Academic Programs — Minors

Minors are an optional addition to a degree, requiring 15-16 semester hours, generally with 12-15 s.h. required in upper-level courses offered by The University of Iowa.  Generally, minors are offered by a single department, but some are interdisciplinary and draw on courses from a number of departments and programs.

Each academic unit offering a minor determines the remaining specific requirements for the minor. The department or program also determines whether transfer course work or credit earned by examination may be used to earn the minor.

A minor traditionally consists of around five courses and 15 s.h., with a majority of the coursework upper-level (as defined by the offering unit).

A grade-point average of at least 2.00 must be earned in all work attempted as part of the minor. No course taken pass/nonpass may be used as part of a minor. Courses graded S/F may be used at the discretion of the offering department or program.

When completing the requirements specified for multiple programs of study, such as for a minor, certificate, or major, double counting of course work is limited to 6 s.h. [Note: The General Education Program courses are not included in this policy.]

The College does not approve selective admission minors.

A degree may not include a major and a minor in the same area (for example, a student cannot earn a BS in Psychology and a minor in Psychology). A degree may not include two minors in the same area or a minor and a certificate in the same area, or a major and a certificate in the same area.

The complete academic policies that apply to the earning of minors may be found in the Academic Policies Handbook.