About Self-Designed Minors

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.

Approval requires:

  1. Endorsement by faculty in two programs
  2. Clearance by the office of the Registrar regarding availability of courses
  3. Approval by the Associate Dean of the University
  4. Final approval will be made by the Dean of the University

Administrative guidelines:

  • 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