Many Xavier students find adding a minor to their major is an excellent way to expand their academic experience and career marketability. 40 majors are also offered as a minor, and more than 20 unique, cross-disciplinary minors allow you to explore new avenues. Chemistry major and forensic science minor? Economics major and peace studies minor? Go forth and set the world on fire.
Majors Available as Minors
- Biomedical Sciences
- Business Analytics
- Classical Humanities
- Communication Studies
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Digital Innovation, Film and Television
- Digital Media
- Education: Montessori
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Environmental Studies
- Gender & Diversity Studies
- Health Services Administration
- Information Systems
- International Business
- International Studies
- Political Science
- Public Relations
- Social Work
- Special Education
The Africana studies minor serves as an introduction to the historical, political, cultural and social traditions of the African continent and the African Diaspora within disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts. Elective courses which satisfy the intellectual requirements of the minor trace the customs, mores and histories of African nations or countries with significant African Diaspora populations, perform comparative analyses between African or African Diaspora populations or focus on individual spheres (cultural, economic, political, social, etc.) within specific African/African Diaspora populations.
Applied Health Sciences
The applied health sciences minor offers students the ability to critically analyze scientific knowledge and examine career options in science-based, applied health professions. Students consider a variety of approaches, perspectives and factors contributing to healthy human development and functioning. Related majors include Nursing, Exercise Science, Psychology, Biology and Occupational Therapy.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers minors in mathematics, statistics and applied mathematics.
The arts administration minor consists of five three-credit hour classes, totaling fifteen credit hours to complete. Students learn skills in not-for-profit arts leadership, artistic programming, oral communication, diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility concepts, not-for-profit financial planning, not-for-profit fundraising and grant writing, arts marketing and digital ticketing systems.
The art history minor consists of eighteen credit hours. The art history minor offers students a fascinating journey through the evolution of human creativity, providing insights into the cultural, social and aesthetic dimensions of artistic expression. By exploring various art movements and periods, students gain a deeper understanding of how art has shaped and reflected societies throughout history.
Xavier University offers a minor in Asian studies that allows students to pursue their interest in Asian cultures, languages and history while also satisfying university core requirements. The Asian studies minor is designed to build a deep knowledge of and appreciation for the peoples and cultures of Asia. Students will gain intermediate competency in an Asian language and learn about Asia from a variety of perspectives (e.g. historical, cultural, religious) and broaden their global perspective with insight into the diverse world of Asia.Learn More about the Minor in Asian Studies
Only chemistry and chemical science majors are eligible for this minor.Learn More about the Minor in Biochemistry
The business minor, available to all non-business majors, provides students with an introduction to business. Students gain exposure to a variety of business disciplines and topics. The business minor is available to all majors. In order to declare a business minor, complete a Change of Major/Minor form, available from the undergraduate office of the Williams College of Business (room 120A, Smith Hall).Learn More about the Minor in Business
Student’s pursuing a minor in Business Analytics will not only develop strong analytic skills but also emerge as ethically responsible users of data. Ultimately, students will be able to help businesses make better decisions through data analysis and statistical modelling.Learn More about the Minor in Business Analytics
Catholicism and Culture
The subject of the minor is Catholicism and its various cultural embodiments across time and across the entire world. Students in this minor will examine the intersection of theological ideas and human culture. The minor consists of 18 hours of courses including an introductory course that is also interdisciplinary, along with four elective courses and a 3 hour capstone course.Learn More about the Minor in Catholicism and Culture
Clinical Science Management
The Clinical Science Management minor is designed to equip students with a strong foundation in healthcare administration and management, preparing them for careers in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry.
Coaching Education Minor
The coaching education minor provides students a developmentally-appropriate, athlete-centered approach, with an emphasis on long-term athlete development (LTAD). As a result, students will be better able to contribute to the growth and well-being of people they will coach in the future.
A minor in corrections (criminal justice) is earned by completing 15 credit hours of required criminal justice courses. Students should consult the department chair concerning specific requirements for the minor.Learn More about the Minor in Corrections
This minor is for non-Computer Science majors only. The minor in Cybersecurity Systems is an interdisciplinary minor that facilitates the students’ intellectual immersion into the core curriculum by providing cases for direct application of ethics, analysis, and technical skills, and requiring that the students be able to communicate about their analysis, conclusions, and ecommended priorities. The topics studied in cybersecurity expose students to questions of privacy rights, responsibility when security fails, ethics of storing data insecurely and of using one’s skills to penetrate system defenses. The case studies experienced by students will require decisions and justifications that draw directly from the ethical frameworks they study in the core.
