Minors can be a great way to pursue your passion, supplement your education, or enrich your studies and future career by spanning the disciplines. Find out more below about what a minor can mean for your education.
What is a minor?
A minor is a secondary area of concentration. Requirements vary, but it is typically about eighteen hours, at least twelve of which must be at the junior/senior level (300+ numbered courses). A minor can be in nearly any discipline and can be in a college that is different from your own (with a few exceptions). For example, you can major in Psychology and minor in Business, or major in Journalism and minor in German, or major in Biology and minor in Dance. The possibilities are endless!
Do I need a minor?
Unless you are earning a BGS degree, you do not need to have a minor. A BGS degree does require a major and a minor, but it is optional for a BA or BS degree.
Why would I want a minor?
Minors can be a great way to pursue your passion or interests. For example, you may have studied piano for years, but you're not going to make it to Carnegie Hall. With a minor, you can continue to develop and nuture your talent with professional instructors while dedicating the majority of your education to some other career-minded pursuit.
A minor can also supplement your educational or career goals—for example, you may want to minor in a language if you are going to be a teacher, a businessperson, or work abroad or in government.
An education across the disciplines has never been more important, and a minor can help bring together different ideas, concepts, and expertise to engage you with new ways of thinking and exciting technologies. Thinking creatively is of the most desirable qualities that employers are seeking in new hires. When you minor in something that is both different from and complementary to your major, you develop new ways of thinking and bring a fresh perspective that can help you to stand out on the job market.
Be sure and call the Undergraduate Advising Center at 785-864-2834 if you have more questions!