Students in the College may elect one or more of the minors offered by units within the College. Electing to earn a minor is optional, and there is no limit on the number of minors a student may elect. Minors, along with their requirements and other pertinent information, are described in detail under Majors & Minors on 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.
(Effective Winter 2014 | Previous Policies)
- 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 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 used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.
- No course may be shared between the requirements of two minors, or between a minor and an undergraduate certificate.
- 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.
- Advanced Placement 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 departmental prerequisites necessary for for the completion of the minor.
- 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.
- Students may not add, complete, or declare a minor after graduation.
Students in the units listed below also have the option of pursuing minors offered by LSA. Limitations may apply on which minors may be chosen. Interested students should consult an academic advisor in their home unit before making an appointment to see an LSA department advisor about minors offered in LSA.
- the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning ( effective Fall 2003 )
- the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design ( effective Winter 2002 )
- the Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( effective Fall 2004 )
- the Dental Hygiene Program ( effective Winter 2003 )
- the School of Education ( effective Fall 2002 )
- the College of Engineering ( effective Winter Term 2001 )
- the School of Kinesiology ( effective Fall 2001 )
- the School of Music, Theatre & Dance ( effective Winter 2002 )
- the School of Natural Resources and Environment ( effective Winter Term 2002 )
- the School of Nursing ( effective Fall 2002 )
- the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( effective Fall 2007 )
The College of Pharmacy and the School of Information the only Undergraduate unit currently NOT allowing students to elect LSA Minors.
The School of Kinesiology offers two Minors: (1) Health and (2) Movement Science. The Movement Science minor is open only to School of Music, Theatre & Dance students. [These minors are NOT open to LSA students].
The College of Engineering offers the following Minors
- International Minor for Engineers [NOT open to LSA students]
- Minor in Multidisciplinary Design
- Minor in Electrical Engineering
- Minor in Computer Science
The School of Art and Design offers a minor in Art & Design. The Art & Design Minor is currently open only to students enrolled in the College of Engineering. It is NOT open to LSA students.
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance offers four minors
- Music ( not open to those electing a Music major, including those in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance )
- African American Theatre ( not open to those electing any major in the Department of Theatre and Drama).
Performing Arts Management (open to students enrolled in LSA; School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and the Ross School of Business)
- Design and Production [NOT open to LSA students]
The School of Social Work offers a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC).
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business offers a minor in Business. The Business minor is open only to students enrolled in the College of Engineering, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the School of Kinesiology, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
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