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All About a Minor

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An undergraduate minor is a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject, but not as extensive of a program as the major. Most minors entail a comprehensive study of the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. In general, minors consist of at least 16 and no more than 21 hours of coursework.

Adding a minor to your program can increase your marketability to employers in several ways. A minor can:

  • show employers that you have specialized knowledge in another area in addition to your major
  • make you more qualified for jobs related to your specific interests
  • improve yourself in an area that is needed in jobs you are looking for, but where you don’t have existing strength or expertise
  • enrich you.

Campus Overview of Minors

How to Declare a Minor

Visit http://provost.illinois.edu/educational-innovation/advising-resources/pursuing-undergraduate-minor/how-to-declare-a-minor/ for procedures and for the Statement of Intent to Pursue a Minor Form.

The student completes STEP I of the Intent Form.

STEP II is completed by the department/unit/managing staff offering the minor.

For STEP III, students should take the form to the office of the college in which they are enrolled.

Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor (PDF format)

Minor Requirements

At least six hours of coursework for the minor should be advanced (300-level or 400-level) courses and must be distinct from credits earned toward the student's major or another minor.

A student must meet the requirements of the minor that are in effect for the term in which the student adds the minor.

Current Minor Requriements

Modifying a Minor

Students wishing to request modifications to the requirements of the minor must use the Minor Modification form.

The student completes STEP I of the Modification.

STEP II is completed by the department/unit/managing staff offering the minor.

For STEP III, students should take the form to the office of the college in which the minor department/unit is housed.

For STEP IV, students should take the form to the office of the college in which they are enrolled.

Minor Modification Form (PDF Format)

Drop a Minor

The student completes STEP I of the Modification form and signs the bottom section, NOTICE OF CANCELLATION.

STEP II is completed by the department/unit/managing staff, offering the minor.

For STEP III, students should take the form to the office of the college in which they are enrolled.

Drop a Minor