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An academic minor is a student's declared secondary field of study or specialization during his or her undergraduate studies. As with an academic major, the college offering the minor specifies the prerequisites, number of required credits, GPA, classes or types of classes that a student must complete to earn the minor. The requirements for an academic minor will vary from college to college or even department to department. Academic minors and majors differ in that the former is subordinate to the latter. Majors are required, minors are optional. The credit hours required for an academic minor are normally "in addition to" those required for the degree in a major. Most often, a given course cannot be counted both as part of the major and as part of the minor.
Some students will prepare for their intended career with their major, while pursuing personal interests with a minor. For example, a student might major in Information Technology and minor in art, music, or a foreign language. Other students may pursue a minor to provide specific skills and thus make themselves more attractive to employers. For example, a civil engineering major might chose to minor in computer science and engineering.
Minors in Business
IT students are advised on coursework required for academic minors. For example, College of Business and Innovation students (which IT students are considered) can minor in every field offered as a major in the College, in addition to several other fields. In the COBI, a minor consists of three courses (9 semester credit hours) at the 3000/4000-level, unless otherwise noted in the University catalog.
Available COBI minors include those listed in the table below.
|Minors Available to COBI Students|
|Entrepreneurship, Family and Small Business||Operations Management|
|Financial Services||Supply Chain Management|
Detailed information about the courses required for each of these minors can be found on the COBI web site at: http://www.utoledo.edu/business/StuServ/Minors.html.
Minor in Computer Science and Engineering
Students may earn a minor in computer science and engineering (CSE) by completing six required courses plus two advanced elective courses. For additional details and lists of these courses, consult the College of Engineering Catalog and an EECS department advisor. To be eligible to register for any EECS courses, students must be coded as a CSE minor candidate and have successfully completed MATH 1850 and MATH 1860. A GPA of 2.0 is required in the EECS courses.
No other department in the College of Engineering currently offers a minor.
Minors in Other Disciplines
Academic minors are also available from other colleges, including the College of Languages, Literature & Social Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The table below lists a few example minors from each college.
|College of Languages,
Literature & Social Sciences
|College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics||College of Visual & Performing Arts|
These and other possible minors are described in the University's online catalog which can be found on the web at http://www.utoledo.edu/catalog/. Look under the College of Arts & Sciences (the predecessor college for each college in the table above) at the department offering the minor in which you are interested.
Declaring a Minor
If you are interested in declaring a minor, start by speaking with your major advisor (the IT undergraduate program director) or the ET academic program coordinator, Ms. Myrna Rudder. These individuals will help you determine if an academic minor is in your best interest.
To declare a minor you must consult an advisor in the department offering the minor. Your minor advisor will complete the paperwork necessary to make your declared minor official (i.e., appear on your transcript).