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Development of a Minor in a Baccalaureate Degree Program 

Policy summary

This policy provides a framework for the specification of the courses of instruction in a minor. 

Policy Owner

 Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Approval Date

February 2, 2015. 

Effective Date

  2016-17 Catalog of Courses  

Search Terms

 pvpaa, d, development, curriculum, minor 

Scheduled for Review

Spring 2020 

Policy Statement

  1.  A minor provides a limited survey of an academic, professional, or technical discipline or an interdisciplinary area for students seeking additional specialization outside of their major field(s).
  2.  A minor is distinct from:
    1. An undergraduate certificate because only students pursing a major are eligible to pursue a minor.
    2. A concentration in a major because a minor provides a limited survey of a discipline while a concentration organizes courses related to a disciplinary subfield.
  3. The title of a minor:

    1. Can be the same as the title for a major.
    2. Cannot be the same as the title of an undergraduate certificate.
    3. Cannot be the same as the title of a concentration in a major.
  4. The courses of instruction in a minor must be organized and labeled in the Catalog of Courses as follows:
    1. Prerequisite courses (if applicable)
      1. All courses prerequisite to the core and elective courses of instruction must be listed as prerequisite courses, excepting:
        1. Comp 150
        2. Math 105 or Math 113
    2. Core courses
      1. All core courses must be offered under the auspices of the discipline or interdisciplinary area represented by the title of the minor.
    3. Minor electives
    4. Auxiliary courses (if applicable)
      1. Auxiliary courses are those courses of instruction required by a minor that are offered under the auspices of another discipline or interdisciplinary area.
        1. All courses prerequisite to a course specified as an auxiliary course must be listed as auxiliary courses, excepting:
          1. Comp 150
          2. Math 105 or Math 113
  5. If the proposed minor is not analogous to that offered by any comparable institutions, a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 courses, or a minimum of 15 or maximum of 24 credits of instruction, may be specified for a minor, inclusive of prerequisite courses, core courses, minor elective courses, auxiliary requirements, and prerequisites to any auxiliary requirements. 
    1. Courses that fulfill core or auxiliary requirements as well as general education requirements will count toward the minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 courses, or a minimum of 15 or maximum of 24 credits rule.  
  6. At least half of the total courses/credits within a minor must be at the 300- to 400-level. 
  7. Any exceptions to policy statement 1-6 must be authorized by the Provost.

  8. Minors will be denoted on student records as follows:

    1. The minor will be denoted on the transcript.
    2. The minor will not be denoted on the diploma. 

Reason for Policy 

This policy creates establishes a framework for the specification of the courses of instruction in a minor in distinction to an undergraduate certificate or a concentration in a major and in alignment with Fort Lewis College Policy 4-1 Honest Credit Counting Protocols. 

Responsibilities 

For following policy:  Faculty and academic administration

For enforcement of policy:  Provost

For oversight of policy:  Provost

For notification:  Policy Librarian

For procedures:  Faculty Senate, Provost, Registrar

 

Cross-Referenced Policies 

Development of a Major in a Baccalaureate Degree Program

Development of an Undergraduate Certificate Program (under development)