Sac State University Policy Manual

Program For Special Minor

Policy Administrator: Vice President for Academic Affairs
Effective Date:1/99
Index Cross-References:
Policy File Number: FSP00030.htm

The Special Minor is designed for those students whose needs and goals cannot be met by the traditional minors offered by this University. Special minors will be approved only in academic areas where sufficient course work exists to provide the necessary depth and breadth for planning a comprehensive academic program. Approved programs must meet specific educational and career objectives that are set forth by the student and approved by the student's adviser. In most cases, programs will be interdisciplinary in nature. They are not to duplicate in essence other existing minor programs, and the requirements are to equal or exceed those of other campus minor programs.

Specific Grade Point Average Requirement:

Students must have completed all course work prior to the application for the Special Minor with a combined grade point average of 2.5.

Special Unit Requirements:

A total of 18 semester units are required, which includes a minimum of 12 upper division units in the field of specialization.


1. Type, date and sign a carefully prepared statement setting forth the rationale for requesting the special minor. Include the specific educational or career objectives that the minor is to fulfill. Clearly explain why the proposed minor is more appropriate in fulfilling the stated objectives than other existing minor programs would be.

The completed statement is to be submitted to your faculty adviser who will determine if the requirements of the proposed minor and the objectives may be reasonably met at this University. If so, the faculty adviser may then assist you in developing a course of study.

2. With the assistance of the faculty adviser, list your proposed course of study on the attached program planning sheet. The adviser and department chair are to sign a typed copy of the program planning sheet indicating that they recommend approval of the proposed program.

3. Submit the rationale statement and four copies of the signed proposed plan of study to the Director of General Education, located in SAC 230, who will approve or disapprove the course of study. If the program is approved, copies of it will be distributed to the student, the adviser, and the Registrar.

4. Subsequent changes in the course of study must be requested on the "Revision to Program for Special Major/Minor" Form G, be approved by the adviser and submitted (four copies) to the Director of General Education for approval.