The Deaf Studies minor provides students with a strong foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) skills, a broad understanding of the history, literature and culture of the Deaf community, and knowledge of issues in areas such as education, the legal system, and medical care that affect Deaf individuals. The minor involves direct engagement with members of the Deaf community both on and off campus, and adds value to a student’s major and career options by demonstrating an ability to work and interact with members of the Deaf community in professional and social contexts.Learn More about the Minor in Deaf Studies
The Minor in Electronics Engineering aims at teaching students the fundamentals of electronics engineering and introducing them to the exciting applications of modern electronics. The minor is designed to provide students a foundation to explore specialized topics in electronics engineering such as Electrical Circuit Analysis, Semi-conductor Electronics, Digital Logic Circuits, Microprocessors, Communication Theory, and Control Systems.Learn More about the Minor in Environmental Studies
The environmental studies minor is a 16-hour interdisciplinary program compatible with any major. It offers students an integrated overview of environmental and natural resource fields. This minor should be appealing to students who are interested in environmental issues and those interested in working in an environmentally related field.Learn More about the Minor in Environmental Studies
The environmental studies minor is a 16-hour interdisciplinary program compatible with any major. It offers students an integrated overview of environmental and natural resource fields. This minor should be appealing to students who are interested in environmental issues and those interested in working in an environmentally related field.Learn More about the Minor in Forensic Sciences
Gender and Diversity Studies
The gender and diversity studies minor acquaints students with scholarship on gender and diversity in their broadest, most inclusive sense. Courses in the program facilitate the development of students' critical thinking skills, knowledge base, and intellectual frameworks for analyzing and exploring the nature of diversity including socioeconomic, political, psychological, and cultural experiences and positions between and among individuals and groups defined by gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, age, religious beliefs and physical/mental abilities. Students examine the individual and collective experiences of traditionally disenfranchised as well as privileged social groups, investigating the conceptual roots of identity as well as similarities and differences among them.Learn More about the Minor in Gender and Diversity Studies
To earn a Greek minor, students must complete 15 hours of Greek courses beyond the Elementary II level. In addition, the student must maintain a 2.500 cumulative average in all Greek courses. For more specific guidelines for the Greek minor, consult the department chair.Learn More about the Minor in Greek
Health, Ethics and Spirituality
The Health, Ethics and Spirituality minor provides enhanced integrative opportunities for students specializing in the health sciences to deepen their engagement with questions of meaning, purpose and value; and to explore issues of spiritual and ethical concern most relevant to health care professionals.Learn More about the Minor in Health, Ethics and Spirituality
The minor in Human-Centered Making consists of five courses (15 credit hours) in Human-Centered Making. It is designed to give students an introduction to design thinking, digital fabrication, and user experience in a series of project-based courses.
The Italian studies minor will offer students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Italian language and culture. Students will achieve intermediate proficiency in the Italian language while pursuing electives on Italian cultural topics in fine art, philosophy, Classics, history, theology, and/or other disciplines. A study abroad experience in Italy is highly encouraged in order to perfect students' language skills. Courses taken while abroad will count towards the minor.Learn More about the Minor in Italian Studies
The Jewish studies minor is an interdisciplinary program with courses drawn from the departments of Theology, Philosophy, History, Classics and English. What makes this minor unique to Xavier is that many of the courses are taught by faculty of Hebrew Union College. The goal of the minor is to develop an understanding of how a non-geographically-defined culture has preserved its ethnic and religious identity. Students learn the historical, literary and ideological developments that resulted in the formation of Judaism.Learn More about the Minor in Jewish Studies
To earn a Latin minor, students must complete 15 hours of Latin courses beyond the Elementary II level. In addition, the student must maintain a 2.500 cumulative average in all Latin courses. For more specific guidelines for the Latin minor, consult the department chair.Learn More about the Minor in Latin
Latin American, LatinX and Caribbean Studies
The Latin American, Latinx, & Caribbean Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program housed in the department of modern languages. It is available to all Xavier undergraduates and enhances any major. It is designed to help students achieve an advanced level of ability in the Spanish language and cultural competency in Latin America. Many employers look for evidence that candidates for employment are prepared to deal with the realities of a global society.Learn More about the Minor in The Latin American, Latinx, & Caribbean Studies Minor
The minor in music performance affords students who have chosen a major field of study other than music the opportunity to continue their studies in music in a structured setting. The availability of a music minor will be of special interest to students who have actively participated in music organizations during their high school years and who have invested considerable time and resources pursuing their avocation. This course of study will provide students with a knowledge of theory, a historical/stylistic understanding of music and vocal/instrumental performance experience.Learn More about the Minor in Music Performance
The music production minor consists of 15 credit hours and teaches students the technology needed to create, record and process music for today’s digital environment.Learn More about the Minor in Music Production
The music studies minor affords students who have chosen a major field of study other than music the opportunity to continue their studies in music in a structured setting. The availability of a music minor will be of special interest to students who have actively participated in music organizations during their high school years and who have invested considerable time and resources pursuing their avocation. This course of study will provide students with a knowledge of theory, a historical/stylistic understanding of music and vocal/instrumental performance experience.Learn More about the Minor in Music Studies
The musical theatre minor is an interdisciplinary minor that brings together courses involving singing, dancing and stage performance to provide a unique opportunity for students interested in music and theatre to concentrate on both areas, while earning one minor. These are students who, due to constraints of time and credit hours, must currently choose between either a music or a theatre minor.Learn More about the Minor in Musical Theatre
