The purpose of an undergraduate minor is to broaden a student’s educational experience or complement their major(s). Academic minors must meet the following criteria:
- Require no fewer than 12 credit hours (15 credit hours is recommended)
- Provide structure and coherence
- Contain some upper-level courses
For requirements and limitations that apply to all undergraduate minors, see below. For a list of all minors, see the Undergraduate Catalog.
The academic department/unit sponsoring the minor must submit the following materials:
- Departmental memo (on letterhead, signed by the chair), including a brief statement (several paragraphs) of the goals and rationale of the minor, evidence of demand for the minor and anticipated enrollment, student advising strategy for planning and completing the minor, and a list of majors or minors (if any) whose students should be prohibited from electing this minor, either due to significant overall of course requirements or to proximity of subject matter.
- Undergraduate Catalog text with a summary of the requirements.
- If the requirements include courses from other departments/units, the proposal should include letters of support from the department chair(s).
A few tips and reminders:
- Confer with the relevant Senior Associate Dean prior to developing your proposal.
- Courses must be approved and in the ConnectCarolina course inventory to be included in the proposal. If you recently submitted the course for approval, please mark the course “pending approval.”
- Consult widely, particularly for interdisciplinary minors.
Proposals for new programs may be submitted at any time, but departments/curricula are encouraged to submit materials in the fall semester to allow enough time for review and revision before the Undergraduate Catalog is finalized for the next academic year. Please see the specific submission deadlines for the Program Committee meetings.
Send all materials to the Curriculum Director in the Office of Undergraduate Curricula.
Approval and Notification Process
- Proposal is reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Curricula. If changes are needed or clarification required, the department /curricula will be contacted. The Office of Undergraduate Curricula will also review proposal drafts and/or consult with departments/curricula during the planning process.
- Proposal and all supporting documents are sent to members of the Program Committee for review and approval. A representative from the department/curricula will be invited to the meeting to provide an overview and respond to questions. Attending the meeting is not required.
- If approved, the proposal and all supporting documents are sent to members of the Administrative Boards for review and approval.
- The department/curricula is notified of the Administrative Board’s decision by letter. If the committee requires additional information, the Office of Undergraduate Curricula will notify the department/curricula.
- The Office of Undergraduate Curricula notifies the Academic Advising Office (academic worksheets) and the Office of the University Registrar (Tar Heel Tracker degree audit).
- The Office of the University Registrar sends an implementation memo when the new program code(s) have been added to ConnectCarolina.
- In coordination with the Office of Undergraduate Curricula, the department/curricula will update the next edition of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Requirements for Minors
From the Undergraduate Catalog:
The following requirements and limitations apply to all undergraduate academic minors:
- A student may have no more than two minors, regardless of the student’s major degree program. Academic units may exclude certain minors from being elected and completed by students majoring in these units.
- More than half (not merely half) of the credit hours and courses (including cross-listed courses) taken to satisfy the minor requirements must be counted exclusively in the minor and not double-counted in other majors or minors.
- At least nine hours of the minor must be completed at UNC–Chapel Hill and not at other academic institutions. Certain academic units may require that more than nine hours must be completed at the University.
- Some academic units may disallow the double-counting of courses in the minor and as General Education courses.
- A minimum of 12 hours of C (not C-) grades or better is required in the minor, though some minors may require more. Students who transfer courses into the minor must earn C or better grades in three-quarters of the courses and hours that they take for the minor at UNC–Chapel Hill. Students who use By-Examination (BE) credit (see section below) toward a minor may have fewer than 12 hours of coursework remaining to complete the minor (especially for minors with fewer than five courses or 15 hours); in these situations, earning grades of C or better in all of the remaining coursework is required.
- No more than one BE credit course (three to four credit hours) may be used as part of a minor.
- All courses in the minor unit must be taken for a regular letter grade. Courses in a student’s minor unit, or specifically required by the minor, including foreign language courses, electives, and any additional required courses (or any courses cross-listed with such required courses) may not be declared a Pass/Fail course.
- If students plan to pursue the completion of a minor, they are encouraged to declare their minor by early in the junior year.
Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who wish to complete a minor in a professional school must receive permission from the professional school.