Resolution Regarding Minors A Proposed Change to Presidential Policy Memorandum 11c "Offering Academic Minors"

Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies

CUS&P Resolution 99/00 C

Approved by CAP: 03/07/00
Approved by CUS:
First Reading, University Council:
Approved by University Council:
Approved by the President:
Approved by the Board of Visitors:
Effective Date: Fall Semester 2000

Whereas, current university policy does not allow a minor in a department that does not offer a major, and

Whereas, a department that does not offer a major can currently offer a concentration, and

Whereas, the term 'minor' has a level of understanding and prestige that the term 'concentration' does not, and

Whereas, many of the university's current concentrations are equally as rigorous as current minors,

Therefore Let It Be Resolved, that minors no longer be restricted to academic departments, schools, colleges or the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies that offer a major. Advising will be the responsibility of the academic department, school, college or Center for Interdisciplinary Studies that proposes to administer the minor. The revised definitions of a minor and a concentration will be as follows:

Minor - a course of study offered by an academic department, school, college or Center for Interdisciplinary Studies for not less than 18 hours, with no less than 6 hours at the 3000- or 4000-level. Minors are designated as requiring approval through the curricular governance system. Minors are to be completed at the same time as the student's primary major.

Concentration - a course of study offered by an academic department, schools, college or the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies for not less than 15 hours. Concentrations are designated as requiring approval through the curricular governance system. Concentrations are to be completed at the same time as the student's primary major.


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