Majors & Minors

Asian Studies

The Asian studies minor provides students with a foundational understanding of the politics, history, economy, and culture of the region, with particular emphasis on East Asia, as well as intermediate proficiency in one of its major languages. Asian studies minors are encouraged to take advantage of Wesleyan's study abroad offerings in Asia, as well as the rich cultural programming offered through the Wesleyan College Confucius Institute. Students who graduate with a minor in Asian studies will be able to pair this course of study with studies in their major field to be prepared for a number of graduate programs and career options. Academic Catalogue


Wesleyan’s chemistry minor provides an environment for students to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of molecular science and prepares students for careers in science-related areas. While at Wesleyan, students work closely with faculty in small classroom and laboratory settings in our spacious and modern facilities housed in the Munroe Science Center. Further, they gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art scientific equipment as they pursue their goals and career aspirations. The minor is designed to be flexible, allowing students to explore chemistry coursework of interest to them.READ MORE


The field of communication has a long and prominent intellectual history as one of the oldest liberal arts. It dates back to ancient Greece where rhetoric was essential for participation in civic life. The field has expanded to study many kinds of human communication phenomena in various contexts such as media, culture, and relationships. This minor presents a broad overview of the discipline based in a relational, mediated, cultural, and rhetorical topics of focus. Students pursuing a minor in communication will acquire a broad and deep understanding of communication theory; the ability to engage in informed criticism and analysis of communication acts and artifacts; develop critical thinking skills; and learn to practice effective communication. All courses will be offered within a two-year rotation. READ MORE

Digital Marketing

The Digital marketing minor helps provide the student with baseline marketing skills so they understand the language of business, and are better equipped to land internships and jobs. 


The economics minor combines the most current economic thinking in the areas of market-based solutions, game theory, behavioral finance, and free/fair international trade. Economics students will analyze the choices between regulatory versus market-based solutions to climate change; which economic policies will best alleviate poverty and reduce income inequality; the secret behind the success of micro financing; and many other ideas. Economics students develop the necessary analytical tools to understand contemporary issues and to take reasoned positions in debates about economic and social policy such as unemployment, inflation, poverty, inequality, discrimination, underdevelopment, and environmental destruction. READ MORE

Educational Studies

Designed for the student who has a general interest in the K12 classroom at the early childhood, middle grades, or secondary level. EDS minors are not required to be admitted to the Education Program in order to take upper level required courses. The minor does not lead directly to state certification, though it does prepare graduates to enter post-baccalaureate, alternative certification programs such as Georgia TAPP, offered by Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA) throughout the state or an MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching initial certification) program. Academic Catalogue

Environmental Chemistry

The minor in environmental chemistry provides students an opportunity to understand the chemical contexts of the environment and hone their skills in chemical analysis of environmental samples. Students study the chemistry of the hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere, and develop an understanding of their interconnectivity. Students also examine the ways in which human activity affects the environment. This minor is ideal for students interested in gaining additional coursework and lab experience as part of their other studies of the environment, as in the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major. Additionally, students have the option to explore chemistry coursework of interest to them.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the practice of field techniques and quantitative skills commonly used in outdoor scientific disciplines. Students learn to identify the conspicuous plant and animal species of Georgia and consider how they are adapted to their environments. Students will be introduced to the flora, fauna, and ecosystems of the southeastern United States in this field-intensive course. Emphasis will be on practical aspects of conducting scientific investigation outdoors, namely: taxonomic skills, field identification of plants and animals, use of dichotomous keys, techniques for sampling and describing natural populations and communities, and quantitative skills for analysis of data. Academic Catalogue

Equine Assisted Therapy

Wesleyan is fortunate to have excellent equestrian facilities, recently renovated and expanded, and this minor provides our students with a timely opportunity to connect this valuable resource to the academic program.

While therapeutic riding is most effective for clients with physical therapy needs, equine assisted therapy has been effective in family therapy, for clients who have experienced domestic violence or need some type of rehabilitation, and for clients with behavioral issues, eating disorders, and addiction. It is also an effective technique for team building activities for groups such as businesses, management teams, youth groups, etc.

Equine Assisted Therapy is a growing field which allows mental health professionals to utilize horses in a therapy setting. Equine assisted therapies differ from therapeutic riding in that the therapy setting is conducted on the ground rather than in the saddle, and the horse is part of a three-pronged therapy team (mental health specialist, equine specialist, and the horse). Horses are often seen as large, intimidating animals; this contributes to their effectiveness as an avenue to overcome fears and anxieties. Horses are also herd animals that fall into one of two classifications: leader or follower. This allows the client to explore herself as a leader or follower and become a confident leader and/or a listening follower. Horses are, by nature, very social animals; this fosters immediate interactions and feedback in a session. Academic Catalogue


This minor allows the student to investigate the economic foundations for investment, financing, and other related decisions she will make in her personal life or as a businesswoman. The minor is designed to offer a balanced discussion of practical as well as theoretical developments in the field of financial economics. Academic Catalogue

