A minor is a secondary field of study.  Minors provide students with the opportunity to explore additional topic areas and enhance their primary degree. At AJU, students may choose to complete coursework an additional area of study:

  • Bioethics

    The bioethics minor is designed to give students a broad overview of the methods, core content areas and central ethical questions in the field of bioethics.

    The following are requirements for the Bioethics Minor:

    • NSC 101/101L Biological Dynamics I
    • NSC 102/102L Biological Dynamics II
    • PHL 225 Bioethics

    Two of the following courses:

    • NSC 200/200L Anatomy
    • NSC 201/201L Physiology
    • NSC 205 Genetics
    • NSC 256 Cell Physiology
  • Business Administration

    Students enrolled in this minor take courses covering accounting, finance, operations, business law, innovation and ethics. Students must complete 18 credits of course study in order to obtain a minor in Business Administration:

    • BUS 103 Principles of Financial & Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    • BUS 104 Intro. to Economics & Conscious Capitalism (3 credits)
    • BUS 105 Business Law 1 (3 credits)
    • BUS 106 21st Century Entrepreneurship, Business Startups, and Disruptive Innovation (3 credits)
    • BUS 301 The Entrepreneur’s Ethical Compass (3 credits)
    • One Upper-Division Course offered by the Department of Business Administration and Innovation
  • Finance

    This finance minor provides students with an understanding of basic financial theory, applied financial analysis and financial markets. Students must complete 18 credits of course study in order to obtain a minor in Finance:

    • MAT 101 Mathematical Reasoning & Personal Finance (3 credits)
    • BUS 103 Principles of Financial & Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    • BUS 104 Intro. to Economics & Conscious Capitalism (3 credits)
    • BUS 301 The Entrepreneur’s Ethical Compass (3 credits)
    • BUS 313A Impact Investment, Analysis, and Valuation (3 credits)

    Plus One of the Following Three Courses (3 credits total):

    • BUS 313B Navigating New Venture Financing Sources (3 credits)
    • BUS 315 Business Finance (3 credits)
    • BUS 350 Entrepreneurial Real Estate: Investment, Usage, and Driving Value for Development (3 credits)
  • Jewish Studies

    Students whose major area of interest is not Jewish Studies may nonetheless find that a minor in Jewish Studies makes an invaluable contribution to their studies.

    In order to complete a minor in Jewish Studies, students must complete six upper-division courses (18 credits total):

    • JST 301 INTRODUCTION TO THE HEBREW BIBLE
    • JST 302 BIBLICAL ARCHEOLOGY
    • JST 303 READINGS IN BIBLICAL NARRATIVE
    • JST 304 PENTATEUCH
    • JST 305 TRADITIONAL JEWISH EXEGESIS OF THE BIBLE
    • JST 306 FORMER PROPHETS
  • Media Arts

    Majors from other academic departments may earn a Media Arts minor by completing 18 credits of Media Arts course work, including at least three overview courses. The minor in Media Arts offers an innovative and integrated educational experience that will help you prepare for the creative challenges of tomorrow.

  • Political Science

    A minor in Politics and Global Studies is designed for students who want to improve their ability to deal intelligently and critically with issues and ideas about government and politics.

    One of the following two courses must be taken:

    • POL 100 Introduction to Political Science (3 Credits) or
    • POL 101 Introduction to U.S. Politics (3 Credits)

    One of the following four courses must be taken:

    • POL 340 Global Studies & International Relations (3 Credits) or
    • POL 341 Globalization & International Political Economy (3 Credits) or
    • POL 346: Global Politics and Transnational Issues and International Security (each of these courses are 3 Credits)
    • POL 352 Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

    Four upper division Politics & Global Studies courses (12 Credits).

  • Psychology

    AJU also offers interdisciplinary minors, providing students with coursework from multiple departments to provide insight into the intersection of various disciplines in a particular field of study. The requirements of an interdisciplinary minor are:

    • Each interdisciplinary minor requires the successful completion of eighteen credits chosen from the list of approved courses below or otherwise approved by a faculty advisor or Department Chair.
    • Unless otherwise stated below, up to two classes or six credits may double-count between a student’s major and minor, or CORE and minor.
    • A minimum of 12 hours for all interdisciplinary minor must be taken in residence at AJU.
    • Waiving pre-requisites for a course would be at the discretion of the course instructor or relevant Department Chair whose department offers a particular course.
    • Minors generally require the completion of 18 credits, but may vary.

