College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Minors

Art History Minor

Woodbury’s Art History program provides students with an understanding of the history of Modern and Contemporary Art, and a comprehension of the concept of Modernism and its legacy in the field.

We train students to consider the historical, social, and political contexts of art in terms of events and ideas; to evaluate visual, theoretical, and historical information; and to engage with theory, practice, and reflection through reading, research, and writing.

Students who fulfill the requirements for the minor will receive a solid foundation in critical methodologies that will inform and enrich their major course of study, whatever that may be. This minor program is 15 units, and all courses are 3 units each.

Select 2 of the following courses:

ARTH 204 History of Modern Art
ARTH 205 History of Contemporary Art
ARTH 211 History of Latin American Art
ARTH 270 Topics in Fine Art

Select 3 of the following courses:

ARTH 331 History of Modern Painting
ARTH 332 History of Photography
ARTH 333 History of Land Art
ARTH 334 Curatorial Studies
ARTH 337 Video Art
ARTH 338 History of Performance Art
ARTH 339 History of Art and Violence
ARTH 340 History of Zombie Films
ARTH 341 History of Avant-Garde Film
ARTH 342 Art Theory and Practice
ARTH 343 History of Digital Art
ARTH 370 Topics in Art History
ARTH 375 Field Experience

For more information about doing a minor in Art History, contact Dr. Amy Converse at [email protected]

Computer Science Data Analytics Minor

As data and technology become increasingly fundamental to how businesses operate, understanding how to derive, communicate, and apply data-driven insights to organizational problems is an in-demand skill set that will give you an advantage over other graduates in your field.

Every industry and profession needs graduates who can use data to deepen their knowledge, further their research, and make better business decisions. That’s why our minor in Data Analytics is open to all students at Woodbury University outside of the CSDA department, regardless of college or major. Through the coursework, students will:  

  • Use data analytics methodologies to solve real-world problems by analyzing massive data sets. 
  • Develop an analytical mindset. 
  • Become familiar with relational and non-relational databases as well as widely used statistical techniques.   

This minor is 18 units and all classes are 3 units unless noted otherwise.

12 units of required courses:

CORE 101 Introduction to Computer Science I
CORE 102 Introduction to Computer Science II
CORE 201 Data Structures and Algorithms
MATH 226 Business Statistics

6 units in Electives (any two courses from the following):

CORE 301 Applied Artificial Intelligence
CSDA 205 Windows-Based Application Development
CSDA 209 Big Data Learning Analytics
CSDA 210 Database Design and Programming
CSDA 410 Data Mining
CSDA 415 Machine Learning
CSDA 480 Senior Project
CSDA 490 Internship (5 units)
MATH 252 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 260 Analytic Geometry I (5 units)
MATH 261 Analytic Geometry II (5 units)
MATH 262 Linear Algebra
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics I
MATH 311 Probability and Statistics II
MATH 312 Applied Statistical Analysis

For more information about doing a minor in Computer Science Data Analytics, contact Dr. Samuel Sambasivam at [email protected]

Environmental Science Minor

The environmental science minor helps students understand and engage the full range of physical and social systems comprising the environment. Students develop and design analyses and solutions for such diverse and interrelated problems as climate change, pollution, habitat and species loss, climate-induced economic and population changes, and the potential for alternative energy. Environmental science is an interdisciplinary program which makes the minor particularly well-suited to students in many different majors.

This is a two-track minor.
  • Track 1: For Sustainability Program majors (construction management and sustainable practices)
  • Track 2: For Woodbury students in all other majors
Track 1: For construction management or sustainable practices majors (15 units)


  • ENVT 3XX – Global Climate Change

Choose one natural science course:

  • ENVT XXX/BIOL 230 – Biology 1
  • SCIE XXX – Chemistry 1
  • ENVT 3XX – Environmental Testing and Analysis

Choose three environmental science electives

  • URBS 342 – Water Infrastructure
  • SUPR 320 – Environmental Economics
  • SUPR 3XX – Energy & Society
  • PHIL 325 – Environmental Ethics
  • POHI 352 – Environmental Law & Policy
  • URBS 325 – Alternative Housing
  • ENVT 302 – Environmental Problems and Entrepreneurship
Track 2: For all other majors (15 units)


  • SUPR 1XX – Introduction to Environmental Policy and Management
  • ENVT 100 – Intro to GIS
  • ENVT 230 – Ecology/Earth Science/Infrastructure

Choose two electives in any combination from the following environmental and natural science courses:

  • ENVT 3XX – Global Climate Change
  • URBS 342 – Water Infrastructure
  • SUPR 320 – Environmental Economics
  • SUPR 3XX – Energy & Society
  • PHIL 325 – Environmental Ethics
  • POHI 352 – Environmental Law & Policy
  • URBS 325 – Alternative Housing
  • ENVT 302 – Environmental Problems and Entrepreneurship
  • SCIE XXX – Chemistry I
  • ENVT XXX – Biology II

For more information about doing a minor in Environmental Science, contact Dr. Katie Dobkowski at [email protected].

