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Interdisciplinary Minors

About interdisciplinary minors.

Mount St. Mary's University offers some minors that span different majors, which gives you a chance to expand your focus of study across several academic areas of interest rather than concentrating within a single department. Select one of our popular interdisciplinary minors or work with a faculty advisor to create your own tailored plan of study.

Interdisciplinary minors

Each of our undergraduate schools and divisions are represented in our interdisciplinary minors.

  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

Business analytics

The Mount’s business analytics minor is a great complement to many majors and is open to all students. In the program, you’ll study how data plays a role in decision making, as well as how to design, organize and implement database systems. You’ll also have the option to choose from a variety of topics, including how data can help operations and supply chain functions, ecommerce and econometrics, or other courses in data science, cybersecurity, forensic accounting or marketing analytics.

Pair the minor with a cybersecurity major and work for a government agency keeping our country safe from data breaches, an accounting degree and help your organization make better financial decisions, or a computer science major and become a computer systems analyst.

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Conflict, peace and social justice

The Mount’s conflict, peace and social justice minor can be a great complement to many majors as you learn about different cultures of the world. With an elevated awareness of problems, responsibilities and solutions incumbent upon citizens of a global community, you’ll be prepared for many careers in fields from politics to human services and law to international diplomacy. You’ll have the skills and tools necessary to analyze how world issues like violence, poverty and health care converge with human rights, social justice and faith, and how that affects humanity.

Pair the minor with a sociology major and work in public service, a communication degree to pursue a career as a journalist, bringing reports of discrimination and injustice to light, or an international studies major and work to strengthen international relations.

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Creative writing

The Mount’s creative writing minor is a great complement to many majors and is open to all students. In the program, you’ll develop your talents in a variety of narrative forms, including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. You’ll have the opportunity to attend readings and lectures by visiting authors, participate in regional and national writing conferences, share your work in poetry and prose readings on- and off-campus, present your work at the Mount’s annual SPARC Festival, or join the staff of the Mount's award-winning literary and arts magazine, Lighted Corners.

With a creative writing minor from the Mount, you’ll be well positioned to go on to graduate programs in creative writing or English at such institutions as Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, Notre Dame University of Maryland, or expand your creativity and improve your writing skills for a career in a different field of study.

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Cross-Cultural studies

The Mount’s cross-cultural studies minor can be a great complement to many majors. In the program, you’ll discover a wide range of options to develop both an objective and sympathetic view on real cultures of the world along with an awareness of the problems and responsibilities involved in global citizenship.

Pair the minor with a political science major and work with a government agency to foster international relations, a sociology degree to pursue a career as a human resource professional for a nonprofit, or a finance major and work with an organization that provides microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

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Data science

The Mount’s data science minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a computer science degree and become a database administrator for a technology company, a forensic accounting major and reconstruct financial records for banking institutions, or a mathematics degree and become an information scientist for a government or research organization.

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Environmental studies

The environmental studies minor combines classroom academics along with an experiential component such as an internship, and allows you to choose either the environmental science or environmental values and policy track. Pair the minor with a health sciences degree and join an agency working toward improving water and air quality, or with a political science degree and shape environmental legislative policy.

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Gender studies

The Mount’s gender studies minor is a great complement to many majors. In the program, you’ll use the sociology of gender as a lens to examine courses in English, communication, history and political science. Through critical readings and open discussions, you’ll learn about current and past societal attitudes on sex and gender, how gender intersects cultural, economic, racial, religious and sexual ideologies, and the ways gender drives both change and fluidity.

Pair the minor with a political science major and work with local government in community relations, a psychology degree to pursue a career in women’s advocacy, or a sociology major and work to bring equality to the workplace.

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Latin American studies

The Mount’s Latin American studies minor can be a great complement to many majors. This interdisciplinary program will introduce you to Latin American culture, language, politics and society, as well as provide an understanding of how its foreign policies, economics and international relations are woven into the global system. You’ll also study fields such as modern languages, political science, literature, sociology, economics, history and fine arts.

Pair the minor with an international studies major and work on improving public policy in Latin America, a Spanish degree to pursue a career as a translator for a government agency, or an environmental studies major, helping protect and conserve the region’s biodiversity.

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Legal studies

The Mount’s legal studies minor can be a great complement to many majors. Whether you’re considering law school or beginning your career after graduation, a legal studies minor will prepare you for work in government, politics, social policy or private industry.

While in the program, you’ll gain skills in critical reading, writing, analytical problem solving, oral communication and listening, general research, and task organization and management – skills required for law school and the legal profession according to the American Bar Association.

Pair the minor with a criminal justice major and support your community in law enforcement, a political science degree and begin your career as paralegal, or a sociology major, working in case management for a local government agency.

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