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Accounting Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about foundational topics relating to accounting practices.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in accounting requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All ACCT courses apply.

African American Studies Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about African American history and culture.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in African American studies requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from the following:

  • Any AASP courses
  • ENGL 363
  • ENGL 364
  • HIST 461
  • SOCY 423

It is recommended that you take AASP 201 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Art History Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to interpret and critically analyze architecture, sculpture, painting, and the arts.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in art history requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • ARTH 204
  • ARTH 334
  • ARTH 372
  • ARTH 373
  • ARTH 375

Art Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about art theory and practice in imagery, media, and composition.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in art requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • ARTT 110
  • ARTT 152
  • ARTT 210
  • ARTT 320
  • ARTT 428

Biology Minor

Through your coursework, you'll lay a foundation of scientific knowledge that can provide the basis for a career in the life sciences, allied health fields, bioinformatics, environmental management, science journalism, or science education.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in biology requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All BIOL courses apply.

Business Administration Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn principles and techniques to organize, plan, manage, and lead in various organizations.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in business administration requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, and MRKT courses apply.

It is recommended that you take BMGT 364 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Communication Studies Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn specialized skills in workplace communication, including written and oral communication skills, and a greater understanding of human interactions.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in communication studies requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All COMM, JOUR, SPCH, and WRTG courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take COMM 300 early in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Computer Science Minor

Through your coursework, you'll build foundational knowledge about designing and programming computer applications.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in computer science includes the completion of 15 credits of coursework, including the following two-course sequence in programming:

  • CMIS 141
  • CMIS 242

The remaining 9 credits may be chosen from any upper-level CMSC courses.

Contract Management and Acquisition Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about contract management principles and processes, including requirement gathering, federal contracting, and acquiring goods and services.

Courses in the Minor

The minor in contract management and acquisitions requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • BMGT 339
  • BMGT 482
  • BMGT 372
  • BMGT 375
  • ACCT 350

Criminal Justice Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about crime, law enforcement, courts, corrections, security, and investigative forensics.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in criminal justice requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All CCJS courses apply.

It is recommended that you take CCJS 100 or CCJS 105 as the first course in the major (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Cybersecurity Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about cyber security principles, current issues, and technologies.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in cybersecurity requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All CSIA and CMIT courses apply.

Digital Media and Web Technology Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the principles, best practices, and technologies that govern the design of digital media.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in digital media and web technology requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. You must complete either CMST 290 or CMST 295. The remaining credits may be chosen from any CMST courses.

Diversity Awareness Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about diversity in contemporary society from an interdisciplinary perspective conceptually grounded in social science.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in diversity awareness requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from the following courses:

  • ANTH 346
  • BEHS 220
  • BEHS 320
  • GERO 311
  • GERO 427
  • PSYC 338
  • PSYC 354
  • PSYC 357
  • SOCY 325
  • SOCY 423
  • SOCY 426
  • SPCH 324
  • SPCH 482

It is recommended that you take BEHS 220 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

East Asian Studies Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the culture, history, politics, and business of the Asian Pacific world.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in East Asian studies requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework, which must include ASTD 284 and ASTD 285. The remaining 9 credits can be chosen from the East Asian studies major requirements.

Economics Minor

Learn about the forces that determine production and distribution, price levels, and income distribution, as well as other economic factors that influence the quality of life.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in economics requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • ECON 305
  • ECON 306
  • ECON 430

Emergency Management Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about emergency management, including disaster planning, operations, and allocation of limited resources.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in emergency management requires the completion of the following courses:

  • EMGT 302
  • EMGT 304
  • EMGT 312
  • EMGT 308
  • EMGT 310

English Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to analyze literature, think critically, and analyze relationships between literature to contemporary issues.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in English requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • ENGL 240
  • ENGL 303
  • ENGL 310
  • ENGL 433
  • ENGL 406

Environmental Management Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about interdisciplinary and multimedia (air, water, land) environmental management and related issues on a fundamental, practical, and global level.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in environmental management requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from those listed in the requirements for the major in environmental management.

It is recommended that you take ENMT 301 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Finance Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the institutions, theory, and practice associated with private-sector financial resource allocation.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in finance requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All FINC courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take FINC 330 and FINC 340 as the first courses in the minor (if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements).

Fire Service Administration Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about disaster planning and the administration of fire-protection services, including the organization, planning, operating procedures, management, and allocation of limited resources.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in fire service administration requires the completion of the following courses:

  • FSCN 302
  • FSCN 304
  • FSCN 305
  • FSCN 413
  • FSCN 416

Forensics Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in forensics requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from those listed in the requirements for the major in investigative forensics.

It is recommended that you take CCJS 101 and CCJS 234 as the first courses in the minor (if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements).

Recommended First Class(es)

We recommend you take these class(es) first if you have not already applied the class or classes toward other degree requirements.

CCJS 101 and CCJS 234

Gerontology and Aging Services Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in gerontology and aging services requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. BEHS 380 and all GERO courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take GERO 100 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements).

Health Services Management Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in health services management requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from any HMGT courses and GERO 342.

It is recommended that you take HGMT 300 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

History Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in history requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework, as follows: 

  • A 100-level HIST course: Courses that count toward this requirement include
    • HIST 115
    • HIST 116
    • HIST 141
    • HIST 142
    • HIST 156
    • HIST 157
  • HIST 289
  • Any 9 credits in upper-level HIST courses

Homeland Security Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in homeland security requires the completion of the following courses:

  • HMLS 302
  • HMLS 406
  • HMLS 408
  • HMLS 414
  • HMLS 416

Human Resource Management Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in human resource management requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All HRMN courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take HRMN 300 and HRMN 400 for the minor (if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements).

