UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH PROCEDURE  09-04-14



CATEGORY:                  STUDENT AFFAIRS
SECTION:                   Registration and Records
SUBJECT:                   Minors and Areas of Concentration
EFFECTIVE DATE:            August 10, 1992


I.      PURPOSE

        To outline the steps for establishing new minors and areas of
        concentration at the University of Pittsburgh.

II.     SCOPE

        This procedure applies to all graduate and undergraduate
        students at all campuses.

III.    DEFINITIONS

        A Minor is an educational experience resulting in attainment
        in or knowledge of a particular field or discipline as either
        a requirement or option in earning a degree with a major in a
        different discipline.

        An Area of Concentration is an educational experience
        resulting in concentrated training in a particular area
        within either a graduate or an undergraduate degree program.
        An area of concentration may have requirements such as
        completion of specific courses, participation in a particular
        clinical experience, or research in a sub-field of a
        discipline.

IV.     ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

        Faculty are responsible for determining permitted minors and
        areas of concentration and their requirements, subject to
        approval by the Academic Dean, the Senior Vice Chancellor for
        the Health Sciences, if proposed by a unit in the Health
        Sciences, and the Provost.

        The Academic Dean is responsible for reviewing and approving
        proposed minors and areas of concentration and for certifying
        to the Registrar those students who have successfully
        completed a minor or area of concentration at the time of
        graduation from the degree program.

        The Provost is responsible for review and final approval of
        all proposed minors and areas of concentration.

        The Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences is
        responsible for review and approval of all proposed minors
        and areas of concentration for degree programs in the Health
        Sciences.

        The Data Administrator is responsible for entering approved
        minors and areas of concentration into the Integrated Student
        Information System (ISIS).

        The Office of the Registrar is responsible for entering
        certification of a student's completion of requirements of a
        minor or area of concentration into the Integrated Student
        Information System at the time of graduation from the degree
        program.

V.  PROCEDURE

    A.  To Establish a New Minor or Area of Concentration

        Faculty Teaching
        in the Discipline
        of the Proposed
        Minor or Area of
        Concentration        1. Prepare a letter of description of the
                                proposed minor or area of
                                concentration.

                                NOTE:  For minors include the name of
                                the minor, a brief description of its
                                academic requirements, and the
                                faculty groups which approved it.

                                NOTE:  For areas of concentration
                                include the name of the area of
                                concentration, the name of the degree
                                and academic program, a brief
                                description of its academic
                                requirements, and the faculty groups
                                which approved it.

                             2. Forward the letter to the Academic
                                Dean for review and approval.

        Academic Dean        3. If approved, forward to the Provost
                                for final approval.

                                a. If proposed within the Health
                                   Sciences, obtain approval of the
                                   Senior Vice Chancellor for the
                                   Health Sciences.

        Provost              4. If approved, notify the Data
                                Administrator.

                                NOTE:  New minors and areas of
                                concentration must be submitted to
                                the Data Administrator at least two
                                weeks prior to the deadline date for
                                graduation application for input into
                                ISIS.

        Data Administrator   5. Enter the new minor or area of
                                concentration in the Integrated
                                Student Information System (ISIS).

VI.     REFERENCE

        -    Policy 09-04-14, Minors and Areas of Concentration.