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Accounting Minor (available online)

An accounting minor will help you develop the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to manage financial transactions and prepare financial reports.

 

Agribusiness Minor

The agricultural business minor combines business, management, marketing, finance and economics courses from Northern with specialized ag courses from South Dakota State University.

 

American Indian Studies Minor

Learn about American Indian history, culture and current issues, along with South Dakota history and racial and ethnic relations.

 

Art History Minor

Courses you'll enjoy in this minor span a wide variety of topics in art, including art history, theory and criticism, appreciation, ethics and graphic design. You'll also have the option to take courses in arts management, grant writing and more.

 

Banking and Financial Services Minor

This minor will introduce you to the business of banking and how bankers evaluate business performance to best serve customers’ financial needs.

 

Biology Minor

NSU's biology program emphasizes hands-on activities and critical thinking. With this minor, you'll have the opportunity to explore your interests while working in labs with the latest equipment.

 

Business Minor

This minor offers an introduction to business basics such as accounting and computer applications.

 

Chemistry Minor

Build your chemistry knowledge with courses in general and organic chemistry and corresponding labs.

 

Chinese Minor (available online)

Learn to communicate in one of the world's most-spoken languages with introductory, intermediate and advanced Chinese classes.

 

Coaching Minor

If coaching is in your future, this minor is perfect for you. Learn from actual coaches and professors about tactics, theory, and scheme, and how to coach for all ages. This minor includes courses in coaching baseball, softball, basketball, football, track and field, cross country, wrestling, volleyball and soccer.

 

Communication Studies Minor

Learn to understand and practice communication, developing insight into and ability in effective expression and listening - skills crucial for any job.

 

Computer Science Minor

Explore the systems behind technology with courses in system analysis and design, database management, data mining, security and more.

 

Creative Writing Minor

Creative writing offers a variety of formats and contexts in which to develop your writing, focusing on ways to become a more precise and adaptable writer. 

 

Criminal Justice Minor

In this minor, you'll learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the legislative and judicial process, institution and community corrections, and connections between criminal justice and society.

 

Digital Media Minor

The digital media minor focuses on art design and the technological tools with which to create and share your designs.

 

E-learning Minor

Enhance your teaching resume with knowledge of educational technology tools and resources, and how to best use them in the classroom or through distance teaching.

 

Early Childhood Education Minor

This minor provides an introduction to guidance, literacy, social development and effective teaching of young children.

 

Economics Minor

Gain a solid grounding in economics with classes in business statistics and principles of microeconomics, then customize this minor with economics electives.

 

Elementary Education Science Minor

Classes in biology, chemistry, geography and physics are designed to develop future elementary-level teachers' expertise in this area.

 

English Minor

Extend the power of your education and develop critical reading, writing and communication skills with an English minor. You'll study British and American literature and choose from electives focusing on writing, linguistics or literature.

 

Entrepreneurial Studies Minor

A potential complement to any major, Northern's entrepreneurial studies minor provides resources to innovate and lead your own entrepreneurial venture.

 

Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) Minor

Dive deeply into geographic information systems with studies of data creation and integration, remote sensing, statistics, biogeography and data mining. You'll also learn cartography techniques that allow you to create a visual display of data for any purpose. The GIS minor pairs well with majors such as criminal justice, environmental sciences, sociology, political science, history, and biology.

 

Geography Minor

Geography complements a variety of majors. You'll be encouraged to expand your world view through the study of global issues and processes. This minor minor offers courses in physical, world regional, regional, human and political geography, as well as instruction in remote sensing, data creation and use of geographic information systems.

 

German Minor

Knowledge of German culture, history, and literature sharpens your skills in critical thinking, creativity, communication, and teamwork - skills you need for jobs in nearly any field.

 

Health Minor

Learn about creating conditions that promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit, and how to implement health directives to improve lives in your school and community.

 

History Minor

The history minor allows you to select your favorites from a number of interesting and engaging courses that will encourage you to learn and practice marketable skills.  The classroom experience created by our award-winning faculty will be unlike any other history course you’ve ever taken. This minor touches on Western civilization and U.S. history and use of the historical method to investigate important questions about society; perform research and clearly present findings; and discuss the significance of important events and issues in American and world history. 

 

Human Resource Management Minor

This 18-credit minor offers courses in organization and management, workforce planning and selection, training and development, compensation, and more.

