While there is no requirement to do so, any student may elect to complete one or more minor fields. The minor option allows students to study an area of secondary interest in some depth, and to have that study listed on the academic record. The secondary field may be of a vocational or cultural interest, or may serve to diversify preparation and enhance career opportunities.
A minor consists of at least 15 credit hours in a subject and involves significant coursework above the 100-level. Minors in second languages require 15 credit hours above the 100-level. Only courses in which a grade of “C-” or better is earned are counted toward minor requirements. If a minor is desired, students should make early plans to schedule the appropriate courses. Because minors are not required and the demand for courses is uncertain, regular offerings of all courses for every minor cannot be guaranteed. Specific requirements for each minor are found in departmental listings.
In certain fields, a minor may serve as an additional endorsement for teacher licensure. Minor requirements for additional endorsements are available from academic advisors in the subject areas and may vary from the requirement for a standard minor.
Minors may be taken in most fields in which a major in offered. In addition, minors are also available in the following areas in which majors are not offered:
- American Studies
- Appalachian Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Sustainability Studies
*Teacher licensure track available.