Wells College is pleased to announce the approval of six new academic minors in the fields of business, criminal justice, graphic design, environmental science, sustainability, and sustainable food systems. Current students will have the ability to declare these minors immediately, and incoming students can plan their academic experience to include one or two of the minors in addition to their chosen major. The six new minors will be added to the list of 38 minors already offered by the College; they were passed by Wells’ faculty at a meeting early this month.
“By adding minor offerings in these areas, Wells is responding to her students’ interests and directions for their professional lives” said Provost and Dean of the College Cindy Speaker. “And with an increasing need for professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in more than one area, we are committed to giving our students additional opportunities for cohesive educational programs.”
The business minor will help to grow the College’s newly-established Susan Wray Sullivan ’51 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship while providing a way for students of all majors to add entrepreneurial principles to their skill sets. The three new minors in environmental and sustainability studies draw on the College’s natural setting, academic strengths, and student interest in a critical area. Each offers a different specialization for those interested in approaching innovative opportunities in sciences such as geology or biodiversity, contributing to social and cultural approaches to conservation, and examining the place of agriculture and animals in global food systems. The graphic design minor will allow students to gain familiarity and experience with print and web design and plan for a career in communications, advertising or publishing; the criminal justice minor will bring together social, cultural and psychological factors affecting crime rates and the mechanisms such as police and the courts that attempt to reduce these rates.