Further your interests by completing a minor at Dean College.

Minor Programs

If you are enrolled in any of Dean College bachelor’s degree program, you may opt to complete a minor. A minor consists of a total of 18 credits, at least 6 credits of which must be at the 300 or 400 level. Minors are not available if you are in the associate degree programs. You may not earn a minor in the same discipline as their major. Specific requirements for each available minor are listed below.

Dean College regularly reviews its curriculum. Additional minors may be added during the academic year. Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs for updates. 

Dean College offers the following minor programs. Click on the list below to learn more. 

Every successful venture in arts and entertainment relies on the skills and hard work of management professionals. A minor in Arts and Entertainment Management from Dean College prepares you to play an important role in this exciting field. Combining creativity with industry savvy, our courses foster your artistic vision while developing your business skills.

When you minor in Arts and Entertainment Management, you'll take courses in Arts and Entertainment Management, Business, English and Theatre:  

  • AMGT 111 – Introduction to Arts and Entertainment Management (3 cr)
  • AMGT 112 – Theatre, Dance and Performing Arts Management (3 cr) 
  • AMGT 317 – Arts and Entertainment Law (3 cr)
  • Three additional courses (9 cr) from the following list, at least one of which (3 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level:
    • ACCT 103 – Financial Accounting (3 cr) 
    • AMGT 203 – Venue and Facility Management (3 cr) 
    • AMGT 305 – Principles and Foundations of Not-for-profit Fundraising (3 cr) 
    • AMGT 405 – Leading the Organization (3 cr) 
    • BUS 235 – Principles of Marketing (3 cr)
    • BUS 325 – Principles of Finance and Budgeting (3 cr) 
    • ENG 331 – Writing for the Arts (3 cr) 
    • THA 231 – Basic Stage Management (3 cr) 

With a minor in business you’ll gain valuable insights from business faculty in the Dean School of Business (DSB), who are consultants, business executives, and entrepreneurs. In small classes, you’ll study the building blocks of a successful business, from marketing and consulting to accounting and finance. Learning centers on core business functionalities while at the same time developing your soft skills such as learning how to be a leader and solving problems, which are invaluable for any professional in today’s world.

When you minor in Business, you will take courses like: 

  • BUS 123 – Foundations of Business (3 cr) 
  • BUS 230 – Principles of Management (3 cr) 
  • BUS 235 – Principles of Marketing (3 cr) 
  • Three additional courses in Business (9 cr), at least two of which (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level 

Communications boasts some of today’s most compelling career paths. Whether you’re interested in TV and radio broadcasting, sports broadcasting, multimedia production, station management, news writing, social media writing or another aspect of the field, a minor in Communications will set you up for success.

When you minor in Communications, you will take courses like: 

  • COM 121 – Introduction to Communications (3 cr) 
  • COM 122 – Digital Audio Production I (3 cr) 
  • COM 123 – Digital Video Production I (3 cr) 
  • Three additional courses in Communications (9 cr), at least two of which (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level 

You may apply no more than 3 credits of COM 112, COM 115 or COM 116 – Dean Radio or Dean TV to their minor. 

With a minor in Creative Writing, you'll be introduced to the techniques of writing through analysis of works by class members and established writers. You'll work in both a private and writing workshop setting.

When you minor in Creative Writing, you will take courses in English, Communications and Theatre

  • ENG 101 – As Good As Your Word (3 cr) 
  • Five additional courses in Creative Writing (15 cr) from the following list, at least two (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level: 
    • ENG 220 – Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (3 cr) 
    • ENG 222 – Creative Writing: Fiction (3 cr) 
    • ENG 223 – Creative Writing: Poetry (3 cr) 
    • ENG 342 – Advanced Writers Workshop (3 cr) May be repeated for credit 
    • COM 332 – Advanced Media Writing (3 cr) 
    • THA 441 – Playwriting (3 cr) 

Minor in Dance to experience rigorous, well-rounded technical training with a purposeful liberal arts curriculum — ideal for those pursuing performance, choreography, teaching, studio management or other fields.

