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: 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.

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.

Blacksmithing: 21 credit hours

Students can hone in on critical thinking and creative problem solving as they develop blacksmithing skills including handwork, machining and digital fabrication and refine their ability to produce artwork, commissions and utilitarian tools.

Ceramics: 18 credit hours

The ceramics minor offers undergraduate students the opportunity to supplement their major field of study with a rigorous investigation ofthe ceramic material. Lower level coursework provides students with a foundation of art and an introduction to ceramics in effort to prepare them for more advanced courses. Students have the option of taking upper level coursework that explores sculptural and conceptual concerns and/or productions skills and functional ceramics.

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.

Fashion Design Minor: 21 credit hours

The minor in Fashion Design offers students the opportunity to gain skills in the techniques and concepts specific to garment construction and the fashion industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn through demonstrations, lectures, and projects in which they apply learned material. The minor broadens understanding of fashion design and its role in the future of dress. 

Graphic Design Minor: 21 creidt hours

The minor in Graphic Design offers students the opportunity to learn the basics of typography, layout and visual hierarchy. Students will have the opportunity to learn through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises. The minor broadens understanding of graphic design and its role in everyday visual cultures. 

Illustration: 21 credits hours

The minor in Illustration offers students the opportunity to learn to effectively use both traditional and digital media to create illustrations and hand lettering to communicate messages intended for reproduction. Students will have the opportunity to learn through demonstrations, hands-on exercises and lectures. The minor broadens understanding of illustration and its role in everyday visual cultureI

Interior Design Minor: 21 credit hours

The minor in Interior Design offers students the opportunity to gain competency in planning, navigating, and experiencing spaces. Students will have the opportunity to learn through skill building exercises, lectures, and real-world projects. The minor broadens understanding of interior design and its role in providing appropriate solutions to contemporary interior space problems.

Industrial Design Minor: 21 credit hours

The minor in Industrial Design offers students the opportunity to learn the basics of spatial composition and designing with the user's experience in mind. Students will have the opportunity to learn through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises. The minor broadens understanding of industrial design and its role in everyday object culture.

Jewelry: 18 credit hours

The Jewelry minor offers undergraduate students a rich experience of materials, process and interpretation to complement their degree work. The minor is open to both Art and Non-Art majors and is designed to give students a range of experiences including use of hand processes, machines and digital fabrication through the scope of Jewelry. This minor will blend historic and contemporary theory and awareness of practitioners to help students contextualize their work within jewelry making.

Painting and Drawing: 21 credit hours

Express your ideas and stretch your creativity in this flexible minor that allows you create your own painting and drawing pathway in a rich and stimulating environment.

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.

Sculpture: 18 credit hours

Explore contemporary sculpture through hands-on exposure to a variety of sculptural experiences including foundry work for bronze and aluminum casting, mold-making and casting, clay modeling from the figure, steel fabrication and welding, and woodworking.

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

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


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 a 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, and screenwriting.

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. Apply journalism skills learned in news reporting, editing and feature writing OR apply broadcast skills in multimedia audio and video shooting, editing, producing and reporting.

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

Advisors: Jessica Greenwald Jessica.greenwald@wayne.edu; Mary Grenfell gy6110@wayne.edu; Cleo Moody ac3055@wayne.edu.


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.

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

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

Studio and Community Dance: 20 credit hours

Study private sector dance in studios and community settings in an artistic and academic environment that will enrich your methods and skills in dance teaching and pedagogy, dance kinesiology, outreach, and community engagement, while stimulating your creativity and innovation. Building on a foundation of core courses, select a line of study to expand your learning in business and accounting in the arts, dance production, choreography and dance technique in a performing arts context.


Jazz Studies for Instrumental Music Education Majors: 18 credit hours

The minor in jazz studies is designed for instrumental music education majors who wish to gain experience in jazz.

Music: 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 Industry Studies: 18-19 credit hours

The Music Department offers a minor in Music Industry Studies to undergraduate students majoring in other disciplines. The program is designed for students who wish to engage with and explore the theoretical and practical fundamentals of the music industry.

Music Technology: 19 credit hours

Learn the fundamentals of sound engineering and electronic music production. Take courses in a professional 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: Dan Hanrath, dan.hanrath@wayne.edu


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 


Law: 18 credit hours

As a result of a new partnership between Wayne Law and other WSU schools and colleges, undergraduate students can now earn a minor in law. Students take three classes each in Law and in Communication.

For more information: law.wayne.edu/law-minor/minor/cfpca

Advisor: Mary Grenfell, gy6110@wayne.edu