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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 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
  • 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 IA 306 – History of Architecture or IA 310 – History of Furniture and Interiors (each 3 credits)

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

  • AR 310 – The Art of African Cultures
  • FI 104 – History of Fashion
  • GD 334 – Survey of Graphic Design

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 201 – Business Law I
  • BA 206 – Principles of Marketing
  • BA 207 – Human Resource Management
  • BA 211 – Organizational Behavior
  • 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):

  • PX 101 – Principles of Commercial Photography (3 credits)
  • PX 103 – Post Production and Printing (3 credits)
  • PX 203 – Intro to Studio and Environmental Lighting Techniques (3 credits)
  • PX 204 – Introduction to the Photography Marketplace and Business (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):

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

  • PX 102 – Photographic Image Capture and Manipulation I (3 credits)
  • PX 202 – Photographic Image Capture and Manipulation II (3 credits)
  • PX 210 – Portrait Photography (3 credits)
  • PX 310 – Architectural Interior Photography (3 credits)
  • PX 312 – Editorial Photography (3 credits)
  • PX 313 – Documentary Photography (3 credits)
  • PX 314 – Photographic Compositing (3 credits)
  • PX 315 – Fashion Photography (3 credits)
  • PX 316 – Wedding Photography (3 credits)
  • PX 403 – Environmental and Landscape Photography (3 credits)

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 (6 credits):

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

Elective Courses:

Any two Education courses in the catalog not already required.

Education Department Recommendations for Elective Courses:

  • ED 120 – American Schools and Society
  • ED 206 – Curriculum for Young Learners

 

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required courses (18 credits):

Three courses from the following:

  • EN211 – Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • EN220 – The Short Story
  • EN229 – Poems and Poets
  • EN230 – Drama
  • EN243 – British Literature
  • EN263 – American Literature
  • EN341 – Shakespeare

Two  courses from the following:

  • EN201 – Classics of Western Civilization I
  • EN202 – Classics of Western Civilization II
  • EN213 – Tales of the Dark Side
  • EN215  – Literature of Death and Dying
  • EN233 – Multicultural Women Writers
  • EN240 – Literature and Film
  • EN251 – Modern Latin American Literature
  • EN252 – Asian-American Literature
  • EN253 – African-American Literature
  • RL 210 – The Literature of the Bible

One course from the following:

  • EN333 – Topics in American Literature: Popular Culture
  • EN338 – Topics in American Literature: Culture and Counterculture of the 1960s
  • EN353 – Topics in Creative Writing: Poetry
  • EN354 – Topics in Creative Writing: Fiction
  • EN355 – Topics in Creative Writing: Screenwriting
  • EN356 – Topics in Creative Writing: Memoir
  • EN360 –  Israeli Culture Through Literature and Film

 

Total credit requirements: 18 credits.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • PS 302 – Forensic Psychology 3 credits
  • PS 234 – Psychology and the Law 3 credits
  • SC 207 – Forensic Science 3 credits
  • AF 309 – Forensic Science II 3 credits
  • AND
  • CJ 115 – Criminal Law 3 credits OR
  •  CJ 225 – Criminal Procedure 3 credits

Elective (3 credits)

  • Any related 300-level course in the fields of Forensic Science, Criminal Justice or Psychology

 

Requirements: 18 total credits (6 courses)

Geography Core:  9 credits

  • GP 101 – Introduction to Human Geography 3 credits
  • GP 210 – Introduction to Physical Geography 3 credits
  • GP 310 – Geographic Information Systems I 3 credits

Regional Geography (3 credits)

  • Choose one of the following:
  • GP 220 – Geography of US and Canada 3 credits OR
  • GP 230 – World Regional Geography 3 credits OR

A GP-focused Global Connections Study Abroad course (course number to be determined)

Theme (6 credits)

Geospatial Technology Theme:

  • GP 330 – Cartography and Visualization
  • and
  • GP 410 – Geographic Information Systems II
  • OR

Regional Planning Theme:

  • GP 320 – Regional Planning I
  • and
  • GP 420 – Regional Planning II

Total credit requirements: 18 credits

Required Courses: (6 credits)

  • HI 118 – History of Civilization II 3 credits
  • PO 220 – International Relations 3 credits

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Choose four (4) of the following courses; two (2) courses must be at or above the 300 level:

  • AR 310 – The Art of African Cultures 3 credits
  • BA 327 – Global Business 3 credits
  • BA 410 – International Marketing 3 credits
  • EC 206 – Macroeconomics 3 credits
  • EN 360 – Israeli Culture Through Literature and Film 3 credits
  • HI 235 – Modern East Asia 3 credits
  • HI 245 – Modern Latin America 3 credits
  • HI 255 – The Middle East in the 20th Century 3 credits
  • HI 325 – Europe 1900-1945 3 credits
  • HI 326 – Europe Since 1945 3 credits
  • PO 210 – Comparative Politics 3 credits

Note:

Travel courses will also count towards this minor with the approval of the Chair of the Department of history and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Total credit requirements: 18 credits.

Non-design school majors must take AR 112 before taking any of the Graphic Design courses and one more elective.

