Selected Minors

Nevada State College offers a number of minors that can be added to most four-year degree programs. The minors listed below are in special academic areas for which Nevada State does not currently offer a four-year degree program.

1. Chemistry

Through rigorous studies of chemical principles and hands-on laboratory analysis, a minor in Chemistry at Nevada State College prepares you for advancement in your chosen field by equipping you with tools to be an analytical thinker, creative problem solver, and clear communicator.

2. Communication

Nevada State College offers a minor in Communication that can be added to many degree programs. In addition, Communication can be chosen as a concentration area for the Bachelor of Arts/Science in Interdisciplinary Studies .

Communication studies is a vital component in today's interactive world. From conflict management and negotiations to public speaking, intercultural communications and mass media, NSC combines contexts, theories, principles and values of human communication in order to prepare a student for a lifetime of effective communication techniques.

3. Counseling

From depression, to substance abuse, to relationship discord, life is fraught with difficult challenges. Sometimes, a single person can mean the difference between happiness and despair. For those who hope to make this kind of impact, a career in mental health may be a natural calling. The Counseling Minor at NSC is a gateway to this incredibly important field. Our counseling students learn from the best and benefit from richly rewarding hands-on learning experiences. The program is led by talented faculty members who possess years of real-world experience, and it gives students opportunities to practice counseling skills in genuine mental health environments. Students who earn the minor are well-poised to succeed in a variety of areas, including social work, counseling, and school psychology. Upon completing the minor, students will:

  • Understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship in counseling
  • Develop attending, listening and understanding skills
  • Develop effective interviewing and assessment strategies
  • Identify the various counseling theories and how they relate to client's issues
  • Understand patient/client confidentiality laws and other important ethical issues
  • Cultivate an appreciation of cultural and diversity issues as they apply to therapeutic treatment

4. Entrepreneurship

NSC Entrepreneurship focuses on core skills development for first stage businesses. With a focus on critical thinking, problem solving and data driven analysis, students will gain the knowledge, skills and tools needed to start, operate, evaluate and improve their business ventures.

We seek to develop individuals who have an entrepreneurial vision for a for-profit venture, social entrepreneurs who want their business to affect systemic, social change in the fields of education, environment and health as well as the intrapreneurs, who seek to bring innovation to an existing business. No prior business classes or business experience is necessary.


5. Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies (ETS) program at Nevada State College is grounded in the social justice struggles and activist roots from which Ethnic Studies programs nationwide historically emerged. The interdisciplinary courses offered through ETS focus on a variety of themes in United States history relevant to understanding the historical and contemporary experiences of culturally and ethnically diverse groups (e.g. Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Native Americans, and U.S. Latinas/os-Chicanas/os). ETS provides students with the methodological tools to critically examine the political, cultural, social and historical structures that have shaped the identity of underrepresented racial and ethnic communities in the United States. ETS courses emphasize comparative analysis and encourage students to engage in critical thinking by questioning established disciplinary frameworks and canons. This department requires a sequence of two courses ETS 101 and ETS 302 that introduces students to the major theories, debates, and issues concerning the study of social structures and cultures of American ethnic groups. The mission of ETS is to also provide students a space in which they engage in community based learning where they incorporate the knowledge they have acquired in ETS and elsewhere and apply it to service/internships with organizations in the surrounding communities of Henderson and Las Vegas.

6. Mathematics

Do you find equations beautiful? Albert Einstein certainly did. In a 1935 letter to the New York Times, Einstein famously noted that Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. For some, it seems strange to think of numbers and symbols in the same way that you might consider a painting or sculpture.

Math minor

7. Promotion

Promotion Minor

8. Sociology

Sociology provides you with new perspectives on the social world around you. Ever wondered why teenagers rebel against their parents, why different ethnic groups sometimes live in different parts of town, or why divorce rates have increased over time? Sociologists investigate these issues and many others, including gender relations, racial and ethnic identity, changing definitions of deviance and crime, poverty and class inequality, human sexuality, and urban life.

Sociology Minor