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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 are 16-21 credit hours and entail a comprehensive study of the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. 

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

  • 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

How to Declare a Minor

Visit the Office of the Provost 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.

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.
  • ​My approved enrollment period will not be extended for the purpose of completing a minor.

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.

Drop a Minor

If enrolled in the College of ACES, please fill out the Drop an ACES Minor form.