The purpose of a minor is to provide a field outside of, or complementary to a student’s major with a depth of understanding and expertise. This profoundness and knowledge must be sufficient to allow the student to grasp the nuances and problems that are essential to the minor and to perform at a level that is sufficient to solve practical problems and to make a contribution to the field.
Minors are offered in a variety of programs in science, engineering, architecture, management, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences. There are also several interdisciplinary minors available. In deciding on potential education or career prospects, selecting a minor can be the key factor. And some disciplines can prove more useful than others in this new decade.
Readers will find below a list of minors that various institutions offer. These minors will enhance your undergraduate study and take you beyond interdisciplinary courses. Check the description of the minors and explore your capabilities through them. Wishing you success and luck!
African and African Diaspora Studies
The Minor is intended for students interested in the cultures and experiences of people of African origin on the continent and elsewhere in African and African Diaspora studies. The purpose of the minor program is to highlight the role of Africa and people of African origin in cultural, economic, and social transformations around the world and to strike a balance between linguistic, humanistic, historical, and contemporary learning. The minor includes a study of economic and political structures, representing the African continent and areas of the African diaspora, as well as the histories, languages, and literature of Africans and other people of African descent.
Ancient and Medieval Studies
This curriculum offers a curricular structure for exploring topics of ancient and medieval studies that range from the history of ideas and institutions to that of material objects, literature, and some of the original languages across a wide variety of subjects drawn from several disciplines. Between 5000 BC and 1500 AD, the program’s chronological period covers some 6,500 years.
The purpose of this program is to establish both for itself in its uniqueness and as an object of explicitly modern questions and methods of inquiry, awareness, and understanding of the more distant past. The minor is designed for students who are seeking a fuller understanding of the forces that influenced the ancient and medieval world, in addition to the emphasis of their major study program. The minor program’s geographical and chronological scope is narrowly conceived and intended to be comparative. The subjects range from Classical Greece and Rome to ancient Asian and South American societies to medieval Europe and Japan.
Minoring in business studies provides unlimited non-business majors with a stable base and clear complementary benefits. For example, if a startup is established in the future, computer science majors could benefit from a minor in business studies. Business studies equip students with communication skills, critical thought, teamwork, and more in addition to the business outlook, soft skills coveted on any potential career route.
The Minor in Design offers a coherent study program to undergraduates that introduces them to the cross-disciplinary field of design. The minor, along with solid design skills, offers a comprehensive conceptual base in design. Via contextual critical thought, innovation, representation, and physical production methods, criticism, iteration, and reflection, students will be introduced to design from concept to completion. The minor prepares students in several fields of design, from product design to 3D design to visual communication, to pursue different career paths or further education, and encourages them to take advantage of emerging opportunities in industry and academia.
Environment and Sustainability
In the scientific, engineering, social, and humanistic aspects of humanity’s relationship with the world, the Environment, and Sustainability Minor offers an integrative basis. Students will be equipped with information and experience that will allow them to understand, diagnose, and create solutions to the complex challenges facing society as it strives for social and environmental sustainability.
In diverse workplace contexts, including business/industry, government, civil society, and academia, students who complete the minor will be prepared to apply the concepts of sustainability. The minor prioritizes integrative, interdisciplinary learning that is essential to recognizing and resolving today, and in the future the dynamics of environmental issues effectively.
The goal of International Development is to increase the capacity of students to understand, evaluate, and tackle global poverty and sustainable development issues in the developing world. The challenges include increasing urbanization; the need for economic growth and employment for a growing number of educated young people; the resource and infrastructure crisis; the fragmentation of state capability and rising violence; the ethical and moral problems posed by development planning; the role of technology and research that is appropriate; and public dissatisfaction.
Experts estimate that 68 per cent, more than two-thirds, of the world’s population will live in cities or urban areas by 2050, according to a 2018 UN report. For this reason, in the coming years, studies focusing on urban growth, cultural dynamics, and sustainable development will increase in demand. While urban studies and planning are provided by many universities as a major, a minor often helps a student who plans to work in the fields of non-profit, health care, education, social work, environmental studies, or public administration. This combines well with economics, too.
While we have made tremendous strides in embracing the LGBTQ community, there is still no LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum available in many public K-12 schools in the U.S. Queer studies provide us with crucial insight into life for students entering universities from schools where LGBTQ successes, culture, and rights have been glossed over, overlooked or even rejected. A minor in queer studies also paves the way for future careers at the postgraduate level in public health, public policy, grassroots advocacy, and mobilization, performing arts, and academic practice.
Statistics and Data Science
Due to the widespread availability of and access to unprecedented quantities of data and computational tools, statistics, the science of making inferences and choices under uncertainty, is becoming increasingly important in the modern world. The need to process and handle large quantities of data has become a key feature of modern statistics, unlike classical statistics. This field of data management and analysis is widely known as data science.
In the public policy arena, some of the most far-reaching decisions regarding science, technology and industry are made. The interdisciplinary Minor in Public Policy helps students from across institutes, with emphasis on the mechanism and consequences of policymaking, to improve their understanding of public issues and how governments seek to tackle them. Students benefit from enhanced participation and awareness of emerging real-world problems that concern the greatest challenges of society, including energy, globalization, health care, dispute resolution, science and technology policy, and cooperation between the public and private sectors.
The writing minor gives students the opportunity to study contemporary writing, journalism, and digital media in their crafts, styles, and traditions. As a form of creative expression, some students explore poetry. Some learn how to write for a variety of media or to convey to large audiences and members of their careers the outcomes of their scientific and technical work. Others work collaboratively to become professional in immersive and nonlinear modes of communication within the evolving context of digital media.