Students may customize their course of study by developing a minor area of concentration in consultation with their advisor. A minor area of concentration requires earning at least 20 units in the concentration; at least half of the units should be upper division and include appropriately chosen core courses as recommended by the student’s advisor. We currently offer minor concentrations in Queer Studies and Child Studies.
Additionally, any of the specialized major areas of concentration – Psychology, Creative Writing, Business and Social Entrepreneurship, Urban Community and Environment, and our new Addiction Studies – can also be designated as a minor.
Our Queer Studies minor concentration combines a range of interdisciplinary courses and independent studies with opportunities for internships at pioneering community-based organizations in the Los Angeles area. Courses include: Queer History of Los Angeles, Transgender Identity Issues, Queer Literature, Gay and Lesbian History in Documentary Film, Queer Counseling & Narrative Practice, LGBT Identity Issues, and Queer Theory.
The Child Studies minor concentration prepares students for graduate study and careers in the fields of education, psychology, human services, and child advocacy. With an emphasis on the social conditions that shape children’s lives, the curriculum blends clinical and developmental psychology with physiology, neurology, sociology, philosophy, economics, social policy, and the law.