Customize your bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate minor

Mount Ida bachelor’s degrees stand out for their combination of practical career preparation with well-rounded academics. You can enhance this effect by choosing an undergraduate minor, gaining a secondary area of focus alongside your academic major.

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Though not required to complete your bachelor’s degree, a minor can deepen the knowledge, skills and first-hand experience you acquire in your academic major. Adding a minor can bolster your resume as you enter the job market. Above all, an undergraduate minor represents a great learning opportunity—a chance to explore a second area of interest or passion alongside your bachelor’s degree major.

Completing a minor requires 18 to 21 credits in a subject that’s different from—but may be related to—your bachelor’s degree major. All-College Curriculum requirements and Open Electives can count toward a minor. You should work closely with your academic advisor to plan a course sequence that meets the requirements of both the major and the minor degree programs.

Use the list below to explore undergraduate minors at Mount Ida College.

Total credit requirements: 18 credits.

Required courses (6 credits):

  • HI 201 – American Perceptions (3 credits)
  • Either HI 101 – American History I or HI 102 – American History II (each 3 credits)

Electives (12 credits):
Students must take a total of four courses—one course from two of the areas listed below, and two courses in a third area. At least one course must be above the 200 level. All courses listed below are 3 credits:

American History

  • HI 101 – American History I
  • HI 102 – American History II
  • HI 208 – African-American History
  • HI 209 – Women in American History
  • HI 210 – Native American History
  • HI 303 – Colonial North America
  • HI 304 – Revolutionary America
  • HI 307 – The Civil War
  • HI 309 – America in Depression and War, 1929-1945
  • HI 310 – Modern America

American Literature

  • EN 220 – Short Story
  • EN 233 – Multicultural Women Writers
  • EN 252 – Asian-American Literature
  • EN 253 – African-American Literature

American Institutions

  • BA 101 – Introduction to Business
  • BA 317 – Money and Banking
  • CJ 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 210 – Policing and Police Administration
  • CJ 220 – Introduction to Corrections and Correctional Administration
  • EC 205 – Microeconomics
  • EC 206 – Macroeconomics
  • ED 320 – A History of American Education
  • LG 101 – Introduction to Law
  • LG 311 – Women, Law and Society
  • LG 320 – American Constitutional Law
  • PO 102 – American Government
  • PO 203 – State and Local Government

American Society and Culture

  • AM 210 – Hollywood and the Studio Age
  • EN 233 – Multicultural Women Writers
  • EN 252 – Asian-American Literature
  • EN 253 – African-American Literature
  • EN 361 – American Popular Culture
  • HI 208 – African-American History
  • HI 209 – Women in American History
  • HI 210 – Native American History
  • LG 311 – Women, Law and Society
  • SM 220 – Socio-cultural Aspects of Sport
  • SO 218 – Social Justice
  • SO 209 – Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 302 – Social Inequality

Total credit requirements: 18 credits.

Required courses (12 credits):

  • AR 231 – History of Art I (3 credits)
  • AR 232 – History of Art II (3 credits)
  • AR 433 – History of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 credits)
  • Either ID 306 – History of Architecture or ID 310 – History of Furniture (each 3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):
Choose any two of the following courses (all 3 credits):

  • AR 310 – The Art of African Cultures
  • FM 206 – History of Fashion and Costume
  • GD 334 – Survey of Graphic Design
  • ID 325 – Introduction to Design Theory and Criticism

Total credit requirements: 22-24 credits.

Required courses (12 credits):

  • BI 107 – Biology of Cell (4 credits)
  • BI 140 – Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • Either BI 108 – Biology of Organisms or BI 141 – Anatomy and Physiology II (each 4 credits)

Electives (10-12 credits):
Choose three courses at the 200 to 400 level:

  • BI 310 – General Zoology (4 credits)
  • BI 235 – Microbiology Fundamentals (4 credits)
  • BI 301 – Plant Biology (4 credits)
  • BI 210 – Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)
  • BI 303 – Computational Biology (4 credits)
  • BI 340 – Genetics (3 credits)

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required course:

  • BA 101 – Introduction to Business

Elective courses (15 credits; all courses 3 credits):

  • AC 110 – Principles of Financial Accounting
  • AC 204 – Managerial Accounting
  • BA 200 – Principles of Management
  • BA 201 – Business Law I
  • BA 207 – Human Resource Management
  • BA 211 – Organizational Behavior
  • BA 220 – Fundamentals of Business Information Technology
  • BA 303 – Small Business Management
  • BA 325 – Management Information Systems
  • EC 205 – Microeconomics
  • EC 206 – Macroeconomics

 

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (12 credits):

  • ED 105 – Child Development (3 credits)
  • ED 211 – The Child, Environment, and Behavior (3 credits)
  • ED 209 – Children’s Literature (3 credits)
  • ED 306 – The Inclusive Classroom: Spanning the Learning Spectrum (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):

  • Choose at least two courses totaling at least 6 credits:
  • CH 101 – Childhood Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • ED 206 – Curriculum for Young Learners (4 credits)
  • ED 320 – A History of American Education (3 credits)
  • Any other CH course, providing prerequisites are met.

