An academic minor allows students to expand and broaden their educational experience by exploring a particular subject or subjects in sufficient depth to gain competency. By completing a minor, a student can become familiar with an additional area of study which will supplement the expertise gained in the major. In the case of an interdisciplinary minor, the student will have had the opportunity to learn about a particular theme or focused area of inquiry or study.
Each minor has a particular set of curricular goals and student learning outcomes which are determined by the school or unit which offers the minor. By following the prescribed courses of study in the minor, a student must master these curricular outcomes.
- The minor will be comprised of a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 18 credit hours.
- At least 9 hours of upper level courses must be included in the coursework for the minor, subject to all other guideline restrictions.
- Courses taken to satisfy core Areas A through E may not be counted as coursework in the minor.
- Courses from Area F may be counted as duplicative courses for the minor.
- If a course in the minor requires a pre-requisite, the pre-requisite must be a course that is required either in the general education sequence, the minor itself, or the student’s major.
- The School offering the minor will be responsible for the following areas:
- Appropriate Curricular Approvals. A School seeking to offer a minor will request approval for the minor through the appropriate institutional channels and receive approval before offering the minor. The minor must be approved through the college’s curriculum review process; subsequent approval must be obtained from the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The USG must be notified of the addition of a minor in a discipline with an approved major. The addition of a minor in a discipline that does not have an approved major must be approved by the USG.
- Requirements determining requirements for the minor shall be the responsibility of the school.
- Grade Point Average. Grade point average requirements for the minor, if any will be determined by the School.
- Graduation eligibility. Verifying clearance for graduating with a minor shall be the responsibility of the School.
- Interdisciplinary Minor. An interdisciplinary minor will be handled by the School designated to offer the minor in consultation with appropriate faculty from the other areas. This School also must obtain the appropriate curricular approvals, including the curriculum committees and subsequent approval from the Deans of the other schools and the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
- Selection of a Minor. A student may select a minor in consultation with his/her assigned faculty mentor. The student may consult with a faculty member in the minor field, but the faculty mentor remains the primary contact for program plan advising.
- Advising. The Schools that sponsor minors will prepare program plan sheets to be used by faculty mentors and students.
- Responsibilities of the Registrar
- Banner. The Registrar will build minors into CAPP.
- Graduation Application. The Registrar shall be responsible for adding an option for minor on the application for graduation.
- Student Transcript. Listing the minor and date completed on the student transcript will be the responsibility of the Registrar.
- Completion of Requirements. After applying for graduation, if a student fails to complete the requirements for the minor but otherwise meets the requirements for graduation, the student may choose to graduate without the minor.