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Minors

Minor Codes 2014

Advertising and Public Relations

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The advertising and public relations minor prepares students to analyze audiences, write advertising copy, prepare press releases, select media, and manage broad-scaled persuasive campaigns. Students are grounded in the basic theories of persuasive communication enabling them to create persuasive messages with a strong emphasis on ethical decision-making. This minor is closed to students majoring in advertising and public relations, communication, or journalism.

Course
Required Course
COMM-305 Persuasion
Choose one of the following:
   COMM-211    Princples of Advertising 
   COMM-212    Public Relations
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
   COMM-202    Mass Communications
   COMM-221    Public Relations Writing
   COMM-321    Copywriting and Visualization
   COMM-303    Small Group Communication
   COMM-322    Campaign Management and Planning
   COMM-341    Visual Communication

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher

American Art

The American art minor provides students with an opportunity to study the American arts in a variety of disciplines, including painting, architecture, film, photography, music, theatre, and mass media. Each course presents American art within the context of the broader current of American life, including its history, philosophy, social, and cultural traditions.

Course
Electives
Choose five courses from the following:*
Visual culture
   FNRT-206    Queer Looks
   FNRT-370    American Painting
   FNRT-371    African-American Art
   FNRT-372    American Film of the Studio Era
   FNRT-373    American Film Since the Sixties
   FNRT-374    Art in the Age of the New Deal
   FNRT-377    Imag(in)ing Rochester
   FNRT-378    Memory, Memorials, and Monuments
   FNRT-383    Traumatic Images
   FNRT-384    Art of Dying
Performing arts
   FNRT-201    Music in the U.S.
   FNRT-203    American Popular and Rock Music
   FNRT-322    Survey of Jazz
   FNRT-323    Survey of African-American Music
   FNRT-324    Sounds of Protest
   FNRT-325    American Popular Song
   FNRT-327    American Musical Theatre
Literature
   ENGL-411    Topics in American Literature
   ENGL-412    American Studies
   ENGL-413    African-American Literature

* Students must take at least one course in each of the three disciplines.

American History

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters. However, a minor in history is now available.

 

American Politics

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The American politics minor studies the basic principles and institutions of the American political order and their implications for current political practice. The strengths and limitations of American constitutionalism are emphasized throughout and contemporary political and policy questions facing the country are examined. This minor is closed to students majoring in political science.

Course
Required Courses
POLS-110 American Politics
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   POLS-200    Law and Society
   POLS-250    State and Local Politics
   POLS-290    Politics and the Life Sciences
   POLS-295    Cyberpolitics
   POLS-305    Political Parties and Voting
   POLS-310    The Congress
   POLS-315    The American Presidency
   POLS-320    American Foreign Policy
   POLS-345    Politics and Public Policy
   POLS-355    Political Leadership
   POLS-415    Evolution and Law
   POLS-420    Primate Politics
   POLS-425    Constitutional Law
   POLS-430    Constitutional Rights and Liberties
   POLS-435    American Political Thought
   POLS-460    Classical Constitutionalism, Liberty and Equality
   POLS-465    Modern Constitutionalism, Liberty and Equality
   POLS-480    Women in Politics
   POLS-485    Politics Through Fiction
   POLS-490    Politics Through Film
   POLS-525
   Special Topics in Political Science

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

American Sign Language and Deaf Cultural Studies

Matt Searls, Minor Adviser
(585) 286-4657, jmsdhd@rit.edu

Cindy Sanders, Minor Adviser
(585) 286-5149, casnss@rit.edu

The American sign language and deaf cultural studies minor offers students the opportunity to study in the emerging field of Deaf cultural studies. Courses in the minor address topics in the field of ASL and DCS including the study of ASL and its structure, ASL literature, literature in English pertaining to the D/deaf experience, the history of D/deaf people in America and around the world, Deaf art and cinema, the experience of D/deaf people from racial, ethnicm and other minority groups, oppression in the lives D/deaf people, and various political, legal, and educational issues affecting members of the D/deaf community. The minor requires students to achieve a minimal level of competence in ASL and complete at least one course in Deaf Cultural Studies.

The minor has two options: one for students who are not proficient in ASL and one for those who are. While at least one course must be a deaf cultural studies elective, students are free to structure the minor to fulfill their professional or personal goals:

  • Students who want to focus their studies on ASL should choose at least two language courses as electives.
  • Students who want to emphasize Deaf Cultural Studies should choose three or four DCS elective courses depending on their proficiency in ASL.
  • Students who prefer a balance of ASL and DCS courses may distribute their electives across ASL and DCS in a manner consistent with their ASL proficiency and course prerequisites.

Students majoring in ASL-English Interpretation may only pursue the minor is they choose to emphasize courses that focus on deaf cultural studies; they are not permitted to register for ASL courses.

Course
Required Courses
Option 1: For students who are not proficient in ASL:
MLAS-201 Beginning American Sign Language I
MLAS-202 Beginning American Sign Language II
 
Option 2: For students who are proficient in ASL, choose one of the following:
   MLAS-351    Linguistics of American Sign Language
   MLAS-352    American Sign Language Literature
Electives
Choose three or four of the following:
Language courses:
   MLAS-301    Intermediate Sign Language I
   MLAS-302    Intermediate Sign Language II
   MLAS-351    Linguistics of American Sign Language
   MLAS-352    American Sign Language Literature
   MLAS-401    Advanced American Sign Language I
   MLAS-402    Advanced American Sign Language II
Deaf cultural studies courses:
   ENGL-417    Deaf Literature
   FNRT-440    Deaf Art and Cinema
   HIST-230    American Deaf History
   HIST-231    Deaf People in Global Perspective
   HIST-330    Deaf People and Technology
   HIST-333    Diversity in the Deaf Community
   HIST-334    Oppression in the Lives of Deaf People
   HIST-335    Women and the Deaf Community
   SOCI-240    Deaf Culture in America

Applied Communication

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor was not converted to semesters. However, a minor in communication is available.

 

Archaeological Science

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

Archaeological science is the application of techniques from the physical sciences to research problems in archaeology and related disciplines. Over the past six decades archaeological science has provided powerful tools for understanding the past, ranging from absolute dating to bone chemistry. It has become an established sub-field within the discipline of archaeology, which itself has grown during the same period from a discipline largely focused on cultural history (the use of artifacts to reconstruct regional cultural sequences) and the validation of documentary history to the explanation of the processes of cultural change in the past. This minor is closed to students majoring in sociology and anthropology who have chosen the archaeology or cultural anthropology tracks.

