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Minors

Africana Studies

The minor in Africana Studies allows students across the University to gain an understanding of, and background in, the history and cultures of peoples of African descent in North and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. This interdisciplinary minor includes courses in anthropology, history, literature, music, political science and sociology, and provides an opportunity for directed study in areas of particular interest.

As the picture of business is changing, it is imperative that job applicants show an understanding of the history that has dramatically shaped our world. The minor helps prepare students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and sophisticated global arena. Students considering a profession in music, education, law, business management, city planning, international relations, politics, psychology or publishing, may find the Minor in Africana Studies particularly beneficial.

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Anthropology

The Minor in Anthropology provides students in other fields with a cross-cultural awareness that will enable them to interact with a variety of people in a wide range of situations. By giving students a respect for and understanding of the basis of cultural variation, the minor facilitates work in international settings.

For students working within the United States, anthropology offers increased sensitivity to ethnic and population diversity. Medicine, law, counseling, nursing, and nutrition are only a few of the fields in which students will encounter clients and partners from different backgrounds.

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Arabic

The Arabic program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning which includes international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries, is the fifth most spoken language in the world, and has over 300 million native speakers. Arabic is one of the United Nations six official languages.

According to the American Council for International Education, only 1% of U.S. college students study Arabic. They also state that there is a very high demand for Arabic-speaking professionals within the U.S. government, as well as private and non-profit sectors.

International Standing: Countries which host sizable populations of Arabic speakers include: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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Astrophysics

Astrophysics brings together many disparate areas of physics: gravitational physics governs the evolution of galaxies and clusters; nuclear physics dominates the cores of stars; electromagnetism governs the radiation that we use to observe these objects. Students majoring in mathematics and computer science, as well as other disciplines, are often fascinated by the questions raised by astrophysics. The minor in astrophysics requires a total of 26.0 credits in addition to the required prerequisite courses.

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Bioinformatics

The Department of Biology offers a multidisciplinary Minor in Bioinformatics that combines coursework in biology, computer science and software engineering. This minor is ideal for students interested in a more computational approach to studying the life sciences. Individual plans of study are developed in consultation with an academic adviser from the biology department. Plans will depend on the student’s major and field of study.

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Biological Sciences

For students who are not majoring in biological sciences but are interested in admission to medical schools or graduate programs, the Minor in Biological Sciences may be an attractive option. Students fulfill the core requirements in the biological sciences curriculum to get acquainted with the life sciences, while pursuing a major in another science-related discipline such as chemistry, engineering, physics or psychology.

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Biophysics

Biophysics is the study of the complexity of life using tools provided by physics. It attempts to construct mathematical frameworks that explain among many other topics, how organisms obtain energy from the environment, how complex structures appear in the cell and how these relate to function. In essence, biophysics looks for principles that describe observed patterns and propose predictions based on these principles.

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Bioscience and Society

The Minor in Bioscience and Society is for non-science majors who are interested in learning how biology impacts their everyday lives and how it can be applied to real-world problems. The course offerings in this minor take a more topical approach to studying aspects of biology. Electives allow students to tailor the minor to their interests.

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Chemistry

The Minor in Chemistry is designed to expose students to each of the major sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical. As chemistry is an experimental science, at least two laboratory courses must be taken for the minor. Students should note that their academic major might require certain chemistry courses that can also be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor.

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Chinese

The Drexel Chinese program takes a communicative and culture based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Chinese has roughly 1.2 billion native speakers (or one in every six people), making Chinese the number one first (native) language in the world.

According to The World Bank, China has sustained an unprecedented steady growth of their gross domestic product. For example, China's GDP increased from $1,211 billion in 2005 to $11,007 billion in 2015. In global terms, learning Chinese can be beneficial for all career paths, especially international business and trade.

International Standing: China is the second-largest global economy. Additionally, Chinese is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

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Communication

The Minor in Communication introduces students to communication theory and provides training in print and electronic communication skills. The minor is a strong complement to other disciplines that emphasize presentations, interpersonal skills, publicity and marketing.

