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Formal minors provide recognition of a degree-seeking student’s knowledge in a discipline outside his or her major. The minors below list courses to fulfill the various minor requirements which are currently offered through Global Campus. For information about minors and other courses that can be used to fulfill minor requirements visit the WSU Catalog.

In order to pursue a minor a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be admitted to a major
  2. Complete a minimum of 16 semester hours
  3. Complete at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework (300/400-level courses) at WSU
  4. Meet additional GPA, credit, courses, and other specific requirements as outlined for the minor listed below or in the WSU Catalog

Aging Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

This minor is ideal for students who are currently working on a Human Development or Social Sciences degree, and who have satisfied the necessary prerequisites for courses required for the minor.

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.

An asterisk (*) indicates courses not offered through WSU Global Campus.


  • Required (12 credits)
    • BIOLOGY 140 [BSCI] – Introduction to Nutritional Science
    • H_D 308 – Adult Development
      OR
      H_D 405 – Gerontology
    • SOC 351 [DIVR] – The Family
      OR
      SOC 356 – Sociology of Aging and the Life Course*
    • PSYCH 363 – Psychology of Aging
      OR
      PSYCH 490 – Cognition and Memory
  • Choose two courses from the following (6 credits)
    • H_D 301 – Family Stress and Coping
    • H_D 360 – Death and Dying
    • H_D 405 – Gerontology
    • MGMT 301 – Principles of Management and Organization

American Indian Studies Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.


  • Required courses; choose three from the following (9 credits)
    • ANTH/AIS 320 [DIVR] – Native Peoples of North America
    • CES 171 [SSCI] – Introduction to Indigenous Studies
    • HISTORY 308 [DIVR] – North American Indian History, Precontact to Present
    • HISTORY/POL_S/ANTH 410 – History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law
  • Elective courses; choose three from the following (9 credits)
    • CES 379 – Indigenous Film
    • FINE_ART 301 – Arts of Native North America
    • CES 271/MUS 265 [HUM] – Native Music of North America
    • ANTH/AIS 327 [DIVR] – Contemporary Native Peoples of the Americas
    • HISTORY 410 – History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law

Anthropology

Required (18 semester hour credits)

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.


A minor in anthropology requires a minimum of 18 credits in anthropology courses, including three of the following courses:

  • ANTH 101 [DIVR] – Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 203 [DIVR] – Global Cultural Diversity
  • ANTH 230 – Archaeological Methods and Interpretation
  • ANTH 260 [BSCI] – Introduction to Biological Anthropology (4 credits)

At-Risk Youth Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor. 

The at-risk youth minor prepares students to work with youth by focusing on coursework in youth and society, delinquency, and social control. It will complement the training of students in various academic focuses by helping them understand youth in their social context, and the pressures that contribute to delinquent and deviant behavior.


  • Required (12 credits)
    • SOC 352 – Youth and Society
    • SOC 360 – Social Deviance
    • SOC 362 – Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 368 – Drugs and Society
  • Electives (6 credits)
    • SOC 346 – Sociology of Education (not offered online)
    • SOC 351 [DIVR] – The Family
    • SOC 361 [DIVR] – Criminology
    • SOC 367/CRIM_J 365 – Juvenile Justice and Corrections

Biology Minor

Required (20 semester hour credits)

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

An asterisk (*) indicates courses not offered through WSU Global Campus.


  • Required (12 credits)
    • BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI] – Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology (4 credits)*
    • BIOLOGY 107 [BSCI] – Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics (4 credits)*
    • BIOLOGY/MBIOS 301 – General Genetics (4 credits)
  • Choose 8 credits from the following courses offered through WSU Global Campus
    • BIOLOGY 330 – Principles of Conservation
    • BIOLOGY 372 [M] – General Ecology (4 credits)
    • BIOLOGY 393 [M] – Professional Communications in Biology (2 credits)
    • BIOLOGY 405 – Principles of Organic Evolution
    • BIOLOGY 475 – Systems Biology of Reproduction
    • BIOLOGY 499 – Special Problems (variable credits, maximum of 2 can be applied to this minor)

Business Administration Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

Note: Students who wish to pursue a business administration minor must be pursuing a major outside the Carson College of Business. If you are admitted to a business major, you may earn a minor in Hospitality Business Management.

To be admitted into the Business Administration minor, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete 27 credits
  • WSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and not on academic probation

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.

Up to 6 credits may be transferred from another institution. 

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.