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (18 credits):

  • CJ 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJ 202 – Criminology (3 credits)
  • CJ 210 – Policing and Police Administration (3 credits)
  • CJ 311 – Community Policing (3 credits)
  • CJ 115 – Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • LS 280 – Conflict and Communication (3 credits)

Additional recommended courses:

  • CJ 401 – Investigative Methods and Procedures 3 credits
  • CJ 405 – Current Social Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

All courses 3 credits:

  • CJ 202 – Criminology
  • CJ 323 – Criminal Profiling Strategies
  • CJ 401 – Investigative Methods and Procedures
  • CJ 408 – Principles of Crime Analysis
  • SC 207 – Forensic Science
  • Criminal Justice (CJ) or Forensic Science (AF) Elective

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (18 credits):

Two courses in Rhetoric Writing (all 3 credits):

  • BA 123 – Advertising Copy
  • EN 105 – Public Speaking
  • EN 205 – Business Communication
  • EN 211 – Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • EN 212 – Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • PH 108 – Introduction to Logic
  • PH 208 – The Nature of Language

Two 200-level courses (all 3 credits):

  • EN 201 – Classics of Western Civilization I
  • EN 202 – Classics of Western Civilization II
  • EN 213 – Tales of the Dark Side
  • EN 215 – Literature of Death and Dying
  • EN 220 – Short Story
  • EN 229 – Poems and Poets
  • EN 230 – Drama
  • EN 233 – Multicultural Women Writers
  • EN 240 – Literature and Film
  • EN 251 – Modern Latin American Literature
  • EN 252 – Asian-American Literature
  • EN 253 – African-American Literature
  • RL 210 – The Literature of the Bible

Two 300-level courses (all 3 credits):

  • EN 361 – American Popular Culture
  • EN 362 – Topics in Culture and Film
  • EN 340 – The Flesh and the Spirit in Medieval Literature
  • EN 341 – Shakespeare

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

The History Minor consists of any six history (HI) courses, including at least two above the 200 level. All courses are 3 credits.

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (12 credits):

  • BA 211 – Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • EN 105 – Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • LS 201 – Leadership Studies Seminar (3 credits)
  • PH 301 – Ethics (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):
Choose any two of the following courses (all 3 credits):

  • BA 200 – Principles of Management
  • BA 207 – Human Resource Management
  • LS 280 – Conflict and Communication
  • PS 225 – Social Psychology
  • SO 209 – Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 304 – Sociology of Gender

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (6 credits):

  • BA 101 – Introduction to Business
  • BA 206 – Principles of Marketing

Electives (12 credits):
Choose four of the following courses (all 3 credits), including at least one above the 300 level:

  • BA 121 – Principles of Advertising
  • BA 123 – Advertising Copy
  • BA 301 – e-Commerce
  • FM 102 – Retailing: Merchandising and Management
  • FM 304 – Consumer Behavior
  • BA 410 – International Marketing
  • BA 412 – Marketing Research and Analysis
  • FS 109 – Funeral Service Merchandising and Management
  • SM 321 – Sport Marketing

Required: 18 credits

  • PS 101 – Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

Choose three (3) from the following: (9 credits)

  • PS 240 – Human Growth and Development 3 credits
  • PS 225 – Social Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 241 – Biological Basis of Behavior 3 credits
  • PS 231 – Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 315 – Theories of Personality 3 credits
  • PS 301 – Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 336 – Research Methods I 3 credits
  • PS 337 – Research Methods II 3 credits

Choose two (2) from the following: (6 credits)

  • PS 130 – History and Systems of Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 226 – Adolescence 3 credits
  • PS 220 – Adult Development and Aging 3 credits
  • PS 213 – Psychology of Women 3 credits
  • PS 232 – Psychology of Health and Illness 3 credits
  • PS 233 – Educational Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 234 – Psychology and the Law 3 credits
  • PS 235 – Organizational Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 236 – Cross-Cultural Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 338 – Principles of Learning 3 credits
  • PS 360 – Theories and Techniques in Counseling 3 credits
  • PS 371 – Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 credits

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (3 credits):

  • SO 101 – Introduction to Sociology

Electives (15 credits):

Five additional sociology courses, including at least three above the 200 level:

  • SO 209 – Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 214 – Sociology of the Family
  • SO 302 – Social Inequality
  • SO 304 – Sociology of Gender
  • SO 355 – Social Issues in Global Perspective

 

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (12 credits):

  • AR 102 – Basic Drawing Skills (3 credits)
  • AR 109 – Color Theory (3 credits)
  • AR 112 – Two- and Three-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
  • AR 231 – History of Art I (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):
Choose two of the following courses (all 3 credits):

  • AR 107 – Drawing Concepts
  • AR 111 – Anatomy and Figure Drawing
  • AR 210 – Basic Photography
  • AR 232 – History of Art II
  • AR 433 – History of Modern and Contemporary Art