Declare a Minor

In addition to a major, students may choose a minor concentration in a second subject (or third subject if they are double majors). Not all departments and interdepartmental programs offer a minor. Students may have only one minor.

Students intending to minor must complete the appropriate forms in the department no later than the add period of their next to last semester in the College (normally the seventh semester). A copy of the minor form must be delivered to the Dean's Office in 101 Monroe Hall.

NOTE: BIS students are not permitted to have a major or a minor from the College.

Course Requirements

  • A minor consists of no fewer than 15 and no more than 24 credits of graded work in a program of studies approved by the sponsoring department.
  • Only interdisciplinary minors may share courses with a major. Permission of both departments is required.
  • Students may not declare two minors, but they may declare two majors and a minor.
  • Courses taken credit/no credit may not be included in the minor program.

Courses used to meet area requirements in the College and the Second Writing Requirement may simultaneously be offered in fulfillment of a minor, except that foreign language courses through level 2020, and 2120 for Portuguese, 2320 for French and 2060 for Chinese, may not be included as part of a minor.

Non-College Minors

College students may choose from minor programs offered by the School of Architecture. These minor programs include architecture, architectural history, urban and environmental planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers a minor in computer science for College students consisting of 18 credits. These courses include CS 1010, CS 2010, CS 2020, CS 2160, CS 3080, and CS 3400. Space in the CS minor is limited, therefore admission is competitive.

The McIntire School of Commerce offers a Leadership minor, by application.

Students who complete approved minor programs in Architecture and Engineering may, once they have completed the program, count these credits as "inside" the College. Credits taken for the Leadership minor in the Commerce School count as "outside" the College.

For approval by the Committee on Special Programs, such minors must have a primarily liberal arts focus and be consistent with the academic objectives and standards of the College. They are supervised by committees that combine members from the College and the other schools involved.