When you minor in Dance, you will take courses like: 

  • A minimum of three technique courses in Dance (3 cr)
  • Five additional courses in Dance (15 cr), two of which (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level 

Note: you cannot take more than six technique classes within the 18 allotted credits and must complete a placement audition prior to enrollment in technique classes. Space must also be available in these classes as dance majors have priority registration. 

Great writers and critical thinkers aren’t born; they’re taught. With a minor in English, you’ll study the masterworks of British and American literature. You’ll learn the craft and artistry of writing nonfiction and fiction, and you’ll develop the essential skills of critical questioning and creative self-expression.

When you minor in English, you will take courses like: 

  • ENG 101 – As Good As Your Word (3 cr) 
  • Three 200 level ENG courses (9 cr) 
  • Two 300 level ENG courses (6 cr)

History is more than what’s written in dusty textbooks. It’s a first-person account passed down from a 94-year-old World War II veteran, a new presidential biography based on recently discovered documents, and the ongoing process of research and analysis. With a minor in History, you will gain a broad understanding of the major forces and events of American and world history, the diversity of historical perspectives, and the research and analytical methods to make sense of it all.

When you minor in History, you will take courses like: 

  • Six courses in History (18 cr), at least two of which (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level 

Explore the profession of human services practice across a diverse range of settings and with various service populations. You will be introduced to the basic skills and duties of human service practitioners (e.g., interviewing, assessment and case management skills). Additional focus will be placed on the ethical and evidence-based delivery of services to clients and consumers in applied behavioral analysis, rehabilitation, recovery, life coaching, school and public agency settings. Explore your own interests and strengths in relation to the spectrum of practice settings presented over the course of the minor.

When you minor in Human Services, you will take courses in Sociology, Psychology, Business and Criminal Justice

  • SOC 113 – Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) 
  • PSY 111 – General Psychology (3 cr)
  • PSY 325 – Professional Orientation to the Human Services 
  • Three additional courses ( 9 cr) from the following list, at least one (3 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level:
  • BUS 245 – The Diverse Workforce (3 cr) 
  • BUS 346 – Negotiations (3 cr) 
  • CRM 110 – Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr) 
  • CRM/SOC 324 – Juvenile Justice (3 cr) 
  • PSY 202 – Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective (3 cr) 
  • PSY 211 – Child Development (3 cr) 
  • PSY 241 – Adolescent Development (3 cr) 
  • PSY 250 – Social Psychology (3 cr) 
  • PSY 310 – Family Psychology (3 cr)
  • PSY 320 – Counseling Psychology (3 cr) 
  • PSY 332 – Personality (3 cr) 
  • PSY 333 – Abnormal Psychology (3 cr) 
  • PSY 345 – Psychology of Extremism (3 cr) 
  • SOC 203 – Sociology of the Family (3 cr) 
  • SOC 225 – Health and Illness: A Sociological Perspective (3 cr) 
  • SOC 255 – Social Inequality and Stratification (3 cr) 
  • SOC 320 – Public and Applied Sociology (3 cr)  
  • SOC 345 – Drugs and Society (3 cr) 
  • SOC 350 – Social Movements and Collective Behaviors (3 cr) 

With a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications you will learn sales methods, audience measurement, demographics, advertising, promotions and public relations in traditional broadcast media, new media and social media.

When you minor in Integrated Marketing Communications, you will take courses in Business, Communications and Sociology

  • BUS 218 – Principles of Advertising (3 cr) 
  • BUS 235 – Principles of Marketing (3 cr) 
  • BUS 314 – Marketing Analytics (3 cr) 
  • BUS 350 – Sales and Relationship Management (3 cr) 
  • COM 202 – Integrated Marketing Communications (3 cr) 
  • SOC 355 – Consumer Culture (3 cr) 

A minor in Justice Studies is designed to familiarize you with the history, theory, practice and philosophy of the criminal justice system. The emphasis is on acquainting students with the various components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts and corrections) and their roles and functions in the criminal justice system and process. Through interactive lectures, class discussion, reflective writing assignments, film clip critiques and career exploration activities, students develop a solid foundation in the discipline.

