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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: Courses that only apply to a minor do not meet financial aid eligibility requirements for Federal or New York State Aid.  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.

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:

Agriculture, Animation, Applications Software Development, Business, Computer Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Criminal Justice, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Graphic Design, History, Information Security, Information Technology, Interactive Design, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Mathematics, Media Production, Network Administration, Psychology, Surveying Engineering Technology 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.  Athletic Coaching, Building Technology, Crime Scene Investigation Specialist, Global Studies, Interior Design, Sustainability, and Urban Design are interdisciplinary minors.

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 complete a Minor Declaration Form to declare a minor.  To be awarded the minor, students must apply for the minor on the degree application form.