Minors

MINORS

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers five minors in a variety of subject matters. Any baccalaureate degree-seeking student is able to obtain a minor listed below upon graduation if specified course requirements are met.

Bayou Studies Minor

The university offers a minor in Bayou Studies after successful completion of 18 hours of courses that include content about local or regional history, literature, culture, language and geography. Nine hours must include IDST 201 (Bayou Region Field Explorations) and ENGL 426 (Bayou Culture) as well as either ENGL 427 or HIST 371. The remaining nine hours can be chosen from the following list, with at least three of those hours coming from GEOG 375, SOCI 204, or SOCI 395:

BIOL 215: Pirogue Biology FREN 102: Elementary French II
CULA 401: Culinary History of the South GEOG 375: Geography of Louisiana
CULA 279: Cajun and Creole Cuisine HIST 371: Louisiana History
ENGL 326: Intro to Folklore HUMA 303: French Literature in Translation
ENGL 427: Louisiana Literature SOCI 204: Cultural Diversity of America
ENGL 490: Language and Culture SOCI 395: Racial and Cultural Minorities
FREN 101: Elementary French I

Students may substitute up to six hours of other special topics or themed courses that have a main focus or theme that addresses bayou studies or, more broadly, Louisiana. Approval of department head of Interdisciplinary Studies required for substitutions.

Computer Science (CMPS)

The university offers a minor in Computer Science upon the successful completion of CMPS 130, 135, 221, 312, 406, 410, and 418. A grade of C or better is required in each computer science course.

Humanities (HUMA)

The University offers a minor in the Humanities upon the successful completion of at least 18 hours above GENED requirements in the following curricula:

ART (non-performance) History (any course)
CULA 101, 401 HUMA (any course)
EDUC 339 IDST 420 (depending on topic)
ENGL (literature, film studies) MACO 101, 355
FACS 480 MUS (non-performance)
FNAR (non-performance) PHIL (any course)
Foreign Languages PSYC 303
GEOG 104, 340 SOCI 204, 372 (depending on topic), 395
GOVT 355 SPCH (non-performance)

The total hours in the humanities minor (18) must include courses in at least three areas of the humanities outside the student’s major with a minimum of 9 hours in courses numbered 300 or above. Students must earn a C or better in all courses counted toward the minor.

Internet Studies and Web Development (ISWD)

An innovative minor offered to students wishing to supplement their major with knowledge of the Internet while focusing on different areas including Web tools, webpage and online database creation, and other current topics. The minor consists of CMPS 125, CMPS 250, CMPS 340, CMPS 470 and 6 hours of 300-and 400-level electives that address content and issues related to Internet Studies and Web Development. Preferably these 6 hours of electives will be in courses in the student’s major. These electives must be approved by the Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Social Sciences (SSCI)

The university offers a minor in the Social Sciences upon the successful completion of at least 18 hours above General Education requirements in the following curricula:

Economics Mass Communication
Family and Consumer Sciences Psychology
Geography Sociology
Government

The total hours in the social sciences minor (18) must include courses in at least three areas of the social sciences outside the student’s major with a minimum of 9 hours in courses numbered 300 or above. Students must earn a C or better in all courses counted toward the minor.