Guidelines for an Undergraduate Minor
- Minor Programs consist of five to seven subjects, with a typical program comprising six. A minor may include subjects that also count toward General Institute Requirements.
- You may not take a minor in the area of your major. In addition, minors are not allowed in either field of composite degrees, which combine two different fields (for example, the SB in Mathematics with Computer Science or the SB in Computer Science and Molecular Biology). The Committee on Curricula (CoC) has the authority to determine whether a specific combination is permissible.
- At the discretion of your major department, subjects taken for a minor may also count toward your departmental degree requirements, provided your combination of programs is permitted by the CoC.
- Subjects taken under the Junior-Senior P/D/F grading option cannot be used for a minor.
- At the discretion of the minor advisor, approved transfer credit may be used to fulfill a portion of the minor. MIT subjects (including those taken through cross-registration) must comprise at least half of the minor.
- You may not earn more than two minors.
- Minors can be awarded only at the same time you receive the SB degree, and must be associated with a specific degree.
- The minor should be designated by the end of your sophomore year but no later than Add Date one full term before the term in which you expect to receive the SB degree.
- Meet with the minor advisor in your chosen field to plan your program of study and complete an application form. Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript (available free of charge from the Student Services Center, 11-120) to the meeting.
- You must file a minor completion form by the end of the third week of the term in which you plan to receive the SB degree - even if you are taking subjects in your final term to complete the minor. $50 late fee. You risk not being awarded the minor if the form is submitted late.
Of the six subjects required for a HASS minor, at most five may count toward satisfaction of the eight-subject Institute HASS Requirement. Of these five, at most one may count toward satisfying the distribution component of the HASS Requirement. For guidelines and procedures for minoring in a HASS field, please consult the SHASS Undergraduate Website.