Minors

Give yourself a competitive edge by coupling your major with a minor that brings you more creative or technical credentials and hands-on experience.

Art

Art: 21 credit hours

This minor broadens understanding of artistic expression from the past to the present. Learn fundamental concepts and then apply them in a studio setting.

Art History: 15 credit hours

Study art as the human visual and physical record. Investigate the time and circumstances in which works of art were created as a way to understand their cultural meaning and significance.

Art and Archeology in the Ancient Mediterranean World: 15 credit hours

Appreciate the enormous impact that ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome had on later Western Culture through courses in art, archeology and mythology.

Animation and Interactivity: 21 credit hours

Through the lens of new media developments in contemporary art, build skills in motion graphics, web content creation, video game design, character and asset design, and user experience design.

Design: 21 credit hours

Apply visual concepts as you broaden your understanding of creative expression from past to present. Choose design studio electives in fashion, graphic, industrial or interior design.

Digital Art and Photography: 15 credit hours

Within a fine arts context, develop a visual language through video, photography and other time-based methods. Then choose a line of study and delve deeper into advanced photography techniques, interactive art or 2D/3D animation.

Printmaking: 18 credit hours

This minor offers students the opportunity to supplement their major field of study with a focus on printmaking as a means of visual expression.

Textile Design: 21 credit hours

Combine elements of fashion and fibers as you learn and apply design skills in print and woven textiles contexts.

For more information: go.wayne.edu/art-minor

Advisors: Michele Porter, michele.porter@wayne.edu; Avanti Herczeg, ac2208@wayne.edu 

Communication

Communication Studies: 18-20 credit hours

Basic communication skills in audience analysis, speech writing, and debate can provide a significant competitive advantage in many careers. Learn to recognize, understand and use a variety of communication strategies effectively in courses that combine theory and practice.

Film: 19 credit hours

Film is an art form and communication technology with considerable power to inform, persuade and motivate. Combine study of film history and analysis with hands-on audio, video and film production, screenwriting and an industry internship.

Health Communication: 18 credits

Seize the opportunity to learn health communication skills that can be applied in a variety of health and public health settings. Hone new skills as you learn about communication campaign development and implementation, health and organization communication and public relations.

Journalism or Broadcast Journalism: 19-21 credit hours

Few skills are more in demand than the ability to write clearly. Choose courses in print, broadcast or online journalism. With a journalism minor, put skills learned in news reporting, editing and feature writing into practice in the final internship semester. Or put multimedia audio and video shooting, editing, producing and reporting skills into practice in the final internship semester with a broadcast journalism minor.

Media Arts and Studies: 23 credit hours

Shape this minor to suit your career goals. Concentrate on media production with courses in writing for radio, television, film or broadcast news, along with audio, television and video field production. Or concentrate on media history and criticism with courses in film, television and radio history, criticism, social functions and mass media effects.

New Media: 18 credit hours

Expertise in new and emerging media enhances any major. Expand your comprehension of contemporary communication practices – including digital, mobile and social media – while learning some of the most effective ways to interact in this continuously evolving environment. Focus on both critical and creative tools across disciplines to build upon your specific goals and interests.

Public Relations: 21 credit hours

Enhance your marketability. Learn the fundamentals of public relations, persuasion techniques and the keys to effective communication within organizations. Refine your writing in new reporting and editing courses. Join the WSU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and work closely with industry professionals.

For more information: go.wayne.edu/comm-minor

The communication department's advisor for all minors is Victoria Dallas. To make an appointment: vdallas@wayne.edu

Dance

Dance: 19 credit hours

Enjoy dance movement in technique classes while you expand your understanding of dance through courses in dance history and physiology. No audition is required for the minor, however you may wish to audition to place into dance performance ensembles.

For more information: go.wayne.edu/dance-minor

Advisor: James Fortune, james.fortune2@wayne.edu 

Music

Music: Minimum of 22 credit hours

Pursue your interest in music as you acquire a familiarity with music theory, ear training and music history. Participate in performance ensembles and hone transferable professional job skills in communication, analysis and critical thinking. No audition is required.

Music Technology: 19 credit hours

Learn the fundamentals of sound engineering and electronic music production. Take courses in a profession recording studio and synthesis lab.  Then apply your learned audio technology to your professional field and/or your own creative projects.

For more information: go.wayne.edu/music-minor

Advisor: Maurice Draughn, mdraughn@wayne.edu

Theatre 

Theatre: 18 credit hours

Develop professional skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, cooperation, creativity and analytical thinking. Choose an emphasis in acting, directing or design. Gain an overview of theatre arts and crafts through courses ranging from theatre history and dramatic literature to acting, stagecraft, playwriting, stage management and directing. No audition required.

Africana Theatre and Dance: 18 credit hours

Explore a wide range of Africana theatre and dance through coursework in theory, performance and popular culture. With feet to the ground, experience dance and theatre technique firsthand. No audition required.

Musical Theatre: 18-19 credit hours

Kindle your enthusiasm for musical theatre as you hone performance skills through a wide array of course choices and practical stage work. No audition needed to declare the minor. Some performance credits require an audition.

Theatre Design and Technology: 18 credit hours

Enjoy hands-on learning as you enhance your design and technical craft skills and apply them directly to stage production. No portfolio required.

Theatre Management: 18 credit hours

Expand your abilities in management, marketing and public relations through coursework grounded in hands-on application and practice of new skills.

For more information: go.wayne.edu/theatre-minor

Advisor: James Fortune, james.fortune2@wayne.edu 

 

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