Students may propose an self-designed minor that addresses an area of special interest and that incorporates courses from two or more programs. The proposed minor must be a clearly integrated series of courses that include depth as well as breadth and that fall within a unifying focus or concentration. This focus must be in a body of information that is presented in the proposal in a coherent fashion. Designing a minor with a more specialized set of courses within a single existing program is not acceptable. Each self-designed minor should be supervised by a committee of 2 faculty members and the Dean of the University.
The interdisciplinary minor proposal itself should be thorough, detailed, and well-argued. It must clearly articulate a compelling rationale for the minor as a whole, and should indicate how each proposed course fits into the overall plan of study. A list of all included courses, their program affiliation and course numbers should be included with the proposal.
Self-designed minor proposals should be submitted to the Dean's Office prior to the student's junior year at Transylvania University.
- Endorsement by faculty in two programs
- Clearance by the office of the Registrar regarding availability of courses
- Approval by the Associate Dean of the University
- Final approval will be made by the Dean of the University
- Typically a total of 6-7 courses are included in the self-designed minor
- No more than 4 courses in any one program (whether listed in the minor or not)
- Courses come from at least 2 academic programs
- At least 2 courses from each of two programs
- Student GPA above 3.0 or other evidence that student is highly motivated
- Minimum of 1 course @ 3000-level (while internships may be included in the minor, they will not count toward these courses)
- No more than 3 courses at the 1000-level
- Only 2 courses used to fulfill the requirements of another major or minor pattern may also be used to fulfill the requirements of the self-designed minor
The advisory committee must:
- Consult with the student and sign off on the original design of the minor
- Approve any changes in the minor