Course
Required Courses
ANTH-103 Archaeology and the Human Past
ANTH-415 Archaeological Science
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
Disciplinary
   ANTH-230    Great Discoveries in Archaeology
   ANTH-250    Themes in Archaeological Research
   ANTH-255    Regional Archaeology
   ANTH-315    Archaeology of Cities
   ANTH-355    Historic Archaeology
Applied/Laboratory
   ANTH-215    Field Methods in Archaeology
   ANTH-360    Humans and Their Environment
   ANTH-375    Native American Repatriation
   ANTH-420    Exploring Ancient Technology
   ANTH-440    Survey of Metallurgy
   ANTH-435    Garbage Archaeology

* At least one course must be selected from each group and at least one course must be 300-level or higher.

Art History

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters.

Communication

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The communication minor offers students a foundation in human communication theories, research, and skills. This minor is closed to students majoring in advertising and public relations, communication, or journalism.

Course
Electives
Choose three of the following:
   COMM-201    Public Speaking
   COMM-202    Mass Communications
   COMM-302    Interpersonal Communication
   COMM-303    Small Group Communication
   COMM-304    Intercultural Communication
   COMM-305    Persuasion
   COMM-341    Visual Communication
   COMM-342    Communication Law and Ethics
Choose two of the following:  
   COMM-343    Technology-Mediated Communication
   COMM-344    Health Communication
   COMM-345    Ethics in Technical Communication
   COMM-442    Professional Writing
   COMM-503    Advanced Public Speaking

Communication and Culture

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor was not converted to semesters. However, a minor in communication is available.

 

Creative Writing

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The creative writing minor provides theoretical and historical background to assist students as they develop their own creative writing abilities.

Course
Electives
Choose three of the following:
   ENGL-440    Poetry Workshop
   ENGL-441    Fiction Workshop
   ENGL-442    Creative Nonfiction Workshop
   ENGL-443    Editing the Literary Magazine
   ENGL-511    Advanced Creative Writing*
Choose two of the following:
   ENGL-301    Art of Poetry
   ENGL-302    The Short Story
   ENGL-403    The Novel
   ENGL-408    Modern Poetry
   ENGL-420    Science Fiction
   ENGL-376    Experimental Writing

* Students in the creative writing minor have the option to take one of the creative writing courses and then take Advanced Creative Writing (ENGL-542) twice in order to complete an extended writing project.

Criminal Justice

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The minor in criminal justice provides a foundation in the formal process of social control through the criminal justice system, including how behavior is defined as criminal, how crime is measured, and how society responds to crime through law enforcement, courts, and corrections. This minor is closed to students majoring in criminal justice.

Course
Required Courses
CRIM-110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Electives
Choose four of the following:
   CRIM-210    Technology in Criminal Justice
   CRIM-220    Corrections
   CRIM-230    Juvenile Justice
   CRIM-240    Law Enforcement in Society
   CRIM-260    Courts
   CRIM-275    Crime and Violence
   CRIM-285    Minority Groups in the Criminal Justice System
   CRIM-489    Major Issues in Criminal Justice

Digital Literatures and Media

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

Digital technologies are changing all aspects of how we read and analyze texts and how we access and conceptualize information. Through this minor, students read and analyze traditional texts produced in print, and non-traditional texts created specifically for online environments (e.g., electronic poetry, games, social media). This minor provides an entry point into investigating particular aspects of the digital and its relation to the literary. The minor examines the cultural and social impact of new technologies and offers students access to these technologies for application to new questions for study and new methods of creation.

Course
Required Courses
Choose one of the following:
   ENGL-481    Introduction to Natural Language Processing
   FNRT-356    Interactive Design for Museums
   IGME-110    Introduction to Interactive Media
   ISTE-105    Web Foundations
   ISTE-382    Introduction To Geospatial Technologies
Electives
Choose four of the following:
   ENGL-215    Text and Code
   ENGL-375    Storytelling Across Media
   ENGL-403    The Novel
   ENGL-409    Mythology and Literature
   ENGL-410    Film Studies
   ENGL-418    Great Authors*
   ENGL-419    Literature and Technology
   ENGL-420    Science Fiction
   ENGL-421    The Graphic Novel

* With adviser approval.

Economics

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

An economics minor provides a systematic analysis of economic issues through the study of the allocation of scarce resources into production and the distribution of production among the members of society. This minor is closed to students majoring in economics.

Course
Prerequisite
Choose one of the following:
   ECON-101    Principles of Microeconomics
   ECON-101H    Honors Economics
Required Course
ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics
Electives
Theory and policy
Choose two or three of the following:
   ECON-401    Intermediate Microeconomics Theory
   ECON-402    Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
   ECON-405    International Trade and Finance
   ECON-406    Global Economic Issues
   ECON-407    Industrial Organization
   ECON-420    Environmental Economics
   ECON-421    Natural Resource Economics
   ECON-422    Benefit-Cost Analysis
   ECON-430    Managerial Economics
   ECON-431    Monetary Analysis and Policy
   ECON-440    Urban Economics
   ECON-441    Labor Economics
   ECON-444    Public Finance
   ECON-445    History of Economic Thought
   ECON-448    Development Economics
   ECON-449    Comparative Economic Systems
   ECON-450    Health Care Economics
   ECON-451    Economics of Women and the Family
   ECON-452    Economics of native America
Quantitative
Choose one or two of the following:
   ECON-403    Econometrics I
   ECON-404    Mathematical Methods: Economics
   ECON-410    Game Theory: Economic Applications

Environmental Studies

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

With an emphasis on sustainability and holistic thinking, the environmental studies minor provides students with opportunities for the in-depth analysis of global and regional environmental issues, their causes, and their potential solutions. In particular, a required 500-level seminar serves as a capstone experience, helping students to integrate knowledge from several disciplinary perspectives, including socio-cultural, historical, political, economic, ethical, scientific, and/or technological factors. Having completed the minor, students will possess a high level of environmental literacy, an important component of many professional fields within the sciences, engineering, law, journalism, and public affairs.

