What is a minor?

A minor is a secondary area of interest that often complements a student’s major. Although not a degree requirement for College of Architecture and the Built Environment, many students choose to pair their major discipline with another related design field. A minor allows students to group electives together in a meaningful way, providing a set of courses that provides supplemental study in a particular subject area.  Options for minors are determined by the academic program and consist of a minimum of twelve credits in the subject area.

Why choose to study a minor?

In addition to integrating and unifying subjects covered in electives, minors enable students to pursue secondary areas of interest and to develop a knowledge base and skill sets that complement their major area. By layering a secondary area onto a primary field of study, minors indicate versatility and flexibility to a prospective employer, increasing a student’s marketability and expanding prospects for internships and future employment.

Plus, by completing one of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment’s graduate minors—consisting of foundation courses from a specific graduate program, including Sustainable Design, Construction Management, Real Estate Development, Geodesign, Architecture and Interior Design—a student may be eligible for advanced standing in a Master’s program or for admission into an Accelerated Dual Degree program.

Guidelines for minors