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CINEMATIC ARTS INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR

Offered by the department of Theatre and Cinema and the School of Communication, the interdisciplinary minor in Cinematic Arts consists of 18 credit hours including the following:

Electives (6 credit hours, choose two from the following):

  • FREN 320 - Topics in French Cinema
  • COMS 247 - Script Writing
  • THEA 370 - Playwriting
  • THEA 482 - Documentary/Nonfiction Film
  • COMS 434 - Media Literacy
  • COMS 451 - Intercultural and International Communication
  • COMS 452 - International Film and Electronic Media
  • SOCY 471 - Society and Film

Required Core (12 credit hours):

  • THEA 180 - Introduction to World Cinema
  • THEA 381 - Foundations of Cinematic Aesthetics
  • COMS 335 - Media and Society
  • THEA 480 - Film Theory and Criticism

Note(s): additional special topics course(s) may be chosen in consultation with the director(s) of the cinematic arts program. All students minoring in cinematic arts must select six additional credit hours of course work from the above list of electives. The course selections must be approved by the director(s) of the cinematic arts minor prior to registration. Some courses may have prerequisites or require permission of the instructor before registration. Students declaring cinematic arts as a minor will be exempt from any prerequisites for theatre and media studies courses.

Communication Minor

The minor in communication consists of 18 credit hours in COMS courses, including COMS 114 and 15 additional hours of COMS courses.

Criminal Justice Minor

In order to complete a minor in criminal justice, students must do the following:

  1. Complete a total of 18 hours in criminal justice (CRJU prefix) coursework;
  2. 12-18 credit hours must be taken from the list of required courses for the major;
  3. 0-6 credit hours may be taken from other courses with CRJU prefix;
  4. Letter grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all “CRJU” prefix courses.

English Minor

The English minor (18 credit hours) requires CORE 101, CORE 102, ENGL 300, and 12 more semester hours with an ENGL prefix, of which nine must be on the 300- or 400-level. The minor in English does not provide licensure to teach.

FORENSIC STUDIES INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for the completion of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Forensic Studies. Students who wish to enroll in the minor are encouraged to consult with the coordinator for advising. It is the responsibility of the student to design his/her program of study from among the available options, subject to approval of the coordinator. Regularly offered courses, special topic courses, seminars and honors courses may be selected.

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

  • CRJU 320 - Criminal Investigative Theory
  • CRJU 341 - Introduction to Forensic Science
  • CRJU 481 - Forensic Law

Required Electives (Choose 9 credit hours from the following):

  • ANSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology OR
  • FOSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • ANSC 211 - Forensic Archaeology or
  • FOSC 211 - Forensic Archaeology
  • ANSC 320 - Human Osteology
  • ANSC 420 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology OR
  • FOSC 420 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology
  • BIOL 231 - Genetics, Evolution and Development
  • BIOL 310 - Human Structure and Function I
  • BIOL 311 - Human Structure and Function II
  • BIOL 322 - Human Anatomy and Physiology for Pre-Nursing Majors
  • BIOL 383 - Molecular Forensic Biology
  • BIOL 450 - Molecular Biology
  • CHEM 301 - Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 302 - Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 465 - Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 471 - Biochemistry
  • CHEM 472 - Biochemistry
  • CRJU 360 - Criminal Law and Evidence *
  • CRJU 490 - Seminar (must be an appropriate forensic topic)
  • HLTH 451 - Drug Use and Drug Abuse Education
  • ITEC 345 - Introduction to Information Security
  • PSYC 405 - Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 439 - Abnormal Psychology (SS Core)

Note(s): In planning elective forensic studies coursework, students must be aware of three requirements:

  1. Students must select their elective courses so that upon completion of the minor they have taken coursework in at least two disciplines.
  2. Criminal Justice majors may not take the asterisked (*) courses for credit towards the minor.
  3. Students must earn a letter grade of “C” or higher in all courses for credit towards the Forensic Studies minor.

History Minor

Requirements (21 credit hours): 

  • HIST 101 - World History to 1500
  • HIST 102 - World History since 1500
  • HIST 111 - U.S. History to 1865
  • HIST 112 - U.S. History since 1865

One course from each of the course designation groups (Group A, U.S.; Group B, Europe; Group C, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East). Students may not count any one course for more than one Group.

Intercultural Studies Minor

Students who desire to complement their foreign language skills with a cultural focus may obtain an intercultural studies minor. Students must complete 21 semester hours, which must include Understanding Cultures (SOCY 121) and at least one course in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

No more than nine hours or three courses from the same department can be applied to the minor. No more than six hours in the minor can be also used to meet either Core Curriculum requirements or requirements for a major or another minor program. Three hours must be in 300- and 400-level courses. Students must choose one of three fields of specialization: Classics, Latin America, or Western Europe. The other required core courses for each field of concentration are listed below. Appropriate electives must be chosen to complete the 21 semester hours required for the minor.

