Minors

The Becton College of Arts and Sciences offers students the opportunity to increase the flexibility and marketability of their undergraduate curriculum by combining their majors with other disciplines to form double majors and minors.


See navigation at left for links to currently available Becton College minors, and see below for Interdisciplinary Minors


As recent literature on developments in the workplace suggest, students who have a “portfolio of marketable skills” will be more employable in the future. Combining, for example, a major in political science with a second major in psychology or with minors in writing or communication positions a student well for employment in fields that require analytical and communication skills and knowledge of human motivation and social structure. Combining a major in the visual and performing arts with minors in communication or corporate studies could position a student for a career in arts management.

The Becton College faculty suggests that students, in consultation with their advisors, give careful thought to strategic combinations of courses and disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Advertising Minor

The Advertising minor is designed for students interested in studying the theoretical, practical, and creative elements that go into the creation of compelling and successful advertisements and advertising campaigns. The philosophy behind the minor builds on the recognition that the professional domain of advertising draws from many, varied disciplines. First, students must develop a foundational understanding of the concepts and theories included in the areas of advertising and marketing. Then they must develop and polish their theoretical understanding and professional skills in the areas of computer graphics, desktop publishing, and basic video making they need to understand all of the theoretical and creative elements that go into the creation of both print ads and commercials. Finally, students should be given the opportunity to develop their skills with courses that will enhance their knowledge regarding account management, campaign planning, implementation, and evaluation.

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American Studies Minor

The American studies minor is interdisciplinary, offering students the opportunity to focus on American cultural and historical perspectives. It consists of 18 credits, 9 credits of required courses and 9 credits of select elective courses.

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British Studies Minor

The British Studies Minor is designed to offer Becton students who study for the fall/spring semester at Wroxton College the opportunity to earn a minor that recognizes Wroxton’s unique British-centered curriculum. Since students take a maximum of 15 credit hours while there, they can take select courses at Becton College in order to fulfill the required 18 hours for the minor.

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Children’s Studies Minor

The children’s studies minor provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the idea of childhood in human society. Using the disciplinary perspectives of literature, psychology, sociology and anthropology, the minor grounds students in an understanding of childhood as preparation for employment in child services and advocacy or advanced study in the fields of education, literature, psychology, sociology and anthropology. Offered jointly by the department of English, communication and philosophy and the department of social science and history, the minor requires 18 credits. Students select six 3- credit courses from the list below, making selections from at least three different disciplines.

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Criminal Justice Minor

The interdisciplinary 18-credit minor (i.e., 6 courses) in Criminal Justice provides the traditional liberal arts student with a better understanding of the criminal justice system.  It is ideal for students presently working in, or planning for, careers in law enforcement, corrections or criminal counseling.  The minor is jointly sponsored by the disciplines of Political Science, Sociology, History and Anthropology.

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Criminology Minor

The minor in criminology enables students to examine 1) theories of deviance and crime, 2) deviant and criminal behavior and 3) aspects of the criminal justice system (e.g. police, courts, prison, etc.) as they relate to race, class, gender and sexuality. Students interested in this minor are encouraged to major (or double-major) in sociology, political science, history and/or psychology. The minor requires six 3-credit courses.

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Dramatic Literature and Performance Minor

The dramatic literature and performance minor provides grounding in theatrical history, theory and performance practices as a cultural enrichment and as preparation for advanced study or employment in the theater. This minor is offered jointly by the department of English, communication and philosophy and the department of visual and performing arts and consists of 18 credits.

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Film Studies Minor

The film studies minor is designed for students interested in studying movie as texts and as popular culture. Traditionally, students of this discipline study the history, production processes and the aesthetics of film as well as the theories that analyze the ways in which film, culture and audience interact to negotiate and construct meaning. The three required courses provide the foundations for these four areas of investigation (history, production, aesthetics, theory). The electives offer an opportunity for a wider breadth of experience or a more tightly focused study.

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Forensics Minor

The Forensics interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who are interested in how physical and psychological evidence resolves issues involving criminal behavior, crime scenes and criminal investigations. This highly popular field spans across many disciplines, drawing from psychology, sociology, political science, chemistry, biology, literature, and philosophy. Because Forensics as a practice can be heavily science and lab oriented, the Minor has been divided into two distinct tracks, one for the science major and one for the non-science major.

