Nyack College students who wish to study an area of interest in greater depth should consider pursuing a Minor.  Minors only require 15 credits in a specific discipline and are designated on your transcript.

Why Should I Minor?

  • Minors add depth to your studies – You may choose to complete a minor related to your major.  Choosing a minor that complements your major can help you concentrate your studies in the underlying discipline. For example, if you are majoring in Communications and plan to enter the field of Journalism, Advertising or Scriptwriting, consider a minor in English to help strengthen your writing abilities.  Or if you are majoring in Psychology or Sociology and want to better understand criminal behavior, consider a minor in Criminal Justice.
  • Minors add breadth to your studies – You might choose to minor in an area that, combined with your major, gives you insight into an area you’d like to explore further in your career or in graduate or professional school.  For example, if you are an English Major, consider a minor in History, Religion or Art History in order to further study the literature, cultures and histories or various peoples.  Or, if you are a Ministry or Cross Cultural Studies major, consider a minor in Spanish in order to more effectively interact with Latin American groups.
  • Minors examine an area of passion – You might choose to minor in a subject, which may or may not be related to your major, to continue your personal interest.  For example, you may be a Psychology major, but you love museums and the arts, consider a minor in Art History.  Or perhaps you are a Criminal Justice major with a life-long passion for computers, consider a minor in Computer Science.
  • Minors are an alternative to double majoring – You really want to study both Philosophy and Religion, but you also want to graduate on time. Why not major in one area and minor in the other?  Some minors are really like mini-majors where you will learn the fundamentals of the subject without the commitment and additional requirements of a major.
  • Minors can help your career preparation – Declaring a minor highlights a diversity of learning and skills.  It can therefore demonstrate to future employers that you are a broad thinker and have various interests.  It also highlights that you can engage two areas of study, while also providing focus and depth.

What are the Requirements for a minor?

  • Application for the minor must be made before the close of registration of the last semester before graduation.
  • At least 15 credits must be accumulated in a discipline other than the student’s major.  Nine (9) of these credits must be upper-level, 300 or above.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.00 must be earned in the minor.
  • At least two courses in the minor must be taken at Nyack College.
  • Some minors require that specific course work be taken and that a specific number of credits be earned.
  • Core courses may not be used to fulfill minor requirements.

(RC) = Rockland campus only

Required Courses

Art History

(6) Select Two:
(3) ARH210 Art of the Ancient and Classical World
(3) ARH220 World Religions and the Visual Arts
(3) ARH230 Art of the Early Christian and Medieval World
(3) ARH240 Art of the Renaissance and Baroque
(3) ARH250 Art of the Americas
(3) ARH260 18th and 19th Century Art: Rococo to Realism
(3) ARH270 19th and 20th Century Art: Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism
(3) ARH280 Post-War and Contemporary Art
(3) ARH290 African American Fine Arts in NYC.(9) Select Three:
(3) ARH300 Global Service Learning
(3) ARH310 Methods of Art History
(3) ARH320 Art as Visual Theology
(3) ARH330 The Visual Arts as a Medium of Prophetic Purpose
(3) ARH340 Special Topics in Art History
(3) ARH350 Directed Studies in Art History


(3) COM 212 Mass Media and Society
(3) COM 243 Interpersonal Communication
(3) COM 428 Ethical Issues in Mass Communications
(6) Two 300/400 courses from the Dramatic Art, Mass Communication, and/or Emerging Technology concentrations.No two 300/400 level COM electives outside of the concentrations may be used to satisfy the requirements of the minor.

