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 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Applied Finance
Having a full understanding of finance is essential in business. Applied Finance helps you explore a variety of viewpoints and learn techniques that salespeople, entrepreneurs, sports professionals and nonprofit managers use in making important decisions in their organizations. Corporate Finance and four additional finance classes are required for this minor.

Open to students from all disciplines and majors across campus, the Aviation minor allows you to obtain the skills needed to earn your commercial pilot certificate. An on-campus flight-simulator lets you get started immediately, and you can begin flying one of our Cessna Skyhawks your freshman year. Learn more at the Aviation program website.



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 coaching setting. 

Topics covered within the program include first aid, injury prevention and care, athletic management, sports psychology and sociology and physiology and anatomy.

Computer Science
The skills learned by pursuing a minor in computer science are valuable in many industries and in a variety of disciplines. While earning the minor, you will gain knowledge in areas like programming, managing data, and algorithm development. Adding the CS minor to your college career equips you with problem-solving abilities, technical know-how and cross-disciplinary skills that can propel you to success in graduate education—or enhance your overall career prospects in a variety of modern fields.

Criminologists study the criminal justice system and the causes and consequences of crime.  The minor curriculum provides the following skills: 1) an understanding of how the criminal justice system influences and is influenced by other societal institutions; 2) a mastery of the theoretical frameworks instrumental in understanding the process of the criminal justice system; 3) an awareness of the intersection of race, gender, and class, and its relationship to criminal activity as well as different typologies of crime and their frequency; and 4) knowledge of various societal sanctions in relation to crime.

Students who decide to minor in Criminology will gain the following: 1) knowledge about specific fields within Criminology; 2) preparation for graduate school; and 3) critical thinking skills essential for success in a variety of occupations within the field which include, but are not limited to – policing, corrections, social work, legal secretary, and criminal investigator. This minor is housed within the Sociology department.

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 campus.

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.

International Business 
Students entering an increasingly global marketplace must understand how culture, economy and location impact business decisions. LaGrange College’s minor in International Business, available to business majors and non-majors alike, is designed to teach the importance of being sensitive to the impact that cultural differences may have on commerce, production and industry here and abroad.

In support of the college’s QEP and its commitment to Global Engagement, the International Business minor consists of 18 semester hours of coursework plus either an international Study Way experience or a second or third language course.  For more information, contact Dr. Lydia Rosencrants at lrosencrants@lagrange.edu.

Marketing Design 
Co-sponsored by the departments of Business and Art & Design, this minor emphasizes the creation of illustrations, digital images and presentations for companies and businesses to market and promote their goods and services to the public. The curriculum includes instruction in Photoshop, Illustrator and PowerPoint, as well as an understanding of advertising design and branding and corporate identity strategies. Emphasis is placed on an artist's ability to work closely with clients to develop marketing strategies that fit both their artistic sensibilities and client goals as well. 

Marketing Design classes meet in Smith Hall and the Lamar Dodd Art Center. The newly renovated Art Center provides open classrooms and private studios and a photography area equipped with both a traditional darkroom and updated Mac lab for digital imaging.


The teaching minor helps prepare undergraduates to teach in multiple contexts and settings. While this program is ideal for candidates interested in entering a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program at either the Middle School or Secondary levels, other students may find the minor beneficial for other occupational interests that involve teaching and/or training children or adults.