Mar 05, 2024  
Academic Policies 
Academic Policies

Degree Minors

Rationale for Minors: 

Undergraduate minors provide students an opportunity to emphasize study in an area outside of their major curriculum. The minor affords students the opportunity to combine an in-depth study of a second area while also broadening their education.  Minors bring cohesiveness to electives, enhance student marketability, and foster program collaboration among disciplines.  According to HR analysts, sometimes having a minor noted could posture a potential candidate to be an equally qualified competitor for the same job pursued by students with degrees in a particular field.


A minor requires completion of at least 18 designated hours of course work defined by departments offering minors.  Science disciplines require at least 24 designated hours due to the lab requirements.  A grade of C or higher is required for courses.

Courses forming a minor may be used to satisfy the general requirements of a major curriculum, including free electives, directed electives, and supporting courses. Minor courses cannot be used to satisfy major requirements nor general education requirements.

Minors are not defined by subjects, but are commensurate with major programs approved by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB).  Students may not minor in the same area or option as their major if a common core curriculum exists.

Departments offering minors must define the minor requirements in the University Catalog and other institutional publications.

At the time of making application for the degree, the student must indicate the designated minor pursued.  Students who declare and complete all requirements for a minor as part of a baccalaureate degree will receive official recognition on their academic record when the degree is posted.  Students can not add or declare a minor after the baccalaureate degree is awarded.