Academic Minors

Declare a minor or pre-professional program and take your bachelor's degree to the next level.

Academic minors are available to students pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Each minor consists of 15 to 25 credit hours of course work. At least six credit hours in a minor must be completed at the College. Students may not select a minor from the same discipline as their major program. Students wishing to declare a minor must do so by the beginning of their junior year (completion of 60 credit hours). Students transferring in more than 60 credit hours must declare a minor by the end of their first semester at Medaille. Students are permitted to take a maximum of two minors.

 


Animal Welfare

TOTAL CREDITS: 18-22 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
Required (12-14 credits)
  • VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)
  • BIO 101 Biology (3), or BIO 160 Human Anatomy (3), or BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology II (5)
  • BIO 230 Foundations of Domestic Animal Health and Welfare (3)
  • PSY 398- Human Animal Bond (3)
 
Two of the following (6-8 credits):
  • VET 206 Handling and Care of Exotics (3)
  • BIO 340 Animal Behavior (3)
  • VET 340 Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part I (3)
  • BIO 423 Ornithology (4)
  • BIO 424 Mammalogy (4)
 
TOTAL CREDITS: 21 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • COM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COM 110 Journalism in the Digital Era
  • COM 130 Survey of Broadcasting: History, Programming, and Operations
  • COM 150 Media Promotions and Marketing
  • One COM elective
  • Two 300/400 level COM electives
 

Creative Writing

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
In order to complete the minor in creative writing, the student must attain at least a C+ average in ENG 100, ENG 110 and ENG 200.
 
Required (9 credits):
  • ENG 210 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  • ENG 330 Prelude Practicum (3)
  • Either ENG 205 Introduction to Literature (3) or ENG 215 Introduction to World Literature (3)
 
Electives (6 credits):
The student pursuing the Creative Writing minor will take at least two 300 level creative writing courses (6 credits).
  • ENG 300: Fiction Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENG 310: Poetry Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENG 320: Dramatic Writing Workshop (3)
 
For the final course, the student may take an additional 300 level creative writing course from the list above, or any of the following (3 credits):
  • COM 110 Journalism in the Digital Era (3)
  • COM 211 Mass Media Writing (3)
  • COM 260 Photojournalism (3)
  • ENG 260 Business & Professional Writing (3)
  • ENG 270 Argument & Persuasion (3)
  • ENG 360 Advanced Report & Proposal Writing (3)
  • ENG 498 Independent Study in Writing (3)
 

Ethics

TOTAL CREDITS:  18 credits
CAMPUS:  Buffalo
 
Required (9 credit hours):
  • PHI 300 Ethics (3)
  • INT 350 Seminar in Religion and Belief (3)
  • PHI 398 The American City (3)
 
Logic component (3 credit hours):
  • PHI 200 Logic (3)
 
Applied ethics component:  Choose one of the following courses (3 credit hours):
  • PHI 298 Special Topic in Philosophy: possible themes include Applied Ethics, Everyday Ethics, Professional Ethics, Animals and Ethics, Digital Ethics, Academic Honesty (3)
  • COM 400 Communications Law and Ethics (3)
  • CRJ 170 Criminal Justice Ethics (3)
  • MGT 460 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (3)
  • SPM 325 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports and Recreation Management (3)
 
Advanced study component: Choose one of the following courses (3 credit hours):
  • PHI 398 Special Topic in Philosophy: possible themes include Moral Psychology, Relativism and Subjectivism, Advanced Moral Philosophy, Ethics Capstone (3)
  • PHI 498 Independent Study in Philosophy (3)

Information Technology

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
Required (12 credits):
  • CIS 115 Computer Applications (3)
  • MIS 240 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MIS 330 Data Communication & Networks (3)
  • MIS 335 Decision Support Systems (3)
 
Two of the following (6 credits):
  • MIS300 Database Development (3)
  • MIS398 Special Topics:  Information Systems Security Policy & Procedure (3)
  • MIS400 Systems Analysis & Design (3)
 

Literature 

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
Required (6 credits):
  • ENG 205 Introduction to Literature (3)
  • ENG 215 Introduction to World Literature (3)
 
Two of the following courses (6 credits):
  • ENG 305 British Literature I (3)
  • ENG 315 British Literature II (3)
  • ENG 325 American Literature I (3)
  • ENG 335 American Literature II (3)
 
Two of the following courses (6 credits):
At least one course must be a 400 level course.
  • ENG 210 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  • ENG 345 Film Art & Appreciation (3)
  • ENG 355 Major Literary Forms (3)
  • ENG 365 Ethnic Literature in America (3)
  • ENG 375 Children's Literature (3)
  • ENG 405 Themes & Topics in American Literature (3)
  • ENG 415 Themes and Topics in British Literature (3)
  • ENG 425 Themes and Topics in World Literature (3)
  • ENG 435 Major Literary Figures (3)
  • ENG 460 Literary Theory & Criticism: English Seminar(3)
  • ENG 485 The English Language, Past, Present & Future (3)
  • ENG 498 Independent Study in Writing (3)
  

Management

TOTAL CREDITS:  18 credits
CAMPUS:  BUFFALO
 
Required (12 credit hours):
  • ACC101 Financial Accounting I (3)
  • ECO200 Macroeconomics (3)
  • MGT175 Management Concepts & Communication (3)
  • MKT220 Principles of Marketing (3)
 
Choose two of the following courses (6 credit hours):
  • MGT299 Business Law I (3)
  • MGT240 Financial Management (3)
  • MGT335 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • MIS240 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MGT230 HR Management (3)