Course
Required Course
STSO-510 Seminar in Science, Technology and Society
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   STSO-120    Introduction to Environmental Studies
   STSO-220    Environment and Society
   STSO-321    Face of the Land 
   STSO-325    History of Environmental Science
   STSO-326    History of Ecology and Environmentalism
   STSO-330    Energy and the Environment
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy
   STSO-489    Special Topics in STS
   STSO-521    Biodiversity
   STSO-522    Great Lakes
   STSO-550    Sustainable Communities
   PUBL-530    Energy Policy
   ECON-420    Environmental Economics
   ECON-421    Natural Resource Economics
   HIST-345    Environmental Disasters
   PHIL-308    Environmental Philosophy
   SOCI-320    Population and Society

* At least one elective must be at the 300 level or higher.

European History

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters. However, a minor in history is now available.

Film Studies

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

Film studies explores the role of cinema in the contemporary global culture. Using methodologies and perspectives from a variety of disciplines, such as English, anthropology, philosophy, fine arts/visual culture, political science, history, and modern languages, the film studies minor investigates cinema’s mass appeal as a form of entertainment, but also the power it wields to disseminate ideas, history, values, aesthetics, behavior, and cultural norms. This minor is closed to students majoring in film and animation.

Course
Electives
Choose five of the following:
   ANTH-265    Native Americans in Film
   ANTH-430    Visual Anthropology
   FNRT-200    Anime
   FNRT-372    American Film of the Studio Era
   FNRT-373    American Film Since the Sixties
   FNRT-440    Deaf Art and Cinema
   ENGL-410    Film Studies
   ENGL-425    Global Cinemas
   HIST-450    Modern Japan in History, Fiction, and Film
   HIST-275    Screening the Trenches: The History of World War I through Film
   MLFR-351    French Films and Hollywood
   MLSP-352    Caribbean Cinema
   PHIL-313    Philosophy of Film
   POLS-490    Politics through Film

Global Literatures and Cultures

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The global literatures and cultures minor offers a rich variety of courses for students curious about global literatures and the different forms they take across cultures, from epic poetry to contemporary film. Students examine aspects of globalization and the human condition through mutiple cultural lenses, better preparing them for the complex global workplace of the 21st century. Given the diverse, international backgrounds of our faculty, students learn how literary imaginations of all types are transmitted across historical epochs and national boundaries using a range of old and new material technologies.

Course
Required Course
ENGL-416 Global Literatures
Electives
Choose four of the following:
   ENGL-391    Special Topics: Dangerous Texts
   ENGL-406    Shakespeare: Tragedies
   ENGL-407    Shakespeare: Comedies
   ENGL-409    Mythology and Literature
   ENGL-411    American Literature
   ENGL-413    African-American Literature
   ENGL-415    British Literature
   ENGL-418    Great Authors
   ENGL-421    The Graphic Novel
   ENGL-461    Latin American Literature
   ENGL-470    The Evolving English Language

Historical Perspectives on Science and Technology

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters.

History

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

A minor in history serves as a complement to any major of study, as historical study at the college level hones the skills that are important to any well-trained professional, namely effective writing, critical analysis, engaged reading, and logical thinking. Students can shape the history minor by choosing a geographic area of study (e.g.: American, European, or Asian history) or a historical topic (e.g.: transnational history, comparative history, war, business, race, or gender).

Course
Electives
Choose five of the following:*
   HIST-101    Making History
   HIST-102    Themes in U.S. History
   HIST-103    The City in History
   HIST-160    History of Modern East Asia
   HIST-170    Twentieth Century Europe
   HIST-190    American Women’s History
   HIST-191    History of the Family in the U.S.
   HIST-201    Histories of Globalization
   HIST-210    Introduction to African Studies
   HIST-221    Introduction to Public History
   HIST-230    American Deaf History
   HIST-231    Deaf People in Global Perspective
   HIST-238    History of Disability
   HIST-240    Civil War America
   HIST-245    American Slavery and Freedom
   HIST-250    Origins of U.S. Foreign Relations
   HIST-251    Modern U.S. Foreign Relations
   HIST-252    The United States and Japan
   HIST-260    History of Pre-modern China
   HIST-261    History of Modern China
   HIST-265    History of Modern Japan
   HIST-266    History of Pre-modern Japan
   HIST-270    History of Modern France
   HIST-275    Screening the Trenches: WWI
   HIST-280    History of Modern Germany
   HIST-290    U.S. History Since 1945
   HIST-301    Great Debates in U.S. History
   HIST-302    Special Topics in History
   HIST-310    African Slave Trade
   HIST-321    Special Topics in Public History
   HIST-322    Monuments and Memory
   HIST-323    America’s National Parks
   HIST-324    Oral History
   HIST-325    Museums and History
   HIST-326    Doing History in a Digital World
   HIST-330    Deaf People and Technology
   HIST-333    Diversity in the Deaf Community
   HIST-335    Women and the Deaf Community
   HIST-345    Environmental Disasters
   HIST-350    Terrorism, Intelligence, and War
   HIST-365    Conflict in Modern East Asia
   HIST-369    Histories of Christianity
   HIST-380    International Business History
   HIST-381    Tech in the Modern World
   HIST-390    Medicine and Public Health in the US
   HIST-402    Special Seminar in History
   HIST-421    Hands-on History
   HIST-439    Biography as History
   HIST-450    Modern Japan in History, Fiction, and Film
   HIST-462    East-West Encounters 
   HIST-465    Samurai in Word and Image
   HIST-470    Science, Tech, Euro Imperialis
   HIST-480    Global Information Age

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

International Relations

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The international relations minor exposes students to the fundamental concepts and approaches of international relations. Issues of conflict, cooperation, continuity, and change are explained through a variety of subjects and case studies. This minor is closed to students majoring in political science.

Course
Required Course
POLS-120 Introduction to International Relations
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   POLS-210    Comparative Politics
   POLS-220    Global Political Economy
   POLS-315    International Law and Organizations
   POLS-320    American Foreign Policy
   POLS-330    Human Rights in Global Perspective
   POLS-335    Politics of Developing Countries
   POLS-350    Government and Politics of East Asia
   POLS-410    Evolutionary International Relations
   POLS-440    War and the State
   POLS-445    Terrorism and Political Violence
   POLS-455    Comparative Public Policy
   POLS-525    Special Topics in Political Science

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Journalism

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The journalism minor provides students with a foundation in the professional study and practice of journalism. It provides a broad perspective that includes an introduction to mediated communication; historical, legal, and ethical issues of specific concern to journalism; and learning and practice in writing in a journalistic style. This minor is closed to students majoring in advertising and public relations, communication, or journalism.

