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2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Minors

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Anthropology: (18 credits, at least 9 credits must be taken at UMaine)

Courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.

Art History: (21 credits)

The minor in art history is designed to serve the needs of students from a broad range of fields. After studying a comprehensive survey of the Western Tradition, students may select upper level courses according to their interests. These courses include offerings in both the Modern era (1800 onward) and the Pre-Modern eras that preceded it. The required introductory studio course will expose students directly to issues of artistic creativity, an essential component to understanding the History of Art. Transfer credits will be accepted for one hundred level courses only.

Astronomy: (21 credits, 12 specified and 9 elective)

The Department Chairperson may consider exceptions to this list on a case-by-case basis.

Three or more courses from the following list:

1 These courses may be taken for 1-3 credits, as arranged.

Chemistry: (23 credits, at least 14 must be taken at UMaine)

A minor in Chemistry is intended to broaden the academic base of students who already have a solid scientific background in areas such as biology, microbiology, biochemistry and engineering. This curriculum exposes students to the first two years of introductory chemistry and provides additional knowledge at a more advanced level in an area of the student’s choice.

A 500 level chemistry course can be used to fulfill the minor requirement by obtaining permission from the course instructor and academic advisor. No grade below a C- will be accepted toward these requirements.

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Communication: (18 credits)

The minor in Communication consists of CMJ 201, CMJ 202, and 4 electives to total 18 credits. At least two of the electives must be at the 300 and 400 level. A grade of “C-” must be achieved in CMJ 201 and CMJ 202 and the grades for all 18 credits must average a “C.” A minimum of nine CMJ credits must be taken at UMaine.

Computer Science: (18 credits)

Dance: (18 credits)

The minor in dance is designed to provide the student with a basic foundation in dance technique, dance history, and choreography, with a focus towards production and performance. Students will receive dance technique training in ballet, modern, and jazz. In addition students will study composition and gain expertise in choreography. Those students who wish a concentration in dance history may select from a variety of courses addressing historical and contemporary issues. Dance students are encouraged to participate in the annual dance concert as well as informal studio showings. Many dance students are actively involved in the activities of the UMaine Dance Company Club. Production credits may be available for these efforts.

Core Courses

Plus 5 credits from:

Economics: (18 credits, at least 9 of which must be taken at UMaine)

Students must obtain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in ECO courses taken pursuant to requirements of the minor.

English: (18 credits)

A minor in English is designed to broaden the experience of students who want to read literature and do some writing (creative, technical, or critical) as a supplement to major study in another field.

The minor requires 18 hours of English courses (excluding ENG 001 and ENG 101). No more than 6 hours of writing courses will count toward the minor in English. The English Minor Advisor will help students develop a plan of study during the students’s first year in the Minor.

Writing courses from which only 6 hours will count toward the minor are:

History: (18 credits)

A minor in History shall consist of at least 18 credits, of which at least 12 must be upper level courses. The 18 credits should include courses that cover more than one continent and more than one century.

International Affairs Minor: (24 credits)

A minor in International Affairs is designed to serve the needs of students from a broad range of fields. The requirements are:

  • At least one year of a modern foreign language at the intermediate level (e.g. SPA 203 ad 204)
  • A total of 18 credits of course work above the 100 level in Anthropology, Economics, History and Political Science.

Students are to take at least one course and no more than two courses in each of these disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. For a list of approved courses please see the core requirements and concentration requirements for the BA in International Affairs.

International Affairs / Canadian Studies.

Students in International Affairs have an excellent opportunity to combine their program with an area of study in Canada. Designated a National Resource Center on Canada by the U.S. Department of Education, the Canadian-American Center oversees the largest and most comprehensive program in Canadian Studies in the country. Students can combine a major in International Affairs with a minor in Canadian Studies; Students also can take field trips to Canada by taking CAN 101: Introduction to Canadian Studies, and study for a semester or year in Canada through the Canada Year program.

Linguistics: (18 credits)

Linguistics is the field of study concerned with language, both as a general human faculty and as manifested in particular languages. The minor includes such topics as the acquisition of language, its sounds, meaning, structure, social and cultural aspects, families and dialects, and change.

The enumeration here is not definitive. New courses, projects, special seminars, or pertinent reading in upper honors courses may be approved for this minor.


The following three courses must be completed for a minimum total of nine credits


Students may select courses from among the following, which will complete the total of 18 credits:

Mathematics: (24 credits)

The minor in mathematics consists of 24 credits: 12 credits from the three core calculus courses and 12 from a broad list of upper-level mathematics courses. Courses other than those in the list that follows (including at most one from outside the department of Mathematics and Statistics) may be counted toward the minor with permission from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Modern and Classical Languages: (18 credits)

The minor is offered in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. The requirements are a minimum of 18 credits in the language, 12 of which must be above the intermediate level.

Museum Education: (21 credits)

The Department of Art offers a minor in Museum Education. The Museum Education minor provides students an opportunity to develop both conceptual and practical knowledge concerning the nature of education within the mission and practice of contemporary museum settings. Such settings require an understanding of diverse populations and their learning and experiential needs. The Museum Education minor is designed to meet the needs of students from a wide variety of disciplines who are interested in going on to careers in museum settings. Students graduating with a Museum Education minor will be prepared to apply to graduate programs in museum education and museum studies. Students may also find positions working as educators in a variety of cultural institutions or community organizations. Course work includes 9 credits in museum education, 6 credits in museum studies and 6 credits of practicum/internship experience.