Philosophy

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
Introductory component (3 credits):
  • PHI 100 Nature of Man (3)
  • PHI 170 Issues in Philosophy (3)
  • PHI 298 Special Topic in Philosophy (3)
 
Logic component (3 credits):
  • PHI 200 Logic (3)
 
Ethics component (3 credits):
  • PHI 300 Ethics (3)
 
Upper-division elective component: choose two of the following (6 credits):
  • PHI 368 The American City (3)
  • PHI 398 Special Topic in Philosophy (3)
  • PHI 498 Independent Study in Philosophy (3)
 
Applied theory elective component: choose one of the following (3 credits):
  • ART 360 Photography and Perception (3)
  • COM 300 Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
  • COM 355 Theory of Media Criticism (3)
  • EDU 469 Foundations of Education (3)
  • ENG 345 Film Art and Appreciation (3)
  • ENG 460 Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
  • HUM 400 Philosophy and Literature (3)
  • INT 350 Seminar in Religion and Belief (3)
  • PSY 368 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
  • PSY 379 Parapsychology and Pseudoscience (3)
  • SPM 340 History and Philosophy of Sport (3)
 
NOTE: students cannot take both the Philosophy and the Ethics minor because there is too much overlap between the two minors.
 

Pre-Law

TOTAL CREDITS: 21 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
One of the following (3 credits):
  • CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • POL 101 United States Government (3)
 
One of the following (3 credits):
  • HIS 140 Early United States History (3)
  • HIS 150 Contemporary United States History (3)
  • HIS 450 Early Constitutional Conflict (3)
  • HIS 451 Contemporary Constitutional Conflict (3)
 
One of the following (3 credits):
  • ENG 205 Introduction to Literature (3)
  • ENG 215 Survey of World Literature (3)
 
One of the following (3 credits):
  • PSY (300/400 level) Psychology elective (3)
  • SOC (300/400 level) Sociology elective (3)
 
One of the following (3 credits):
  • ENG 270 Argumentation and Persuasion (3)
  • ENG 360 Advanced Report and Proposal Writing (3)
 
Required (6 credits):
  • PHI 200 Logic (3)
  • PHI 300 Ethics (3)

 


Pre-Professional - Medical School

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • PHY 200 Principles of Physics I
  • PHY 201 Principles of Physics II
  • CHE 400 General Biochemistry
  • MAT 251 Calculus I
  • BIO 498 Special Topic in Biology
 

Pre-Professional - Veterinarian School

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • PHY 200 Principles of Physics I
  • PHY 201 Principles of Physics II
  • CHE 400 General Biochemistry
  • 300/400 VET or BIO elective
  • 300/400 VET or BIO elective
 

Professional Writing

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
In order to complete the minor in professional writing, the student must attain at least a C+ average in ENG 100, ENG 110 and ENG 200.
Required (12 credits): 
  • ENG 210 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  • ENG 330 Prelude Practicum (3)
  • Either ENG 205 Introduction to Literature (3) or ENG 215 Introduction to World Literature (3)
  • ENG 260 Business & Professional Writing (3)
 
Electives (6 credits). Choose any two of the following:
  • COM 110 Journalism in the Digital Era
  • COM 200 Digital Media Production
  • COM 211 Mass Media Writing
  • COM 260 Photojournalism
  • ENG 260 Business & Professional Writing
  • ENG 270 Argument & Persuasion
  • ENG 360 Advanced Report & Proposal Writing
  • ENG 498 Independent Study in Writing
 

Psychology, Developmental

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 210 Child Development
  • PSY 240 Adolescence
  • PSY 349 Psychology of Adulthood
  • PSY Psychology elective
  • PSY (300/400 level) Psychology elective
 

Psychology, Experimental

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 230 Biopsychology
  • PSY 321 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 351 Psychopharmacology
  • PSY Psychology elective
  • PSY (300/400 level) Psychology elective
 

Psychology, General

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 247 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 310 Social Psychology
  • PSY 370 Abnormal Human Behavior
  • PSY Psychology elective
  • PSY (300/400 level) Psychology elective
  

Public Relations

TOTAL CREDITS: 21 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • COM 110-Journalism in the Digital Age (3)
  • COM150 Media Promotions (3)
  • COM211 Mass Media Writing (3)
  • COM 311-Social Media Strategies (3)
  • COM 390- Crisis Communication (3)
  • COM 421 Advertising PR Campaign Planning (3)
  • ENG 260 Business and Professional Writing (3)
 

Sport and Recreation Leadership

TOTAL CREDITS: 18 credits
CAMPUS:  BUFFALO
 
Required (4 courses)
  • PSY 385 Sports Psychology (3)
  • ECO380 Economics of Sports (3)
  • SPM220 Sports Leadership & Management (3)
  • SPM340 History & Philosophy of Sport (3)
 
Choose two of the following courses (6 credit hours):
  • SPM325 Legal/Ethical Issues Sports/Rec Mgt. (3)
  • SPM320 Sports Marketing & Promotion (3)
  • SPM335 Sport Event Management (3)
  • SOC301 Sports in Society (3)
  • SPM377 Field Experience I (3)

Veterinary Practice Management

TOTAL CREDITS: 15-20 credits
CAMPUS: Buffalo
 
  • VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)
  • BIO 230 Foundations of Domestic Animal Health and Welfare (3)
  • VET 340 Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part I (3)
  • VET 398 Management Principles for the Veterinary Hospital Manager (3)
  • *VET 177Preceptorship I (2) or MGT 377 Field Experience I (3)
  • BIO 101 Biology(3), or BIO 160 Human Anatomy(3), or BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology II (5)
 
*May require a 1 credit independent study in addition to Vet 177
 

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