Anthropology

Completing a minor in anthropology will give you an excellent introduction to the field. You will be exposed to the basic concepts of the field -- for example, evolution, adaptation, cultural diversity -- and will have an opportunity to take advanced courses with some of our internationally-known faculty.

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Astrophysics

Astrophysics is an important and well-represented subdiscipline of physics. It includes the study of the solar system, galactic and extra-galactic astrophysics, as well as cosmology. A minor in this field combines a theoretical approach with observational analysis. There is also opportunity to do research in this field.

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Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience

This minor will provide a foundation of knowledge in behavioral and cognitive processes and their implementation in the brain. It is appropriate for students majoring in a related discipline such as Biology, Chemistry, Education, Public Health, or who have a general interest in brain sciences.

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Biology

The biology minor is a great complement to the skills gained in your major discipline by providing an underlying scientific base upon which to build a career in the life sciences and more.

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Biophysics

The minor in biophysics enables students with primary interests in biology, chemistry, health sciences, mathematics, anthropology, psychology, or other disciplines to explore the deep connections between fundamental physical processes and the functions and development of life. Using mathematical and computational models as well as precise experimental measurements and advanced instrumentation, biophysics explores living processes within a framework that builds upon fundamental physics concepts of mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and quantum physics. Students taking a minor in biophysics will be able to synthesize some or all of these areas of physics at a mature level of understanding into their primary field(s) of study, bringing an enriched array of intellectual and experimental tools to the pursuit of their professional goals.

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Chemistry

The minor is open to all students, and should be beneficial for science majors, pre-professional health science majors, and students seeking science education certification. The objective of the chemistry minor is to provide broad, introductory course work and laboratory experience in chemistry without the more technical mathematical and chemical prerequisites required of the chemistry major.

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Chinese Studies

This innovative program offers specialized study of China through course work in the related disciplines of language, anthropology, history, geography, literature, and political science. China’s economic and political presence is increasingly prominent in the United States, and your increased understanding will benefit your career potential.

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Communication

As professionals in all fields benefit from good communication skills, a minor in communication is the perfect complement to almost any undergraduate major. ​​

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Creative Writing

Students who are not majoring in an English creative writing track or are not majoring in English, and who have an interest in writing poetry or fiction, may enroll in the creative writing minor. The minor gives students the opportunity to complement their area of major study with experience writing and reading poetry or fiction.

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Economics

The minor in economics provides an opportunity for students to gain a basic introduction to economic theory and methods, as a complement to study in another area.

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Environmental Science

Students are exposed to the breadth of environmental issues, with options for emphasizing the sciences or the humanities -- or a combination of both.

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Ethics

This minor provides a forum to discuss important ethical questions, while helping develop your informed, ethically principled, and cogent decision making skills.

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Ethnic Studies

The ethnic studies minor is designed to help students majoring in the liberal arts and sciences develop a sophisticated and broad understanding of ethnicity and its role in contemporary American society. It provides students with the theories and concepts needed to comprehend and interpret relations between and among ethnic groups in the U.S.

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Film Studies

The film studies minor offers students the opportunity to gain an informed understanding of the sophisticated medium of film, its language and history. Courses cover critical writing about cinema, creative screenwriting, the evolution of Hollywood movies, international cinema, and film in its cultural context. The film studies minor makes a valuable complement to a range of undergraduate majors.

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French

The French program offers courses in advanced language, linguistics, literature, civilization, culture and business, all taught exclusively in French. Students benefit from a state-of-the-art language lab with Internet access and multi-media software programs, as well as technologically "smart" classrooms.

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Geography

We offer a flexible minor allowing students to structure their own study within the courses offered.

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Health Humanities

The Health Humanities minor critically analyzes historical and contemporary connections among health, medicine, and society. The minor deepens understandings of disease and wellness, pain and suffering, personhood, the nature of death and dying, embodied experience, and the limits of technological knowledge. Studying literature, history, philosophy, rhetoric, the arts, and related social science fields, HEHM students explore the human dimensions of medical practice and how they interact with lived experience, revealing the ethical, cultural, and social contexts of health and medicine.

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History

History students not only learn what has happened, they also learn to appreciate and understand the process of change. It's this perspective that makes the history minor an excellent complement to nearly any major.