Forensic Science

The Forensic Science minor at Wesleyan brings together courses across a variety of scientific fields, including biology, chemistry, and psychology. Forensic issues are increasingly informed by those who are trained to objectively apply scientific procedures in criminal investigations and prosecutions. This can include the steps necessary for DNA analysis and interpretation, the identification of trace elements from a crime scene, or an understanding of the proper composition required for an unbiased lineup. Although any student could complete the minor, it is expected that students who have a major in biology, chemistry or psychology will be most likely to do so; having this minor could increase marketability for students interested in working in forensic science areas. Academic Catalogue

Healthcare Administration

Building on Wesleyan’s long-standing partnerships with the medical community and Middle Georgia’s growing health care industry, the Healthcare administration minor prepares students to hold. vital positions in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, and laboratories in both public and private sectors. Academic Catalogue

Human Resources Management

The Human resources management minor helps students receive training and experience in coordinating the administrative functions of an organization, hiring and training employees, handling inter-company disputes, working with HR software, and other skills that will be important to their job. Academic Catalogue


The study of mathematics is key for pursuing careers in STEM fields where women are still underrepresented. A student who minors in mathematics at Wesleyan will acquire the technical knowledge needed to continue to the next level of study or work. Our courses and extracurricular programs enable a student to structure her Wesleyan experience to match her own interests. Students who minor in mathematics have gone on to careers in various STEM fields, economics, teaching, business, and law. READ MORE

Organizational Behavior

Combining content from business and psychology, the organizational behavior minor provides students a more focused exploration of the impact of human behavior (both as individuals and in groups) on organizational practices. Students who plan on entering the workplace following graduation will benefit from increased knowledge relating to human resources, conflict management, and employer-employee relations in governmental, for-profit, and non-profit organizations in both public and private sectors. Academic Catalogue


Related Program: Religious Studies
Every person has fundamental beliefs at the foundation of his or her understanding of the world. Philosophical study can help one to formulate questions more carefully so as to clarify the presuppositions and implications of one's beliefs and those of other individuals and cultures. Philosophy, which can be understood as the critical exposition and analysis of fundamental beliefs regarding the nature and meaning of existence and experience, shapes actors prepared for such multicultural engagement. Philosophical analysis proceeds in a variety of ways. For example, some philosophers seek to understand the development and use of language. Others pose questions on ethical or right action. Still others focus on issues of power and demand attention to diversity of experience within academic study. Many religious studies courses will complement studies in philosophy. Academic Catalogue

Political Science

The political science minor introduces students to the primary subfields in political science, along with a variety of methodological approaches. Courses approach the study of politics from a variety of perspectives, with focuses ranging from individual political behavior to the interactions of large institutions in the international arena. In addition to becoming acquainted with the empirical findings of contemporary political science, students also examine the methods by which those findings are reached, thus strengthening their critical thinking skills and gaining a deeper understanding of the nature of knowledge itself. Students also examine the fundamental normative questions of politics. READ MORE


The pre-law minor offers students focused course work to prepared them for pursuing a J.D. and a legal career, with a combination of courses that focus directly on a particular area of law and others that help develop a skill that will be particularly needed in law school. In addition to studying politics and government, students will take courses in related areas, such as business, communication, ethics, logic, and the history of United States civil rights to develop knowledge and skills that they may use in the study of law.

Guidelines for law school admission do not designate any one particular area in which a student must major in order to be admitted to law school, so students may combine this minor with any major they desire, whether it is politics and global affairs, art or environmental studies, to name just three.

Students who have been admitted to the 3+3 Accelerated J.D. Program in conjunction with Mercer University would be well advised to declare the pre-law minor. Academic Catalogue


Reading prepares students to teach reading and writing at the early childhood level. In addition to learning the process of teaching reading, the student will learn the writing process and understand the relationship that exists between the two. Students learn to use assessment results to inform instruction. Furthermore, courses in the reading minor allow the student to examine and use children's literature as mentor texts for reaching strategies in the context of the reading and writing workshops. Finally, candidates will learn to teach reading strategies in the content areas of science, social studies, and mathematics. Academic Catalogue

Strategic Management

The Strategic managment studies minor helps students explore the processes and models managers use to make short- and long-term strategic decisions in corporations including environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and evaluation and control. Academic Catalogue


The Wesleyan theatre minor teaches transferable skills that are valuable to employers in all career fields. Theatre graduates have excellent ability in oral communication and are prepared to solve real-world problems with creative thought. Students learn to respect others, to take constructive criticism, and they gain appreciation for diversity. Studying theatre opens the mind and reveals our shared humanity. The Wesleyan student who minors in theatre receives a strong foundation that prepares her for a career in the profession, an apprenticeship, graduate school, or work in most any field. READ MORE

Visual Studies

Visual studies is an interdisciplinary approach to art history that can incorporate philosophy, psychology, literary studies, communication, and art and design to gain a deeper understanding of our histories and cultures of seeing and how the visual experience constructs power, cultural beliefs, and values. This minor is appropriate for students who are interested in art history and culture studies, curatorial/museum studies, art theory, art therapy, and film studies. Academic Catalogue


