Minors

In order to enhance the university experience and assist in the development of Career Architecturesm, Stevenson University offers students the opportunity to structure and to pursue a minor field of study separate from and in addition to the student’s major field of study. The minors program allows students to expand their career options and professional flexibility, to develop skills to be applied to graduate or professional programs, and to pursue personal or intellectual interests. The minor option represents a significant opportunity for students to assess their needs and aspirations and to construct their own courses of study at Stevenson.

All students are encouraged to consider the minor option, but students are not required to pursue or complete a minor in order to complete a degree. Students who wish to minor in a particular field or discipline can structure a minor course of study with the assistance of an academic advisor, and they must declare their intentions to the Registrar’s Office. Minors must be declared prior to the student's final semester.

The following policies must be followed in order to be awarded a minor.

  • The minor consists of at least six courses (for a minimum of 18 credit hours) in a particular discipline. For departments that offer bachelor’s degrees, these courses must come from the major program requirements within the discipline.
  • These courses may be at any level, but students must meet all regular prerequisites before taking any course.
  • All courses taken for a minor must be in the same discipline, and none may be a core skills requirement except by permission of the department or program in which the minor is pursued.
  • Courses that are among the major requirements of a student at the time of graduation may not apply toward the student’s minor.
  • At least nine of the total credit hours for the minor must be taken at Stevenson University.
  • Students may not apply for a minor after the bachelor’s degree is awarded. Upon graduation, the student’s transcript will indicate the minor course of study that the student has completed.

Minors are currently being offered in the following fields.

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Fashion Design
  • Film/Video
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Legal Studies (This minor is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals and is not approved by the American Bar Association.)
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

For information on whether a minor is being considered in other fields, contact the appropriate department chair or program coordinator. Some departments and programs may individually decide not to offer a minor. The following departments have decided not to offer minors at the present time: biotechnology; business communication; early childhood education: liberal arts and technology; elementary education: liberal arts and technology; interdisciplinary studies; middle school education: liberal arts and technology; and nursing.