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Minors

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Childhood Studies Minor

Missouri Western State University offers an interdisciplinary minor in childhood studies. This minor is intended for those students who have child-related emphases in their major disciplines, such as juvenile delinquency, child psychology, or pediatrics or for those who simply wish to learn more about the subject of childhood.  The minor will also provide a foundation of study for those students who intend to go on to professional or graduate school in order to study in child-related areas. This minor does not provide students with certification to teach in the state of Missouri.

Each student interested in this minor should discuss with his or her major academic advisor which courses best fit that student's discipline and concentration area as well as which general studies courses need to be chosen to satisfy prerequisites. Minor declaration forms shall be kept on file by the Director of Childhood Studies.

To insure that the minor is a truly interdisciplinary experience, at least three disciplines must be represented with no more than nine hours coming from any one discipline:

Minor Requirements
Select eighteen credit hours from the following:18
Family, Community, and Schools: Partnering for Young Children 1
Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child 2
Counseling Techniques/Parents
Literature for Adolescents
Literature for Children
Domestic Relations
Introduction to Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Law and Procedures
Child Growth and Motor Dev
Child/Adolescent Psychology 3
Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Child Psychopathology and Exceptionalities 4
The Family
Family and Child Welfare
Theatre for Children and Youth
Internship: Relevant field experience/practicum/internship through any academic department 5
Relevant Special Topics Course offered through any academic department 5
Relevant Independent Study arranged with any full-time faculty member 5
Total Credit Hours18
1

Declared childhood studies minors are exempt from EDU 300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education as a prerequisite for this course

2

Declared childhood studies minors are exempt from EDU 303 Experience in Teaching II and EDU 304 Applied Methods and Management as prerequisites for this course.

3

Declared childhood studies minors are exempt from PSY 200 Intermediate Psychology as a prerequisite for this course.

4

Declared childhood studies minors are exempt from PSY 200 Intermediate Psychology as a prerequisite for this course.

5

May be repeated for credit. Only three credit hours of any one internship (including student teaching), special topics course, or independent study may be applied to the minor.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and/or general studies requirements.
  3. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.

Criminal Justice Minor

Minor Requirements
LAW 100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Juvenile Justice
Modern Police Procedures
Penology and Corrections
LAW 260Criminal Law3
or LAW 305 Introduction to Theories of Crime
Select one of the following options:9
Option 1:
Introduction to Law
Introduction to Mediation
Civil Rights Law
Option 2:
Select nine credit hours in Law courses, with six credit hours numbered 300 or higher
Total Credit Hours18

NOTE: Students must complete a Contact Information form prior to graduation. 

Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 4 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and general studies requirements.
  3. No more than 2 courses with a grade of D permitted in minor coursework. 
  4. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.

Gender and Power Studies Minor

Missouri Western State University offers an interdisciplinary minor in Gender and Power Studies. This minor is intended for those students who have interest in social justice issues and want to learn about the complexities inherent in systems of power (race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability among others). This minor is intended for students who have concentrations in their major disciplines, such as communication, political science, psychology, sociology, or for those who wish to learn more about the complex issues regarding gender and power. The minor will also provide a foundation of study for those students who intend to go on to professional or graduate school in order to study in these areas.

Each student interested in the minor should discuss with his or her major academic advisor which courses best fit that student’s discipline and concentration area as well as which general studies courses need to be chosen to satisfy prerequisites. Students enrolled in the Gender and Power Studies minor will also be assigned an advisor from the Gender and Power Studies Committee. Minor declaration forms will be kept on file by the Director of Gender and Power Studies.

Gender and Power Studies minor requires 18 credits in at least three disciplines with no more than nine hours coming from any one discipline.

Minor Requirements
Select eighteen credit hours from the following:18
Interpersonal Communications
Intercultural Communication
Communicating Intimacy
Multicultural Education
Literature of Gender and Ethnicity
Domestic Relations
Civil Rights Law
Human Sexuality
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Topics in Ethical Theory
Gender and Politics
Psychology of Gender
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Social Inequality and Stratification: Class, Power and Wealth
The Family
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Family and Child Welfare
Internship: Relevant field experience/practicum/internship arranged through any academic department. 1
Relevant Special Topics Course offered through any academic department. 1
Relevant Independent Study arranged with any full-time faculty member. 1
Total Credit Hours18
1

May be repeated for credit. Only 3 credit hours of an internship, special topics course, or independent study that is being taken for more than 3 credit hours may be applied to the minor.

For more courses designated as GAP, please contact the faculty member who coordinates the Gender and Power Studies program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and/or general studies requirements.
  3. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.

Legal Studies Minor

Minor Requirements
LAT 101Introduction to Law3
Select six courses from the following:18
Paralegal Studies
Legal Research
Litigation
Legal Computer Applications
Legal Drafting
Introduction to Mediation
Domestic Relations
Advanced Legal Research
Total Credit Hours21

 NOTE: Students must complete a Contact Information form prior to graduation. Per ABA program approval guidelines, students must also complete an exit interview with selected department faculty.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and/or general studies requirements.
  3. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.

Peace & Conflict Studies Minor

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Students must complete at least 18 credit hours from the categories listed below. At least three disciplines must be represented with at least two courses outside of the student's major degree program. 

Minor Requirements
Core PACS Courses:
Select at least two of the following:6-9
Introduction to Mediation
Exploring War and Peace in the Modern World
War, Peace, & Religion
Other PACS Courses:
Select at least one of the following:3-12
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies (may be repeated)
Conflict Management
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies (may be repeated)
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies (may be repeated)
Peace and Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies (may be repeated)
Restricted Electives:
Select no more than two of the following:0-6
Interpersonal Communications
Intercultural Communication
Recent European History
Domestic Relations
Civil Rights Law
Penology and Corrections
Probation and Parole
Criminal Justice Concepts and Issues
Ethics
Political Theory
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Topics in Ethical Theory
International Politics
Political Theory
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Gender and Politics
Latin American Political Systems
American Public Policy
Seminar on Terrorism and Homeland Security
International Organizations
American Foreign Policy
Psychology of Communication
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Social Problems
Social Inequality and Stratification: Class, Power and Wealth
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Criminology

Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and/or general studies requirements.
  3. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.

Our minors help you explore your interests and further develop your career goals. With a range of minors to choose from, you can customize a program focused on your individual needs.

Are you ready to declare a minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work Department.

Declaring a Minor
Students should choose a minor that is different from their major, emphasis or concentration. Minor coursework consists of a minimum of four credit hours beyond the student’s major, emphasis, concentration and general studies requirements.

Requirements for All Minors
An overall GPA of at least 2.0 must be earned in the required minor coursework unless noted otherwise. The same course in a degree minor may be used to fulfill major course requirements unless stated in a major or minor.