Arkansas Tech will soon be the first university in the state to offer a minor in social media. Students will be able to declare the minor starting in the summer II term of 2016.
The minor will consist of 21 hours of courses. Most of the courses will be taught by professors and instructors in the department of communication and journalism.
One of the courses for the minor will be taught by the department of behavioral sciences, and one will be taught by the department of business. No new courses will be created for the minor.
When researching the feasibility of a minor in social media, Tech administered a survey to approximately 600 students. About one third expressed interest in a potential social media minor, according to Anthony Caton, department head of the department of communication and journalism.
“It’s an evolving media, the social media, so I think it’s really a hot topic right now,” Caton said. “I think the timing [of the creation of the minor] is really good.”