Course
Required Courses
COMM-271 Introduction to Journalism
COMM-362 Law and Ethics of the Press
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
   COMM-261    History of Journalism
   COMM-263    Computer-Assisted Reporting
   COMM-272    Reporting and Writing I
   COMM-273    Reporting and Writing II
   COMM-274    News Editing
   COMM-361    Reporting in Specialized Fields
   COMM-442    Professional Writing
   COMM-461    Multiplatform Journalism

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher

Language Science

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

Language science is the study and analysis of human language. The minor is directly applicable to students interested in the fields of computing and media, human-computer interaction, brain and cognition, language acquisition, human health, interpreting, relevant branches of engineering, and policy studies. Students can complete the minor requirements irrespective of their skills in languages other than English. Elective courses allow students to customize the minor to their interests.

Course
Required Courses
ENGL-310 Introduction to Language Science
Plus one of the following:
   ENGL-371    Language, Dialects, and Identity
   ENGL-351    Language Technology
   MLCU-301    Psycholinguistics
Electives*
Choose three of the following:
       A beginning ASL or foreign language course
   ENGL-371    Language, Dialects, and Identity
   ENGL-351    Language Technology
   MLCU-301    Psycholinguistics
   ENGL-470    Evolving English Language
   ENGL-482    Language and Brain
   PHIL-414    Philosophy of Language
   PSYC-331    Language and Thought
   MLAS-596    Linguistics of American Sign Language
   MLJP-351    Languages in Japanese Society
   MLJP-451    Structure of the Japanese Language
   ENGL-481    Introduction to Natural Language Processing
   ENGL-582    Advanced Topics in Computational Linguistics

* Students may also use special topic courses or indepedent study, if approved by the minor adviser.

Latino/Latina/Latin American Studies

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The Latino/Latina/Latin American studies minor consists of any five appropriate Spanish or Portuguese culture courses, with the option of including one Spanish or Portuguese language course. This minor is closed to students majoring in international and global studies who have chosen to focus on the Spanish or Portuguese languages or on Latin America as a regional focus.

Course
Electives
Culture Courses
Choose four or five of the following:
   MLSP-351    Gender and Sexuality
   MLSP-352    Trauma and Survival
   MLSP-353    Caribbean Cinema
   ANTH-335    Culture and Politics in Latin America
   ANTH-350    The Global Economy and the Grassroots
Language Courses
Choose one of the following (if only four culture courses are chosen):*
   MLSP-201    Beginning Spanish I
   MLSP-202    Beginning Spanish II
   MLSP-301    Intermediate Spanish I
   MLSP-302    Intermediate Spanish II
   MLSP-401    Advanced Spanish I
   MLSP-402    Advanced Spanish II
   MLPO-201    Beginning Portuguese I
   MLPO-202    Beginning Portuguese II
   MLPO-301    Intermediate Portuguese I
   MLPO-302    Intermediate Portuguese II
   MLPO-401    Advanced Portuguese I
   MLPO-402    Advanced Portuguese II

* Students who have prior study in either lagnauge must take a placement exam through the Department of Modern Languages to determine the appropriate level langauge course to begin with.

Legal Studies

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The minor in legal studies is for students interested in the study of law and legal institutions and in the relationship of law to other aspects of society and culture. The law extends throughout contemporary political, social, and economic systems, playing an important role in shaping the conduct of life for both individuals and institutions. It is important for students to understand the forces that shape law, the ways in which laws have been used and understood by a variety of people in differing historical circumstances, and the consequences of law for contemporary life. Political, sociological, historical, and philosophical approaches to legal phenomena are included in the course of study. The minor is designed to deepen and expand student's understanding of law as practiced, especially its influence on social and economic institutions.

Course
Required Course
Choose one of the following:
   CRIM-215    Law and Society
   POLS-200    Law and Society
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   COMM-342    Communication Law and Ethics
   COMM-362    Law and Ethics of the Press
   CRIM-225    Criminal Law
   CRIM-260    Courts
   CRIM-315    Evidence
   CRIM-489    Major Issues in Criminal Justice
   PHIL-204    Introduction to Logic
   PHIL-302    Symbolic Logic
   PHIL-304    Philosophy of Law
   PHIL-403    Social and Political Philosophy
   POLS-325    International Law and Organizations
   POLS-330    Human Rights in Global Perspective
   POLS-425    Constitutional Law
   POLS-430    Constitutional Rights and Liberties
   POLS-460    Classical Constitutionalism, Virtue and Law
   POLS-465    Modern Constitutionalism, Liberty and Equality
   SOCI-310    U.S. Housing Policy

* Students majoring in communication, criminal justice, philosophy, or political science may only count one course from their home department toward the requirements of the minor.

Literary and Cultural Studies

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters.

Mass Media Communication

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor was not converted to semesters. However, a minor in communication is available.

 

Modern Language - Arabic

Hiroko Yamashita, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6074, hxygsl@rit.edu 

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent speakers of Arabic.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLAR-201    Beginning Arabic I
   MLAR-202    Beginning Arabic II
   MLAR-301    Intermediate Arabic I
   MLAR-302    Intermediate Arabic II
   MLAR-401    Advanced Arabic I
   MLAR-402    Advanced Arabic II
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   FNRT-381    Art of Islam: The Arabic Tradition
   FNRT-382    Art of Islam: The Persian, Turkish/Mughal Traditions
   ANTH-240    Muslim Youth Cultures
   ANTH-365    Islamic Culture and the Middle East

Modern Language - Chinese

Guoming Tian, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-2903, gxtgsl@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent speakers of Chinese.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLCH-201    Beginning Chinese I
   MLCH-202    Beginning Chinese II
   MLCH-301    Intermediate Chinese I
   MLCH-302    Intermediate Chinese II
   MLCH-401    Advanced Chinese I
   MLCH-402    Advanced Chinese II
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   FNRT-380    Art of China, Korea, and Japan
   HIST-160    History of Modern East Asia
   HIST-261    History of Modern China
   POLS-350    Politics in East Asia

Modern Language - French

Philippe Chavasse, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-3158, pxcgsl@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent native speakers of French.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLFR-201    Beginning French I
   MLFR-202    Beginning French II
   MLFR-301    Intermediate French I
   MLFR-302    Intermediate French II
   MLFR-401    Advanced French I
   MLFR-402    Advanced French II
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   MLFR-351    French Films and Hollywood
   HIST-270    History of Modern France
   HIST-302    Special Topics in History
   HIST-103    The City in History

