College of Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Degree Programs

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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences blends the study of traditional humanities into a modern context, challenging you to become a deep and critical thinker from topics covering Language and Communications, to Government and Public Administration and Psychology and Counseling. Minor degree programs within our college will help you refine your ability to research, read, write and think your way through complex issues, gaining the tangible skills to offer real-world solutions. Our minor programs embrace GCU’s Christian heritage, promoting the spirit of servant leadership and creating broad communities within which you may serve.


Minor in African American Experiences – 16 Credits

The new minor in African American experiences allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the African American influence within the U.S. and global communities, including its rich history, diverse voices and important events. Graduates will learn how cultural differences unify around the core Christian doctrines and common practices of faith.

  • Multicultural Literature (ENG-355)
  • Community History (HIS-327)
  • Stratification and Inequality in a Diverse Society (SOC-436)
  • Kingdom Diversity (HTH-380)

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Minor in Behavioral Health Sciences – 20 Credits

The new minor in behavioral health focuses on a core of useful and requisite knowledge to successfully work within the behavioral health field. The five courses for this minor introduce students to the behavioral health field by teaching them concepts related to ethics, cultural diversity and basic clinical skills to apply as behavioral health paraprofessionals. It will help fulfill the great demand for entry-level professionals to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in behavioral health. This certificate will offer the necessary education to prepare students seeking employment as behavioral health paraprofessionals. This certificate does not lead to licensure or certification.

  • Introduction to Counseling Theories (PCN-107)
  • Group Dynamics and Process (BHS-240)
  • Ethics of Behavioral Health Science (BHS-320)
  • Culture and Social Diversity in Behavioral Health (BHS-330)
  • Report Writing, Research and Information Literacy in Behavioral Health (BHS-350)

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Minor in Communication – 16 Credits

The minor in communication is designed to develop a student’s knowledge base of the theory of communication as well as how to speak, write and think critically. The minor in communication prepares students for positions in business, government, education, science and healthcare. Communication is essential for the development of the whole person — socially, culturally and professionally.

  • Fundamentals of Communication (COM-100)
  • Small Group Communication (COM-222)
  • Conflict and Negotiation (COM-312)
  • Organizational Communication (COM-456)

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Minor in Counseling - 16 Credits

The minor in counseling is designed to develop students' understanding of counseling theories and how they relate to working in the human relations field of behavioral health. This minor prepares students with applicable skills in interpreting diagnoses, writing reports and working on integrative health teams. It prepares students for positions in behavioral health settings, such as community and private organizations. The minor in counseling will also coordinate well with the theoretical backgrounds of psychology, sociology, communications and ministry. The interplay of theory and practical skills will allow students to market their skills to a wider audience of employers. This minor does not lead to licensure.

  • Foundations of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders (PCN-100)
  • Introduction to Counseling Theories (PCN-107)
  • Case Management and Crisis Skills for Addiction and Substance (PCN-255)
  • Prof, Legal & Ethical Issues - Addiction & Substance Use Disorder (PCN-404)

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Minor in Criminal Justice - 16 Credits

The minor in criminal justice provides knowledge and skills across a broad range of real-world applications in criminal justice. Students acquire detailed knowledge of criminality and the justice system response to criminal behavior. They are prepared for careers in local, state and federal law enforcement such as police, sheriff, probation and correctional officers.

  • Criminal Behavior and Victimology (JUS-212)
  • Police Function (JUS-320)
  • Criminal Law (JUS-430)
  • Criminal Procedure and Public Policy (JUS-441)

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Minor in Forensic Psychology - 20 Credits

The minor in forensic psychology focuses on the psychological experiences of victims and sheds insight into abnormal human behavior. Students are introduced to an understanding of the criminal justice system and exposed to crime scene processing. The minor program better prepares students to work with people who need assistance coping with the aftereffects of a violent crime. Often, police officers are the first point of contact for these individuals. The program is designed for individuals seeking a career as a correctional professional, social worker, homeland security professional, community mental health professional or private-sector worker.

  • Criminal Behavior and Victimology (JUS-212)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY-470) 
  • Understanding Trauma (BHS-440)
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (PSY-310)
  • Criminal Law (JUS-430)

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Minor in Hispanic Experiences – 16 Credits

The new minor in Hispanic experiences provides students with a deeper understanding of the Latinx influence within the U.S. and global communities. Students will also learn more about Hispanic traditions, diverse voices and important events in their history. Students in this minor will learn how the core Christian doctrines and common practices of faith provide unity among cultural differences.

  • Multicultural Literature (ENG-355)
  • Southwest Borderlands (HIS-466)
  • Stratification and Inequality in a Diverse Society (SOC-436)
  • Kingdom Diversity (HTH-380)

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Minor in History – 16 Credits

The minor in history encourages students to develop cultural and critical thinking competencies which orient them toward a better understanding of the global economy. This program provides graduates with foundational knowledge of where society has come from and how best to interact with a wide variety of people from all walks of life.

  • Ancient Mediterranean History (HIS-325)
  • Survey of Asian Empires (HIS-350)
  • Renaissance and Reformation (HIS-380)
  • 20th Century Europe (HIS-426)

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Minor in Human Services Case Management - 16 Credits

The minor in human services case management provides a well-rounded knowledge in understanding trauma-informed care, the case management process, coordination of care and working on integrative human services teams and other helping professions. This minor coordinates well with theoretical backgrounds in psychology, sociology, counseling and ministry.

