The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign began offering university wide minors for its undergraduates the fall semester of 1998. A minor constitutes a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject but not as extensive a program as the major. Most minors will be a comprehensive study in 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. At least six hours of course work for the minor should be advanced (400 level). The unit sponsoring the minor has the right to restrict enrollment in the minor and is not required to give priority for course registration.
Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are not required to complete a minor for degree certification. However, many find this a desirable opportunity to study at some depth a subject of additional interest to their major field of study. To learn more about pursuing a minor, see All About a Minor.