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Arts and Communication Minors


Communication competency is essential regardless of your discipline. Students with a minor in communication develop critical writing, presentation, and media skills with tools to create messages to reach diverse audiences. Good communicators are valuable assets in any organization. With just a few extra courses, often easily integrated into your program plan, you can earn a minor in communication. 


A focus in history provides students an opportunity to appreciate the story of humankind. Explore patterns of human thought and successes in human invention; develop an understanding of the evolution of humanity’s past and how it relates to the present. Students will study the major fields of history, the tools at the historian’s disposal and the methodologies and interpretations necessary to fully implement the craft of history. 


A focus in literature introduces students to a dynamic and expansive literary tradition from its foundations in the ancient world to contemporary works in fiction, poetry, drama, film, television and comics. Courses emphasize the close reading of primary texts and the application of literary theory. Students will graduate with strong skills in critical thinking, writing and communication that are essential tools for success in graduate studies and professional careers. 


Whatever major a student chooses to pursue, the music minor is the perfect complement. Academic studies in music often lead to better performance in math and science classes, as well as a more robust university experience overall. A total of 19 credit hours are required to fulfill this minor, covering areas in ensemble performance, private instruction, music theory, and music literature. Music minor students have the option to perform a solo recital in their junior or senior year. 


A focus in philosophy encourages students to pursue topics of philosophical, ethical and global significance such as the nature of the human mind, the morality of cloning and the justice of wars. Students will gain a philosophically-informed perspective on their major course of study, improve their creative thinking and hone their critical thinking. 


A focus in prelaw provides students with a thorough grounding in a variety of academic disciplines applicable to graduate study and careers in law. The curriculum engages students in a series of challenging courses in history, literature, philosophy, psychology and political science. It emphasizes critical thinking, learning to write well and an understanding of human society. 


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