Modern Language - German

Ulrike Stroszeck, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-2921, uisgsl@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent native speakers of German.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLGR-201    Beginning German I
   MLGR-202    Beginning German II
   MLGR-301    Intermediate German I
   MLGR-302    Intermediate German II
   MLGR-401    Advanced German I
   MLGR-402    Advanced German II
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   FNRT-210    Bach, Händel and the Baroque
   FNRT-211    Era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
   HIST-280    History of Modern Germany

Modern Language - Italian

Elisabetta D’Amanda, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6522, exdgla@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent native speakers of Italian.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLIT-201    Beginning Italian I
   MLIT-202    Beginning Italian II
   MLIT-301    Intermediate Italian I
   MLIT-302    Intermediate Italian II
   MLIT-401    Advanced Italian I
   MLIT-402    Advanced Italian II
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   ENGL-400    Special Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies

Modern Language - Japanese

Yukiko Maru Leary, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-4558, yxmgsl@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent native speakers of Japanese.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLJP-201    Beginning Japanese I
   MLJP-202    Beginning Japanese II
   MLJP-301    Intermediate Japanese I
   MLJP-302    Intermediate Japanese II
   MLJP-401    Advanced Japanese I
   MLJP-402    Advanced Japanese II
   MLJP-403    Professional Japanese
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   MLJP-404    Japanese Culture in Print
   MLJP-351    Language in Japanese Society
   MLJP-451    Structure of Japanese
   FNRT-380    Art of China, Korea, and Japan
   HIST-450    Modern Japan in History, Fiction, and Film
   HIST-252    The U.S. and Japan
   HIST-265    History of Modern Japan
   HIST-160    History of Modern East Asia
   POLS-350    Politics in East Asia

Modern Language - Portuguese

Hiroko Yamashita, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6074, hxygsl@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent speakers of Portuguese.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLPO-201    Beginning Portuguese I
   MLPO-202    Beginning Portuguese II
   MLPO-301    Intermediate Portuguese I
   MLPO-302    Intermediate Portuguese II
   MLPO-401    Advanced Portuguese I
   MLPO-402    Advanced Portuguese II
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   ANTH-335    Culture and Politics in Latin America

Modern Language - Russian

Hiroko Yamashita, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6074, hxygsl@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent speakers of Russian.

Course
Electives*
Choose five of the following:
   MLRU-201    Beginning Russian I
   MLRU-202    Beginning Russian II
   MLRU-301    Intermediate Russian I
   MLRU-302    Intermediate Russian II
   MLRU-401    Advanced Russian I
   MLRU-402    Advanced Russian II
   ENGL-418    Great Authors†
   ENGL-416    Global Literature†

* Under special circumstances, and with permission of the minor adviser, up to two culture courses may be substituted for two sequential language courses. Students should contact the minor adviser for a list of approved culture courses.

† When course specifically pertains to Russian authors.

Modern Language - Spanish

Sara Armengot, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-4343, seagsl@rit.edu

This minor provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent native speakers of Spanish.

Course
Electives
Choose five consecutive language courses:
   MLSP-201A    Beginning Spanish IA*
   MLSP-201B    Beginning Spanish IB*
   MLSP-202    Beginning Spanish II
   MLSP-301    Intermediate Spanish I
   MLSP-302    Intermediate Spanish II
   MLSP-401    Advanced Spanish I
   MLSP-402    Advanced Spanish II
With MLC faculty adviser permission, two of the following culture courses may be substituted for two of the sequential language courses:
   MLSP-351    Gender and Sexuality
   MLSP-352    Trauma and Survival
   MLSP-353    Caribbean Cinema
   ANTH-335    Culture and Politics in Latin America
   ANTH-350    The Global Economy and the Grassroots
   ANTH-235    Immigration to the U.S.
   ENGL-416    Global Literature
   ENGL-418    Great Authors

* Students who begin the language sequence at the Beginning I Level will take either Beginning Spanish IA (MLSP-201A) or Beginning Spanish 1B (MLSP-201B). Placement will be determined in consultation with the department.

Modern Language and Culture - Arabic

Yukiko Maru, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-4558, yxmgsl@rit.edu

 

 This minor has not been converted to semesters. A minor in Modern Language-Arabic is available.

 

Modern Language and Culture - Chinese

Hiroko Yamashita, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6074, hxygsl@rit.edu

This minor has not been coverted to semesters. A minor in Modern Language-Chinese is available.

 

Modern Language and Culture - German

Ulrike Stroszeck, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-2921, uisgsl@rit.edu

This minor was not coverted to semesters. A minor in Modern Language-German is available.

 

 

Modern Language and Culture - Italian

Elisabetta D’Amanda, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6522, exdgla@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters. A Modern Language-Italian minor is available.

Modern Language and Culture - Japanese

Yukiko Maru Leary, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-4558, yxmgsl@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters. A minor in Modern Language-Japanese is available.

Modern Language and Culture - Russian

Yukiko Maru, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-4558, yxmgsl@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters. A minor in Modern Language-Russian is available.

Modern Language and Culture - Spanish

Diane Forbes, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6765, djfgsl@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters. A minor in Modern Language-Spanish is available.

Modern World History

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters. However, a minor in history is now available.

Museum Studies

The museum studies minor provides students with a foundation in the history and practice of the museum as an institution and in the history, theory, and practice of collecting, exhibiting, and preserving the cultural heritage that defines the purpose and function of the museum. Courses cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to contemporary museology: the history of museums and collecting, the technical study of art and materials, the history and theory of exhibitions, interactive design, public history, the rise of the museum profession, legal and ethical concerns, and conservation. This minor is closed to students majoring in museum studies.

Course
Required Courses
MUSE-220 Introduction to Museums and Collecting
MUSE 221/HIST 221 Introduction to Public History
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
   HIST-322    Monuments and Memory
   HIST-323    America’s National Parks
   HIST-324    Oral History
   HIST-325    Museums and History
   MUSE-223    Historic Photographic Processes
   MUSE-224    History and Theory of Exhibitions
   MUSE-358    Legal and Ethical Issues for Collecting Institutions
   MUSE-449    Special Topics

* At least one course must be a MUSE course and one must be a HIST course.

