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Previous Policies for Minors

Effective Winter 2016 - Fall 2018

Effective Winter 2016 - Fall 2018

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. 

Academic Policies

  1. 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.
  2. After developing a plan for its minor with the student, the program or department advisor has the minor entered on the student’s record.
  3. The minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
  4. An individually designed minor is not allowed.
  5. Students may not elect courses included in a minor by the Pass/Fail grading option.
  6. 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.
  7. No course may be shared between the requirements of more than one minor.
  8. No course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a supplemental studies program.
  9. A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major.
  10. If the minor has prerequisites, courses used as prerequisites to a major may also count as prerequisites to the minor.
  11. Test credits may not be used to meet the requirements of a minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites.
  12. Courses elected to meet the requirements of a minor also may be part of the student’s area distribution plan.
  13. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the minor, including any departmental prerequisites necessary for the completion of the minor.
  14. 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.

Effective Winter 2014 - Fall 2015

Effective Winter 2014 - Fall 2015

  1. 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.
  2. After developing a plan for its  minor with the student, the program or department advisor has the  minor entered on the student's record.
  3. The  minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
  4. An individually designed  minor is not allowed.
  5. Students may not elect courses included in a minor by the Pass/Fail grading option.
  6. 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.
  7. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one  minor.
  8. No course may be shared between the requirements of two  minors, or between a minor and an undergraduate certificate.
  9. A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major.
  10. If the  minor has prerequisites, courses used as prerequisites to a major may also count as prerequisites to the  minor.
  11. Advanced Placement credits may not be used to meet the requirements of a minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites.
  12. Courses elected to meet the requirements of a minor also may be part of the student's area distribution plan.
  13. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the  minor, including any departmental prerequisites necessary for  the completion of the minor.
  14. 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.
  15. Students may not add, complete, or declare a minor after graduation.

Effective Winter 2012-Fall 2013

Effective Winter 2012-Fall 2013

  1. 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.
  2. After developing a plan for its  minor with the student, the program or department advisor has the  minor entered on the student's record.
  3. The  minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
  4. An individually designed  minor is not allowed.
  5. Students may not elect courses included in a minor by the Pass/Fail grading option.
  6. 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.
  7. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one  minor.
  8. No course may be shared between the requirements of two  minors, or between a minor and an undergraduate certificate.
  9. A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major.
  10. If the  minor has prerequisites, courses used as prerequisites to a major may also count as prerequisites to the  minor.
  11. Advanced Placement credits may not be used to meet the requirements of a minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites.
  12. Courses elected to meet the requirements of a minor also may be part of the student's area distribution plan.
  13. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the  minor, including any prerequisites.
  14. 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.
  15. Students may not add, complete, or declare a minor after graduation, or convert a minor to a major after graduation.

Effective Fall 2008-Fall 2011

Effective Fall 2008-Fall 2011

  1. 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.
  2. After developing a plan for a minor with the student, the program or department advisor has the minor entered on the student's record.
  3. The minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
  4. An individually designed minor is not allowed.
  5. Courses in the minor must be elected for a grade.
  6. Students may not elect a major and a minor, or two minors, in the same department or program, unless a specific exemption to this policy is noted in the minor description posted on the academics and requirements website
  7. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.
  8. Students may not use more than one course to meet both the requirements of a minor and the prerequisites or requirements of a major.
  9. If the minor has prerequisites, courses used as prerequisites to a major may also count as prerequisites to the minor.
  10. Advanced Placement credits may not be used to meet the requirements of a minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites.
  11. Courses elected to meet the requirements of a 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 minor, including any prerequisites.
  13. 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.
  14. Students may not complete a minor after graduation, and a minor may not be converted to a major after graduation.

Effective Through Summer 2008

Effective through Summer 2008 

  1. 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.
  2. After developing a plan for a minor with the student, the program or department advisor has the minor entered on the student's record.
  3. The minor is not an option available to students earning the B.G.S. degree.
  4. An individually designed minor is not allowed.
  5. Courses in the minor must be elected for a grade.
  6. Students may not elect a major and a minor, or two minors, in the same department or program, unless a specific exemption to this policy is noted in the minor description posted on the academics and requirements website
  7. Students may not use more than one course to meet the requirements of both a plan for the major and a minor.
  8. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.
  9. If the minor has prerequisites, courses used as prerequisites to a major may also count as prerequisites to the minor.
  10. Advanced Placement credits may not be used to meet the requirements of a minor, but may be used to meet prerequisites.
  11. Courses elected to meet the requirements of a 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 minor, including any prerequisites.
  13. 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.