Minor FAQs

Will a minor delay my graduation?

With good planning adding a minor will not delay his graduation, Visit an advisor to explore how you can fit a minor in your schedule with no delay to graduation.

Do I need to declare my minor?

You should declare your minor as soon as you intend to pursue it.  By declaring the minor with the Registrar’s Office, you’ll receive regular updates from the director of the minor about events, symposiums, and up-coming courses that may be of interest to you.

Will people who review my transcript see that I took a minor?

Yes.  All declared programs of study, including minors, appear on academic transcripts.

How does a minor add value to my degree?

By giving you an additional area of expertise, a minor will give you an edge when applying for jobs, and the skills and knowledge it provides will help you be a more successful and valued employee in your job.  Particularly attractive are minors that complement your major.  Some minors increase your skillset (for example, a finance major who minors in economics).  Other minors complement a major by broadening your skill set (for example, a finance major who minors in professional writing or a nurse who minors in Spanish).

So taking a minor is all about career success?

A minor can be a valuable credential, but that’s not the only reason students take them.  A minor can also let you explore an area in which you’re really interested, but which you do not intend to pursue as a major.  For example, maybe you're really interested in psychology.  You don't choose to major in in the subject, but you can still pursue your interest with a minor in the field.

How many additional courses will a minor require?

With careful planning and taking advantage of general education courses, you may be able to complete a minor with as few as eight unique credits. (Those are credits not applied to any other program.)

Sounds good.  Where can I learn what minors are offered?

Visit http://chss.gmu.edu/programs/minors