A minor in Business Administration requires a minimum of 18 credits of coursework, including the following:

  • ACCTG 230 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • 9 credits of upper-division (300/400-level) College of Business courses (excluding 498 and 499 courses)
  • Additional Carson College of Business courses to meet the 18 semester hour credit requirement. Acceptable courses can be from the following disciplines: ACCTG, ENTRP, FIN, I_BUS, MGMT, MGTOP, MIS, MKTG

Beginning Fall Semester 2021, the requirements for the minor in Business Administration will be as follows:

A minor in Business Administration requires a minimum of 18 credits in Business Administration courses (ACCTG, ENTRP, FIN, I_BUS, MGMT, MGTOP, MIS, MKTG), including the following courses offered through WSU Global Campus:

  • B_A 100 – Introduction to Business
  • ACCTG 230 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 301 – Principles of Management and Organization
    OR
    HBM 381 [M] – Hospitality Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Business Economics Minor

Required (18 ECONS credit hours, 9 of which must be 300/400-level)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required over all of the courses used to fulfill this minor.


  • Required (18 credits)
    • ECONS 101 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Microeconomics
    • ECONS 102 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
    • ECONS 320 – Money and Banking
    • ECONS 321 – Economics of Sports in America
      OR
      ECONS 305 – Intermediate Microeconomics without Calculus
    • ECONS 327 – International Trade and Finance
    • ECONS 404 – Economics for Managers (offered Summer only)

Communication Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

To be admitted to the minor, students must have earned 60 semester credits and have a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain in the minor.

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.


  • 18 credits in course work offered in COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, or COMSTRAT courses
  • Students may seek approval for one course to count toward the minor through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange

Criminal Justice Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A minimum of 9 credits must be upper-division (300/400-level).

No course for the minor may be taken on a pass/fail basis.


  • Required (3 credits)
    • CRM_J 101 [SSCI] – Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice
  • Choose five courses from the following offered through WSU Global Campus (15 credits)
    • CRM_J 201 – Introduction to Criminological Theory
    • CRM_J 205 [DIVR] – Realizing Justice in a Multicultural Society
    • CRM_J 320 – Criminal Law
    • CRM_J 330 – Crime Control Policies
    • CRM_J 365 – Juvenile Justice and Corrections
    • CRM_J 370 – Policing and Society
    • CRM_J 380 – Criminal Courts in America
    • CRM_J 385 – Institutional Corrections
    • CRM_J 400 [M] – Special Topics in Criminal Justice and Criminology
    • CRM_J 403 [CAPS] – Violence Toward Women
    • CRM_J 405 [M] – Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • CRM_J 420 [M] – Criminal Procedure
    • CRM_J 450 [M] – Senior Seminar: Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

Economics Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required over all of the courses used to fulfill this minor.


  • Required (18 credits)
    • ECONS 101 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Microeconomics
    • ECONS 102 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
    • ECONS 302 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
    • ECONS 320 – Money and Banking
    • ECONS 301 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory with Calculus
      OR
      ECONS 305 – Intermediate Microeconomics without Calculus
    • Two 300/400-level ECONS electives are required
      • Only three hours of ECONS 497 or 499 may be used to fulfill the upper-division ECONS electives requirement

English Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses used to fulfill the minor.

Note: Because WSU undergraduates take either ENGLISH 101 or 198 as graduation requirements, these courses may not be used for the minor in English.


  • Required (3 credits):
    • ENGLISH 302 [M] – Introduction to English Studies
  • Choose at least 15 ENGLISH semester credits (excluding ENGLISH 101 and 198), 6 of which must be 300/400-level 

Environmental Science Minor

Required (16 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.


  • Required courses (7 credits)
    • SOE 110 [BSCI] – The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability (4 credits)
    • SOE 444 – Environmental Assessment
  • Choose three courses from the following (9 credits)
    • BIOLOGY 372 [M] – General Ecology (4 credits)
    • SOE 210 [PSCI] – Earth’s History and Evolution (4 credits)
    • SOE 285 – The Science and Policy of Climate Change
    • SOE 450 [M] – Conservation Biology
    • SOE 454 [CAPS] [M] – Restoration Ecology
    • SOIL_SCI 374 – Introduction to Remote Sensing

Film Studies Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

All core courses must be taken at WSU.


  • Required core courses (9 credits)
    • FOR_LANG 110 [DIVR] – Introduction to Global Film
    • PHIL 210 [HUM] – Philosophy in Film
    • SOC 372 – The Sociology of Film
  • Choose three courses from the following (9 credits)
    • CES 379 – Indigenous Film
    • COM 210 [COMM] – Multimedia Content Creation
    • DTC 355 [M] – Multimedia Authoring
    • DTC/AMER_ST 475 [DIVR] – Digital Diversity

History Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A grade of C or better is required in all courses.


