An academic minor is a selection of courses, usually with a common theme, that enables the student to develop a degree of formal expertise in an area outside of the student’s major. It is intended to supplement the student’s academic training by broadening the scope of knowledge and experience beyond that obtained from courses required for the student’s major degree.
While obtaining a minor is not a requirement, a minor
can offer several advantages, such as enhanced job opportunities,
increased potential for advancement and/or greater opportunity for
more challenging assignments, and the demonstration of a broader
academic background that may increase the student’s chances
of being accepted into graduate or professional school. The student’s
transcript will note that the student is enrolled in a minor program.
Satisfactory completion of the requirements for the minor will be
noted only on the student’s transcript, not on the student’s
To be eligible for acceptance into a minor program, a student must
Be in good academic standing
Obtain the approval of the student’s academic advisor and major program director and/or dean
Obtain the approval of the chairperson of the department offering the minor program
A student should apply to participate in a minor program early in his or her academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of the last year of didactic work. A student may enroll in a minor program offered by his or her major department as long as the requirements for the minor (listed below) are met.
In addition to any introductory courses (course numbers ranging from 100-199) in the area of the minor, a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework having a common intellectual bond is required for a minor. Of the 18 credits, a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum. Students may complete more than one minor, provided a minimum of 12 credits of coursework be completed in addition to any courses required in the major curriculum and any other minor curriculum(s). General education coursework may be used to fulfill minor requirements without restriction. An academic minor is designed by the faculty of the offering department(s) and approved by the appropriate Subcouncil(s). The student must achieve a cumulative average of 2.0 in all of the courses taken as part of the minor.
Up to six semester hours of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the chairperson(s) of the department(s) offering the minor.
Information regarding the academic status of a student in a minor program should be forwarded by the chair of the department offering the minor to the faculty advisor, program director, appropriate college dean, and registrar.
The requirements for the minor must be completed before graduation. Determination of successful completion of the minor will be accomplished by the department chair(s) and college dean(s) of the minor program.
Students who change their major while being enrolled in a minor program must be reevaluated and approved to continue the minor by the minor advisor, chair of the minor department, and chair/program director/dean of the new major program.