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CHSS Minors

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers under­graduate minors in the following areas:  

 

Students seeking minors in these areas must meet the following requirements:

  • The grade point average for all courses taken at UH-Downtown and applied to the minor must be at least 2.0.
  • Upper-level courses applied toward the major may not also be counted toward the fulfillment of minor requirements.
  • Transfer courses applied to the minor may be restricted by the individual program.
  • Courses applied toward a minor require completion of 12 to 18 hours of coursework, with a minimum of six to nine hours of upper-level course work taken at UH-Downtown.

Detailed requirements for each minor, including total hours and required upper-level hours, are listed with the curricula below.



Interdisciplinary Minors

Minor in Ethnic Studies (18 hours minimum)

Sharin Elkohly, PhD, Coordinator
Room 1061-North, 713-221-8693

18 approved hours required, with at least 9 upper-level hours taken at UHD. Prerequisites cannot be waived; see a college advisor for approval of upper-level business courses. The following courses will apply to the minor without advisor approval:

 

  • ANTH 2302 Cultural Anthropology
  • HIST 2309 Ethnic Minorities
  • COMM 2307 Intercultural Communications
  • COMM 3313 Race, Ethnicity, and Communication
  • CJ 3317 Race and Crime
  • ENG 3321 African-American Literature
  • ENG 3322 Mexican-American Literature
  • ENG 3341 Postcolonial Studies
  • ENG 4321 Advanced African-American Studies
  • ENG 4325 Advanced Mexican-American Studies
  • HIST 2309 Ethnic Minorities in American History
  • HIST 3308 History of Mexico
  • HIST 3322 African-American History
  • HIST 4320 Slavery in the Americas
  • HUM 3304 American Ethnic Heritage
  • MGT 3303 Equal Opportunity in Management
  • MUS 3302 Introduction to African-American Music
  • PHIL 3317 Philosophy of Race
  • PHIL 3322 World Religions
  • POLS 3303 Urban Politics
  • POLS 3306 Civil Liberties in the United States
  • POLS 3312 Hispanic Politics
  • POLS 4302 Latin American Politics
  • POLS 4304 American Political Thought
  • PSY 4303 African-American Issues in Psychology
  • SOC 3304 Minorities in America
  • SOC 3306 Social Inequality
  • SOC 4305 Urban Sociology
  • SOSE 3306 Culture of the Urban School
  • SPAN 3324 People, Culture and Trade in Spanish America

 

Students may petition to apply toward the minor other courses taught with a significant ethnic studies focus. Petitions should be initiated with a college advisor.

Minor in Film Studies (18 hours minimum)

Charles Jackson, PhD, Coordinator
Room 1069-South, 713-221-8615

18 approved hours required, with at least 9 hours taken at UHD. The following courses will apply to the minor without advisor approval.

Required coursework: 3 hours
ENG 3354 Introduction to Film Studies (formerly Film as Narrative)

Elective coursework: 15 hours, selected from the following:

  • COMM 2305 / ART 2305 Film Appreciation
  • COMM 3317 / ART 3315 Film Analysis
  • ENG 3356 Film History
  • ENG 3357 Film Criticism
  • ENG 4327 Advanced Film Studies
  • HUM 3327 Myth and Film
  • SOC 4302 Sociocultural Analysis of Film
  • SPAN 3385 Introduction to Hispanic Film
  • XXX 4390: Any CHSS Special Topics course that focuses on film

Students may petition to apply toward the minor other courses taught with a significant gender studies focus. Petitions should be initiated with a college advisor.

Minor in Gender Studies (18 hours minimum)

Cara Murray, PhD, Coordinator
Room 1022 South, 713-223-7923

18 approved hours required. 12 hours at the upper-level, with at least 9 hours taken at UHD. Prerequisites cannot be waived; see a college advisor for approval of upper-level business courses. The following courses will apply to the minor without advisor approval:

  • BIOL 4350 Social Biology
  • CJ 4314 Women and the Criminal Justice System
  • ENG 3350 Gender Studies in Literature
  • ENG 4350 Advanced Gender Studies
  • HIST 4303 US Women’s History
  • MGT 3307/ADM 3303 Equal Opportunity in Management
  • PHIL 3319 Philosophy of Gender
  • POLS 4306 Women and Politics
  • PSY 3310 Psychology of Women
  • SOS 2308 Human Sexuality
  • SOC 2304 Sex Roles
  • SOC 3303 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 3306 Social Inequality
  • COMM 3308 Family Communication
  • COMM 3310 Women, Men, and Communication

Students may petition to apply toward the minor other courses taught with a significant gender studies focus. Petitions should be initiated with a college advisor.