  • Choose at least 18 HISTORY credits, 9 of which must be 300/400-level

Hospitality Business Management Minor

HBM Minor Certification Requirements

To be admitted to the HBM minor, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete 27 semester credits
  • WSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and not on academic probation

The minor in hospitality business management requires a minimum of 19 credits of coursework, including:

  • ACCTG 230 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • 9 credits of upper-division (300/400-level) HBM courses (excluding 498 and 499 courses)
  • 6 credits of College of Business courses at any level
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50 in courses required for the HBM minor
  • A minimum of 9 credits of upper-division coursework (300/400-level) must be taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses
  • Up to 6 credits may be transferred from another institution.

In addition, students must complete 400 hours of internship/industry experience to earn the minor. In order for hours to count for the requirement, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Hours must be worked after high-school graduation;
  • All hours must be documented as paid;
  • Hours must be worked at a company whose primary source of revenue is derived from hospitality services; and
  • The employer evaluation for the hours must reflect an average of 80% across the ratings criteria on the form.

Human Development Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A cumulative GPA of 2.6 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.


  • Required (9 credits)
    • H_D 101 [SSCI] – Human Development Across the Lifespan or transfer equivalent
    • H_D 204 [SSCI] – Family Interactions
    • H_D 220 – Human Development Theories
  • Choose an additional 9 H_D credits from the following list
    • H_D 300 – Child Maltreatment
    • H_D 301 – Family Stress and Coping
    • H_D 302 – Parent-Child Relationships
    • H_D 306 – Child Development
    • H_D 307 – Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
    • H_D 308 – Adult Development
    • H_D 341 – Guidance in Early Childhood Programs
    • H_D 350 [DIVR] – Family Diversity
    • H_D 360 – Death and Dying
    • H_D 403 [CAPS] – Families in Poverty
    • H_D 405 – Gerontology
    • H_D 406 – Work and Family
    • H_D 408 – Advanced Adolescent Development
    • H_D 482 – Child Assessment and Evaluation
    • H_D 485 – Participation in Human Development Research (maximum of 3 credits)

Human Resource Management Minor

Note: Students who wish to pursue a human resource management minor must be pursuing a major outside the Carson College of Business.

Required (18 semester hour credits)

In addition:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor
  • Up to 6 credits may be transferred from another institution

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.


  • Required (15 credits)
    • MGTOP 215 – Business Statistics (4 credits)
      OR
      PSYCH 311 [QUAN] – Statistics in Psychology (4 credits)
    • MGMT 301 – Principles of Management and Organization
    • MGMT 450 – Personnel and Human Resources Management
    • MGMT 455 – Recruiting and Hiring Human Capital
    • MGMT 456 [M] – Evaluating and Rewarding Employees
  • Choose one course from the following
    • H_D 205 [COMM] – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills (4 credits)
    • MIS 250 – Managing Information Technology

Political Science Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A minimum of 12 credits must be taken from WSU.

A GPA of 2.0 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.


  • Required (9 credits)
    • POL_S 101 [SSCI] – American National Government
    • POL_S 102 [SSCI] – Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • POL_S 103 [SSCI] – International Politics
  • Choose 9 POL_S 300/400-level credits

Psychology Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.


  • Required
    • PSYCH 105 [SSCI] – Introductory Psychology
  • Electives
    • PSYCH 311 [QUAN] – Statistics in Psychology (statistics strongly recommended; 4 credits)
    • Various upper division (300/400-level) PSYCH courses

Sociology Minor

Required (18 semester hour credits)

All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required in all courses used to fulfill this minor.


  • Required (6 credits)
    • SOC 101 [SSCI] – Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 320 – Introduction to Social Research
      OR
      SOC 317 [M] – Research Methods in Sociology*

    *Global Campus student approved substitution

  • Choose 12 SOC credits, 9 of which must be 300/400-level

Soil Science Minor

Required (16 semester hour credits)

Sixteen credits in soil science are required, at least 9 of which must be in 300/400-level courses taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.


  • Required
    • SOIL_SCI 201 [BSCI] – Soil: A Living System
    • One credit of Soil Science-related experiential learning: SOIL_SCI 495 – Research Experience, SOIL_SCI 498 – Professional Internship, or SOIL_SCI 499 – Special Problems

Contact the soil science advisor for other soil science options.