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Addiction Studies

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The minor in Addiction Studies prepares addiction professionals for employment in substance use disorder treatment, and related settings, to help combat the addiction crisis in West Virginia and across the nation.

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Advertising

Minor / Online

Imagine creating a 30-second spot for the Super Bowl or an interactive Internet campaign for a corporate client. The online Advertising minor prepares students for a variety of careers in the fast-paced and exciting field of advertising.

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Agribusiness Management

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Agribusiness Management Program focuses on agribusiness and business development in nonmetropolitan regions.

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Arboriculture

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The minor in arboriculture is designed to provide students educational opportunities in the area of ornamental horticulture as it relates to current urban environments.

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Child Development and Family Studies

Minor / Online

This minor prepares individuals to work with children and their families in a variety of professional settings. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals and others.

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Dance

Minor / Morgantown Campus

Courses required for the minor in Dance include a variety of dance techniques and composition, as well as choreography, stage movement, dance history and philosophy, and theatre production. There are many performance opportunities for students on and off campus, including annual formal concerts, informal concerts (works in progress), participation in regional and national dance festivals, conferences, community, concerts and touring.

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Diversity in Physical Activity and Sport

Minor / Online

The Diversity in Physical Activity and Sport minor is designed for students wanting to extend their exploration of physical activity and sport as sites for understanding issues of diversity and social justice and further examine the vital role of diversity in one's personal and professional life. Students may select courses spanning topics of race and ethnicity, gender, disability, socioeconomic status and more in both national and global contexts. This minor is appropriate for any student pursuing a career in physical activity, sport or related industry.

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Early Intervention

Minor / Morgantown Campus

Early childhood intervention is a support and educational system for very young children who have been victims of, or who are at high risk for child abuse and/or neglect. The mission of early childhood intervention is to assure that families who have young at-risk children receive resources and support that assist them in maximizing their children’s physical, cognitive and social/emotional development while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

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Entertainment Media

Minor / Online

As the market becomes more cluttered with entertainment options and technological advances make it easier and easier to tune out the choices that don’t interest the consumer, entertainment companies will rely more and more on the media to bring their goods to the top of the consumers’ awareness.

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Environmental Protection

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Environmental Protection program prepares students for careers in areas that safeguard the quality of the environment. The curriculum consists of two elements: interdisciplinary training in a broad array of environmental protection sciences and an area of emphasis in agronomy, pest management or soil and water conservation.

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Esports Management

Minor / Morgantown Campus

Learn all aspects about one of the fastest growing sports in the world in this innovative academic offering. This minor includes classes from the College of Applied Human Sciences, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics and the Reed College of Media.

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Event Planning

Minor / Online

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects event planner employment growth of 43.7% between 2010 and 2020 with the expectation that over 30,000 new jobs will be added during that time frame.

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Family and Youth

Minor / Online

The family and youth minor will prepare individuals to work with families and young people. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of youth as facilitated by families, educators, childcare professionals and others.

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Fashion Merchandising

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The FDM minor exposes students to the merchandising activities of a highly dynamic industry. Core structures of production, distribution and consumption are covered across the 18 required credit hours. Students can tailor the minor to their interests, focusing on up-chain or down-chain activities. Students also have the option to apply up to six credits earned studying abroad in the Disegno Italia program. A letter grade of "C" or better must be earned in all courses.

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Forensic and Investigative Science

Minor / Online

One of WVU’s most highly ranked majors, Forensic Investigative Science is for students with a passion for research and a desire to apply scientific analysis to legal proceedings.

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Health Coaching

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Health Coaching minor is designed for students desiring a career in health and well-being. Students learn the foundations of behavior-change science and the theoretical and practical considerations for empowering clients to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles. Students completing the minor are prepared to sit for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) national certification exam required to become an ACE Certified Health Coach.

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Health Promotion

Minor / Online

The online health promotion minor prepares students for a variety of careers in the growing field of health promotion and disease prevention. Typical job areas include healthcare marketing and communication for hospitals, health promotion for geriatric care facilities, health marketing for non-profits such as the American Lung Association, or health communication positions within the Department of Health and Human Services (e.g., CDC, NIH, FDA).

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Healthcare Data Analytics

Minor / Morgantown Campus

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Human Services

Minor / Online

A minor in human services meets the increasing need of public and private sector employers for paraprofessionals. Students who complete a minor in human services may be employed through public agencies, hospitals, government-sponsored housing or clinics, and some criminal justice offices. Graduates will be prepared to work in social services, mental health and substance abuse agencies, or in other related positions under the guidance of counselors, psychologists, nurses and social workers.

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Infant and Toddler

Minor / Online

This minor prepares individuals to work with infants and toddlers in a variety of professional settings. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, as facilitated by families, educators, childcare professionals and others.

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Jazz Studies

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Minor in Jazz Studies is intended for students with a background in jazz or improvised music. All aspects of jazz are studied, from the early music to the most recent developments in creative improvised music. A variety of performance opportunities are available for students. The many small jazz ensembles perform styles ranging from Bebop, Fusion, Salsa and vocal jazz, to the avant-garde. The large ensembles perform original student compositions, and the music of contemporary composers, in addition to traditional big band literature.

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Journalism

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The rapid expansion of the information age has led to an increased demand for college graduates with strong writing and reporting skills with a solid understanding of the ethical standards of the journalism industry. Journalism teaches students how to write, report and produce content across media platforms, as well as how to engage with modern audiences using the latest digital applications and tools.

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Music

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The minor is designed for the student who wants the broadest possible musical experience. Courses in applied music, music history and music theory are equally balanced in this program. This option is intended for students who desire a traditional music minor that includes a balance of applied study, ensembles, history and literature, and theory.