 

International Business Studies Minor

In this program, you’ll take courses that will develop your understanding of diverse human values, motivations, and relations.

 

International Studies Minor

Core courses for this minor include world regional geography; world and Western civilization; and international relations, law, organization and human rights.

 

Legal Studies Minor

Northern's legal studies minor offers a broad-based introduction to the legal system, with courses in philosophy, logic, criminal law and procedure, constitutional and international law, government and international relations. In this minor, you'll learn to evaluate an individual’s relationship with other members of society and the government.  It's a great foundation for those who may be considering law school. 

 

Management Information Systems Minor

Through classroom lectures and hand-on information systems projects, you’ll study technical and managerial areas in MIS. Courses include system analysis and design, web authoring, and IT security, assurance and risk management.

 

Marketing Minor (available online)

Learn to stay on top of trends and technology, and how social media, search, video, and analytics work in the marketing mix. Your studies also will touch on communication, critical thinking, analytics, project management, creativity and expression, negotiation, and more.

 

Mathematics Minor

Courses in this minor include calculus, discrete structures, statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, geometry and abstract algebra.

 

Mathematics Minor in Elementary Education

With this minor, you'll begin building a strong foundation in mathematics for teaching. Courses include math concepts for teachers, trigonometry and calculus.

 

Music Minor

This music minor, designed for education majors, offers private and class instruction; music appreciation, theory and conducting; ensemble work; and instruction in elementary music methods.

 

Music Minor, General

This minor is for the student with a musical background who wishes to continue to study music and develop their individual talent. It is not part of the teacher preparation program.

 

Philosophy Minor

Philosophy is the study of the history of ideas and how to make effective and valid arguments.  The minor is useful for students who are going into fields where they are expected to make logical arguments, present ideas, or defend a position. Introductory classes in philosophy and logic form the foundation of this minor, which also offers a wide selection of elective courses including business ethics, philosophy of religion, constitutional law, sociological theory and more.

 

Physical Education Minor

For education majors, this minor provides an overview of Northern's physical education major.

 

Political Science Minor

The political science minor is designed for those who want to become more knowledgeable about American government and international politics, and who want to become more educated and effective citizens. In this program, you’ll learn to communicate and discuss ideas concisely and effectively.

 

Pre-K-12 Reading Minor

Focus on teaching reading with this minor, which includes courses such as literacy instruction and assessment, language arts methods, and child and adolescent development.

 

Professional Writing and Rhetoric Minor

Professional writing and rhetoric instruction covers topics and skills including digital media, rhetorical theory and practice, news editing and writing, and professional, technical and grant writing.

 

Psychology Minor

Knowledge of psychology can help you in any career field. Northern has designed this minor to be fluid, flexible, and wide open in terms of course selection, so you can build a psychology minor that works for you.

 

Public History Minor (available online)

This minor is designed for students interested in teaching and working in history. You'll explore the world of public historians' work in museums, archives, art galleries, historical sites, national parks, state and local preservation offices, and private consulting firms. With its emphasis on teaching skills to work in nonprofit, educational and public institutions, this minor complements a variety of majors.

 

Religious Studies Minor

The religious studies minor is designed to help students better understand and interpret religious texts, particularly texts important to Western religious traditions. Students completing the minor will learn to compare and contrast different belief systems and to evaluate the way in which religion affects and is affected by major historical, political, social, and cultural developments.

 

Social Science Minor For Elementary Teachers

This minor provides a specialty area for elementary teachers.

 

Sociology Minor

Courses in this minor introduce the scientific study of society and social interactions among people, showing you how to understand and navigate the social systems that influence our lives.

 

Spanish Minor

Learn Spanish writing, conversation and grammar in this 20-credit minor. A practical skill added to any major, Spanish can be used today - no matter where you live.  A bilingual skill set is highly marketable and can increase your earning potential. 

 

Special Education Minor

This minor is designed to prepare general education classroom teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. The minor does not provide certification in special education.

 

Sport Management Minor

Learn about the world of sports – not what happens between the whistles, but before and after games have been played. Go behind the scenes and learn about finances, management, ethics, and more. This minor can benefit both non-athletes and athletes.

 

Studio Art Minor

Discover and develop your talent in art design, painting and sculpture.

 

Theater Minor

If you choose this minor, you will have the opportunity to select electives and specialize in the study of theater.

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