interdisciplinary minors and certificates
about our programs
a minor can round out any major, providing a level of specialization beyond the student's primary area of study. most of our academic programs offer minors in addition to their degree programs. the college of arts and sciences also offers several interdisciplinary minors, which pull resources from multiple areas of study, allowing a cross-discipline approach to learning.
a certificate provides the opportunity for a student of any major to add a valuable asset to their degree. it serves as a basis for usable, working knowledge to community members as well, connecting to their area of expertise or career.
the minor in africana studies provides the study of the peoples of africa and african descendants in the americas, africa and throughout the diaspora. the minor encourages service at the local, national, and international level and prepares graduates to develop and use analytical skills and approaches to understand historical and contemporary issues associated with the experience of africans and african descendants.
the minor in family development increases understanding of the meaning and dynamics of marriage and parenthood in contemporary society. it examines the individual, social, and economic problems found within families and helps students prepare for careers in areas such as social work, psychology, education, communication, human ecology, and religious work.
the minor in film studies provides students an opportunity to study the history, theory, and aesthetics of film and consider film from literary, philosophic, religious, economic, and creative perspectives. the minor complements many majors and enhances the academic preparation of students who are considering careers in film criticism, screenwriting, or film production.
the minor in marianist social transformation allows students to utilize the rich resources in service, teaching, and research at the university of dayton and prepares them to carry out social transformation based on an understanding of catholic and christian contributions to the arts, sciences, and the professions.
the minor in sustainability, energy and the environment (see) encourages students to explore complex societal sustainability issues that do not fit easily into one traditional academic discipline. many disciplines at the university make contributions to these issues, ranging from ethical, spiritual and artistic, to economic, political and sociological approaches.