A minor is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich his or her academic preparation through concentrated study of a discipline that is different from, but may be related to, the student's declared major. A minor is a means to augment or complement the major by broadening the student's academic experience or serving as preparation for a specific career. Usually a minor is not required for the baccalaureate; however, students may elect to complete a minor and have that fact noted on their records. Students should consult with an advisor in their major department for recommendations on suitable minor fields of study.
A minor consists of a minimum of 18 units, as specified by the department or program, at least nine of which must be upper-division. The minor may be in a single subject or interdisciplinary. Students may not declare or receive a minor in the same subject as the major, and the major and minor may not have the same title. The description of each minor shall have a statement listing all majors, if any, that may not be combined with that particular minor. The minimum overall GPA in courses toward the minor is 2.0. A minimum of six units of course work toward the minor must be taken at CSULB.
Students should refer to the requirements of the department and college of their major to see whether a minor is required for that major. Even if a minor is not required, students may elect to complete one or more minors from those available and have that so noted on their transcripts. Unlike certificates, minors are awarded only as part of a baccalaureate degree. Students may not finish a minor after they have graduated, except in conjunction with a second baccalaureate degree.
Majors, Minors and Certificate Programs