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Minors in the School of Health and Consumer Sciences

We offer:

Events and Facilities Administration Minor

A minor in Events and Facilities Administration will strengthen students' preparation to work in careers that involve event planning and facilities administration (political events, celebrations, education, promotions, commemorations, trade shows, conferences, exhibitions and conventions). Students earning this minor will demonstrate leadership characteristics and make decisions based on integrating knowledge of financial, human resources, promotion and event administration principles.

This minor will benefit students by providing them additional preparation in the field of Events and Facilities Administration. The proposed curriculum provides students with research-based best practices, knowledge, skills and understanding for planning events and managing facilities where events take place. More specifically, this minor will provide students with a deeper understanding of what it takes to plan and promote successful events, with particular focus on events and facilities administration, facilities management and design, and marketing.  

Financial Counseling Minor

A minor in Financial Counseling will prepare students to pursue careers in the financial planning and financial counseling industry. Courses will provide opportunities for students to apply content knowledge and skills by working with individuals to meet their financial goals and solve financial problems.

Health Education Minor

A Health Education minor is an interdisciplinary minor offered to any student at South Dakota State University. It may be of particular interest to those pursuing a teaching degree. The minor can be obtained by completing a required core and set of elective courses offered across several disciplines. This minor is strongly suggested for those individuals pursuing a major in Community and Public Health with a teaching specialization. Having a Health Education minor can lead to teaching health in public schools in the region. 

For Minnesota certification in Health, additional coursework will be required. Please check with the PETE Coordinator for these details and to help in planning for this certification. All students interested in obtaining this minor must obtain written approval from the PETE Coordinator. A minimum final grade of "C" is required in each course taken in the minor.

Leadership (LEAD) Minor

The 18-credit undergraduate Leadership Minor is an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional program that allows students to explore and experience multiple frameworks of leadership. The minor prepares students for real-life leadership experiences, both on campus and in larger global communities. By completing the minor, students will acquire skills and abilities to serve as competent leaders as they transition to life after graduation.

Students take a core of coursework specifically focused on leadership theory and practice. In addition, students choose courses from two key leadership elements, communication and ethics. Finally, students complete a semester long self-directed or self-guided leadership project in LEAD 496: Leadership in Action.

Check out course descriptions and program requirements for the Leadership Minor in the Online Catalog.

To learn more about the LEAD minor, contact Ms. Kim Gustafson, program leader.

Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (LMNO) Minor

The Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (LMNO) Minor prepares students to enhance nonprofit organizations. This minor consists of 18 credits of coursework. Check out course descriptions and program requirements for the LMNO minor in the Online Catalog.

Students need to declare their intentions to minor in LMNO by contacting the program leader, Kim Gustafson.

In addition to earning the LMNO minor, students have the option of becoming a Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national alliance of colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations.

The certification, recognized by nonprofit organizations, signifies that the student has met foundational and professional competencies of the organization and is well prepared for a dynamic career in the nonprofit sector.

To become a Certified Nonprofit Professional students must: 

Achieve the 10 foundational and professional competencies Complete a 300-hour internship with one nonprofit organization

 

To learn more about the LMNO minor or the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, contact Kim Gustafson, program leader.

  • Participate in the Non-profit Leadership Alliance student organization
  • Attend the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Management Institute
Nutrition Minor

A minor in Nutrition can be beneficial to individuals who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in many health related fields and pre-professional programs. It may also assist students who are interested in attending graduate or medical school by providing a strong science knowledge base. The minor would benefit students in the hospitality and/or food service industries. The Nutrition minor provides students a strong fundamental knowledge of metabolism and the complex interaction between foods and our bodies. The minor does not allow students to become a registered dietitian.

Recreation Administration Minor

A Recreation Administration minor is an interdisciplinary minor offered to any student at South Dakota State University; it may be of particular interest to those pursuing seasonal and/or summer employment. The minor can be obtained by completing a required core and set of elective courses offered across several disciplines. This minor is strongly suggested for those individuals pursuing a HPER or Health Promotion major, and a Park Management or PETE specialization. Having a Recreation Administration minor can lead to summer/seasonal opportunities with municipal park and recreation agencies, state and national park agencies, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCA or YWCA's. Please check with the Recreation Administration Coordinator for these details and to help in planning for this minor emphasis of additional study.