minors

The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences offers students the opportunity to add a minor area of study in most disciplines and some interdisciplinary fields.

What is a minor?

A minor is a course of study in a discipline or interdisciplinary cluster at the undergraduate level that is other than the student's major area of study. The number of credit hours required for minors may vary but is smaller than the number of credits required for a major in the same field. The credits required for a particular minor can be found on the respective department website. Overlap Limit: A minor requires 9 unique credits [credits not used to satisfy requirements for a different major/minor].

Why consider completing a minor?

There are many reasons students decide to add minors to their academic programs. Some students are attracted to a minor as an opportunity to pursue an area of interest unrelated to their major or long term professional goals. Other students select minors to enhance their ability to work in their major field. A minor in history can enrich a philosophical student's understanding of different philosophical movements. Other students select minors to develop an area of expertise or additional skill that can prove useful to potential employers, for example a languages or computer science minor. And since individuals often start out with one career path in mind before shifting gears to pursue something different, minors allow you to diversify your area of interest and can be a catalyst for that next career move.