The Major Benefits of Choosing a Minor

Take a major step in your educational journey with a minor that can expand your skills and enhance your career prospects. Why minor?

A minor is a secondary area of study from your major or specific degree program. Although it is not a requirement for graduation, a minor provides a significant opportunity to "specialize" in a particular area or niche of your broader industry and gives you a way to pursue your interests in a field other than your major.

In addition, a minor shows future employers or graduate school admissions committees the diversity of your interests and skills; therefore, you might want to think about your future goals when choosing a minor. For example, if you are passionate about Art or Biology, a minor in Business or Computer Science will go a long way to increase your marketability after graduation.

Jazz Studies

Why will this Minor help to attract and retain students?
The Minor in Jazz Studies is designed to reflect the steady and/or increased
enrollment/participation in History of Jazz (12), Jazz Lessons (21), Vocal Jazz Coaching
(12), Jazz Combos (11), Vocal Jazz Ensemble (17), LIU Post Jazz Ensemble (20), and
junior/senior recitals that feature both classical and jazz repertoire. Targeted marketing
would tap into the hundreds of high schools that offer jazz ensembles and vocal jazz
ensembles (173 high school vocal jazz programs in NY alone). Prospective music
education students will be drawn to this Minor because it provides a basic competency in
jazz performance, which makes program completers more attractive teaching candidates
to the many districts that have jazz performing ensembles and other jazz course offerings.
Non-majors with a strong high school or other jazz background will be interested in the
Jazz Minor because it provides a credential linked to a passion that could lead to an

How will this Minor better prepare students for future employment?
A number of incumbent students are on a trajectory to meet the proposed course
requirements for a Minor in Jazz Studies – a credential that contributes to comprehensive
musicianship, expands performance opportunities, and helps to prepare future teachers to
teach jazz lessons and direct jazz and other popular music ensembles giving them an edge
in today's highly competitive teaching market. The number of LIU Post students
currently enrolled in jazz classes/ensembles reflects a strong interest and need to expand
in this direction. The current instrumental jazz concentration offers jazz lessons as the
primary lesson. The proposed Minor, however, maintains classical lessons as primary
and presents jazz lessons in addition to classical lessons for music majors.
Comprehensive musicianship is enhanced when students develop both jazz and classical
skills and knowledge.


Undergraduate students at LIU Post who are pursuing a major in another subject area can apply elective courses (21 credits) toward a minor in music. A minor adds value to your degree and a competitive edge in the job market by providing you with additional skills and enhanced knowledge in another field of study. A minor in music requires six credits from MUS 2, 90, or 91; six credits from MUS 11, 21, 22 or 23, and six credits of applied lessons. Contact your academic and career counselor about further requirements and additional information.

Music Entrepreneurship

Why will this Minor help to attract and retain students?
This minor is attractive to music majors, particularly performance majors, because it
develops social media and music industry knowledge and skills that enable students to
self promote. Students are retained because they learn to target their strengths, package
and market their performance niche, develop management/business acumen, and build a
music career. Non-music students interested in production, management, promotion, and
the recording industry will be drawn to Music Entrepreneurship because it facilitates a
basic understanding of the business side of the entertainment industry.

How will this Minor better prepare students for future employment?
This minor is in line with entrepreneurial job market trends as well as LIU Post and other
collegiate program trends that empower students to design their own careers.


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean