UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 09-04-14

CATEGORY:              STUDENT AFFAIRS
SECTION:                  Registration and Records
SUBJECT:                 Minors and Areas of Concentration
EFFECTIVE DATE:   September 7, 2001 Revised
PAGE(S):                    1

I.    SCOPE

      This policy establishes recognition of minors and areas of concentration at both the

      graduate and undergraduate levels.

II.   POLICY

      Minors

      The University recognizes minors as an educational experience which results in

      attainment in and knowledge of a particular discipline and which is a requirement of

      or an option in attaining a degree with a major in a different discipline.  Minors are

      separately defined for undergraduate and graduate levels.

      The requirements for earning a minor are determined by the faculty teaching the

      minor, subject to review and approval by the Academic Dean, the Provost, and the

      Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, if proposed by a unit in the Health
      Sciences.

      A graduate or undergraduate minor offered by the faculty on a particular campus is

      available to any student enrolled in an academic degree program offered on the

      campus provided that the school from which the student is graduating recognizes

      this minor and the student or degree is at the same level as the minor.  The

      completed minor is entered on the academic record and appears on the official

      transcript when the degree is awarded.  Double or triple minors may appear on the

      transcript of a student who meets the requirements of two or three distinct minors.

      Areas of Concentration

      An area of concentration is an educational experience which results in concentrated

      training in or knowledge of a particular area within the discipline of a degree program

      and which is part of a degree.

      An area of concentration and its requirements are determined by the faculty teaching

      in the degree program associated with the area of concentration, subject to review

      and approval by the Academic Dean, the Provost, and the Senior Vice Chancellor for
      the Health Sciences, if proposed by a unit in the Health Sciences.

      For each degree at most two areas of concentration can be pursued.  An area of

      concentration which is specified for a particular degree program can be posted to the

      academic record and the official transcript of only those students completing the

      degree program.

III.  REFERENCE

      Procedure 09-04-14, Minors and Areas of Concentration