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.

Asian Studies 
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 coaching setting. 

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

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.

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.

Gender Studies 
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 individual experiences.

Gerontology Concentration and Minor
The Sociology program offers a Gerontology concentration for Sociology majors as well as a Gerontology minor open to all students. These options are designed to offer training to those interested in pursuing a career in such fields as health care, counseling, recreation, nutritional service, education, business, welfare services, and private and public administration. Both the concentration and the minor provide a strong basis in critical issues of the field, and practical hands-on experience through the internship.

Global Sustainability 
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.

Health and Medicine Concentration (Sociology Majors)
Medical sociology is the study of the societal dimensions of health and medicine. The Health and Medicine concentration introduces students to the relationship between society and health. In this concentration, students will study the impact of social, cultural, political, and economic factors on health and vice-versa. Courses in this area examine issues such as health behavior, physical and mental illnesses, doctor-patient interaction, medicalization, health care reform, health care delivery and health policy. This concentration is for students interested in jobs related to medical, mental health, or social service fields, patient advocacy, mental health facilities or nursing homes, administrative positions, and program planning.

Interdisciplinary Social Science
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. The course work that constitutes this minor will prepare students to pursue professional certification in the areas of Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology), Political Science and Economics. These are high demand areas and the students carrying certification in them strengthen both their professional preparation and competitiveness. 

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.

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.

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.

Military History
More than warfare and strategy, the study of Military History also examines the philosophy of strategic thought. You will analyze the social, economic and political forces that shaped conflicts in history. Not just the battlefield history of conflict, you will learn strategic and tactical thinking along with notions and concepts of leadership on and off the battlefield. Military History will allow you to consider, in addition to strategic theory and tactics, the dynamics of leadership and command and control, along with interaction between warfare and diplomacy, economics, social and cultural forces.

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.

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.

Physical Education 
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 and Illnesses.

Poverty Studies 
The Poverty Studies minor allows students to study poverty and social justice issues through the lens of many disciplines and undergraduate research. Students will begin their journey into understanding national and global poverty with an introductory course. They will choose two elective courses, drawn from a range of disciplines, experience and the effects and causes of poverty first hand through an internship or travel experience, and complete their study with a capstone course that emphasizes a research paper or project dealing with a facet of poverty of interest to them.

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

  1. majoring in a humanities/social science discipline such as English, political science, or history and
  2. completing an English minor with a writing concentration; or
  3. 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 student publications:

  • The Hilltop News (our campus newspaper)
  • The Scroll (our fine arts magazine)
  • Citations (our scholarly journal of undergraduate research)

Public History 
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.

Sports Management 
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 contract negotiations.

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.

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.

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.