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Minor Programs

Students in the Bachelor of Media Studies may construct their program to include a minor. In addition to minors in any of the disciplines or interdisciplinary programs offered by the Faculty of Arts, students can also choose a Minor in Commerce or a Minor in Science.

Note: A maximum of 6 credits numbered 300 and higher may be shared between the B.M.S. and the minor. See Double-Counting.

Minor in the Faculty of Arts

Students in the B.M.S. may complete any minor program in the Faculty of Arts, subject to their admissibility to the minor of their choice. Students are encouraged to plan their minor with their program and career goals in mind, and to build upon areas of particular interest or strength.

To earn a minor, students must complete at least 30 credits in a single subject (discipline) or field of specialization, including any courses specified as required for the minor, unless the chosen minor is normally composed of fewer than 30 total credits in which case they must include the number specified for that program. At least 18 of the total minor credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Minor in Commerce

The Minor in Commerce consists of the following courses: COMM 329 (3), COMM 457 (3), COMM 465 (3), COMM 473 (3), COMM 493 (3), and one of COMM 398 (3) or COMM 458 (3), for a total of 18 credits.

Enrolment in this program is strictly limited. An application for admission can be obtained from the Arts Undergraduate website. The completed form must be returned to Arts Academic Advising by May 31. At the time of application, students must be eligible for second-year standing with a cumulative average of at least 60%. Meeting the stated minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the minor.

Admission requirements for the minor are ASTU 100; ECON 101 and 102 (or ECON 310 and 311 or combination of both) and one of MATH 100, 102, 104, 120, 180, or 184. Upon admission to, and successful completion of the program, the notation "Minor in Commerce" will be placed on the student's transcript.

The 18 upper-level credits of COMM required by this program will not be applied towards the minimum 72 credits administered within the Faculty of Arts.

Minor in Education

The Minor in Education allows Bachelor of Media Studies students to combine Arts subject content with an area of Education through which that content can be more broadly explored and applied. These investigations through the lens of education can lead to career options involving education theory and pedagogy, both for teaching careers and other professional goals. The Minor does not qualify students to teach in the K-12 system; however, it does provide prerequisites to higher education programs and required courses necessary for specialized teacher education.

The Minor consists of 30 credits, 18 of which are drawn from specified core Education courses and 12 of which are drawn from supportive Arts courses at the 300-400 level. Five different versions are available:

  • Special Education
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Community, Adult, and Higher Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Language Learning and Teaching

Students who wish to declare the Minor must be eligible for 3rd year standing. Arts subject courses must be chosen in consultation with Arts Advising, preferably prior to declaration; Arts Advising may consult with the Teacher Education office for final approval of these courses.

Education subject courses consist of the following:

  • Special Education: EPSE 303, EPSE 312, EPSE 316, EPSE 348, EPSE 436, EPSE 437
  • Interpersonal Development: CNPS 362, CNPS 363, CNPS 364, CNPS 365, CNPS 427, CNPS 433
  • Community, Adult, and Higher Education: ADHE 327, ADHE 329, ADHE 330, ADHE 412, plus two additional Education courses chosen in consultation with academic advising in the Faculty of Education
  • Early Childhood Education: ECED 400, ECED 401, ECED 406, ECED 407, ECED 420, ECED 421
  • Language Learning and Teaching: LLED 489A1 and LLED 489B, plus 12 credits from LLED 399, LLED 429, LLED 433-435, LLED 450-457, LLED 478-480

1ENGL 330 or ENGL 331 may be substituted for LLED 489A, in which case students may include these ENGL credits towards the required 12 credits of Arts and must take 3 additional LLED credits to reach a total of 18 credits of LLED for the Minor.

Minor in Land and Food Systems

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers five optional minors for Arts students. Upon declaration of one of the following five minor options, the notation "Minor in [Subject]" will be denoted on the student's transcript. Note that most upper-level Land and Food Systems and Science courses have lower-level pre-requisites. Interested students are encouraged to meet with an Arts Academic Advisor as early as possible to discuss program planning.

The Applied Animal Biology Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from APBI 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 327 (BIOL 327), 398, 410, 411, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 419, 427 (BIOL 411), 496, BIOL 310, 325, 425; PSYC 306.

The Applied Plant and Soil Sciences Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from APBI 318, 322, 324 (BIOL 324), 327 (BIOL 327), 328 (BIOL 317), 342 (FRST 310), 351 (BIOL 351/FRST 311), 401, 402, 403, 426 (BIOL 421), 428, 440 (BIOL 440), 444 (FRST 444).

The Food and Resource Economics Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from ECON 371, FRE 302, 306, 340, 374 (ECON 374), 385, 402, 420, 460, 490.

The Food Science Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from FNH 300, 301, 302, 303, 309, 313, 330, 335, 402, 403, 413.

The Nutritional Sciences Minor will consist of FNH 250, 350, 351, and 12 credits selected from FNH 301, 355, 370, 398, 402, 451, 454, 455, 471, 473, 474, 477, 490 for a total of 21 credits.

Space in many Science and Land and Food Systems courses is limited. Admission to a Land and Food Systems minor does not provide priority access to courses agreed upon for the minor.

Minor in Science

B.M.S. students can also complete a Minor in Science. An acceptable program must comprise courses recognized for credit in the Faculty of Science and acceptable for a science major in the proposed subject area or field. The Minor in Science must consist of at least 18 credits numbered 300 or higher in a single subject or field of specialization, together with any necessary prerequisites. Students should design a coherent and academically sound course of studies for their proposed minor.

The 18 upper-level credits of science required by this program and their science prerequisites will not be applied towards the minimum 72 credits administered within the Faculty of Arts.

Page last updated: May 23, 2017

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