Art Therapy Minor

Art Therapy as a minor combines psychology and applied art with the purpose of providing the student with the necessary background and skills to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy.

Psychology and Art have mapped out a curriculum and started the CIM documents. We need to have the flexibility of offering an “introduction to art therapy” as a new class and have been looking for the load to cover this. We have identified a potential instructor in the community. I hope to have the CIM materials forwarded in Spring and potentially get things started in Spring 2018.

Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minor

The interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor is a collaboration between Biology, Philosophy, and Psychology to prepare undergraduate students for graduate training in neuroscience, or provide additional content knowledge for other allied health fields. Around 120 students indicated intent to declare the minor if/when it becomes available. It most recently received final approval from Biology, and will be moving for review by the college curriculum committees within the next few weeks.

Social Justice Minor

The Social Justice minor is housed in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and emphasizes the development of the skills and knowledge needed to act as a change-maker.  Students not only study patterns and causes of injustice and inequality, they also learn how to evaluate a variety of actions aimed at creating justice and equality.

We have a framework and rationale for the minor, and have used those to define course criteria that currently would include over 80 possible courses.  We will narrow those options this semester and move the proposal into the approval pipeline this semester.  We will also need to draft additional components to our department bylaws that will 1. change the membership of the SJ minor curriculum committee, and 2. define a process through which new courses could be proposed to the committee once the minor is active.