Minors & Concentrations
A minor is a course of study in addition to your major. A concentration is a focus
within your major. Practically any LaGrange College major can be taken as a minor
– ask your faculty advisor for more information.
Listed below are the minors and concentrations not available as part of a major
course of study.
Complete course requirements are listed in the
Dr. Joshua Van Lieu is passionate about preparing students to be citizens of the
Designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a basic facility
in Korean or Japanese language and an understanding of the histories, cultures,
religions, politics, and economies of East Asia. An Asian Studies minor can serve
as a foundation for travel, study, or work in East Asia as well as for employment
with companies in the United States that do business in East Asia or for further
study at the graduate level in the fields of government, health care, journalism,
social work, and law.
A minor in coaching prepares future teachers and other students interested in
pursuing coaching for a variety of roles in the coaching profession. The minor
includes study of the physical, social and psychological elements of coaching athletics.
In addition, courses include in-depth study of the methods and strategies of coaching
individual and team sports and an application of these principles in an actual
Topics covered within the program include first aid, injury prevention and car,
athletic management, sports psychology and sociology and physiology and anatomy.
When Alex came to LaGrange to play football, he also came to learn to be a successful
businessman. A new concentration added this year was right up his alley.
With a view to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in our students, the entrepreneurship
concentration and minor are open to students from all disciplines and majors across
Students have the opportunity to develop business plans for small businesses and
work on special projects with businesses in the community. The focus is on experiential
learning and active participation in and out of the classroom. Also explored: the
concept of entrepreneurship as a mindset; social and political entrepreneurship.
A minor in French at LaGrange is designed to teach skills necessary for communicating
with a variety of French-speaking peoples and to introduce their rich cultures,
including their ideas, institutions and writings, past and present. It invites
students to look at the impact these cultures have had on Western civilization
and to examine all of them critically.
LaGrange College's liberal arts curriculum is designed to help graduates find
employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values and interests,
even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major.
French and other foreign language studies teach skills that are essential to any
career, among them problem solving, effective communication and the ability to
perform complicated tasks.
Latin American Studies
In recent years, relations between the United States and its Latin American neighbors
have taken on increasingly more social, economic and political significance, prompting
new and original opportunities for Latin American Studies at LaGrange College.
If this region of the world interests you, ask your faculty advisor about this
minor offered by the Department of Latin American Studies & Modern Languages,
either as a precursor to graduate school or as a career warm-up. The program is
open to students of all majors.
A concentration in literature is designed for students who wish to minor in English
and broaden the scope of their career preparation. Courses help students hone their
writing, critical thinking, primary and secondary research and text analysis skills.
Students taking degrees in pre-law, business, education, biology and pre-med may
find this minor/concentration particularly valuable as they enter professions where
excellent communications and writing skills are important. Students planning to
enter graduate school will also discover that this minor/concentration offers a
chance to learn skills important to primary research in the community and secondary
research in libraries and databases.
A minor in Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies
to the smallest subatomic particles. Coursework includes a year of calculus-based
physics, Introduction to Modern Physics and Introduction to Quantum Mechanics,
each of which includes a laboratory.
A physics minor prepares one to work in many different and interesting places
– in industrial and government labs, on college campuses and in the astronaut corps.
Many physics grads leave the lab behind and work at newspapers and magazines, in
government and even on Wall Street – places where their problem-solving abilities
and analytical skills are great assets.
Available to any student; emphasis is placed on understanding professional practices,
effective teaching and classroom management. Requires completion of the Core
and includes such diverse courses as Sports Psychology, Principles of Strength,
Condition and Nutrition for Athletes and Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
His love of writing evolved during the last four years, and now he hopes to write
for a sports magazine.
Pre-Journalism / Communications
Many students believe that in order to prepare for a career in journalism, they
must earn an undergraduate degree in either journalism or communications. This
simply is not true. Most publications and graduate professional programs do not
require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree in those disciplines. What these
employers and programs do insist upon is that their applicants hold a liberal arts
degree that promotes their abilities to think, read, and write critically. Students
at LaGrange College can prepare themselves for a career in journalism or communications
(or for graduate studies in those fields) by
majoring in a humanities/social science discipline such as English, political
science, or history and
completing an English minor with a writing concentration; or
designing an interdisciplinary major that blends courses from disciplines pertinent
to journalism and communications (see "Interdisciplinary Major").
These students should also become actively involved in one or more of the following
The Hilltop News (our campus newspaper)
The Scroll (our fine arts magazine)
Citations (our scholarly journal of undergraduate research)
The public history minor or concentration at LaGrange College provides students
with a solid background in history and introduces them to such fields as archival
and museum work, historical editing, historic preservation, costume conservation
and design and archaeology. A crucial part of the program is an approved internship
with a historical agency, historic site or other entity.
Public history professionals include museum curators, government and business
historians, historical consultants, archivists, teachers, cultural resource managers,
film and media producers, policy advisors, oral historians and others.
This program is designed to enhance the academic and professional qualifications
of LaGrange students who are considering careers in secondary education, particularly
in public High Schools in Georgia. Course work will prepare students to pursue
professional certification in the high-demand areas of Behavioral Science (Psychology,
Sociology), Political Science and Economics. Graduates with certifications in these
areas are better prepared and can expect to do well in a competitive job market.
In the Social and Behavioral Sciences major you will gain knowledge and skills
that are necessary to solving many of the world's most pressing social problems.
The 21st century global society presents a complex picture of human conditions
that can be examined politically, economically, culturally, historically, socially,
technologically and behaviorally.
Social scientists work in education, business, law, government, non-governmental
organizations and civil society at local, national and global levels, helping to
shape the discussions and effect positive changes through teaching, research and
The multi-billion dollar sports industry doesn't just need athletes and coaches,
but also those who can oversee and understand the business of sports. Managers
in the sports industry work in many different areas. They deal with the financial
and legal aspects of athletic organizations and clubs, develop marketing plans
and campaigns, oversee athletics in a school setting or represent athletes during
LaGrange's Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Sports
Management prepares students to apply business principles to the sport industry.
It emphasizes team development and administration and financial management, as
well as leadership and ethics in sports.
Internships are vital to the sports management experience. Students will be encouraged
to pursue multiple internship opportunities during their time in the program.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that jobs in sports management will
grow faster than average through 2014. These jobs are highly competitive. Students
with superior preparation and internship experience will have the advantage needed.
A sustainability minor at LaGrange College points to the dual aspects of ecological
and social responsibility that contribute to a just, sustainable and peaceful future.
This minor is sponsored by the departments of Biology, Political Science, Religion
and Sociology & Anthropology. It requires successful completion of courses
dealing with social justice, ecological sustainability, toxicology and a Capstone
Research Project. Ask your faculty advisor for more details.
The women's studies program at LaGrange College offers courses that explore women's
participation and contributions in such areas as art, business, education, history,
literature, music, politics, religion and sociology.
Many of these courses are cross-listed with other departments, and examine a range
of issues that include women's health, images of women in popular culture, violence
against women and diversity among women both within the United States and across
Participants learn how gender affects the social, political, economic and cultural
organization of societies and about how gender intersects with race, class and
other aspects of identity to shape women's experiences.
Emphasizing writing as a process, a minor in writing from LaGrange College helps
students develop their research skills, enhances their understanding of the theoretical,
interdisciplinary and professional aspects of writing, and fosters respect for
language, for the contributions of peers, and for the value of effective communication.
The minor in writing is open to students majoring in any field, and prepares those
proceeding on to graduate work for the challenges of advanced academic writing.
It also signals to prospective employers the student's conscious preparation for
the demands of the professional workplace.