Minor Fields of Study

Undergraduate students may declare a “minor” field of study. Requirements for a minor may be satisfied by completing 18 or more credits in: 1) any one of the University-approved minors; 2) a curriculum other than the student’s major; or 3) related studies from more than one department under the sponsorship of a qualified faculty member.

To declare a minor, a student must have the approval of the department chairperson of the minor field of study and the dean. Faculty sponsorship is required for the third option listed above. (Non-business students wishing to obtain a departmental minor in the College of Business Administration should expect to take the six courses over a period of two years. Admission is on a space-available basis only, and therefore not guaranteed.)

A minimum grade point average of 2.00 must be earned in the minor courses, and at least 12 of the 18 credits must be at the 200 level or above. At least half of the credits required for the minor must be earned at the University of Rhode Island. General education requirements may be used for the minor, but no course may be used for both the major and minor field of study. Minor courses may not be taken on a pass-fail basis.

Application for the minor must be filed in the academic dean’s office no later than the beginning of the student’s final semester or term, but may be filed as early as the first semester of the junior year. (Filing for a minor earlier than the junior year is subject to approval by the student’s degree-granting college.)

Departmental Minors

Descriptions of requirements for approved departmental minors may be found in the departmental sections of this catalog.

Interdepartmental Minors

Descriptions of approved interdepartmental minors may be found in the Interdepartmental Minors section of this catalog. For more information about minors available within each field of study, visit the website or contact the dean’s office of the relevant college.