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Choosing a College Minor: UW-L

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Jackie Rindone

on 17 May 2013

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What is a College Minor? Do I need a minor? If you are looking for a minor in an area you are passionate about, ask yourself... If you are looking for a minor that complements your professional/graduate school aspirations, ask yourself... Still have questions? How should I go about considering or choosing a minor? Do you have an area you love but are not sure
you want to major in it? A minor is a secondary field that is in addition to your major Minors, program options, or 2nd majors are required for many but not all of UW-L's majors.

If you are wondering if the major you are considering requires a minor, program option, or 2nd major, run a what-if report to see if it is required.

Even if your major does not have require a minor, you can still select a minor if you want. Choosing a College Minor What minor would benefit you in a job search or grad school application?
Would a certain minor help in obtaining a skill needed for a career or a job search?
Have you looked into possible job applications or graduate school applications to see what they are looking for? Would any minors help with strengthening your application? Come meet with or email Jackie if you want discuss more about minors! Either call the AAC at 608-785-6950 to set up an appointment or email her at rindone.jacq@uwlax.edu for further questions. Jackie Rindone Did you know that UW-L has over 60 minors to choose from? What is the SAH Program Option? The College of Science and Health allows students to complete a program option in some majors instead of selecting a minor. The program option requires you to 18 credits at the 300/400 level. The courses must be taken outside of your major department. Generally minors range from 16 to 24 credits Plenty of options for you to consider! Is there a major that compliments the
major that you are considering? It is important to remember that pre-professional track does not count as a 2nd major or minor. Some of the courses required for pre-professional areas, however, can meet the 300/400 level requirement for a program option. Is there a minor that can help in your
professional or graduate school aspirations? If you are looking for a minor that complements your major, ask yourself... Is there a minor that could "balance" your learning environment?
For example, if you were a music major, would a drama minor help you better understand your major?
Is there a minor that could give you a better interdisciplinary outlook on your major?
Have you researched to see if your department offers a minor separate from your major? http://www.uwlax.edu/records/UGCat/MajorsMinors/undergraduatelistofmajorsminors.htm What is a CLS Program Option? The College of Liberal Studies also allows students to complete a program option in their majors instead of selecting a minor. It is important to remember that pre-professional track does not count as a 2nd major or minor. The CLS program option requires 18 additional credits outside your major concentration. At least 12 of the credits need to be at the 300/400 level. The credits at the 100/200 level that satisfy a gen ed requirement cannot be applied to the program option. I think I found a possible minor, now what? See what the requirements of the minor is
Also look at the class requirements and see if you'll need any pre-requisites
Take a class within the minor and see if you like it
Make sure to declare it with your college What is the Benefit of a Program Option? It gives you flexibility in choosing and scheduling classes. It can allow you to take a more interdisciplinary approach to classes. Is there something you are passionate about but don't want to major in?
Is there a certain academic area you are really interested in learning more about?
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