Review and Approval of Undergraduate Academic Programs: Minors, Options, Cognates and Concentrations

What are Options, Minors, Concentrations & Cognates? 

Option: “Within majors of four-year programs, students often have choice among two or more ‘options.’ An option is generally a set of 15-24 required credit hours of related courses within a particular major. The term ‘option’ is reserved for baccalaureate degrees.”

Minor: “A minor is a coherent set of courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary grouping other than the major of choice. It generally consists of 20 or more credit hours.”

Concentration: “Associate degree may have concentrations, which are curricula generally consisting of 24-30 credit hours of related/sequential course work. Students may choose two or more if such course groupings for a specialized focus. The term ‘concentration’ is reserved for associate degree programs.”

Cognate: “A cognate is a coherent set of courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary grouping aimed at enhancing career-oriented skills in high demand in the employment market. A cognate will typically consist of 12 or more credits with C or better and a 2.00 grade-point average in courses in the cognate.”

Prior to preparing an academic program proposal, a representative of the proposing unit should contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

 

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Proposal Requirements

Proposal Requirements (pdf)