Music and Technology

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The music and technology minor includes courses in music theory, music history, contemporary and historical musical instrument technology, acoustics, audio engineering, music for media, and music performance. This minor provides students with an avenue to integrate their technological interests and skills with music.

Course
Required Courses
EEET-261 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering
FNRT-205 Introduction to Music Theory
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
   EEET-361    Modern Audio Production
   FNRT-201    Music in the U.S.
   FNRT-202    Studies in World Music
   FNRT-203    American Pop and Rock
   FNRT-204    Music and the Stage
   FNRT-210    Bach, Handel and Baroque
   FNRT-211    Era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
   FNRT-250    Singers
   FNRT-251    Orchestra
   FNRT-252    Concert Band
   FNRT-253    World Music Ensemble
   FNRT-254    Jazz Ensemble
   FNRT-255    Chamber Orchestra
   FNRT-320    Music of the Romantic Era
   FNRT-321    Music Since 1900
   FNRT-322    Survey of Jazz
   FNRT-323    Survey of African American Music
   FNRT-324    Sounds of Protest
   FNRT-325    American Popular Song
   FNRT-326    History of Musical Instruments
   FNRT-327    American Musical Theatre
   FNRT-485    Advanced Music Theory
   IGME-570    Digital Audio Production
   IGME-571    Interactuve Games Audio
   IGME-527    Introduction to Digital Audio Production and Computer Music

* It is strongly recommended that students select two music electives and one technology elective. At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Music Performance

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The music performance minor combines courses in music theory, music history, and world music with practical application through ensemble participation and applied music study. This combination of the academic and the practical strives to offer students a more profound understanding of the art of music, and in a broader sense, an introduction to cultural development and the communication of ideas. Please note: A total of 15 credit hours from the suggested list of courses must be earned for the minor, with three credits in music theory and three credits from ensemble participation required.

Course
Required Course
FNRT-205 Introduction to Music Theory
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
   FNRT-201    Music in the U.S.
   FNRT-202    Studies in World Music
   FNRT-203    American Pop and Rock
   FNRT-204    Music and the Stage
   FNRT-210    Bach, Handel and the Baraque
   FNRT-211    Era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
   FNRT-250    Singers
   FNRT-251    Orchestra
   FNRT-252    Concert Band
   FNRT-253    World Music Ensemble
   FNRT-254    Jazz Ensemble
   FNRT-255    Chamber Orchestra
   FNRT-320    Music of the Romantic Era
   FNRT-321    Music Since 1900
   FNRT-322    Survey of Jazz
   FNRT-323    African American Music
   FNRT-324    Sounds of Protest
   FNRT-325    American Popular Song
   FNRT-326    History of Musical Instruments
   FNRT-327    American Musical Theater
   FNRT-485    Advanced Music Theory

* A minimum of two courses must be 300 level or above.

Philosophy

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The philosophy minor provides basic competency in a variety of areas of philosophical inquiry and in developing the critical skills central to philosophical analysis. Students achieve an articulate understanding of many of the great philosophers, major philosophical issues, and methods of philosophical inquiry that shape our most fundamental forms of critical reflection upon human life and conduct. As a result, students develop understanding and skills that directly enhance their future personal and professional lives. This minor is closed to students majoring in philosophy.

Course
Electives
Choose five of the following:*
   PHIL-201    Ancient Philosophy
   PHIL-202    Foundations of Moral Philosophy
   PHIL-203    Modern Philosophy
   PHIL-204    Introduction to Logic
   PHIL-301    Philosophy of Religion
   PHIL-302    Symbolic Logic
   PHIL-303    Philosophy of Art/Aesthetics
   PHIL-304    Philosophy of Law
   PHIL-305    Philosophy of Peace
   PHIL-306    Professional Ethics
   PHIL-307    Philosophy of Technology
   PHIL-308    Environmental Philosophy
   PHIL-309    Feminist Theory
   PHIL-310    Theories of Knowledge
   PHIL-311    East Asian Philosophy
   PHIL-312    American Philosophy
   PHIL-313    Philosophy of Film
   PHIL-314    Philosophy of Vision and Imaging
   PHIL-401    Great Thinkers
   PHIL-402    Philosophy of Science
   PHIL-403    Social and Political Philosophy
   PHIL-404    Philosophy of Mind
   PHIL-405    Philosophy of the Social Sciences
   PHIL-406    Contemporary Philosophy
   PHIL-407    Philosophy of Action
   PHIL-408    Critical Social Theory
   PHIL-409    Existentialism
   PHIL-410    Medieval Philosophy
   PHIL-411    Metaphysics
   PHIL-412    Nineteenth Century Philosophy
   PHIL-413    Philosophy and Literary Theory
   PHIL-414    Philosophy of Language
   PHIL-415    Ethical Theory
   PHIL-416    Seminar in Philosophy
   PHIL-449    Special Topics
   PHIL-571    Honors Philosophy

* At least one course must be at the 400 level.

Political Science

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The political science minor emphasizes the interdependence of domestic politics and international relations in the age of globalization. The minor brings together components of American politics, international relations, and comparative politics to provide students with both national and global perspectives on politics. Perhaps most important, the political science minor seeks to help students make sense of the increasingly complicated political environment that confronts them in their role as citizens. This minor is closed to students majoring in political science.

Course
Required Course
Choose one of the following:
   POLS-110    American Politics
   POLS-120    Introduction to International Relations
Electives*
American politics
Choose two of the following:
   POLS-200    Law and Society
   POLS-250    State and Local Politics
   POLS-290    Politics and the Life Sciences
   POLS-295    Cyberpolitics
   POLS-305    Political Parties & Voting
   POLS-310    The Congress
   POLS-315    The American Presidency
   POLS-320    American Foreign Policy
   POLS-345    Politics and Public Policy
   POLS-355    Political Leadership
   POLS-415    Evolution and Law
   POLS-420    Primate Politics
   POLS-425    Constitutional Law
   POLS-430    Constitutional Rights and Liberties
   POLS-435    American Political Thought
   POLS-460    Classical Constitutionalism, Liberty and Equality
   POLS-465    Modern Constitutionalism, Liberty and Equality
   POLS-480    Women in Politics
   POLS-485    Politics Through Fiction
   POLS-490    Politics Through Film
   POLS-525    Special Topics in Political Science
International relations
Choose two of the following:
   POLS-210    Comparative Politics
   POLS-220    Global Political Economy
   POLS-325    International Law and Organizations
   POLS-320    American Foreign Policy
   POLS-330    Human Rights in Global Perspective
   POLS-335    Politics of Developing countries
   POLS-350    Government and Politics of East Asia
   POLS-410    Evolutionary International Relations
   POLS-440    War and the State
   POLS-445    Terrorism and Political Violence
   POLS-455    Comparative Public Policy
   POLS-525    Special Topics in Political Science

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Psychology

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor provides a solid knowledge base in psychological terms, concepts, methods, theories, and issues. This minor is closed to students majoring in psychology.