     The following interdisciplinary minors are offered: 

AJU also offers interdisciplinary minors, providing students with coursework from multiple departments to provide insight into the intersection of various disciplines in a particular field of study. The requirements of an interdisciplinary minor are:

  • Each interdisciplinary minor requires the successful completion of eighteen credits chosen from the list of approved courses below or otherwise approved by a faculty advisor or Department Chair.
  • Unless otherwise stated below, up to two classes or six credits may double-count between a student’s major and minor, or CORE and minor.
  • A minimum of 12 hours for all interdisciplinary minor must be taken in residence at AJU.
  • Waiving pre-requisites for a course would be at the discretion of the course instructor or relevant Department Chair whose department offers a particular course.
  • Minors generally require the completion of 18 credits, but may vary.

 The following interdisciplinary minors are offered: 

  • American Studies

     This interdisciplinary minor involves the study of U.S. culture, politics, and art from different perspectives and disciplines. Students minoring in American studies will gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of what it has meant and what it currently means to be “American” and how being "American" may differ from other nationalities. Students will also engage with contemporary American issues (e.g., race, class, gender, economics, and politics) while developing their own position on these issues. 


    Courses that count towards this minor:
    JST 351: American Jewish History
    JST 363: Contemporary Jewish Life in America
    MED 120: The Culture Industries
    MED 220: Media and the Public Sphere
    POL 100: Introduction to Political Science and Political Theory
    POL 101: Introduction to U.S. Politics
    POL 320: American Political Development
    POL 321: U.S. Immigration Policy
    POL 323: Public Policy
    POL 328: The Judicial Process
    POL 329: Topics in U.S. Policy
    POL 330: Law and Society
    POL 331: Constitutional Law
    POL 344: U.S. Foreign Policy
    POL 365: American Political Thought
    POL 367: Contemporary World Political Issues and Crises

  • Global Security & Terrorism Studies

    The Global Security and Terrorism Minor provides students with a background in the conceptual and substantive knowledge needed to understand the security challenges within the twenty first century international community. Students will develop an awareness of the cultural, ethical, historical, political, and social factors underscoring conflict between states and non-state actors. Topics covered within the minor include civil and interstate war, genocide, global crime, human trafficking, the environment, epidemics, international migration, and terrorism. The minor is suitable for students with an interest in security issues as well as those preparing for graduate inquiry or careers requiring an awareness of the challenges facing our globalizing world, such as those in business, education, government, law, politics, or international relations.


    Courses that count towards this minor:
    COR 203: Global Studies
    JST 353: Holocaust Seminar
    POL 100: Introduction to Political Science and Political Theory
    POL 321: US Immigration Policy
    PSY 340: Social Psychology
    POL 341: Globalization and International Political Economy
    POL 343 Model United Nations
    POL 344: U.S. Foreign Policy
    POL 345: International Relations Theory
    POL 346: Global Politics and Transnational Issues and International Security
    POL 348: International Terrorism and Violence
    POL 349: War and Peace
    POL 350: The Politics of Food
    POL 352: Comparative Politics
    POL 353: Israeli Politics
    POL 355: Middle East Politics
    POL 367: Contemporary World Political Issues and Crises
    PSY 360: Abnormal Psychology

  • Global Studies

    The Global Studies minor draws from several disciplines to provide students with the conceptual and empirical knowledge needed to understand our increasingly interconnected global community. With this minor, students will develop recognition of the historical, political, psychological, social, and religious factors underscoring globalization. Students will be able to choose classes on a diverse set of global topics, including those on cross-cultural psychology, democracy, the environment, immigration, religious movements, and war. The minor is suited for students interested in global studies as well as those preparing for an array of graduate schools and careers in which an international awareness is needed, such as those in business, government, global affairs, the law, politics, psychology, and religion.


    Courses that count towards this minor:
    COR: 203 Global Studies
    JST 336: Zen and Hasidism
    JST 352: History of Modern Jewish Movements
    JST 354: History of Zionism and Modern Israel
    JST 356: Topics in Middle East Politics
    JST 362: Modern Israel
    POL 100: Introduction to Political Science and Political Theory
    POL 321: U.S. Immigration Policy
    POL 341: Globalization and International Political Economy
    POL 342: International Migration and World Politics
    POL 343: Model United Nations
    POL 344: U.S. Foreign Policy
    POL 345: International Relations Theory
    POL 346: Global Politics and Transnational Issues and International Security
    POL 348: International Terrorism and Violence
    POL 349: War and Peace
    POL 350: The Politics of Food
    POL 351: Topics in International Relations
    POL 352: Comparative Politics
    POL 353: Israeli Politics
    POL 354: Latin American Politics
    POL 355: Middle East Politics
    POL 356: Third World Literature and Film
    POL 357: Topics in Comparative Politics
    POL 360: What is a Nation-State
    POL 367: Contemporary World Political Issues and Crises
    PSY 382: Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Human Rights & Advocacy

    This interdisciplinary minor explores the contemporary field of human rights and engages students in ways to effect societal, cultural, domestic, and international change through advocacy and political, social, or cultural action.