Three core courses in Communication Studies are required for the minor. Students can then choose to focus their remaining elective in one of the following areas: (1) Journalism; (2) Corporate and Public Relations; (3) Technical and Science Communication; or (4) Environmental Communication. Finally, students complete three additional electives from the Communication curriculum that fit their interest.

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Computer Crime

Computers have created new opportunities to commit criminal acts. The Minor in Computer Crime provides students with an overview of the behavioral, legal, technical and administrative issues faced by the criminal justice system and security communities in addressing crime involving computers and related networking technologies. The curriculum exposes students to state-of-the-art solutions used within the public and private sectors to respond to and prevent computer crime.

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Criminal Justice

Students from any major who are interested in the law, legal issues and the forensic sciences may be interested in a career within the criminal justice system. These students can enhance their career possibilities by adding the Minor in Criminal Justice to their major field of study.

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Ecology

The Minor in Ecology is open to all non-environmental science majors who are interested in the study of ecosystems, biodiversity and issues affecting the environment. However, Biological Science and Engineering majors are particularly suited for this minor being an additional focus area relevant in their field. Students should have completed one term to a year of General Biology and General Chemistry before enrolling in the minor.

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English

The minor English helps students from all disciplines to pursue their passion, demonstrate their empathy, improve their reading and writing skills and expand their critical and creative abilities.

For more information about the Minor in English, or about choosing a plan of study within the minor, contact the Program Director, Christopher Nielson, PhD

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NOTE: additional courses may be considered upon approval of the program directors.

Environmental Studies

The interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies provides students in other majors with a background understanding of contemporary environmental issues and the ability to analyze those issues. For business and engineering majors, the Minor in Environmental Studies provides the tools to make better decisions about products or projects related to environmental economics, politic pollutants, environmental policy, and environmental justice. For liberal arts majors, this minor offers the opportunity to focus on the social and natural science aspects of the environment to prepare students for issues they may encounter in their careers.

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French

The French program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning which includes international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Over 220 million people speak French - by 2050, that number is predicted to rise to 700 million.

According to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, French and English have the distinction of being taught in the education systems of most countries. Fluently speaking a second language, especially one as versatile as French, facilitates travel and significantly increases employment opportunities in the United States and abroad.

International Standing: French is one of the six working languages of the United Nations.

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German

The German program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. According to Germany’s official tourism website, over 100 million people speak German, the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union.

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in renewable energy may greatly benefit from a German minor. According to Bloomberg, Germany’s implementation and dedication to clean energy has made this country the global trailblazer in eliminating nuclear and fossil fuels.

International Standing: In 2015, according to worldbank.org, Germany’s gross domestic product ranked 4th behind the United States, China and Japan.

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Hebrew Coursework

Drexel’s Hebrew program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning which includes international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Hebrew has 9 million speakers, and is the official language of Israel.

According to the 2015 Bloomberg Innovation Index (an annual country ranking that measures research and development, tech education, patents and tech prowess), Israel ranked fifth overall from their 30th ranking a year prior. This remarkable growth makes learning Hebrew a wise investment.

International Standing: Israel is a world leader in technology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, robotics and water desalination.

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History

The History minor emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, the development of written and oral communication, and the fostering of perspective and critical thinking.

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Global Studies

The Minor in Global Studies is open to students in all disciplines and is well suited for those studying abroad, and for those who want to add an international component to their major. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of Global Studies, the minor fits well with a variety of majors across the University, particularly anthropology, English, history, philosophy, political science, sociology and business.

Completion of level 201 in a language is a prerequisite for the minor. Students who elect an Global Studies minor must take 24 credits of literature, history, politics, social theory and/or business courses in their area of specialization.

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Italian Coursework

The Italian program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Italian has 65 million native speakers, and an additional 20 million who learn it as a second language.

Known as the language of music, Italian is key to study and research in the fields of art history, literature, archaeology, opera and philosophy. For art history, anthropology and architecture majors, Italian can be a vital tool for study as Italy has fifty-one UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country in the world.

The rich Italian heritage in Philadelphia began with immigration. In 1870, there were 516 Italians in Philadelphia; by 1920, the number surged to over 180,000. Italian immigrants in Philadelphia formed hundreds of clubs and organizations, both to help adjust to life in the United States and to preserve the Italian language and cultural heritage. This history continues through Philly’s famous Italian Market, cultural events and various organizations.

