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Advising Handbook


Undergraduates may choose to complete a minor in addition to a major. Students in the College may declare one or more minors in conjunction with either a single or double major.

Students should consult the Undergraduate Bulletin, read the department’s offerings on the web, and formulate a rough idea of the courses needed to complete a minor. (For a complete list of minors with links to their descriptions, see The student should then make an appointment with the departmental minor adviser to complete plans and gain acceptance. Students may not elect the S/F option for courses submitted for the minor, and must earn at least a 2.0 average for these courses. No major and minor may overlap by more than two courses; no two minors may overlap by more than two courses. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of public-health related programs, no more than one course may overlap between a public health minor and another program of study. The names of departmental minor advisers and the “Approval Form for Majors and Minors” may be obtained at the Lattimore counter. The student files the approved program with the Center for Advising Services (or Hajim School’s Dean’s Office).  Students submit the “Overlap Declaration Form for Majors and Minors” along with the approved Minor form.

A student may not normally receive a minor in the department in which he or she receives a major. This rule has been waived for certain departments, including English, Art and Art History, and modern languages and cultures. Students cannot declare a minor until they have been accepted into a major. It is expected that students will declare the minor by the end of the first semester of the senior year.

To determine the academic division in which a minor falls, for the purpose of fulfilling the Rochester Curriculum, see the table that follows.

Minors by Division

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Humanities (H):

Social Sciences

Social Sciences (S):

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences and Engineering (N):


Variable (Determined at time of entrance into minor):