Academic Minors

Buffalo State academic minors are specially conceived sequences of courses designed to allow students to achieve important goals. A minor may be used to complement the major course of study, broaden and enhance career opportunities, gain expertise in an area of interdisciplinary studies, or provide in-depth study in a subject of special interest. While an academic minor is an optional study program, students often find it an excellent way to make strategic use of all college elective courses.

Each minor program consists of 18–21 credit hours of coursework. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for admission to a minor program and at least three of the courses in each minor must be completed at the college.

Students may not elect a minor from the same discipline as their major program. A minor must include at least 9 distinct credit hours (i.e., not overlap with primary major requirements or overlap with the requirements of a minor or concentrations). A minor may include no more than half of its credit hours at the lower-division level. Students who complete the minor with a minimum 2.0 GPA will have the minor recorded on their official transcript.

Students interested in selecting a minor program should contact the coordinating department as soon as possible and complete an Undergraduate Change or Commit Form for Major, Certificate, Minor, Second Major, Dual Degree. A listing of all minors and requirements is on file in each department and dean’s office. Only the coordinating department provides advisement on individual minors.

For a list of minors, please refer to Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance chart.