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Academic Policies for Minors
Students in the College may elect one or more minor offered by departments and programs within the College or by the other academic units on campus. Electing to earn a minor is optional, and there is no limit on the number of minors a student may elect. For more information, see the Academics and Requirements section of the LSA website.
A minor must require no less than 15 credits of course work, show structure and coherence, and contain some upper-level courses. At least 10 out of the 15 credits must be taken in-residence. Students who declare and complete an approved minor will receive a notation on their student transcript but not on their diploma.
- Each A.B. or B.S. student who wishes to complete an approved minor must develop a plan for the minor in consultation with a department or program advisor, who must also approve it.
- After developing a plan for its minor with the student, the program or department advisor has the minor entered on the student's record.
- The minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
- An individually designed academic minor is not allowed.
- Students may not elect courses included in a minor by the Pass/Fail grading option.
- A department or program may include Experiential or Directed Reading/Independent Study courses that are graded on a Credit/No Credit basis in a minor, but all other courses in the minor must be taken for a grade.
- No course may be shared between the requirements of two minors, or between a minor and a supplemental studies program.
- A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major.
- If the minor has prerequisites, courses used as prerequisites to a major may also count as prerequisites to the minor.
- Test credits may not be used to meet the requirements of a minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites.
- Courses elected to meet the requirements of a minor also may be part of the student's area distribution plan.
- A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the minor, including any prerequisites.
- Courses that are part of a student's minor may also meet the Language Requirement, the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Race & Ethnicity Requirement, or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.
- LSA departments and programs have the option to create academic minors and are responsible for their administration once approved.
- All academic minors must be reviewed and approved by the LSA Curriculum Committee. The College encourages the creation of Interdepartmental and intercollegiate academic minors.
- Although the College will continue to allow individual concentration plans, individual minors will not be allowed.
- Academic minors will be noted on a student’s transcript, but not on his or her diploma.
- An academic minor shall require no less than 15 credit hours in addition to any prerequisites and must contain some upper-division courses
- An academic minor may not consist only of a requirement for some number of credit hours but must have structure and coherence.
- The LSA Curriculum Committee, after consultation with departments and academic units, may prohibit students in some concentrations from electing minors with requirements that overlap significantly with those of the concentration.
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