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New Academic Minor

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:

  1. Require no fewer than 12 credit hours (15 credit hours is recommended)
  2. Provide structure and coherence
  3. Contain some upper-level courses

For requirements and limitations that apply to all undergraduate minors, refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin. For an alphabetical list of approved minors, click here.

Submission Process

The academic department/unit sponsoring the minor must submit the following materials:

  1. Departmental memo (on letterhead, signed by the chair), including
    1. Brief statment (one or two paragraphs) of the goals and rationale of the minor.
    2. Evidence of demand for the minor and anticipated enrollment.
    3. List of majors and minors whose students should be prohibited from electing this minor, due either to significant overlap of course requirements or to proximity of subject matter.
    4. Student advising strategy for planning and completing the minor.
  2. Undergraduate Bulletin text with a summary of the requirements (use a bulleted format, click here for an example). Word or PDF files only.

A few tips and reminders:

  • Courses must be approved and in the ConnectCarolina course inventory to be included in the proposal. If you recently submitted the course in CRAS, but it has not yet been approved, please mark the course "pending approval."
  • When the minor includes courses offered by other departments/units, chairs/directors should be consulted for their approval. Submitting a proposal indicates that approval from the chair/director has been given.

Approval Process

Step 1 Confer with the relevant Senior Associate Dean to obtain support for your proposal.
Step 2 Proposal is submitted to and reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Curricula. If changes are needed or clarification required, the department/unit will be contacted.
Step 3 Proposal and all supporting documents are sent to members of the Administrative Boards for review and approval.
Step 4 The department/unit 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/unit. In rare cases, a representative of the department/unit may be invited to attend an Administrative Boards meeting to answer questions.
Step 5 The Office of Undergraduate Curricula notifies the Academic Advising Office and the Office of the University Registrar (ConnectCarolina and Tar Heel Tracker).
Step 6 The Office of the University Registrar sends an implementation memo when the new minor is added to the ConnectCarolina program/plan table.
Step 7 The department/unit updates the next version of the Undergraduate Bulletin. The Office of Undergraduate Curricula may make stylistic changes to the descriptions of undergraduate programs published in the Undergraduate Bulletin.