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Minors

A minor is a series of courses that display a distinct curricular pattern in one discipline that is different from the major. Undergraduate minors normally require a minimum of 18 credit hours of prescribed courses, are subject to faculty governance review, and appear on transcripts, but not on the diploma.

Propose a minor action

Proposals for new undergraduate minors should include as appropriate the prerequisite requirements, curriculum requirements, consideration of faculty and departmental resources, and measurable program demand. Minors, do not require
program objectives, learning outcomes, or graduation requirements, but they may be provided where appropriate.

New minors require approval at various levels of the university. Consult the procedures below to initiate a new, revised or terminated minor.

New Minor Programs

New minors can only be initiated by Academic Program Liaisons in the proposal system. The APL must submit a new program proposal in the Academic Program Proposal System (APPS) for approval.

Approval Process

Required approvals as outlined below may take up to six months for full review. New minors may only be marketed after an assigned a code is provided by the University Registrar and after CHE and SACSCOC approvals have been received by the Provost’s Office.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. College/School Representative
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council

Minors appear on the student’s transcript, but not the student’s diploma. Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The Faculty Senate or Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.

Additional Approvals

Minors that impact other units may require additional approvals. Interdisciplinary proposals should include letters of concurrence from all involved units.

Any minor related to P-12 educator preparation requires a letter of endorsement from the Dean of the College of Education and additional approvals by the State Department of Education.

Bulletin Freeze Dates
Please consult the Academic Planning Calendar to determine when a minor must be approved to be published in a specific academic bulletin.

Modifiying a Minor Program

Modifications require the electronic submission of a Change to an Existing Program proposal in the Academic Program Proposal System (APPS) for approval.

Approval Process

Required approvals as outlined below may take up to six months.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. College/School Representative
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council

Additional Approvals

Any revision related to a P-12 educator preparation program requires a letter of endorsement from the Dean of the College of Education. Interdisciplinary program revisions should include letters of concurrence from the units involved.

Terminating a Minor Program

Minor terminations require approval at most levels of the university via the electronic submission of a Terminate a Program proposal in the Academic Program Proposal System (APPS).

Approval Process

Required approvals as outlined below may take up to six months for full review.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. College/School Representative
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The Faculty Senate or Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.