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Academic Minors

Academic Minors

An academic minor at Alfred State is an optional program of study available to matriculated baccalaureate students. A minor may be used to complement the major course of study, broaden and enhance career opportunities, gain expertise in an area of interdisciplinary studies, or provide an in-depth study in a subject of special interest.

A minor is described as a thematically related set of academic courses, consisting of no fewer than 15 credit hours. A minor will be officially recorded on the transcript when a student has satisfied all requirements for the major baccalaureate program and the minor, and has attained a 2.50 grade point average in the courses approved for the minor.

General Considerations: Minors will likely require courses taken in sequence, and may necessitate student planning within their first year. Financial Aid Considerations: The State of New York does not allow students to use courses that only apply to a minor to meet the 12 credit financial aid eligibility requirement. If a course applies both to the minor and meets a degree requirement (such as an elective), financial aid can be used. Minor courses can fill General Education, LAS and elective requirements within a degree program.

Alfred State has three types of minors including Field of Study, Interdisciplinary, and Program Specific.

Field of Study Minors
Field of Study minors allow students to complete a course of study in an additional content area of specialization. The course of study is primarily within a single department but may include closely related courses from another department.

Field of Study minors include:

Animation, applications software development, business administration, computer technology, construction management, criminal justice, GIS (geographic information systems), graphic design, history, information security, information technology, interactive design, logistics and supply chain management, mathematics, media production, network administration, psychology, surveying, and web development.

Interdisciplinary Minors
These minors are developed to focus on contemporary areas of interest that will enhance students’ understanding of the world and their effectiveness in their future professional lives. These minors are usually designed by a committee of interested faculty and are often multi/interdisciplinary in scope combining courses from multiple departments. The courses in these minors may be General Education and LAS courses. Global studies is an interdisciplinary minor.

Program Specific Minors
These minors are limited to students within a specific degree program due to pre-requisite requirements for courses within the minor. The course of study can be within a single department or split between departments with the intention of allowing students within a program to demonstrate specialization in an area that enhances their degree. These minors often overlap one or more courses with a student’s core curriculum. The program specific minors include interior design.

Students wishing to pursue minors should first discuss options with their advisers and meet with the department chair where the minor resides to determine specific course requirements. Students must apply for minors on degree application forms.