When you minor in Justice Studies, you will take courses in Criminal Justice and Sociology

  • CRM 110 – Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr) 
  • Three additional courses in Criminal Justice (9 cr)
  • Two additional courses in Sociology (6 cr) at the 300 or 400 level 

A minor in Pre-Law is designed to prepare you with the core skills needed for success in law school, the job market and beyond. Upon completion of the Pre-Law minor, you will have gained the skills necessary to pursue a legal education.

When you minor Pre-Law, you will take courses in Criminal Justice, History, Sociology, Psychology, Communications, Business, Arts and Entertainment Management and Sport Management

  • CRM 231 – Courts and Criminal Procedure (3 cr) 
  • POL 211 – American Government (3 cr)
  • HIS 112 – U.S. History – 1865 to Present (3 cr)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CRM/SOC 205 – Criminology: Theories of Crime (3 cr) 
    • CRM 221 – Criminal Law (3 cr) 
    • HIS 111 – U.S. History to 1865 (3cr) 
    • PHL 115 – Ethics (3 cr) 
    • POL 215 – Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3 cr) 
    • SOC 113 – Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)
    • PSY 111 – Public Speaking (3 cr)  
  • Choose two of the following Upper-Division Law Courses: 
    • AMGT 317 – Arts and Entertainment Law (3 cr) 
    • BUS 346 – Negotiations (3 cr) 
    • SMGT 405 – Sport Law (3 cr) 
    • COM 417 – Media Law and Ethics (3 cr) 

Why do people behave the way they do? What leads to personality disorders? How can human behaviors be changed? These are just a few of the questions you’ll explore with a minor in Psychology at Dean College. You will learn how to understand and analyze problems, family relationships, workplace and institutional dynamics, and social trends that influence individual behavior.

When you minor in Psychology, you will take courses like:

  • PSY 111 – General Psychology (3 cr) 
  • Five additional courses in Psychology (15 cr), two of which (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level 

Sociologists attempt to answer some of the toughest questions facing society. Why do people commit crime? Why is there growing income equality between the rich and poor? Are we giving too much power to technology? A minor in Sociology from Dean College will equip you with the theoretical framework and research methods to answer these questions and more.

When you minor in Sociology, you will take courses like: 

  • SOC 113 – Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) 
  • Five additional courses in Sociology (15 cr), two of which (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level

Theatre has the power to build bridges and open hearts. And with a minor in Theatre from Dean College, you’ll have the hands-on experience and educational foundation to build a dynamic career in any aspect of the theatre world. From singing and acting to stage management and set design, the Theatre program at Dean College has it all.

When you minor in Theatre, you will take courses like: 

  • THA 101 – Introduction to Theatre I: The Curtain Rises ( 2 cr)
  • THA 113 – Basic Performance I (2 cr)
  • THA 131 – Production and Design I: Stagecraft (2 cr)
  • Twelve credits in additional courses in Theatre from the Following list, at least two (6 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level:
    • THA 114 – Basic Performance II (2 cr) 
    • THA 132 – Production and Deign II: Lighting (2 cr) 
    • THA 235 – Acting I: The Fundamentals of Truth (2 cr) 
    • THA 331 – Production and Design III: Costume and Make-up for the Stage (2 cr)
    • THA 231 – Basic Stage Management (3 cr) 
    • THA 341 – Theatre History and Literature II: Shakespeare to Ibsen (3 cr) 
    • THA 342 – Theatre History and Literature III: Modern and Contemporary Drama (3 cr) 
    • THA 361 – Musical Theatre Performance I: Fundamentals of Acting in Musical Theatre (2 cr)