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American Sign Language MinorAn American Sign Language (ASL) minor is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of the rich heritage of the language and culture of deaf people. It benefits students in a way that gives them an edge in employment opportunities such as teachers, interpreters, social workers, translators, criminal justice personnel, medical personnel, salespersons, and many more professional career opportunities. This ability to communicate with deaf people is often viewed as an asset by employers, particularly in the helping professions such as counselors and advisors. Theater and art students can benefit because of the inherent physical expressiveness of ASL. This is a language that can be passed on to children and to children's children as a skill to communicate with others in a unique way.
Early ChildhoodA minor in early childhood education is offered to students who are interested in working in the field of early childhood (children ages 0-8). Currently, those interested in this field have available to them a teacher preparation program (B.A.E. in Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education). However, the field of early childhood attracts a larger population than those interested in teaching. This minor is open to all UNF majors. The minor requires 18 hours with no grades less than a "C". Only 6 credits can be transferred in from another institution with the approval of the department. The remaining 12 hours must be taken at UNF.
LeadershipThe leadership inter-disciplinary minor offers opportunities for personal and professional leadership development to all UNF students regardless of their major, enabling them to acquire the degree reflected on their academic transcript and an important add-on to complement any major. The minor requires 12 credit hours of coursework as well as documentation of co-curricular leadership learning. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in the minor coursework. The program is grounded in the Social Change Model (SCM) of leadership development and challenges students to become effective, ethical and value-driven leaders with a commitment to excellence, accountability, and responsibility to the real world of the workplace and the global community. The program strives to empower students to be authentic self-directed learners through a highly engaged pedagogy and the practical application of community-based transformational learning components.
Professional EducationUNF students may select the professional education minor offered by the College of Education and Human Services to satisfy university minor requirements. The professional education minor meets minimum professional education requirements for alternative teacher certification in the state of Florida. Students must receive grades of "C" or better in all professional education coursework and may not have a cumulative Grade Point Average of less than a 2.5 in their education coursework. A two-credit, 50 hour field experience in an approved school is included in the minor requirements. Students must complete a background check and fingerprinting prior to beginning any field experience course work. Students should consult with an academic advisor in the College of Education and Human Services to obtain information about teacher certification in Florida.
Sports ManagementThe sports industry was determined to be a $422 billion dollar business in 2012, making it one of the ten largest industries in the United States. Sports Management is a highly competitive field with a host of jobs available. Most of these jobs, however, require specialized skills within the field of sport. This minor will help prepare future practitioners to be leaders in the industry at the highest level of high school, collegiate, amateur and professional sports. It addresses the unique demands of management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, communications and legal skills specific to the sport setting.
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