Students seeking a bachelor’s degree at University College can pursue a minor in one of 9 subjects.

Course work taken as part of the minor also may fulfill distribution requirements or major requirements. If there is overlap between a major and a minor, the minor must include at least nine distinct credits which do not apply to the major. Only courses receiving a grade of C- or higher will be applied to the minor. In order to be awarded the minor, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all courses taken toward the minor. Students may complement their major with a certificate instead of, or in addition to, a minor.

Declaring a Minor

A Minor can be declared when a student has met with an academic advisor at University College and completed a Minor Application form before beginning the final semester of study toward a Bachelor of Science.

At least 9 units must be advanced-level course work (300-level or above), and at least 6 of the 9 units in advanced course work must be completed at University College. A maximum of 3 units of transfer credit may be applied to the minor.

Minors are offered in the following subjects:
Anthropology: 15 units

Required Courses: 6 units

  • Introduction to Human Evolution (U69 150)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (U69 160)
  • Introduction to Archaeology (U69 190)

Elective Courses: 9 units

Advanced-level courses in Anthropology.

Communications: 18 units

Required Courses: 9 Units

  • Integrated Strategic Communications (U48 262)
  • Public Relations Principles and Practices (U48 350)
  • Communications Technology and New Media (U48 378)

Elective Courses: 9 units

Advanced-level courses in Communications & Journalism.

Economics: 15 units

Required Courses: 12 units

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (U07 1011)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (U07 1021)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (U07 406)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (U07 407)

Elective Course: 3 units

Advanced-level courses in Economics.

Global Leadership and Management: 15 units

Required Courses: 9 units

  • Principles of Management (U44 339) or Supply Chain Management (U44 303)
  • International Management: Leadership Across Cultures (U44 330)
  • International Trade and Globalization (U44 380)

Elective Courses: 6 units

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (U07 1011)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (U07 1021)
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology (U09 381)
  • Introduction to Statistics (U20 1011) OR Applied Statistics (U20 205) OR Probability and Statistics (U20 305)
  • Financial Accounting (U44 263)
  • Marketing Concepts (U44 270)
  • Business Finance (U44 342)
  • Global Regional Economies: Economic Integration (U44 385)

Other authorized courses in business-related fields.

Health Care: 15 units

Required Courses: 3 units

  • Healthcare Reform and Policy (U86 355)

Elective Course: 12 units

Course work in Health Care, including at least 9 units of advanced-level courses.

History: 18 units

Required Courses: 6 units

One introductory course chosen from the following:

  • Western Civilization I (U16 101)
  • Western Civilization II (U16 102)
  • Introduction to U.S. History (U16 163)
  • Introduction to World History (U16 164)
  • America to the Civil War (U16 209)
  • America from the Civil War (U16 210)

One additional introductory course chosen from any 100 or 200 History course.

Elective Courses (12 units)

12 units of 300 or 400-level History courses.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: 18 units

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology (U09 100)
  • Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology (U09 214)
  • Psychological Statistics (U09 300)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (U09 315) or Psychology of Personality (U09 353) or Psychological Tests and Measurements (U09 404) or Applied Psychology of Learning: Training in Industry (U09 468)
  • plus 6 units of authorized Psychology or Business courses, of which at least one must be an upper-level course

Students who elect to major in psychological & brain sciences and also to complete this special minor must complete a total of 45 units in psychology instead of the usual 33. They must choose courses for the psychological & brain sciences major that are distinct from those required for the industrial and organizational psychology minor, with the exception of Psych 100 and Psych 300. Students completing an industrial and organizational psychology minor are strongly encouraged to include basic economics courses among their social science electives.

Political Science: 15 units

15 units of course work in Political Science, including at least 9 units of advanced-level courses. 

Psychological & Brain Sciences: 15 units

The requirements for the traditional minor are a minimum of 15 units in psychology with at least nine units in upper-level (300-400) courses; there are no specific course requirements other than Introduction to Psychology (U09-100).

Students interested in a general background might take courses in several areas: social, sensation and perception, physiological, personality, etc. Those who wish to concentrate in a specialized area (e.g. the “helping professions” or counseling) should take such courses as personality, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, or perspectives on counseling.

Required Courses (3 units)

  • Introduction to Psychology (U09 100)

Elective Courses (12 units)

Course work in Psychology, including at least 9 units of advanced-level courses.

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