All minors approved by the Curriculum Committee are listed here. As new minors are approved , they will be listed below and the requirements of the new minor will also be available on this web page. Links to the Academic Catalog can be found for each topic below. To view the entire Academic Catalog.
All minors must adhere to these General Requirements for Minors, as approved by the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate.
Minors Approved in the College of Arts and Sciences
The following minors have been approved. Students should contact the Office of Academic Services for information about declaring a minor.
Requirements: Eighteen (18) credits in mathematics. Six credits come from MATH 223 and 312; 9 additional upper level credits must come from MATH 300, 351, 352, 381, 382, 411, 461 (with departmental approval), and 491 (with department approval); the final 3 credits may be taken from any course in the additional upper level list above or MATH 210, 224, CPSC 220, or any 300/400 level course in a related discipline with mathematics department approval. At most, three credits of Math 491 (directed study) may be counted toward the applied mathematics minor.
Requirements: Twenty-four (24) credits including two semesters (6 credits) or the equivalent of an Asian language (the language credits apply to one language, taken in sequence; the language may be taken at UMW or at an outside institution or as part of a study abroad program for transfer credit); six additional non-language courses, representing at least two different academic disciplines, of which a minimum of 9 credits must be at the 300 level or above. A maximum of 6 credits Individual Study and/or Internship may count toward fulfilling the minor requirements.
Requirements: Twenty-two-twenty-three (22-23) credits to include: BIOL 210A Introduction to Ecology and Evolution, BIOL 211 Cellular Biology, BIOL 341 Genetics. Plus three (3) additional 300-400 level Biology courses of which 2 must have a laboratory component. BIOL 481, 491 and 499 may not be counted for minor credit.
Requirements: Twenty-four (24) credits, including French 311, French 312, French 313, and French 316; 3 credits from French 411, French 412, or French 499; and one of the following sequences: a) Business 131, Business 132, and one Business course at the 300-level or higher; or b) Economics 201, Economics 202, and one Economics course at the 300-level or higher. Business German minors can take no more than 29 credits in Business without declaring a Business major.
Requirements: Twenty-six (26) credits including 1) GERM 393, 2) GERM 394, 3) GERM 313, 4) GERM 317 or GERM 485b or GERM 485c, 5) GERM 499 or BUAD 499 or ECON 499 (for at least 1 credit), 6) one of the following: a. BUAD 131+ 132 + one BUAD on the 300 level or above OR b. ECON 201+ 202 + one ECON on the 300 level or above. Business German minors can take no more than 29 credits in Business without declaring a Business major.
Requirements: twenty-seven ((27) credits beyond Spanish 202, including the following. One course in culture from Span 315, Span 316, or Span 320; two courses in language, Span 317 and Span 318; both advanced courses in business and translation, Span 393 and Span 414; one course from Span 499 or BUAD 499 or Econ 499; and one of the following two tracks of Business or Economic courses: Track A) BUAD 131, 132, and a Business course at the 300-level or higher or Track B) ECON 201, 202, and an Economics course at the 300-level or higher. Business Spanish minors can take no more than 29 credits in Business without declaring a Business Major.
Requirements: Twenty-three (23) to twenty-five (25) credits including: CHEM 111, CHEM 112, One of the following sequences: CHEM 211 / CHEM 212 or CHEM 253 / CHEM 254, and three courses (7-9 credits) from CHEM 317,318, 319, 331, 332, 343, 345, 383, 384, and 387. Note – no more than one of these three courses may be a laboratory course.
Requirements: Twenty (20) credits: CPSC 220, CPSC 230. Any three (3) CPSC courses numbered 300 or above, for a total of at least 9 credits.
Any additional CPSC course, of at least 3 credits, numbered 100 or higher
Requirements: Twenty-three (23) credits: MATH 200, MATH 300, CPSC 220, CPSC 419, CPSC 420. Four elective credits from among CPSC 230 or BUAD 400, three elective credits from among BUAD 403 or CPSC 425.
