Policy on Minors
MINORS (Faculty Assembly, Spring 1981)
- A Department or Program may establish a course
of study which would constitute a minor in that Department or Program. The program for a minor must be approved by
the Curriculum Committee and will be published in the College Bulletin.
- A minor program shall require at
least 18 hours. Students shall be warned
that completion of major and minor programs may force the student to take more
than the 122 hours minimum required for graduation. No more than 40 hours carrying the same
“department” designation on the transcript may be applied toward the 122 hour
minimum for a B.A. degree. No more than
60 hours with the same designation may apply toward the 122 hour minimum for a
- Departments and Programs may accept
or reject a student’s application for a minor.
The completion of the minor must be certified by the Department or
program offering it. Successful
completion of the minor will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
- A student shall not be required to
take a minor program. An indication of
the student’s intention to take the minor program must be made on a (revised)
Declaration of Major form or on another such document.
- The student must meet the
requirements of both the major and the minor programs. Courses constituting a minor may be used to
fulfill other requirements. The student
must maintain a 2.00 average in the minor program for its successful
- A student may elect a major and minor
offered by the same department only if the major and minor are in separate
programs as defined by the list in the current bulletin.
GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTING THE
POLICY (Curriculum Committee, February 19, 1981)
- Each minor proposal will receive the
same careful consideration a new major proposal would receive. The Committee will want assurance that there
is logic and coherence in the required work, that the courses in the program
will be available as needed, etc.
- Each should include some introductory
or core courses, to be followed by more specialized courses, or groups of
courses from which students may choose.
- Whereas the minimum number which may
constitute a minor is 18, the maximum number which may be required is 24. Strong justification will be needed for
requiring more than 21. Inasmuch as 21
hours constitute a “minor” for teacher certification, departments which design
their minors for prospective teachers will probably want to require 21 hours.