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Interdisciplinary and Other Academic Minors

Minors provide students the flexibility to customize their course of study as a means to explore personal interests and expand one’s skill set as a means to best prepare for a career in their chosen field.

Ohio Northern University offers a number of minor programs in four undergraduate colleges. Many minors complement the major courses of study.

To graduate with a minor, students must complete a specified number of credits in a focused area of study outside their chosen major. To explore the benefits of adding a minor, we recommend that students speak with the academic advisor or a department chair.

Students in the art & design program are encouraged, but not required, to pursue a minor or option to add depth to their areas of study. Approximately 50% of ONU art & design students graduate with at least one minor. The following minors and options are most beneficial to the studio arts, graphic design, advertising design or art education major:

Arts management minor (department of communication and theatre arts): Students learn how to use business skills to manage arts organizations and facilities, such as galleries, museums, and studios.

Biology or forensic option (department of biological and allied health sciences): Students interested in medical illustration may select one of these programs.

Business minor (College of Business Administration): Students may pursue accounting, business or economics; the option is designed to provide a business focus for students within their art/design career goals.

Creative writing minor (department of English): Enable students to develop their creative and intellectual capabilities to prepare for a variety of professional employment opportunities.

Electronic media and broadcasting minor (department of communication and theatre arts): Provides students with creative expressions, diversified technological expertise and the practical training in writing for the media, media production and media management.

Marketing minor (College of Business Administration): A total of 36 hours are required for the minor; the minor is designed to provide a marketing focus for students.

Multimedia design and development option (department of technological studies): Introduces students to programming, photography and electronic media design.

Museum studies minor (department of history, politics and justice): Combines traditional academic training, museum practices and the practical experience that is necessary to begin a successful museum career; students may choose between the managerial or the curatorial tracks.

Organizational communication minor (department of communication and theatre arts): Graduates may find additional employment opportunities in such areas as personnel, sales, human services, training and development, management, government, politics, education, student affairs and non-profit management. The program also prepares students for graduate school.

Psychology minor (department of psychology and sociology): Students interested in art therapy learn the science that deals with mental processes and human behavior; program prepares students for graduate school.

Professional writing minor (department of English): Trains students to work as writers and editors in a variety of professional settings. Articulate writers are needed in public relations, advertising, editing, screenwriting, online writing, science writing, magazine writing, technical writing, publishing, cultural criticism and more.

Public relations minor (department of communication and theatre arts): Students learn how to conduct research, plan programs, produce communication materials and evaluate programs.

Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed