciplines, including their own fields of study. Students will also have many opportunities to engage in the hands-on experience of performance making.

  • This minor is designed to improves student's abilities to think and communicate, to acquire a breadth of understanding about the world, science, society, and themselves that can inform their judgment.

  • Taught within the School of Public Policy and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the minor in political science is intended to broaden students’ perceptions of political processes and governmental institutions.

  • A minor in public policy helps students learn about strategic decision-making processes and to think critically in situations with multiple participants.

  • The Science Fiction Studies (SFS) minor is for students who are interested in learning how people communicate the experience of science and technology across centuries, continents, and cultures. The SFS minor enhances students’ ability to engage with issues of science, technology, and society as they are represented in the premiere story form of an increasingly technological and global world. It also enables them to better develop the analytic skills and creative mindsets that are crucial for graduate school and for advancements in careers ranging from education to engineering.

  • The study of Science, Technology, and Society will provide a context for understanding how science and technology fits within our social world, past and present.  It offers students a better understanding of how science and technology develop and change, how they are represented and understood in culture, and how various social and historical contexts shape science and technology

  • The minor in Social Justice (SJ) is for undergraduate students who are interested in incorporating an in-depth awareness of social issues into their fields of study and careers. Humanities and social science classes included in the minor address issues of equity and inclusiveness in relation to historical, cultural, social, economic, political, and/or techno-scientific factors. Students develop the analytic skills, social understanding, and creative mindsets needed to become informed, ethical, and innovative problem solvers and leaders in an increasingly global and technological world.

  • The study of sociology develops analytical abilities, verbal and written communication skills, and invaluable critical tools for understanding the contemporary world. Sociology is good preparation for a broad array of careers, including business, education, public administration, and social work.

  • The Sports, Society, and Technology minor draws upon the interdisciplinary field of sports studies and is appealing to undergraduate students interested in the critical, holistic study of sport. The minor includes coursework from such diverse areas as architecture, international studies, applied physiology, business law, economics, history, and sociology

  • The Technical Communication (TC) minor offers students the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of Technical Communication through concentrated study in courses.

  • The Women, Science, and Technology (WST) program does what no other gender studies program does: it links science and technology issues to those issues more traditionally associated with women's studies. The WST minor prepares Tech students (women and men majoring in engineering, science, social sciences, and humanities) to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. The minor helps students develop their understanding of the human side of science and engineering involving not only gender issues, but inequalities of race and class as well.


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