Definitions of majors, minors and specializations

Definition of a Major

A major consists of a minimum of 30 credits within a well-defined discipline or group of disciplines. The major allows students to develop a significant degree of expertise in an area of study. The exact courses, credit requirements, prerequisites and electives for each major will vary. An outline of these requirements is included in the departmental program areas in the university catalog. In some majors, the opportunity for a concentration in the discipline is accommodated via a specialization (see below).

Definition of a Dual Major

Students must meet the following criteria in order to receive a dual major:

• Both majors must be completed simultaneously (a degree will be conferred upon the completion of both major requirements).

• Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond those required for the first baccalaureate degree, or a minimum of at least 150 credits.

• Notify the Office of the Registrar.

Students will earn only one degree (ie: if one major is part of a BS degree, and the other major is part of a BA degree, the student will only receive either a BS or a BA). A diploma lists only the one degree earned, and the official transcript will list both majors.

Definition of a Minor

A minor consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours outside of the major. The minor enables a student to develop a secondary degree of expertise in an area of study in addition to his or her major academic program of study. While a minor program is intended to enable students to develop some degree of expertise in one area of study, it may be interdisciplinary. The completion of a minor is optional. The minor may be chosen to support the major, to offer greater job opportunities to the student on graduation or to provide recognition of study in a second academic area.

To receive a minor, a student must also complete the requirements of a major of a baccalaureate degree concurrently from the university. Course work must include a minimum of nine upper divisional level (300+) credits and students must complete courses as indicated in the catalog. The student’s transcript shall indicate the minor.

Definition of a Specialization

Some majors may include an area of specialization. A specialization consists of a sequence of a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work within the major. Course work must include a minimum of nine upper divisional level (300+) credits and students must complete courses as indicated in the catalog. Where appropriate, the transcript shall indicate the major and the specialization.