Minor in Religious Studies (18 hours minimum)

18 approved hours required. 12 hours at the upper-level, with at least 9 hours taken at UHD. Prerequisites cannot be waived. The following courses will apply to the minor without advisor approval:


Required coursework: 3 hours chosen from the following

  • ENG 3352 Studies in World Mythology and Folklore
  • HUM 4317 World Mythology
  • PHIL 3322 World Religions
Required coursework: 3 hours chosen from the following
  • ENG 3385 Studies in Religious Texts
  • HUM 4314 The Old Testament
  • HUM 4315 The New Testament
  • HUM 4316 The Early Christian Church
12 hours chosen from the following
  • ART 3306 Art and Religion – Origins
  • ART 3307 Art and Religion – Development>
  • COMM 4335 Communication and Religion
  • ENG 3352 Studies in World Mythology and Folklore
  • ENG 3385 Studies in Religious Texts
  • HIST 3360 History of Religion in the United States
  • HUM 4314 The Old Testament
  • HUM 4315 The New Testament
  • HUM 4316 The Early Christian Church
  • HUM 4317 World Mythology
  • MUS 3301 / HUM 3331 Music in American Christianity
  • PHIL 3322 World Religions
  • PHIL 3323 Philosophy of Religion
  • SOC 4317 Religion in a Changing Society
  • SOS 3304 Death and Dying

Students may petition to apply toward the minor other courses taught with a significant religious studies focus. Petitions should be initiated with a college advisor.

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Arts and Humanities Minors

Minor in Art

Students may focus on studio art or art history in their minor. See a CHSS advisor for sample plans.

    Minimum requirements:
  • A grade point average of 2.0.
  • A grade of at least C in all ART courses.
  • HUM 4098 Portfolio in the final semester

A total of 18 hours in ART (or cross-listed HUM courses), including at least 6 hours of upper-level courses, and an approved portfolio. 12 of the 18 required hours, including the required 6 upper-level hours, must be taken at UHD.

Minor in Arts Administration

    Minimum requirements:
  • A grade point average of 2.0.
  • A grade of at least C in all ART and business courses.

A total of 18 hours, including ACC 2301, MGT 3301, MKT 3301, HUM 3325, HUM 4380 (Field Experience / Internship), and a fine arts elective beyond the common core fine arts requirement. 12 of the 18 required hours must be taken at UHD.

Prerequisites for upper-level business courses may not be waived. See a CHSS advisor to register in these courses.

Minor in Communication Studies

    Minimum requirements:
  • A grade point average of 2.0.
  • A grade of at least C in all COMM courses.

A total of 18 hours in Communication, including COMM 1306 and at least 9 upper-level hours in Communication at UHD.

Minor in Drama

    Minimum requirements:
  • A grade point average of 2.0.
  • A grade of at least C in all DRA courses

A total of 18 hours in drama, including at least 9 upper-level hours in drama at UHD.

Minor in Spanish

    Minimum requirements:
  • A grade point average of 2.0.
  • A grade of at least C in all SPAN courses.
  • SPAN 4380 may not apply toward the minor.

A total of 9 upper-level hours in Spanish at UHD, including SPAN 3301 plus 6 additional upper-level hours in Spanish.

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Minor in Creative Writing (18 hours minimum)

    Minimum Requirements
  • A grade point average of 2.0.
  • A grade of at lest C in all courses applied to the minor.

Required courses (9 hours): ENG 3309, ENG 4309 and one of the following genre workshops: ENG 3343, ENG 3344, ENG 3345

Elective courses (9 hours):
A second genre workshop (ENG 3343, 3344, or ENG 3345) and/or
A literature genre course (ENG 3311, ENG 3312, or ENG 3313) and/or
One of the following upper-division courses:

  • ENG 3346 Introduction to Literary Translation
  • ENG 3332 Literary Magazine Production
  • DRA 3308 / HUM 3326 Playwriting
  • ENG 3330 Desktop Publishing
  • SPAN 3322 Spanish Translation

English Minors

Minor in English (18 hours minimum)

  • Both halves of sophomore survey of Western World (ENG 2301 and 2302), American (ENG 2311 and 2312), or British Literature (ENG 2313 and 2314).
  • Three hours in one of the literature genre courses (ENG 3311, 3312, or 3313).