Museum Studies: (18 credits)

The minor in Museum Studies is an interdisciplinary program addressing the needs of diverse types of museums and galleries. In addition to museums devoted to fine arts, students will receive training applicable to history, children’s, science, transportation and natural history museums. Students gain skills preparing them for museum/gallery careers such as curator, registrar, preparator and exhibition designer. Coursework includes 3 credits in Museum Studies; 9 credits in related areas of competency (Curatorial Practice, Museum Education and Exhibitions); and 6 credits of Gallery Practicum and Internship experience. A total of 18 credits is required.

Music: (21-22 credits)

The minor in music is designed to give the student a significant educational experience in the musical arts. An audition is not required for admission, however auditions are required for studio instruction and some performing ensembles. A non-music major fee structure applies. The requirements are as follows:

Native American Studies: (18 credits)

Native American Studies is an interdisciplinary minor committed to the study of the cultures, values, history and contemporary life of the American Indian nations and people of North America. The importance and significance of the indigenous people are critical in understanding the nations in which we live. The Native American Studies minor creates an understanding of the unique legacy of American Indians and their continuing relationship to the development of the United States and Canada. Specific emphasis is placed on the Wabanaki peoples of Maine and Canada, with a secondary focus on the Native peoples of North America. However, students may choose to further diversify their studies by including selected courses on the indigenous people of Central and South America.

Native American Studies is founded on the principles of self-determination and sovereignty. It is committed to academic scholarship and research excellence. We educate and inform all students about the Native experience and the rich cultural heritage of the sovereign Native peoples of the North American continent. Our goal is to teach students, through Native perspectives, to understand Native people, their traditions and their cultures.

In an increasingly diverse society, an understanding of distinct populations is a critical asset. A minor in native American Studies exposes students to, and provides them with, an understanding of historical, economic, social and political forces which have shaped Native experiences in the Americas. It prepares students to live in a multicultural society by giving them the skills to confront racism, discrimination and prejudice. It further empowers students to appreciate and celebrate diversity by understanding the worldviews of a distinct people. The program is designed to augment students’ major programs of study and prepares students for diverse careers in areas such as: public service, nursing, law enforcement, business, education, medicine, counseling, social work, as well as a myriad of other occupations.

The Native American Studies minor involves a minimum of 18 credits of course work focusing on Native Americans with three required NAS-designated courses.

In addition, students may submit courses with considerable Native American content for consideration for inclusion in the Native American Studies minor. The content for such courses may make them suitable as approved electives.

For more information or advising assistance, please see Maureen Smith (, Director of Native American Studies in Dunn Hall or call (207) 581-1407.

Philosophy: (18 credits)

Physics: (21 credits, 12 specified and 9 elective)

The Department Chairperson may consider exceptions to this list on a case-by-case basis.

Political Science: (18 credits)

A minor in Political Science shall consist of at least 18 credits. Students are required to take either POS 100 - American Government or POS 120 - Introduction to World Politics. The remaining 15 credits may be chosen by the student from our list of Political Science courses. A minimum of nine (9) POS credits must be taken at UMaine.

Psychology: (18 credits)

Any 18 credits of Psychology (PSY) courses constitute a minor in Psychology. A minimum grade of “C-” must be obtained in each course used to satisfy the Psychology minor. No more than six credits total of PSY 492 and PSY 493 may be used toward the 18 credits. A minimum of 12 Psychology credits must be taken at UMaine. The Department of Psychology must approve all transfer courses applied to the minor.

Public Relations: (18 credits)

Additional Courses:

Recommended as electives to enhance the Public Relations curriculum.

Rhetoric and Writing: (18 credits)

The goal of the Minor in Rhetoric and Writing is to provide students from all disciplines with extended practice in the kinds of writing that will be important in their professions. Courses in the minor enable students to analyze audiences and writing situations, to convey information clearly, and to write persuasively and effectively in professional contexts.

Students should plan to begin the minor by taking ENG 212 in their sophomore year and ENG 317 in their junior year. A member of the English Department will serve as a minor advisor to help students plan programs that are useful to them given their academic background and interests. The requirements for a Minor in Rhetoric and Writing are as follows:

Sociology: (18 credits, 9 in courses at UMaine)

A grade of C (2.0) must be achieved in SOC 201, and the grades for all 18 credits must average a “C”.

Studio Art: (21 credits)

The minor in studio art is designed for non-majors who are interested in developing a basic understanding of art theory, processes, and media. A total of 21 credits is required. Transfer credit is subject to approval by the Department of Art studio faculty.

Theatre: (21 credits)

The minor in Theatre is designed to provide students with foundational experiences in acting, design, directing, dramatic literature, and theatre history, with a focus on theatrical production and performance. The requirements for a Minor in Theatre are as follows:

Women’s Studies: (18 credits)

A number of “topics” courses in various departments occasionally focus entirely on women, and other courses have substantial content on women that may make them suitable as approved electives; other courses have been proposed that may be approved as electives. For lists of such courses (both WST and approved departmental electives) offered this semester and the next contact the WIC/WST office, (207) 581-1228 or visit our web site at

Transfer credit subject to approval by the Director of the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program

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