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Academic Affairs Committee - Policy on Minors

Approved by Academic Affairs on March 2, 2006, Revised on March 6, 2008

In 1986, the Academic Affairs Committee authorized the establishment of academic minors. Beginning in the spring of 2006, minors are subject to the following conditions:

  1. Minors are voluntary. A school, department, or program is under no obligation to offer a minor unless the faculty and administration of the unit desire to do so.
  2. Minors will consist of a minimum of five courses and will include a minimum of 20 semester units. The curriculum must represent a coherent set of related courses and where possible will include advanced level courses.
  3. A school, department, or program wishing to offer a minor must gain approval through the standard curriculum review procedure.
  4. Students are allowed to pursue no more than two majors and a maximum of three programs in any combination of majors and minors. The possibilities for an individual student therefore would be: (a) one major and no minors, (b) two majors and no minor, (c) one major and one minor, (d) one major and two minors, or (e) two majors and one minor.
  5. At least 10 units in a minor must be taken at the University of the Pacific.
  6. Students must have a 2.0 GPA within the minor to receive credit for the minor.
  7. Students pursuing a minor must have a minor adviser from the unit offering the program. Decisions concerning waivers, substitutions, and transfer equivalents of minor requirements must be made by the minor adviser and must conform to the requirements listed above.
  8. These are minimum standards regarding minors at Pacific. Individual schools may adopt stricter provisions (to be approved through the standard curriculum review process).