Upper-level electives (9 hours) selected in selected in consultation with an advisor from courses in Literature/Theory and/or Writing/English language.

Minor in Professional Writing (18 hours minimum)

  • ENG 3302 Business and Technical Report Writing
  • ENG 3330 Desktop Publishing
  • ENG 4322 Editing, Rewriting and Copyreading

Upper-level electives (9 hours) in consultation with an advisor, courses selected from Professional Writing Core or “Other Requirements” in Professional Writing.


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Social Sciences Minors

All minor programs in the Department of Social Sciences require at least 6 hours upper-level coursework in residence at UHD. Internship/field experience courses may not apply toward any minors in the Department of Social Sciences. All minor programs in Department of Social Sciences require a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C in all courses applied toward the minor.

Minor in History (18 hours minimum)

  • Six hours of US History courses from the common core
  • Twelve additional hours of 3000/4000-level HIST courses

Minor in International Politics (18 hours minimum)

  • POLS 2303 United States Government I
  • POLS 2304 United States Government II
  • POLS 3308 Introduction to World Politics
  • POLS 4399 Political Science Capstone Seminar

Six hours from among the following courses:

  • POLS 4305 War in the Modern World
  • POLS 4308 East and Southeast Asian Politics
  • POLS 4309 Dictatorship and Democracy in the Developing World
  • POLS 4310 International Terrorism
  • POLS 4312 Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe and the US
  • POLS 4314 US Foreign Policy since WWII
  • POLS 4316 Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 4318 International Political Economy

Minor in Philosophy (15 hours minimum)

  • Six hours of 1000/2000-level Philosophy courses

Nine hours from among the following courses:

  • PHIL: Any 3000/4000-level PHIL course
  • HUM 3301 Foundations of Western Culture I
  • HUM 3302 Foundations of Western Culture II

At least six of the 15 hours must be taken at UH-Downtown.

Minor in Political Science (18 hours minimum)

  • POLS 2303 United States Government I
  • POLS 2304 United States Government II
  • POLS 4399 Political Science Capstone Seminar

Nine additional hours of 3000/4000 - level Political Sciences courses


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Minor in Psychology (18 hours minimum)

  • PSY 1303 Introduction to Psychology

15 additional hours, including nine hours of 3000/4000-level courses, from among the following:

  • PSY Any PSY course
  • SOS 2308 Human Sexuality
  • SOS 3301 Social Gerontology
  • SOS 3304 Death and Dying
  • SOSE 3320 Assessment and Evaluation of Adolescents and Children

Minor in Public Policy and Administration (18 hours minimum)

  • POLS 2303 United States Government I
  • POLS 2304 United States Government II
  • POLS 3301 Introduction to Public Administration

Nine hours from among the following courses:

  • POLS 3300 Ethics in Public Life
  • POLS 3302 Public Policy Analysis
  • POLS 3303 Urban Politics
  • POLS 4307 Participation and Democracy in American Politics
  • POLS 4315 Education Policy and Administration
  • POLS 4317 State and Local Government
  • POLS 4319 Non-Profit Organizations in American Society
  • POLS 4399 Political Science Capstone Seminar

Minor in Quantitative Methods in Research (18 hours)

    Group A: Lower Level Preparatory requirements (6 hours)
  • SOS 2304 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • MATH 1305 Finite Mathematics with Applications
    Group B: Upper-Level Course work (9 hours)
  • STAT 3310 Statistical Analyses and Applications II
    • Select two of the following:
    • STAT 4306 Mathematical Models and Computer Simulation
    • STAT 4307 Time Series
    • STAT 4309 Design and Analysis of Experiments
    • STAT 4310 Applied Regression
    • PSY 4308 Psychological Assessment
    Group C: Select one of the following (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2303 Logic
  • PHIL 4315 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 3302 Philosophy of Science
    SOS majors seeking this minor will need the following courses as part of their regular degree:
  • MATH 1301 serves as a prerequisite for most of the courses in this minor.
  • SOS 3312 or MATH 3309 may serve as prerequisites for MATH 3310.
  • SOS 3312 Statistics in the Social Sciences

Minor in Sociology (18 hours minimum)

  • SOC 1303 Introduction to Sociology

15 additional hours, including nine hours of 3000/4000-level courses, from among the following:

  • SOC any course
  • SOS 2308 Human Sexuality
  • SOS 3301 Social Gerontology

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