Adding, Changing, or Terminating a Minor


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, "[Minors and concentrations] must include a minimum of 18 credit hours selected from a formally designated group. Courses 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 Curriculog form(s).

Procedures to Follow

  • In Curriculog, fill out the UG Minor New/Change/Termination form.
  • Attach a cover letter that includes a list of all the documents you are submitting.
  • import the complete curriculum for the minor.  For directions, refer to the Curriculog guidebook in MyCharleston.
  • If the minor draws on courses from other departments, you must attach acknowledgements from those departments. (You might want to check the catalog for more information.)
  • The proposal must be submitted through Curriculog to the Provost's Office 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.