  • Introduction to Social Work (SOC-372)
  • Report Writing, Research and Information Literacy in Behavioral Health (BHS-350)
  • Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care (BHS-470)
  • Case Management (pre-req: SOC-372) (SOC-445)

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Minor in Literature - 16 Credits

The minor in literature broadens students’ exposure to, and deepens their understanding and appreciation of, essential works of fiction, poetry and drama. The works selected represent every important period and genre in the history of British and American literature, from Anglo-Saxon poetry to Existentialist drama. The authors studied in this program include the mainstays of the literary canon, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pope, Wordsworth, Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, James and Eliot, as well as writers whose works exemplify the challenges faced by women, Native Americans, African Americans and other underrepresented groups.

  • Foundational Texts of British Literature (ENG-357)
  • Transatlantic Literature (ENG-359)
  • American Encounter Narratives (ENG-360)
  • Shakespeare and the History of Drama (ENG-451)

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Minor in Mathematics - 20 Credits

The minor in mathematics teaches skills in mathematical modeling, including many applications in computer science, engineering and business. It helps students prepare for high-demand careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), statistical modeling and quantitative visualization and analytics.

  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry (MAT-252)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (MAT-253)
  • Discrete Mathematics (MAT-215)
  • Applied Linear Algebra (MAT-345)
  • Mathematical Modeling (MAT-470)

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Minor in Pre-Law - 16 Credits

The pre-law minor provides you with exposure to major concepts of the law, which include the philosophical underpinnings of the Western legal tradition, civil law, criminal law and the practice of law. This foundation of legal thought is an ideal preparation for law school or a legal career path for students who desire to get a head start in their understanding of the framework of law.

  • Philosophy of Law (GOV-357)
  • Civil Law (GOV-360)
  • Criminal Law (JUS-430)
  • Practice of Law (GOV-455)

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Minor in Performance and Sport Psychology – 16 Credits

The minor in performance and sport psychology provides individuals interested in sport, performing arts, health and fitness or mental health fields the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities to improve the performance and lives of those with whom they work. The field of sport and performance psychology is concerned with the psychological factors that influence human performance. It involves improving the lives of others through assessment and intervention strategies that enhance performance and personal growth.

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (PSY-366)
  • Social Aspects of Sport/Psychosocial Aspects of Sport (PSY-368)
  • Psychology of Coaching (PSY-410)
  • Leadership and Team Building (PSY-425)

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Minor in Professional Writing - 16 Credits

The new minor in professional writing focuses on preparing learners to develop skills in writing and editing that can be applied to a broad range of professional contexts and careers. The courses for this minor provide students with important practice, writing in a variety of professional genres which will prepare them to adapt their practice to other contexts. Skills learned can include writing for public relations, writing and presentation for news stories in various forms of media, writing technical documents and communicating scientific ideas to laypeople.

  • Writing for Advertising and PR (ENG-381)
  • Multi-Media Journalism in the 21st Century (ENG-365)
  • Technical Writing (ENG-466)
  • Communicating Scientific Ideas to Popular Audiences (ENG-456)

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Minor in Psychology - 20 Credits

The minor in psychology introduces students to the study of human behavior of all ages (children through elderly adults). The program examines how personality and cognitive thinking are formed, developed and influenced through each person’s social and cultural environment. Since behavior and emotional development are often affected by both cognitive thinking and the environment, students will examine the roles of science and research in understanding and enhancing mental health.

  • General Psychology (PSY-102)
  • Personality Psychology (PSY-255)
  • Health Psychology (PSY-352)
  • Social Psychology and Cultural Applications (PSY-362)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY-470)

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Minor in Public Administration - 16 Credits

The minor in public administration enhances students' understanding of how various factions of government and the private sector interact. Students in a business, healthcare or STEM-related field would benefit, especially if there is an interest in a career tied to the public sector. This minor helps students prepare for career opportunities in the nonprofit and government sectors.

  • American Government and Politics (GOV-140)
  • Public Administration (GOV-351)
  • State and Local Government (GOV-366)
  • Municipal Government and Administration (GOV-376)

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Minor in Social Work - 16 Credits

The new minor in social work focuses on preparing learners to pursue entry-level careers in the field of social work and other helping professions. The content of the courses provides a historical exploration of the development of social work as a profession and reviews the various populations and settings with which social workers engage within the field. Students learn case management skills, including assessment techniques, problem-solving strategies and how to manage a client case. Other skills learned include identifying appropriate evidence-based treatment strategies, evaluation of interventions, strategies for termination of services, application of professional ethical standards and application of research skills to the field of social work.

  • Introduction to Social Work (SOC-372)
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment (SOC-386)
  • Case Management (SOC-445)
  • Direct Practice (SOC-449)

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Minor in Spanish - 24 Credits

The minor in Spanish is designed to develop at least intermediate-level fluency in listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish, and to provide a general introduction to Spanish culture and literature to enhance cross-cultural sensibilities and expand opportunities in the job market.

  • Intermediate Spanish I (SPA-214)
  • Intermediate Spanish II (SPA-224)
  • Spanish Conversation (SPA-309)
  • Spanish Composition and Grammar (SPA-310)
  • Contemporary Issues (SPA-320)
  • Introduction to Literature in Spanish (SPA-341)

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