A minor is a second field of study taken along with a major. Taking a minor is optional. This is a specific program that may widen your primary area of interest or increase your career opportunities. Most minors require fewer hours than majors—all require at least 18 semester hours in a specified program. Minors may be offered within one department or across several departments.

Minors are offered in many fields of study. A list of minors is in the General Information chapter; requirements for each minor are included in each division’s chapter.

To earn a minor, these are the minimum requirements (some minors require more):

  • Notify the chief departmental adviser or chair of the interdepartmental committee that you want to enroll in the minor.
  • You must have a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) for all courses in a minor. Some minor programs may require a higher GPA.
  • All courses taken for the minor must be for a grade, not for credit/no-credit, unless exceptions are stated.
  • When you apply for graduation, you must indicate on your application that you are receiving a certain minor. A minor can only be awarded with a bachelor’s degree.

You may have more than one minor. All minors you complete are noted on your academic record. Courses used to satisfy the requirements for one minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for another minor or major. Not all major programs allow students to record certain minors, and some minors are open only to certain majors. Check with your adviser for more information.

Students may use a minor to meet the Global Miami Plan Thematic Sequence requirement if the minor has 9 hours outside the department of major and 6 of those 9 hours are at the 200 level or above. See the Global Miami Plan section for more information.

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