Thinking about minors?

Some good interdiscplinary options for Hofstra Psychology students include:
The Neuroscience minor combines Psychology, Biology, and other related fields that study in the brain in some form. Note that the Degree Audit is not accurate in reporting the requirements for the Neuroscience minor, so all minors (or those considering the minor) should talk with Dr. Ploran ( It’s also important to note that only two courses can double-count for the minor and another requirement, which makes completing both the Psychology B.S. and the Neuroscience minor very challenging.

The Cognitive Science minor focuses on the multi-disciplinary research effort to understand a fantastically complex system: our minds (and brains, and bodies) in their social and natural settings. The more we know about how that system works, the better we understand what we are, why we do the things we do, and how we might change ourselves to improve our lives.
The “Introduction to Cognitive Science” course (CGS 10) is an interdisciplinary course open to anyone.: For the minor, CGS 10 is required, plus 15 s.h. in selected courses from Cognitive Science departments: see for details.
For more information and advisement for CGS minors please contact Professor Dardis in the Philosophy Department:

The minor in scientific reasoning and data analysis (available for the 2016-2017 academic year and beyond) engages students with both theoretical foundations of scientific reasoning and practical strategies for moving from data to scientific understanding. As an interdisciplinary program, the minor integrates philosophy of science, mathematics, and computing. Though primarily designed for students majoring in a particular science, the minor is also appropriate for students in any major wanting to learn how critically to assess the scientific basis of claims. For details of the requirements, see:
Contact Dr. Eliot with questions:

Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on disability as an often overlooked but significant component of human experience past and present. Disability Studies courses explore how disability is represented in literature, film, and mass media; defined by legislation; understood by philosophy and ethics; created and accommodated (or not) by economies and methods of production. The minor’s two core courses–Introduction to Disability Studies and Disability in Literature and Culture–provide students with a critical “disability perspective” that should inform and integrate what you learn in electives. Disability literacy is increasingly important in today’s citizens because disability is often a significant factor in current debates over issues such as euthanasia, capital punishment, genetics and eugenics, health care, and welfare. Hence, the Disability Studies program also seeks to equip students to develop informed positions on these matters. See here for more information:


Criminology is an exciting field that explores the causes and consequences of crime and studies the institutions designed to address it. Hofstra University’s B.A. program in Criminology is multidisciplinary and it draws from a variety of subjects including anthropology, forensic science, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.
In the Hofstra Criminology program, we seek to instill comprehensive knowledge of crime and justice, fostering critical, analytical, research and writing skills necessary for the decision- making and leadership positions in the fields of law, criminal justice administration and policy development.
Our multidisciplinary curriculum provides excellent preparation for law school and graduate studies in criminology, sociology, political science, psychology, forensics and social work. Students with criminology degree will be able to work in criminal justice agencies, non-profit foundations and community organizations that deal with various issues in criminal justice, such as, for example, uniformity in sentencing, prison over-crowding, recidivism, de-criminalization of certain drugs, gun control, community policing, crime prevention, treatment of the offenders, victim advocacy, and rehabilitation, among others.
For the students who would like to pursue international and global issues in crime and security, we offer courses that would prepare them for employment in governmental organizations and international agencies that deal with human rights and their violations, immigration, and national security.
Our internship program prepares students for these jobs as well as enables them to make invaluable connections in their fields of interest. Our students-interns learn from the best in the field and they work side by side with the professionals in law, social work, and corrections. We offer credited positions in the specialized courts of Nassau and Queens Counties, such as the Youth Court, Mental Health and Drug Courts, Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes prosecutorial units, Department of Probation as well as the community- based therapy and rehabilitation programs.

More details can be found here:


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