International Standing: Italy’s main exports are: engineering products, textiles and clothing (including Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Versace), production machinery, motor vehicles (including Fiat Chrysler) and transport equipment.

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Japanese

The Drexel Minor in Japanese minor develops language competence and cultural sensitivity. Our Japanese program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including study abroad programs and co-op placements. Japanese has over 130 million speakers, mostly residing in Japan, and in other countries including the United States, Korea and the Philippines. Japanese is the second most spoken language in Brazil. According to a Congressional Research Report, the US and Japan are two of the largest economic powers which account for over 30% of the world domestic product. This makes learning Japanese a wise investment for anyone who wants to pursue a profession in global markets, business relations and digital technology and development.

International Standing: Japan has the third-largest economy in the world.

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Judaic Studies

The Louis Stein Minor in Judaic Studies is designed to give students the opportunity to explore and understand the history, culture, politics, and religion of the Jewish people. Through interdisciplinary coursework and directed field study, students investigate the Jewish experience from both a contemporary and a historical perspective. The program has dedicated itself to three areas: 1) Jewish life in Europe before World War II, 2) intergenerational ethnic education and 3) Israel.

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Korean

Our Korean program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning which includes study abroad programs and co-op placements. Nearly 80 million people speak Korean as their first (native) language. Global companies like Hyundai, Kia Motors, Samsung, and LG, are based in Seoul. Korea’s geographical proximity to China and Japan can make learning this language particularly useful for anyone interested in pursuing a technology career.

International Standing: According to US News and World Report, South Korea is the 6th overall global exporter (mainly cars and technology) and has the 12th largest economy.

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Mathematics

The Minor in Mathematics requires core courses in Calculus and Linear Algebra, as well as a selection of electives from a range of other areas. The minor complements programs in physics, computer science, finance or engineering, demonstrating further expertise and preparing students to excel after graduation.

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Neuroscience

The Neuroscience minor allows students from a vast array of disciplines the opportunity for formalized study in Neuroscience. This interdisciplinary minor integrates content from cellular, molecular and systems neurobiology with neuropsychology, providing students with a strong foundation in basic principles of neurobiology and neuropsychology. This minor is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Biology and Psychology, but is open to students in any major with an interest in gaining a deeper understanding of the biological and cognitive principles underlying brain function.

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Nonprofit Communication

The minor in Nonprofit Communication is designed to familiarize students with general communication theory and practice while providing training in print and electronic communication skills particular to the nonprofit sector. In addition to conventional course work this minor will include a practicum in the form of a 3.0 credit independent study (COM I399) for one term in which students will provide service and consultation for an area nonprofit organization as selected and coordinated by Drexel Edits, the university’s center for the support of nonprofit communication.

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Philosophy

The Minor in Philosophy adds depth to students’ education, breadth to their intelligence, and value to their degree. Philosophical study helps train students’ minds to be flexible and strong, and gives them the opportunity to expand their reflective and thoughtful dimensions. These qualities enhance students’ ability to be successful in their chosen career and help put life and work in perspective.

A student adding a Minor in Philosophy to his or her curriculum shows the world that in addition to the studies required for competence, he or she has gone further to explore and reflect upon issues that arise at the level of the foundations, assumptions, and implications of that knowledge. More practically, it has been noted that many employers have shown an interest in hiring graduates who have been trained to think logically and critically.

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Physics

Physics is a science that studies natural phenomena at all scales, from that of the universe to elementary particles. This minor exposes the students to some of the basic principles of physics and would easily complement many other disciplines including engineering and other sciences.

The Minor in Physics requires a total of 10 credits from the elective list, in addition to the prerequisite and core courses.

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Politics

A Minor in Politics enriches almost every major. With a Minor in Politics, you can hone your analytical and critical thinking skills and take your understanding of political science and research methodology to your field of study.

Political science pairs well with economics, criminal justice, psychology, public health, history, anthropology, communications or education.

To complete the Minor in Politics, the following are required:

  • Three political science courses (choose from PSCI 100, 110, 120, 131, 140 or 150)
  • Three elective political science courses (choose from any PSCI courses at the 200-level or higher)

To discuss adding a Minor in Politics to your college plan, email Lauren Farmer, academic adviser: laf95@drexel.edu.

