Minors are an optional addition to a degree, requiring 15-16 semester hours, with 12-15 s.h. required in upper-level courses (as defined by the unit offering the minor) and offered by the University of Iowa. A maximum of 3 s.h.of transfer credit is allowed.
Generally, minors are offered by a single department, but some are interdisciplinary and draw on courses from a number of departments and programs. In these cases, the minor may not duplicate other programs of study that already exist.
Each academic unit offering a minor determines the specific course requirements for the minor. The department or program also determines whether 3 s.h. of transfer course work may be used to earn the minor.
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 earned by a student 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). Likewise, 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 for students earning a minor may be found in the Academic Policies Handbook.
The process and proposal components for a new minor are generally the same as for certificates. See the guidelines for proposing and modifying a certificate.