Major and minor requirements
A major is an approved sequence of courses designed to educate
students in the essential knowledge and methods of a subject area.
must consist of at least 36 semester hours of credit, at least
18 of which must be at the 300-400 level. A major cannot require
adequately prepared student:
- more than 62 hours in a single discipline,
- more than 77 hours, including collateral requirements, or
- a number of hours which, when combined with the minimal additional
coursework required to meet Basic requirements, exceeds 106
Certain major programs may be granted exemption from the maximum limitations
because of licensure or accreditation mandates.
A minor is an approved course of study designed to provide students
with an overview of the essential knowledge and methods of a subject
and with a sample of its depth. A minor must consist of at least 18,
but not more than 24, semester hours of credit, at least six of which
are at the 300-400 level.
It is further understood that:
- Each student must complete the requirements of a major to qualify
for the bachelor’s degree.
- Minors are entirely optional for
students; minors are not to be required for graduation.
the term “area of concentration” shall be replaced
with the term “major.”
- There is no restriction on the
number of courses which can be applied toward both major and
Basic Studies requirements, or toward both
minor and Basic Studies requirements, or toward both collateral
- Departments (or schools) have the option of whether
or not to offer a minor or minors (subject to approval).
for minors must be initiated by departments. Proposals for
interdisciplinary minors must be initiated by the departments
Passed by the Faculty Senate April 1991
Approved by the chancellor September 1991