Required courses (12 credits):

  • GD 101 – Design Solutions I (3 credits)
  • GD 102 – Design Solutions II (3 credits)
  • GD 201 – Design Solutions III (3 credits)
  • GD 203 – Typography Studio I (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):

Select two (2) of the following electives: (6 Credits)

  • AR 112 – Two- and Three-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
  • GD 210 – Computer Imaging Techniques (3 credits)
  • GD 304 – Typography Studio II (3 credits)
  • GD 314 – Publication Design I (3 credits)
  • GD 324 – Publication Design II (3 credits)
  • GD 325 – Vector Graphics (3 credits)
  • GD 333 – Advanced Imaging Techniques (3 credits)
  • GD 334 – Survey of Graphic Design (3 credits)

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.

Requirements

Required Courses: (12 credits)

  • IM 101 – Contemporary Front End Application Design and Implementation 3 credits
  • IM 201 – Programming Concepts 3 credits
  • IM 202 – Interactive Web Design 3 credits
  • IM 302 – UI/UX: Responsive Design 3 credits

Electives: (6 credits)

Choose two (2) of the following:

  • GD 113 – Digital Trio 3 credits
  • GD 215 – Introduction to Web Design 3 credits
  • IM 102 – Interaction Design 3 credits
  • IM 103 – Information Architecture 3 credits
  • GD 203 – Typography Studio I 3 credits
  • GD 210 – Computer Imaging Techniques 3 credits
  • GD 325 – Vector Graphics 3 credits
  • GD 331 – Interactive Media 3 credits
  • IM 301 – History of Interactive Media 3 credits
  • GD 337 – Digital Photography 3 credits
  • IM 303 – Interactive Scripting 3 credits
  • IM 304 – Mobile Applications 3 credits
  • GD 327 – Motion Graphics 3 credits
  • IM 405 – Special Topics 3 credits
  • IM 445 – Advanced Interactive Techniques 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 207 – Human Resource Management
  • LS 180 – 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
  • FI 303 – Understanding the Consumer
  • FI 306 – Sales Management Seminar
  • BA 410 – International Marketing
  • BA 412 – Marketing Research and Analysis
  • FS 209 – Funeral Service Merchandising and Management
  • SM 321 – Sport Marketing

Total credit requirements: 18 credits.

Required courses (16 credits):

  • MC 101 – Introduction to Communication
  • MC 110 – TV Production I
  • GD 113 – Digital Trio
  • GD 215 – Introduction to Web Design
  • MC 230 – Survey of Media
  • MC 301 – Media Writing

Suggested Course Sequence:

First Year:

  • MC 101 – Introduction to Communication
  • MC 110 – TV Production I

Second Year:

  • GD 113 – Digital Trio
  • GD 215 – Introduction to Web Design
  • (Prerequisite: GD 113.)

Third Year:

  • MC 230 – Survey of Media
  • MC 301 – Media Writing
  • (Prerequisite: MC 101.)

 

Total credit requirements: 18 credits.

Required Courses (9 credits):

  • PO 102 – American Government
  • PO 210 – Comparative Politics
  • PO 220 – International Relations

Electives (9 credits):

  • Three other Political Science Courses EXCLUDING PO 104 Public Administration; two of the three electives must be at the 300 level or above. Choose from the following list:
  • PO 203 – State and Local Government
  • PO 310 – Political Theory
  • PO 312 – Public Policy
  • PO 314 – Urban Politics
  • PO 410 – Independent Study in Political Science

Total credit requirements: 18 credits.

Required Courses

First Year (6 credits)

  •  MC 101 – Introduction to Communication
  • (Fall or Spring)
  • PW 201 – Introduction to Professional Writing
  • (Fall or Spring; Prerequisite: EN 102)

Second Year (6 credits)

  • PW 210 – Journalism
  • (Fall; Prerequisite: EN 102)
  • MC 301 – Media Writing
  • (Spring; Prerequisite: MC 101)

Third Year (6 credits)

  • PW 300 – Advanced Professional Composition
  • (Fall; Prerequisites: EN 102 and PW 201)
  • PW 360 – Computer-Aided Publishing
  • (Spring; Prerequisites: EN 102 and PW 210)

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

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

  • PS 132 – Psychology of Health and Illness 3 credits
  • PS 213 – Psychology of Women 3 credits
  • PS 220 – Adult Development and Aging 3 credits
  • PS 226 – Adolescence 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 302 – Forensic Psychology
  • PS 338 – Principles of Learning 3 credits
  • PS 339 – History and Systems of Psychology 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 (9 credits):

  • PO 102 – American Government
  • PO 104 – Introduction to Public Administration
  • PO 203 – State and Local Government

Electives (9 credits):

Three courses from the following list:

  • PO 310 – Political Theory
  • PO 312 – Public Policy
  • PO 314 – Urban Politics
  • BA 207 – Human Resource Management
  • BA 211 – Organizational Behavior
  • PH 301 – Ethics
  • CJ 210 – Policing and Police Administration
  • EC 205 – Microeconomics
  • EC 206 – Macroeconomics

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 118- Social Problems
  • SO 202 – Cultural Competence
  • SO 203 – Sociology of Deviance
  • 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 104 – Introduction to Digital Photography
  • AR 232 – History of Art II
  • AR 433 – History of Modern and Contemporary Art