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LAS Minors

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides undergraduate students with 14 minors from which to choose—some traditional and others nontraditional. Students who graduate with a minor make themselves more marketable—both in their careers and in graduate studies—after they leave Columbia.

ASL Studies
Department of ASL-English Interpretation

Students majoring in other fields will find that proficiency in American Sign Language and the ability to communicate with deaf people can significantly increase their marketability and career options.

Black World Studies
Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences

This minor offers students contextual depth in the social, cultural, historical, and political aspects of the varied peoples of the black world. With a Black World Studies minor, students have a chance to develop and demonstrate their interest in the history, culture, and arts of people of African descent and other black people all over the world. With a final workshop on community activism, this minor sets itself apart from other colleges and universities that offer majors and minors in Black Studies.

Department of Science and Mathematics

This minor is intended for students interested in living organisms, how organisms interact with the environment, and their relationship to our changing planet. The minor enables students to discover and pursue careers that lie at the intersection of science and the arts, preparing them for areas that benefit from biological knowledge, such as filmmaking, computer animation, marketing careers in the pharmaceutical industry, journalism, illustration, and science writing.

Cultural Studies
Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences

As part of an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes research and critical thinking, students who take this minor analyze diverse art, media, and other cultural products found in contemporary and everyday life. This minor can lend depth and perceptiveness to students' work in virtually any other academic discipline, as well as provide critical contexts for art and artistic vision and statements.

Education Department

This minor prepares students to work with children as teaching artists or media consultants in a range of settings, and can lay the foundations for career options and graduate programs in education and related fields, such as counseling/art therapy or social work.

Environmental Studies
Department of Science and Mathematics

Students use concepts and information from the natural sciences (ecology, biology, chemistry, and geology) and from the social sciences (economics, politics, and ethics) to understand how the earth works, how we are affecting the earth's life-support systems, and how to deal with environmental problems. All students complete a core course in Environmental Science, and then choose a discipline within the Environmental Studies program they want to pursue. Students also work with involved faculty members to complete an independent study project tailored to complement their research interests.

Fiction Writing
Department of Creative Writing 
The minor in Fiction Writing is designed to allow students to combine their major fields of study with a sequence of Story Workshop® and elective writing courses that will improve reading, writing, listening, speaking, and creative problem-solving skills. The minor in Fiction Writing is of interest to students who realize the great importance of writing in all arts and media disciplines, as well as most careers. 

Latino and Latin American Studies
Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences

This minor offers courses in the history and culture of Latino and Latin American people through the interdisciplinary study of language, literature, art (visual and performance), and social institutions, while exploring the significance of these contributions to American society.

Department of English

The minor in Literature offers a flexible course of study that students can tailor to meet their specific needs and interests. Students from Film and Video, for example, might choose courses such as "Literature on Film," "Movies and Myth: The Goddess," and "Topics in Literature: Spike Lee and August Wilson." Meanwhile, other students might select courses such as the "English Authors," "American Authors," or "World Literature" sequences complemented by courses on various periods in the American or British Novel.

Department of Science and Mathematics

The mathematics minor combines purely abstract concepts with practical topics that have applications in a variety of fields, including the natural sciences, the social sciences, computer science, and technology. The goal of the minor is to introduce students to some of the many topics in Mathematics, with an emphasis on applications. All students will complete a three-semester sequence in Calculus. Then, based on his or her particular interests, the student will select additional courses from more advanced topics. Students majoring in Audio Arts and Acoustics and fields within Interactive Arts and Media will be particularly interested in this minor.

Department of Creative Writing

Any student who is majoring in another area at the college can benefit from a minor in Poetry, learning first-hand the expressive power of this art form. Students who pursue this minor have all the benefits available to Poetry majors, including instruction from our resident and visiting instructors, opportunities with our journal Columbia Poetry Review, an annual poetry reading series, poetry contests, and other special programs.

Professional Writing
Department of English

The Professional Writing program allows students to become communication specialists in a variety of fields. Students learn varied and creative approaches to writing portfolios, company reports, grant proposals, profiles, speeches, and résumés. Students acquire skills that relate to writing for the arts and new media, as well as for the corporate and not-for-profit sectors of society.

The Teaching Artist
Education Department

The Teaching Artist minor provides students with the opportunity to build the necessary skills to work in a variety of settings, including after-school programs and community-based arts programs that don’t require a teaching certificate. The courses that comprise the minor provide students with a broad base in child and adolescent development, theories of education, and the role of art in development. To complete the minor, students must earn eighteen or nineteen credit hours. All of the courses in the minor, with the exception of student internships, are drawn from the Early Childhood Education program curriculum—a curriculum with a unique arts-based approach that prepares educators to use the multiple modalities made possible by the arts when working with children.

Women's and Gender Studies

Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences

This minor is designed to give students an opportunity to explore issues of gender and sexuality in an interdisciplinary yet cohesive way. Students will explore feminist theory and engage in a stimulating debate on the role of gender and sexuality in society from a variety of perspectives.

Are you a student who's interested in signing up for a minor? Please contact your adviser in the College Advising Center.