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required. The program of all minors must be approved by the director of the intercultural studies minor. Elective courses also must relate to the field of specialization.

Required Core in Classics (9 credit hours):

Two college-level language courses in Latin (a minimum of six semester hours), or three years of high school instruction in Latin and one college-level language course in Latin (a minimum of three semester hours), and:

  • CLSS 110 - Classical Mythology
  • HIST 308 - Ancient Greece and Rome (B)
  • PHIL 114 - Introduction: The Origins of Western Philosophy

Required Core in Latin America:

Two college-level language courses in Spanish (a minimum of 6 semester hours), or three years of high school instruction in Spanish and one college-level language course in Spanish (a minimum of three semester hours), and:

  • GEOG 280 - Regional Geography (SS)
  • HIST 316 - Colonial Latin America (C) OR
  • HIST 317 - National Latin America (C)
  • POSC 461 - Government and Politics of Latin America (CG)

Required Core in Western Europe:

Two college-level language courses in either French, German or Spanish (a minimum of six semester hours), or three years of high school instruction in one of these languages and one college-level language course in that same language (a minimum of three semester hours), and:

  • GEOG 280 - Regional Geography (SS)
  • HIST 342 - Revolutionary Europe, 1789 to 1890 (B) OR
  • HIST 343 - Europe Since 1890 (B)
  • POSC 341 - Western European Government and Politics (CG)

International Studies Minor

The Minor in International Studies is an interdisciplinary minor meant to complement any major on campus either by adding an international component to that major or by strengthening an existing international emphasis. The minor provides a broad overview of international issues while also permitting some degree of specialization on a particular issue or region of the world. These objectives are accomplished not only through a flexible selection of courses outside the major, but also through direct engagement that might include study abroad, internships, home-stays, the study of foreign language, and the development of a final senior project that allows the student to integrate learning from both major and minor into a project with an international focus.

The International Studies Minor is administered and supervised by the Committee on International Studies (CIS), an interdisciplinary faculty committee centered in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. Programs of study and senior projects must be approved by the committee.

Students entering the program may be advised by any member of the Committee on International Studies or by their major advisor in collaboration with the program’s director. The Program of study should have either a topical or regional focus and courses in the Core Requirements should be selected from at least two disciplines outside the student’s major. Study abroad is an important component of this minor and students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities for overseas study offered by Radford University or other institutions.

The content of the minor will vary with each student. The following suggest some of the possibilities, but are not fully inclusive: The Role of Dance in Culture, Economics of Developing Countries, Japanese (or European) Studies, Educational Systems in Africa, the Politics of Fundamentalist Islam.

Introductory Course (Chose 3 credit hours from the following):

  • INST 101 - Introduction to International Studies (Preferred Option)
  • SOCY 121 - Understanding Cultures
  • HIST 101 - World History to 1500
  • HIST 102 - World History since 1500
  • Experience in a Target Culture No Credit

Required Core (12 credit hours):

Hours should be chosen from at least two disciplines outside the student’s major and reflect in some fashion the topical or regional focus of the student’s minor in international studies.

Senior Project (3 credit hours):

INST 488 - International Studies: Senior Project. Ideally, this course is taken during the student’s last semester and is a culmination of the international knowledge and experiences gained. The project may be a research paper, a work of art or multi-media presentation, a film, series of articles, etc. A senior project proposal must be submitted to the Committee on International Studies for approval in the semester prior to the student’s enrollment. The project is supervised and graded by a designated faculty member, preferably in the student’s major department. Students must earn a grade of “A” or “B” in the course to have met the requirements for the minor. Students are encouraged to give a public presentation of their work in some forum.

Leadership and Military Science Minor

The leadership and military science minor program is designed to supplement any major and will be available to all university students. It will provide students with a firm foundation with which to enter the work force after graduation.

The minor will be supervised and administered by the military science (MSCI) department. To obtain achievement will require a grade of “C” or above in all courses required for the program.

Requirements (26 credit hours):

  • MSCI 111 - Introduction to Leadership and the Army
  • MSCI 112 - Developing Leadership I
  • MSCI 211 - Leadership Styles/Theory and Application
  • MSCI 212 - Developing Leadership Skills II
  • MSCI 311 - Leading Small Organizations
  • MSCI 312 - Developing Leadership III
  • MSCI 411 - Leadership Challenges and Organizational Goal-Setting
  • MSCI 412 - Transition to Officership

Note: ROTC students who take a five-week summer leadership training course at Ft. Knox can count this camp as credit toward ROTC Basic course (MSCI 111MSCI 112MSCI 211, and MSCI 212) and the minor in Leadership and Military Science.

Media Studies Minor

The minor in media studies consists of 18 credit hours and includes the following nine semester hours of core courses:

  • COMS 130 - Introduction to Communication
  • COMS 335 - Media and Society
  • COMS 400 - Media Law and Ethics
  • The remaining nine semester hours may be chosen from any other COMS courses offered.

