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Undergraduate Minors

Minor in English

Through the study of seminal literature and the practice of both academic and pre-professional writing, the minor in English hones the skills that people in every discipline use daily when they read, write, converse, and assert their independent ideas and opinions through these self-actualizing activities.  Literature illustrates the rich interrrelatedness of cultural, historical, economic, political, scientific, philosophical, and religious concerns, while encourgaging individual creativity and serving as a role model for cogent, graceful writing.  The minor in English thus complements academic work in almost every other field, positioning the student for success in either civilian or military life.  

Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills to be Achieved:

The English minor trains students to read analytically, synthesize information quickly, think critically, and write persuasively.  These crucial transferable skills equip students to navigate an ever-changing and frequently uncertain job market.  They also provide a foundation for graduate work in the humanities and for a range of pre-professional advanced degrees in fields such as business, divinity, education, law, library science, museum work, public policy, and social work.  It also exposes students to a range of important literary texts, the canon of imaginative writing often called "the best that has been thought and said in the world."

Through the close analysis of literature, the minor also enables students to generate original arguements and ideas, to appreciate the nuanced range of perspectives on cultural and socioeconomic issues, to evaluate competing viewpoints, and to value diversity in an increasingly global society.

Structure of the Minor:

1. Required Courses

One of the following foundational courses (3 credit hours):

ENGL 201 Major British Writers I
ENGL 202 Major British Writers II
ENGL 203 Masterpieces of British Literature
ENGL 215 Masterpieces of American Literature

One of the following pre-professional writing course:

COMM 207 Introduction to Journalism   
COMM 216 Communications in Business 
COMM 260 Technical Writing & Communication 
COMM 413 Advanced Composition 
ENGL 411  Legal Writing

2.  Electives 

Any three classes chosen from the following range of courses (if not already taken as a Required Course)

ENGL 301 - 498
COMM 301 - 498

Total Credit Hours Required:  15, at least 9 of which must be completed at The Citadel.  

Minor in Fine Arts

The minor in Fine Arts is intended to deepen an appreciation for and encourage a lifelong engagement in the fine arts, including painting, sculpture, photography, music, film, drama, and creative writing. As participation in fine arts courses, both in practice and in theory, stimulates creative thinking and develops problem solving skills that are applicable to other areas of study, this minor is meant to round out The Citadel experience. Students are also encouraged to engage with the broader artistic community of Charleston through participation in events, internships, exhibitions, and performances.

Through the foundation courses in art and music, the student will gain a broad understanding of the cultural and historical significance of the fine arts as well as applied knowledge of a variety of artistic mediums. Further courses will develop the student’s interest in more specific areas, such as musical performance, emphasis on a particular visual medium, or internships in local arts organizations.

Structure of the Minor:

1. Choose two introductory courses (6 credit hours)

FNAR 205 Music Appreciation
FNAR 206 Art Appreciation
FNAR 207 Art History
FNAR 250 Special Topics 
BAND 101/102/201/201 Band (sequence counts as 3 credits)  
ENGL 208 Special Topics (where appropriate)
ENGL 209 Introduction to Film 
ENGL 221 Introduction to Creative Writing  
ENGL 222 Special Topics in Film Studies 

2. Choose three additional elective courses, including at least two at or above the 300 level (9 credit hours)

BAND 301/302/401/402 (this total sequence for Band counts as 3 credits)
FNAR 304 Drawing
FNAR 305 Painting
FNAR 306 Photography
FNAR 307 Forensic Photography 
FNAR 308 Graphic Design
FNAR 309 Photoshop
FNAR 350 Advanced Special Topics in Fine Arts 
ENGL 303 Shakespeare I
ENGL 304 Shakespeare II
ENGL 322 English Drama to 1642
ENGL 351 20th Century American Drama
ENGL 368 20th Century Drama
ENGL 372 Film Studies
ENGL 373 Special Topics in Film Studies
ENGL 375 Special Topics (where appropriate)
ENGL 401 Independent Study
ENGL 426 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 427 Creative Writing: Poetry
COMM 499 Internship (may be used for 3 credits)

*Courses related to the Fine Arts in other departments may be considered and approved by the English, Fine Arts, & Communications Department Chair.

Total Credit Hours Required — 15, at least 9 of which must be completed at The Citadel.

To register for the Fine Arts minor, please fill out this form and have it signed by either Professor Tiffany Silverman, Director of Fine Arts, or Dr. Scott Lucas, Department Chair of English, Fine Arts, & Communications. For further information, please contact Professor Tiffany Silverman.


Minor in Philosophy

The minor in Philosophy, consisting of four courses in Philosophy and a fi fth course drawn from a designated group of related courses in various disciplines, is designed to give students (1) an introduction to the history of philosophy and major issues in philosophy (accomplished in PHIL 201), (2) a grounding in major approaches to critical thinking (PHIL 202), (3) advanced study in selected areas of philosophy (provided by at least two Philosophy courses), and (4) the collateral connection provided by at least one related course in another discipline.

Structure of the Minor:

To earn a minor in Philosophy, a student must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of course work, distributed as follows:

1. Required Basic Courses. Both courses must be completed; total of six hours credit;

PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 202 Reasoning and Critical Thinking (Logic)

2. Philosophy Electives. Any two of the following four courses must be completed; total of six hours credit:

PHIL 290 Ethics
PHIL 302 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 409 Seminar in Philosophical Topics
PHIL 410 Humanity in Crisis: The Problems of Good and Evil

3. Upper-division Electives. One of the following courses must be completed; total of three hours credit:

BLAW 301 Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
ENGL 371 Literary Paradigms of Leadership
ENGL 426 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 427 Creative Writing: Poetry
HIST 321 The Middle Ages
HIST 322 Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 329 The Ancient Greeks
HIST 361 Early Islamic History
HIST 362 Modern Middle East
LING 300 Introduction to Linguistics
MLNG 410 European Literary Movements, 12th Century to 1789
MLNG 411 European Literary Movements, 1789-Present
PSCI 304 American Political Thought
PSCI 348 Theories of Peace and War
PSCI 371 Leadership in Politics
PSCI 392 Political Theory
PSYC 305 Social Psychology
PSYC 306 Theories of Personality
PSYC 403 Psychology of Learning
PSYC 405 History and Systems of Psychology
A special topics course or independent study (any department) approved by the Department Head of English, Fine Arts, and Communications as suitable for the Philosophy Minor.

Total Credit Hours Required: 15, at least 9 of which must be completed at The Citadel.

For further information, please contact the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Communications

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