Guidelines for Undergraduate Minors

Department minors provide students with the opportunities to pursue, within a single academic area, a coherent course of study that is more limited (15 hours) than a full major yet more coherent than a random selection of courses. Department minors are transcripted, restricted to degree-seeking students and may include course prerequisites or GPA requirements in addition to a 15-hour core of courses within the department. The degree and the minor must be awarded simultaneously. The process for establishing a department minor begins with the department curriculum committee and requires the approval of the division curriculum committee, the dean, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and the campus undergraduate curriculum committee, prior to final approval by the Provost. Minors do not require approval beyond the campus. Proposals should include (1) a list of the courses that define the minor and a sample program of study, (2) a demonstration that the courses will be offered regularly enough to allow students to complete the minor in a timely fashion, (3) a list of and rationale for any additional course prerequisites or admissions requirements, (4) an account of the advising and support services that will be provided to students pursuing the minor and the program director responsible for these services (5) the endorsement of any academic units likely to be affected by the creation of the minor.

College/School minors are similar in purpose to department minors but are defined relative to more general areas within a division’s curriculum (e.g., an undergraduate minor in Business) as opposed to that of a particular academic department. They too are transcripted, restricted to degree-seeking students and may include course prerequisites or GPA requirements in addition to a 15-hour core defined within the college or school. The degree and the minor must be awarded simultaneously. Establishing a college/school minor requires the approval of the division curriculum committee, the dean, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and the campus undergraduate curriculum committee, prior to final approval by the Provost. Proposals should include (1) a list of the courses that define the minor and a sample program of study, (2) a demonstration that the courses will be offered regularly enough to allow students to complete the minor in a timely fashion, (3) a list of and rationale for any additional course prerequisites or admissions requirements, (4) an account of the advising and support services that will be provided to students pursuing the minor and the program director responsible for these services (5) the endorsement of any academic units likely to be affected by the creation of the minor.

Interdisciplinary minors are, in effect, department or college/school minors where the 15 hours of core course work is contributed by two ore more academic units and the subject area does not constitute a single college/school. Interdisciplinary minors are transcripted, restricted to degree-seeking students and may include course prerequisites or GPA requirements in addition to a 15-hour core. The degree and the minor must be awarded simultaneously. They must be approved by the curriculum committees of the participating departments and divisions, the deans, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and the campus undergraduate curriculum committee, prior to the final approval of the Provost. Interdisciplinary minors do not require approval beyond the campus. Proposals should include (1) a list of the courses that define the minor and a sample program of study, (2) a demonstration that the courses will be offered regularly enough to allow students to complete the minor in a timely fashion, (3) a list of and rationale for any additional course prerequisites or admissions requirements, (4) an account of the advising and support services that will be provided to students pursuing the minor and the program director responsible for these services (5) the endorsement of any academic units likely to be affected by the creation of the minor.