Although students are not required to complete a minor in order to graduate, many minors are available for those who wish to develop another area of specialization without the full depth of an academic major. An academic minor is a specified sequence of courses totaling between 18 and 24 credits and requiring at least nine credits of upper-division work. It does not lead to a degree.
Participation in a minor is optional for most majors and includes not only completing the required sequence, but consulting the director of the minor initially and as work in the minor proceeds. Many major departments also offer a minor in the discipline; the requirements for the minor are described with the corresponding major program entry. In addition, interdisciplinary minors that draw on courses from a variety of disciplines are described in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs. Minor entries include the name and academic affiliation of the minor director and additional information such as office location, phone number, and e-mail and Web addresses where available.
To assist students in selecting optional minors, a listing is included in the header of each major program, indicating minors of particular interest to students with that major. A maximum of three minors may be noted on a student’s transcript.
For more information, consult the relevant minor director or the Academic and Transfer Advising Services Center.
Declaration of Minor
The Major/Minor Declaration Form, available from the Registrar’s Office, the Academic and Transfer Advising Services Center, and online at http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar , is used to declare a minor officially; the signature of the minor director is required. Students may have up to three declared minors recorded on their University transcript. Minors are not noted on diplomas.