Academic Divisions and Departments
Miami University has seven academic divisions: College of Arts and Science, Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration, School of Education and Allied Professions, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Fine Arts, School of Interdisciplinary Studies (Western College Program), and Graduate School.
Within the undergraduate divisions are the academic departments, offering major and minor programs. So, for example, if your major is systems analysis, you are in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Western College Program works differently; it is explained in that chapter.All majors, minors, degrees, and certificate programs are listed in the General Information
For a degree, you must fulfill three sets of requirements: the Miami Plan for Liberal Education
, the requirements of your academic division, and the requirements of your major. If you have admission prerequisites to be met, those also must be completed. Often these requirements overlap; that is, one course may fulfill several requirements.
Your major is your primary field of study, such as architecture, geography, etc. Your major program requirements are described in your academic division chapter of this Bulletin. For example, requirements for a degree in geography are listed in the The College of Arts and Science
chapter. All majors are listed in the General Information
Although you do not need to choose a major when you enroll, you are required to choose a division. In most cases, if you use your first year to take courses that fulfill a part of the Miami Plan and divisional requirements, you can still complete a major with no delay.To declare your major, after taking classes for a semester or more, request a change/declaration of major form from your divisional office, complete the information, and have your department chair sign. When you return it to your divisional office, your program information is transferred to your academic records.
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 majorsall 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 department or chair of the interdepartmental committee that you will be taking the minor.
- You must have a 2.0 grade point average (g.p.a.) for all courses in a minor. Some minor programs may require a higher g.p.a.
- 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 be awarded with an associate or 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 who entered the university in 1997-98 academic year or later may use a minor to meet the Miami Plan Thematic Sequence requirement if the minor is outside their department of major and if it includes a Thematic Sequence. See the Miami Plan chapter for more information.
Changing a Major or Minor
To change your major or minor, go to your divisional dean's office and request a change/declaration of major form, fill in the information, and have your department chair sign it. When you return the form to your divisional office, your program information is transferred to your academic record.If you need to change divisions, go to the new divisional dean's office to request the form.
Additional Major, Minor, or Degree
With careful planning, you can complete requirements for more than one major, minor, and/or more than one degree. Early in your program, notify the Registrar's office, your divisional office(s), and departments involved, so this will be noted on your academic records and you will have advisers for your programs.
You must pay a graduation fee for each degree you earn.
If you have already received a bachelor's degree from another accredited college or university, you can qualify for a degree from Miami by earning an additional 32 semester hours and meeting all requirements for the additional degree.