Communications

Independent Minors

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Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore the study of the mind and intelligence. The minor offers the student a specialized course of study in Cognitive Science through the departments of Psychology, Philosophy, Speech Communications, English, Computer Science, Management Sciences, and Information Systems.

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Emergency Management

Students who wish to personalize their degree experience, may choose a minor in Emergency Management. This minor gives students the opportunity to take additional courses that focus on elements of Environmental Science, Fire Safety and Hazard Recognition, and Environmental Sociology.

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Environmental Economics, Politics, and Policy

Students who wish to personalize their degree experience, may choose a minor in Environmental Economics, Politics, and Policy. This minor gives students the opportunity to take additional courses that focus on Environmental Impact Analysis, World Population Problems, and Incident Management & Tactical Operations.

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American Sign Language

The ASL minor will help students learn to communicate through visual and gestural methods, rather than aurally or orally. Students will develop ASL interpretation skills, learn about Deaf culture in the community, and study ASL poetry and storytelling.

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Chinese

The Chinese minor at OSU is designed to give students majoring in any field an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to Chinese language and literature. It also equips students with a basic foundation in Chinese culture necessary to successfully interact with Chinese people. Business majors often pursue a Chinese minor. Students in the Chinese minor program are strongly encouraged to study abroad in China through a program at OSU.

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Japanese

The Japanese minor will help students acquire proficiency in the language, while gaining an understanding of the cultural and historical background of Japan and its people. Many students spend a semester or a year studying in Japan, and some have found internships and job opportunities in Japan afterwards.

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Russian

The Russian minor will help students develop speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills in Russian, and will increase their knowledge of Russian culture. Russian minors come from a variety of majors.

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Greek

The Greek minor will give students the skills to read a range of works in the original language, including Plato, Sophocles, Thucydides, and the New Testament. For students in the arts or humanities, the exposure to ancient Greek culture and literature is irreplaceable. The study of the language itself strengthens analytical abilities which are invaluable to all students, while the knowledge of Greek roots will help master general English vocabulary and scientific terminology.

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Latin

Studying Latin enables students to read classical authors as well as later religious and philosophical texts. The poetry of ancient Rome remains vivid today, while the philosophy and oratory of Roman writers are essential to understanding later political and philosophical developments. With a Latin minor, students will be able to engage directly with these works, and learn the necessary insight into ancient Roman culture necessary to understand them.

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Gender and Women's Studies

Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore gender and women's issues. Courses focus on the interface of public and private spheres of women's lives along with issues such as gender, theories of inequality, women's language, and racial and ethnic perspectives on women. Courses for the minor come from English, Education, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. A minor in Gender and Women's Studies is helpful in preparing for graduate and professional schools or careers in counseling, social service, journalism, business, political science, and human environmental science.

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International Studies

The minor in international studies will encourage students to develop their foreign language skills by participating in study abroad or service learning experiences abroad prior to graduating. Students will structure their minor from three clusters of courses and learning experiences encompassing International Decision Making, International Environment, and International Experience. In addition, each student must complete 10 credit hours of a foreign language or demonstrate proficiency through examination.

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Linguisitics

The Linguistics minor is designed to introduce students to the theory and research of language, underpinning its use by humans, animals, or machines. The linguistics minor will provide students with background relevant for a wide range of areas, including computational linguistics; native, foreign, and second language education and learning; language and technology; language and the law; communications disorders; language variation and change; studies in discourse and interaction; and communication in a variety of public and institutional settings.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.