College of Letters and Science
Proficiency in communication is fundamental to personal and professional interactions in all career endeavors. The communication minor encompasses 24 units of concentrated study.
What can we learn from a word, a gesture, a tone of voice? Methods of both verbal and non-verbal communication vary from culture to culture and generation to generation; yet our fast-moving world demands that people of widely diverse backgrounds must be able to express themselves clearly and understand each others' viewpoints.
A minor is offered in Chinese for students wishing to follow a formally recognized program of study in Chinese language and literature. For the minor, students may take one (regular, letter-graded) course on a P/NP basis. Courses which are only offered on a P/NP basis do not count toward these limits.
This minor provides a broad overview of the historical, social, political, economic, ideological and cultural forces that shape the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience. The minor is open to all students with or without course work in Spanish. Students should contact the master advisor for a plan approval and verification of the minor.
Interested in a degree in Chemistry, but don’t have the room in your study plan to complete a double-major? Have you considered pursuing the minor instead? It’s relatively easy, especially if you have already taken many of the lower-division preparatory courses such as general chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
Students that complete a minor in Asian American Studies will be able to apply multidisciplinary knowledge of major concepts, theories and methods in Asian American studies to critically analyze historical, contemporary, comparative and relational formations of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality in local and global contexts and to understand the diversity and complexity of Asian American populations. Students will also be able to apply critical thinking skills, communicate academic knowledge, and collaborate with others.
The Art Studio program delivers a broad range of hands-on studio practices to the art minor. Areas of focus include painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics, printmaking and time-based media. Course choices/sequences are determined by the student according to minor requirements. Students are encouraged to explore different areas of focus and are expected to take advantage of beginning classes that provide a critical introduction to the research possibilities within studio art.
Art History studies the changing visual expression of values, beliefs and experiences across diverse cultures and over time. It provides training in historical, social and aesthetic understanding, critical thinking, scholarly research, and lucid, thoughtful analysis and writing. More than any other discipline art history sharpens its students’ visual acuity and deepens their visual literacy. In so doing, it prepares them to face the increasingly complex visual world we find ourselves in today.
The culture of the United States is a distinctive blend of traditions and institutions from around the globe with innovations and concepts unique to this country. The American Studies program offers students an understanding of how America's many cultures contribute to the tapestry of American society. Through the study of interpretive works, folklore and folk life, and fine and popular culture, American Studies minors celebrate the diversity of American experiences and examine difficult questions about race, gender, class and other factors that affect American lives.
The purpose of this program is to give students a sense of the individual characteristics and common concerns of black communities in Africa, the United States and in the wider Diaspora. The African American emphasis includes courses on history, culture, and the impact of developments in politics and the economy on the social organization of black people in the United States.