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 Minor: 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 Minor: 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.
Communication Studies Minor: 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 Minor: 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 a possible internship in the industry.
Journalism or Broadcast Journalism Minor: 19-21 credit hours
Few skills are more in demand than the ability to write clearly. Choose courses in print/online journalism or broadcast 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. Participate in WAYN Radio or get involved with The South End newspaper.
Media Arts and Studies Minor: 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
Interested in new/emerging media and technology? The new media minor may be perfect for you. The Department of Communication created the minor in new/emerging media for the consideration of all students at Wayne State. 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 Minor: 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 news reporting and editing courses. Join the WSU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and work closely with industry professionals in the metro area.
Dance Minor: 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.
Music Minor: 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.
Theatre Minor: Minimum of 18 credit hours
Develop professional skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, cooperation, creativity and analytical thinking as you pursue your vocational interest in theatre. Choose an emphasis in acting, directing or design and 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.
Africana Theatre and Dance Minor: Minimum of 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.
Theatre Design and Technology Minor: Minimum of 18 credit hours
Enjoy hands-on learning as you enhance your design and technical craft skills and apply them directly to stage production.
Musical Theatre Minor: Minimum of 18-19 credit hours
Kindle your devotion to musical theatre as you hone performance skills through a wide array of course choices and practical stage work.
Theatre Management Minor: Minimum of 18 credit hours
Expand your abilities in management, marketing and public relations through coursework grounded in hands-on application and practice of new skills.