The Track for non-science majors consists of an 18-credit minor.  Students are required to take the Forensic Psychology course and an introductory Science course with a forensics component.  Students can then select the remaining 12 credits from a broad array of elective courses in multiple disciplines.

Forensic Science is the single, fastest-growing field of science, so the Minor is also designed to attract science majors who are interested in applying the principles and techniques of scientific analysis in a legal context.  This Track consists of 19 credits and requires both a Forensic Psychology course and a Forensic Science course.  The remaining 12 credits can be chosen from additional science and non-science electives.

In order to fulfill the minor, students are recommended to take no more than 9 credits in biology, chemistry or psychology and no more than 6 credits in any other single discipline.  Students are encouraged to complete 3 of their elective credits as experiential learning in an internship to be determined on an individual interest basis.  One 3-credit Independent Study may also be taken to satisfy the minor.

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Globalization and Society Minor

The globalization and society minor provides students with an understanding of the complex phenomenon of globalization. By using the disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, communication, economics, literature and sociology, the minor provides students with two things. One, it expands their disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. Second, it makes them better prepared for employment opportunities in an inter-connected world. Offered jointly by the department of English, communication and philosophy and the department of social sciences and history, the minor requires 18 credits. Since most theorization of globalization is rooted within the sociological perspective, students should select two courses from sociology that cover theoretical aspects of globalization, and the other four from the following list, making selections from at least two different disciplines.

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Intellectual Traditions Minor

The intellectual traditions minor is an interdisciplinary minor that seeks to recognize, study, understand and evaluate the ideas, concepts, debates and theoretical viewpoints that have shaped our increasingly interdependent and complex world. The minor draws on courses from the disciplines of English, history, philosophy, political science and sociology. Six courses (18 credits) are required for the minor. Students must take courses from at least three disciplines and cannot take more than three courses in one discipline.

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Legal Studies Minor

The legal studies minor is designed for students interested in studying law from multiple, complementary scholarly perspectives and for those recognizing that general training in law assists the understanding of human affairs. The minor develops both a substantive knowledge base and a set of skills useful to studying law through cognate courses in a variety of disciplines including political science, history, sociology and psychology. The legal studies minor is recommended for students preparing for law school and careers with a salient legal aspect (e.g., politics, business, law enforcement and paralegal work). The legal studies minor is offered by the department of social sciences and history.

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Middle East Studies

The minor in Middle East Studies provides students with an understanding of the complex histories, cultures, and politics of the Middle East societies.  

The minor provides students with a disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge-base with regard to a region of the world which has helped shape civilization as we know it, and plays a vital role in contemporary world politics; it enriches their global experience, exposing them to many of the richest cultures of the world; the minor will encourage intercultural dialogue which could help in bridging the divide between East and West.

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Screenwriting/Dramatic Writing Minor

The screenwriting/dramatic writing minor is designed for students interested in studying the art and craft of writing for the screen and/or stage. The rationale for the proposed required courses for this minor is that knowledge of all forms of creative and dramatic writing contribute to each other and is necessary for a student to become a well-rounded writer no matter what the format. The most talented, acclaimed and successful screenwriters and playwrights often cross genres. The choice of the second-level course in screenwriting or playwriting allows students to focus their efforts in a desired genre.

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Women’s Studies Minor

The women’s studies minor is an interdisciplinary academic program that encourages students to critically examine the lives, perspectives and work of women, as well as the connections among class, race, sexuality, religion and nationality within society, the media and the arts. It offers cross-disciplinary courses which may be applied to core requirements and may be combined with any major. The women’s studies minor consists of 18 credits.

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Personalized Minor

In consultation with a faculty mentor, a student may design a personalized minor to meet specific needs or interests. The student must then submit to the Becton College Dean’s Office a written rationale for the minor, a title for the minor and a list of the needed courses, demonstrating that they will be offered in time for graduation. The minor is then subject to the approval of the faculty mentor and the assistant dean for academic planning. A Declaration of Minors form must then be completed with the signature of the mentor and a copy given to Office of Enrollment Services. The faculty mentor must then oversee the minor. Upon graduation, enrollment services will contact the mentor to ensure that the minor will appear on a student’s transcript. The minor should be declared no later than the first semester of the student’s junior year, it must consist of a minimum of 18 credits and it must rely primarily on courses already offered in the College. A student may take up to one Independent Study in order to complete the minor.