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How to Declare a Minor (Undergraduates)

If you're an undergraduate and you want to declare a minor, follow the steps below.

Find your Undergraduate Minor Code.

Facts about minors

  • A minor is a set of courses within a well-defined subject. Examples: African Studies, Philosophy, etc.
  • Academic departments and programs may offer minors. The requirements must include at least 28 units, including at least 20 upper-division units.

Declare a minor

1. Make sure you understand the general university requirements for minors.

  • Lower-division classes can apply to both your major and your minor.
  • You can use two upper-division courses (a maximum of eight units) to fulfill the requirements for a minor that have also been used to satisfy the requirements of a major.
  • You can't use an upper-division course to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.
  • Read the Academic Senate policy on minors (section E).

2. Check on specific requirements for the minor you've selected.

  • Read your minor's entry in the General Catalog's courses and curricula section.
  • If you want to declare a minor that's not in the catalog, check with the department advisor.
  • Check with your college advisor to see if your college requires a program of concentration and how that would affect your eligibility for declaring a minor.

3. Be aware of department and college approval requirements.

  • Department approval is required for all requests to declare a minor.
  • College approval is required if:
    • You have 150 or more total units passed.
    • You are declaring a second minor.
    • You are not in Good Standing.
  • You are required to submit a quarter by quarter plan for any request that requires college approval.

4. Complete an Undergraduate Declaration of Minor using the Major/Minor tool.

  • If you need to change a course in your approved minor, contact the department directly.
  • Allow 3 to 5 business days if your request only requires department approval. Allow 6 to 10 business days if your request requires both department and college approval.