In order to enhance the university experience and assist in the development of Career Architecture SM , Stevenson University offers students the opportunity to structure and to pursue a minor field of study separate from and in addition to the student’s major field of study. The minors program allows students to expand their career options and professional flexibility, to develop skills to be applied to graduate or professional programs, and to pursue personal or intellectual interests. The minor option represents a significant opportunity for students to assess their needs and aspirations and to construct their own courses of study at Stevenson. All students are encouraged to consider the minor option, but students are not required to pursue or complete a minor in order to complete a degree. Students who wish to minor in a particular field or discipline can structure a minor course of study with the assistance of an academic advisor, and they must declare their intentions by completing the Declaration of Minor Form available on the WebXpress Student Menu under the Registrar’s Office forms. You may declare a minor as long as there are no stated restrictions based on your choice of major. (For example, if you are a Digital Marketing major, you may not minor in Visual Communication Design.)
General guidelines for all minors appear below; any additional discipline-specific guidelines for each minor can be found in the relevant discipline's entry in the Fields of Study section.
The following policies must be followed in order to be awarded a minor.
- A minor consists of at least six courses (for a minimum of 18 credit/contact hours) in a particular discipline. For disciplines in which a bachelor’s degree is offered, only courses listed in that discipline’s program requirements may count toward the minor. For example, Stevenson offers a bachelor’s degree in English; only courses listed in the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in English can count toward a minor in English.
- All courses taken for a minor must be in the same discipline.
- At least nine of the total credit hours for the minor must be taken at Stevenson University.
- Up to two courses that are among a student’s major requirements can be used toward a minor in another discipline. For example, up to two Psychology courses that are required by the Human Services major can be used toward a minor in Psychology.
- A student may not minor in a discipline that is also a track within the student’s major.
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in a course for it to be counted toward a minor.
- For students selecting a minor in the School of the Sciences, both the lab and the lecture for the course must be taken; however, they do not count as two separate courses.
- Minors must be declared prior to the student's final semester. Students may not apply for a minor after the bachelor’s degree is awarded. Upon graduation, the student’s transcript will indicate the minor course of study that the student has completed.
Minors are currently being offered in the following fields:
For information on whether a minor is being considered in other fields, contact the appropriate department chair or program coordinator. Some departments and programs may individually decide not to offer a minor. The following departments have decided not to offer minors at the present time:
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