Minors

Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)

The Aerospace Studies minor focuses on leadership and management studies, profession of arms, communication studies, warfare studies, and international security studies. Students seeking a minor in Aerospace Studies must be approved by the Director of the Air Force ROTC, and be advised by instructional personnel in the Aerospace Studies Department.  Students are taught leadership and management skills, and develop enhanced oral and written communication skills through a better understanding of the different functions of military leadership and military customs and courtesies.  Students gain knowledge in military officership and the laws and nature of armed conflict, while learning how the United States military forces, particularly aerospace forces, are developed, organized, and employed.

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

Africana Studies

Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore the diaspora of Africa. This minor enhances the development of a multicultural academic orientation for students. Courses from Anthropology, Business, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology are included in the curriculum. A minor in Africana Studies prepares the student for graduate or professional school, or careers in business, education, management, law, and government, among others.

For more information, see the Africana Studies website.

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

American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies minor is geared to encourage students to expand their cultural knowledge and to gain an appreciation for American Indian cultures of Oklahoma, the region, and the nation. The overarching purpose of the minor is to offer an interdisciplinary program for Native American and non-Native American students who wish to concentrate in the study of American Indian law, culture, history, and language, or who may be preparing for careers in tribal affairs or other related professional employment.

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

American Studies

The minor in American Studies is a program that explores American history, culture and society. A variety of courses are available for students to choose from including Globalization and American Culture, American Popular Culture, and Gender in America. This minor teaches students to think clearly, argue well, communicate ideas and respect diversity of opinion and experience.

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

Ancient and Medieval Studies

Ancient and Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Ancient and Medieval culture and civilization. The minor allows the student to take courses offered by various departments including Art, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theatre. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of these formative periods of Western culture. Students are required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Greek, Latin, or Anglo-Saxon.

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

Asian Studies

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Asian cultures and civilizations. The minor offers the student a specialized course of study in Asian cultures through Language, History, Art, Philosophy, Literature, Religion, Political Science, and Anthropology. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Asian cultures. Candidates are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in order to experience the culture and to enhance language skills.

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

Anthropology

The Anthropology minor offers students the opportunity to study the past and present of humans while gaining an understanding of the development of human cultures and populations. Students can study Comparative Cultures, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology while focusing on critical thinking, communication skills, and ethical judgement.

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

Applied Politics

A minor in Applied Politics offers Political Science majors an opportunity to personalize his or her degree experience. This minor focuses on Political Campaigns & Candidacy; Money, Media & Politics; and Political Lobbying & Grassroots Organizations. Students further have the option to take classes in Marketing, Voting & Elections, Social Media, and Elements of Persuasion, among numerous other options.

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

Art History

A minor in Art History focuses on the visual arts, and their role in society and culture. Art history offers both a comprehensive insight into human cultural development as well as a uniquely challenging area of study that integrates rigorous analysis with creativity and interpretive thought.

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

Biochemistry

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology academic curriculum is built on a strong physical and biological science foundation with program flexibility. This minor allows students to expand their knowledge by taking additional chemistry and biochemistry classes. This minor offers great experience for continuing on into professional health care fields including medicine and nutrition.

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

Biological Science

A minor in Biological Science is an interdisciplinary focus on Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology. This minor encompasses all of the life sciences which allows the student to choose courses of interest.

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

Plant Biology

A minor in Plant Biology focuses on plant biology, the study of plants, including their structure and function, ecology, evolution, and diversity. With this minor, students can broaden their knowledge of plant science which can be utilized in an interdisciplinary job market associated with plant biology.

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

Central Asian Studies

This interdisciplinary minor is for students who would like to explore Central Asian Studies. This minor allows students to take courses offered by various departments, including Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Geography, and Economics. With an emphasis placed on foreign language skills, students learn to utilize language as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Central Asian cultures. Students will be required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Russian.

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

Chemistry

The chemistry minor provides students with a strong background of chemistry while enhancing critical thinking skills. This minor can further prepare students who are preparing to enter a medical profession, or other science related field.

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

Classical Studies

Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore the Classical world. The minor allows the student to take courses offered by various departments including Art, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, and Philosophy. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of the Classical Period. Students are required to achieve language mastery by completing coursework through the second semester sophomore level in Greek or Latin.

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

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.

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

Computer Science

A Computer Science minor can benefit a wide variety of majors since so many fields of study rely on this technology. Computing skills can be combined with other interest areas such as business, natural or social sciences, math, or statistics. Engineering students often add a Computer Science minor to their program.  Students interested in research and graduate work can gain important skills. Computer science electives give students the opportunity to focus on areas of interest such as mobile app development, video game design, robotics, or cyber security.

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

Dance

The Dance minor offers fundamental grounding in the theory and history of dance, along with various dance techniques. This program is designed to serve students with a background in dance and a desire to continue, and those wishing to expand their creative vocabulary. This is a perfect fit for students who desire to study dance not only as recreation, but as performing art.

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

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.

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

English

English study provides students opportunities to understand the English language and literature, and to read texts critically both as works of art and as reflections of their literary, cultural, and social contexts. The English minor at OSU helps students read competently, make balanced critical judgments, and write logically, coherently, and persuasively. Developing these skills is excellent preparation for a career in law, administration, business, or teaching.  Students minoring in English may focus on an individual program (Creative Writing, Literature, Rhetoric and Professional Writing, TESL/Linguistics, or Screen Studies) or take a variety of courses across these programs.

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

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.

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

European Studies

The minor in European Studies allows students to choose from two tracks: European Society, which focuses on geography and history; or European Culture, which concentrates on art, architecture, music, and philosophy. With an emphasis placed on foreign language skills for both tracks, students learn to utilize language as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of European cultures.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

French

A French minor is designed to develop an advanced level of proficiency in the four basic language skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking, while introducing students to aspects of French literature and culture.

