Minors and Certificates

Minors

The Humanities Department offers five minors for students in Humanities and from different disciplines across campus.

  • Modern Languages
  • Communication Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Journalism

A minor requires a minimum of 16-credit hours of course work (varies by department). No more than six credits of 1000- or 2000-level courses can count toward a minor, though some departments may allow more than six if the total number required for the minor is more than 16. The minor must include at least six credits of 3000- or 4000-level courses. These courses must not be required by the student's major (except as free elective hours). Students interested in adding a minor to their degree program must consult their academic advisors as well as the minor department.

Modern Languages

Michigan Tech offers modern language courses for the following minors:

  • French Minor
  • German Minor
  • Spanish Minor
  • French International Minor
  • German International Minor
  • Spanish International Minor

Students pursuing a French International Minor, German International Minor, or Spanish International Minor will either study abroad or complete a work or internship experience abroad. All of the Modern Language minors provide students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the chosen language and to study diverse cultures in which the language is spoken. Upper-level modern language courses enable students to study more specialized topics using the target language.

For more information on the required courses, consult the official minor audit form.

 Learn more about Modern Languages at Michigan Tech.

Have you taken modern language courses before? Take the Modern Language Placement Test to see if you can test out of lower-level courses.

Communication Studies

18 Credits Required

This minor provides focused study of communication practices, tradition, theories, and issues. Students are introduced to major areas of communication studies such as public, interpersonal, organizational, and international communication, as well as to philosophy of communication and cultural studies. The program emphasizes communication in multiple contexts and develops communication competencies and critical awareness of communication practices.

For more information, consult the official minor audit form, which lists required courses for this minor.

Diversity Studies

18 Credits Required

The Humanities minor in Diversity Studies offers students a better understanding of diverse populations within the United States. It cultivates not just tolerance, but celebration of diversity, appreciation of difference, and a commitment to equitable treatment for all people.

The minor offers new courses listed on the degree schedule, such as Introduction to Diversity Studies, Topics in Diversity Studies, Archaeology of the African Diaspora, and Critical Race Theory. Students cultivate respect for the experiences of other groups that comprise local, national, and global communities. For more information, consult the official minor audit form, which lists required courses for this minor.

To learn more about Diversity Studies, visit the Diversity Studies Minor page.

Ethics and Philosophy

18 Credits Required

The minor in Ethics and Philosophy enables students to examine value issues in diverse professional and practical contexts such as biomedicine, communications, engineering, the environment, and politics. Students may also focus on philosophical questions about science and technology, as well as on traditional problems in philosophy. Critical reasoning skills in each of these areas is heavily emphasized.

For more information, consult the official minor audit form, which lists required courses for this minor.

Journalism

18 Credits Required

The journalism minor prepares students to pursue the journalistic aspects of their chosen fields (e.g., gathering and reporting information) and to be better-informed and more critical consumers of the news. The minor requires 18 credits. Minors must take both of the required core courses (HU 3605 - Grammar and Usage in Society and HU 3621 - Introduction to Journalism), two production courses, and two critical perspective courses.

For more information, consult the official minor audit form, which lists required courses for this minor.

Certificates

The Humanities Department offers four certificate programs for students in Humanities and from different disciplines across campus.

  • Media
  • Modern Language and Area Studies
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Writing

A certificate can be obtained concurrently while working toward a degree or can be obtained by part-time students without enrolling in a degree program. All students must comply with the procedures for admission to Michigan Tech, and unless otherwise specified, must maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA (B/C average) in any course counted toward the certificate.

Media

21 Credits Required

The Certificate in Media was developed to meet the needs of students in technical communication who wish to develop expertise in media. The certificate can provide students from other programs an opportunity to supplement their studies with an area of interest in media. The objective is to develop a suitable level of expertise in media and to assure prospective employers that students have mastered the skills necessary to work in entry-level positions in media development. For more information on the required courses, consult the official certificate audit form, which lists required courses for this certificate.

Modern Language and Area Study

21 Credits Required

Students who qualify for a Certificate in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish must complete two years of the same modern language (12 credits) and three area-of-study courses (9 credits). For more information, consult the official certificate audit form, which lists required courses for this certificate.

Learn more about Modern Language study at Michigan Tech.

Have you taken Modern Language courses before? Take the   to test out of lower-level courses..

Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL)

21 Credits Required

The TESOL Certificate program enables and encourages undergraduate and graduate students at Michigan Tech to take courses related to teaching English to speakers of other languages. A formal credential—"Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages"— is awarded to students who complete the program successfully.

The certificate expands opportunities for Michigan Tech’s international students by creating a larger pool of qualified TESOL professionals to teach, tutor, and support both students and faculty, and it also enhances teaching and research opportunities for faculty interested in global studies, literacy studies, and applied linguistics. The certificate integrates TESOL/IESL into the academic life of the Department of Humanities.

Prerequisites
  • HU 2910 - Language and Mind (an introduction to descriptive linguistics) (3 credits)
  • HU 3605 - Grammar and Usage in Society (3 credits)
TESOL Course Sequence
  • HU 3961 - Theoretical Foundations of TESOL (3 credits)
  • HU 3962 - TESOL Methods and Materials (3 credits)
  • HU 3963 - Assessment and Testing in TESOL (3 credits)
  • HU 3964 - Cross-Cultural Aspects of TESOL (3 credits)
  • HU 4961 - Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3-6 credits)

For more information, consult the official certificate audit form.

To learn more about TESOL and IESL, visit the TESOL and IESL page.

Writing

21 Credits Required

The Certificate in Writing was developed to meet the needs of students in technical communication who wish to cultivate their talents and skills in writing, and who wish to present themselves as specialists in writing and editing. Students from other programs can supplement their studies with an extra emphasis in writing. It assures prospective employers that students have mastered the skills necessary to work as technical writers and editors. Students must take 21 semester credits in writing for the certificate. Nine of these credits may be used to meet requirements in the BA or BS in Scientific & Technical Communication. For more information, consult the official certificate audit form, which lists required courses for this certificate.