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Minors

Minors provide students with the exciting opportunity to explore fields that they may not directly encounter within their major, and also to investigate more deeply topics encountered within the major.

For instance, a student interested in law can earn a Pre-Law minor, while a student who wants to start a political consulting firm might major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and minor in Business Administration. Since theology is such an important part of the Common Core at King’s, all students can earn a theology minor by taking two theology electives.



Business Administration Minor:

Designed for non-business majors, the business minor equips students with a range of management skills that will be essential in whatever career they choose to pursue.  Students will learn the language of business, and improve their managerial decision-making, project management, organizational design, and marketing abilities.  Students will develop practical, concrete skills that will increase their appeal in the competitive job marketplace, and will have the opportunity to hone these skills through interaction with King’s top-notch business faculty.

Required Courses: ECO 211: Microeconomics; ENG 412: Persuasive Writing and Speaking; BUS 273: Principles of Management and Organization; BUS 271: Financial Accounting; BUS 371: Introduction to Marketing; Business elective. Accounting; BUS 371: Introduction to Marketing; and one Business elective.



Economics:

The Economics minor builds upon the economic training all students receive as part of the common core (Introduction to Economics, Microeconomics, and Economic Thought and Practice). Students take two additional courses, Macroeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics (or Econometrics when offered), and one economics elective of their choice at the 300 or 400 level. Students with a minor in Economics develop analytical skills and learn how to apply the economic way of thinking to the complexities of the modern world, preparing students for a career in business, data management, government, non-profit, and public policy.    

Required Courses: ECO 110 (Introduction to Economics), ECO 210 (Macroeconomics), ECO 211 (Microeconomics), ECO 311 (Economic Thought and Practice), ECO 325 (Intermediate Microeconomics) or Econometrics, one Economics elective at the 300 or 400 level.



Education Minor:

The Foundations of Education minor focuses on the essential aspects of education: history, philosophy, policy, and practice.  This minor equips students who are considering careers in teaching, school administration, or educational policy.  It is not a teacher-training program, and students do not receive teacher certification. 

The vocation of teaching requires years of preparation, and in most states public school teachers must earn a master’s degree to receive permanent certification.  While many colleges and universities offer full-scale undergraduate programs in education leading only to temporary teacher certification, King’s has chosen a different approach.  We believe the best undergraduate preparation for teaching is a solid grasp of the PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics) of education, as seen through 2500 years of educational history.

In total, the minor includes five courses that cover the history and philosophies of education in the West, with specific attention to the American experience, along with an educational policy course and a teaching practicum.

Required courses: POL 315: American Political Thought and Practice III; History of American; EDU 251: History and Philosophy of Education II; EDU 451: Education Policy; two Education electives



Culture and the Arts:

It is not enough to just have knowledge of skills these days.  People who understand how art, and the cultures in which they thrive, plays out in the larger society have a leg up on the competition. Beginning with a solid foundation in the historical record of Western Civilization, students in the Culture and the Arts minor study the cultural productions of world cultures and societies: architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, drama, religion, and philosophy.  Students learn how to navigate our postmodern world in order to better understand the storylines on which the present day operates.

Required Courses: HIS 111: Western Civilization I; HIS 212: Western Civilization II; HUM 211: Arts and Ideas I; HUM 312: Arts and Ideas II; any two of HUM 210: Principles of Cultural Interpretation; HUM 310: The Postmodern World; Humanities/MCA elective.



Journalism Minor:

As a hub for business, fashion, sports, book and entertainment journalism, New York is a perfect setting for students to study journalism and prepare for internships at magazines, newspapers, websites or TV networks.  Students learn about reporting and & writing as well as opinion, magazine, and advanced feature writing journalism.   Students also benefit from the presence of The John McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at King’s, which brings top journalists to campus for speeches and lectures.  Additionally, The Empire State Tribune, our campus newspaper, is an outlet for student journalists to publish their work and produce videos.

Journalism Minor: ENG 412: Persuasive Writing and Speaking; MED 251: Enterprise of Mass Communication; MED 353: Media, Culture, and Society, JOU 110: Introduction to Journalism; Journalism elective or Internship; Journalism elective.



Literature Minor:

The Literature Minor emphasizes reading original works by great writers in the Western tradition.  Students who minor in Literature will encounter a broad range of imaginative works, including the epics of ancient Greece and Rome, the history of poetry in the English language, the plays of Shakespeare, and a sampling of classics from Europe and America.

As Christian scholars, literature teachers at King’s embrace a strategy of ethical reading that respects the insights of literary theory but affirms that texts can   convey meaning, takes history and social context into account, and helps students enter fully into the inventive worlds of great authors to gain insight into the human condition.