Philosophy Minor

The minor in philosophy consists of 18 hours of philosophy courses as follows: two courses at the 100-level, and four courses at the 200-level or above.

Political Science Minor

The minor in political science (18 credit hours) consists of two courses from among POSC 110, POSC 120, POSC 231, and POSC 241; and 12 additional hours in the department, at least nine of which are at the 300- or 400-level.

Psychology Minor

The psychology minor requires 18 credit hours of psychology including PSYC 121, one course from each of the two core areas listed below (two courses total), and three additional courses in psychology.

Area I: Social Science

  • PSYC 317 - Child Psychology (SS Core)
  • PSYC 343 - Social Psychology (SS Core)
  • PSYC 361 - Psychology of Personality (SS Core)
  • PSYC 439 - Abnormal Psychology (SS Core)

Area II: Natural Sciences

  • PSYC 320 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (NS Core)
  • PSYC 333 - Principles of Learning (NS Core)
  • PSYC 377 - Introduction to Sensation and Perception (NS Core)
  • PSYC 378 - Brain and Behavior (NS Core)

Public Relations Minor

The 18-hour minor in Public Relations consists of 15 hours of required coursework and one 3-hour elective course in the School of Communication. Prerequisites or permission of instructor may be required for some courses. Declared minors may obtain permission through their School of Communication advisor.

Required Courses

  • COMS 225 - Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMS 314 - Organizational Communication
  • COMS 330 - Communication Theory
  • COMS 408 - Public Relations Management
  • COMS 430 - Crisis Management and Communication

Students must complete one three-hour elective from the following:

  • COMS 173 - Introduction to Advertising and IMC
  • COMS 240 - Teamwork and Communication
  • COMS 250 - Interpersonal Communication
  • COMS 333 - Persuasion

Religious Studies Minor

The minor in religious studies consists of 18 hours of religious studies courses as follows: one course at the 100 level, one course at the 200 level, and four courses at the 300 level or above.

Sociology MINOR

This minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours, including:

  • SOCY 110 - Introduction to Sociology OR SOCY 121 - Understanding Cultures
  • SOCY 210 - Social Problems OR SOCY 250 - Social Inequality
  • SOCY 365 - Society and the Individual
  • The remaining hours must be in sociology and must include at least 6 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.

Technical and Business Writing Minor

The minor requires 18 credit hours, which include CORE 101, CORE 102, and the four courses listed in the technical and business writing concentration:

  • ENGL 306 - Professional Writing
  • ENGL 403 - Grammar and Style for Writers
  • ENGL 406 - Advanced Technical Writing
  • ENGL 407 - Technical Editing

Women's Studies Minor

The Women’s Studies Minor is administered by the Director of Women’s Studies in concert with the Women’s Studies Committee. Programs of study and internship projects must be approved by the Director. The Minor in Women’s Studies requires 16 hours of coursework.

Requirements (4 credit hours):

  • WMST 101 - Women in the World: Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WMST 400 - Senior Portfolio

Electives (12 credit hours, any four of the following representing at least two disciplines):

  • COMS 457 - Diversity in Communication
  • CRJU 365 - Diversity Issues in the Criminal Justice System
  • ENGL 453 - The Female Literary Tradition
  • HIST 306 - History of Women (*) (May be taken twice when topics differ)
  • HLTH 325 - Diversity of Health in the United States
  • HLTH 453 - Human Sexuality
  • HUMD 201 - Marriage and Alternative Lifestyles
  • HUMD 300 - Human Growth and Development: Birth through Adolescence
  • HUMD 301 - Human Sexual Development
  • HUMD 401 - The Family
  • PSYC 230 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 250 - Psychology of Diversity
  • PSYC 343 - Social Psychology (SS Core)
  • PSYC 391 - Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 393 - Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • RELN 305 - Religion and Women
  • SOCY 250 - Social Inequality
  • SOCY 326 - Men and Women in Society
  • SOCY 331 - Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCY 333 - Social and Cultural Diversity
  • SOCY 389 - Sociology of the Family
  • SOCY 390 - Sociology of Sport
  • SOCY 441 - Global Inequalities
  • WMST 290 - Special Topics in Women’s Studies
  • WMST 490 - Special Topics Seminar in Women’s Studies
  • WMST 499 - Internship in Women’s Studies
  • NUTR 316 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle I: Maternal and Child

In some semesters, courses including, but not limited to, ARTH 414, ARTH 431, ENGL 314, ENGL 470, NUTR 400, HLTH 450, MGNT 471, MKTG 471, MUSC 491, NURS 450, SOCY 495 and SOWK 480, may focus on the study of women or gender issues. When this is the case, they will be eligible for inclusion in the minor. Special topics 490 courses and independent studies 498 courses focusing on women can, with approval, be used to fulfill electives. Not more than six of the 12 elective hours may be 290, 490 and/or 498 courses. In addition, any course with a significant focus on women and gender may be approved by the Director for a student’s program of study in the minor.