Computer Science (RC)

(3) CSC 101 Introduction to Computer Science
(3) CSC 112 Introduction to Programming I or CSC 201 Introduction to Programming II
(9) Any 9 credits from CSC courses above CSC 201 Introduction to Programming II

Criminal Justice

(3) CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
(3) CRJ 245 American Judicial System
(3) CRJ 342 Punishment and Correction
(3) CRJ 343 Police and Society
And one course from the following list:
CRJ 236 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 256 Community and Correction
CRJ 330 Constitutional Law
CRJ 373 Criminal Law
CRJ 386 Restorative Justice
CRJ 437 Computer Forensics
SOC 315 Criminology


(3) Select One in British Literature:
ENG 259 Oxford Christian Writers
ENG 321 Medieval Literature
ENG 325 Romantic Literature
ENG 326 Victorian Literature
ENG 334 Mod. Poetry
ENG 336 19th Century Novel
ENG 337 Modern Novel(3) Select One in American Literature:
ENG 231 Modern Drama
ENG 328 Amer. Romanticism
ENG 329 Amer. Realism
ENG 331 African-Amer. Literature
ENG 334 Modern Poetry
ENG 338 Cont. American Novel(3) Select One in Writing:
ENG 311 Creative Writing
ENG 340 Writing, Biography, Autobiography, Memoirs
ENG 441 Adv. Expository Writing
ENG 443 Adv. Poetry Workshop
ENG 445 Fiction Writing

(3) Select One:
ENG 401 Themes of Faith in Literature
ENG 463 Shakespeare
ENG 465 Milton

(3) Select One:
ENG 312 Literary Criticism
ENG 342 Special Topics
ENG 364 Writing Theory
ENG 470 Senior Seminar


(3) FRE 201 Intermediate French I
(3) FRE 202 Intermediate French II
(3) FRE 311 Advanced French I
(3) FRE 312 Advanced French II
(3) FRE 322 French Literature I or FRE 323 French Literature II


(3) credits of American History
(3) credits of European History
(3) credits of Non-Western History
(3) credits, Introduction to Historical Inquiry
(3) credits HIS elective at the 300/400 level

Mathematics (RC)

(4) MAT 236 Calculus I
(4) MAT 237 Calculus II
(3) MAT 310 Linear Algebra(3) Select Two:
(4) MAT 238 Calculus III
(3) MAT 243 Analytic Geometry
(3) MAT 310 Linear Algebra
(3) MAT 311 History of Mathematics
(3) MAT 330 Probability and Statistics
(3) MAT 343 Topology
(3)MAT 345 Discrete Mathematics
(3) MAT 401 Differential Equations
(3) MAT 412 Advanced Linear Algebra
(3) MAT 418 Numerical Analysis
(3) MAT 440 Vector Calculus
(3) MAT 444 Mathematical Logic
(3) MAT 470 Mathematics Seminar


(15) Any 15 PHI credits above PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy

Political Science

(3) Required:
(3) POL 101 Introduction to Political Science(12) Select Four:
(3) POL 215 American Government
(3) POL 330 Constitutional Law
(3) POL 339 International Law
(3) POL 320 Western Political Thought
(3) POL 357 Social Science Research Methods
(3) POL 359 International Politics
(3) POL 366 Faith, Politics and Society
(3) POL 386 Restorative Justice
(3) POL 410 Comparative Politics
(3) POL 460 Topics in Political Science


(3) PSY 253 Integration of Psychology and Theology
(3) PSY 321 History of Psychology
(3) PSY 346 Social Psychology or PSY 441 Theories of Personality
(3) PSY 438 Physiological Psychology or PSY 443 Psychology of Learning
(3) Select one Psychology elective


(3) REL 310 Psychology & Sociology of Religion
(3) REL 314 World Religions
(3) Philosophy of Religion
(3) REL 470 Religious Studies Senior Capstone
(3) Select one REL elective

Social Work

(3) SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare
(3) SWK 246 Interpersonal Communication Skills
(3) SWK 316 Principles of Social Work Practice
(3) SWK 356 Social Work Practice: Individuals and Families
(3) Select One:
SWK 254 Understanding Diverse Populations
SWK 314 Human Behavior in Social Environment I
SWK 357 Field Experience and Pre-Practice Seminar

Sociology (RC)

(3) SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
(3) SOC 240 Social Theory
(3) SOC 344 Social Problems
(3) SOC 357 Social Science Research Methods
(3) SOC 470 Sociology Integrative Seminar


SPA201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPA311 Advanced Spanish Grammar I
SPA 312 Advanced Spanish Grammar II
SPA323 Hispanic American Literature I OR SPA 324 Hispanic American Literature II