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Music Industry

Minor / Online

The Music Industry minor provides a strategic core course of study for students interested in pursuing music industry as a secondary field of study. Its curriculum is designed to equip students with the fundamental analytical and creative knowledge and skills necessary for commercial practice in the music industry. The curriculum consists of online courses, representing a cohesive academic core, covering all the fundamental, interrelated and interdependent segments of the music industry through methodical study of its foundations, commerce, management and operations.

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Music Performance

Minor / Morgantown Campus

This minor in Performance is intended for the student who has a particular interest in preparing for performing or teaching a particular instrument or voice. The minor focuses on making music with special emphasis on applied lessons and ensemble experiences. The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher. Performance areas include: band or orchestra instrument, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and voice.

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Music Technology

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Minor in Music Technology is intended for students with a background or interest in recording, creating or producing audio for music or visual media. There are two tracks available to suit composers, producers/recording engineers or both. This minor gives students the opportunity to study and apply the theories and techniques required for successful audio production using a digital audio workstation as well as composition, sound design, audio in multimedia applications and programming using various software and hardware tools.

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Painting

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The minor in Painting is designed to introduce students to the foundation of painting media. Traditional and experimental painting in both figurative and abstract imagery is explored. Learning is both one-on-one and collaborative, so that personal exploration and wider aesthetic discourse are heightened. The minor in Painting is designed to introduce students to the foundation of painting media. Traditional and experimental painting in both figurative and abstract imagery is explored. Learning is both one-on-one and collaborative, so that personal exploration and wider aesthetic discourse are heightened.

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Personal Training and Group Fitness

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Personal Training and Group Fitness minor is designed for students desiring a career in health and well-being. Students are trained to evaluate fitness abilities and develop exercise programs across individual and group settings to satisfy client goals. Students will be prepared to sit for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) national certification exam required to become an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and/or an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

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Physical Training and Performance

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Physical Training and Performance minor is designed for students interested in strength and conditioning. The minor provides students with an understanding of the theoretical and practical considerations associated with physical training (e.g., speed, agility, strength, endurance, flexibility, power) for improved athletic performance, fitness and wellness.

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Printmaking

Minor / Morgantown Campus

In Printmaking, particular attention is given to developing the student’s personal imagery, built upon a solid foundation in traditional and non-traditional processes. This program provides a cohesive offering of courses that focus upon the students’ visual expression through their examination of formal issues, media exploration, relevant histories, contemporary critical discourse and diverse approaches to problem-solving. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all minor course. (A grade of C- or higher is required in all minor courses.)

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Public Relations

Minor / Online

The online Public Relations minor prepares students for a variety of careers in the dynamic field of public relations. Typical job areas include media relations, event planning, corporate communications, crises management, publicity and promotion, public affairs and government relations.

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Sculpture

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Sculpture program curriculum provides a thorough grounding in many different materials and processes and is structured to enhance the student’s ability to solve structural, spatial, formal and conceptual problems. Wood and metal studios, featuring a wide variety of equipment, allow students to investigate diverse materials and techniques in their exploration of the medium of sculpture. (A grade of C- or higher is required in all minor courses.)

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Special Education

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Special Education minor helps prepare students to work with children and adolescents with mild/moderate disabilities including learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders and intellectual disabilities. Students are introduced to basic principles and practices that support high quality educational programming and services in special education settings.

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Sport and Exercise Psychology

Minor / Online

The Sport and Exercise Psychology minor is designed for students to explore the various mental factors that affect both performance and health outcomes in sport and exercise settings. Students in this minor have an opportunity to engage in self-exploration as well as learn the sport and exercise psychology basics that complement the work of other professions, such as coaching, fitness, wellness, military, law and medicine.

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Sport Coaching

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The Sport Coaching minor is designed for students to learn the theoretical foundations and best practices of effective sport coaching. The minor prepares future coaches to make decisions in developing, implementing and evaluating sport programs consistent with their athletes' competitive and developmental levels.

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Sport Communication

Minor / Online

The sport business industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the U.S., generating billions of dollars each year. The sport communication minor can prepare you for a career in this exciting field. Students will gain a foundational understanding in media writing, public relations and strategic communications, as well as an understanding of the issues affecting professional and collegiate sports today.

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Strategic Social Media

Minor / Online

Today’s most rapidly expanding media platform is social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and many other sites. As people become increasingly dependent on social media for news, current events, products, goods and services, businesses and other organizations need employees with the ability to communicate with the digital audience.

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Sustainable Trails Development

Minor / Morgantown Campus

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Theatre

Minor / Morgantown Campus

By focusing on three broad areas — history and theory, performance and production — the minor in Theatre provides students with an overview of the profession and the opportunity to complete elective courses in areas where they have the greatest interest, such as acting, directing, stage design, voice, stage movement, playwriting and puppetry. Performance opportunities may also be available for students pursuing the Theatre minor. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all minor courses.

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Theatre Production

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The minor in Theatre Production is intended for any WVU undergraduate student who has an interest in the study of basic theatrical production. A student must declare his or her intention to complete a minor in theatre production at the School of Theatre and Dance main office located in room 305A in the Creative Arts Center. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain information about the minor and to complete all of the required courses. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all minor courses.

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World Music

Minor / Morgantown Campus

The minor in World Music is intended for students with a musical interest outside of Western art music. The required courses focus on the relationship between music and culture and support WVU's vision of diversity and the advancement of international activity and global engagement. Students may participate in the School of Music's World Music ensembles, including steel drums, African music and dance, Balinese and Javanese gamelans, Japanese taiko drums and more. Optional study abroad programs include a summer music program in Ghana and an exchange program with universities in Brazil.

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