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Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an “Academic Minor.” A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department based minors (e.g. computer programming & info systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies).

Academic minors are approved by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee and the Provost. Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Office of Transfer Services. Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of the academic minor will appear on the student’s transcript at the time of graduation.

The following requirements must be satisfied for approval of the minor:

  • A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student’s major program of study.
  • Completion of a minor is not a graduation requirement and is subject to the availability of the courses selected. However, if the requirements for a minor are not completed prior to certification of graduation in the major, it will be assumed that the minor has been dropped. Consequently, the student will only be certified for graduation in their primary major.
  • Only students in baccalaureate programs can apply for a minor.
  • A minor consists of 15 to 21 credits, with the exception of the Chemistry minor.
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be residency credits.
  • Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department granting the minor. Each minor and criteria are described in the Academic Minors Information Guide.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor. Some minors may require a higher GPA.
  • Students are prohibited from declaring a minor in the same discipline as their major (e.g. one cannot combine an applied math minor with an applied math major). Academic minors may not apply to all curricula.
  • Students are permitted to double-count minor courses with general education courses and with free electives. In the case of interdisciplinary minors, a student can double-count up to 6 credits of major coursework toward the minor.
  • Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with appropriate written approval of their Department Chair or School Dean.