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

German

A German minor is designed to develop an advanced level of proficiency in the four basic language skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking, while introducing students to aspects of German literature and culture.

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

Spanish

A Spanish minor is designed to develop an advanced level of proficiency in the four basic language skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking, while introducing students to aspects of the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America.

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

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.

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

Geography

The minor in Geography provides students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest from an international and geographic perspective, and is an excellent complement to a variety of degree programs such as Political Science, Sociology, Natural Resource and Environmental Management, International Business, Global Studies, History, Economics, and Geology, among others. The minor is designed to be completed in conjunction with general education degree requirements.

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

Geology

Students who have a passion for natural, social, and applied sciences often choose a Geology minor. Courses are designed to help students expand their knowledge in job markets associated with earth and environmental sciences. 

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

Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Hispanic and Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students who would like to explore Hispanic and Latin American cultures, while allowing the student to take courses offered by various departments such as History, Geography, Political Science, and Foreign Languages and Literatures. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Hispanic and Latin American cultures. Students will be required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Spanish (or equivalent competency in Portuguese). Candidates are encouraged to participate in a study abroad minor in order to experience the culture and to develop language skills.

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

History

A History minor is ideal for students wishing to personalize their degree experience in an expansive way. Courses are designed to expand students’ knowledge on history of the past and present. Students may take additional courses that focus on American History, Women in American West, and Era of American Revolution.

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

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.

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

Linguistics

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.

Mathematics

Mathematics is a logical supporting subject for majors in a wide variety of fields. The minor in Mathematics is very flexible and permits courses in a broad range of mathematical subjects.

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Microbiology

The minor in Microbiology is for students who wish to seek a better understanding of microbiology. This program expands students’ knowledge on microbiology through classroom and lab courses.

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

Middle East Studies

This interdisciplinary minor is for students who would like to expand their knowledge on the Middle East. This minor allows students to take courses offered by various departments, including Foreign Languages in either Arabic, Farsi, modern Hebrew, or Turkish; History; Religious Studies; and Geography.

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

Military Science (Army ROTC)

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum students take along with their required college classes. It prepares student cadets with leadership and management tools. Upon approval into the program, students who enroll in Army ROTC benefit from training and experiences that will help them succeed in any competitive environment, military or civilian.

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

Music

A Music minor is perfect for students with a passion for music. With courses such as Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Music History, the Music minor also gives students the flexibility to focus on areas of interest. 

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

Philosophy

A Philosophy minor covers historical and current perspectives on how we should live (ethics); what our ‘nature’ is; and how we relate to other things (metaphysics); what we can know, and how (epistemology); along with the study of logic.

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

Physics

Students should consider a physics minor if they would like an exposure to science and technology, or if they want to develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving. The minor is an excellent preparation for careers in business, education, law, medicine or engineering.

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

Political Information and Security Analysis

Students who wish to personalize their degree experience may choose a minor in Political Information and Security Analysis. Students may take additional courses that focus on National Security Affairs, International Law, and Politics of the Global Economy.

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

Political Science

A Political Science minor is fitting for students interested in issues and ideas about government and politics. This minor expands students’ knowledge, while increasing their way of critical thinking and problem solving. Students may take additional courses that focus on Parties & Interest Groups, Campaigns & Candidacy, and American Foreign Policy.

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

Psychology

The Psychology minor at OSU helps students incorporate knowledge about human behavior and thought processes into any major or discipline from any of OSU’s colleges. A minor in psychology is flexible enough to compliment a student’s chief interest from a wide range of possible subjects.

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

Religious Studies

In the diverse workplace and global economy of today, knowledge about other cultures and religious values is invaluable. Thoughtful individuals are in high demand. Succeeding in your career is not just about information—it’s about making connections with people. Studying religion is about people and their many perspectives. In jobs that require relating to others, building bridges, and valuing many perspectives, a religious studies minor is an asset to any major. 

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

Russian and East European Studies

Russian and East European Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that allows the student to take courses offered by various departments such as Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Geography, Political Science, Geography, and Economics. Of special note is the emphasis placed on foreign language skills as a means of opening up the texts, sources, and traditions of Russian and East European culture. Students will be required to achieve language mastery equivalent to the first semester sophomore level in Russian.

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

Sociology

The minor in Sociology allows students to explore a variety of topics based on academic interests.  Students in any major, especially those majoring in Psychology, History, Political Science, English, Geography, as well as Business and Human Development and Family Sciences often pair their majors with a minor in Sociology.

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

Statistics

The Statistics minor can be useful for students in many diverse fields such as the social sciences, biological sciences, business, and education along with many other majors.  Many students find the Statistics minor to be a natural extension of their major field of study since the application of statistics is pervasive in many other disciplines.  A Statistics minor can broaden your opportunities of employment in your major.

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

Studio Art

The Studio Art minor is designed to provide a broad art experience. The eight courses of the studio minor include art history and classes selected from seven areas of specialization, including Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Jewelry/Metals, Oil Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Watercolor. This degree provides a cohesive artistic introduction to media, technical skills, and conceptual skills. Students enrolled in art classes have the opportunity to participate in student exhibitions and attend art field trips, and they are guided to develop their individual artist abilities. The studio minor is often paired with majors in Architecture, Art History, Marketing, and Media.

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

Theatre

Pursuing a minor in theatre is the next best means to getting connected to the life of the Department of Theatre and its production season. Students have opportunities to expand their theatre knowledge with courses such as Diverse American Drama and Play Analysis.

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

Zoology

A minor in Zoology is designed to provide students a broad sense of the biology of animals. Courses available vary from an array of biology courses including Animal Biology, General Genetics, and General Parasitology.

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