A minor is an organized sequence or cluster of courses, including both lower- and upper-division courses, offered by a department or interdepartmental program. It is more restricted in scope than the major but may also have a somewhat different focus and objective that make it appropriate for students whose principal concentration is in another discipline.

Not all departments or interdepartmental programs offer a minor. At Auburn University, the term minor designates those sequences or clusters of courses that have been formally proposed as minors by departments or interdepartmental programs and approved by the University Senate Curriculum Committee.

In order to declare a minor, a student should first meet with the faculty advisor or undergraduate studies coordinator of the program in which he or she wishes to minor, and request that the department administrator add the minor to the student record in Banner/Degree Works. Once the student has completed all minor requirements, a completed curriculum sheet for the minor must be signed by the faculty minor coordinator and forwarded to College of Liberal Arts for processing.

The minimum number of semester hours in a minor is 15. Of these, six hours may be lower-division courses. The remaining semester hours in the minor (a minimum of nine hours.) must be courses numbered 3000 or above. At least nine semester hours required for the minor must be completed at Auburn University. In fulfilling a minor, students may use any free electives or supporting course work required by their academic programs and additional course work above and beyond that required for graduation in their academic programs. Courses a student has taken in fulfillment of the University Core Curriculum, the school/college core curriculum (if any) or the major may not be included in a minor.

Some academic programs may require students to earn a minor. Students whose academic programs do not require a minor are free to earn one, though in such cases they should recognize that fulfilling the requirements for a minor may delay their graduation. No academic program is required to allow for a minor in its curriculum model.

Students must follow announced university procedures and deadlines for declaring a minor. Students may not earn more than two minors or major and minor in the same field of study or discipline. In addition, students may not be awarded a minor after the degree for the major has been awarded. No course taken under the S/U option may be counted toward a minor. Students must earn a minimum overall grade average of C (2.0) on all course work in the minor. Individual colleges, schools and departments may have higher grade point requirements.

Last Updated: July 07, 2014