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Minors

A minor is a recognized concentration of study in a subject area outside of the major, consisting of at least 15 credits of appropriate course work.

Guidelines

  • A minor may not inherently overlap with the student’s major (e.g., a History major may not pursue a History minor).
  • Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that will not count toward the major or other minors.
  • Students may not complete a minor and certificate in the same area (East-Central European Studies, European Union Studies, Latin American Studies, or Teaching English as a Second Language).

Review this list of majors/minors that will not be approved due to overlap.

Minors available at UF

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LS) offers 48 minors. There are over 100 minors available to residential students at UF.

Eligibility – Students must

  • have an established UF GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • be on-track for your major
  • have 45 hours earned
  • be able to complete the minor in a timely fashion
  • complete a minimum of 6 credits exclusive to the minor (credits that will not count toward major(s) or other minors)

Some minors have additional requirements for approval, (e.g., a higher UF GPA, etc.). Be sure to review the Catalog information for the minor in your Catalog year.

Considering a Minor

  • Take introductory courses in the area before applying.
  • When selecting General Education or elective courses, take courses in disciplines that are unfamiliar – you might discover an area of interest this way.
  • To find out more about a minor, read course descriptions, search the UF website for syllabi, and contact the department that offers the minor.
  • Often, a minor will complement your major, and/or provide for a more well-rounded experience. Try to branch out. If you are majoring in a Humanities discipline, such as English or History, consider pursuing in a minor in another area (such as a Social & Behavioral Science, or a math/science-related minor).

How to Apply

LS students should complete a minor application form and bring it to the Academic Advising Center (AAC). If applying to a minor offered by another College, additional approval from the respective College or department offering the minor is also required.

Students in other colleges will need their college’s approval before coming to the AAC for approval.

Once the student has obtained all necessary approvals, the form needs to be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar, located at 222 Criser Hall (2nd Floor).

Spanish minor applicants: Approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator for Spanish is required prior to AAC approval.

Microbiology majors applying for the Chemistry minor will need Chemistry advisor approval prior to AAC approval.

Minor Requirements

The specific requirements for each minor can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. CLAS minors require:

  • All minor courses must be completed with minimum grade of C.
  • At least three three-credit courses must be at the 3000 level or above (none of the three courses can be individual work).
  • Of the total credits for the minor, no more than three may be individual work.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many minors am I allowed to pursue?
You are allowed to pursue up to three minors.

How will the minor appear on my records?
Once you are approved to pursue the minor, it should show as one of your Academic Programs in ONE.UF. The college/department offering the minor will certify whether you complete it in the term you graduate. The minor will be noted on your official transcript. Minors do not appear on your audit, or on your diploma.

Will courses for the minor satisfy the CLAS 3000-level elective requirement?
If the courses for the minor are at the 3000-level or above, the courses will also go towards the elective requirement, unless they are also counting toward your major. Some majors/minors limit overlap, check the Undergraduate Catalog for your specific programs.

Are there certain restrictions on minors I’m eligible to pursue, depending on my major?
Yes; CLAS does not permit certain major/minor combinations that have an extensive amount of overlap, since the purpose of a minor is to pursue an outside concentration. You can view the chart below for restrictions and meet with an advisor if you have questions.

Can I cancel a minor after I’ve been approved?
You may cancel a minor by submitting the same minor application form to the Office of the University Registrar. Simply check the “Cancelling” a minor box on the form. No approvals are needed to cancel a minor.

Commonly requested Major/Minor combinations that are not permitted (this list is not all-inclusive, consult with an AAC advisor to verify that your intended major/minor combination is acceptable).

Minor Major
American Indian & Indigenous Studies Anthropology, History
Foreign Languages and Literatures – Chinese or Japanese East Asian Languages
Botany Biology, Entomology, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Chemistry Biotechnology track in Biology
Botany
Chemical Engineering
Entomology Prior to applying for the minor, BA Biology majors must either complete 6 credits Entomology courses that are NOT on the BA Elective list, or 6-10 credits of BA Electives that are NOT Entomology minor courses.
Prior to applying for the minor, BS Biology Preprofessional majors must either complete 6 credits of Entomology courses that are NOT on the BIOPRO Elective list, or 3 credits of BIOPRO Electives that are NOT Entomology minor courses.
Geography Environmental Geosciences track in either Geography or Geology
Geology Environmental Geosciences track in either Geography or Geology
Hebrew Jewish Studies
Physics Astronomy – Students pursuing an astronomy major must complete six credits of physics coursework beyond what is required for the major before they will be approved for the physics minor.
Theories and Policies of Sexuality Women’s Studies
Zoology Biology, Entomology, Nutritional Science, Natural Resource Conservation, Wildlife Ecology

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