Interdisciplinary Minors


Richard L. Zweigenhaft , Department of Psychology

The communications minor is open to students of any major. It offers a group of courses from various departments designed to give students a broad introduction to the general area of communications. The minor is concerned with broad social, moral and philosophical issues, as well as with the improvement of communication skills.

This minor should be considered as a core of courses that could be extended in a more focused way through additional courses, independent study and internships. Students interested in public relations or advertising, for instance, could take additional courses in art and management while majoring in English. They also could learn practical skills through involvement with College media (such as the radio station or the various publications) and arrange internships with local advertising agencies, newspapers, radio or television stations.

The minor should be particularly useful to people considering careers in any field of communications (for example, newspapers, radio or television) or business administration. The minor, however, should be worthwhile in general for any student, enhancing her or his college performance and making a useful offering on a transcript for job applications in many fields.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

PSY 241 Mass Media - 4 credits
BUS 310 Professional Communications - 4 credits
BUS 324 Principles of Marketing - 4 credits
ENGL 282 Journalism - 4 credits - 4 credits
ENGL 285 Guilfordian Practicum - 4 credits
JPS 270/PSY 270 Interpersonal Communications - 4 credits
MUS 112 The History of Rock - 4 credits
MUS 295  WQFS Practicum - 2 or 4 credits 
PSY 352 Psychology of Language - 4 credits
REL 161 Religion in the New Media - 4 credits
SOAN 267 Race and Gender in Media Focus - 4 credits
SOAN 362 Popular Culture and Media Studies - 4 credits
THEA 161 Masterpieces of the Cinema  - 4 credits
THEA 262 Gay & Lesbian Cinema - 4 credits
THEA 265 Artistry in Film - 4 credits
Any 290/390 Internship approved by the minor coordinator - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for communications minor – 16 credits

Integrated Science

Michele Malotky , Department of Biology

The integrated science minor is designed to provide students with a broad exposure to a variety of scientific disciplines. Such a broad exposure is essential for citizens and potential leaders who seek to understand the breaking news stories that dominate the headlines in the 21st century. Intelligent decision-making on issues such as stem cell research, the use of the anthrax bacillus as a biological weapon, the ozone holes and potential remedies for the underlying causes of global warming, requires knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, physics, geology and biology. Completion of the integrated sciences minor will provide a solid underpinning for advanced study in the sciences, as well as an appropriate background for students interested in pursuing careers in business, journalism, the law, the social sciences or politics.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses). One of the four courses must be a 300- or 400-level capstone course. In some cases a student might have to take more than three courses to meet the prerequisites of a capstone course.

BIOL 111 Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells - 4 credits
BIOL 112 Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution - 4 credits
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles I - 4 credits
CHEM 112 Chemical Principles II - 4 credits
MATH 112 Elementary Statistics - 4 credits
MATH 115 Elementary Functions - 4 credits
MATH 121 Calculus I - 4 credits
MATH 122 Calculus II - 4 credits
MATH 123 Accelerated Calculus (only if MATH 121 & 122 are not included) - 4 credits
PHYS 111  Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences I - 4 credits  
PHYS 112  Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II - 4 credits  
 PHYS 117 Physics I - 4 credits 
PHYS 118  Physics II - 4 credits 
PHYS 121 Classical and Modern Physics I - 4 credits
PHYS 122 Classical and Modern Physics II - 4 credits

BIOL 313 Molecular Cell Biology - 4 credits
CHEM 331 Physical Chemistry I - 4 credits
CHEM 341 Instrumental Analysis - 4 credits
GEOL 416 Sedimentology and Straigraphy - 4 credits
IDS 416 Biotechnology and Society - 4 credits
IDS 427 Murder, Most Foul - 4 credits
IDS 437 Barrier Islands: Ecology & Development - 4 credits
IDS 461 Nothin' But Disasters - 4 credits
IDS 472 Environmental Planning - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for integrated science minor – 16 credits

Medieval/Early Modern Studies

Heather Hayton , Department of English

The medieval and early modern period (ca. 400-1800 C.E.) has been profoundly formative of the world we live in today. Study of this period, a time markedly different from our own, provides a crucial vantage point for understanding the present age. The medieval/early modern studies minor aims at introducing students to interdisciplinary developments in literature, religion, history, philosophy and culture. It explores such matters as: the determination of life’s meaning; the encounter with diverse civilizations; the pursuit (or evasion) of truth through reason, faith and experience; the unsettled confluence of three great world religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam); the relation among religion, arts and science; the origins of romantic love and humanism; the development of bourgeois society and urban centers out of feudalism and manorialism; the emergence of the great national literatures of Europe; and the shaping of the mythological foundations of the modern West.

Although the locus of study is clearly Europe, students may take courses in medieval China, Japan and Africa, which offer alternative perspectives on this time period and our own.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

HIST 235/ART 235 Renaissance in Florence and Beyond - 4 credits
ENGL 151 King Arthur - 4 credits
ENGL 151 Fairies, Witches, Rebels, Caribs - 4 credits
ENGL 221 British Literature I - 4 credits
ENGL 223 Shakespeare - 4 credits
ENGL 288 Shakespeare & Film - 4 credits
ENGL 306 Medieval Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 309 Early Modern Literature - 4 credits
HIST 101 The Medieval Web - 4 credits
HIST 233 Medieval Civilization: Crusades and Chivalry - 4 credits
HIST 236/REL 236 Reformations:  Luther to Fox - 4 credits
HIST 241 Africa before 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 271 Colonial Latin America - 4 credits
HIST 336/ENGL 336 The Elizabethan Age - 4 credits
HIST 383 Imperial China - 4 credits
HIST 385 Medieval Japan - 4 credits
PHIL 310 Ancient Western Philosophy - 4 credits
PHIL 320 Modern Western Philosophy - 4 credits
PSCI 106 Classics in Political Thought - 4 credits
REL 240 History of Christianity - 4 credits
REL 288 Witches, Ghosts & Demons - 4 credits
SPAN 323 Culture and Society - 4 credits
THEA 130 Theatre and Culture I - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for medieval/early modern studies minor – 16 credits

Various special topics courses that are medieval or early-modern in content may also be counted toward the minor (for example, ENGL 250 Dante, ENGL 350 Chaucer or HIST 250 Studies in the Renaissance). Please see the MEMS coordinator for petition information.

In order to provide coherence to the minor, students are required to build a portfolio of major essays that they have written in each of their four courses. Students will cap this portfolio with an analytical summary prior to completing the minor.

Principled Problem Solving Experience

Mark Justad , Director of Center for Principled Problem Solving

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

The principled problem solving experience minor is a unique learning community in which students will demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the relationship between one or more of Guilford’s Core Values and a specific and significant real world problem. PPS experiences require a significant commitment on the part of a student and are available only to those students at the beginning of each PPSE. PPSE topics and learning communities rotate and change, so please consult with the Center for Principled Problem Solving for PPSE’s currently accepting students.

PPS experiences typically involve a mix of traditional coursework and experiential opportunities (e.g., internships, abroad or field experiences, research, community service, etc.) and rely upon perspectives from a variety of disciplines. Real-world problems and the College’s Core Values are not exclusive to a single discipline. Interdisciplinary learning represents a key component of each PPS experience. Finally, students will have common experiences and courses that seek to build and strengthen the PPSE learning community for each student.

The PPSE minor will occasionally offer special topics such as Every Campus a Refuge