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Minors & Certificates

Nearly all Liberal Arts majors require a minor. Regardless of your catalog, you must see your major advisor to declare a minor. Only one minor per major is permitted.

For 2014-2016 and earlier catalogs, the minor requirement is satisfied with 12 hours in a single subject. These minors do not appear on transcripts.

For 2016-2018 and later catalogs, the minor requirement is satisfied with an approved minor or certificate. These minors appear on transcripts and require between 15 and 21 hours of coursework.

Declaring a Minor

Step 1 - Apply 

The required application for all 2016-2018 and later minors can be submitted online or with an academic advisor in your major.

Step 2 - Approve

Most minors are auto-approved; they are open to all students and will show as approved immediately after the application is submitted. Some minors are restricted, however, and must be reviewed by the offering department. Restricted minors may require a minimum GPA or an additional application.

Step 3 - Pursue

Meet with your major advisor to have the approved minor added to your profile and complete the process.

All three steps - apply, approve, pursue - can be completed by your major advisor.

Certificates

The University of Texas at Austin offers undergraduate students a wide variety of transcriptable certificates. Students should discuss certificates with their academic advisor to see how it could fit in their overall academic plan. See the 2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog for more information on transcript-recognized certificates.