NOTE: MATH 121 and 122 are prerequisites to MATH 300, and either MATH 201 or CPSC 125 is a prerequisite to MATH 300.
Requirements: At least twelve credits (12): May chose from: ARTS140, 341, 454; COMM 353, 370F; CPSC 106; ENGL 202H, 245, 251AA, 251Y, 314, 359, 376VV, 386; HISP 303, HIST 325, 471D7; PSCI 363, 471K1; SPAN 413
Electives may also include specific versions of courses taught by particular faculty or relevant special topics classes, as approved by the program director.
Capstone (3 credits) HIST 428; ENGL 457S, 491S (individual or collaborative) or other courses as approved by the director.
Requirements: Twenty-one (21) credits to include Economics 201 and 202; either Economics 303 or 304; either Economics 300 or 361; and nine additional credits in upper level economics courses.
Requirements: Minimum of eighteen (18) credits. Three required core courses totaling nine (9) credits: EESC 110: Introduction to Environmental Science, EESC 230: Global Environmental Problems, EESC 326: Pollution Prevention Planning OR EESC 330: Environmental Regulations Compliance. In addition, three (3) courses from the following list of electives: EESC 307: Environmental Soil Science, EESC 313: Fluvial Geomorphology, EESC 315: Hydrogeology, EESC 323: Aquatic Ecology, EESC 325: Environmental Geochemistry, EESC 355: Icehouse – Greenhouse Earth, BIOL 424: Tropical Ecology, BIOL 428: Conservation Biology, ECON 324: Economics of Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector, ECON 351: Poverty, Affluence and Equality, GEOG 245: Environment and Society, GEOG 339: Geography and Development, PHIL 330: Environmental Ethics
Requirements: Twenty-four (24) credits. Students must complete FREN 201 and 202 (or the equivalent), FREN 311, FREN 312, and any four (4) additional FREN classes at or above the 300-level.
Requirements: Twenty-six (26) credits • Students must complete GERM 201, GERM 202, GERM 393, GERM 394, and any three (3) additional courses (4cr. each) at or above the 300 level. If the student can demonstrate intermediate language competency through one of the accepted exams and, consequently, does not have to take GERM 201 and GERM 202, he or she will replace those courses with additional courses at or above the 300 level.
Requirements: Eighteen (18) credits in linguistics. The required courses are: LING 101: Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits), LING 301: Introduction to Psycholinguistics (3 credits), LING 302: Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Anthropological Linguistics (3 credits), LING 309: Introduction to Phonology OR LING 311: Introduction to Morphology (3 credits), Any 400-level Seminar in Linguistics (3 credits). Any other linguistics course offered through the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (LING 202, 205, 251, 305, 307, 310, 312, 375, 491, 499, or alternates of the choices above as approved by a Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication linguistics advisor).
Requirements: Eighteen (18) credits. Any course numbered Math 210 or higher counts toward the minor, with the exception of internship credits (Math 499). At least 12 credits must be earned from mathematics courses numbered 300 and above. At most, three credits of Math 491 (directed study) may be counted toward the mathematics minor.
Requirements: Twenty-one (21) credits to include: (1) two sequential semesters of instruction in any Middle Eastern language at UMW or at comparable institution for transfer credit (6 credits; to be approved by the program director). If a student places out of an approved language, they will need to complete 6 additional credits from the elective list. (2) Four non-language courses in Middle Eastern Studies, chosen at the 300 or 400 level, or Religion 210, and from at least three different departments (12 credits). (3) A capstone experience in the form of a semester-long, relevant individual study project, study abroad program, or internship (3 credits, to be approved by program director).
Requirements: Eighteen (18) credits to include Art History 315 or Historic Preservation 200; Art History 317 or Historic Preservation 463; 9 elective credits from among Anthropology 309, 341, 342; Classics 380; Historic Preservation 208, 303; special topics courses, such as Historic Preservation 471 or History 471, or special topics courses from Art History, Anthropology, or Classics to be chosen by the student and the advisor; and, Art History 317 or Historic Preservation 463 if not used to satisfy one of the requirements above. One 3-credit Individual Study course may be substituted for one of the elective courses with the approval of the instructor and chair of the home department. Internship: 499 – Internship (minimum 3 credits). An additional 3 credits of internship may be substituted for one elective course listed above.
