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What is a minor?

A minor is a secondary area of study. Requirements vary, but it is typically about eighteen hours, at least twelve of which must be at the junior/senior level (300+ numbered courses). A minor can be in nearly any discipline and can be in a college or professional school that is different from your own (with a few exceptions). For example, you can major in Psychology and minor in Business, or major in Journalism and minor in German, or major in Biology and minor in Dance. The possibilities are endless!

Why would I want a minor?

Minors can be a great way to pursue your passion or interests. For example, you may have studied piano for years, but you're not going to make it to Carnegie Hall. With a minor, you can continue to develop and nurture your talent with professional instructors while dedicating the majority of your education to some other career-minded pursuit.

A minor can also supplement your educational or career goals—for example, you may want to minor in a language if you are going to be a teacher, a businessperson, work abroad, or in government. An education across the disciplines has never been more important, and a minor can help bring together different ideas, concepts, and expertise to engage you with new ways of thinking and exciting technologies. Thinking creatively is of the most desirable qualities that employers are seeking in new hires. When you minor in something that is both different from and complementary to your major, you develop new ways of thinking and bring a fresh perspective that can help you to stand out on the job market.

Do I need a minor?

Unless you are earning a BGS degree, and you are not earning two certificates or another major, you do not need to have a minor. For Bachelor of Art (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees they are optional!

(from the Undergraduate Advising Center; http://advising.ku.edu/minors)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
African and African-American Studies Minor in African and African-American Studies
  Minor in African and African Diasporic Languages
American Studies Minor in Latino/a Studies
  Minor in American Studies
  Minor in Social Justice in the U.S.
Anthropology Minor in Anthropology
Applied Behavioral Science Minor in Applied Behavioral Science
Chemistry Minor in Chemistry
Classics Minor in Classics
Communication Studies Minor in Communication Studies
East Asian Languages and Cultures Minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures
Economics Minor in Economics
English Minor in English
Environmental Studies Minor in Environmental Studies
French, Francophone, and Italian Studies Minor in French and Francophone Studies 
  Minor in Italian Studies
Geography and Atmospheric Science Minor in Geography
  Minor in Atmospheric Science
Geology Minor in Geology
  Minor in Petroleum Geology
German Studies Minor in German Studies
Global and International Studies Minor in European Studies
  Global and International Studies Minor
  Minor in Middle East Studies
History Minor in History
History of Art Minor in History of Art
Humanities Minor in Humanities
  Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
Indigenous Studies Indigenous Studies Minor
Institute for Leadership Studies Minor in Leadership Studies
Jewish Studies Minor in Jewish Studies
Latin American Caribbean Studies Minor in Latin American Area Studies
Linguistics Minor in Linguistics
Mathematics Minor in Mathematics
Philosophy Minor in Philosophy
Physics and Astronomy Minor in Astrobiology
  Minor in Astronomy
  Minor in Physics
Political Science Minor in Intelligence and National Security Studies
  Minor in Political Science
  Minor in Public Policy in the United States
Psychology Minor in Psychology
  Minor in Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology
Religious Studies Minor in Religious Studies
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Slavic Languages and Literatures Minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures
Sociology Minor in Sociology
Spanish and Portuguese Minor in Brazilian Studies
  Minor in Spanish
Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Minor in Speech-Language-Hearing
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor in Human Sexuality
  Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Other Schools within the College:
School of the Arts
Film and Media Studies Minor in Film and Media Studies
Theatre and Dance Minor in Dance
  Minor in Theatre
Visual Art Minor in Visual Art
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Minor in Law and Society (classes offered at Edwards Campus)
Minor in Public Administration (classes offered at Edwards Campus)
For other minors throughout the University, please use the following links:
Architecture & Design Minor in Photography Apply for the Photography Minor here
Business Minor in Business  Fill out Minor Declaration Form here
Education and Human Sciences Minor in Sport Management  Fill out Minor Declaration Form here
  Minor in Education Studies  Fill out Minor Declaration Form here
Health Professions Minor in Healthcare Management  Fill out Minor Information Form here
Journalism Minor in Journalism Apply to the Journalism Minor here
Music Minor in Music Submit Change of School Form to be accepted into the School of Music and Register for an Audition
Professional Studies (Edwards) Minor in Biotechnology Reach out to Biotechnology Success Coach 
  Minor in Nutrition Reach out to Nutrition Success Coach
  Minor in Public and Population Health Reach out to PPH Success Coach