Students who wish to elect a minor must officially sign up for it no later than the end of the first week of the last term in residence prior to graduation (and after officially filing a major.)
A student cannot exceed two additional majors or minors beyond the required major (for a total of three). If the minor has been completed at the time of graduation, it will then be noted on the student’s transcript, but the fact that a student is working toward a minor will not appear on the transcript prior to graduation.
Minors may be offered by departments, programs, or groups of faculty, and must be approved by the Faculty. A minor consists of at least six courses, no more than two of which may be designated as prerequisites (although more than two prerequisites may be required). The courses beyond prerequisite must be suitable for the major in those departments and programs offering a major, or of similar level in other departments and programs. The entire program for each minor is to form a unified and coherent intellectual whole. One or more faculty members will be designated as advisers for each minor.
A student enrolls in a minor by filling out a card similar to a major card, indicating the courses constituting the minor program, along with the terms in which the courses will be taken. The filing of a copy of this card, signed by the adviser, in the Office of the Registrar and with the department or program, constitutes the actual act of enrolling for the minor. A minor may not be in the same department or program as the student’s major (either part of the major in the case of a modified major), except when completely separate majors are offered by the same department or program (French and Italian, for instance) and would be acceptable as the two parts of a double major. As with Dual Majors, no course may count toward both a major and a minor or toward both of two minors (although a course may be part of one of these and prerequisite to the other, or prerequisite to both, subject to the approval of both departments or programs). At most one course in the minor, including prerequisite courses, in which the standing of NR is received may be used toward satisfying the minor. Individual departments or programs may disallow courses with NR standing to count toward their minors; this is presently the case in the Engineering and Chemistry minors.
No more than half of all courses required for the minor, including prerequisites, may be satisfied by transfer.
A student may develop a special interdisciplinary minor working directly with two or more faculty advisers. A proposal for a special minor, including a written rationale, must be approved by the appropriate Divisional Councils. A special minor normally shall include no more than one course taken prior to petition and approval.
Note: Online minor declaration is scheduled for 2013-2014.