Operations & Supply Chain Management
To meet the demands of the 21st century, students must be able to use information technologies effectively. The Operations & Supply Chain minor, offered through the Business Analytics and Information Systems program, introduces students to the study of computer principles and techniques as they apply to operations and supply chain management.Learn More about the Minor in Operations & Supply Chain
Peace and Justice Studies
Xavier's peace and justice studies minor is a fifteen hour interdisciplinary program compatible with any undergraduate major. Requirements for the minor consist of the Challenge of Peace seminar (THEO 345/POLI 344) and four electives chosen from more than 90 course options. Peace studies draws on a wide range of academic subjects including history, theology, political science, international affairs, literature, social work, psychology, economics, gender and diversity studies, the natural sciences and others.Learn More about the Minor in Peace Studies
The minor in political communication at Xavier University is an interdisciplinary one that brings together the resources and expertise of faculty from the departments of Communication Arts and Political Science. The political communication minor enables students to explore the process through which citizens learn information about political actors, decisions and institutions and the role played by the media, political parties, campaigns, interest groups and governmental (and non-governmental) agencies in the political process. The minor also provides students with an opportunity to develop oral and writing skills that are central to the students' academic and social development, while enhancing their ability to understand the political process and contribute effectively to civic life.Learn More about the Minor in Political Communication
The Minor in Political Economy explores the integration of economics, law, public policy, and financial markets. This minor is available to Smith Scholars only and is designed to prepare Smith Scholars for engagement with global and regional issues that require economic, political, legal, and financial analysis.Learn More about the Minor in Political Communication
The minor in political thought is an opportunity for students to pursue an interest in researching major issues and texts in political theory. The minor builds on students' exposure to the question of justice and the best regime in Plato's Republic, a text studied by all undergraduates in Philosophy 100 as part of the core. In the spirit of that course (which is not included in the minor), the Political Thought minor emphasizes landmark texts that raise fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of politics. Such questions may include: What is a political community? What is the best form of government? What is the philosophical basis of the American political system? What legitimates a regime or a body of law? What is the essence of justice? What are the rights and responsibilities of a citizen? What is a revolution and when is it justified? What are the proper relations between politics and ethics, and politics and religion?Learn More about the Minor in Political Thought
The population health minor is an interdisciplinary minor open to all Xavier University undergraduate students and compatible with any major. Courses provide students with an understanding of the distribution of health outcomes within populations, the social determinants that influence health distribution, the economic framework influencing social determinants of health (SDoH), the cost-effectiveness of interventions designed to address SDoH and the policies and interventions that impact the determinants and life expectancy of the population within diverse communities.
A minor in pre-physical therapy is earned by completing a minimum of 4 credit hours of required science and other courses and is based on an examination of pre-requisties for graduate physical therapy programs, as described by the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), which is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Please note that pre-requisites for DPT programs vary by school so students will need to carefully research the pre-requisites at those schools to which they intend to apply. The Pre-Professional Health Advisor at Xavier will be able to advise students with regard to this minor. Students should consult the Biology department chair concerning specific requirements for the minor.Learn More about the Minor in Pre-Physical Therapy
The professional education minor affords students who have chosen a major field of study in a licensure area the opportunity to pursue a path that can lead to a license to teach. The course of study will provide students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary for a successful teaching career.
A concentration in public history within the History major or a minor in public history for students who are not history majors will enhance the skills that make history majors and minors successful in their careers and/or advanced degrees.Learn More about the Minor in Public History
The religious education minor is designed to prepare theology majors to meet the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's professional requirements for Catholic High School Religion Teacher Certification. The minor alone does not suffice to meet those professional requirements. Rather, the theology major must be completed in addition to this minor in order to satisfy the necessary educational requirements for archdiocesan certification. The certification standards of other Catholic dioceses are similar to Cincinnati's, but students are strongly encouraged to check with the diocese where they plan to teach religion.Learn More about the Minor in Religious Education
Spirituality and Solidarity
This area of concentration invites students to more closely study the intersection of faith, spirituality, and social-ecological responsibility.
The statistics minor requires 20 credit hours of courses. This minor is intended to enhance student’s understanding of data, uncertainty, and estimation. Students completing the minor will acquire a mastery of fundamental theory in probability and statistics, as well as a working knowledge of advanced data analysis methodology that have found applications in a broad range of areas (e.g., biology, medicine, computer science, economics, finance, psychology, marketing, manufacturing, and engineering).Learn More about the Minor in Statistics
Strategic Human Resource Management
This minor is designed to give business and non-business majors skills that will enhance their attractiveness to employers upon graduation. It also provides an opportunity to pursue a business specialty in HR. Strategic HRM concerns the total activity of an organization, business, or firm as these activities relate to the work force. Such activities include employment law, recruiting and selection, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, workplace diversity, and labor relations.
The Studio Art Minor requires 18 hours of art courses including 2D and 3D Design, with the remaining 12 hours dispersed among beginning and/or advanced studio classes of the students' choosing in the following: ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.Learn More about the Minor in Studio Art
The writing minor requires 18 credit hours of courses.Learn More about the Minor in Writing