Required Courses: HIS 212: Western Civilization II; LIT 251: Classical Literature; LIT 252: Shakespeare; LIT 352: English and American Poetry; elective in American Literature; elective in British or European Literature.



Media Studies Minor:

To study mass media is to examine our society’s conversation with itself. The Media minor develops a student’s skill at listening in on that exchange and understanding how it relates to our public and private choices in areas such as entertainment, newsgathering and life in our ever-changing democracy.  The minor offers students the opportunity to examine in some depth what the media are and how they shape our society.  Students interested in opportunities to hone production skills in film, television and social media are able to do so by taking media and film electives. 

Required Courses:  ENG 412: Persuasive Writing and Speaking, MED 251: Enterprise of Mass Communication; MED 353: Media Culture and Society; three Media electives.



Philosophy Minor:

The Philosophy minor builds upon the philosophical preparation of the common core (Foundations of Philosophy and Ethics).  Students study the central ideas of the major philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Philosophy; Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas in Medieval Philosophy; and Descartes and Locke in Modern Philosophy.  Students must also take one 300- or 400-level philosophy elective.  The philosophy minor prepares students to consider the nature of God, the nature of creatures, and the ways in which God superintends His creation.  Students are also challenged to understand the relationships that both God and creatures bear to moral goodness and evil.

PHL 110 Logic; PHL 361: Ethics; PHL 210: Ancient Philosophy; PHL 212: Medieval Philosophy; PHL 214: Modern Philosophy; one Philosophy elective at the 300 or 400 level.



Politics Minor:

The Politics Minor at The King's College gives students a solid knowledge of politics, including politics outside the United States. Government is the regulation of public affairs, and politics is the means by which people determine whose views of government will prevail.  King's is rooted in the tradition that urges Christians to engage the political realities of their time. The Politics Minor contributes to that end by requiring student to take courses in political philosophy, American political history, constitutional law, comparative government, and international relations. These requirements ensure that students pursuing the minor are introduced to the main "subfields" of academic political science. The minor is designed to serve as a possible springboard for graduate study in politics or for a career in public service or international affairs.

Required Courses:  POL 110: Foundations of Politics; POL 315: American Political Thought and Practice III; POL 312: Enlightenment and Liberal Democracy; POL 351: Constitutional Law; elective in Comparative Politics; elective in International Politics.



Pre-Law Minor:

The Pre-Law Minor at The King's College offers a competitive advantage to students who plan to attend law school.  Cultivating skills that will be useful in law school and beyond, the minor is open to any student, regardless of major. To prepare students to read legal materials, the minor requires students to take two courses in constitutional law: a survey course, and a more advanced course dealing with civil rights.  Because financial literacy is highly beneficial for attorneys, the minor also requires students to take Financial Accounting and provides an opportunity to take Legal Studies in Business.  Students pursuing the minor will be introduced to the careful evaluation of arguments—a vital skill for law school and legal advocacy—in Foundations of Philosophy, a core-curriculum course at King's. Finally, the Pre-Law minor requires students to take at least one course in literature.  

Required Courses: PHL 110: Logic; BUS 271: Financial Accounting; POL 351: Constitutional Law; POL 451: Civil Rights; Choice of one of the following: BUS 473: Legal Studies in Business; or POL 452: Statesmanship. Choice of one of the following: elective in American Literature or British and European Literature.



Theology:

The Theology minor builds upon the biblical and theological training that all students receive as part of the common core (Introduction to Old Testament, Christianity and Society, Introduction to New Testament, and Foundations of Judeo-Christian Thought). Students take an additional course in the principles of biblical interpretation as well as two theology electives of their choice. Through biblical scholarship and historical and systematic theological reflection, this concentration helps students develop a lens through which to understand the modern world, equipping graduates to bring the light of Christ into their workplace and communities in ways appropriate to their callings. 

Required Courses: REL 112 (Old Testament Literature), REL 110 (Christianity and Society), REL 211 (New Testament Literature), REL 354 (Principles of Biblical Interpretation), REL 312 (Foundations of Judeo-Christian Thought), two Theology electives.

Exceptions:

Students majoring in Business Administration or Finance may not minor in Business Administration

Students majoring in Media, Culture, and the Arts may not minor in Culture and the Arts, Journalism, or Media Studies

Students majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics may not minor in Economics, Philosophy, or Politics

Students seeking a minor are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 within the minor. Transfer courses may count towards a minor, but a minimum of nine credits must be earned at The King’s College. Students must declare a major before they may declare a minor.

 

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