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Minors

Minors2018-08-29T14:04:34-05:00

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
Collaborating with Parents and Families
Literature for Adolescents
Literature for Children
Domestic Relations
Introduction to Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Law and Procedures
Maternal/Newborn Nursing 5
Pediatric Nursing 5
Child Growth and Motor Development
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 6
Relevant Special Topics Course offered through any academic department 6
Relevant Independent Study arranged with any full-time faculty member 6
Total Credit Hours18

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.

Cognitive Science Minor

Missouri Western State University offers an interdisciplinary minor in Cognitive Sciences. This minor is intended for students who are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the brain, mind, and cognition broadly construed.  To be able to do this, students in the minor will engage in viewing this topic from multiple perspectives, with a strong foundation in psychology and additional courses that broaden and build on that foundation from other areas across the university. The minor will provide a foundation of study for those students who intend to go on to professional or graduate school in cognitive sciences and related fields such as human factors/usability, computer sciences, philosophy, psychology, neurosciences, and medicine.

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. The minor does allow for an independent readings/research course or a special topics course to count to the minor, this must be related to cognitive sciences and approved by the director of the minor.

Minor Requirements
One course from the following:3
Learning and Memory
Cognitive Psychology
Human-Computer Interaction
One course from the following:3
Introduction to Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception
One course from the following:3
Language Awareness
Second Language Acquisition
Language Development for Educators
One course from the following:
Reasoning and Argumentation
Symbolic Logic
One course from the following:3
Computing Concepts I
Programming for Engineering Technology
One course from the following:3
BIO/ENG/HUM/PSC/PSY 314 Technology and Society
Learning and Memory
Cognitive Psychology
Human-Computer Interaction
Introduction to Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception
Language Awareness
Special Topics Course: A 3 credit hour special topics course relevant to cognitive sciences and offered by any academic department
Independent Study: A 3 credit hour independent study course relevant to cognitive sciences and arranged with any full-time faculty member
Total Credit Hours18

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.

Creative Writing Minor

A student earning a B.A. in English may receive this minor, providing it is different from the student's major emphasis.

Minor Requirements
ENG 220Introduction to Reading Texts3
ENG 301Advanced Composition3
ENG 330Studies in Fiction3
or ENG 331 Studies in Poetry
ENG 385Creative Writing: Prose3
ENG 386Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENG 395The Making of Contemporary Literature: The Mochila Review3
Total Credit Hours18

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.

English Studies Minor

Minor Requirements
ETC 200Introduction to Technical Communication3
ENG 220Introduction to Reading Texts3
ENG 232Language Awareness3
ENG 245Introduction to Creative Writing3
Two literature courses numbered 300 or higher6
Total Credit Hours18

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.

French Minor

Minor Requirements
Select twenty-one credit hours from the following:21
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
French for the Professional
Written Expression and Translation
Summer Study/Travel Program in French-speaking Country: Oral and Written French
Readings in Francophone Culture and Civilization
Conversation and Diction
Internship in French

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.

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 Communication
Intercultural Communication
Communicating Intimacy
Multicultural Education
Domestic Relations
Civil Rights Law
Victimology
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

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.

German Minor

Minor Requirements
GER 100Elementary German I3
GER 101Elementary German II3
GER 200Intermediate German I3
GER 201Intermediate German II3
Select nine credit hours from the following:9
Study Abroad in Germany
German Culture and Civilization
German Literature in Translation
Topics in German
Advanced German Grammar
Internship in German
Advanced German Culture
Independent Research/Project
Total Credit Hours21

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.

International Studies Minor

The minor in International Studies is designed to give students exposure to international issues from different perspectives. With the growing globalization of business, governments, and recreation, it is almost certain that today's students will participate in international activities. This minor can help prepare them to maximize the benefit from those interactions.

Minor Requirements
Select twenty-four credit hours from the following groups: 124
Foreign Language Group:
Elementary French I
Elementary German I
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary French II
Elementary German II
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate German I
Intermediate Spanish I
French for the Professional
German for the Professional
Spanish for the Professional
Social Science Group:
Geography of Asia
Geography of Europe
Globalization, Labor, and Resources
English History since 1688
Recent European History
History of Latin America
Comparative Political Systems
American Foreign Policy
Selected Topics in Religion
War, Peace, & Religion
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Selected Topics in Comparative Philosophy
Business Group:
International Trade
Comparative Economic Systems
International Financial Management
Global Viewpoint
and Business Study/Travel Experience
International Management
International Marketing and Trade
Total Credit Hours24

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.

Literature Minor

 The minor in English Literature provides students with an opportunity to broaden their understanding and appreciation of literature and culture, and to improve their communication skills. As such, the minor is a valuable asset to those seeking careers in the professional or business world.

A student earning a B.A. in English may receive this minor, providing it is different from the student's major emphasis.

Minor Requirements
ENG 220Introduction to Reading Texts3
ENG 326Special Topics in Literature3
ENG 441Shakespeare3
Select one course from the following:3
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Drama
Studies in Popular Literature
Select one course from the following:3
Literature in English: Beginnings to 1500
Literature in English: 1500-1800
Select one of the following:3
Literature in English: 1800-1860
Literature in English: 1860-1945
Literature in English : 1945-Present
Total Credit Hours18

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.

Spanish Minor

Minor Requirements
SPA 100Elementary Spanish I3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish II3
SPA 200Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish II3
Select nine credit hours from the following:9
Spanish for the Professional
Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish
Spanish Readings
Grammar and Composition
Conversation
Internship in Spanish
Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture II
Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish
The Literature of Spain
Selected Studies in Literature in Spanish
Topics in Spanish
Advanced Conversation
Total Credit Hours21

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.

Technical Communication Minor

A student earning a B.A. in English may receive this minor, providing it is different from the student's major emphasis.

Minor Requirements
ETC 200Introduction to Technical Communication3
Select a minimum of six credit hours from the following:6-15
Content and Design for Technical Communication
Technical Editing
Technical Documentation
Research and Practice in Technical Communication
Instructional Design
Remaining credits to be selected from the following courses to total 18 credit hours:0-9
Introduction to Web Page Development
Web Content and Design
Internship in Technical Communication
Multimedia Authoring
Senior Portfolio
Reporting for the Media
Business Communications

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 to the English and Modern Languages 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.