Academic Regulations & Procedures


A minor represents either an integrated disciplinary or an interdisciplinary program of study. Disciplinary minors recognize the student’s acquisition of in-depth knowledge of a single discipline; interdisciplinary minors recognize the completion of a program of study that links and integrates multiple academic disciplines.

A minor normally requires between 36 and 48 credits. This total number of credits is understood to include all required courses, including capstones, and any prerequisites. The requirements for minors are outlined in the Academic Catalog. Substitutions and waivers of minor requirements follow the same requirements as for major fields; waivers may not cause the number of required credits for the minor to drop below 36 credits for any particular student.

A minor is an optional element of a student’s academic program and is not required for graduation. Minors will therefore not be considered grounds for a thirteenth term or exceptions to academic regulations nor may a minor be completed out of residency.

Normally a student may not fulfill more than half the credits for a minor from the courses counted toward their major(s) and may not major and minor in the same discipline. For a course to count toward a minor, a grade of C- or better must be earned; these courses cannot be taken on an elective S/Cr/NC basis. Departments or programs may make exceptions if appropriate.

Last Revised: October 25, 2023

For: Faculty, Students

Last Reviewed: October 27, 2023

Maintained by: Office of the Provost