Minors & Certificates

The College of Arts and Sciences offers 24 minor programs.

Minors

Descriptive Requirements and Information

African American Studies

This minor complements students who study in social, political, and economic fields. The elective hours require students to choose two courses in any field; the total hours must come from at least two areas: (a) arts, music, communication arts, (b) humanities, and (c) social sciences.  15 hours of course work are required.

Anthropology

The anthropology department offers a minor that includes coursework in both introductory and upper-level courses. Fifteen to 18 hours of coursework are required.

Astronomy

Students can obtain a minor in astronomy by successfully completing a 15-18 hours of selected courses. The minor is a good choice for students who are passionate about astronomy but are focusing on a different course of study and for students in related fields such as physics and environmental geosciences.

Chemistry

A chemistry minor complements any area of scientific study. Chemistry minors at Valdosta State must complete between 15 and 18 hours of coursework in introductory and upper-level chemistry courses.

Computer Science

The computer science minor requires 17 hours of coursework. The minor is a good complement to the mathematics or applied mathematics majors.

Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature

The minor in creative writing requires between 15 hours of course work.

English

The minor in literature and language requires between 15 and 18 hours of course work.

Environmental Studies

This minor provides an interdisciplinary minor requiring 18 hours of course work in the Humanities/Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

European Union Studies Certificate

While technically not a minor, this course of study requires 18 hours and a practicum requirement or overseas component. It is operated in conjunction with European university partners. 

French

The French minor can complement any major and is a good choice for students who want to gain proficiency in the language. 18 hours of coursework are required.

Geography

The geography minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the physical and cultural diversity of the earth. Students learn map techniques and spatial problem-solving skills. Fifteen to 17 credit hours are required.

Geology

The geology minor gives students a greater understanding of the characteristics and processes of the earth. The minor is a good choice for students in other major programs who may be considering working in areas involving energy, material resources or the environment. Fifteen to 17 hours of course work are required.

German

The German minor aims for students interested in business and foreign affairs residing in Germany and other European nations.  18 hours of coursework are required.

History

The history minor requires 15 hours of coursework in upper-level courses and is a good choice for students interested in learning more about certain periods in history.

Journalism

The minor in Journalism requires between 15-18 hours of course work.

Latin American Studies Certificate

The certificate requires a total of 18 credit hours. 

Legal Assistant Studies

The legal assistant studies minor is a good choice for students considering a career in criminal justice or related fields and for those in more theoretical majors such as philosophy or English who want a background in law. Eighteen hours of coursework are required.

Literature and Language

The minor requires between 15-18 hours.

Mathematics

The minor program in mathematics requires 16-17 hours of coursework, with required courses in the areas of calculus and set theory.

Native American Studies

The minor is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Native American cultures. It rrequires 15 hours of coursework. 

Philosophy

The philosophy minor complements a number of majors across the university and is a good choice for students with a keen interest in the discipline. Fifteen hours of coursework are required for each minor.

Physics

The physics minor is a good choice for students in other major programs who want to gain an understanding of fundamental physical principles. The minor complements several major programs, especially the astronomy major. Fifteen to 18 hours of coursework are required.

Political Science

Students in a variety of majors can benefit from a minor in political science. The minor is especially popular for students pursuing majors in English, criminal justice, history and sociology. Eighteen hours of coursework are required.

Professional Writing

The minor in professional writing requires between 15-18 hours of coursework.

Professional and Applied Ethics

This minor program can benefit students from a number of majors. The minor requires 15 hours of coursework, and a certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Public Administration

The public administration minor covers topics such as government regulations in defense, housing and environmental areas and is a good choice for students who are contemplating a career in government. Fifteen hours of coursework are required.

Religious Studies

Students interested in learning about Eastern and Western religious traditions will enjoy the religious studies minor. The minor requires 15 hours of coursework.

Sociology

A sociology minor complements a number of majors, particularly those that involve a future career in human services, human resources, community organization, program development, law and organizational management. Fifteen to 18 hours of coursework are required.

Spanish

The minor requires 18 credit hours. 

Spanish for Professionals Certificate

The certificate is designed for professionals working with the public. The program builds proficiency in the Spanish language with emphasis on professional situations that require knowledge of specialized vocabulary. It requires 12-18 credit hours online. 

TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

This certificate prepares majors to persue teaching opportunities with English Language Learners. This is a stand alone certificate (not a minor) and requires 18 credit hours. 

Women’s and Gender Studies

This minor provides students with a better understanding of the diversity of human though, experience, and interaction which is easily transferred to the real world. 15 hours of coursework are required, along with these courses: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST 3000), Feminist Theory (WGST 3100), and Women’s and Gender Studies Seminar (WGST 4400).