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Adding, Changing, or Terminating a Minor

Overview

As the Catalog states, a minor is essentially a program of study that focuses on an area outside the major. The Committee therefore evaluates minors by looking at the breadth and depth of the proposed curriculum, the amount of student interest, and the extent to which it overlaps programs that already exist at the College.  As the Catalog notes, "[c]ourses used to satisfy the requirements of a concentration or minor may not be applied toward another concentration or minor."

Questions to Consider
  • For new minors, how does the proposal enhance the liberal education of the students?  What are the goals, objectives, and intended outcomes of the minor?
  • Where does this minor fit within the curriculum?  Does it overlap with other programs, majors, or minors?
  • Students may not obtain a major/concentration and minor in the same subject.  Will students in specific majors be prohibited from declaring this minor because of this policy?
  • Will the changes affect staffing resources and needs?
  • For changes to a minor, how will your changes affect currently-enrolled minors?
  • Should a major or program be changed as well? If so, please submit the relevant forms.

Procedures to Follow

  • Fill out the required sections of the Curriculum Committee's Minor Form.
  • Submit a cover letter that includes a list of all the documents you are submitting.
  • Submit one Signature Form that covers all of the changes you are requesting. Ensure that it includes signatures from your Department Chair and Dean.
  • Provide the complete curriculum for the minor, including the description and course list, exactly as it should appear in the catalog.
  • For interdisciplinary minors, please check the Guidelines for Interdisciplinary Programs.
  • If the minor draws on courses from other departments, you must submit acknowledgements from those departments. (You might want to check the catalog for more information.)
  • Submit the required information to the Provost's Office (Randolph 210) by the deadline.
  • Attend the relevant Curriculum Committee meeting to present the proposal.
  • Attend the relevant Senate meeting to answer any questions that arise.
  • Remember that your change will not be implemented until the next catalog year.