Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures, and the Academic Minor Option
Students in the College may elect one or more academic minors offered by units within the College. Note that electing to earn an academic minor is optional; it is not a requirement; and note too that there is no limit on the number of academic minors a student may elect. Departments and programs in the College have the option of creating academic minors, and as such minors receive College approval they will be listed with their requirements and other pertinent information on the Student Academic Affairs website at
Academic minors and their requirements appear in Chapter VI.
Although the opportunity exists for students to propose their own individual concentration program, an individual minor is not allowed. An academic minor will require no less than 15 credits of course work, will show structure and coherence, and will 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 academic 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 academic minor must develop a plan for the minor in consultation with the designated advisor, who must also approve it. The academic minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
- Students may not elect courses in an academic minor plan by the Pass/Fail grading option, but must take academic minor courses for a grade, either A-E or, in the case of Residential College courses, with narrative evaluation.
- Students may not elect a concentration and an academic minor, or two academic minors, offered by the same department or program, unless a specific exemption to this policy is noted with the approval of the minor.
- Students may not use more than one course to meet the requirements of both a concentration plan and an academic minor, but one course may overlap and count for both.
- NO course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one Minor.
- If the academic minor has prerequisites, students taking courses to meet the prerequisites to a concentration may also count those courses as prerequisites to the academic minor.
- Advanced Placement credits may not be used to meet the requirements of an academic minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites to an academic minor.
- Since students electing an academic minor are required to meet the area distribution requirement, courses elected to meet the requirements of an academic 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 courses taken to meet requirements of an academic minor, including any prerequisites.
- A course or courses that are part of a student's academic minor may also meet the Language Requirement, the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Race & Ethnicity Requirement, or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.
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