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Minors


CONTENTS       Admission requirements
Declaring a minor
Postbaccalaureate students
Multiple minors
Credits
Grades
Majors and minors
    Interdisciplinary Minors
Majoring and minoring in different colleges
    Evening Degree Program
    Cross-campus minors
Minors and general education requirements
Minors for teacher certification
Advising
    The degree application
    Uncompleted minors
    Adding minors after applying to graduate
Certifying completion of a minor
FCAS policy pertaining to minors

   

Students are required to complete a major as part of the bachelor's degree program, but minors are optional. A student may complete one or more minors, or instead may use any elective credit to take a variety of courses across the curriculum. A student may earn up to three minors as part of each degree completed.

  
  

Admission requirements

   

There are no departmental admission requirements for UW-Seattle minors. Declaring a minor, however, is not a backdoor route toward entering a major. If a department has admission requirements for the major, a student must apply and meet those requirements even if s/he has already declared a minor in that field. UW-Bothell and UW-Tacoma minors may have admission requirements.

  
  

Declaring a minor

   

Students are eligible to declare a minor when:

  • the student has earned 45 credits, and
  • the student is declared in a major.

To declare a minor, the student must get a signature from his/her major adviser on the Change of College/School and Major or Minor form. If the student is in more than one major, s/he only needs one adviser signature, but the expectation is that that adviser will notify any other major advisers and the minor adviser upon signing. Students should be strongly encouraged to meet with the minor adviser as soon as possible.

Exception: Marine Biology. Students may declare the Marine Biology minor with any number of credits (or no credits) earned, without being declared in a major, and without an adviser's signature.

  
  

Postbaccalaureate students

   

A postbaccalaureate student may not declare a minor and may not be awarded a minor. A postbaccalaureate student could, of course, complete the requirements of a minor, but the minor would not be posted on the student's transcript.

  
  

Multiple minors

   

A student may be awarded up to three minors at the time the first bachelor's degree is awarded. A student completing two or more simultaneous bachelor's degrees may be awarded up to three minors for each degree. No minors may be awarded after the student completes his/her first bachelor's degree.

  
  

Credits

   

A minor must require at least 25 credits; most minors require 25-35 credits. In some cases, background requirements will increase the number of credits the student must actually complete.

  
  

Grades

   

Minimum grades in minor courses and minimum GPA across minor courses will vary across minors. When establishing minors, departments may request that a minimum 2.00 GPA is required for courses taken to complete a minor. Departments may also request to require a minimum grade in each course taken for the minor, and/or a minor GPA higher than 2.00, but such requests are subject to additional review by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards. If a course-grade minimum and GPA minimum are not specified, any passing numerical grade and minor GPA is acceptable. Courses taken S/NS may not be counted toward a minor.

  
  

Majors and minors

   

A student may not complete a major and a minor in the same program. In most cases (i.e., with the exception of Interdisciplinary Minors, below), there are no limits on the number of credits in a minor that may overlap with a student's major, and vice versa. For example, some religion courses may count toward the comparative history of ideas minor. A student who minors in comparative history of ideas and majors in comparative religion may count these courses toward both the minor and the major.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors are minors that are composed of courses and content that come from more than one area of study. They were created because students are not allowed to minor in their major, but at times the content overlap between the major and an Interdisciplinary minor is unavoidable. To ensure that students are satisfying the intention of the rule disallowing a student to minor in their major, the Faculty Council on Academic Standards created the following additional guidelines to be used in the establishment of Interdisciplinary Minors:

  • Interdisciplinary minors must require that 60% of the coursework applied to the minor is taken outside of the student's major requirements. This means these classes may not apply both to the satisfying major requirements and interdisciplinary minor requirements. Note: These credits can count towards the 180 credits required for graduation
  • The minor should include some type of Capstone/Colloquium/Seminar/Cumulating experience
  
  

Majoring and minoring in different colleges

   

A student may have a major in one college and a minor in another. The student is required to complete the general education requirements of only the college offering the major.

Evening Degree Program

A student may have a major in the Evening Degree Program and a minor in the Seattle day program, or vice versa.

Cross-campus minors

A student at one UW campus may complete a minor at another UW campus. Cross-campus minors are declared via the Change of Major/Minor form, submitted to the student's home campus (not the campus offering the minor).

  
  

Minors and general education requirements

   

Courses in the minor may also count, as appropriate, toward foreign language, Q/SR, writing, and Areas of Knowledge requirements, without restriction. Also note that if the minor is in a school/college different from that of the major, the student must complete the general education requirements for the school/college of the major, but not the minor.

  
  

Minors for teacher certification

    Minors recommended or required for teacher certification are completely different from the minors discussed here. Consult the College of Education for information about teaching minors.
  
  

Advising

   

The requirements of many minors are straightforward, and fulfilling them may not require that the student see the adviser in the department offering the minor. If there is any question about what course can be taken to complete a minor (for example, if the requirements for a minor refer to "approved" courses or say "see adviser for options") or if a student wishes to apply transfer X credits to a minor, the student should consult the adviser in the department offering the minor.

  
  

Graduation

   

The degree application

A DARS for any minor is attached to the GDARS. Any remaining requirements are noted on the GDARS in the Remaining Required Minor Credits/Courses section.

If the requirements for the minor are straightforward, the major department adviser will fill out the degree application for both the major and the minor. If there is any question, however, the student will need to consult the minor department adviser as well.

Uncompleted minors

If a student declared a minor but it does not appear on the graduation application, the Graduation and Academic Records Office will drop it. On the other hand, if a student does list a minor on the degree application, the student must complete that minor or drop it officially, or s/he will not graduate. This protects the student from being graduated when the actual intent is to continue on in order to complete the minor.

Adding minors after applying to graduate

A student who wants to add a minor after the graduation application has been submitted must see his/her adviser, who will update the application and notify the Graduation and Academic Records Office.

  
  

Certifying completion of a minor

   

Minors are posted on the student's transcript. A minor must be awarded at the same time the student's first bachelor's degree is awarded. This means:

  • A student who doesn't graduate cannot be awarded a minor.
  • A student can't earn a minor after graduation.
  
  

FCAS policy pertaining to minors

   

In December 2010, the Faculty Council on Academic Standards (FCAS) established a policy for new UW Seattle minors; Bothell and Tacoma both decided to follow the policy as well. From then forward, UW minors had to meet the following guidelines to be considered for approval:

  1. 25-35 credits.
  2. A minimum of 50% or 15 credits, whichever is greater, of 300/400 level courses.
  3. A student cannot receive a minor in their major (but note Interdisciplinary Minors, above)
  4. A minimum of 50% or 15 credits, whichever is greater, must be completed in residence at the UW campus granting the minor.
  5. Minors may request a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA for courses applied to the minor; higher grade and GPA requirements are subject to additional review.
  6. Courses taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory will not be counted toward a minor.
  7. Students must declare a major and have completed a minimum of 45 credits before declaring a minor.
  8. Students must have the major advisor sign off on minor declaration paperwork in order to ensure that students meet university satisfactory progress requirements.