    Courses that count towards this minor:
    BUS 301: The Entrepreneur’s Ethical Compass
    COR 203: Global Studies
    JST 324: Judaism and Gender
    JST 341: Emancipation and Assimilation
    JST 353: Holocaust Seminar
    MED 220: Media and the Public Sphere
    POL 100: Introduction to Political Science and Political Theory
    POL 323: Public Policy
    POL 328: The Judicial Process
    POL 330: Law and Society
    POL 331: Constitutional Law
    POL 343: Model United Nations
    POL 344: U.S. Foreign Policy
    POL 345: International Relations Theory
    POL 348: International Terrorism and Violence
    POL 349: War and Peace
    POL 350: The Politics of Food
    POL 364: Political Philosophy and Theory

  • Pre-Law

    The interdisciplinary Pre-Law Minor is designed to help prepare students for law school and business, government, legal, political, and public policy related careers. The minor provides students with the opportunity to take a diverse set of classes across several disciplines that will enhance their background knowledge in the law, as well as problem solving, critical reading, organizational and managerial, written and verbal communication, and research skills. The Pre-Law Minor is overseen by Professor David Groshoff and Dr. Robbie Totten, who are dedicated to mentoring students in all areas related to law, including the law school application process as well as in securing internships in legal-related fields.

    The Pre-Law Minor requires a student to complete 18 credit hours, with 9 mandatory hours and at least 9 hours that students can take from a list of potential upper-division interdisciplinary electives. Note the following caveats regarding the completion of coursework for the minor:

    • Outside of courses required for both a student’s major and a student’s minor, no credit hours may overlap a student’s major. For example, a student who is a Business major may receive 3 credit hours for completing BUS 315, but if that Business major is also a Pre-Law minor, then those credit hours are to be applied first to fulfill the student’s Pre-Law minor, and the student would need to take additional hours of Business courses to complete the major. Similarly, a student who is a Political Science major (the Pre-Law minor would be open to students of all majors in the CAS), may receive 3 credit hours for POL 320, American Political Development and History; however, those 3 credit hours would be applied first to the Pre-Law Minor, requiring the student to take 3 hours of additional Political Science coursework so as not to “double count.”
    • A minimum of 12 hours of the Pre-Law minor must be taken in residence at AJU.
    • Waiving pre-requisites for a course would be at the discretion of the course instructor or relevant Department Chair whose department offers a particular course.


    The following three courses must be taken (9 credits total):
    BUS 105: Business Law I
    POL 101 Introduction to U.S. Politics
    POL 331: Constitutional Law

    Three of the following courses must be taken (9 credits total):
    BUS 104: Introduction to Economics and Conscious Capitalism
    BUS 301: The Entrepreneur’s Ethical Compass
    BUS 313: Impact Investment, Analysis, and Valuation
    BUS 315: Business Finance
    BUS 320: Sell It! Entrepreneurial Marketing, Brand, and Customer Management
    BUS 332: Emerging Enterprises’ Legal, Regulatory, and Risk Management Environments
    JST 351:  American Jewish History
    MAT 107: Statistics
    MED 240: Economic and Legal Aspects of Media Production
    POL 100: Introduction to Political Science and Political Theory
    POL 320: American Political Development and History
    POL 321: US Immigration Policy
    POL 323: Public Policy
    POL 328: The Judicial Process
    POL 341 Globalization & International Political Economy
    POL 342: International Migration and World Politics
    POL 343: Model United Nations
    POL 344: U.S. Foreign Policy
    POL 345: International Relations Theory
    POL 348: International Terrorism and Violence
    POL 350: The Politics of Food
    POL 352: Comparative Politics
    POL 364: Political Philosophy and Theory
    POL 365: American Political Thought
    PSY 340: Social Psychology
    PSY 360: Abnormal Psychology