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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

« Majors, Minors, and Options

Majors and some interdisciplinary minors are described under their various schools and colleges; other interdisciplinary and intercollege minors are described in the section on Special University Programs.

Student-Designed Majors

See Special University Programs for the requirements of a student-designed major.


Second Majors

Bachelor’s degree students may choose to fulfill the requirements of two dissimilar major programs, provided they obtain the approval of their principal adviser and the dean(s) of the college(s) in which the programs are offered, and comply as follows:

  1. If the two majors are offered in different schools or colleges within the University, the admissions requirements of each must be satisfied.
  2. If the two majors have two distinct degrees; e.g., B.A., B.S., or some other designated degree, students must choose which of the two degrees is to be awarded and fulfill all requirements for that degree.
  3. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy requirements for one major may be used as requirements for the other major.


Bachelor’s degree students may earn a minor in any undergraduate discipline designated by the University. A list of minors is available from the advising coordinator in each college or school (or see the program descriptions for each college or school in this catalog). Students must consult with their major adviser and also the minor supervisor. A minor typically consists of 20 credits with C- or better and a 2.0 grade-point average in courses that the minor department approves. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used for a minor. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor. Students should declare an intent to earn a minor as early as possible and no later than the end of the junior year. During the final term, an application should be made to the dean to have the minor shown on the academic record.


Some degree programs offer a selection of options (e.g., art history and art studio through the Department of Art and Art History). These concentrations allow students to specialize within a discipline. The choice of option is recorded on the student's transcript.