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International Studies

As the globe becomes increasingly connected, students gravitate towards classes that provide the interdisciplinary skills and international awareness required for success in the 21st century. The International Studies minor at CU Denver offers students a unique opportunity to create an individually­tailored and relevant minor based upon a spectrum of Liberal Arts classes.

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Law Studies

The Law Studies Minor at the University of Colorado Denver is an interdisciplinary course of studies intended to help students become intelligent and critical scholars of legal and political discourse. The minor is very relevant for students contemplating law school, and it is also intended to appeal to a wider group of students interested in issues relating to law and society and careers in public policy related fields.

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Linguistics

The minor in Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program awarded through the Department of Modern Languages.  The minor is designed to guide students through an exact and structured discipline that examines various aspects of the nature of human language.  A Linguistics minor may be of particular interest to students majoring in a Foreign Language, as well as majors in fields such as Anthropology, English, Communication, Education, Philosophy, and Sociology.  The Linguistics minor is open to all undergraduate students at CU Denver.

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Literature

This program is designed for students who are interested in the study of English literature but who have elected to major in another area. The recommended series of courses allows students to become acquainted with some of the methods of literary study and with a number of the most important literary works.

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Mathematics

Mathematical methods are used today in the social sciences as well as the physical and biological sciences. A minor program in mathematics is a useful supplement to a major program in many widely differing areas.

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Philosophy

A minor in philosophy will help develop general habits of critical thought and analysis.

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Physics

Students who choose the minor in physics have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of physics and its applications in other fields.

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Political Science

The minor in political science is a good choice for any student engaged in a field where politics and power influence decision-making.

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Psychology

In this minor program you can gain understanding and analysis of individual psychological processes. The minor can be a useful complement to a variety of areas such as education, health sciences and sociology.

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Public Health

The undergraduate minor in Public Health is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the social, cultural, and biological dimensions of health. The minor curriculum provides students with the intellectual and methodological tools needed to understand the joint bio-cultural determinants and contexts of health, health care and public health. Graduates with a minor in Public Health will be prepared for pursuit of graduate degrees in a broad range of fields, including the natural, social and behavioral sciences, public health, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, business administration, and health services research. The program is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in public health, as well as primary care specialties in medicine, nursing, or health policy and administration.

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Public Health Demography

The undergraduate minor in Public Health Demography will introduce students to population-based approaches to health and wellbeing. Both demography and public health draw on theories and methods from across the social and behavioral sciences, to understand population level outcomes. Collectively, the courses in the minor will strengthen skills in analytical thinking, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, as related to topics including fertility, mortality, migration, maternal and child health, health disparities, and population health.

The minor in Public Health Demography will help to prepare students for graduate training in public health, demography, epidemiology, or biostatistics. Further, the minor will help to prepare students for jobs that require an understanding of population dynamics. Demographic skills are useful in fields including actuarial studies, marketing, consulting, non-profits, and various agencies in the local, state, and federal government.

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Religious Studies

This program draws together the university's resources across many disciplines to offer a concentration in the area of Religious Studies. Religion is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon involving the overarching worldview of a culture, its social norms, ethics and politics. This program is designed to foster a nuanced understanding of religious phenomena, and to cultivate critical skills in the discipline of Religious Studies.

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Sociology

The minor in Sociology provides you the ability to understand the complexities of today’s society by examining human behavior and social actions.

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Social Justice

The Social Justice program encourages our students to recognize how race, class, and gender intersect with citizenship. It reinforces the many ways that our students are already engaged as citizens. And it helps solidify their power to effect change. The minor consists of theoretical and problem-based courses and experiential learning projects including internships, volunteer work, and service learning and/or venues for the public dissemination for the work being done within the program.

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Spanish

The Spanish program studies the language, linguistics, culture, and civilization of Spain, Spanish America, and the Spanish-speaking populations of the U.S. Through the UC Denver Spanish program, students at all levels may study abroad in Spain, Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries.

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Sustainability

Sustainability as one of the CLAS approved Signature Areas has participation from most of the departments in the College contributing expertise of faculty to the interdisciplinary integration of scientific principles, historic trends, philosophic theories and cultural forces that frame the socio-economic and ecological issues in the study of sustainability.

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Women and Gender Studies

The Women's and Gender Studies Minor is available in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and focuses on gender issues in the humanities and social sciences.

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Writing

The writing minor allows students to complement their area of major study with systematic experience in writing.

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