Majors & Minors

Additional minors

Art History & Studio

Art History Minor: Study the visual arts from prehistoric to contemporary times, in media ranging from architecture to contemporary video performance. Students develop their writing, analytical, and research skills in small classes and personal conferences with the art historian. All art and art history students at Wesleyan have research access to the permanent art collection of the College, and may intern with the Curator of Collections. The Macon area offers many Art History related internships at regional art museums and historical sites.

Art Studio Minor: Study a selection of courses in graphic design, video, photography, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, painting, and drawing/illustration. Personal, artistic, and intellectual growth are fostered in our art programs, as students hone their skills as confident and creative innovators for professional careers in an increasingly visual and global world.

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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

Chemistry

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.

Communication

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. 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. 

Economics

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.

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

English

English with a literature emphasis minor: This minor offers courses in literary criticism and American, British, and world literature. Academic Catalogue

English with a writing emphasis: The English Department offers an English minor with a writing emphasis that provides students with advanced instruction in writing. The writing minor enhances students' understanding of the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and professional aspects of writing. Courses in the minor will teach students about the various forms of writing they are likely to encounter, provide opportunities to experiment with their writing processes and reflect on those processes, and teach techniques for modifying their writing styles for different audiences and formats. Academic Catalogue

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

Finance

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
 

Mathematics

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.

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

Philosophy

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. Academic Catalogue

Pre-Law

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

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

Sport Management

The highly competitive field of sports management provides sports, fitness, and recreation minded students with business knowledge and exciting opportunities in the world of athletics. Offered as a minor at Wesleyan, students gain experience and knowledge in areas of business, accounting, law, facility management, and marketing to create an expansive knowledge base for many careers. As part of our program, students in the sport management field will work with local semi-professional athletic teams, club sports, NCAA institutions, and other relevant fields to create a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity to solidify their area of expertise and interest. The curriculum is designed to give students a broad understanding of all aspects of sport management and prepare them for careers in athletic administration, coaching, physical therapy, athletic training, and health and wellness. 

Theatre

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.

Pre-Professional

Engineering

Wesleyan offers a dual degree program in engineering collaborating with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia; Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama; and Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Through this cooperative engineering program, students first complete the academic requirements at Wesleyan College for approximately three academic years (earning 90 semester hours) and then apply to and attend one of the three cooperating institutions for approximately two years.

Students will receive both a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan College and a bachelor’s degree awarded by the cooperating institution.

If you plan to enroll in the dual degree engineering program, talk to one of Wesleyan’s academic advisors, Randy Heaton at rheaton@wesleyancollege.edu. For details on course requirements, see the Academic Catalogue.

Law

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.

Medicine

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 wschroeder@wesleyancollege.edu. 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 hboettger-tong@wesleyancollege.edu. For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

Dental

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 hboettger-tong@wesleyancollege.edu. For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

Pharmacy

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 gferguson@wesleyancollege.edu. For course descriptions, see our 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 brhoades@wesleyancollege.edu. For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

Seminary

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 kbray@wesleyancollege.edu. For course descriptions, see our Academic Catalogue.

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