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CDS Program Definitions

C & I Committee, February 2013. 

Minors

  • Are typically 18-24 credits. Some prerequisites may be included, but the minor must remain smaller than the minimum major (30 hrs).
  • Should not duplicate existing programs.
  • Identifies a set of thematically related courses that help students identify areas of study that otherwise would not be visible to them.
  • Students may select a minor that complements a major, or is completely different from the major.
  • Students cannot major and minor in the same discipline (ie, one does not major in History and also minor in History).
  • Require C & I approval and appear in the catalog.
  • Appear on the transcript.

Pre-Professional licensure and degree programs.

  • Must be related to a student's major in as part of a planned progress toward professional credentialing
  • Example: Pre-Professional Teacher Education programs.
  • Should create a distinct set of knowledge or skills that qualifies one to practice in a particular area or work in a specific field
  • The amount of credits is variable, depending upon the professional linkage.
  • Require C & I approval and appear in the catalog.
  • Appear on the transcript.

Pre-Professional advisory programs.

  • Are sets of recommended courses for students who wish to shape their undergraduate experience toward a related professional goal beyond the undergraduate degree.
  • Examples: Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Health.
  • Do not require C & I approval but may appear in the catalog at the request of the sponsoring unit.
  • Appear on the transcript through the undergraduate career, but do not appear on the transcript after graduation.