At a large university, Ohio State students can choose from hundreds of minors to complement their major. While it might seem logical to pursue a minor that’s similar to one’s major, more students are opting to complete minors in fields that are not at all related their field of study What value do these other minors have? Traditional minors like Spanish or Psychology might be more practical, but minors of all kinds allow students to explore outside interests while developing skills and knowledge that can be applied to the real world.
This autumn, the School of Communication introduced the Health, Environment, Risk, and Science Communication minor. Through this 12 credit hour avenue, students gain an understanding of the role communication plays in the science and health care field. Intro COMM 2596 serves as a foundation course and then allows students to choose the remaining three communications courses from nine options. “This minor provides an opportunity for students across the university to learn more about how to effectively communicate such critical information to the public via media campaigns, new communication technologies, and interpersonal communication,” says Dave Ewoldsen, Professor at the School of Communication.
Jewish Oral History
Offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jewish Oral History minor, is a unique combination of cultural studies. With this minor, students establish a background in modern Jewish history and learn about the techniques used to document historical accounts. Consisting of 12 credit hours, the minor requires students to take one course each from four areas of study: Modern Jewish History, Holocaust Studies, Oral History Method, and electives. “While only a few students have graduated with the new minor so far, it appears to have been successful in giving them a sense of connection with the past of the Jewish people,” says Matt Goldish, Director of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at Ohio State.
Music, Media, and Enterprise
Through the School of Music, Music, Media, and Enterprise (MME) combines the fields of music, communication, and business. Students learn about the role music plays in both the business world and society as a whole. “The MME minor focuses on knowledge of entrepreneurship as applied to the business of bringing music to the public,” said David Bruenger, Director of the Music, Media, and Enterprise Program. Courses in music focus on methods of production and specific genres while the business courses, like Entrepreneurship and Introduction to Accounting, give students a foundation in business concepts and practices. “Students are encouraged to learn process models that can be used to evaluate and even predict emerging trends in the business,” said Bruenger. The communications courses bring the pieces together by focusing on the reception of music by various audiences and the impact music has on society. Students must take five classes for a total of 15 credit hours.
Popular Culture Studies
Any student with an interest in pop culture, could explore an array of ideas, attitudes, and perspectives. Students must take the introductory course, COMPSTDS 2264 along with at least one course from either the study of history pop culture (before 1945) or the pop culture outside majority-U.S. culture. Fulfilling this minor can incorporate fun course requirements like Medieval 2666 – Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and Anthropology 3334 – Zombies: The Anthropology of the Undead.
Video Arts Minor
For students who look to enhance their artistic and creative abilities, the video arts minor offers self-expression through video formats. Offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, students must take courses from two of the four departments: Art, History of Art, Dance, and Theatre.
An introductory course in any department is a must and students take three to seven credit hours in each of the following categories: basic tools and concepts, issues and techniques, and electives. Students learn the basics of video production and video editing, yet enhancing the basic technical skills.