Online Options for Undergraduates

Mason offers a wide variety of undergraduate minors and a few undergraduate certificates. Taken as elective coursework, these programs are open to current Mason bachelor’s students.

Only online options are listed. For a complete list of minors and certificates, please see the University Catalog.

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Fully Online Options

Current Mason bachelor’s students can complete these undergraduate minors and certificates entirely online.

Business Minor (15 credits)

Designed for non-business majors, this minor provides broad exposure to business concepts and theories. Courses include:

  • MBUS 300 Accounting in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • MBUS 301 Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • MBUS 302 Managing Information in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • MBUS 303 Marketing in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • MBUS 308 Corporate Finance and Investments in a Global Economy (3 credits)

You may also substitute MBUS 304, MBUS 305, or MBUS 306 for one of the above courses.

For additional information, see the program website or contact Patrick Soleymani at psoleyma@gmu.edu.

Developmental Psychology (18 credits)

This minor provides a broad foundation in psychology across the lifespan, highlighting the ways humans change over time. Courses include:

  • PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

And four of the following:

  • PSYC 313 Child Development Credits (3 credits)
  • PSYC 314 Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 379 Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 414 Behavior Disorders of Childhood (3 credits)
  • PSYC 415 Psychological Factors in Aging Credits (3 credits)
  • PSYC 460 Independent Study in Psychology (1-4 credits)
  • PSYC 461 Special Topics Credits (3 credits)
  • HDFS 200 Individual and Family Development (3 credits)

For additional information, see the program website or contact ugpsyc@gmu.edu.

Geography Minor (18-19 credits)

This minor provides a global perspective, research skills, and analytical capabilities that apply to many industries, including environmental management, international relations, and urban development. Courses include:

  • GGS 101 Major World Regions (3 credits) or GGS 103 Human Geography (3 credits)
  • GGS 102 Physical Geography (3 credits) or GGS 121 Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (4 credits)

For additional information, see the program website or contact ggs@gmu.edu.

GeoManagement Certificate (24-25 credits)

Designed for non-business students pursuing a GGS undergraduate degree, this certificate provides skills in marketing, management, and finance and prepares students to face challenges in GIS-oriented environments. Courses include:

  • GGS 101 Major World Regions (3 credits) or GGS 103 Human Geography (3 credits)
  • GGS 102 Physical Geography (3 credits) or GGS 121 Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (4 credits)
  • GGS 311 Introduction to GIS (3 credits)
  • GGS 312 Physical Climatology (3 credits)
  • GGS 315 Geography of the United States (3 credits)
  • GGS 380 Geography of Virginia (3 credits)

And two of the following:

  • MBUS 300 Accounting in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • MBUS 301 Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • MBUS 302 Managing Information in a Global Environment (3 credits)
  • MBUS 303 Marketing in a Global Economy (3 credits)

For additional information, see the program website or contact ggs@gmu.edu.

Information Technology Certificate (24 credits)

Designed for non-IT majors, this certificate is similar to the IT minor but provides a deeper knowledge of IT topics and its applications. Courses include:

  • IT 102 Discrete Structures (3 credits) or MATH 125 Discrete Math for IT (3 credits)
  • IT 104 Introduction to Computing (3 credits)
  • IT 105 Architecture Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 106 Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming (3 credits)
  • 9 credits technical focus (consult with advisor)

And one of the following:

  • IT 206 Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • IT 207 Applied IT Programming (3 credits)
  • IT 213 Multimedia and Web Design (3 credits)
  • IT 214 Database Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 223 Information Security Fundamentals (3 credits)

For additional information, see the program website or contact Daniel Garrison at dgarriso@gmu.edu.

Information Technology Minor (18 credits)

Designed for non-IT majors, this minor provides a foundation in IT topics and applications to achieve organizational objectives. Courses include:

  • IT 102 Discrete Structures (3 credits) or MATH 125 Discrete Math for IT (3 credits)
  • IT 104 Introduction to Computing (3 credits)
  • IT 105 Architecture Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 106 Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming (3 credits)
  • 6 credits technical focus (consult with advisor)

For additional information, see the program website or contact Daniel Garrison at dgarriso@gmu.edu.

Psychology Minor (18 credits)

Enhancing many majors, this minor explores abnormal, cognitive, developmental, physiological, or social/personality psychology. Courses include:

  • PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (3 credits)
  • 6 credits PSYC electives

And (at least) three of the following:

  • PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 231 Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 313 Child Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 317 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)*
  • PSYC 324 Personality Theory (3 credits)
  • PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 372 Physiological Psychology (3 credits)* or
  • PSYC 375 Brain and Sensory Processes & PSYC 376 Brain and Behavior

*You must take one or both of these courses.

For additional information, see the program website or contact ugpsyc@gmu.edu.

Tourism and Events Management Minor (15 credits)

TEM promotes a well-rounded approach to a thriving field and complements many majors. Students develop skills in planning, programming, sustainability, implementation, and evaluation. Courses include:

  • TOUR 200 Introduction to Travel Management (3 credits)
  • TOUR 220 Introduction to Event Management (3 credits)
  • TOUR 340 Sustainable Tourism (3 credits)

And two of the following:

  • TOUR 190 Wedding Planning (3 credits)
  • TOUR 210 Global Understanding through Travel and Tourism (3 credits)
  • TOUR 230 Introduction to Hospitality Management (3 credits)
  • TOUR 311 Women and Tourism (3 credits)
  • TOUR 313 Event Technology
  • TOUR 330 Resort Management
  • TOUR 352 Heritage and Cultural Tourism

For additional information, see the program website or contact Michelle Gnoleba at mgnoleba@gmu.edu.


Partially Online Options

For these undergraduate minors, 51 to 99 percent of required courses are offered online. Students would need to enroll in a combination of online and on-campus courses.

For more information on these programs, browse the University Catalog.

  • Aging Studies Minor (15 credits)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Minor (21 credits)
  • Art History Minor (18 credits)
  • Assistive Technology Minor (15 credits)
  • Astronomy Minor (18-20 credits)
  • Communication Minor (18 credits)
  • Conflict Analysis Minor (15 credits)
  • Criminology, Law and Society Minor (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis Minor (15-17 credits)
  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners Minor (15 credits)
  • Forensic Psychology Minor (18 credits)
  • Health Promotion Minor (18 credits)
  • Health Psychology Minor (18 credits)
  • Human Development and Family Science Minor (15 credits)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology Minor (18 credits)
  • Intelligence Analysis Minor (18 credits)
  • Kinesiology Minor (18 credits)
  • Public Health Minor (18-19 credits)
  • Social Work Minor (15 credits)
  • Sport and Computer Game Design Minor (18 credits)
  • Sport Management Minor (18 credits)

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