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02-03 LS&A Bulletin

Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures

Academic Minors

Students in the College may elect one or more of the academic minors offered by units within the College. Electing to earn an academic minor is optional, and there is no limit on the number of academic minors a student may elect. Academic minors, along with their requirements and other pertinent information, are described in detail in Chapter VI of this Bulletin and on the Student Academic Affairs website at

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.

Policies for the Academic Minor

  1. Each A.B. or B.S. student who wishes to complete an approved academic minor must develop a plan for the academic minor in consultation with a department or program advisor, who must also approve it.
  2. After developing a plan for an academic minor with the student, the program or department advisor has the academic minor entered on the student's record.
  3. The academic minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
  4. An individually designed academic minor is not allowed.
  5. Courses in the academic minor must be elected for a grade.
  6. Students may not elect a concentration and an academic minor, or two academic minors, in the same department or program, unless a specific exemption to this policy is noted in the academic minor.
  7. Students may not use more than one course to meet the requirements of both a concentration plan and an academic minor.
  8. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one academic minor.
  9. If the academic minor has prerequisites, courses used as prerequisites to a concentration may also count as prerequisites to the academic minor.
  10. Advanced Placement credits may not be used to meet the requirements of an academic minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites.
  11. Courses elected to meet the requirements of an academic minor also may be part of the student's area distribution plan.
  12. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the academic minor, including any prerequisites.
  13. 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.

Academic Minor Programs

Consult the individual department listing (as shown in parentheses) for a description of the academic minor.

Afroamerican and African Studies (Afroamerican and African Studies)

Anthropology (Anthropology)

Applied Statistics (Statistics)

Biological Anthropology (Anthropology)

Biology (Biology)

Classical Archaeology (Classical Studies)

Crime and Justice (Residential College)

Czech Language, Literature, and Culture (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Earth Sciences — General (Geological Science)

East European Studies (Russian and East European Studies)

Economics (Economics)

Environmental Geology (Geological Science)

Environment (Program on the Environment)

French and Francophone Studies (Romance Languages and Literatures)

Geochemistry (Geological Science)

German Studies (Germanic Languages and Literatures)

Global Change (University Courses)

Global Media Studies (Film and Video Studies)

Global Transformations (Residential College)

History (History)

History of Art (History of Art)

Judaic Studies (Judaic Studies)

Language, Literature, and Culture of Ancient Greece (Classical Studies)

Language, Literature, and Culture of Ancient Rome (Classical Studies)

Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (Women's Studies)

Linguistics (Linguistics)

Mathematics (Mathematics)

Modern Western European Studies (Center for European Studies)

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Near Eastern Studies)

Oceanography (Geological Science)

Paleontology (Geological Science)

Philosophy (Philosophy)

Physics (Physics)

Polish Language, Literature, and Culture (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Political Science (Political Science)

Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Russian Studies (Russian and East European Studies)

Scandinavian Studies (Germanic Languages and Literatures)

Science, Technology, and Society (Residential College)

Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture (Romance Languages and Literatures)

Statistics (Statistics)

Women, Race, and Ethnicity (Women's Studies)


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