Philosophy Minor

Philosophy is the most ancient discipline, but it is also the most contemporary. Life today is marked by unbridled progress, political strife, and information overload. Meeting these challenges is impossible without the abstract thinking and conceptual agility of philosophy.

Philosophy is inherently interdisciplinary—it readily engages and informs fields as varied as physics, architecture, history, marketing, mathematics, political science, the arts, etc. The Philosophy minor is designed to provide the basis for undergraduate-level proficiency in the discipline.

In addition to either the required Introduction to Philosophy course (PHIL 201) or the Ethical Systems course (PHIL 210), the Philosophy program develops upper-division interdisciplinary courses offered as electives to students from other academic departments such as Architecture, Business, Politics, and History, Art History, etc. This minor program is 15 units, and all courses are 3 units each.

Select 1 of the following courses:

PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 210 Ethical Systems

Select at least 4 of the following courses:

PHIL 310 Aesthetics
PHIL 311 Moral Philosophy
PHIL 312 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 314 Existentialism
PHIL 315 Celebrity
PHIL 316 Philosophy of History
PHIL 317 Philosophy of Architecture
PHIL 370 Topics in Philosophy

For more information about doing a minor in Philosophy, contact Dr. Will McConnell at [email protected]

Urban Studies Minor

The Urban Studies minor at Woodbury University is intended to prepare students to engage with the enormous challenges that global urban development brings to contemporary life. It does this by helping students obtain the critical and analytical skills needed to interpret and respond to changing urban conditions, both past and present.

While the program is interdisciplinary in format, it strives for cohesiveness by taking a culture-based approach to the analysis of the social, political, economic, and environmental issues impacting the development of cities.

Many URBS courses incorporate civic engagement projects and participation in partnerships with individuals and organizations in Urban Studies fields, such as public policy, environmental studies, public history, food justice and community development. This minor program is 15 units, and all courses are 3 units each.

Required Course:

URBS 100 Introduction to Urban Studies

Select any 4 of the following courses:

INDS 325 L. A. Stories
URBS 325 Alternative Housing
URBS 301 Urban Theory
URBS 302 Current Issues in Urban Studies
URBS 311 Urban Ecology and LA
URBS 312 The Infrastructural City
URBS 321 Environmental Urbanism
URBS 331 Food and the City
URBS 322 The Global Metropolis
URBS 370 Topics in Urban Studies

For more information about doing a minor in Urban Studies, contact Dr. Will McConnell at [email protected]

Professional Writing Minor

The minor in Professional Writing provides students with a focused course of study in writing subordinate and supplementary to their major that will enhance their preparation for their chosen professional endeavors in any field.

Many courses available in the Professional Writing major will have broad appeal to students in other majors. Your degree with a Professional Writing minor better qualifies you for professional positions.

In addition, writing as a secondary field of study allows students to pursue writing as a personal interest, an inter- or transdisciplinary integration of disciplines, and a basis for an alternative career path.

Select any 5 of the following courses:

WRIT 130: Foundations of Creative Writing
WRIT 200: Technical Writing
FILM 200: Screen Writing
WRIT 201: Digital Composition
WRIT 210: Fiction Workshop
WRIT 220: Legal and Policy Writing
WRIT 221: Proposal and Grant Writing WRIT 230: Periodical Writing
WRIT 231: Writing in the Health Sciences
WRIT 235: Poetry Workshop
WRIT 240: Writing and Civic Engagement
WRIT 241: Professional Blogging and Social Media
WRIT 300: Web Authoring: Theory and Practice
WRIT 301: Writing across Cultures


WRIT 310: Information and Interactive Design
COMM 310: Argumentation
WRIT 311: Textuality and Intertextuality
COMM 314 Digital Journalism (7500 Magazine)
WRIT 315: Rhetorical Theory and Practice
FILM 318 Art and History of TV Writing
WRIT 320: Collaboration and Editing
WRIT 321: Online Journalism
WRIT 325: Scriptwriting Workshop
WRIT 330: Nonfiction Workshop
WRIT 400: MORIA Literary Magazine
WRIT 401 Freelance Writing
WRIT 420: Topics in Writing


For more information about doing a minor in Writing, contact Dr. Matt Bridgewater at [email protected]

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