Students should contact the chair of the History and American Studies Department regarding which special topics courses are approved to count towards this minor.
Requirements: Fourteen (14) credits to include: THEA 218 Voice & Body Movement (4), THEA 321 Acting (4), THEA 335 Musical Theatre Performance (3), THEA 336 Musical Theatre Performance (3).
Two (2) additional credits of: THEA 390 Theatre Practicum (1)
Four (4) additional credits from: DANC 301 Intermediate Ballet (2), DANC 302 Intermediate Ballet (2), DANC 305 Intermediate Jazz (2), DANC 306 Intermediate Jazz (2).
Four (4) additional credits from: MUPR 301 Private Voice (1), MUPR 401 Private Voice (2), MUPR 201 Class Voice I (1), MUPR 202 Class Voice II (1), MUPR 203 Class Voice III (1), MUPR 204 Class Voice IV (1)
Requirements: Seventeen (17) credits, consisting of the following required courses: PSYC 305, 374, 394; BIOL 340, 410.
NOTE: Only two (2) of the PSYC courses can count toward the Psychology major requirements.
Requirements: Twenty-four to twenty-six (24 – 26) credits from the following required classes: PHYS 105 University Physics with Laboratory (4 credits), PHYS 106 University Physics with Laboratory (4 credits), PHYS 211 Modern Physics (3 credits), PHYS 317 Methods of Mathematical Physics (3 credits)
One (1) course from the following: PHYS 201 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3 credits), PHYS 210 Nuclear Physics (3 credits), PHYS 283 Electronics with Laboratory (4 credits), PHYS 292 Optics with Laboratory (4 credits)
Two (2) courses from the following sequence: PHYS 320 Classical Mechanics I with Laboratory (4 credits), PHYS 330 Electricity and Magnetism I with Laboratory (4 credits), PHYS 384 Advanced Physics Laboratory (4 credits), PHYS 410 Quantum Mechanics I with Laboratory (4 credits), PHYS 472 Solid State Physics (3 credits)
Requirements: Eighteen (18) credits from the following: Political Science 387, Twelve (12) credits selected from the following group of courses (with at least one course from each discipline): History 356, 371, 372, 375, 377, 385, 390, 420, 421 Political Science 321, 324, 354, 355, 356, 357, 360, 367. Other courses (e.g., “special topics” courses) in security and conflict studies may count as electives with the approval of the Minor Program Director. A relevant three-credit internship may count as an elective with the approval of the Minor Program Director. History 485, International Affairs 491,or Political Science 491: three (3) credit senior thesis on an aspect of security and conflict studies directed by a member of the core faculty. Thesis topic must be approved by the Minor Program Director.
Requirements: Eighteen (18) credits from the following: AMST 201, four (4) electives, three (3) of which must be upper-level, drawn from at least three (3) disciplines; SOCG 475 or an approved three-credit internship or an approved three-credit course within a study abroad program.
Lower-level Electives: ANTH 211, 212; GEOG 101; PHIL 210, 220; WGST 101
Upper-level Electives: ECON 324, 351; ENGL 328, 329, 330, 354, 360, 378; GEOG 331, 332, 339; HIST 308, 315, 385, 396;PHIL 320; SOCG 304, 404, 421, 442; SPAN 345, 365
Requirements: Eighteen (18) credits to include one introductory class (Historic Preservation 209, Geography 231 or Geography 237); one research intensive class (Anthropology 344; Historic Preservation 469; or Sociology 313); IDIS 400; and nine (9) credits (3 courses) in electives from a pre-approved list. The electives must be in 3 different disciplines and at least 2 must be at the 300-level or beyond. One 3-credit Individual Study course may be substituted for one of the elective courses with the approval of the instructor and the Director of the minor program. One 3-credit Internship can be substituted for one of the elective courses with the approval of a faculty sponsor and the Director of the minor program.