Allied Health

The requirements for allied health programs, including Healthcare Administration, Public Health and Occupational/Physical Therapy vary according to institution. For assistance with these programs, please contact Wesleyan's academic advisor, Dr. Barry Rhoades, who can be reached via email at For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

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Athletic Trainer

Although there are undergraduate programs in athletic training, there is an effort to move this profession to one that requires a master's degree or higher for certification. All new programs in athletic training will be graduate degrees. Students interested in this field should plan on applying to a program which will provide a master's degree in athletic training (MAT). These programs are competitive and require a strong undergraduate GPA (generally 3.0 or higher) and extensive patient contact experience. Master's degree granting programs are generally 2-3 years in duration. Training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with a bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, athletic trainers must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. 

Students should consult the graduate school of their choice to determine coursework and clinical observation requirements. Wesleyan's Pre-Athletic Training Advisor, can assist with a coursework and experiential learning plan designed to maximize preparation for this graduate degreeInternship experience with a certified athletic trainer is a requirement for post baccalaureate programs. The number of hours and type of experience required are unique to each program. Common majors for students applying to these programs include biology and psychology, but any major with the requisite coursework is acceptable. 


Before applying to dental schools, students are required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). This is usually taken in the spring of a student’s junior year. It is important to complete as many pertinent courses as possible prior to taking the DAT. Application materials are submitted through ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS); course requirements and deadlines vary according to institution. Wesleyan’s academic advisor, Dr. Holly Boettger-Tong, can be reached via email at For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

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Law schools strongly recommend that you take a broad range of diverse and rigorous courses. You may choose a major from any of the liberal arts ranging from chemistry to history, political science, English, or other fields. In selecting your major, it’s a good idea to consider the type of law career you wish to pursue. A pre-law minor is available for students interested in course-work that offers preparation for law school.

Admission to law school is based on your grade point average and score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT is given four times a year: June, October, December, and February. It is recommended that you take the exam in June of your junior year or October of your senior year.

If you’re planning to attend law school, you should gain advice from our Law Advisor, Dr. Tom Ellington in the history and political science department no later than the beginning of your junior year. For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

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Wesleyan and Mercer also offer a 3+3 Program

Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law and Wesleyan College recognize that certain students have the ability and readiness to complete their undergraduate education and their law degree training in less than the normally required seven years of study. The 3 + 3 program provides an opportunity for select students to accelerate their course of study by completing both an undergraduate degree (from Wesleyan) and the JD degree (from Mercer University) in approximately six years of full-time study. Students enrolled in this program are expected to complete all Wesleyan College core requirements, including those of their chosen major, with a minimum of two and a half years in residence, and at least 90 credit hours at Wesleyan prior to attending law school. This program is recommended for majors in politics & global studies or English. Students may elect other majors, but MUST have a pre law minor and engage in the requisite coursework required for the 3 + 3 program. To be considered for Mercer Law, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in Wesleyan College coursework and score at or above the median LSAT score of the preceding year’s entering class. Students interested in pursuing this program should identify themselves to their first year advisor during orientation and meet with the pre-Law advisor no later than fall semester of their first year at Wesleyan, to ensure that they are on track for this program. 

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Before applying to medical schools, students are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). This is usually taken in the spring of a student’s junior year. It is important to complete as many pertinent courses as possible prior to taking the MCAT. Application materials are submitted through American Medical College Admission Service (AMCAS); course requirements and application deadlines for Medical Schools vary according to institution. Wesleyan’s academic advisor, Dr. Wanda Schroeder, can be reached via email at For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

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Before applying to pharmacy schools, students are required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Testing times vary throughout the year and it’s important that you complete as many pertinent courses as possible prior to taking the PCAT. Application materials are submitted through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS); course requirements and deadlines vary according to institution. Wesleyan’s academic advisor, Dr. Glenda Ferguson, can be reached via email at For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

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For students planning to enter the field of professional ministry or pursue higher theological graduate work, The Association of Theological Schools suggests you take a broad range of courses in literature, history, natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts and music, languages, and religion (Christian and non-Christian).

Seminary students frequently choose to major in fields such as English, history and religion. However, any liberal arts subject is appropriate including the sciences and mathematics and the fine arts.

Seminary students at Wesleyan are encouraged to take advantage of graduate program information sessions, round-table discussions with local ministers, and internships, all of which help discern a vocation and prepare for post-graduate study. Wesleyan’s Seminary Advisor, Karan Bray can be reached via email at For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

Veterinary Medicine

Before applying to veterinary schools, students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This is usually taken in the spring of a student’s junior year. It is important to complete as many pertinent courses as possible prior to taking the GRE. Application materials are submitted through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS); course requirements vary according to institution. Wesleyan’s academic advisor, Dr. Holly Boettger-Tong, can be reached via email at For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

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