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Minors

ANTHROPOLOGY

Anthropology draws on the social/biological sciences and the humanities to study humans in the past and present in order to understand what makes us unique. The minor and B.I.S. concentration is designed to broaden and enhance students’ primary degree and prepare them for their future careers in a diverse workforce by giving them a basic background in the field of anthropology as well as help them further develop strong critical-thinking and oral and written expression skills. Learn more.

ART HISTORY

The art history minor is designed for those students who are interested in a broad introduction to the study of the history of art. In giving a broad chronological exposure to the history of art from diverse cultures, the minor strengthens academic preparation and provides students with many options to select courses based on their individual interests. Learn more.

BUSINESS

A minor in business is available to students across the university who are interested in business courses but wish to pursue majors in other colleges. The courses available for the minor are designed to appeal to and inform the non-business student while covering a broad range of topics that are important to managers, such as accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, management, marketing, real estate and supply chain management. Learn more.

CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The minor in criminology and criminal justice allows students in other undergraduate programs at ASU to explore issues of crime, law and the criminal justice system. The minor provides students with the tools to analyze complex issues and policies within the criminal justice system, enhancing students' ability to understand the nature of crime and the system response to law breaking. In addition to the three required courses, which provide a solid understanding of the field, each student will be able to select electives to meet his or her specific interests. Criminal justice majors cannot earn a minor in criminal justice. Learn more.

ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

The minor in engineering management is designed to provide the student with skills for effective management and leadership of engineering-driven enterprises. The minor curriculum supplements the student's major by adding to the breadth of engineering science and design, and equips the student with additional management and design skills. This knowledge is augmented with an understanding of business practices, organizational behavior and management skills to enable the graduate to succeed in the management of a scientific or engineering enterprise. Topics such as project and resource management, financial engineering, risk management, configuration management, service plans, product liability, entrepreneurship and operations management are covered, in addition to product design and process development. Learn more.

ENGLISH

A minor in English will provide students with preparation for any profession requiring strong analytical and communication skills, including in careers in: publishing, journalism, public relations, nonprofit organizations, professional and technical writing, education, business, banking, grassroots activism, law, medicine, as well as numerous others throughout industry and government. The minor in English is delivered entirely online and serves as a complement to the chosen major of undergraduate students who are pursuing an ASU major online. Learn more.

FAMILY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

A minor in family and human development, from the School of Social and Family Dynamics, exposes students to the basic course work and issues within the discipline. This program provides an exceptional balance to studies in psychology, communication, education, business or nursing. Learn more.

FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES

The film and media studies minor is useful for students who want to explore the critical and creative study of film and media. Students can select to study a range of courses that emphasize media and society, media industries, styles and genres and screenwriting. Learn more.

GLOBAL HEALTH

The minor and B.I.S. concentration in global health provides students in other majors with a general background in the global health field in order to enhance their degree. Students are also introduced to a broad and flexible set of skills for understanding modern health challenges and thinking about how they might best be solved. Learn more.

HISTORY

Students who pursue the minor in history study the growth and development of human society from all aspects political, social, economic and cultural. The school covers the history of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Africa, and courses are designed to give students both breadth and depth in understanding today's complex world. Learn more.

JUSTICE STUDIES

The minor in justice studies is designed for students interested in developing an understanding of meanings of justice and injustice and analyzing often controversial issues through critical inquiry and social science investigation. Learn more.

MEDIA ANALYSIS

The mass media, more than ever before, plays a vital role in how information is disseminated and how societies are shaped and function. As traditional forms of media and information dissemination change rapidly in an increasingly technological world, it is more important than ever for students to understand the way that media work, as well as learn to evaluate the messages that are sent. All students can benefit from the study of mass communications institutions, functions and techniques. In this minor, students will learn to understand the roles that media play, how they are changing and their impact. They will be given the tools they need to critically evaluate, analyze and interpret media messages in order to become wise consumers of media themselves. Learn more.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

The minor in organizational leadership uses interdisciplinary methods that prepare students to become leaders in organizations. Students develop skills and knowledge that leaders need to solve problems, communicate effectively, assess programs, manage resources and use emerging technologies in organizations. Students in the program will be prepared for a range of positions in government, health care administration, nonprofit agencies and the service industry. Learn More.

PERSONAL HEALTH

This minor will allow students with academic interests that lie outside the realm of medical and health sciences to explore and learn the latest information related to healthy lifestyles, including the attainment and retention of a high quality of personal health. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to optimize their personal health and assume increased responsibility for their own personal health and well-being. The minor reflects the interdisciplinary nature of personal health by including courses from the nutrition, exercise and wellness, and health sciences disciplines. Learn more.

PHILOSOPHY

The minor in philosophy provides students with an understanding of philosophical inquiry and method. The minor offers an introduction to central themes both in the history of philosophy and in the current literature. Minor students have the opportunity to sharpen their critical reasoning skills while addressing profound questions regarding the nature of existence, knowledge, law, morality, politics and science. Learn more.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

The minor in political science offers students exposure to skills and knowledge that help them participate effectively as citizens in a democratic political system and flourish in the rapidly developing globalization of the world's political institutions, cultures and economies. The minor aims to provide students with an introduction to the tools and skills necessary to make connections linking theory with real world problems and issues. Learn more.

PSYCHOLOGY

The minor in psychology focuses on appreciating and understanding the human condition from a scientific, psychological point of view. Students completing the minor in psychology should possess breadth of knowledge pertaining to the major principles, theoretical approaches and findings in psychology. Students should also understand and be able to use basic research and quantitative methods in psychology and be able to gather and synthesize psychological findings.

Finally, they should be able to understand the relevance and applicability of psychological principles, approaches and findings to individual, group and social issues. In so doing, they will be prepared as educated citizens to pursue productive careers and engage on a daily basis their increasingly complex, information-rich world. Learn more.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

A minor in religious studies encourages students to engage in a comparative, cross-cultural exploration of religions and cultures that complements a variety of undergraduate majors while promoting a deeper understanding of human nature and interaction. Students may pursue the minor in religious studies with regional, national, hemispheric, global and a variety of thematic emphases. Learn more.

SOCIOLOGY

A minor in sociology from the School of Social and Family Dynamics exposes students to the basic course work and issues within the discipline. This program provides an exceptional balance to studies in psychology, communication, education, business and nursing. Learn more.

SPANISH

Students pursuing a minor in Spanish gain an understanding of the language, literature and cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples and regions. There are opportunities to partake in study abroad programs, which can serve to enhance a student's minor experience and education. Learn more.

SUSTAINABILITY

Students in the sustainability minor will learn about the concept of sustainability and how it may be used to develop solutions to pressing issues affecting society, organizations and the world. The minor introduces sustainability principles and explains how sustainability can be applied to all academic disciplines and professional fields. Students will explore the challenges of sustainability within human institutions, organizations, cultures and technology, and in local, national and international contexts. The minor is intended to draw from and inform any major in the university. Learn more.

WOMEN & GENDER STUDIES

The minor in women and gender studies provides students with an intensive interdisciplinary liberal arts education that enables them to write well, think critically and analyze problems effectively. Students take a variety of courses, including a capstone seminar requiring original research and writing plus an internship that helps them prepare for life after college. Original undergraduate research is encouraged, and some courses involve students studying community problems and formulating policy solutions. Learn more.