Course
Prerequisite
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology
Electives
Choose five of the following:
   PSYC-221    Abnormal Psychology
   PSYC-222    Biopsychology
   PSYC-223    Cognitive Psychology
   PSYC-224    Perception
   PSYC-225    Social Psychology
   PSYC-231    Death and Dying
   PSYC-232    Developmental Psychology
   PSYC-233    History and Systems
   PSYC-234    Industrial and Organizational Psychology
   PSYC-235    Learning and Behavior
   PSYC-236    Personality
   PSYC-237    Psychology of Gender
   PSYC-238    Psychology of Religion
   PSYC-239    Positive Psychology

Public Policy

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The public policy minor provides students with a foundation in the field of public policy and allows them to make connections between public policy and other fields of study. Students select one of two tracks within the minor. The policy issues track develops a broad perspective on public policy and its relationship to other fields. The policy analysis track highlights the analytical tools used by the policy analyst to evaluate and understand policy formulation and impacts. Both tracks explore contemporary public policy issues, especially those connected to the science and technology fields. This minor underscores the role of public policy on science and technology-based problems. Students obtain a deeper understanding of what public policy is and how it is integrated within a number of specific contexts. This minor is closed to students majoring in public policy.

Course
Required Courses
STSO-510 Seminar in Science, Technology and Society
Plus one of the following:
   PUBL-101    Foundations of Public Policy
   PUBL-120    Contemporary Issues in Public Policy 
   STSO-201    Science and Technology Policy  
Electives
Choose three of the following:†
   PUBL-101    Foundations of Public Policy*
   PUBL-120    Contemporary Issues in Public Policy*
   PUBL-201    Ethics, Values and Public Policy
   PUBL-210    Introduction to Qualitative Methods
   PUBL-301    Public Policy Analysis
   PUBL-302    Decision Analysis 
   PUBL-489    Special Topics in Public Policy
   PUBL-510    Technology Innovation and Public Policy
   PUBL-520    Information and Communication Policy
   PUBL-530    Energy Policy
   STSO-201    Science and Technology Policy*
   STSO-240    Social Consequences of Technology
   STSO-330    Energy and the Environment
   STSO-341    Biomedical Issues
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy
   STSO-489    Special Topics in STS

* Students may take this course as an elective if it was not chosen as one of their required courses.

† At least one of the elective courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Science Writing

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters.

Science, Technology, and Public Policy

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters.

Science, Technology, and Society

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor integrates the studies of human society, science, and technology in their social content and context. The minor bridges the humanities and social sciences to provide better understanding of the ways in which science, technology, and society are mutually interacting forces in our world. Students learn how to analyze the social institutions, the built environment, and their role in creating them. This minor enhances a student’s ability to contribute to the development of science and technology in ways that are historically, culturally, and ethically informed.

Course
Required Course
STSO-510 Seminar in STS
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   ENGL-419    Literature and Technology
   PHIL-402    Philosophy of Science
   PUBL-530    Energy Policy
   STSO-140    Science Technology and Values
   STSO-201    Science and Technology Policy
   STSO-240    Social Consequences of Technology
   STSO-245    History of Women in Science and Engineering
   STSO-321    Face of the Land 
   STSO-341    Biomedical Issues
   STSO-342    Gender, Science and Technology
   STSO-345    Makers of Modern Science
   STSO-346    History of American Technology
   STSO-441    Cyborg Theory
   STSO-442    Science, Technology and Society Classics
   STSO-445    History of Science
   STSO-446    History of Chemistry
   STSO-489    Special Topics in STS

* At least one course must be at the 300 level or higher.

Sociology and Anthropology

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The minor in sociology and anthropology offers insights into two academic disciplines dedicated to understanding human social life, both local and global. Through sociology we discover how our own lives are influenced by social relationships around us. Through anthropology we discover and appreciate the diversity of other cultural systems on a global scale. Careful selection of courses provides insights into a wide range of topics such as human history and prehistory through archaeology, gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, social class and inequality, urban life and cities, cultural images and mass media, war and violence, social movements, social and cultural change, and globalization. This minor is closed to students majoring in sociology and anthropology.

Course
Required Course
Choose one of the following:
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   ANTH-103    Archaeology and the Human Past
   ANTH-201/SOCI-201    Writing about Society and Culture
   ANTH-210    Culture and Globalization
   ANTH-220    Language and Culture
   ANTH-215    Field Methods in Archaeology
   ANTH-225    Globalizing Africa
   ANTH-230    Great Discoveries in Archaeology
   ANTH-235    Immigration to the U.S.
   ANTH-240    Muslim Youth Cultures
   ANTH-245    Ritual and Performance
   ANTH-250    Themes in Archaeological Research
   ANTH-255    Regional Archaeology
   ANTH-260    Native North Americans
   ANTH-265    Native Americans in Film
   ANTH-270/INGS-270    Cuisine, Culture, and Power
   ANTH-275    Global Islam
   ANTH-280    Sustainable Development
   ANTH-285    Religion and Culture
   ANTH-301/SOCI-301    Social and Cultural Theory
   ANTH-302/SOCI-302    Qualitative Research
   ANTH-303/SOCI-303    Quantitative Research
   ANTH-310    African Popular Cultures
   ANTH-315    The Archaeology of Cities
   ANTH-325    Bodies and Culture
   ANTH-330    Cultural Images of War
   ANTH-335    Culture and Politics in Latin America
   ANTH-340    Divided Europe
   ANTH-345    Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice
   ANTH-350    The Global Economy and the Grassroots
   ANTH-355    Historic Archaeology
   ANTH-360    Humans and Their Environment
   ANTH-365    Islamic Culture and the Middle East
   ANTH-370    Media and Globalization
   ANTH-375    Native American Repatriation
   ANTH-380    Nationalism and Identity
   ANTH-410    Global Cities
   ANTH-415    Archaeological Science
   ANTH-420    Exploring Ancient Technology
   ANTH-425    Global Sexualities
   ANTH-430    Visual Anthropology
   ANTH-435    Garbage Archaeology
   ANTH-440    Survey of Metallurgy
   SOCI-103    The Urban Experience
   SOCI-210    African-American Culture
   SOCI-215    The Changing Family
   SOCI-220    Minority Group Relations
   SOCI-225    Social Inequality
   SOCI-230    Sociology of Work
   SOCI-235    Women, Work, and Culture
   SOCI-240    Deaf Culture in America
   SOCI-245    Gender and Health
   SOCI-250    Globalization and Security
   SOCI-310    U.S. Housing Policy
   SOCI-315    Global Exiles of War and Terror
   SOCI-320    Population and Society
   SOCI-325    Community and Economic Development: Rochester
   SOCI-330    Urban Deviance
   SOCI-335    Urban Cultures
   SOCI-340    Urban Planning and Policy
   SOCI-345    Urban Poverty
   SOCI-350    Social Change
   SOCI-410    Diversity in the City
   INGS-101    Global Studies
   INGS-201    Histories of Globalization
   INGS-210    Africa and the Diaspora
   INGS-310    Global Slavery and Human Trafficking

