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Interdisciplinary Minors

Guidelines for Interdisciplinary Minor Preamble

  1. Certain conditions may hinder a student from entering or completing an interdisciplinary minor to include:  unresolvable scheduling conflicts, the cancellation of a course due to low-enrollment, faculty sabbaticals or teaching responsibilities, or the financial condition of the college at a particular time.
  2. An Interdisciplinary Minor indicates that the student who has earned the minor has achieved a level of academic excellence in a special area of studies. The Interdisciplinary Minor committee must monitor the strength and appropriateness of the courses in the program and also justify the awarding of the minor with a reasonably rigorous comprehensive exam.
  3. The positive benefits of the Interdisciplinary Minor should never be underestimated nor exaggerated. An Interdisciplinary Minor may help a student in future studies or employment. The curriculum and faculty interchange are strengthened by the interdisciplinary nature of most of the programs, a quality that should be constantly fostered.

Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor

  1. In consultation with the department chair and the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Minor, the Dean of the College appoints the Interdiscplinary Minor Director.  A director may not direct more than one Interdisciplinary Minor at a time.
  2. The duties of the Interdisciplinary Minor Director are:
    • to advise students about qualifications for the Interdisciplinary Minor and its contents;
    • to provide students with the standard registration form entitled "Declaration of Intention to enter an Interdisciplinary Minor." The Registrar's Office and the Director of the Interdisciplinary
    • Minor each retain a copy of this completed form;
    • to arrange scheduling of courses with Department Chairs and with the Registrar;
    • to oversee fulfillment of standards and course requirements for the minor in accord with the Curriculum Committee's approval of the minor;
    • to inform the students, department chairs, and the Dean within a reasonable amount of time of any other requirements for the minor.

The Candidate for the Interdisciplinary Minor

  1. Using the standard registration form, a student must register for an Interdisciplinary Minor by the end of the Junior year, and no later than the beginning of the Senior year.
  2. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) at the time of registering for an Interdisciplinary Minor.
  3. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.33 (C+) in all courses presented for the minor.
  4. A student must have a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) in each individual course presented for the minor.

The Courses in the Interdisciplinary Minor

  1. No more than five courses may be required for an Interdisciplinary Minor.
  2. No more than one course may count for credit toward both a student's major and an Interdisciplinary Minor or toward multiple Interdisciplinary Minors. In order to allow a student to complete both a major and an Interdisciplinary Minor or multiple Interdiscplinary Minors with overlapping requirements, the substitution of courses is allowed. The substituted course must be from the same department as the required course. The Director of the Interdiscplinary Minor and the Department Chair will determine the suitability of courses for substitution.
  3. A student must complete a minimum of four courses in the designated area.
  4. A student must take courses in a minimum of two fields of study for an Interdisciplinary Minor.
  5. No more than two courses transferred from other accredited institutions may be counted toward an Interdisciplinary Minor.

Revised January 2011, January 2014