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Psychology

The Minor in Psychology provides students with the skills to analyze individual psychological processes to better understand, explain and predict human behavior.  Students must meet with a psychology faculty member to discuss the courses that best fit their major and interests.

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Russian

The Russian program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. About 160 million native and 115 million non-native speakers speak Russian, which makes it one of the top ten languages in the world. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

International Standing: Russia is currently the world’s largest crude producer.

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Science, Technology & Society

Science, technology and society (STS) programs, also called science and technology studies (STS), are growing in the U.S. and worldwide. Such programs train students to systematically investigate the social dimensions of technology, medicine and science—creating an interdisciplinary skillset that is highly valued in a wide range of settings such as health care organizations, government organizations, public policy realms, tech industries and more. Drexel's undergraduate Minor in Science, Technology & Society (STS) is for students who want to investigate the impact of new technologies and scientific knowledge, as well as their many social, ethical and legal implications. Students who pursue this minor will expand their coursework, research and future job opportunities by learning to integrate diverse academic perspectives and research methods.

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Sociology

The Minor in Sociology provides students with a framework for understanding contemporary social challenges. How do social norms impact environmental change and vice versa? How do attitudes towards gender and race shape scientific inquiry? Can socioeconomic inequalities predict life outcomes?

The minor leaves students with the tools to analyze social issues such as poverty, racism, sexism, crime and unemployment. An understanding of societal forces, challenges and trends is invaluable for students majoring in fields as diverse as biology, business, economics, education, engineering, information science, marketing, nursing, psychology and public health.

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Spanish

The Drexel Minor in Spanish develops language competence and cultural sensitivity. The Spanish program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning which includes international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Spanish is an official language of 21 countries, with almost 500 million native speakers, with 40 million people for whom it is the first (native) language in the US alone.

Fluently speaking a second language facilitates travel and significantly increases employment opportunities in the United States and abroad. According to the Census Bureau, the Spanish-speaking population in the United States will reach 132.8 million by 2050. This will make the United States the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

International Standing: Spanish is an official language of the United Nations, as well as these countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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Women's and Gender Studies

The minor in Women’s and Gender Studies provides students with a critical perspective on the ways that gender, race, class and sexuality shape social, cultural and political institutions in our world. The program focuses a critical lens on the ways that these overarching institutions shape individual experiences and group identities associated with characteristics related to gender, sex, and sexuality. Attention to these sorts of questions is valuable for students no matter what their major or post-graduation plans.

Women’s and Gender Studies courses can deepen a student’s comprehension of social, political and economic questions; explain the production of knowledge in fields as diverse as literature, engineering and media studies; and investigate the ways that assumptions about sex and gender influence how we think about and solve problems in business, law and medicine.

Writing

This Minor in Writing offers further study and practice of writing, with the goal of helping students use writing to think critically and creatively, and to communicate more effectively within and beyond their chosen disciplines. Students also gain significant practice and experience in a variety of genres and contexts.

Based on our interactions with students and faculty from around the University, several new writing courses are being developed to increase the writing experience for students in the minor:

  • Issues in Grammar: This course aims to help students think about how they say what they say in their writing, while taking a critical look at how rules and guidelines about language emerge. Students will explore the rules, cultural conventions and myths about how we use language to create meaning for ourselves and others.
  • Genres and Disciplines: Students investigate the way writing changes from genre to genre and discipline to discipline. Rather than providing students with writing practice in a specific genre or discipline, this course aims to help students better navigate new and different writing situations by exploring how topics change according to who writes about them and how they are written about.
  • Scholarly Autobiography: In this workshop designed for students who are preparing to move on to careers and further education opportunities, participants use writing as a tool for forming their emerging academic and professional selves. Students come away from the writing experience with a better understanding of who they are, where they’ve come from, and where they’d like to go—making this especially valuable for students planning to apply for fellowships or graduate programs.

For more information about the Minor in Writing, contact the program co-directors:

Dan Driscoll at driscoll@drexel.edu or Rachel Wenrick at rw346@drexel.edu

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