How Do I Get a Minor Degree?


A minor degree is a second area of study toward your Bachelor's degree. The course of study for a minor degree may be to complement a major or to expand on interests in a subject that is not related to your major. Getting a minor degree is not required, but it can help build on your skills and broaden career opportunities. The requirements for a minor vary by college or university, but they typically range from 15 to 18 semester hours or five to six classes in your chosen area of study.

Things You'll Need

  • Meet academic requirements
  • Decide what subject you want to get your minor degree in. Consider whether you want your minor degree to compliment your major or if you wish to explore an unrelated field of study. Think about educational and career goals to help you make an informed decision.

  • Read your school's undergraduate catalog, which outlines the degree requirements for your course of study. This will show you how many credit hours are required for your minor and which courses you need to take.

  • Meet with an academic adviser to declare your minor and discuss your academic goals. Academic advisers assist students with their academic goals by helping with course selection, class scheduling, and meeting academic requirements. Students should meet with an adviser each term to stay on track with degree requirements.

  • Take the required classes to meet the requirements for your minor. These classes can be spread over the course of your 4-year academic career. Most colleges and universities require a grade of C or better to get credit for the course.

  • Fulfill other academic requirements. This includes courses for your major, general education requirements and electives. Electives are additional courses that help students fulfill credit hour requirements. These courses may be used to fulfill requirements for a minor.

Tips & Warnings

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago Undergraduate Catalog in the reference section contains some general information that may be useful for all students, but you should consult your own school's undergraduate catalog for specific degree-seeking information.

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