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Theater Arts

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor has not been converted to semesters.

Urban Studies

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor focuses on the interplay between urban issues and urban policy. Every metropolitan area must address such enduring issues as poverty, housing, homelessness, transportation, education, crime, safety, recreation, and economic development. Each community must do so with an understanding of its unique social mix and neighborhood relations, and with recognition of its place in wider regional, national, and global networks. Students identify and analyze central issues and social problems of urbanization and explore and assess various ways decision-makers respond to these issues. This minor is closed to students majoring in sociology and anthropology who have chosen the urban studies track.

Course
Required Course
SOCI-103 The Urban Experience
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   ANTH-235    Immigration to the U.S.
   ANTH-315    Archaeology of Cities
   ANTH-410    Global Cities
   ECON-440    Urban Economics
   FNRT-377    Imag(in)ing Rochester
   HIST-103    The City in History
   SOCI-220    Minority Group Relations
   SOCI-325    Community and Economic Development: Rochester
   SOCI-330    Urban Deviance
   SOCI-335    Urban Cultures
   SOCI-345    Urban Poverty
   SOCI-340    Urban Planning and Policy
   SOCI-410    Diversity in the City
   STSO-550    Sustainable Communities

* At least two of the elective courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Visual Culture

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
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Visual culture explores the role of visual media in everyday life and its critical function in the dissemination of ideas in the public sphere. Emphasizing comparative critical approaches to the convergence of art, popular media, science, and technology, the minor engages globalized visual media ranging from photography, television and film, to new media (the Web, digital imaging, and social networks), architecture, design, and art (painting, sculpture, and multimedia forms) in the context of such social arenas as art, news, science, advertising, and popular culture.

Course
Required Course
FNRT-376 Visual Culture Theory
Electives
Group A
Choose three of the following:
   FNRT-206    Queer Looks
   FNRT-220    Introduction to Museums and Collecting
   FNRT-352    Historic Photographic Processes
   FNRT-353    History and Theory of Exhibitions
   FNRT-370    American Painting
   FNRT-371    African American Art
   FNRT-372    American Film of the Studio Era
   FNRT-373    American Film Since the Sixties
   FNRT-374    Art in the Age of the New Deal
   FNRT-375    Women/Gender/Art
   FNRT-377    Imag(in)ing Rochester
   FNRT-378    Memory, Memorials, and Monuments
   FNRT-383    Traumatic Images
   FNRT-384    Art of Dying
   FNRT-440    Deaf Art and Cinema
Group B
Choose one of the following:
   ANTH-210    Culture and Globalization
   ANTH-240    Muslim Youth Cultures
   ANTH-265    Native North Americans in Film
   ANTH-310    African Popular Cultures
   ANTH-325    Bodies and Culture
   ANTH-330    Cultural Images of War
   ANTH-375    Native American Repatriation
   ANTH-425    Global Sexualities
   ANTH-430    Visual Anthropology
   ANTH-435    Garbage Archaeology
   COMM-341    Visual Communication
   COMM-440    Visual Communication of Technical Information
   ENGL-410    Film Studies
   ENGL-421    The Graphic Novel
   ENGL-422    Maps, Spaces and Places
   HIST-421    Hands On History
   MLFR-351    French Films and Hollywood
   MLSP-351    Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Studies
   MLSP-352    Caribbean Cinema
   PHIL-303    Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
   PHIL-309    Feminist Theory
   PHIL-313    Philosophy of Film
   PHIL-314    Philosophy of Vision/Imaging
   POLS-490    Politics Through Film
   STSO-321    Faces of the Land

Women's and Gender Studies

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The women's and gender studies minor provides a critical framework to explore the significance of gender (along with race, sexuality, and class) in the construction of knowledge within academic disciplines and in the shaping of women’s and men’s lives. Courses engage a critical pedagogy focused on the recovery of women’s contributions in a variety of fields, on women’s and men’s roles in society across cultures, and especially on critical questions about gender neutrality in the shaping of culture.

Course
Required Course
WGST-400 Foundations of Women's and Gender Studies
Electives
Choose four of the following:
   WGST-235    Women, Work, Culture
   WGST-237    Psychology of Gender
   WGST-245    Prostitution and Vice
   WGST-246    History of Women in Science and Engineering
   WGST-250    Domestic Violence
   WGST-255    Seminar on Sexual Violence
   WGST-265    Women and Crime
   WGST-306    Feminist Theory
   WGST-314    Topics in WGST
   WGST-335    Women and the Deaf Community
   WGST-342    Gender, Science, and Technology
   WGST-351    Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Studies
   WGST-361    Queering Gender
   WGST-375    Women, Gender, Art
   WGST-383    Traumatic Images
   WGST-384    Art of Dying
   WGST-385    Queer Looks
   WGST-410    Introduction to LGBT Studies
   WGST-451    Economics of Women and the Family
   WGST-481    Women in Politics
   ANTH-425    Global Sexualities
   ANTH-325    Bodies and Culture

Writing Studies

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
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This minor has not been converted to semesters.