Information Systems Management Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality information systems.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in information systems management requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All IFSM courses apply.

Law for Business Minor

Through your coursework, you'll build substantive knowledge and practical skills in select areas of law relevant to business.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in law for business requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from the following: 

  • BMGT 380
  • BMGT 381
  • COMM 400
  • HRMN 408
  • LGST 200
  • LGST 201
  • LGST 312
  • LGST 325
  • LGST 340

Marketing Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about marketing fundamentals and the emerging global marketplace.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in marketing requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All MRKT courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take MRKT 310 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Mathematical Sciences Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to solve mathematical problems and address complex and technical materials.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in mathematical sciences requires the completion of 18 credits of coursework in MATH courses numbered 140 or higher, including at least 3 credits at the 300 or 400 level. Courses may be chosen from the following: 

  • MATH 140
  • MATH 141
  • MATH 241
  • MATH 240
  • MATH 246
  • MATH 301

No more than two courses may satisfy requirements for both the major and the minor. Prerequisites apply for all courses.

Natural Science Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the science underlying natural phenomena—knowledge that can serve as a basis for a career in natural science, life science, physical science, allied health fields, bioinformatics, environmental management, science journalism, or science education.

Courses in the Minor 

A minor in natural science requires the completion of 17 credits of coursework chosen from any ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, and physics courses.

Personal Financial Planning Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn specialized skills in financial management and planning.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in personal financial planning requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • FINC 321
  • FINC 352
  • ACCT 323
  • FINC 355
  • FINC 490

As a personal financial planning minor, you will already have taken five of the six courses required to complete the Certified Financial Planner Board-approved course of study that will qualify you for the CFP exam. But you do not have to currently be enrolled at UMUC to take these classes. The CFP Board-approved course of study is available to any individual that is interested in earning the CFP certification. 

Recommended First Class(es)

We recommend you take these class(es) first if you have not already applied the class or classes toward other degree requirements.

  • We recommend taking FINC 321 and FINC 352 as the first two courses in the minor if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements.

Philosophy Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the relationships between personal opinions and the real-world issues faced by members of a pluralistic, open society.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in philosophy requires the completion of the following courses:

  • PHIL 100
  • PHIL 110
  • PHIL 304
  • PHIL 336
  • PHIL 348

Political Science Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about systems of politics and government, including concepts; theories; policies; and the role of government at local, state, and national levels in domestic and foreign settings.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in political science requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All GVPT courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take GVPT 100, GVPT 101, or GVPT 170 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Psychology Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the nature of human behavior, including the biological basis of behavior; perception, memory, and cognition; the influence of environmental and social forces on the individual; lifespan development and adjustment; research methods; and statistical analysis.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in psychology requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework as follows:

  • PSYC 100, PSYC 300, or STAT 200
  • PSYC 301, PSYC 310, or PSYC 341
  • PSYC 321, PSYC 351, or PSYC 354
  • PSYC 335, PSYC 353, or PSYC 436
  • Any additional PSYC course

Public Safety Administration Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the principles of strategic planning, risk management, public policy, and ethical issues related to public safety administration.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in public safety administration requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All PSAD courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take PSAD 302 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to start and operate a successful small business and look for opportunities to create patterns of innovation within your organization. This minor is a great fit for those who are planning to start or manage a small business, such as a family-owned business, a franchise, a virtual business, or a home enterprise.

Courses in the Minor 

A minor in small business management and entrepreneurship requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • BMGT 302
  • BMGT 330
  • BMGT 335
  • BMGT 364
  • FINC 328

Sociology Minor

Courses in the Minor 

A minor in sociology requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All SOCY courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take SOCY 100 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Speech Communication Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to develop your communication skills as you build a greater understanding of human interaction in a variety of personal and professional contexts.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in speech communication requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All SPCH and COMM courses apply, but at least 9 credits must be earned in SPCH courses. 

It is recommended that you take COMM 300 and SPCH 100 as the first courses for the minor (if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements).

Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the principal components involved in protecting public and private critical infrastructure from acts of terrorism.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in terrorism and critical infrastructure requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from the following courses: 

  • CCJS 341
  • CCJS 390
  • GVPT 406
  • GVPT 407
  • GVPT 408
  • GVPT 409
  • HIST 392
  • HMLS 302
  • HMLS 406
  • HMLS 408

Women's Studies Minor

Through interdisciplinary coursework, you'll learn about the history, status, and experiences of women.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in women's studies requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from the following courses: 

  • Any WMST courses
  • BEHS 220
  • BEHS 343
  • BEHS 453
  • GERO 311
  • HIST 377
  • PSYC 338
  • SOCY 325
  • SOCY 443
  • SOCY 462
  • SPCH 324

It is recommended that you take WMST 200 as the first course for the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Requirements for All Minors

  • Classes that are applied toward general education or major degree requirements cannot be applied toward the minor (except for the mathematical sciences minor)
  • At least 9 credits must be earned in upper-level classes numbered 300 or above (except for the mathematical sciences minor)
  • You cannot pursue a major and minor in the same area
  • You cannot earn more than one minor
  • At least half the credits earned within the minor must be upper level (unless otherwise specified) and must be earned through UMUC
  • No grade can be lower than C
  • See course descriptions for prerequisites

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