Declaration or Change of Minor

The Disciplinary Minor

Minors, either disciplinary or interdisciplinary, may be closely related to a student's major, selected as an alternative field of specialization, or chosen simply for personal enrichment.

Generally, a minor is no more than six courses and ensures that a student pursues an area of study in some breadth and depth beyond the introductory level and outside of the major.

Students may declare only one disciplinary minor. While students may complete the requirements for more than one minor, only one minor will be noted on your final transcript. Students may complete both a disciplinary minor and an interdisciplinary minor.

Procedure for Declaring or Changing a Minor

  1. Complete a Declaration or Change of Minor Form.
  2. Obtain the signature of the appropriate Department Chair or Minor Program Director.
  3. Sign the form and return it to the Registrar's Office.
  4. Note: You must fill out a Declaration or Change of Minor Form to drop a minor, but you are not required to obtain any signatures.

The Interdisciplinary Minor

Interdisciplinary minors (formerly referred to as Interdisciplinary Concentrations) give students the opportunity to explore, in some depth, a well defined question or topic beyond the major.
Students interested in pursuing an Interdisciplinary minor should contact Prof. Peter Ubertaccio , the Director of the Martin Institute for details.

Exceptions

Because the minor must be outside of the major, the following major/minor combinations are not valid:

Invalid Major/Minor Combinations:

  • Biochemistry majors (BC) may not minor in Biology (BI) or Chemistry (CH)
  • Business majors (AC, FI, IB, MG, MK, UNB) may not minor in Business (BS)
  • Education majors (ES, ESE, ESC) may not minor in Secondary Education (SE)
  • Neuroscience majors (NS) may not minor in Biology (BI) or Psychology (PC)
  • Visual & Performing Arts majors may not minor in the sameVis. & Perf. area as the major

Only the following majors may minor in Secondary Education (SE):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Foreign Language (French and /or Spanish)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science