WP Online Undergraduate Minors

Explore the academic minors available for the online bachelor’s degree programs at William Paterson University and choose a field of study that best fits your goals.

 

Discover the Right Academic Minor to Enhance Your Online Bachelor’s Program

Academic minors offer you the opportunity to meet your undergraduate credit requirements by integrating coursework that enriches your educational experience. In addition to developing knowledge and skills in an area that complements and diversifies your major, adding a minor to your degree plan can help you stand out in a competitive workforce.

 

Each minor consists of coursework totaling 18 credit hours. To ensure you receive credit, you will need at least a 2.0 GPA in the courses related to the minor.

Minor in Business Administration


The Business Administration minor provides you with a foundation in business disciplines, preparing you to create and function within a sustainable business operation.

Note:
This minor is not available to students pursuing a BS degree in the Cotsakos College of Business.

 

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses, plus one more 3-credit business elective at the 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level (18 credit hours total):

  • ACCT 2110: Financial Accounting
  • ECON 2020: Microeconomic Principles
  • FIN 3200: Corporate Finance or FINP 3600: Personal Financial Planning
  • MGT 2000: Principles of Management
  • MKT 2100: Principles of Marketing

Minor in Criminology & Criminal Justice


Understand the basics of the criminal justice system and the theories that help explain why crime varies over time and place. Additionally, choose two elective courses in cybercrime and white-collar crime, forensic social psychology, sociology of law, and more.

Note:
This minor is not available to students pursuing a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

 

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses for a total of 18 credit hours:

  • Two required 3-credit hour courses:
    • CCJ 2610: Essentials of Criminal Justice
    • CCJ 3680: Criminology
  • Four 3-credit hour courses from the following elective options:
    • CCJ 3360: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • CCJ 3660 Penology
    • SOC 3650 Social Deviance
    • SOC 3670 Juvenile Delinquency
    • CCJ 3710 White Collar Crime
    • CCJ 3770 Inequality and Criminal Justice
    • CCJ 3840 Terrorism

Minor in Communication Studies


Develop skills consistently sought after in a wide variety of careers, such as giving presentations, working with teams and people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and managing conflicts. Moreover, the versatility of a minor in Communication Studies combined with the ability to customize your studies with five electives makes this an excellent option for any major.

Note:
This minor is not available to students pursuing a BA in Communication Studies.

 

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses for 18 credit hours total:

  • COMM 2630: Public Speaking
  • Five more 3-credit hour Communication Studies electives at the 2000-level and above

Minor in Critical and Professional Writing


The Critical and Professional Writing minor focuses on literature and writing courses to strengthen close reading and writing skills, providing the opportunity to hone your professional writing.

 

 

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses for a total of 18 credit hours:

  • ENG 3300: Critical Writing I
  • ENG 2070: Effective Business Writing
  • COMM 3610: Successful Business and Professional Communication
  • ENG 3000: Technical Writing
  • ENG 3600: Digital Writing and Editing
  • ENG 2020: Language and Technology

Minor in Health Studies


The Health Studies minor gives you a broad exposure to current and evidence-based content through personal health courses, enabling you to further explore several foundational areas of personal health and well-being.

Note: This minor is not available to students pursuing a BS in Health Studies.

 

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses for a total of 18 credit hours:

  • PBHL 1100: Healthy U
  • Five more 3-credit hour public health courses at the 2000- or 3000-level

Minor in History


Deepen your knowledge of historical events that provide insights and a solid background to topics such as political science, literature, philosophy, music, and art. This minor is a valuable contribution to these areas of study in addition to communication or accounting majors.

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses for a total of 18 credit hours:

  • Any four History courses at 2000 level or above
  • Any two History courses at 3000 level or above

Minor in Psychology

 

Explore critical topics and ideas in psychology, which can enhance your understanding of other disciplines. This area of study is designed to develop your ability to think critically about related concepts and research along with how psychology applies to solving human problems.

Note: This minor is not available to students pursuing a BA in Psychology.

 

Complete the following 3-credit hour course, plus 15 credit hours of psychology electives at the 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level (18 credit hours total):

  • PSY 1100: General Psychology

Minor in Social Justice Studies


Learn how to critically examine communities and development through a lens of social justice. The Social Justice Studies minor examines systemic inequalities and injustices as well as how to actively engage in social change.

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses for a total of 18 credit hours:

  • WGS 2250 Race, Gender & Social Justice
  • One 3-credit hour course from the Community and Civic Engagement area of UCC requirements
    • HIST 3501 Democracy in America or
    • PSY 3450 Community Psychology
  • Four 3-credit hour courses from Social Justice electives
    • PBHL 2950 Disparities in Health
    • PBHL 3110 Global Health Issues
    • SOC 3650 Social Deviance
    • HIST 2510 Modern Women & Gender

Minor in Sociology


The Sociology minor provides you with the tools to become an effective citizen by examining issues such as multiculturalism, inequality, and globalization. By integrating these concepts, you will be capable of critical inquiry and civic engagement.

Note: This minor is not available to students pursuing a BA in Sociology.

 

Complete the following 3-credit hour courses for a total of 18 credit hours:

  • SOC 1010: Principles of Sociology
  • Five 3-credit hour courses from sociology electives at the 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level

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