Dalhousie unveils 62 minor programs

Dal and King's students no longer limited to choosing from 10 minor programs

Second year students Basia Lepingwell and Hayley Filman talk to the associate dean of science, Sandra Walde, about minor programs. (Photo: Jessamyn Griffin)

Up until yesterday, Dalhousie and King’s students had limited options when it came to choosing an academic minor.

Students at Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University have been able to benefit from a wider array of minor programs, and that will soon be the case for Dal. Starting this summer, Dal will offer the largest selection, boosting its offering from 10 to 62.

“The minor programs are a result of student demand,” said King’s registrar Elizabeth Yeo. “Students would frequently come in and say ‘I want to do a minor’ and I would have to say ‘actually your only options are a combined honours or a double major.’’’

A combined honours involves an intense workload and has a higher GPA requirement than a double major, a degree that only requires a C. A minor allows students to specialize in an area without having to maintain a certain average.

Providing Opportunities for the Future  

Members of the panel emphasized how a minor is attractive to employers.

The dean of science and academic representatives set up for STAND OUT with a MINOR. (Photo: Jessamyn Griffin)

“It’s a good credential for a student to have as it shows that they have concentrated on a certain subject,” said Donna rogers, associate dean (academic) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “But also I think it allows students to draw on all kinds of connections between and among disciplines.”

Some of the new minor programs will allow students to expand their knowledge by taking courses in various departments. The popular culture minor is one of the many programs where students will be able to receive an interdisciplinary education.   

The event, held on Jan. 14, attracted students keen on taking advantage of the new degree options and interested in finding out what’s available.

“I’m considering getting a minor. I feel like having a minor will come across in a job interview as a way to show that I don’t have limited knowledge and that I have other areas of expertise,” said second-year student Hayley Filman.

Students can declare their minor in Dal’s online registrations system starting in the summer 2013 term.

Dal and King’s students interested in signing up for a minor should make an appointment with the registrar to talk about options. Those in highly structured programs – such as engineering – may not be eligible for a minor.

“It’s good to have more options. Now I can have a different minor and a different major,” said first-year student Michelle Doane.



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